Food & Drink

Lemon Lavender Shrub

February 19, 2018

My latest obsession is shrubs or drinking vinegars. There is something super interesting and about this sweet and sour combination. If you’ve never had a shrub, they are fruit infused sweet vinegars. Shrubs are the perfect addition to a cocktail or just add a little sparkling water for a perfectly refreshing mocktail.

We are in the peak of citrus season. Our lemon tree is absolutely loaded. So, I’m looking for creative ways to use all this fruit. Yes, we are drinking a pitcher of lemonade everyday, but it’s fun to play with some new recipes and uses for all our fruit. This week I plan on making some marmalade and also drying some more lemon slices.

Lemon Lavender Shrub Mocktail

Lemon Lavender Shrub

  • 6-8 lemons, cut in 1/4’s
  • 2 tbsp. dried lavender
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups white vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp. salt

In a glass bowl, place the cut lemons, salt and lavender and cover with sugar. Cover with plastic wrap and leave on the counter for 1 day. Stir a couple of times throughout the day. After 1 day, add the vinegar, stir and cover again with plastic wrap. Allow it to sit another full day. Stir a couple of times throughout the day.  Pour the entire contents of the bowl into a sauce pan. Bring to a boil and boil for just one minute. Remove from the heat and pour through a fine metal sieve, press a wooden spoon against the lemons, to remove all of the liquid. You may need to pass the liquid through a sieve more than once.

Store the shrub in an airtight container in the fridge for up to one month.

Lemon Lavender Shrub Mocktail

For this super simple mocktail, I simply added 2 oz. of the shrub to a glass and then topped off the glass with cold sparkling water. Then, I garnished each drink with a couple of camomile flowers and a slice of lemon.

Lemon Lavender Shrub Mocktail

Cheers! Hope you enjoyed a little down time this long weekend.

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My Valentine’s Day Look

February 14, 2018

I didn’t set any New Year’s Resolutions, but I’m trying to stretch myself and try new things as often as I can. I’m comfortable behind the camera taking the picture, being in the pictures, not so much. I’m trying to hide less behind my work. I’m a real person, with real issues and real feelings.

I never want Oleander + Palm to be a place folks visit on the internet and then leave feeling bad about their lives. I have always wanted it to be a tool for sharing and showing how to live a beautiful life without spending a tone of money. I know I crave good design and pretty spaces, it does my soul so much good. I think God has wired us this way. I am more at peace when my home is clean and clutter free. I am inspired and energized when I’m surrounded by beauty. And I feel confident when I’m wearing clothes and accessories that fit my personality and my body shape.

So, here I am, an awkward model trying not to squint, keep my hair out of my face and my shirt from blowing up because it was super windy and bright.

My sense of style is always comfort first. But, I don’t want to wear yoga pants all the time and I do love a good trend. I’m a mom and more often then not I’m standing on a chair or squatting in a corner trying to get a picture. So, my clothing needs to work for all of that.

Here’s the deets on what I’m wearing:

Anyways, that’s me. Let me know if you’d like to see more of this.

Food & Drink

Chocolate Raspberry Baked French Toast

February 13, 2018

Chocolate Raspberry Baked French Toast

Ok, I know it’s kind of last minute, but you are definitely going to want to make this for your sweetheart or your whole family this Valentine’s Day. I’m serving this as a decadent breakfast, but this yummy Chocolate Raspberry Baked French Toast is really just a rich bread pudding. Calling it French Toast makes it feel a little more acceptable as a breakfast food. But, let’s be completely honest, this is DESSERT served for breakie. But, if there is any day of the year that you can serve something sweet, first thing in the morning, it’s Valentine’s Day!

Chocolate Raspberry Baked French Toast

Chocolate Raspberry Baked French Toast

  • 1 loaf of brioche bread
  • a pint of fresh raspberrys
  • 1/2 cup of dark or semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups half and half
  • 1/4 tsp salf
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar

Start by melting the 1/2 cup of butter in small sauce pan, add the brown sugar and stir to combine. Place 6 oven safe ramekins on a baking sheet. Divide the butter and brown sugar mixture evenly into the ramekins.

Cute the brioche into 1 inch cubes. Adding in layers, divide the bread, chocolate and raspberries into the 6 containers.

