Want to spend the morning perusing the farmer’s market with Alicia? So do we. It crossed our minds that we could hire a bus, fill it with readers and make a grand excursion to farm stands across LA. But we quickly remembered our distaste for bus rides and overly-crowded markets and opted for these beautifully-written insights from Alicia instead. Ugh, farmer’s markets are so narrow…
We love Alicia’s delicious inspirations for nourishing yourself and those you love most. Enjoy her shopping ideas and quick-fix snacks, and let all those recipe mentions pique your appetite for April 15th when her new book The Kind Mama finally hits shelves! Trust us when we say this book is an incredible resource for new and expecting mothers, and the perfect gift idea for the next baby shower on your calendar.
Stay tuned for our Kind Mama giveaway next week. If you just can’t wait, pick up her classic The Kind Diet for instant vegan gratification. Here’s Alicia…
My favorite veggie:
This is a tough one! I love artichokes, leeks, kabocha squash, white-flesh sweet potatoes…honestly, the list is endless!
Favorite place to shop:
Produce shopping tip:
Check out your area farmers market for great local and organic options (which are often less expensive and healthier than what you’ll find at your supermarket).
For something sweet strawberry smoothies, or almond butter and brown rice syrup – when mixed together they form something similar to caramel – delicious with apples or just on its own. When I want a savory treat, I toast some sourdough bread, spread with Earth Balance butter, and top with sliced tomatoes and a tiny pinch of salt. Yum!
Toasted sunflower seeds, pine nuts, and walnuts.
Meat, fish, and protein:
Best label-reading tip:
I avoid words that are hard to pronounce – ingredients should be very simple to read, not an endless list! In general, try to make more real food and avoid the packaged stuff when possible.
Lemon, scallions, rice, kale, dried beans, mochi, brown rice syrup and toasted nori sheets.
Fresh, in-season fruit, brown rice syrup and carrot juice.
Dairy or non-dairy faves:
Earth Balance butter, veganaise and Rice Dream ice cream sandwiches, all as fun foods.
Skip labels that read:
I try to opt for whole foods whenever possible, but when it comes to packaged goods, I always avoid animal-derived ingredients. I try to avoid any added sugars and any ingredient with numbers in it – that’s just bad news!
Dates at the market – they are seriously like candy! I also love Moo cheese (an amazing vegan cheese made from cashews) with crackers or a sourdough baguette.
My shopping bag is:
Wine and other indulgences:
Chocolate-dunked coconut delights in The Kind Mama or the chocolate peanut butter cups in The Kind Diet are my decadent treats.
Simple go-to recipe:
Fat fried noodles, or sausage and sweet potato hash (both from The Kind Mama). One of the quickest, easiest and most delicious things to make is my baby bok choy drizzled with ume vinaigrette from The Kind Diet. Three to four ingredients, and less than five minutes!