The Rising Spoon

Monday, April 20, 2015

Fragrant Boiled Artichokes with Lemon Butter Dipping Sauce

Fragrant Boiled Artichokes with Lemon Butter Dipping Sauce

Can you remember the first time you ate a freshly cooked whole artichoke? Most people can! It's an unforgettable experience, probably due to the artichoke's unique appearance and the method used to eat it. 

How could you forget plucking the leaves off piece by piece, dipping them in butter or mayonnaise, then scraping off the tender meat between your teeth?

I was introduced to artichokes at age 12 or 13 while visiting a friend. We skipped into the kitchen one spring afternoon for a snack and found her mom boiling artichokes. 

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Beef Lettuce Wraps

Beef Lettuce Wraps |

Looking for an easy grain-free dinner recipe that you can make on the fly? Try lettuce wraps! It takes about 20-30 minutes to prepare the filling, then minutes to assemble the lettuce wraps with whatever lettuce you have on hand, some crunchy toppings, and extra sauce. It goes even faster when you have a helper to chop the veggies! (Yes...I know that's an ideal situation.)

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Crunchy Roasted Chickpeas with Harissa and Garlic

Crunchy Roasted Chickpeas with Harissa and Garlic

If you're looking for a crunchy and crispy snack that won't set you back 8,000 calories in one sitting (boy can I relate), roasted chickpeas are the ticket! This is one of those super easy recipes I should have made years ago, but kept putting off. 

What Motivated Me to Finally Make Roasted Chickpeas

Walking past tiny, overpriced bags of baked kale chips and roasted chickpeas at my local health food store. At some point in your real food journey, you may develop a lens that changes your grocery shopping perspective. 

Sunday, March 22, 2015

DIY Moisturizing Foaming Hand Soap

DIY Moisturizing Foaming Hand Soap

I've been on a mission the past year to slowly replace my store-bought cleaning, bath, and beauty products with homemade versions made from non-toxic ingredients and essential oils. I'm thrilled to announce that I've finally ditched all the commercial hand soaps in my home and am now using my own DIY foaming hand soap recipe.  

Why the switch? Well, I wanted to avoid synthetic fragrances and unnecessary ingredients in commercial liquid hand soaps. Like, triclosan for one. Not to mention the fact that those so called "anti-bacterial" hand soaps aren't any more effective than plain soap and hot water. Don't believe? The F.D.A. admitted it themselves in this news release.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Roasted Curry Chicken Thighs with Grass-Fed Butter

Roasted Curry Chicken Thighs with Grass-Fed Butter

If screens were scratch and sniff, then you could experience how intoxicating these roasted curry chicken thighs made my home smell when I pulled them out of the oven. Much to my dismay, this is impossible. 

So, what's the next best thing? Staring at drool-worthy food photographs on Pinterest? I wish! How about actually making the recipe at home. It takes a teensy bit of effort, but it's totally worth it.

Lucky for you (and me), this recipe is super easy. It has only a handful of ingredients and the oven does most of the work. It takes a few extra minutes to pan-fry each chicken thigh in butter, but this helps bring out the flavors in the spices. It makes a huge difference. 

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Banana Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies

Banana Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies |

If I said I've been eating three cookies for breakfast every morning for the past five days, would you believe me? Well, it's true! Although, these aren't your average cookies. These, my friends, are breakfast cookies! 

That means they're a little special. And even healthy. Yep. I know the word "cookie" is not usually synonymous with health and that even "healthy" is a subjective term, but give me a chance to explain. 

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Easy Coconut Rice with Coconut Milk

Easy Coconut Rice with Coconut Milk

If you're looking for a way to jazz up your next meal without a lot of work, look no further. Coconut rice is fragrant, buttery, and has a nice balance of savory and slightly sweet flavors. 

Full-fat coconut milk and few pinches of turbinado give it a hint of sweetness, which pairs nicely with the side dish's man flavors: garlic and onion. Taking a few minutes to saute the onion first in coconut oil adds extra coconut flavor that comes out in the final dish.

Friday, February 20, 2015

How to Make Flavored Toothpicks with Essential Oils

How to Make Flavored Toothpicks with Essential Oils

Do you ever find yourself mindlessly chewing on random objects like pens, pencils, straws, toothpicks, or stirrers while deep in thought? Are you the person who always has to have gum or mints on hand? You probably have a slight oral fixation. Don't worry, you're not alone. I'm a self professed "chewer" myself. Let's be friends! [Insert awkward & dorky high five]

Whenever I exert lazer focus on a particular activity that's brain oriented like writing, my habit of chewing on stuff goes into full force. Either that, or popping my knuckles. I much prefer the former. Maybe it's a way to release physical energy while I'm so mentally focused or keep my body busy creating rote movements (like white noise) while my mind is focused elsewhere. Either way, chewing is going to happen.