Small Footprint Family https://www.smallfootprintfamily.com sustainability starts at home Sat, 07 Sep 2019 02:15:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.3 https://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/wp-content/uploads/cropped-SFF-icon-white-square-150x150.png Small Footprint Family https://www.smallfootprintfamily.com 32 32 Tricolor Kohlrabi Slaw (Gluten Free, Paleo, Vegan) https://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/tricolor-kohlrabi-slaw https://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/tricolor-kohlrabi-slaw#respond Sun, 28 Jul 2019 19:56:39 +0000 https://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/?p=24779 Tricolor Kohlrabi Slaw (Gluten Free, Paleo, Vegan)

Kohlrabi is a really strange looking vegetable related to broccoli and Brussels sprouts. It’s delicious and nutritious and easy to prepare. This simple slaw recipe will help you get the most out of this tasty, odd little vegetable.

Kohlrabi Nutrition

Kohlrabi is a powerhouse of Vitamin C, but only if you eat it raw. A single cup of raw kohlrabi has almost 84 mg of vitamin C! Kohlrabi also has a good amount beta-carotene, vitamin B6, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid and folate.

Kohlrabi is a powerhouse of minerals, too. A cup of raw kohlrabi contains 14% of the Required Daily Allowance (RDA) for potassium and 9% of the RDA for copper and manganese. Kohlrabi also has small amounts of magnesium, phosphorus, calcium, iron and selenium.

Selection and Storage of Kohlrabi

Kohlrabi is at its best during winter months from November until March. Choose smaller kohlrabi, which are the sweetest and most tender. The purple variety is sweeter than the green. Bulbs bigger than the size of a tennis ball won’t be very tasty and often have tough, fibrous flesh.

If the leaves are attached, make sure they are firm and green.

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25 Ways to Give Up Plastic (And the Toxins in It) https://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/avoiding-toxins-in-plastic https://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/avoiding-toxins-in-plastic#comments Fri, 26 Jul 2019 04:00:42 +0000 http://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/?p=687 25 Ways to Give Up Plastic (And the Toxins in It)

Because of the toxins in plastic, it is important to avoid containers that leach chemicals like BPA, phthalates, lead and antimony into the environment.

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Pistachio Arugula Pesto (Gluten Free, Paleo, Vegan) https://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/pistachio-arugula-pesto https://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/pistachio-arugula-pesto#comments Thu, 11 Jul 2019 04:43:20 +0000 http://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/?p=2279 Pistachio Arugula Pesto (Gluten Free, Paleo, Vegan)

It is sometimes called rocket, roquette, rugula or rucola. It looks like a baby lettuce and is often compared to watercress, but its little known secret is that it is really just a common local weed, and a member of the cruciferous family related to broccoli and cauliflower.

Arugula History

In 2006, arugula became a symbol for the entire foodie movement with the publication of David Kamp’s book, The United States of Arugula: How We Became a Gourmet Nation.

In his book, Kamp explores how we evolved to a society where balsamic vinegar, free-range chicken, extra virgin olive oil, and of course, arugula, have become mainstream terms.

However, in 2008, arugula lost its luster when it became embroiled in political controversy. Unwittingly, arugula became a symbol of the culture wars in the presidential election and the media latched onto Barack Obama’s bewailing the price of arugula, much like it did when George H.W. Bush bad-mouthed broccoli.

Now the sordid details can come out: Arugula leads a double life.

Arugula Cultivation

Far from being a food for the elite, arugula can be found growing wild all over North America.

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Gluten Free Pecan Sandies (Paleo, Vegan) https://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/gluten-free-cookie-pecan-sandies https://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/gluten-free-cookie-pecan-sandies#comments Sun, 30 Jun 2019 08:49:34 +0000 http://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/?p=6300 Gluten Free Pecan Sandies (Paleo, Vegan)

This recipe for grain free Pecan Sandies came out of a wonderful new e-book I just finished called Nourished Baby. When you see the ingredients in these cookies, you won't feel guilty when you eat too many!

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Garlic Pickled Greens (Gluten Free, Paleo, Vegan) https://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/garlic-pickled-greens https://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/garlic-pickled-greens#respond Tue, 14 May 2019 23:50:39 +0000 https://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/?p=23923 Garlic Pickled Greens (Gluten Free, Paleo, Vegan)

One of the benefits of gardening is the abundance of leafy greens that you can easily grow all spring long. If you want to save some of those greens to enjoy during the hot months when most greens turn bitter and go to seed, you can pickle them in the late spring, and then use them as a condiment or side dish at all your summer BBQs!

These bright, tangy pickled greens are a great way to preserve some of that extra kale or mustard from the garden—and you can make them either lacto-fermented, which will take about a week, or vinegar-style, for pickles in just an hour.

More Leafy Green Recipes

  • Turnip Rutabaga Salad with Watercress & Marinated Turnip Greens
  • Mustard Greens with Garlic Mayonnaise
  • Kale & Bok Choy Slaw with Spicy Sesame-Ginger Dressing

More Pickle Recipes

  • Zucchini Pickles with Rosemary and Sage
  • Small Footprint Dill Pickles
  • Heirloom Tomato Pickles
  • Simple Pickled Beets
  • Dilly Pickled Snap Peas

Garlic Pickled Greens

These bright, tangy pickled greens are a great way to preserve some of that extra kale or mustard from the garden—lacto-fermented or vinegar-style.

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Is Your Sunscreen Safe? https://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/what-sunscreen-is-safe https://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/what-sunscreen-is-safe#comments Tue, 07 May 2019 19:30:22 +0000 http://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/?p=244 Is Your Sunscreen Safe?

I've never blindly trusted the chemicals in sunscreens. Why should I trade short-term protection for long-term harm, especially when there are safer alternatives?

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Dandelion Salad with Warm Pecan Vinaigrette (Gluten Free, Paleo, Vegan) https://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/dandelion-salad-pecan-vinaigrette https://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/dandelion-salad-pecan-vinaigrette#respond Mon, 21 Jan 2019 07:42:26 +0000 https://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/?p=24179 Dandelion Salad with Warm Pecan Vinaigrette (Gluten Free, Paleo, Vegan)

Many wild plants and “weeds” are some of the most nutrient-dense greens you can eat. It is only in the past 100 or so years, as our food system became more and more industrialized, that wild superfoods dropped out of our diet. So I try to include them in mine when I can.

This season I am enjoying Stinging Nettle Pesto, made from the weeds in my garden, and wild arugula often graces my salad bowl—another delicious and nutritious garden weed.

And if that weren’t delicious enough, this week, my CSA box had two bunches of dandelion greens, which are very easy to grow, medicinal, and very, very good for you.

