this blog has moved!

Hi friends and devote followers! Most of you know by now that I started my own biz – Forkin’ Healthy and am now living my dream of empowering people to eat better food so they can have better lives. It’s so much fun but I thought it was a bit confusing to have 2 blogs going at the same time so I’ve moved all the content from CB&J over to Forkin’ Healthy.

If you would be so kind and hop on over and sign up to receive blog updates here then you won’t miss out on all the amazing recipes and fun tips and tricks I have in store for you!

See you soon!

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a love affair with beet greens

Years before I started incorporating greens into my diet regularly I would never think of eating wilted, cooked down piles of leaves. The closest thing I got to cooked greens was cream of spinach, which hardly counts considering it is simmered in heavy cream and a good dose of butter. As a healthy foodie I’ve learned to embrace greens not only for their health benefits (energy boosters, inflammation reducers, tons of vitamins and minerals) but I also fell in love with the versatility of cooking them.

Especially beet greens. For a long time I would toss beet greens in the composter for the worms to eat until my mother in law gasped in horror one day. Beets are one of her favorite foods but she told me the greens are even better.  I was skeptical to say the least but she is a great cook and I trusted her. She steamed the greens with a little lemon and then doused them with red wine vinegar and salt and pepper. I couldn’t stop eating them. They were bright, tangy and delicious. I was a changed woman.

grilled beet greens

With summer in full force and beet season pumping out beets like nobody’s business I’ve taken my greens outside to my beloved grill so she can impart the kind of flavor that being outside on a long, warm day can do.

The trick to cooking greens on the grill is to package them up neatly into a foil bed. As a child my mom used to call these hobo packs – place all your ingredients in a little foil pocket and cook on an open flame. We would make a variety of these hobo packs to take on our summer camping trips to make dinner easy.

Now that you have your greens in the foil, add a few slices of lemon or orange, a few mashed up pieces of garlic, a splash of vinegar, salt, pepper and then seal those babies up. Make sure your grill is nice and hot but leave one of the burners off so you can cook the greens without the risk of burning their pretty little leaves.

After about 8 – 10 minutes on the grill you’ll have greens that are tender, flavorful and a great crowd pleaser.  Give them a good glug of good quality olive oil and you’ll find yourself in a green paradise.

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Hobo Beet Greens
Download Beet Green Recipe Here
Serves 4, Prep time: 5 minutes, Cook time: 10 minutes

1 bunch of greens or the tops to 3 medium beets

3 cloves of garlic, roughly chopped

2 tablespoons good quality sherry wine vinegar or my favorite, Banyuls

Sea salt and pepper

2 tablespoons olive oil (optional)

Turn your grill on to medium heat, making sure to leave one burner off. Rinse the greens and but off the bottom 2-3 inches of stems.  Create your foil packet and place the greens, lemon or orange slices, garlic, salt and pepper and vinegar on the foil and seal it up. It doesn’t need to be super tight though – you’ll want enough room for some steam to circulate in the packet.

After 8 minutes open up the foil packets (watch for steam!). If the greens are tender and bright green they are done! Finish with the olive oil and enjoy!

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my new exciting life + a salad that will rock your world!

My dear friends – this blog hasn’t seen too much action lately and to be honest neither has my kitchen.  Since the universe wouldn’t give me more hours in the day (thank you, universe) I decided to scale back so I can start to enjoy the simple pleasures in my life. One of those simple […]

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Cooking Class in Las Vegas!

Hi friends! First I want to apologize for being so quiet the last 3 months but I promise that it’s all for a good reason. There are some big and exciting things happening in my life right now and I promise there will be a bigger announcement soon but I do want to share with […]

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cooking class series

Hi Friends! I have finally come up for air and I have fun and exciting news to share. I enjoyed the holidays. WOO! Instead of overwhelming myself with the vicious cycle of shop, wrap, drink and repeat, I gave myself a break, slowed down and I did Yoga. Lots and lots of yoga. I also […]

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bobcats and spritzers

pomegranate

So, I learned how to drive a bobcat on YouTube. True story. I then proceeded to make a mess of our driveway and knock down a retaining wall in the process. It was a blast. I felt like a kid driving a Tonka truck. Hours after the destruction I showered away my inner construction worker […]

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i am a health coach. YAY!

Friends – I am feeling unbelievably inspired right now. I feel like there are unicorns and sparkly kale coming at me from all directions. Since my passion for food and nutrition lead me into arms of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition I have filled my head with every dietary theory known to man. The meals […]

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glorious greens

It was a simple Sunday. A day of sleeping in, coffee on the couch, a trip to chinos, an afternoon nap and then dinner made with all of my favorite things. While I was at Chinos farm stand I honed in on a new green I had never seen before. The farmer’s wife told me […]

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awaken to sweet potato hash.

sweet potato hash

I recently attended a three-day Awakening Seminar aimed at finding enlightenment and peace and all the fabulous transcending buzzwords that come along with said enlightenment. But it didn’t exactly start that way.  Instead, I spent the morning of the first day pacing outside of a house all alone and freaking out that I was about […]

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heat waves and hot soup.

corn soup

I’m sitting at my computer with the fan on high, the sun threatening to burn me through the open window and I’m getting ready to tell you about a soup that encompasses all that I love about Summer. I’m sure you are saying to yourself right now – soup? In the middle of summer! Crazy […]

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