Welcome 2018!

Wow, we’re already a month into 2018!?! Happy, abundant, healthful, and delicious New Years wishes! In case you hadn’t noticed we took a longer hiatus than we intended. The original intention was to take two weeks off to give the three of us hardworking Green Leafers time to celebrate the holidays, enjoy our families and […]

ORANGE STEWED CHICKEN

Here is a recipe to warm your kitchen and your tummy, a tender, fall-off-the-bone “stewed” chicken. It is delicious as is, on top of salad, with a grain, in tacos… you can use it as the base for another dish; lasagna, enchilada, casserole… If your pot (I use one of those enameled cast iron Dutch […]

WINTER CHAI TEA

Every fall when the weather turns cooler and the days grow shorter. I get a craving for foods that accentuate the season. At Green Leaf Kitchen we spend a lot of time thinking about the social and emotional, as well as the healthful aspects of food. Many of our habits around food come from the […]

SUGAR ADDICTION

Addiction is such a loaded term. Merriam-Webster defines addiction as “a strong and harmful need to regularly have something or do something”. Anyone who suffers from an addiction can sympathize; having a vice that holds sway over you sucks! Addiction can run the gamut from mildly annoying, to life destroying. That nagging inner voice that […]

SALT, SUGAR, FAT

Salt, sugar, and fat… Since I use at least one of these in every meal I cook, and in every recipe I create, I am continually trying to make sure I am choosing the most mineral rich salts, the least refined sugars, and the healthiest oils I can. Salt… as a general rule, I recommend […]

BABA GHANOUSH

Here is a deliciously healthy addition at a holiday party. During this time of celebrations and holiday treats, sticking to a healthful eating style is made infinitely easier when there are yummy snacks to be had. I love having delectable spreads waiting in the fridge. Having something tasty and healthy on hand is key to […]

ROASTED DELICATA SQUASH AND CAULIFLOWER SALAD

It’s almost too hard to believe that the holidays are already upon us. Christmas tree lots are starting to pop up on every corner, gift guides are a plenty, and the urge I have to watch Clark Griswold string 25,000 imported Italian twinkle lights over and over again is growing by the minute.  This year […]

VEGAN “CHEESY” FLAX CRACKERS

For the most part I don’t miss grains. But I do miss crackers. Life without crunch is so very stale. And I find myself craving a foundation for all the yummy spreads and dips I have around. “Necessity is the mother of invention” (this implies crackers are a necessity, which when faced with a freshly […]

LORI’S STORY

I have been always been aware of the importance of health, of eating healthy foods, and of exercise. I would read the latest health news — that fat is bad, that fat is good, that we should all get more whole grains, that pasta is a no no, and on and on. I had a […]

BANANA ALMOND FLOUR WAFFLES

By the time the weekend rolls around, my kids and I are looking to change things up from our morning Breakfast Soup. When asked very nicely (it’s hard to say no to a super cute 7-year-old) for waffles, I decided it was time to experiment, the results were delicious, and we have a new weekend […]

Our Mission

At Green Leaf Kitchen, we want everyone to live their healthiest life possible. We believe that achieving our own best health comes through gathering knowledge, self awareness, and experimenting to find what works for each of us as individuals. We believe that healthy eating is not about deprivation, either physically or emotionally, but about finding what is delicious. We believe that finding health is a path of adventure and promise. We believe in the enjoyment of cooking for yourself and sharing with others. We believe that healthy is fun!

Lori Klocek, Farm with sunflowers

LORI’S STORY

I have been always been aware of the importance of health, of eating healthy foods, and of exercise. I would read the latest health news — that fat is bad, that fat is good, that we should all get more whole grains, that pasta is a no no, and on and on. I had a […]

THE CRAZY BUNNY DIET

The way I eat is a hodge-podge of ideas and theories taken from many different diets, my upbringing, and different philosophies I’ve encountered. It’s also the result of lots of experimentation and elimination dieting. I am calling my diet “The Crazy Bunny Diet”. It might be more descriptive to call it the Crazy Bunny, Crow, […]

WEEKEND IN OUR HOMETOWN

For us at Green Leaf Kitchen, getting out with the family is pretty important on the weekends. It allows us to decompress and be spontaneous together (we are a family of rhythm and planning, breaking the rhythm from time to time feels really good). While we are lucky enough to live in the California’s Bay […]

A TALE OF TWO SALADS

In case I don’t say it enough, I love salad! My relationship with salad was definitely not a case of love at first bite. Once upon a time, I viewed salad as that obligatory side dish, the one that was there for no other reason than to be endured so you could check green veg […]

Almond flour and Asian Pear upside down cake

WHY DIETS DON’T WORK

Just a few weeks ago Lori made a delicious cake for a family birthday (see pictures). While it’s made with lots of healthy and nutritious ingredients like almond flour, Asian pears, and coconut sugar, it still contains concentrated sugar, something that for us, is an off-the-list food. Nonetheless, we all enjoyed a small piece or […]

CATCHING MY BREATH

It is rare that the timing works out; that I can take a couple days to catch my breath just at the time when I really need to. This summer it all came together; there was a birthday to celebrate, Birthdays are a great excuse to do something that might otherwise be thought of as […]

Last Zuchini of the season

ZUCCHINI ALMOND FLOUR PANCAKES

OK, I promise, this is the last zucchini recipe, of this season. Really, I promise! I know a lot of you are in zucchini recipe overload, but here on the West Coast we’re still swimming in these little buggers. Besides, zucchini is so incredibly versatile, which is a culinary lifesaver since I have served them […]