Dandelion Nutrition

Dandelions rank in the USDA’s top 4 green vegetables for overall nutritional value. Dandelions are nature’s richest green vegetable source of beta-carotene, and the third richest source of Vitamin A of all foods, after cod-liver oil and beef liver!

Dandelions also are particularly rich in fiber, potassium, iron, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and the B vitamins, thiamine and riboflavin, and are a good source of protein.

In addition to their incredible nutrient density, dandelions contain active chemical constituents which may have specific therapeutic effects on the body.

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Honey-Ginger Sore Throat Syrup https://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/honey-ginger-sore-throat-syrup https://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/honey-ginger-sore-throat-syrup#comments Sat, 12 Jan 2019 19:32:39 +0000 http://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/?p=3252 Honey-Ginger Sore Throat Syrup

The recipe for getting better in our house is homemade, pasture-raised chicken soup, Netflix, and one or two of these favorite homemade cough remedies.

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Smoky Tomato Bacon Jam (Gluten Free, Paleo) https://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/smoky-tomato-bacon-jam https://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/smoky-tomato-bacon-jam#comments Mon, 08 Oct 2018 23:59:27 +0000 https://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/?p=23479 Smoky Tomato Bacon Jam (Gluten Free, Paleo)

If you have a bumper crop of tomatoes in your garden, or simply see some lovely ones at the market, Tomato Bacon Jam is a delightful treat to help you preserve some of the harvest.

Smoky, sweet and savory all at the same time, the bacon, onions, fresh tomatoes and seasonings in this recipe are cooked down till thick and spreadable on anything from bread to burgers to veggies!

Make a big batch and put it into little jars for a tasty, (perishable) gift your friends and family will never forget.

Other Homemade Condiments

  • Vegan Pesto with Zucchini
  • Sun Dried Tomato Pesto
  • Pistachio Arugula Pesto
  • Fig Avocado Salsa

Smoky Tomato Bacon Jam

This smoky, sweet and savory jam is loaded with bacon, onions and tomatoes that have been cooked down until thick and spreadable—perfect for burgers, eggs, vegetables, and more.

  • 2 lbs. cherry tomatoes (or other firm tomatoes, chopped)
  • 1 yellow or sweet onion (diced)
  • 1 lb.

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Basil Walnut Pesto (Gluten Free, Paleo, Vegan) https://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/basil-walnut-pesto https://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/basil-walnut-pesto#respond Sat, 15 Sep 2018 03:47:34 +0000 https://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/?p=24033 Basil Walnut Pesto (Gluten Free, Paleo, Vegan)

Pesto is a great way to preserve basil at the end of the season so you can enjoy its brightness all winter long on pasta, bread, chicken, fish and vegetables. This non-dairy take on the Italian classic pesto recipe is nutty, savory and delicious. You won’t even miss the cheese.

Here are some other delicious dairy-free, vegan pesto recipes to enjoy as well:

  • Vegan Pesto with Zucchini
  • Sun Dried Tomato Pesto
  • Pistachio Arugula Pesto
  • Stinging Nettle Pesto

Vegan Basil Walnut Pesto

This non-dairy take on the Italian classic pesto is nutty, savory and delicious. You won’t even miss the cheese.

  • 4 packed cups fresh basil leaves
  • 6 Tbsp walnuts (chopped)
  • 4-6 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 2-4 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 6-8 Tbsp. nutritional yeast
  • 4-6 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  1. Add basil, nuts, garlic, lemon juice, nutritional yeast, sea salt and blend/mix in a food processor on high until a chunky paste forms.

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Zucchini Pickles with Rosemary and Sage (Gluten Free, Paleo, Vegan) https://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/zucchini-pickles https://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/zucchini-pickles#respond Thu, 23 Aug 2018 23:03:13 +0000 https://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/?p=23925 Zucchini Pickles with Rosemary and Sage (Gluten Free, Paleo, Vegan)

There always seems to be too much zucchini and squash in the garden. It can be hard to find enough ways to use it all up. Fortunately, this recipe for savory zucchini pickles will help you make the most of an abundant harvest and add some probiotics to your diet, too.

More Zucchini Recipes

  • Coconut Flour Zucchini Bread
  • Vegan Pesto with Zucchini

More Pickle Recipes

  • Garlic Pickled Greens
  • Small Footprint Dill Pickles
  • Heirloom Tomato Pickles
  • Simple Pickled Beets

Zucchini Pickles with Rosemary and Sage

It can be hard to use up all the zucchini in your garden. This recipe for savory zucchini pickles will help you make the most of an abundant harvest.

  • 1 small red onion (very thinly sliced OR 2 shallots, sliced OR 1/2 cup chives, chopped)
  • 2 cups zucchini (or yellow summer squash, sliced into rounds or ribbons)
  • 2 to 4 sprigs fresh rosemary (stems removed)
  • 4 to 6 leaves fresh sage (chopped roughly)
  • 1 Tbsp.

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Small Footprint Dill Pickles (Gluten Free, Paleo, Vegan) https://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/homemade-dill-pickles https://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/homemade-dill-pickles#comments Tue, 21 Aug 2018 19:29:36 +0000 http://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/?p=1542 Small Footprint Dill Pickles (Gluten Free, Paleo, Vegan)

Here is my easy recipe for lacto-fermented, homemade dill pickles that can also be made with vinegar, so they can be ready to eat almost right after making them—speed pickles!

Or, for probiotic bounty and digestive health, you can leave out the vinegar and make these pickles traditionally by fermenting them in brine—in which case they will be ready in a week or two.

If you are going to ferment these pickles in brine, a special airlock lid for your wide-mouth canning jar is extremely helpful. An airlock lid releases excess carbon dioxide from the jar automatically without needing to regularly “burp” the lid by hand. It keeps all oxygen out which helps create the highest amount of healthy gut bacteria (probiotics) possible in your ferment, and prevents mold. (where to airlock jar lids online)

More Pickle Recipes

  • Dilly Snap Peas
  • Watermelon Rind Pickles
  • Simple Pickled Beets
  • Simple Homemade Sauerkraut
  • Heirloom Tomato Pickles

Small Footprint Dill Pickles

This easy homemade dill pickle recipe will deliciously preserve some of your summer produce.

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Tepache – Fermented Pineapple Brew https://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/tepache-fermented-pineapple-brew https://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/tepache-fermented-pineapple-brew#comments Wed, 15 Aug 2018 00:50:44 +0000 https://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/?p=23424 Tepache – Fermented Pineapple Brew

Sweet, light, refreshing, Tepache is a mild, fermented pineapple brew made using pineapple peels. Tepache originated in Pre-Columbian central Mexico as a popular drink among the Nahua people.

In the náhuatl language, the word tepache means “drink made from corn,” and originally, tepache was made from corn (maize), but the contemporary recipe for tepache uses pineapple rinds.

