Healthy Recipe of the Week: Green Olive Fish Cakes!

This week’s recipe is great for the adventurous eater who tries to avoid red meat and poultry. It’ might not be the best choice for cat ladies, because I know my cat went crazy over these fish cakes while I was trying to eat them! Try out the recipe below and let me know what you think 🙂 It can be adapted to be vegan, but it may not hold together as well.

Ingredients:

  • 2 packages of chunk light tuna inwater, about 2.6 ounces (I used Starkist’s brand)
  • 1 package of skinless and boneless pink salmon, about 2.5 ounces (I used Chicken of the Sea brand)
  • 1 egg
  • Panko bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup green olives, chopped, or as many as you’d prefer
  • Italian seasoning
  • Soy sauce (I used low sodium)
  • Adobo seasoning salt
  • Lemon pepper seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon spicy mustard
  • 1 tablespoon Greek yogurt

Instructions

  • Combine tuna, salmon, spicy mustard, and Greek yogurt in a medium bowl.
  • Add green olives. You can also add onions, tomatoes or any small diced vegetables if you’d like!
  • Add soy sauce and other seasonings to taste. I only used a splash of soy sauce because the seasoning salt adds a lot of sodium.
  • Mix in the egg.
  • Prepare a pan with butter spray or olive oil spray and turn the heat to low. Let the pan heat up for a moment before frying the fish cakes.
  • Shape batter into small to medium sized balls and fry them in the pan. You should be able to make around 10 or 11 medium sized fish cakes with thisbatter. Sprinkle panko bread crumbs on each cake, then flip after two minutes or when the bottom edges start to brown.
  • Wait another two minutes, then move the cakes from the pan to a plate. Enjoy!

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The Classist Mythology of “Eco-Friendly” Consumerism

As a business owner who strives to promote an ethical and sustainable business model, I want to address the new, fashionable trend of sustainable consumerism. Often, eco-friendly bloggers and activists try to promote a “sustainable lifestyle”, by telling their fans and followers to simply “vote with their dollar”. These public figures declare that by simply changing the way they shop, individuals can solve the vast problem of climate change and environmental destruction. By doing so, they imply that consumers are the ones responsible for climate change. In fact, 71% of the world owns only 3% of the global wealth*, and inequality is only growing as business regulations are cut and social services are cut, taxes for the wealthy are reduced, and wages remain stagnant and terribly low.

I promote my business as being eco-friendly because I want social, economic, and environmental responsibility to become a standard for every business. It is my belief that every business should operate on ethical principles. That every profitable business and corporation should pay their workers a living wage, that our global economy should create fair trade networks over free trade networks, and that the people who are doing the labor should have a role in the decision-making process. In essence, I believe in a moral, democratic economic and political system.

I decided to self-design an Economic Justice major at my college to explore an ethical philosophy—that all humans deserve to lead dignified, healthy lives. Economic justice is a way of thinking holistically about our economic system, and encourages the development of fair institutions. I believe that we should strive to transform our global culture by normalizing economic justice principles and pushing the field of mainstream economics to take an ethically-oriented approach.

The bottom line is, we can’t address climate change with a classist, exclusionary movement. Most folks can’t afford to buy organic, fair trade, or eco-friendly. Depending on where you live and your nutritional needs, it’s not always possible to go vegan or vegetarian. Let’s end the myth of the “ethical consumer”, stop shaming people who aren’t responsible for the environmental destruction in the first place, and focus on achieving justice through cultural, economic, and political change.

Photo courtesy of Kayle Kaupanger on Unsplash.
Photo courtesy of Tim Gouw on Unsplash.
Photo courtesy of roya ann miller on Unsplash.
*https://inequality.org/facts/global-inequality/

Holiday SALE: 20% Off!!!

I just started my first holiday sale for early shoppers: get 20% off when you spend $20 or more!   Offer lasts through December 11th. I’ll be offering eco-friendly gift wrap soon!

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Photos by Mark Rabe @markrabephotography, Luke Hodde @gamevogue, Ian Schneider @goian, Roman Kraft @romankraft, and Michail Prohorov @nifakt, all on Unsplash.com.

Healthy Recipe of the Week: Vegetarian Stir Fry! <3

Hi everyone!

I am trying to post a healthy vegetarian recipe every week, because cutting down on meat is one powerful way to fight climate change*. However, I’m not a vegetarian, and it’s totally okay if you aren’t, either! There are lots of ways we can fight climate change together, and our individual choices and lifestyles are only some of the many ways we can.

If you have a vegan or vegetarian recipe you would like to share, feel free to email me at wildflowerrising@gmail.com, and I can credit you in my post.

This week, I made a vegetarian stir fry, but you can make it vegan if you would like by just removing the egg whites. You can also add other ingredients or vegetables according to your preference. That’s the great thing about this recipe–it’s so versatile!

