Category Archives: Cool Stuff

Thank you Mac-n-Mo’s for featuring Healthy Delectable on your Blog!

Mac-n-Mo’s is an awesome business. Maura Knowles created her delicious treats out of love…after her diabetic father suffered from two massive heart attacks, and needed to change his diet after his recovery. After searching store after store for a sweet treat, and finding nothing for Dad’s sweet tooth, Maura tried to make him something. Several batches, and she found the morsel that went straight to her Dad’s stomach and heart, and decided to offer her morsels to the public.

Besides selling her gluten free sugar free treats to the public, Maura created The Morselist, a daily post featuring all things healthy. I was honored when she asked to interview me after we met at the Green Festival. Here is the post! The Morselist

Thank you ecolutionist for the excellent article!

My friend Nicole Schlosser saw that I am doing a cooking demo for The Green Festival on Saturday, October 29th at 11am, and asked to interview me. What an honor. Here’s the article for your reading pleasure:


Tamar Kagan in the ecolutionist
The Ecolutionist is a weblog dedicated to the evolution of progressive thought, actions and ideas. With the planet in mind, we hope to expand awareness within the scope of conscious living and bring to life a new way of thinking about the environment we live in, as well as ignite inspiration for universal change. Our goal is to provide accessible information in the most communal context on the web, so that global change can flourish, organically.

I am so excited for The Green Festival tomorrow!

In case you missed the last post, here are the details again:
Join me at THE GREEN FESTIVAL on October 29th, the biggest GREEN LIVING event!

I will be demonstrating how to make nut milk, raw oatmeal, and a healthy eggy delight!
http://www.greenfestivals.com/speakers/kagan

What: Healthy Delectables Breakfast of Champions 

When: Saturday, October 29th 11am

Where: Downtown Los Angeles Convention Center
1201 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, United States

Email me for limited FREE tickets!

Green Festival LA!

Join me at THE GREEN FESTIVAL on October 29th, the biggest GREEN LIVING event!

I will be demonstrating how to make nut milk, raw oatmeal, and a healthy eggy delight!
http://www.greenfestivals.com/speakers/kagan

What: Healthy Delectables Breakfast of Champions 

When: Saturday, October 29th 11am

Where: Downtown Los Angeles Convention Center
1201 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, United States

Email me for limited FREE tickets!

With Every Season…

The Groom & Groom!

Last month I took a trip to the East Coast for a wedding. My dear friends Chris and Keith, who have been together for 15 years, decided to seal the deal as soon as gay marriage became legal in the state of New York. I arrived at the edge of Fall, the leaves had just started to change, and the weather quickly transitioned from the hot, muggy and balmy that greeted me upon my arrival at JFK, to cool and drizzly. The wedding was in the Catskills, near Phoenicia, one of several towns in that area that was sadly devastated by Hurricane Irene. Despite the still visible signs of damage, with broken roads, and trees, some signs of flooding, the locals were friendly and happy to be in business, have their power back and moving on.

Along with the wedding, which I was SO excited to go to, with my foodie partner in crime, April, who as most of you know is the Director/Producer of The Healthy Delectable Web Series, I couldn’t wait to explore the food. When I lived in the East Coast, one of my favorite things to do was go to the Farmers Markets, for the many varieties of local apples, and when the weather got especially cold, there was nothing better than a cup of hot cider to warm my hands and my tummy. On our first day, we learned about a Farm Stand called Hanover Farms, in Phoenicia, that is open 24 hours a day! They sell local honey, maple syrup, dairy products and local fruit and vegetables. And let me tell you, their Honey Crisp Apples were outstanding! The perfect amount of sweet, tart and crisp; Fall was in my mouth!

 

Hanover Farm Stand, Phoenicia, NY

Honey Crisp Apples

We stayed in an adorable little cabin in Chichester, NY that had the most curious and friendly goats on the property. These goats (with the help of the proprietor, Cindy) produced the creamiest and loveliest goat cheese. That was as local as I’ve ever eaten! There were so many gems of experiences to cherish – the greatest of course being the sweetest, funnest and most touching wedding I’ve ever been to.

Charming Catskills Cabin

Friendly Goat #1

Friendly Goat #2

Friendly Goat #3

 

 

 

 


 

Click on the pics to enlarge.

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I returned home to warm and sunny Los Angeles, where most fruit and vegetables are available year round. And even in Los Angeles, while not as dramatic, there is a palpable shift in the seasons. My trip reminded me of the importance of eating seasonally. Not only are you eating locally, supporting local farms, and limiting your carbon footprint, but it’s also so fun to change your diet according to the seasons, to try out new recipes, flavors and ingredients!

Fall foods are some of my favorites; early to late in the season, there are so many wonderful and nourishing foods to taste!