Though tepache is fermented for a few days, the resulting drink does not contain much alcohol, unless you add brewer’s yeast. In fact, the longer you ferment the pineapple, the more it gets closer to vinegar (which is great in its own right).

Make sure you use organic pineapples for this recipe. The fermentation process for tepache relies on the yeast that naturally lives on pineapple peels, so you’ll want to make sure your fruit doesn’t have any pesticides residues on it.

Tepache – Fermented Pineapple Brew

Sweet, light, refreshing, Tepache is a mild, fermented pineapple drink made using leftover pineapple peels. 

  • 1 ripe whole pineapple ((or use just the peels))
  • 1 cup raw cane sugar ((Rapadura, panela or Piloncillo))
  • 5 whole cloves
  • 1 whole cinnamon stick
  • 1 quart purified water
  • 1/2-1 tsp (or 4g) brewer's yeast ((optional) This increases the alcohol content of the brew.)
  1. Rinse the pineapple to remove any dust or debris.

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How to Make Oat Milk https://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/how-to-make-oat-milk https://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/how-to-make-oat-milk#comments Thu, 02 Aug 2018 01:52:32 +0000 https://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/?p=23418 How to Make Oat Milk

Many people are choosing non-dairy milks like soy, almond and coconut milk these days either because they are sensitive to dairy products or they are concerned about the effect of industrial dairy production on the health of cows and the environment.

But not all non-dairy milks are healthy or sustainable.

Problems with non-dairy alternatives to milk include:

  • Some are made with GMO ingredients or industrial monocultures (especially soy milk);
  • Some require vast, unsustainable quantities of water and generate tons of waste to produce. (almond milk, rice milk);
  • Some are shipped from fragile, tropical ecosystems thousands of miles away (coconut milk);
  • Some are sorely lacking in taste, nutrition and cooking function (rice milk);
  • Most contain questionable or unhealthy additives like sugar, carrageenan and guar gum.

But there is a non-dairy milk that tastes phenomenal, is uses 6 times less water than almond milk, is affordable to produce, and can actually improve incomes for small and mid-size farmers:

Oat milk.

What is Oat Milk?

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Simple Date Spread (Gluten Free, Paleo, Vegan) https://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/fresh-date-spread https://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/fresh-date-spread#respond Tue, 31 Jul 2018 06:03:44 +0000 https://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/?p=24813 Simple Date Spread (Gluten Free, Paleo, Vegan)

As a transplant to the West Coast, I had never had a fresh date before. I never liked the hard, withered dry dates in the bulk bin of my local health food store on the East Coast, but fresh, ripe dates just picked from the tree are creamy and sweet, with a crisp skin that tries to slip off as you eat them. This simple spread makes the most of your fresh dates.

Related:

  • Brazilian Fig Torte
  • Stuffed Dates with Pistachio and Orange
  • Autumn Harvest Stuffed Dates

Simple Date Spread

Quick, easy to make, and delicious, this fresh date spread is a sweet treat to put on bread, ice cream or any other dessert.

  • 1 cup fresh dates
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice (fresh-squeezed)
  • 1 tsp. rose water ((OPTIONAL))
  1. Pit the dates, chop them roughly, and pack them firmly into a bowl.
  2. Add lemon juice, rosewater (if used), and sufficient pure water to barely cover the dates.
  3. Refrigerate overnight, then purée using a blender.

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Turnip and Rutabaga Salad with Watercress (Gluten Free, Paleo, Vegan) https://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/turnip-rutabaga-salad-with-watercress https://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/turnip-rutabaga-salad-with-watercress#respond Sun, 01 Jul 2018 00:20:15 +0000 https://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/?p=24604 Turnip and Rutabaga Salad with Watercress (Gluten Free, Paleo, Vegan)

Native to western Asia, the turnip has served as food for humans and their livestock for centuries. In fact, the humble turnip was a daily staple in Europe long before potatoes were. But if you are like many people these days, you might not know what to do with turnips. This bright, fresh late summer salad can help you make the most of this nutritious root.

Turnip Nutrition

Turnip roots are low in calories, a good source of folic acid, calcium and iron, and high in vitamin C. In fact, turnip juice has twice the amount of vitamin C as orange juice.

According to traditional Asian medicine, eating turnips improves circulation of qi (energy) and is healthful for the blood. Nutritional researchers suggest that the turnip is an effective food for clearing mucus and treating bronchial disorders such as coughs, bronchitis, and asthma. Eating raw turnips is said to help disperse lung congestion.

Turnip Selection and Storage

Turnips come in many shapes and sizes, but the most common varieties have creamy white skin with shades of purple, reddish pink, or green. If you choose yellow, chances are you’re holding a rutabaga–a cousin to the turnip, which is also in season at the same time.

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Fig Avocado Salsa (Gluten Free, Vegan, Paleo) https://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/fig-avocado-salsa-recipe https://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/fig-avocado-salsa-recipe#respond Sun, 17 Jun 2018 05:05:42 +0000 https://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/?p=23334 Fig Avocado Salsa (Gluten Free, Vegan, Paleo)

Figs are coming into season here in Southern California, and trees all over the neighborhood are absolutely loaded with them. Aren’t fresh figs just gorgeous?

Here is a scrumptious fresh fig recipe to help you enjoy the bounty of these special fruits.

Fig Nutrition

Figs are high in natural and simple sugars, minerals and fiber. They contain good levels of potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron, copper and manganese. Dried figs contain an impressive 250mg of calcium per 100g, compared to whole milk with only 118mg.

Fig Selection and Storage

Figs tend to be more popular in their dried form because fresh figs are very delicate and tend to deteriorate quickly. In other words, they don’t ship well at all. When choosing fresh figs, select those which are plump and tender, have a rich, deep color, are free from bruises and are not mushy.

Ripe figs should not be washed until ready to eat and should be kept covered and refrigerated, where they will remain fresh for approximately 2-3 days. Unripe figs should be kept at room temperature and out of direct sunlight. Dried figs will keep best in a sealed jar or package in the fridge.

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How to Use Stinging Nettles https://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/how-to-use-stinging-nettles https://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/how-to-use-stinging-nettles#comments Sat, 12 May 2018 12:32:07 +0000 http://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/?p=656 How to Use Stinging Nettles

Today I weeded my very overgrown flower garden, and learned (the hard way) that stinging nettles are the most common weed there. But despite the fire in my hands that lasted for several minutes, I was so grateful to find them! Here's why...

