Love people. Cook them tasty food.

food, lifestyle, recipes

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I legitimately love vegetables.  But it wasn’t always this way.

When you are young, have a wild metabolism and can eat whatever you want, you don’t have to be health-conscious. All that changed about the time that I entered college.  After a trip to South America, I suffered a parasitic infection that eventually turned into an auto immune disorder. I was diagnosed with celiac disease. Back then, there wasn’t much research out and a pack of four gluten-free muffins cost about $8.00. Nowadays, it is easier than ever to find and afford GF options wherever you go. Lots and lots of people are going gluten free. It is a lifestyle that many people have adopted regardless of a diagnosis simply because they feel better. And that’s great!

After my diagnosis and feeling sick all of the time it was time for a change and I began researching holistic, natural healing approaches, and using food as medicine! I now indulge in a gluten-free, plant-based diet and incorporate as many whole foods that I can. I have learned so much through this healing process. At first, my diet felt limited and it was frustrating and negative. But over time I have found ways to turn something negative into something positive and feel that I can spread health and wellness with others.

It is my vision that through the Kilts & Kale blog I can help to demonstrate how easy and delicious healthy food is. There is more to ‘eating healthy’ than just iceberg lettuce mix and carrot sticks. You can still eat healthy and have delectable desserts, flavorful dips, cozy baked goods, hearty grains and a rainbow of incredible fruit and veggies, nature’s nutritious gift to us.

I am not a trained chef. I am not a nutritionist. But I love to read about food, experiment with it and most of all, consume it! I find inspiration in so many places and I will be highlighting several of my favorite cookbooks and cooking blogs on K&K over time.

There are a few things that I try and keep in mind with recipes. I try to keep food simple yet creative. It is important to me that the food is easy to cook, affordable, wholesome and environmentally friendly. I hope K&K can be a way to encourage myself and others to prepare food with love and care for our bodies and our planet. Keep your eye out for recipes and ideas coming up on the blog.

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Small shout out to a fantastic spice shop, Penzey’s Spices. They have a crazy selection of spices and a little something extra worth sticking on your car or fridge. I think we can all agree that this is way better than any political bumper sticker I have ever seen. All together now, let’s love people and cook them tasty food!

the return of my senses

devotionals

I am not content when it is winter. I complain a lot.

But we have accomplished something tremendous- our first Scottish winter. Although, Scotland is more mild than Colorado and we got two dustings of snow, I still found lots of things to complain about. I complained about the darkness, the wind, my walk to work, my lazy attitude, a strange state of mind and body that can only be compared with that of a hibernating bear… and that is how I felt for 6 months.

Winter can be tough. We need to be reminded that winter does not stay forever and that is why God created spring. In life, there are growing seasons. Seasons of want and seasons of abundance. Seasons when we are down, and seasons when we get better. Winter life can be dreary, and seemingly endless. But new life was the plan all along.

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Spring is the return of our senses and new life.

  • We tidy up our gardens and get our hands dirty.
  • We absorb the rays of a regenerated sun.
  • We crave the taste of fresh and bright foods.
  • We hear the precious melodies of happy birds.
  • We curiously inspect branches for their buds and blossoms.

I am trying to be intentional. To pay more attention this spring because I waited longer for it this year. I am seeing the flowers and the trees. I lay in bed, eyes closed and listen to the birds. There is an abundance of life at every turn. This renewal and this hope is the essence of spring.

Spring is rebirth, rejuvenation, renewal and resurrection. Spring is when vitality returns to the land after the desolation of winter. When nature’s cycle of life, death and rebirth is at its most visible. But the message of spring is that we need not fear death. It is the resurrection of hope. Life bursts forth, bright and full, as it is with Jesus and the tomb. Three days He lay in death and darkness, having taken on the full punishment for our sins; but on the third day, He burst forth into new life—a life that cannot, will not end.

Lord, help us to find hope year round. To immerse ourselves in the beauty of spring and to trust in your goodness. To be reminded that in Christ we am made more fully alive and to rejoice in the beauty our salvation.

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you.” – 1 Peter 1:3-4, ESV

east coast organics

recipes



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There is no such thing as the twelve month strawberry? Gasp!

Eat Seasonably celebrates eating the right things at the right time: a chilled fruit salad when it’s hot, a hearty root vegetable stew during the cold months; raspberries in June and butternut squash in October. We received multiple recommendations from our friends in Edinburgh to try East Coast Organics, Scotland’s highly awarded organic farm & vegetable delivery service. They offer seasonal fruit and vegetables along with organic cheese, bread and eggs.  We order the UK veg box with free-range organic eggs.The farm is close to the city, only 10 miles southeast of Edinburgh, and they deliver straight to our door!

I am loving the UK box for several reasons:

1. I am curious to learn more about local produce, currently reading The Allotment Cookbook 

2. I am trying new produce, “Hello celeriac and parsnips!”

3. I have to be more creative with meal planning and recipes, this Beetroot Walnut Hummus is a keeper

4. Because scrubbing the dirt from your carrots and potatoes is good wholesome fun!

There’s nothing like fresh vegetables at their seasonal best and eating food when it’s just been picked. It tastes better, it’s better value and it’s better for the planet. There are a number of good reasons to eat more local, seasonal food:

– to support the local economy

– to reduce the energy and CO2 emissions to transport the food we eat

– to avoid paying a premium for food that has travelled a long way

– to reconnect with natural cycles of planting and harvest

– to enjoy fresher, tastier and more nutritious food

Eating seasonably has its advantages and it’s challenges. Alas, I  sometimes crave and indulge in a good banana when it’s February. If you are in Edinburgh, give East Coast Organics a try! If you are elsewhere in this beautiful world, explore what’s in season in your area.

What are your favorite seasonal recipes?