Ingredients:

-1 cup broccoli, chopped

-1/2 cup chickpeas

-1 onion, chopped (any kind)

-1 cup chopped mushrooms

-1/2 cup sliced olives (or any amount you prefer)

-2 cups spinach or more (it reduces a lot)

-1 cup of liquid egg whites (or 4-6 egg whites if you separate them by hand)

-2-3 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce

-1/2 cup salsa

-Seasonings to taste (I used Goya Adobo and Herbs de Provence, but any type of seasoning salt with Italian seasonings should do the trick.)

Preparation:

1)  Prepare a pan with olive oil or cooking spray.

2) Add onions and mushrooms, let them start to brown and reduce. Add a splash of soy sauce and stir.

3) Add broccoli, olives, chickpeas, and the rest of the soy sauce, and stir. Let the mixture cook until the broccoli softens a little and turns bright green.

4) Add spinach and wait for it to reduce. Then add the egg whites and seasonings.

5) Wait until the egg whites just start to solidify, and scramble them with the vegetables.

6) Mix salsa in with the scrambled egg, chickpea, and veggie mixture. Add cheese if you want, and enjoy!

Post a picture of your healthy vegetarian dishes on Instagram and tag @wildflower_rising to show off your cooking skills! <3

*http://www.greenpeace.org/usa/sustainable-agriculture/eco-farming/eat-more-plants/

Gooey Baked Goods–A Favorite Fall Tradition!

Fall is so dreamy. It’s the coziest time of year, with the bright burning flames of the turning leaves and the thick knitted fashions. To me, it also is awash with wistfulness and memories. We all crave comfort in the fall, from a good listener to a steaming pot of stew to our trusty, well-loved boots. I always seek out a warm, glowing kitchen, fragrant with the smells of squash and roasting vegetables and homemade apple sauce. 

Baking is another seasonal joy I’ve taken up in the past few years. However, this year, I have also become more interested than ever in nutrition, particularly how the food we eat reflects our culture and affects our environment. This interest was piqued in my Food Access and Policy Class this semester, and also by a documentary on Netflix called Fed Up. I believe that access to healthy, nutritious food is a universal human right, and should be guaranteed. I also think that through propaganda, advertising, and an unfair economic system, among other injustices, most of us have become separated from our culinary roots. Traditional dishes in almost every culture are bursting with root and cruciferous vegetables, whole grains, leafy greens, lean meats, legumes and beans, and nuts, and healthy fats. These ingredients have lots of anti-cancer and heart healthy properties, and can prevent diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, and more. Unlike the modern Western diet, they do not include added sugars or hydrogenated oils. After learning more about nutrition, I have become interested in how I can transform everyday recipes into healthy, nutritious dishes. I’m going to try and post about these culinary adventures on my blog pretty regularly this season, so that I can spread the healthy comfort food joy!

Today, I made a big batch of brownies for my boyfriend, who is also really interested in health and nutrition. I started with the recipe below, which is Baker’s One Bowl Brownie recipe. My mom told me it was the best brownie recipe she had ever found, producing the gooiest, fudgiest, richest brownies. With a few small modifications, I made them healthier (and I think even yummier!). If you decide to try this recipe, please leave a comment and let me know what you think!

 

Original recipe found here: http://www.kraftrecipes.com/recipes/bakers-one-bowl-brownies-54515.aspx

Modified recipe: Healthy Dark Chocolate Almond Brownies <3 

I doubled the ingredients in the original recipe. This should make 48 small brownies or 24 medium/large brownies. I substituted 2/3 of the butter with Brummel & Brown’s yogurt butter, but you can substitute all of it if you want. I also used 3 cups of sugar instead of the 4 cups the recipe lists. The brownies were still really sweet, so you can cut back on the sugar even more if you want!

Ingredients:

  • 2 packages (8 ounces) of Baker’s Unsweetened Dark Chocolate
  • 1 stick of butter (1/2 cup)
  • 1 cup of Brummel & Brown’s yogurt butter
  • 2 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 or 2 teaspoons almond extract
  • 2 cups of all-purpose whole wheat flour
    • (you can also use almond flour if you want!)
  • 2 cups crushed almonds
  • 1 Ghiradelli Dark Chocolate Premium Baking Bar, chopped (60% cacao)
    • (you can also use dark chocolate chips!)
  • 1/2 to 1 cup of chopped prunes, depending on your preference

Preparation:

Paraphrased from Kraft Recipes: http://www.kraftrecipes.com/recipes/bakers-one-bowl-brownies-54515.aspx

  • Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Prepare your pan or baking dish. I used one large glass baking dish for these, lined with parchment paper and sprayed with Trader Joe’s olive oil spray. You can use a muffin tin if you want to have them portioned out, or prepare this any other way you would like.
  • Microwave Baker’s Dark Chocolate and butter in a microwave-safe bowl for 2 minutes, then take it out and stir it until everything is smooth and melted.
  • Add sugar, eggs, and almond extract, and stir until everything is smooth.
  • Fold in the whole wheat flour. I folded it in so that the texture of the batter would remain soft and wouldn’t form a bunch of air bubbles.
  • Stir in the crushed almonds, Ghiradelli chocolate, and prunes.
  • Pour into the baking dish.
  • Bake for 35 minutes. Although this recipe was doubled, I still baked the brownies for 35-40 minutes so that they wouldn’t get overdone. You can stick a toothpick in to see if they are done. Unlike other desserts, the toothpick shouldn’t come out completely clean–you want these to stay gooey, and they firm up more when they cool.
  • Wait till the brownies cool before you cut them, and enjoy! 🙂

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Grand Opening!!!

 

Hi everyone! I am excited to announce that I have officially launched Wildflower Rising Jewelry Company on Etsy. You can check out the link below to learn more! Thank you so much for your support.

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Beauty & Resilience: Old Growth Forests

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Last week, I was blessed with the opportunity to visit Olympic National Park in Washington state. I had lots of wonderful adventures, including climbing my first mountain with my family! My mom is a total badass, and almost got to the very top, while my dad and I were trailing behind her, huffing and puffing.

The majestic view from the top of a mountain in Olympic National Park. 

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During my time in the forest, what struck me the most was the sense that living things never truly leave us. They are simply reborn, reimagined in another form. Moss and algae and new life seemed to spring immediately from severed trunks and fallen trees. 🍀

Though our society is painful, and chaotic, and too often violent, I want to remind you that peace is the equilibrium we are always approaching. As Dr. Martin Luther King, the revolutionary activist and spiritual leader, once quoted, “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” 💚 Justice, love, joy, peace, and hope are inherent qualities to life. They are the reason why we are social creatures, and why isolation is the ultimate punishment. All living things–trees, fish, wolves, flowers, insects, humans–are cultivated by symbiotic relationships, by having strong, healthy communities. 💚 In any healthy ecosystem, some trees will fall, and some flowers will wilt. But when they do, they soon bloom again, in another form, ready to begin a new journey. 🌿

 

Too many rings to count, this beautiful tree has seen so much. Those rings represent endless wisdom and resilience, and promise a future of rebirth and renewal. 🌿

 

Mama tree and baby tree, supporting each other, rooted together. 🌿

 

A towering tree, dripping with mossy epiphytes. 

 

New life bursting from a fallen tree. 

 

A shimmering rainbow cast on a calm lake.  

 

A foggy mountain morning.  🍃

 

I pray that you find moments of peace and rejuvenation, even in the midst of your challenges. I pray that you and your loved ones are showered with blessings, kindness, and protection. May we all achieve a greater appreciation for Mother Earth, and for each other.

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Summer Reading Suggestion!

 

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Source: https://www.amazon.ca/Book-Joy-Lasting-Happiness-Changing/dp/0735207151

I have just begun reading The Book of Joy, featuring dialogues between His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. I am so mesmerized by the kindness, compassion, and intuitive wisdom of these two spiritual leaders. The book contains ideas about the true purpose of life, the vastness of the universe, and how joy can give us power and resilience even in the face of suffering. It also includes suggestions for meditation and mindfulness, and reaching a deeper appreciation for life. I highly recommend this book! Please comment below if you have any favorite books that helped you grow as a person 🙂

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Eco-Friendly Mission

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Here are some ways Wildflower Rising strives to be ecofriendly:

1) I only use beads made from sustainable materials, like recycled glass, semiprecious gemstones, and wood.

2) All of my packaging is sustainable! The jewelry boxes pictured above are made from 100% recycled material, and everything else is made with Kraft paper that is mostly post consumer content.

3) My Etsy shop will be a platform to raise awareness about environmental issues, and will aim to promote environmental justice by encouraging political and social action.

4) In addition to fighting for broader change, this shop will share information about how we all can reduce our carbon footprints.

5) As Wildflower Rising grows, a percentage of the profits will go to environmental justice, wildlife preservation, and human rights organizations.

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Summer Joys

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I started making jewelry as a creative escape from the chaotic world around us, and in the process, found a deeper appreciation for life and nature. On this blog, I will be sharing some thoughts about joy, justice, kindness, and mindfulness. I will also share resources related to these topics, by linking organizations like Greenpeace, the Southern Poverty Law Center, and the ACLU, as well as grassroots organizations that are dedicated to the wellbeing of our earth and all the life that inhabits it. It is my belief that personal happiness and global happiness are closely connected. Together, we can create a more joyful and just world.

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