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How to Grow Beets Organically https://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/how-to-grow-beets https://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/how-to-grow-beets#comments Wed, 28 Mar 2018 15:23:57 +0000 http://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/?p=15505 How to Grow Beets Organically

Growing beets in your garden can give you access to the many beautiful, tasty varieties of heirloom and specialty beets that you just can’t get from the grocery store. Here’s how to grow beets organically…

History of Beetroot

Both beets and Swiss chard are different varieties within the same plant family (Amaranthaceae-Chenopodiaceae) and their edible leaves share a resemblance in both taste and texture. However, unlike chard, attached to the beet’s green leaves is a sweet, round or oblong root.

The wild beet, the ancestor of the beet with which we are familiar today, is thought to have originated in prehistoric times in North Africa and eventually spread wild along Asian and European seashores. In these earlier times, people exclusively ate the beet greens and not the roots.

The ancient Romans were one of the first civilizations to cultivate beets to use their roots as food. The tribes that invaded Rome were responsible for spreading beets throughout northern Europe where they were first used for animal fodder and later for human consumption later in the 16th century.

Beets’ value grew in the 19th century when it was discovered that they were a concentrated source of sugar, and the first sugar beet factory was built in Poland.

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How to Grow Peas Organically https://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/how-to-grow-snap-peas https://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/how-to-grow-snap-peas#respond Mon, 05 Mar 2018 03:02:18 +0000 http://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/?p=15867 How to Grow Peas Organically

Peas are pretty easy to grow. Just give them cool, spring weather, composted soil that drains well, and some climbing support. If you’re short on space, peas can be grown in containers, along walls, or trained up corn and sunflower stalks.

History and Culture of Peas

Peas are one of the world’s oldest crops. Wild peas were foraged centuries before they were domesticated as the trellis climbers we know today. Peas were one of the first plants to be selectively bred by farmers, and were the key crop that Gregor Mendel used in the 1800s to figure out how plant genetics and hybridization worked.

Related: The Difference Between Open Pollinated Seeds, Hybrids, and GMOs

There are many heirloom and specialty varieties of peas available in garden catalogs. Peas come in two basic types: shelling peas and “snap” or “snow” peas. Both types need the same conditions for growing, but shelling peas do not have an edible pod and therefore the peas must be removed or “shucked” from the pod after harvest.

In contrast, snap or snow peas are meant to be eaten whole, pod and all.

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Roasted Beet and Grapefruit Salad (Gluten Free, Paleo, Vegan) https://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/roasted-beet-grapefruit-salad https://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/roasted-beet-grapefruit-salad#comments Sat, 27 Jan 2018 08:20:44 +0000 http://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/?p=3059 Roasted Beet and Grapefruit Salad (Gluten Free, Paleo, Vegan)

Grapefruit is now coming into season here in Southern California—and shipping to grocery stores nationwide. With a bumper crop of fresh citrus everywhere (it’s common for people to have some type of citrus tree in their yard here), it’s important to find creative ways to use it up.

Here is a special way to enjoy the brightness of grapefruit this season.

A Brief History of Grapefruit

The grapefruit (Citrus paradisi) is a large citrus fruit related to the orange, lemon and pomelo. Grapefruits are categorized as white (blond), pink or ruby, which refers to the color of their flesh inside the yellow or green peel.

Grapefruits were commercially discovered in Barbados in the 18th century. Many botanists think the grapefruit was actually the result of a natural cross breeding which occurred between the orange and the pomelo, a citrus fruit that was brought from Indonesia to Barbados in the 17th century.

The resulting fruit was given the name “grapefruit” in 1814 in Jamaica, a name which reflects the way it’s arranged when it grows—hanging in clusters just like grapes.

Grapefruit trees were planted in Florida in the early 19th century, although they did not become a viable commercial crop until later that century.

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Homemade Almond Milk Yogurt (Gluten Free, Paleo, Vegan) https://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/homemade-almond-milk-yogurt https://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/homemade-almond-milk-yogurt#comments Fri, 05 Jan 2018 03:55:44 +0000 https://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/?p=22370 Homemade Almond Milk Yogurt (Gluten Free, Paleo, Vegan)

Is your dairy-free family obsessed with yogurt like mine? This homemade almond milk yogurt recipe is a delicious, affordable option if you and your family love yogurt but are vegan or can’t tolerate dairy products.

Years ago, I made a gallon of homemade cow’s yogurt at a shot. My kids would gobble it up in a few days. It was simple to make and the control over each ingredient made me happy.

Fast forward a few years. We discovered milk caused tummy aches, diarrhea, and heartburn in my kids. It was heartbreaking. My kids loved milk and yogurt! But the cost of non-dairy yogurt was a hard pill to swallow. The way my kids eat yogurt, they kick a pint size yogurt container each by 10am.

I experimented with making my own almond milk yogurt. It was a rough road: Lots of failed yogurt batches and disappointed little kids when a batch didn’t pan out. We made the best of it.

Here are 3 lessons I had to learn the hard way. Don’t make the same mistakes. Let’s save you time, money and frustration.

1. You Must Use Homemade Almond Milk

I have attempted to make yogurt with several varieties of store-bought almond milk. 

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10 Green New Years REVolutions https://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/10-green-new-years-resolutions https://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/10-green-new-years-resolutions#comments Sun, 31 Dec 2017 09:53:47 +0000 http://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/?p=8241 10 Green New Years REVolutions

Here are 10 things you can resolve to do this year to help make a big difference in the world, and save you some money, too.

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Homemade Honey Vanilla Marshmallows (Corn Syrup & Egg Free) https://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/homemade-marshmallow-recipe https://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/homemade-marshmallow-recipe#respond Tue, 28 Nov 2017 21:12:35 +0000 http://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/?p=13854 Homemade Honey Vanilla Marshmallows (Corn Syrup & Egg Free)

What goes better with a steaming cup of hot cocoa or a cozy fire than marshmallows, right?

Unfortunately for the person with food sensitivities, the average store-bought marshmallow can be problematic. I mean, aside from the nasty GMO corn or wheat syrup, why exactly does a white marshmallow need FD&C Blue No. 5, anyway?

These whole food, homemade marshmallows have none of the unnecessary artificial colors, flavors or chemical stabilizers, nor any of the refined, GMO sugars that are in the store-bought variety. In face, all you need to make these yummy, honey-sweetened marshmallows are simple ingredients: Purified water, grass-fed gelatin, honey, maple syrup, real vanilla extract, and a pinch of sea salt.

Homemade marshmallows are really easy to make but you will need a candy thermometer to make sure the syrup gets to just the right temperature. You can find them easily at most kitchen goods stores or online. Also, you’ll want an upright stand mixer or old-fashioned hand mixer to make quick work of your marshmallows!

For the best s’mores ever, toast these babies up and smush them between gluten-free, dairy-free chocolate chip cookies. They are also outstanding in hot cocoa or masala chai tea.

