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    10.15.19
    Food Heaven Made Easy

    Food Heaven Made Easy’s philosophy is simple and sustainable: our diets should strike a balance between pleasure and nutrition. Now with a thriving YouTube community, cookbook, podcast and popular plant-based blog, the two friends behind Food Heaven are bringing their dream — and delicious recipes — to life. Together, Jessica Jones (MS, RD, CDE) and Wendy Lopez (MS, RD) are helping people across the country transform their diets in a way that’s easy to pull off — and maintain.

    Peek at our interview with the Food Heaven Made Easy duo from a few years back, and then dive in below as they join TCM’s most popular series, In My Fridge

    FOOD PHILOSOPHY IN ONE SENTENCE:
    JJ: Food should be a balance of pleasure and nutrition.

    ALWAYS IN MY FRIDGE:
    JJ: Tortillas, broccoli and yogurt.
    WL: At least three types of cheeses, eggs and Vita Coco Pressed Coconut Water.

    Food Heaven Made Easy

    7 recipe staples always on hand:
    JJ: Garlic olive oil, canned tomatoes, frozen cheese, canned beans, frozen ginger cubes, sesame seed oil and liquid aminos.
    WL: Soy sauce, olive oil, eggs, onions, garlic, salt and rice noodles.

    Must-have munchies:
    JJ: Costco mini fruit snacks, kettle chips and fruit.
    WL: Trader Joe’s baked cheese crunchies, Talenti Sicilian pistachio ice cream and sharp cheddar cheese with crackers.

    Fave condiments:
    JJ: Dijon mustard, ketchup, BBQ sauce and tahini.
    WL: Mayo, pesto and soy sauce.

    Ingredient that makes everything taste better:
    JJ: Canned diced tomatoes.
    WL: Za’atar

    Go-to proteins:
    JJ: Tofu, lentils, black beans and pea protein powder (for smoothies).
    WL: Any legumes, Greek yogurt and salmon.

    Best bargain:
    JJ: Frozen chopped peppers from Trader Joe’s. I add them to literally everything from pasta sauce to tacos.
    WL: Beans, beans and more beans.

    Best label-reading tip:
    JJ: When purchasing whole grains, I recommend aiming for at least three grams of fiber.

    Fave veggie + what you make with it:
    JJ: Broccoli! When I’m in a rush I steam in the microwave and add olive oil, salt and pepper.
    WL: Beet greens! I saute them with olive oil, garlic, onions and a pinch of salt.

    Must-have pantry staples:
    WL: Brown rice, oils (olive, coconut, sesame), chickpeas, black beans and lentils, spices (paprika, oregano, black pepper, berbere, ground garlic, cumin, cayenne), tomato sauce, toasted sesame seeds and pasta.
    JJ: Basically the same, LOL!

    Craziest FOOD I buy:
    JJ & WL: We believe all foods fit so we don’t consider anything crazy.

    Go-to Sweet or other indulgence:
    JJ: Cashew ice cream, whipped cream and fruit leathers.
    WL: Trader Joe’s raw honey! I enjoy a small spoonful of it when I’m craving sweets and it always hits the spot.

    Dairy or non-dairy faves:
    JJ: Cheddar cheese, Greek yogurt, cashew yogurt, cashew ice cream and Burrata.
    WL: Burrata cheese, ricotta cheese, feta cheese and gorgonzola cheese (any cheese really!).

    Favorite splurge:
    JJ: Creme brulee!
    WL: Eating out at really fancy restaurants that have insanely good food.

    Go-to For last-minute entertaining:
    JJ: Tacos with beans, lettuce, cheddar cheese, avocados and salsa.
    WL: Tostada bar with pureed beans, guacamole, sour cream, queso fresco, cilantro and onions.

    Favorite places to shop:
    JJ: Berkeley Bowl, Trader Joes, Grocery Outlet, any local market and the farmer’s market.
    WL: The farmer’s market, the local Chinese market, Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s.

    Best food memory:
    JJ: When my mother-in-law makes Eritrean food for us to eat for the week….so good!
    WL: My dad, who never cooks, making me a veg egg scramble with boiled plantains because my mom was away. It was delicious.

    Simple go-to recipe:
    Coconut Watermelon Spritzer (see below)

    Coconut Watermelon Spritzer
    Serves 2-3

    Ingredients:

    1 can of Vita Coco Pineapple Passionfruit Sparkling Coconut water
    4 cups chopped watermelon (preferably refrigerated so that the beverage is cold)
    juice of 1 lime
    2-4 mint leaves
    coconut rum, optional
    ice, optional

    Directions:

    Blend chopped watermelon, lime juice and two mint leaves.

    Grab two or three cups. Pour watermelon mixture into each cup until they are all about  ¾ full (you want to leave room to add the sparkling coconut water).

    Top each glass off with ice-cold coconut water and stir. If the coconut water and watermelon are not cold, add ice to cool beverage. Add rum, if desired (about .5 to 1 ounce in each glass).

    Decorate with extra lime and mint leaves. Enjoy!

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    Comments


    1. Thank you for including more women of color.

      Tiffany | 10.16.2019 | Reply

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