In a bowl, beat the eggs, add the salt, vanilla and half and half. Beat until smooth. Pour the egg mixture over the bread, dividing it evening.

Cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge overnight. When you are ready to bake, allow the the french toast to come to room temperature. Then bake in a 350 F oven for about 25 mins.

Serve warm.

Chocolate Raspberry Baked French Toast

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I hope you have a fantastic Valentine’s Day and feel love and appreciated for who you are.


Bean Bag Chairs

February 8, 2018

Ok, the girl’s room is PAINTED!!!! Now the fun begins, I get to style and accessorize this space. I really want to create a lounge-like space for the girls to hang out, read and watch movies. Now that we have our new fancy THE FRAME tv in our living room. We are going to move our old tv up to their room for weekend movie sessions. Denali is really loving vintage clothing and especially anything with a 70’s vibe. Bean bag chairs feel like they suite that style spot on. And there are some really cool ones out there now. I searched for options that are grown-up sized, not tiny kid ones. Who knew bean bag chairs could be so darn cute?

1 // 2 // 3

4 // 5 // 6

7 // 8 // 9

10 // 11 // 12

13 // 14 // 15

Is there one in particular that catches your eye? I’m leaning towards No. 8. It’s gold velvet and I love that it has arms for curling up in. No. 4 is to DIE FOR, it’s is vintage and carries a “one-of-a-kind” price tag. And I actually really love the pretty plum color of No. 11 + 1. It’s not a color I would normally gravitate to, but especially in velvet, it feels very lux.

Denali is making plans to take whatever chair we buy, with her to college. EEEK, that’s only a year and a half away.



Getting Ready To Style Bookshelves

February 6, 2018

We have lived in this new house for a year and a half now. One of the first rooms I wanted to tackle was my girl’s shared bedroom. In our first house, the girl’s room was by far the cutest room in the house. If you recall, it was shot for a Land of Nod catalogue. Be sure to check out the full post on Honest to Nod, because little Denali and Olivia are pretty cute.

In this house, they still share a room, but it’s actually twice the size of their old room. BUT, the room needs help, the walls are blue, the trim is beige and the full wall of built-in cabinets are red, cream and beige (ya 3 colors). The built-in cabinets are at least 20 feet long with 12 cabinet doors and shelves to the ceiling. The other 3 walls are all windows. It’s a HUGE painting job, so for the last year I’ve been trying to find a painter (that I could afford) to tackle this room with a sprayer for me. All I want for this space is crisp clean white trim, white walls and white bookshelves. It’s actually a lot to ask. But, it’s finally happening. You guys, I’ve never hired a painter, we’ve always DIYed. But, I was really hoping to leave this big job to a professional.

I found a painter and he started yesterday. It didn’t start out too great. After the first day of priming, I noticed that they had left all the brackets for the shelves in the built-ins and the hinges had just been left on the cabinets (slightly taped). Ya, they had painted over those. The closet had drips of paint everywhere and there were a couple big gauges out of the hardwood floors. I wasn’t too excited about having to address these issues. My first instinct was to fire them and just take on the job myself. But, I decided to offer a little grace, show them exactly what I wanted done and have them fix their issues. Just letting them go seemed like the easiest solution, but I decided to stick it out and hope for the best. By the end of the day I was feeling confident that they could actually do a good job.

But, seeing this room turn white (Sherwin Williams – Alabaster White) has me giddy to style some bookshelves. Our plan is to go a little more boho and grown up. Denali is 16 and even though she shares a room with her 6 year old sis, I want the space to feel like hers.  So, to get me in the mood for some shelfie styling, I rounded up some of my favorite shelves out there. _spring living room 8

Remember this leaning shelf from our first house? 

I love the boho vibe of the objects in these built-ins. The don’t feel stuffy and proper, but more playful and young.


These shelves in a kid’s bedroom are to die for. It definitely has more of a nursery vibe, but I am taking notes for Olivia’s side of the shelves.


This minimal, modern aesthetic makes my heart happy. I’m always a fan of monochromatic.


From the master stylist herself, Emily Henderson, these shelves are filled with all the prettiest things possible. I think the second version, with the more saturated objects and pottery feels more like the direction we will take. Denali loves any shade of blue and Olivia love anything in the pink/orange/coral family.