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Stuffed Dates with Pistachio and Orange (Gluten Free, Paleo, Vegan) https://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/stuffed-dates-pistachio-orange https://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/stuffed-dates-pistachio-orange#respond Tue, 10 Oct 2017 08:18:44 +0000 https://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/?p=24822 Stuffed Dates with Pistachio and Orange (Gluten Free, Paleo, Vegan)

When fresh dates come into season in the fall, it’s really hard to get enough of them. Fresh dates have a smooth, creamy texture and a rich, maple-y flavor. You can barely believe they are the same fruit as their dehydrated counterparts.

This recipe can be made with fresh dates or slightly dried dates. If your dates are too dry, you might try soaking them briefly in warm, purified water to plump them up a bit before stuffing them.

Fresh dates will keep for up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator if you wrap them tightly. If you have too many dates, freeze them and they will last throughout the winter. You can also dehydrate and store them in a cool, dry place for 6 to 12 months.

Related:

  • Simple Date Spread
  • Brazilian Fig Torte
  • Autumn Harvest Stuffed Dates

Stuffed Dates with Pistachio and Orange

Bright, sweet and nutty, these seasonal delicacies will give you a taste of the Mediterranean and bring the best out of your fresh dates.

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How to Ready Your Barn for the Winter https://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/how-to-ready-your-barn-for-the-winter https://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/how-to-ready-your-barn-for-the-winter#comments Tue, 26 Sep 2017 21:40:28 +0000 http://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/?p=20684 How to Ready Your Barn for the Winter

Winter is just around the corner, and that means you need to prepare your animal shelters to weather the cold. It’s best to get started as soon as possible, else you’ll find that it’s extremely difficult (if not impossible) to complete certain tasks when the real cold hits.

Here are some tips on how to winterize your barn, so that you and your livestock can have an easy hassle-free winter!

Organize and Clean Everything

Fall is a great time to do a thorough cleaning of your barn. Cleaning and organizing is integral in keeping your barn functioning smoothly through the winter, especially as days get shorter and the weather gets colder and wetter.

Get rid of any extra and non-usable supplies you might have, like empty feed bags, broken equipment, or piles of junk. Dust off any surfaces, including shelving and lighting fixtures. Hose down stalls and mats, and clean and/or replace all the bedding.

Your cleaning dissuades winter dust from settling in, and also helps deter rodents that tend to take up residence in warm spaces like your barn during the winter time.

Prepare Your Water Supply

Making sure your barn has a clean, unfrozen supply of water for animal care is integral in the winter months. 

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Coconut Milk Shampoo Sticks https://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/coconut-milk-shampoo-bar-recipe https://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/coconut-milk-shampoo-bar-recipe#comments Thu, 14 Sep 2017 00:15:13 +0000 https://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/?p=22132 Coconut Milk Shampoo Sticks

It’s no secret the planet is awash in plastic trash, so anything we can do to avoid using single-use plastic items like bottles, straws, and bags is a win for both conserving resources and preventing pollution.

By using a shampoo bar in lieu of bottled shampoo, you’ll get beautiful locks while reducing waste, and saving both natural resources and money. And by making your own shampoo bars and soaps, you’ll save even more money, and feel great about the safe, food-grade ingredients you are using to cleanse your hair and body. 

Simple & Natural Soapmaking

Soapmaking is a fun and practical hobby, as well as a valuable homesteading skill. Homemade soap also makes a gorgeous, affordable gift for almost any occasion.

But even if you just want to dabble, my favorite book on the subject, Simple & Natural Soapmaking, is a very thorough resource for any brand-new soap maker, with fun ideas for someone with more experience as well.

In her comprehensive guide, herbalist Jan Berry offers detailed tutorials and step-by-step photographs for making traditional cold-process soap and the more modern hot-process method with a slow cooker.

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Why Salt is Good for You, But Some Salt is Better Than Others https://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/sea-salt-is-better-than-table-salt https://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/sea-salt-is-better-than-table-salt#comments Fri, 11 Aug 2017 06:00:56 +0000 http://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/?p=1903 Why Salt is Good for You, But Some Salt is Better Than Others

Salt has earned a bad reputation in recent years, so it may comes as a surprise to hear this ancient seasoning, consumed in moderation, is actually crucial for good health.

Humans are made up of about 72% water and 28% mineral salts and organic material (like bacteria, proteins and fatty acids.) As such, there are two “oceans” of water in the body. One ocean is held inside the cells of our bodies, and the other ocean is the sea of fluid existing outside of our cells.

Your good health depends on a delicate balance between the volume of these two bodies of water, and this balance is achieved by salt—natural, unrefined mineral salts.

A Grain of Salt

The differences between refined, processed salt (also known as “table salt”) and unrefined natural salt are as great as the differences between white sugar and freshly cut and dried sugar cane. These differences can have an impact on staying healthy, avoiding potentially toxic additives, and increasing your risk of diseases you want to avoid.

The typical modern, refined table salt can be compared to refined sugar or refined flour—it used to be a healthful, whole food, but our industrial food system has stripped and processed it to death.

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5 Planet-Friendly Ways to Keep Yourself Cool This Summer https://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/5-eco-friendly-ways-to-keep-cool-in-summer https://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/5-eco-friendly-ways-to-keep-cool-in-summer#comments Thu, 03 Aug 2017 01:09:37 +0000 https://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/?p=21725 5 Planet-Friendly Ways to Keep Yourself Cool This Summer

The scorching summer temperatures make the thought of spending hot afternoons in an air-conditioned room very appealing. Unfortunately, air conditioning has a huge environmental impact that most of us are unaware of.

In fact, a typical room air conditioner, for example, uses 10-20 times as much electricity as a ceiling fan. Air conditioning also means more refrigerants, which in turn leads to potentially higher greenhouse gases.

While it may not be possible to completely cut out air conditioning from your lifestyle, here are some tips on how to keep your body cool this summer in an environmentally responsible manner, no matter where you happen to be…

1. Avoid Heat Emitters

In terms of household appliances, chores, and duties, avoid or modify those that emit heat during the summer. For example:

  • Try to grill or cook your food outdoors, instead of heating up the kitchen with the stove or oven. Put the slow cooker in the garage to stew your dinner. Try your hand at making a solar cooker or outdoor wood-fired pizza oven!
  • Allow dishes to air dry in your dishwasher as this reduces heat emission.

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4 Powerful Ways To Be Eco-Friendly At The Office https://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/eco-friendly-office https://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/eco-friendly-office#comments Thu, 22 Jun 2017 22:13:09 +0000 https://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/?p=21299 4 Powerful Ways To Be Eco-Friendly At The Office

The majority of our days is spent at work. Even so, a surprisingly small number of us think about the environmental impact of our office lifestyles on the planet.

