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 […]

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 […]

FROM FARM TO TABLE: AN INTERVIEW WITH FULL BELLY FARM

If we’ve learned anything from the Amazon/Whole Foods acquisition, it’s that avocados are now super cheap. Sort of kidding. But also, regardless of the convenience and financial changes that might come of it, it’s still incredibly important to continue educating ourselves about where our food is being produced.  ENTER: Full Belly Farm — a 400-acre […]

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 […]

PICKLED PEPPERS

I love our weekly CSA box. It’s like Christmas morning every Friday when I go to pick up the box. But like those wonderfully appreciated but fateful Christmas presents you got as a kid, you never knew what you were going to get. One of the challenges of our CSA box is that it often […]

A WEEK AWAY AT SALMON LAKE

This summer the family and I packed up and made the trek to the Sierras in Northern California. What an amazing adventure we had, hiking, boating, fishing, and oh so much swimming. And, of course, lots of great food. For as glorious of a time as the hubby and I had, I’m pretty sure the […]

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 […]

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 […]

Lamb bone and onion ingredients for Bone Broth

HOMEMADE BONE BROTH

This is a staple in our house. We use it every morning as the base for our Vegetable Breakfast Soup and for any recipe that needs broth or stock. For bone broth, there are many recipes out there, with many different techniques; you can bake the bones first, you can sauté the bones for flavor, […]

Summer Squash Soup with Dill and Lemon

SUMMER SQUASH SOUP

Summer is all about having way too much zucchini. It’s funny — I was never a huge fan when I was a kid, but now that I have discovered how versatile and delicious these little buggers can be, I really like them. This is one of the first recipes I ever developed, and it is […]

A LITTLE FRESHNESS

Sprinkling some well chosen fresh herbs on your dish is one of those seemingly trivial steps that reaps huge rewards. It is amazing how a few well-chosen bits of herb can elevate a dish, making it looks better, tastes better, and easily pack in way more nutrients. I used to shy away from buying fresh herbs […]

HERB AND OLIVE FRITTATA

While Seasonal Breakfast Soup is our much loved weekday breakfast, weekends call for something a bit special. Frittata is a family favorite. It’s wonderfully flexible as far as what ingredients are featured, it packs in a plethora of veg, and can be little or big depending on how hungry breakfasters are. As a general rule, I add […]

PICKING WILD BLACKBERRIES

Fresh berries are a favorite in our house. Not only are they tasty, they are packed full of antioxidants and beneficial nutrients. Picking berries simply oozes summer fun. But yet again, our overpacked summer schedule was conspiring to keep us from visiting our favorite u-pick berry farm. As luck would have it, our dog’s favorite walking […]