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Carrot Parsley Salad

Depending on where you are in the world, carrots are grown year-round. Although technically, they’re a cool-season crop since optimal growing temperatures range from 60º to 70ºF. So again, depending on where you are in the world, “carrot season” could be winter, spring, summer or fall. 
I’m from Michigan, where springtime tends to fall right into that perfect 60º to 70ºF range, perfect for growing carrots. So, for me, there’s  nothing that reminds me of spring & summer quite as much as carrot tops. I think it’s in the way that they just shoot through the soil like newly budding trees! So cute. So fresh. And, so very kelly green. 

By the way, there’s definitely something to eating fruits and veggies that are in season

  1. Fruits and veggies that have had higher exposure to natural sunlight will also contain higher levels of antioxidants! In the case of carrots and carrot salad, we’re referring to the antioxidant beta-carotene, which gets converted into vitamin A, which protects your eye’s photoreceptors and may even help restore issues with vision. Guess my parents totally hit the nail on the head whenever they insisted I eat carrots because they were ‘good for my eyes’! (1
  2. They’re usually cleaner (i.e free-er of pesticides, waxes, chemicals and preservatives) because produce that is in season simply doesn’t need as much assistance in resisting spoilage as produce that is out of season. (2)
  3. The taste! You just can’t beat it. They’re always crisper, juicier, more brightly colored and smell amazing!


Plantain Chips Recipe

Aaaah plantains. How I adore them. “…I would eat them in a box, I would eat them with a fox…”, I do so like them Sam-I-Am (Dr. Seuss, anybody?). No, but on the real, baked, fried, boild…I love it all. I grew up in a Colombian-American household (plantains are a staple in Latin & Carribean Cuisine), so they bring back memories of my Pops cooking up delicious Colombian staples likes Sancocho (Ox-tail soup with plantains in it), Tostones (double fried green plantains), and Maduros (pan fried, ripe, sweet plantains…basically, one of natures gifts to your taste-buds).


Crunchola Granola Recipe (Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Paleo & Vegan Friendly)

Cereal…something that even in my youth, I have never loved. If you offered me a choice between an omelette and a bowl of Cinnamon Toast Crunch, the omelette would win every time, without fail. But granola, now that’s a different story! I remember waking up to the smell of my Mom’s freshly baked granola. Once my nose alerted my brain that the heavenly honey and almond doused air floating through my nostrils meant home made granola, my sleep-deprived, teenage body had a renewed purpose to quit pressing snooze and hop out of bed. READ MORE