Although there are many reasons as to why management should adopt sustainable business practices (reducing bills being one of them), companies seem to struggle to implement green measures into their daily routine.

Thankfully, even if your company hasn’t “gone green” as a whole, there are things you can do and habits you can adopt as an employee to make your workplace more eco-friendly.

Green Your Commute

Research states that every working American spends approximately 47 hours per year commuting through traffic. This adds up to 3.7 billion hours and 23 billion gallons of gas wasted in traffic each year.

Carpooling, using a bike, and using public transportation are some of the ways to reduce this stress on the environment (and on you, too!). Some companies even offer incentives for employees who bike or use public transport.

If you are in a position to change your ride, consider getting a compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicle. Compared to gasoline, CNG reduces carbon-monoxide emissions by 90 to 97 percent — that’s a lot!

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Why You Should Soak Your Nuts and Seeds https://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/why-you-should-soak-nuts-and-seeds https://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/why-you-should-soak-nuts-and-seeds#comments Thu, 01 Jun 2017 11:50:38 +0000 http://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/?p=490 Why You Should Soak Your Nuts and Seeds

High in vitamins, minerals, protein and healthy fats, nuts and seeds are little powerhouses of nutrition. However, nuts and seeds also contain phytic acid and large amounts of enzyme inhibitors which protect them from sprouting until they have the rain and sun they need to grow. And unfortunately, these natural chemicals can be quite hard on the stomach.

So, if you’ve ever had tummy trouble after eating nuts and seeds, don’t give up on them yet!

Why Soak Nuts and Seeds?

In nature, a seed or nut normally gets enough moisture from rain to wash off the acids and enzyme inhibitors so it can germinate and produce a plant. By soaking nuts and seeds before you eat them, you imitate nature by neutralizing these toxic growth inhibitors, releasing the natural enzymes and vitality within them.

These enzymes, in turn, increase the vitamin content of your nuts and seeds, especially the B vitamins. Soaking also makes them much easier to digest and enables their many nutrients to be more easily absorbed by your body.

After you soak them, you can do one of two things:

  1. You could set them out to sprout for a few days.

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Brazilian Fig Torte (Gluten Free, Paleo, Vegan) https://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/brazilian-fig-torte-recipe https://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/brazilian-fig-torte-recipe#comments Thu, 25 May 2017 17:17:15 +0000 http://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/?p=1096 Brazilian Fig Torte (Gluten Free, Paleo, Vegan)

Figs are coming into season here in Southern California, and trees all over the neighborhood are absolutely loaded with them. Here are two fresh fig recipes to help you enjoy the bounty of these special fruits.

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8 Ways to Go Green with Your Pet https://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/8-ways-to-go-green-with-your-pet https://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/8-ways-to-go-green-with-your-pet#comments Sat, 20 May 2017 21:08:57 +0000 http://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/?p=19113 8 Ways to Go Green with Your Pet

While humans and our insatiable consumerism are the primary drivers of climate change, pets have a surprisingly large impact of their own.

With around one billion pet dogs and cats in the world eating billions of pounds of meat and GMO grains a year, and producing half a billion pounds of waste every day, Rover and Mittens have a massive effect on the health and sustainability of our environment.

So what can be done to make our pets more planet-friendly? Here are 8 ways to reduce the ecological “pawprint” of your cats and dogs…

1. Purchase Pet Products Wisely

Just as you try to avoid toxic plastics, flame retardants and noxious household chemicals for the sake of your own health, you should also consider your pet’s health when purchasing toys, bedding and grooming products.

Read labels! Buy organic bedding, and choose toys, collars and leashes made from natural materials or plastics that do not contain vinyl, phthalates or BPA. (A hemp collar and leash is an especially nice choice.)

Use eco-friendly shampoos and conditioners that are free from toxic chemicals and manufactured with natural ingredients. (Here are some brands to check out.)

And if your pet has an accident indoors, use eco-friendly, non-toxic cleaning products to clean up after them.

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Take an Eco Friendly Vacation – Low Impact Travel Tips https://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/eco-friendly-vacation-low-impact-travel-tips https://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/eco-friendly-vacation-low-impact-travel-tips#comments Sat, 20 May 2017 05:29:53 +0000 https://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/?p=21119 Take an Eco Friendly Vacation – Low Impact Travel Tips

Every summer, millions of people world-wide travel far from home to enjoy holidays, vacations and family visits. All this moving around uses a lot of resources and generates a lot of pollution. Unfortunately, most travel today is far from environmentally friendly.

Here are some simple travel tips on how to have a great vacation with a smaller, more planet-friendly footprint…

Plan for Eco-Tourism

The World Conservation Union (IUCN) defines ecotourism as:

“Environmentally responsible travel to natural areas, in order to enjoy and appreciate nature (and accompanying cultural features, both past and present) that promote conservation, have a low visitor impact and provide for beneficially active socio-economic involvement of local peoples.”

From a traveler’s standpoint, ecotourism includes sensitivity towards, and appreciation of, local cultures and biodiversity. Such travelers practice conscientious, low-impact behavior.

Most people forego even trying to plan an eco-friendly trip, because they are under the misconception that traveling green involves sacrificing too many “regular” activities—especially those that make holidays fun.

However, there are many ecotourism companies all over the world offering fun tours and trips (sometimes to incredible places that can only be seen using low impact transport like walking, bicycle, canoe, or horseback)

Consider booking an eco-tourism trip if you want to have a fun vacation with the least impact on the surrounding environment.

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Dilly Pickled Snap Peas (Gluten Free, Paleo, Vegan) https://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/dilly-pickled-snap-peas https://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/dilly-pickled-snap-peas#respond Tue, 02 May 2017 04:11:50 +0000 https://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/?p=23156 Dilly Pickled Snap Peas (Gluten Free, Paleo, Vegan)

Snap and snow peas are some of the delights of spring. But they disappear fast, so preserve some of your snap pea harvest by making these pickles.

Related:

  • How to Grow Snap Peas
  • Lemony Snap Peas with Avocado

Dilly Pickled Snap Peas

These easy, delicious pickled snap peas will preserve your snap pea harvest and delight your taste buds all summer with their bright, fresh crunch!

  • 2 pounds snap peas
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper (or dried chili peppers)
  • 1 clove garlic (diced)
  • 1 head fresh dill
  • 2-1/2 cups purified water
  • 2-1/2 cups white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup sea salt
  1. Remove strings, if necessary, and pack snap peas as tightly as you can in hot, sterilized pint-size Mason jars, leaving 1/2-inch of headroom.
  2. To each jar add cayenne, garlic and dill.
  3. Boil water, vinegar and salt and then pour the mixture over the peas, leaving 1/4-inch headroom.
  4. Seal the jars and process for 15 minutes in a boiling water bath.