These shelves have a light, airy, beachy vibe that I’m sure would speak to Denali.


And this last example is really just for my own reference. I can never get enough of black + white, wood tones and natural fibers.


Little and big girls, come with a lot of stuff. Here’s hoping we can make it all look cute together. I’m giving one side of the bookshelves for Olivia’s things and the other for Denali’s. It should be a fun challenge to find a way to get their things to work together for a cohesive look.

Food & Drink

Spiced Grapefruit Spritzer

February 1, 2018

Have you been wondering where I went? I know, Brandwell has taken up so much of my time this month. But, you guys, the workshop was SOOOOO GOOD! We will talk about it more I’m sure. Now, let’s return to our regularly scheduled program and have a mocktail or two.

Grapefruit, oh it could possibly be the best of the citrus. Crisp, tart and always refreshing – grapefruit is the perfect base for a pretty mocktail or cocktail. This Spiced Grapefruit Spritzer is just the right balance of sweet, spicy and tart. Spiced with a bold simple syrup of cardamom, ginger and cloves, this spritzer feels right at home with the Winter weather we are still having.  Spiced Grapefruit Spritzer

Well gosh, pink grapefruit juice does make a very pretty drink. We have a neighbor with a grapefruit tree. I had to add that little detail. It’s a thing Californians like to do, especially in the winter months, to make everyone else around the country jealous.

Spiced Grapefruit Spritzer

Spice Grapefruit Spritzer

  • Fresh Pink Grapefruit Juice
  • Spiced Simple Syrup (see recipe below)
  • Sparkling Water or Seltzer
  • Ice
  • Grapefruit slices, cloves and cardamom pods for garnish

In a glass filled with ice, add 1-2 oz. of Spiced Simple Syrup. Fill the glass half way with freshly squeezed pink grapefruit juice. Stir and then top off the glass with sparkling water. Garnish with a slice of grapefruit and float a clove and a cardamom pod on top of the drink.

Spiced Grapefruit Spritzer

Spiced Simple Syrup

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tbsp. freshly ground cardamom
  • 1 tsp. whole cloves
  • 2 inch piece of fresh ginger thinly sliced

Place all the ingredients in a pot. Bring to a boil and boil for 1 minute. Allow the syrup to cool completely. Strain through a fine mesh sieve.  Place the syrup in an airtight container and store in the fridge.

Spiced Grapefruit Spritzer

Cheers friends! Here’s to a brand new month. Also, what the heck happened to January? That definitely flew by.


Houses Painted All White

January 23, 2018

Ok, we bought our house a year and a half ago and we’ve known that it has needed to be painted since day one. It’s just a huge undertaking with a lot of scraping and sanding ahead of us. But, I think we are ready to start thinking about it. Here’s the deal – our house is a 1918 Craftsman. Craftsman are typically painted earthly tones and colors. My gut would be to go a shade of green or grey, but our neighbors on either side are green and grey. I feel like it might just end up looking blahhhh. I want it to stand out. Sooooo, I’m considering something a little controversial for a craftsman house, I’m thinking about painting our house all white! All White Houses are popping up all over in modern builds, and I LOVE the look. I’m hoping this will work with an old home as well. My mission has always been to show folks that you can live in an old house, preserve it’s character, and still have it feel fresh, young and current.

Here’s our house:

Here’s my main concern with painting the house all white – I’m worried that we will lose all the beautiful detail in trim and the different roof lines. It’s not a box of a house, it has a lot of unique shapes and angles.

My true heart’s desire is to paint a house, any house,  all black (I’ve shared this desire with you before). But, the husband will not approve that. He wants our house to be as energy efficient as possible. And I have to agree that a black house in the desert is probably not a good idea. So, the plan is now to swing the opposite directions and maybe paint our house all white and add so black details. I’m sure what details will be black yet, but the thought has me pretty excited. I’m really not a beige house kind of gal. Yet, both of our houses have been beige. I didn’t pick the colors, we’ve just never painted an entire house, we’ve only lived with someone else’s choice. Oh, and as much as I LOVE the color green, I think the fence needs to be either black or white as well. A change sounds good right now!

Someone in the neighborhood also told us that she remembers for the house being all white in the 60s or 70s, so maybe we would be taking it back to it’s roots.

