Kathy's Matcha Guide! Free Download

My matcha guide is here! I am excited to bring you guys this PDF guide, based on one of my favorite healthy habits: matcha green tea. Kathy's Matcha Guide is a 28-page free downloadable PDF booklet on everything you ever wanted to know about matcha green tea - and more. Ahead, download the guide, learn more about my coffee -> matcha story and preview some of the content..


Healthy Happy Gift Guide 2015

Well since everyone loves a good gift guide this time of year, I decided to join in the fun and share my fave gift ideas. So here is my Healthy Happy Gift Guide 2015! Picks including food, fashion, kitchen, kid, beauty and more goodies.

I hate focusing on gifts during the holiday season, but I do admit that I find the gift browsing and giving parts quite enjoyable. Even if I don't buY the items on these "gift lists" for Christmas, I do love coming back to those "finds" for future birthdays, weddings, showers, etc. So bring on the gift lists! (Even if you don't buy a single thing.)

But I have to confess, as a kid I was pretty obsessed with Christmas lists. In our humble household of four, I considered myself the queen of the Christmas list. I had a very systematic way of figuring out what would make my list..


Butternut Squash Quinoa Salad with crunchy pecans, celery, cinnamon, sweet raisins

Hello from London! For the past pre-holiday week I have been happily visiting one of my favorite cities in the UK - splendid, lovely London. Preparing for the chilly weather, I unearthed my winter gear from the back bin in my closet back in sunny Los Angeles. Goodbye tank tops, flip flops and ballet shoes, hello winter boots, warm socks, long sleeves, long scarves and red noses. Trekking around London in this icy weather requires a warm coat and frequent stops for hot peppermint, lemon-ginger tea and wide mugs of foamy soy lattes. Plenty of warm vegan porridge too! But it is so magical to trek through the crisp cold air over cobblestone streets, lovely winding paths, parks, historical sites, neighborhoods and underground "Tube" stations. But today, quickly, I wanted to pop in here and share a delicious side dish recipe I made last week...

This cinnamon-hinted Butternut Squash Quinoa Salad has sweet cubes of roasted butternut squash, crunchy bits of celery, citrus, plump sweet organic raisins (cranberries work too!) and crunchy pan-toasted pecans. The very light dressing is a mixture of tahini, maple and cinnamon.

Plus, check out what I've done in London so far!..


Wild Blueberry Cranberry Sauce. With Apple, Citrus and Cinnamon. Tastes Like Pie.

This deep purple, dreamy, magical cranberry sauce turns everything up a notch for your holiday (or any day) table. My Wild Blueberry Cranberry Sauce is brimming with dark berry goodness - accented with citrus, apple and cinnamon. The flavors and texture are reminiscent or a luscious, gooey, sticky-sweet, tart berry pie filling.

The flavors are sweet and zingy, perky and bright. You can serve this sauce warm or chilled. The blueberries and apple mellow out the usual zingy flavor of cranberry sauce. Spoon dive into this side dish!..


How to Choose a Vitamix Guide

For the past few weeks, I have been so excited to take the latest Vitamix model, the Vitamix 780, for a spin! Or, a whirl. A swirl? A blend? Whatever I get to do with it I am just excited to try it and bring the results of my Vitamix adventures to you guys. Plus I share my insight on which Vitamix I think you should purchase for your kitchen if you are looking to buy!..


My Best Creamy Potato Soup

You know the cliché of licking the bowl when you make a fluffy, yummy cupcake frosting? Well, I have hit a new mark when it comes to bowl-scraping goodness. This soup. Along with spoon scraping every last drop of this soup, I was dancing around my kitchen singing, "Best soup ever. Best soup ev-errrrrrr." My husband, who actually chose to have leftover spaghetti and meatless balls instead of this soup wasn't in on my soup-satisfaction. But I can guarantee you that when I serve him a bowl tonight, he will be dancing along with me.

The Best Creamy Potato Soup. Rich and silky, creamy and luscious. Spicy, kinda cheezy, and lovingly smoky, with an accent of sweetness somewhere underneath all those rich, bold savory layers. But really, it is all about the texture. This classic thick, velvety, creamy potato texture that doesn't come from just a quick heat and serve method. You slowly simmer this soup to let the starchiness from the potatoes mingle with the cauliflower and spices and wait for the soup magic to happen. I hope you try this soup and do a soup-happy dance in your kitchen as well..


To Share or Not To Share? Social Media, Privacy and What it Means to be Real Online.