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Stinging Nettle Pesto (Gluten Free, Paleo, Vegan) https://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/stinging-nettle-pesto https://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/stinging-nettle-pesto#respond Mon, 01 May 2017 00:23:42 +0000 https://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/?p=24612 Stinging Nettle Pesto (Gluten Free, Paleo, Vegan)

Stinging nettles can be used as a nutrient-dense substitute in any dish calling for spinach or kale, but here’s a great way to enjoy them on their own.

Stinging Nettle Nutrition

Stinging nettle has a flavor similar to spinach, and is rich in vitamins A, C, D, K1, and many minerals including iron, potassium, manganese, calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, silica, iodine, silicon, sodium, and sulfur. Nettles also provide chlorophyll and tannin, and they’re a good source of B complex vitamins.

Stinging nettle has high levels of easily absorbed amino acids, and they’re ten percent protein—more than any other vegetable!

I like to pick nettles in large quantities so I can juice them, steam them, freeze them, or put them in soups and other dishes. I also dry them for tea, and tincture them in alcohol.

Handling Stinging Nettles

Always collect nettles using gloves, and wear a long-sleeved shirt. Also clean and chop nettles wearing gloves, too. Once you’ve cooked them a little (or even soaked them in hot water for a bit), the stingers are deactivated, and the plant becomes wonderfully edible.

Other Pesto Recipes You’ll Love

    • Basil Walnut Pesto
    • Sun Dried Tomato Pesto
    • Vegan Pesto with Zucchini
    • Pistachio Arugula Pesto

Fresh Nettle Pesto

This delightful, nutritious condiment makes the most out of the stingy weeds in your garden.

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100 Things You Can (and Should) Compost https://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/100-things-you-can-compost https://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/100-things-you-can-compost#comments Sat, 08 Apr 2017 11:27:51 +0000 http://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/?p=5581 100 Things You Can (and Should) Compost

For your soil, there is no better ingredient than compost, whether you till it into your garden beds or use it as mulch around shrubs and trees, it is considered essential to organic and sustainable food production.

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Is Alzheimer’s Disease Caused by Diet? https://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/preventing-alzheimers-disease https://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/preventing-alzheimers-disease#comments Mon, 20 Feb 2017 22:29:10 +0000 http://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/?p=3938 Is Alzheimer’s Disease Caused by Diet?

Our good health is almost always in our own hands. Alzheimer's disease takes 10-20 years to develop. This means that you need to start getting your diet and health right in your forties, at the latest, because dementia is largely preventable.

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The 10 Best Seed Companies for Heirloom and Non-GMO Seeds https://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/the-10-best-seed-companies-for-heirloom-seeds https://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/the-10-best-seed-companies-for-heirloom-seeds#comments Tue, 24 Jan 2017 12:23:44 +0000 http://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/?p=18537 The 10 Best Seed Companies for Heirloom and Non-GMO Seeds

If you’re looking for seeds for your vegetable garden that are not associated with GMOs, Bayer/Monsanto, or any of their subsidiaries, like Seminis, look no farther…Each of the following seed companies have taken the Safe Seed Pledge and tested their stock to be free of GMOs.

While there are dozens of great seed companies that have signed the Safe Seed Pledge, I particularly like the following ten companies because I have used their seeds, and they each have something extra special about their mission, their catalog, or their business practices that fosters greater sustainability for people and planet.

Each of these companies specialize in rare seed preservation, or they are employee-owned, or they focus on seeds that are adapted to a particular climate.

The larger companies on this list carry open-pollinated, heirloom and hybrid seed varieties, as well as onion and garlic sets, planting potatoes, berry plants, fruit trees, tools, and more.

Although you can’t reliably save hybrid seeds because of their genetics, hybrids are not GMOs, and can offer advantages like disease resistance, or special traits, colors or flavors (like seedless watermelons or “burpless” cucumbers) that you can’t find in open-pollinated and heirloom varieties.

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The Best Online Garden Planning Apps https://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/online-vegetable-garden-planning-tools https://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/online-vegetable-garden-planning-tools#comments Mon, 16 Jan 2017 09:29:35 +0000 http://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/?p=8915 The Best Online Garden Planning Apps

Whether your a garden sage or a total newbie, these online vegetable garden planning tools can make planning this year's garden a real snap!

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New Year’s Hoppin’ John Recipe with Kale https://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/hoppin-john-recipe-with-kale https://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/hoppin-john-recipe-with-kale#comments Mon, 19 Dec 2016 08:57:45 +0000 http://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/?p=13425 New Year’s Hoppin’ John Recipe with Kale

Eating black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day is an old Southern tradition. In fact black-eyed peas have been a symbol of luck and prosperity since Biblical times at least. Here’s a delicious way to enjoy their tasty, lucky goodness this year.

History of Hoppin’ John

Hoppin’ John is a traditional New Year’s dish from the American South that is made with bacon, salt pork or hog jowl, black-eyed peas, greens like collards or kale, and sometimes rice. The peas, since they swell when cooked, symbolize prosperity; the greens symbolize money; the pork, because pigs root forward when foraging, represent positive motion.

Some say the dish is named for an old, hobbled man called Hoppin’ John who became known for selling peas and rice on the streets of Charleston, South Carolina, but most food historians think the name comes from a French term for dried peas, “pois pigeons.” It’s also uncertain why the dish became associated with New Year’s and good luck.

New Year’s Traditions

Some people believe you should cook your New Year’s Hoppin’ John recipe with a new dime or penny, or add it to the pot before serving. The person who finds the coin in their portion will be extra lucky that year.

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24 Grain Free Holiday Cookie Recipes https://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/grain-free-holiday-cookie-recipes https://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/grain-free-holiday-cookie-recipes#comments Fri, 09 Dec 2016 17:57:00 +0000 http://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/?p=14179 24 Grain Free Holiday Cookie Recipes

Here are 24 delicious, dairy free, grain free holiday cookie recipes that are so darned yummy, no one will know the difference!

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Can Shopping Change the World? https://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/can-shopping-change-the-world https://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/can-shopping-change-the-world#comments Sun, 20 Nov 2016 09:58:50 +0000 http://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/?p=6410 Can Shopping Change the World?

Annie Leonard addresses the question "Can Shopping Change the World" in her latest animated video, The Story of Change. Don't miss it!

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If You Care About the Planet, Dump Your Bank and Join a Credit Union https://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/why-a-credit-union-is-better-than-a-bank https://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/why-a-credit-union-is-better-than-a-bank#comments Sun, 06 Nov 2016 13:03:17 +0000 http://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/?p=1243 If You Care About the Planet, Dump Your Bank and Join a Credit Union

It seems that wherever in the world people and planet are exploited for the sake of the easiest profit, you’ll find a Big Bank in partnership with a corrupt regime.