All White House


I might be getting ahead of myself. But, I’ve been looking at white and black paint samples and I’ve come up with some great combos. Sherwin-Williams is my go-to paint store, we have had such good results with their products. If you haven’t shopped for a paint color in a while, there are A LOT of blacks and whites out there. I’ve narrowed done my selections, so the next step is to paint them on the house and take a look at the colors in sun, shade and all the times of day in between.

Black and White Paint Combinations from Sherwin Williams

Ok, to backup my all white plan, I did a little searching for some good examples of craftsman and craftsman-like houses painted all white. I’ll tell you, they are not easy to come by. I don’t know if that is a good thing or a bad thing.

Now, go take a peek at what I’ve found and let me know what you think. Do you think this could work for our house? Can a craftsman be white? One thing I know for sure, these examples I’m sharing with you today are total show stoppers. You can’t deny that a white house feel crisp, clean and has a modern edge.

White House, Black Details


White Craftsman with Black Trim


All White House


All White House


White Craftsman House with Black Trim


All White House


All White Craftsman House


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I’d love to know what you think. It’s going to be a BIG job and one that we won’t want to tackle again in the near future. So, we want to make the RIGHT choice.

Food & Drink

Juniper Berry Cranberry Tonic

January 18, 2018

Juniper Berry Cranberry Tonic Mocktail

It’s about time a shared a new mocktail. I know many of you are attempting a Dry January, so maybe a little treat well help you through. This Juniper Berry Cranberry Tonic is the perfect nonalcoholic drink. It’s sophisticated and full of unique flavors, you definitely won’t feel like you are missing out.

I don’t know about you, but I’m just not ready to be done with cranberries. This wintery mocktail is refreshing and earthy all at the same time and juniper berries and rosemary are perfect for this season. Mocktails really are for everyone, but tonic water give this drink a grown up taste and feels like so much more then just a spritzer.

Juniper Berry Cranberry Tonic Mocktail

You can find the full recipe for this yummy mocktail over on Bonterra’s beautiful blog. Take a minute and look around, there are some really fantastic recipes there.

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Phone Food Photography 101

January 15, 2018

We’ve all done it, we’ve waited to take that first bite of our meal until we have taken a picture or 20 with our phones. Sometimes the restaurant it just do dang cute or the latte and plate of food is just too delicious not to share. For some reason we just gotta take a quick pic to make all your internet friends hungry. I’m just as guilty as the rest of you, probably a little more guilty than the average instagrammer, if I’m being honest.

Phone Food Photography 101

But, if we are going to share all these foodie pics, let’s do it in the best way possible. Today I’m sharing all my tips for taking better shots of the food we order at our favorite restaurants. No fancy equipment needed, just your phone camera. I have an iphone 6, and all of these images were taken with that phone.

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Without good, natural light, I think getting a great shot can be almost impossible. Whenever possible, I ask for a window seat, or even better, I sit outside.  Try to avoid overhead light bulbs, because they can cause a glare on the plate or table. Artificial lighting will also cast a very yellow tone to your food and drinks.

In the picture above, I moved to the window sill in the cafe to get this shot of this pretty rose latte. The table tops were all to far from any natural light.

Below is a shot of a yummy brunch at Bluestone Cafe. The restaurant was actually very small and very dark because it was in the annex of an old church. So, even though it was a rainy day in NYC, we sat outside under an umbrella. But, the lighting couldn’t have been better. If we would have eaten inside, this colorful photograph would not have happened.

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Now that you have found the light source, you can direct it were you want it to go. Unless the sun is directly overhead, usually one side of your table will get more light than the other. Bouncing light on that shady side can give your image a boost and eliminate dark shadows. To bounce light, you usually need something white or very close to the color white. Most times, restaurants have white napkins. Simply have a friend hold the napkin or a menu directly opposite to the light source. By holding this white object on the side of the food that is in the shadow or furthest away from the light source, you can “bounce” light onto that side. The sun will hit that bright object and then reflect a little more light to the other side. Often food and objects can look flat in very shady light. Bouncing light can help bring a little more depth back.

If the sun is very harsh and direct, filtering or blocking the light can eliminate some of those harsh contrasts and dark shadows. Holding up a white cloth napkin to filter the direct sun through can be very helpful. If it is really bright, you might just want block the sun with a menu or even or date. I’ve made my kids or husband stand by my plate of food so that it is entirely in the shade just for a great picture.

