How to Cook with Nettles

April is the month to harvest nettle leaves, before they flower. Nettles are intensely nourishing as a vegetable or as a tea. Cooking dispels the sting, as does drying. Fresh nettles may be simmered in a little water for ten to twelve minutes for a spinach-like vegetable rich in protein. Nettles offer a very high […]

Herbed Sunflower Seed Spread or Dip

We served this as a dip at our Commit to Change retreat on Martha’s Vineyard in March, with a platter of freshly-cut vegetables. You can also use it as a “sandwich” spread on lettuce leaves. 2 cup hulled sunflower seeds, soaked for 1-2 hours and drained 1 clove garlic 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar 2 tablespoon […]

Salmon Stew with Leeks, Chard and Dill

(6 servings)     2 Tbsp. olive oil     2 large leeks, ends trimmed and whites chopped into ½-inch rounds     3 cloves garlic, minced     4 cups bone broth      1 cup water     6 medium carrots, chopped into ¾-inch pieces (about 6 cups)     4 ribs celery, chopped […]

Jerusalem Artichoke and Truffle Soup

1 lb. Jerusalem artichokes Juice of 1 lemon 2 shallots, roughly chopped 2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped 1 baking potato, peeled and chopped into chunks 6 cups chicken stock 1 Tbsp. white truffle oil, plus more to taste Peel the Jerusalem artichokes with a vegetable peeler. Save the peels. Cut each Jerusalem artichoke tube into thirds. […]

Avocado Spinach Potassium Breakfast Pudding

We shared this recipe at the first Commit to Change retreat on Martha’s Vineyard in March. It makes a super thick smoothie you can eat with a spoon, so we call it pudding. This makes enough for two, and can easily replace a lunch! We provide the amount of potassium next to each item, as reminder to […]

Quick Beef Liver Pâté

Serves 20 at 2 1/2 tablespoons per person. We’ll be serving this at our October, 2019 Commit to Change retreat in Townshend, Vt. 2 lbs. 100 percent grass-fed beef or lamb 2 slices thick-cut bacon from pastured and organically fed pigs. 4 shallots, finely chopped 3 teaspoon finely chopped fresh thyme ¼ teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon black pepper […]

Dandelion Greens and Spicy Onions

Dandelions are one of the first greens to appear in the spring. Their bitterness and greens is a welcomed change after a winter of roots and meats! The dandelions used in these recipes are long, dark green leaves that are available in supermarkets. Chicory, escarole and nettles are a great substitute when you can’t find […]

Commit to Change: Members Only

New! Did you miss our August 15 webinar, or would you like to hear it again? Here is a link to the digital audio recording.  Useful: I have created a few other links to make it easier for you to find information. For those who would like to have all our recipes in one place: […]

Beet Borscht

We love beets. Not only are they colorful, tasty and tender, but they’re packed with nutritional benefits—Vitamin C, magnesium, potassium, folate, manganese and more—and are low in calories as well. You can even cook the greens, the way you do Swiss chard—they’re cousins. This is one of the recipes Jan is cooking with her class at Rancho […]

Shrimp with Spicy Lime and Basil 

Shrimp with Spicy Lime and Basil  Serves 6  36 shrimp (medium to large, shells removed, tails may be left on), or 6 per person 1/2 cup tablespoons olive oil 1 bell pepper (red or yellow) chopped into bite-size strips 1 onion (small), chopped or cut into thin wedges 1 cup white wine 1 cup coconut milk 1/2 […]

Carrot Mint Salad

(Serves 6) 1.5 lb. bunched carrots with fresh green tops 1 cup shredded Savoy cabbage 4 green onions, white and light green parts, thinly sliced 1/4 cup shredded fresh mint leaves 1/2 cup chopped roasted, unsalted peanuts 1/2 cup fresh lime juice 4 Tbsp. roasted peanut oil 1 Tbsp. fish sauce 1 Tbsp. honey 1-2 […]

Rice Noodle Soup

Serves 6  Yes, I know this is a lot of ingredients, but it is so very tasty! 3 tsp. unrefined peanut oil or sesame oil 1 large onion, thinly sliced 4 inch piece ginger, thinly sliced ½ cup thinly sliced lemon grass 1 2-inch piece cinnamon stick 2 star anise seeds 4 cloves garlic, minced 1 […]