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21 Dairy Free, Gluten Free Thanksgiving Recipes https://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/gluten-free-thanksgiving-recipes https://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/gluten-free-thanksgiving-recipes#respond Thu, 03 Nov 2016 07:32:56 +0000 http://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/?p=13145 21 Dairy Free, Gluten Free Thanksgiving Recipes

Holidays can be tough for people with food allergies or sensitivities. Most traditional dishes seem to be loaded up with wheat, corn, butter, milk, and more, making it hard to enjoy your Thanksgiving meal.

Here are 21 delicious, healthy, dairy free and gluten free Thanksgiving recipes to complete your main dish (turkey, ham, etc.). Each is a twist on a traditional favorite that will make your holiday dinner safe and satisfying for everyone.

These recipes are suitable for low-carb, Paleo or GAPS diets, but feel free to make adjustments or substitutions where needed.

I’ve culled together these recipes from some of my favorite real food blogs from around the web. Just click on the image to go to the blog with the recipe.

Related: Thanksgiving Leftovers: Black Friday Pie and Turkey Soup with Root Vegetables

Dairy Free, Gluten Free Thanksgiving Side Dishes
Dairy Free, Gluten Free Thanksgiving Desserts
We wish you a very happy, healthy Thanksgiving holiday!

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5 Tips for a Sustainable Wedding https://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/sustainable-wedding https://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/sustainable-wedding#respond Tue, 01 Nov 2016 07:06:36 +0000 http://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/?p=20612 5 Tips for a Sustainable Wedding

Ah, weddings! Generally extravagant and lavish affairs, couples often consider their wedding as one of the most special days in their lives. Weddings, however, aren’t easy to plan, and often involve a high level of stress. Due to this, even people who are environmentally and socially responsible in their everyday lives can forget to adhere to their principles while planning a wedding.

Sadly, our special days can have many environmental repercussions, and that’s why it’s important to try and keep these wonderful occasions as eco-friendly as possible. The consequences of our environmental neglect are steadily building up—not only in terms of physical changes such as rising sea levels and drought, but also in terms of economics where experts have found that environmental neglect contributes to overall recession and job loss.

Here are some tips you can follow to make sure your wedding is sustainable. Implementing these ideas is actually quite easy. By taking these seemingly small steps, you will not only have a wonderful wedding, but also help sustain our beloved environment.

Invitations

Send invitations and envelopes made from recycled paper. Recycled paper can be very beautiful, and this way, each guest will receive a one-of-a-kind invite, since you can find recycled papers that are unique in shade and texture.

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Save Face with These DIY Organic Makeup Alternatives https://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/diy-organic-makeup-recipes https://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/diy-organic-makeup-recipes#comments Wed, 05 Oct 2016 20:12:51 +0000 http://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/?p=20583 Save Face with These DIY Organic Makeup Alternatives

Every individual is perfect in their own way, but that doesn’t mean that occasionally you won’t feel the need for a rosy cheek, a smokey eye, or a glossy lip! The majority of cosmetics contain chemicals and toxins that could potentially harm you, your skin, and age you ahead of your years. So why are we condoning toxic products that’ve been tested on animals when we can have our own makeup, and eat it too!

I challenge you to substitute at least one product in your makeup bag for one of these all-natural and organic makeup alternatives for one week! Using ingredients from your kitchen and local farmer’s market you can make and replace everything in your makeup bag!

More Than Skin-Deep

So what do you really have in your makeup bag? Have you ever thought to check the ingredients per product to see what they mean? Believe it or not the effects of makeup on your health are more serious than you may think.

Your makeup bag holds everything from asbestos to lead, and even more horrors in between! You will find that several of the ingredients in your makeup bag act as stabilizers for industrial cleaners and pesticides.

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The Inconvenient Truth About Canola Oil https://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/the-inconvenient-truth-about-canola-oil https://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/the-inconvenient-truth-about-canola-oil#comments Sun, 25 Sep 2016 07:31:39 +0000 http://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/?p=2144 The Inconvenient Truth About Canola Oil

They say canola oil is "heart healthy" and a good source of monounsaturated fats similar to olive oil. Nothing could be further from the truth.

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16 Ways to Eliminate Indoor Air Pollution https://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/how-to-eliminate-indoor-air-pollution https://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/how-to-eliminate-indoor-air-pollution#comments Thu, 15 Sep 2016 15:14:57 +0000 http://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/?p=20506 16 Ways to Eliminate Indoor Air Pollution

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the air we breathe inside our homes and offices can be five times more polluted than the air outside, and this may be affecting your health and the health of your family members.

“Indoor air quality can be worse than outdoor air quality in almost every case,” according to William J. Calhoun, MD, professor of medicine and vice chair of the department of medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.

That’s because enclosed spaces like homes and offices allow pollutants to accumulate and concentrate in the very places where we spend almost 90% of our time.

Improving Air Quality Improves Your Health

I believe the health of the human species directly correlates to the health of our environment. It’s not an accident so many of us are facing chronic illness, autoimmune disease and cancer at the same time that the planet has become so polluted. We are inherently interdependent with all things.

To heal one, we must also heal the other.

Because children, elders and people with illnesses are particularly sensitive to pollution, getting the toxins out of your air at home is just as important as getting them out of your food and water.

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Heirloom Tomato Pickles (Gluten Free, Paleo, Vegan) https://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/heirloom-tomato-pickles https://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/heirloom-tomato-pickles#respond Tue, 23 Aug 2016 20:22:23 +0000 https://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/?p=23913 Heirloom Tomato Pickles (Gluten Free, Paleo, Vegan)

Summer brings a bounty of garden-fresh produce, and one of the best ways to enjoy and preserve it is by pickling some of it.

With fresh garlic and herbs, these heirloom tomato pickles are a tasty way to preserve and enjoy the bumper crop of tomatoes and fresh herbs from your garden!

Choose firm, ripe tomatoes for this recipe, and combine them with whichever herbs are ready to harvest, such as basil, oregano, dill, thyme or chives!

More Pickle Recipes

  • Garlic Pickled Greens
  • Watermelon Rind Pickles
  • Simple Pickled Beets
  • Simple Homemade Sauerkraut
  • Small Footprint Dill Pickles
  • Dilly Pickled Snap Peas

Heirloom Tomato Pickles

With fresh garlic and herbs, these pickles are a tasty way to preserve and enjoy a bounty of heirloom tomatoes.

  • 2 cups heirloom tomatoes (vertically quartered (try mixing different kinds, including green or cherry tomatoes in your batch!))
  • 2 to 4 cloves garlic (sliced)
  • 1/2 cup fresh herbs (chopped (I like to use lemon basil and oregano))
  • 1 Tbsp.

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