Outside of this shot below, my husband is holding up a napkin to bounce light from the window so that the left side of the bowl and table is not dark and shadowy.

Phone Food Photography 101


Often the background to an image can distract from the food or drink you are trying to spotlight. It can be hard to achieve a soft blurred background very closeup with a smart phone. So, if the table top is not attractive, there are other backgrounds that can be considered – your napkin, menu, floor, chair or bench, a wall, and even the clothing you are wearing can work.

Phone Food Photography 101

I have been known to carry a treat quite a distance before taking a bite. This meringue, donut, and Swedish pastry were all carried for a few blocks until I found the right wall to photograph them against. The restaurants were both crowded and cluttered, I didn’t like the dishes they were served on, and a top down image just wouldn’t have done them justice. So, walking to find a wall that would complement and not compete with my subject worked for me.

Phone Food Photography 101

The table top that this coffee was sitting on was a little busy and completed with the pattern and art of the latte. So, I laid out my napkin, in a kind of haphazard way, to create a more calm and bright background.


Ok, first of all, don’t order the meatloaf and mashed potatoes, order food that you know is going to have color and texture. Fruits and veggies are always going to have more vibrant colors.

This is when you can add your personal style to the image. Bringing people into the shot will give the food a little more life and personality, even if it’s just your hand in the shot.  Don’t be afraid to play with what’s already of the table – add a glass to the frame, move the flowers, place the napkin, scatter the cutlery and unfold the napkins, or even pull the condiments out of sight if they are too busy.  And then add some of your own props into the image – a hand, your phone, purse, a scarf, keys, a notebook. When you bring a personal object into the shot, immediately your personal style will come through. If you are a brand, this is where you can tell your story, not just share pretty food that is on the plate.

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I like to play with black and white patterns in my feed. This top was a much better contrast to my coffee then the wooden bench behind it. Also my red nail polish was a perfect match to the straw

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Smart phones have a wide-angle lens and the depth of field cannot be adjusted, so closeup images can appear distorted. This is why top-down food photography is so popular. Straight on can also work well. Holding the plate or glass in your hand or lap, or take the donut and walk over to a wall. (You can see a good example of straight on above where I’m holding the iced coffee.)

If you keep scrolling down, you will see that I tried to take a few pictures of the mugs side on, to show the handles. But, the images were just too distorted. I just fell back on the top-down angle because it is the easiest to work with when you are shooting with a phone camera.


The first step is to clean your lens with the corner of your shirt. You’ve seen it before, just a foggy, blurred image.  Next, hold the camera steady (tuck in your elbow). Touch a focus point on your screen and shoot way more images than you think you need.

And as embarrassing as it might seem in public, take way a lot of pictures. It’s probably mostly strangers around you, so who cares? You can see that I tried a lot of different angles and played with pulling way back and then coming in on some details as well. To get the full table, I was definitely on my tippy toes. Because I took such a variety of shots, this one lunch date has given me at least 4 instagram images over the last year.

Zoom out and zoom in – there is something beautiful about the big scale mess of all the dishes and cutlery on a table and also the close up details of a meal can be just as interesting. I should mention that I am not using the zoom feature on my iphone, simply hold the camera higher or move it in closer to the subject.


First rule – NO instagram FILTERS. Now if you have created your own custom filters on VSCO or consistently use the same filters on A Color Story app, this can be ok. But, sticking with clean, crisp colors  is best when sharing images of food. The Instagram app can do most of the work for you. I use brighten, warmth (especially in the shade), contrast, crop, and tilt (keep those horizons straight). I also like Google’s Snapseed app. I can clean up spots and more detailed lighting issues with this app.

The morning I took this photo of this coffee cup, it was pretty grey and cloudy. Adding a little brightness and some contrast make the colors pop just a little more. I little editing can go a long ways.

Phone Food Photography 101

I hope you find this helpful. No more ugly plates of food in dark restaurant corners. I can’t wait to see what your next meal looks like.

Food & Drink

Ground Turkey Korean Rice Bowls

January 10, 2018

Ground Turkey Korean Rice Bowls

Happy New Year!