Among some of my favorite Fall foods in season in Southern CA are: Apples, Artichokes , Asian Pears, Basil, Beets, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots, Chard, Chili Pepper, Eggplant, Grapefruit, Grapes, Green Beans, Kale, Lemons, Mushrooms, Oranges, Pears, Persimmons, Potatoes, Raspberries, Spinach, Tomatillos, Tomatoes, and Winter Squash, (and many more!) :)

What a wonderful season for soups and stews, hearty greens and delicious fruity desserts! Here is one Fall recipe I will share with you. More to come. Happy Harvest, enjoy the big yellow moon!

Braised Red Cabbage

Braised Red Cabbage with Apples
*Feel free to play with this recipe to suit your taste. Try it with green cabbage, sub apples with pears, add nuts, top it with a poached egg…so many possibilities!!

Ingredients:
1 Red Cabbage (about 2 lbs)
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil (or butter)
1 Shallot (or onion)
1-2 Apples (Granny Smith are a good choice because they’re tart)
1/2 Cup Chicken or Veggie Broth
1 Bay Leaf
1/3 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar (or try Red Wine Vinegar or Port!)
Dash of Salt and Pepper
*Optional 1 Tablespoon Brown Sugar (I don’t find this is needed, but some like their braised cabbage sweet)

Directions:
Discard the outer leaves of the cabbage if they’ve browned. Slice the cabbage in four, cut out the core, then cut the quarters into thirds. Rinse in cold water and set aside. Saute shallots and apples with olive oil or butter over medium heat, until they start to soften, about 2 minutes. Add cabbage, Bay Leaf and broth and cook until it the cabbage wilts, about 5 minutes. Add vinegar, salt, pepper and optional sugar, and simmer for about 20 minutes until the cabbage is soft, stirring occasionally. Make sure to take out the Bay Leaf when serving.


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Some awesome links, related to this post.

* Check out Chris and Keith’s fabulous online store, Fred Flare.
Here are some of the causes they believe in and requested donations for in place of a wedding gift:
* The Mark Project, an organization dedicated to relieving the devastation from Hurricane Irene.
* It Gets Better Project is a place where young people who are lesbian, gay, bi, or trans can see how love and happiness can be a reality in their future.  It’s a place where our straight allies can visit and support their friends and family members.  It’s a place where people can share their stories, take the It Gets Better Project pledge, watch videos of love and support, and seek help through the Trevor Project and GLSEN.
* Mount Tremper Arts, is the wedding venue, and is a very special non-profit arts center for contemporary visual and performing artists in the Catskills.

Sneaky Greens

Sneak your greens in a fix, with a bunch of other delicious and nutritious goodies, in this lovely shake I often make before my morning run. Don’t fear the green. You will hardly notice it’s there, among the coconut and fruity deliciousness. This smoothie makes me feel soooo good!

Ingredients:
4 oz Coconut Milk (any alternative milk will do)
4 oz Coconut Water
4 oz Aloe Juice, or low sugar juice of your liking
About 1 Tablespoon Flax Oil (high lignan is best)
Half Banana
Big handful of greens, like swiss chard or spinach
Other fruit you have handy – fresh and frozen

Combine into a blender (I use my beloved-can’t live without it immersion blender), blend and enjoy!

Spring Inspiration

Happy Spring!

Winter kept most of us wet and some of us very cold. Now as the sun makes its way back into our lives, and the weather warms, most of us are feeling inspired and motivated, and are taking on some spring cleaning, tax paying and exercising outdoors.

Below I posted a gallery of some of the dishes I’ve made in the past that are healthy, nutritious and easy to make. They are here to inspire you to get in your kitchen and make something clean and delicious that nourishes your body and gets you ready for Summer (click on the “i” to read the description).

Enjoy!

 

Will You Be My Valentine?

I have some ridiculously special friends. And in all of the Valentine’s Day hullabaloo, I just want to stop to acknowledge the people I love, and will always love, past the “in love” and the “end love” and all that other kind of love. These dear ones, and my family is certainly included, root me down when all I want to do is fly into a murky abyss. They see my best side, encourage me to see it too, and remind me to love myself first and foremost. The beautiful thing about our love, is it flows freely, without expectations. It ripples out into every action and interaction, and continues to flow into unimaginable distances. This is the kind of Valentines I’m inspired to embrace. It is a pure love that makes its way into the Earth, nurtures the soil, which then gives birth to our food. This is a love to feast on!

My dear friend April (whom most of you know as the Co-Creator and Director of The Healthy Delectable Show) asked her friends on facebook to post a poem on her wall. I am so so so grateful she did, because it inspired me to write this poem, which helped me write this blog post! I would like to share it with you:

racing by i didn’t see,
i am for you,
you are for me,
and now i’ve moved far up ahead,
just past your shadow left to shed,
and not knowing what’s in store,
i keep looking out for more,
when all there is to do is stop,
and find you standing in full bloom,
so easily my heart fills up.

