Green Peas Casual Food

On the corner of Sepulveda and Braddock (just south of Culver) stands a unpretentious, friendly, affordable and healthy eatery featuring vegan and vegetarian options while offering some real chicken and steak – hormones, nitrates and antibiotic free, of course – dishes so you can enjoy a meal with just about anyone.

Daiya Cheese

Last year, I found this wonderful cheese alternative product called Daiya, made primarily from tapioca and arrowroot flours and pea protein. Available in ‘Cheddar Style’ and ‘Italian Blend’, it melts and stretches just like the ‘real’ thing!

Mango, Blueberry and Ginger Salad

Prep Time: 20 minutes | Cook Time: 5 minutes | Serves: 4

For a little something sweet with a zing, grate some ginger in your fruit bowl for dessert. Ginger is immune supportive and is a great digestive aid as well!

Korean Ginger Chicken Soup (Baek-Sook)

Prep Time: <1 hr | Cook Time: 1- 2 hours | Serves: 2 This is an alternative to the popular Korean dish, sam-gye-tang, made with ginseng and dates. Though the ginseng version is commonly eaten in the summer to release sweat and thus cool the body, this ginger version can be enjoyed in the winter for an extra boost to your immune system.

Does Your Olive Oil Come in a Dark Bottle?

A diet rich in olive oil has been long recognized for its benefits in cardiovascular health, joint health, cancer prevention, skin and cognitive function due to its anti-inflammatory effects and antioxidant properties.

But is there a difference among the array of pretty-shaped, fancy-labeled bottles at the grocery store?

Which Oils are Safe to Cook With?

Because oils are susceptible to rancidity when exposed to heat, it is important not to cook with an oil with a low smoke point and not to cook over an oil’s smoke point – the temperature at which the oil starts to break down. At this point, the heat will cause oxidation in the oil, destroying the protective properties of the oil. Imagine the process of iron turning to rust and that playing out in your food and eventually damaging your cells. This would be counter-productive to eating good quality oils.

Olive Oil Sprayer Bottle

Instead of purchasing olive oil in aerosol cans, use an air pump like this one. This gives you the freedom to choose high quality oils instead of being stuck to the brands that put oil in cans and you can do without the propellant that comes in those cans.