Usually, I start the new year with a good health and fitness plan, but this year the I’m not there yet. There has been no trips to the gym yet. I’m starting with baby steps – a few new healthy recipes to add to add to our weekly menus. As the main cook in our house, I find myself getting into ruts and struggling to find fast, healthy meals that my family will actually eat. But, these Ground Turkey Korean Rice Bowls, made with Foster Farms Organic Turkey are a winner. This recipe literally takes less then 30 mins to make and it’s soooo delicious. This is not a boring meal, it’s full of flavor and packs so many veggies into one bowl.

My kids aren’t really picky eaters, but having choices definitely gives them a little more control. I added the rice and turkey to their bowls and then they topped with with all their favorite vegetables.

Ground Turkey Korean Rice Bowls

As you may know, I’m married to a Biology and Environmental Science teacher. I wrote a lot about it here, with this yummy Turkey Meatball Gyro recipe. It’s a long story, but we are always looking for ways to eat in a way that creates less of a negative impact on our environment.

That’s why Foster Farms Organic Ground Turkey is great choice for our family. Ground turkey is a healthy, leaner and lower calorie alternative to ground beef and is an easy substitute for leaner meals. Foster Farms Organic Ground Turkey is USDA Certified Organic and raised free-range on organic land. It’s100% natural with no antibiotics, no GMOs and no added hormones or steroids. The land on which the flocks are raised has been certified organic. This requires a 3-year transition during which time the land must be managed under organic methods (or lie fallow). The land is farmed without synthetic pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers. These are all things that make the nerd I’m married to very happy.

I trust Foster Farms for their organic ground turkey, they are the leading producer of organic turkey in the Western United States. And for me, they are even local, Foster Farms turkeys are raised right here in California’s Central Valley.

Ground Turkey Korean Rice Bowls

  • 2 lbs. Foster Farms Organic Ground Turkey
  • 1/4 soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp. coconut sugar (brown sugar can by substituted)
  • 2 tbsp. minced garlic
  • 2 tbsp. finely grated fresh ginger
  • 1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 tsp. sesame oil
  • 1 tsp. fish sauce

In a fry pan, cook the ground turkey completely. Use a spoon to break apart the meat as it cooks.

In a small bowl combine the remaining ingredients listed above. Pour the mixture over the cooked ground turkey. Stir and cook another 5 mins on medium heat. You want to make sure the garlic and ginger is completely cooked.

Ground Turkey Korean Rice Bowls

  • 3 cups of brown rice
  • carrots, shredded
  • green onions, sliced
  • radishes, thinly sliced
  • red cabbage, shredded
  • baby spinach
  • black sesame seeds
  • Spicy Cucumber Salad (see recipe below)

You can really add any of your favorite veggies. I think bell peppers, zucchini, and mushrooms would be super yummy with these bowls as well.

Cook the rice however you normally cook rice. I got a rice cooker for a wedding gift almost 20 years ago and it’s the only way I make rice. But, you can definitely make rice in a regular pot, the old-fashioned way.

In a small frying pan, with tbsp. of vegetable oil, saute the spinach until it is just wilted. Season with salt and pepper.

Ground Turkey Korean Rice Bowls

Assemble the bowls. Start with a bed of rice, add about 1/2 cup of the ground turkey and then either arrange the veggies in little piles or let every top their rice bowls with all their favorite vegetables. Garnish with a sprinkling of sesame seeds, green onions and a little Korean Sweet and Spicy sauce.

This recipe serves a family of 4 (or 5 in our case).

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Spicy Cucumber Salad

  • 1 cup sliced cucumber (1 small cucumber or about 1 cup when sliced)
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 tbsp. minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp. finely grated fresh ginger
  • 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp. coconut sugar (brown sugar can be substituted)
  • 1 tsp. sesame seed oil
  • 1 tsp. black sesame seeds

These spicy cucumbers make the bowls. They are sweet, spicy and tangy. These can be made in the morning or up to a day before.

Slice the cucumbers in thin rounds. Place in a bowl and sprinkled with salt. Allow the cucumbers to sit for about 15 mins. Then drain off the water. Add the remaining ingredients. Stir, cover and place in the refrigerator.

Ground Turkey Korean Rice Bowls

I hope your New Year is off to a great start. Here’s to eating healthy and having dinner together as a family!

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