Hoping your heart is full and nourished this Valentines!

P.S. If you like a daily dose of love, I highly recommend signing up for The Daily Love, to receive lovely quotes, messages and affirmations in your inbox every day!

Well, Aren’t You A Tall Drink of Green Lemonade?

Oh godly elixir, you awaken the energy in me I didn’t know I had!

This is my new favorite drink, and it is perfect for people like me who don’t own a juicer, or just don’t want to deal with the mess of a juicer. :)

8-12 oz Water or Coconut Water

1 cup chopped Apple

1 chunk (about 1/2″) Ginger

Juice of 1/2 Lemon

1/2 – 3/4 cup Spinach

You can add cucumber, celery, substitute kale, chard, collard greens or romaine lettuce. Hell, throw in some unsweetened coconut, half a banana and make it a smoothie. I’m getting ahead of myself…

I use my beloved immersion blender, but you can use a regular blender, and throw ’em all in and blend, baby, blend! I particularly love the spinach because it blends so easily, there’s no need for a fancy schmancy juicer. And it’s SOOOOO tasty and refreshing. I feel full of energy after I drink it.

Green lemonade is used as part of a cleansing and detox regimen, to eliminate waste, and rebuild the immune system. But even on a daily basis, it is an easy and delicious way to keep your body clean and full of energy. And it’s packed with tons of healing vitamins and nutrients.

Besides its delicious taste, it’s known to aid in weight loss, treat and prevent cancer, diabetes, skin problems, oh the list goes on.

Get ready to be hooked.

Dressed in Character

The  other day, as I put on a skirt and modest top for Rosh Hashanah services for my bi-annual visit to the synagogue, it occurred to me that I was wearing sort of a costume, to honor and respect the Jewish tradition. Then I had an epiphany. If we are what we eat, what costume do we want to “wear” to look how we want to feel on the inside?

While I studied acting at NYU, I learned to physicalize my characters first, in order to inform their emotional life. Each time, it was fascinating to discover so many layers of feeling and depth, just out of a certain way I held my body, how I stood or sat, or which way I was looking, for instance.

Today, I want to look and feel healthy, vibrant and happy. I want to look and feel full of life. If I start from the inside by eating colorful fruit, tons of greens, organic goat cheese, eggs, and whole grains, I’m pretty sure I can achieve that look, and step into that “character”! What character do you want to play today? As an experiment, bring awareness to how you look and feel depending on what you eat. I dare you to find the perfect costume for your character! :)

Don't worry, you won't turn blue if you eat a bunch of blueberries!

In The Name of Love

Thank you to all of you who watched The Healthy Delectables Web Series, and for your thoughtful and lovely comments!

This is from a viewer who watched Episode One of “Healthy Delectables”, Stuffed Squash Blossoms:

Hi Tamar,
Well, we have had a nice little crop in our garden this year so, since we were having a few people over yesterday, we thought it would be a good opportunity to harvest our flowers and try your recipe. Delicious!
Thanks!
Steve

Steve’s Stuffed Squash Blossoms

IN THE NAME OF LOVE

Years ago, I worked at a restaurant that was known for it’s healthy menu. However, when I consumed the food, there was something missing for me in the way of my feeling nourished; in fact, I often felt sort of empty, and not necessarily all that healthy for eating it. Meanwhile, when I lived in New York, I frequented a little Mediterranean restaurant near my apartment in the East Village, Cafe Mogador. My friends and I were treated with grace and gratitude for our frequent patronage, which was almost weekly. I recall craving their food, that was simple, delicious and irresistible. In my opinion, LOVE was the main ingredient.

The beautiful medley of Food and Love is not a new concept. It is depicted in so many of my favorite films, such as I Am Love (currently in theatres), Like Water For Chocolate, Tampopo, not to mention so many enticing scenes in last year’s films, It’s Complicated and Julie and Julia.

Over this past 4th of July weekend, I was hired to bake desserts for a newlywed party. As a guest at the party, I watched people consume the Flourless Chocolate Brownies, Lemon Lavender Cupcakes, Zucchini Ginger Cupcakes and Pistachio Cranberry Wedding Cookies. As if we weren’t drunk enough on the champagne, it seems that we were also drunk on the Love emanating from the wedding festivities.

The morning after the wedding, back in the kitchen, I think Love made it’s way into the brown sugar, floated into the Kitchen Aid mixer as I sifted flour, and cracked eggs. And then it made it’s way into people’s hearts and stomachs.

In the name of LOVE, whether you’re baking, gardening, or paying your bills, infuse your LOVE into what you’re doing. You will feel satiated, as will the people who receive it from you.