This week’s Share & Swap features Sarah from Caracol Wellness! From whole food recipes to health tips to yoga classes, Sarah does it all. She’s a huge advocate for healthy living and wellbeing, and this week she is here to share some of her secrets with us. We couldn’t be more excited about it!
Bianca: Tell us a little about your blog and how/why you started.
Sarah: Caracol Wellness is dedicated to whole foods cooking and natural living. I want to show people that healthy food can be delicious and easy to prepare yourself. Years of doing work with local food and yoga naturally led to an interest in healthy cooking, which led to training as a Culinary Nutrition Expert). I started blogging years ago as a way to share recipes with friends and practice my photography, but Caracol Wellness came out of my CNE training and a desire to make a living doing what I love. I will be offering one-on-one coaching, group cooking workshops, meal planning, recipe development and more.
B: Who or what inspires you?
S: For meals, I love to let my inspiration be whatever fresh ingredients I can find at the farmers’ market. I also admire people like Heidi Swanson of 101 Cookbooks, Sayward Rebhal of Bonzai Aphrodite, and Meghan Telpner (who I did my CNE certification with).
B: What is your favorite dish to make?
S: That’s a tough one. The things I make regularly – green juice, almond milk, granola – aren’t all that exciting to actually make. I’m definitely more of a cook than a baker, but I think it’s pretty magical to take something out of the oven that has transformed from a dough into, say, pumpkin muffins (’tis the season, after all).
B: What advice would you give to someone looking to take on a more local & sustainable approach to cooking?
S: Get to know your farmer! Find a local farmers’ market, maybe even sign up for a CSA (community supported agriculture)- you pay upfront (usually at a discount), but will get local produce throughout the growing season (and sometimes year-round). Not only will you always have fresh produce on hand, you’ll be getting things you might not buy otherwise which forces you to try new things in the kitchen! You’ll automatically be buying produce in season, buying locally (which reduces your carbon footprint) and supporting your local economy! It’s a win-win-win!
Here are five fast facts about Sarah!
Choice Veggie: Brussels Sprouts
Choice Fruit: Raspberries
Spirit Animal: Snail! No really, they’re awesome (caracol means snail in Spanish!).
TV Binge: Arrested Development
Vacation Spot: Exploring a foreign city that I’ve never been to before
Maple “Bacon” Tempeh Recipe
- 1 8-oz package of tempeh
- 2 Tbs tamari
- 2 Tbs apple cider vinegar
- 2 Tbs maple syrup
- 1/4 tsp smoked paprika (more or less to taste)
- 1 Tbs coconut oil
1. Cut the tempeh into 2 pieces. Cut each piece lengthwise, and then chop into small bits.
2. Whisk together tamari, apple cider vinegar, maple syrup and paprika. Soak the tempeh slices in the marinade for 10+ minutes.
3. Melt the coconut oil over medium heat in a large skillet. Add the tempeh and marinade, ensuring the pieces don’t overlap.
4. Cook for about 10 minutes, stirring once.
Serves 2-4. Great on salads, on pasta, or my favorite – with roasted brussels sprouts!
Thanks for sharing with us, Sarah! <3 xx Bianca