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The Garlic eSCAPE

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It’s summer time and I am up to my ears in garlic scapes.

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I literally can not eSCAPE them.

Yes, that is me drowning in a swamp of scapes.
This really happened.

(the photo happened, I didn’t actually drown)

I recently had an opportunity to provide some Nourishing Noms for a beach photo shoot with other local vendors, but the recent torrential rain forced us to reschedule, leaving me with more food than I knew what to do with!

I had teamed up with Casco Bay Organics to provide me with some local, organic produce for the shoot and they were SO GENEROUS with their veggies. Not only did I get my weekly produce box delivered, but they supplied me with all sorts of produce and herbs to showcase at the shoot. I was able to cook and save most of the food I received, but I still had this shopping bag overflowing with garlic scapes that I had to use up. So what did I decide to do?

MAKE PESTO, obviously.

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Actually, that might not be so obvious. It turns out, the same day I received my weight in scapes, my aunt had brought me some scapes from her garden with the complaint that she had no idea what to do with them!

Well, dear friends. Here is a basic Vegan Garlic Scape Pesto you can use to feel oh-so-fancy this summer. So grab some scapes, check out Casco Bay Organics if you’re in the Portland area and enjoy some seriously Nourishing Noms!

Garlic Scape Pesto

(Vegan, Dairy-Free, Grain Free)

Ingredients:
1 bunch garlic scapes, chopped (8-10 stalks)
1/2 cup fresh basil leaves
1/4 cup fresh parsley
3 tbsp almonds (I’ve had great results with hemp seeds as well!)
1/2-3/4 cup olive oil
3 tbsp  nutritional yeast
Sea salt
Pepper
Directions:
1. Trim the knobs off the ends of the garlic scapes and rough chop the stalks.
2. Toss scapes, basil, parsley and almonds into a food processor and whirl on high, scraping down the sides periodically.
3. Begin to slowly drizzle olive oil while processing.
4. Add nutritional yeast, salt and pepper and blend until you reach your desired consistency. I prefer mine chunky and less oily.
5. Serve on grilled chicken or fish, toss with zucchini pasta for a delicious raw dish or you could even use this pesto as a dip for chips and veggies!
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Show me your summer pesto recipes on Instagram by tagging ME–

@NourishingNomsWithSam and using the hashtag #Nourishingnoms !

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Idk, My BFF Food?

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A few days ago, I posted this video.

TRUTH:

Food wasn’t always my friend.

I used to beat myself up if I strayed from my diet.

One pretzel could bring down all of my progress in a single crunch.

My mood: DEPRESSED

My diet: SHOT

Why was I so weak?

Where was my willpower?

How can I ever come back from this mistake?

 

WHOA. If you are resonating with this topic right now I want you to take a deep breath.

 

In…

and out….

 

Shaming yourself for your food choices doesn’t make you feel good and it certainly doesn’t help you lose weight.

 

It’s mentally taxing to and physically exhausting to obsess over food. Your body becomes stressed when you feel guilt or shame.

 

Stress leads to a plethora of physical problems, such as:

Low energy

Aches and pains

Digestive upset

Headaches

Loss of sexual desire (!!!!!)

Lowered immune system

Weight gain

This is because when the body feels stress in any form, it shuts down and activates fight or flight mode. This can raise cortisol levels, the stress hormone released by the adrenals, which floods the body with glucose (energy)that allows the body to be ready for ACTION (face the beast or run for your life) 

If the body is constantly feeling stress in the form of guilt, shame, worry, or every day stressors and these perceived “threats” never goes away, the body can become physically and mentally exhausted while bodily functions become disrupted.

My advice?

Take a breath and remember these truths:

Another day will come, and with that day comes another chance to enhance your well being with a better food choice.

 

That one bowl of gluten or slice of sugar pie won’t make you less of a person.

 

The act of eating should be a pleasurable one. Savor the flavor, inhale the magnificent aromas and be reminded of the divine miracle it took for this food to be in front of you.

 

Food is fuel. It is a necessity to live a vibrant, energetic life. Your tank might require premium while your friends’ function on regular. Learn what fuel makes YOU feel good inside and out and repeat QD prn. (every day as needed)

You are enough. You are worthy.   You are beautiful now in this moment.


Now I want to hear from you!

Have you felt guilt or shame over a food choice you made?

How do you view food now? 

Tell me more in the comment section or email me at Sam@NourishingNomswithSam.com to chat.