You stare intensely at your smart phone screen like a cat staring at a bag of kitty treats. Inspiration hits you, humming through your warm body. A voice inside you wants to share. Your thoughts play with a sentence, idea, hashtag, video, image. The "publish" button is just a touchscreen finger click away. Hm. Do I share this? Is this annoying? Is this TMI? Will people care? What word should I use here? Shoot, over the character limit. Re-write! Ahh, nevermind. Delete. Or... Posted! I shared. That felt good. *awaits any possible feedback*

What, where and how much of our lives do we share in this anything goes state of the Internet?

I mean, just this week I have watched more than my share of Shia Labeouf's #AllMyMovies. Over-sharing at its finest. Watching a live stream of Shia sit in a dark movie theater, quietly watching films he has been in, with modest reactions here and there, has been strangely addicting. Is this where internet culture is leading us? A perpetual livestream of our lives?

As I ponder social media, blogging, vlogging, 'gramming, snapping, streaming and everything in between, I keep asking myself this question.. "Do we need to share our vulnerable, quiet, reflective side of ourselves to be seen as "real people" in the online space?"

I have seen many tweets saying that Shia is a genius and that people "love him even more now!" Well, why is this? He hasn't changed during his three day movie marathon. Just the image he has projected to us has changed. It is truly unedited. Candid. Honest. Real. (Or is it? Is he acting? I don't think so. But who knows, really.)

Today I am chatting about social media, privacy, transparency in blogging and just what the term "real" means when it comes to your image online.. (And don't miss the bonus blogger section at the end!)


Vegan Thanksgiving Menu 2015

Hey John Snow, forget about winter, Thanksgiving is coming. Yup, the time when families unite at a grand dinner table to feast and laugh and warm themselves by the friendly glow of the television and stuff themselves silly in the name of Black Friday and all things cozy.

So for today's post I share everything you need to make your perfect plant-based, vegan Thanksgiving happen. Including a 2015 menu with recipe links and a fun little story about how I interviewed a few turkeys. Yup, I have the exclusive (yes, but ok, fictional) interview. Oh, and a bonus frozen dessert machine giveaway ..


Crustless Pumpkin Pie with Pecan Streusel

Pie crust is overrated. Or at least that is what I always think to myself when I slice into a piece of velvety, cozy, delicious pumpkin pie. Just give me the good stuff. The stuff I want. The filling. The pumpkin. All that rich, warmly spiced, pumpkin-y goodness. So for this pie, we toss our buttery border to the wind and go crustless...


Vegan Yogurt Reviews + Buying Guide

Have you noticed? Vegan yogurt is going through a period of revival. Let's call it a dairy-free yogurt renaissance. Right now you can find creative, delicious, dreamy plant-based yogurts using almond, coconut and soy ingredients.

Unlike when I first went vegan, over ten years ago, today's vegan yogurts are versatile, creamy, silky, sweet and satisfying.

Ditching dairy has never been easier. (Even dairy Greek yogurt has some serious competition now!)

I spent the past week taste testing all the brands and flavors I could get my hands on. So take a peek at my vegan yogurt reviews + buying guide. Fall in love with yogurt again..


Peanut Sriracha Sauce, Sweet Potato-Chickpea-Rice Bowl or Wraps

disclosure: Sponsored post, 2015 DOLE ambassadorship.

Bring me sweet potatoes.

Fall Back. The kitchen was dark and dim by 5pm today, the low grey Los Angeles sky slowly fading from silver and milky white into dusty purples and faded blue and eventually rich navy and black. Nothing but the golden twinkling lights of hundreds of cozy homes out in the distance. A few flashes of yellow headlights from swift humming cars slipping along the invisible streets. Early November brings on a sort of quiet. A sort of calm before the storm of the holiday season. I like it. I want rain. And cuddly blankets. And cooking dinner feels extra soothing and satisfying.

Lets sink into these early November days and enjoy the blanket of velvet sky that wraps us tightly and keeps us simmering for a while.

Peanut-Sriracha Sweet Potato Chickpea Brown Rice Bowl. And this meal of sizzling chickpeas, fluffy brown rice and steamy golden DOLE sweet potatoes is one of my favorites. This sauce packs a punch of flavor. Drizzle it on as much as you'd like. Warm, nutty, spicy, sweet, smoky. And peanut sauce with sweet potatoes? Perfection.

I like to serve this bowl with blackened whole wheat or corn tortillas to serve as casual tacos or a big wrap. You could even use collard wraps if you'd like! Get cozy with this steamy supper...