Jen Snider

Fresh Corn “Pesto”

6/4/15 |

One of the most pleasurable aspects of summer is the “just cut it up and throw it in a bowl” quality of the food in the garden. Our basil has been growing so boldly over the last few weeks that I thought about hauling out the food processor to make a batch of pesto, but then …Read More

Farmer E’s Gluten-free Pancakes

5/14/15 |

Sometimes you mess with recipes for fun. Sometimes you’re trying to win a contest! These were made for a school fundraiser that ended up showcasing a wonderful array of healthful pancake alternatives. I love these because they are light, buttery and easy to make. Throw some fresh or frozen berries on top, and maybe a …Read More

Comforting Ourselves through Change

5/14/15 |

Letting go of our dearest comforts takes extra special care.  This morning, we started a “no-binkie” experiment to see how our little boy would fare. He was upset first, then brave, and for a good hour, he was absolutely fine. Then, in a moment of absent-minded comfort-seeking, he went for the binkie. His courage collapsed into outrage, desperation, sadness and fear. …Read More

Farm Fresh Food and Community

4/29/15 |

I have a bright, shining love that’s always alight for the farmers and sustainable farming advocates and educators of the world. Our farmers are nothing less than the talented, committed, resourceful and incredibly hard working people who week after week connect us with the healthiest food around. We’ll be visiting area farmers markets nearly every week this …Read More

2-Minute Power Beet Salad

4/8/15 |

The way I usually cook is fast. Quick, thrown together combinations of real food and stuff that makes it taste great. I balance flavors and textures by instinct more than by procedure. This is one of those thrown together meals that is so satisfying and delicious and EASY.  Got a cheese grater? Good. You’ve got …Read More

A Few Wild Yums of Spring

4/8/15 |

I am a newbie to wild foods, but the bits I know are precious to me now. To walk across an uncultivated field and see ~food~ growing everywhere is a piece of mammalian wisdom that has been unintentionally lost to humans as we have grown accustomed to cultivated and manufactured foods. Foraging for wild foods …Read More

Outrageously Healthy Salad

4/8/15 |

As I prepared this salad, I felt myself getting more and more excited about its nutrient power (and I also grew suspicious about whether it would taste great when all was said and done). Much to my joy, it is as beautiful and delicious as it is nutritious. I ended up adding some of the wild …Read More

Why We Bring Kindness to Physical Movement

3/26/15 |

Movement is an essential element of wellness. Regular movement can impact our days by giving us better energy, less anxiety and sadness, clearer thinking and less stress, while improving our long-term health outlook for just about any chronic disease you can think of. The human body is built for dynamic motion and interaction with the outside world, but modern life, with hours sitting in cars, …Read More

Healing Guts and Living Well at Two Chicks Farm

3/18/15 |

Last fall our friends Debbie and Audrey of Two Chicks Farm took some valuable time to meet with me and talk about their wonderful health-promoting business. I hope you’ll spend a moment with these two folks who took the opportunity to turn the potential devastation of a layoff into a whole new life path, taking …Read More

Am I Eating Right? (with free food log!)

3/10/15 |

When I speak to health-concerned clients, the most common complaint I hear is a sense of overwhelm, confusion and irritation about knowing what or what not to eat. It makes sense. We all want to feel well, live a long time, achieve our goals and avoid terrible diseases, so the media messages that challenge our choices hit us in …Read More

Beet and Quinoa Salad

3/9/15 |

I love quinoa salads, and this is a glamorous addition to the quinoa salad recipe book. I chose some heavy slices of beet for this one to add a bit of drama and heft to the salad, though diced or wedged beet would have been just as fun. When you eat this bright, flavorful, delicious …Read More

Zingy Lemon Pudding

3/9/15 |

I’ve taken to trying new recipes on unsuspecting dinner guests. It’s a blast (and sometimes risky), and in the case of this terrific pudding recipe, I benefited from having a visitor who helped me add the secret ingredient that gave this very lemony pudding a satisfying earthy crunch. If you like lemon, I bet you’ll …Read More

Greens and Goat Cheese “Muffin”

3/9/15 |

This muffin is more like a mini-soufflé than a muffin, and it is a delightful, rich, joyful way to eat a pile of veggies for breakfast or snack.  If you’re not familiar with goat cheese, I recommend finding a local farmer to buy from or talk with your grocer about what they’ve got.  You’ll need a soft …Read More

Soft Bellies and Winter

2/24/15 |

I’ve been thinking about the extra bit of softness and roundness some of us experience in our bodies in the cooler months. I was having some fun with this article idea and googling things like “natural winter weight gain” and predictably finding a sea of articles with tips to combat, fight, and otherwise wage war …Read More

Delight in Romantic Eating (no partner required)

2/13/15 |

Whether you’re flying solo or with another this Valentine’s Day, a deep and resonant pleasure awaits. Mindful eating is a gift that can fill the heart, nourish the the body and banish discomfort, not to mention being a powerful tool in the lifelong journey of healthy eating. As you plan what to eat today, or …Read More

Sweet Potato Brussels Sprout Hash

2/9/15 |

Sweet potato hash is such a joyful, filling, warming dish, great for breakfast and dinner alike. It stands alone well, and if you eat eggs, it loves a soft boiled egg companion.  I did a little pre-roast of the sweet potatoes and Brussels sprouts before I tossed them into the skillet and they came out beautifully. Ingredients …Read More

Deep Down Good Sweet Potato Stew

2/3/15 |

This is, hands down, our favorite soup recipe. We eat it a couple of times a month and when someone gets sick or dies, it’s the one we bring to loved ones and they always ask for the recipe. The stew works well vegan or with chicken. I don’t know what else to say, except that this soup …Read More

Lazy Turtle Yum Yum Energy Bars

2/3/15 |

With a toddler in the house, we’re always looking for nutrient-packed treats that we can make quickly at home and that are good for young and old alike. My favorite part of this recipe is how quick and easy it was to make. We had the ingredients at the ready for the most part and our …Read More

Butternut and Collard Greens Posole

2/3/15 |

This warm and gently spicy soup  is hearty and satisfying. When I prepared it the first time, I enjoyed finally taking the time to learn more about one of posole soup’s magic ingredients: hominy. Hominy is whole kernel corn that has been taken through a process (used by many cultures for centuries) called nixtamilization, which makes …Read More

Quinoa and Roasted Vegetable Pilaf

2/3/15 |

I love recipes that are light, but filling; could work as a side or main dish; and are FULL of color.  This one satisfies on all fronts. Eating this balanced whole meal salad just feels healthy.  I’ve had it for lunch three days this week and it’s held up well and the flavor seems to just …Read More