Mushroom + Tomato + Onion Omelet Recipe

Must-try Ommmmelet - yum!

Must-try Ommmmelet - yum!

INGREDIENTS
* 2 island eggs, beaten
* 1 tsp coconut oil
* 2 small mushrooms, sliced
* 5-10 cherry tomatoes, halved
* 1 Tbsp red pepper, rough chopped
* Red onion, cut into a few half-moon slivers
* 1/2 tsp sea salt
* 1/2 tsp black pepper

INSTRUCTIONS
1/ Add coconut oil to a small frying pan, and heat on medium-high heat. Once it’s hot, add the eggs, reduce to medium heat, and cook for 1-2 minutes until the eggs have begun to set.
2/ Without yet flipping the egg, sprinkle in the mushrooms, tomatoes, red pepper, salt, and pepper into the egg mixture.
3/ After another 1-2 minutes, use a spatula to flip your omelet, and cook for another 1-2 minutes or until the eggs are no longer runny.
4/ Flip one more time so that the egg-only side of your omelet is browned just a bit. Yum!
5/ Fold the omelet in half, plate, and garnish with fresh rosemary and as desired. ENJOY!!

Salsa Recipe!

Recipe by Éva Raposa

SALSA INGREDIENTS

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5 large tomatoes, (seeded*), then diced
1/2 medium white onion, finely diced
1/4 chopped cilantro (+ set aside for garnish!)
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 Tbsp smoked paprika
1 tsp ground cumin
2 tsp olive oil
1 lime, juiced
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Sea salt to taste

* Note: If you like your salsa super thick, the seeding helps. If you’d like a thinner consistency, then no need to remove the seeds. 

SALSA INSTRUCTIONS

Chop or food process (depending on your preferred consistency), and add it to a bowl. VOILA! 

Hot Topic - Southern WoodlandS Community

Hi friends!!

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I want to share some details with you about the community I hope we’ll be able to offer to our island friends. I also want to ask you for your HELP, and you’ll find details on this page to make it easy.

Here’s what you’ll find in the petition further down this page: I (Elio Silva) am looking to build and open a multi-use property in the Southern Woodlands area at 77 Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road. Our plans for the project include 24 year-round residential units, as well as space for Island Food Pantry, MVY Coop & Health Food Education, and Vineyard Grocer & Health Food Store. The petition (found below!) is for community members to express support for the project.

What you won’t read in the petition is what I hope you already know. I always, always, always aim to do business in a way that deeply serves our island community and creates situations where everyone wins. To think long-term about the impact of our actions. So this Southern Woodlands Community is proposed and intended with that in mind.

Can you help us to make it happen?!

We’re actively seeking friends and neighbors to support our efforts. What you can do now to best help is to gather signatures (using the petition below), share the info (in conversation and/or with the handout below), and/or to write a letter of support (the template below can help you to write it).

We deeply appreciate you being part of the VG Family :-) and are grateful for your ongoing support.

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!
Elio :-)

Petition

<< CLICK HERE >> to print the petition if you’d like to ask friends, family, and/or colleagues to sign the petition. (Thank you) You can bring signed petitions to Vineyard Grocer or give them directly to Elio.

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Thanks for your support!!

You can click the << CLICK HERE >> links for printable versions of our petition, a 1-page handout, and a template to help you easily write a letter of support.

:-)

Handout

<< CLICK HERE >> to print the handout if you’d like to share the details with friends, family, and/or colleagues you think would be supportive. (Thank you)

Letter of Support Template

<< CLICK HERE >> to print the letter of support template if you’d like to write one yourself or to ask supportive friends, family, and/or colleagues to help. (Thank you) You can bring letters to Vineyard Grocer or give them directly to Elio

Handout AND Letter of Support Template (front and back)

<< CLICK HERE >> to print the handout and letter of support template together. (Thank you)

The Loyalty Cards aka MV Currency

The new cards :-)

The new cards :-)

We've just received some new loyalty cards, and this feels like perfect timing to let you know how they work, in case you don't know about them yet!

:-)

💜 They're free + no application or process. You just let us know you want one, and we'll take care of it. 
💜 Every time you use it, you save 10% on your purchases.
💜 Please note that they must be loaded with $100 or more at a time.
💜 For those who are Island Club card members, you might know we offer 10% on Thursdays... and... we'll even allow you to double it up if you have both cards.
💜 As a little bonus, we add 3% at the beginning of the next month. So, say, you spent $200 last month, we'd add $6 of bonus cash to your card next week.

That's everything. They don't expire, so whether it takes you years or minutes to spend $100, it's all good. :-)

Hummus Among Us (A DELICIOUS Recipe!)

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Note: From all the notes and such here, this looks and sounds far more complex than it is. It actually only took about 15-20 minutes to zip this all up, including making the tahini!! I shared the detail to give you clarity and options.

INGREDIENTS
✦ 2 cups sprouted or cooked chickpeas* 
(*or 1 cup dry chickpeas, sprouted; more details below the instructions)
✦ 1/2 cup tahini** 
(**or 1 cup sesame seeds, freshly ground/blended; more details below the instructions)
✦ 1/8 cup apple cider vinegar or fresh lemon juice
✦ 1 tsp pink salt
✦ 1 Tbsp olive oil
✦ 3 cloves garlic
✦ 1 Tbsp dried herbs (optional - I used parsley)

*****NOTE: IF YOU WANT TO USE CANNED/COOKED CHICKPEAS + STORE-BOUGHT TAHINI, YOU CAN SIMPLY BLEND THE INGREDIENTS! VOILA!*****

INSTRUCTIONS - FOR HUMMUS
✦ Easy peasy - blend your ingredients until you love the texture.
✦ As always, go easy on ingredients you don't love lots of (like salt, garlic, and vinegar/lemon) and add more as needed. The recipe here is the EXACT amount that I personally loved, but maybe you'd want more or less of something or want to swap an ingredient. Make it your own homemade hummus, my friend!

* OPTIONS - FOR CHICKPEAS
✦ You may prefer to use cooked chickpeas rather than sprouted, for convenience. Either way, you'll have a great result.
TO SPROUT CHICKPEAS, first soak them for 12 hours in filtered water. Then rinse and remove the soak water. {I like to use my lazy colander sprouting method. At the base, you'll have a wide bowl to catch the water. On top of that, a colander that holds the sprouting chickpeas. On top of that, a plate to cover the chickpeas.} Every 8-12 hours for 2-3 days, rinse the chickpeas. After the initial soak, your chickpeas will have already ballooned to double in size. By the 3rd or 4th day at latest, you'll see a glorious tail sticking out of all of your chickpeas. VOILA!
✦ If you'd like to USE ORGANIC + CANNED, that can be an option that’s ready to go.
✦ If you'd like to COOK YOUR CHICKPEAS, ideally you'll first soak the chickpeas overnight or for part of the day, then cook them. {click here to visit another site with 3 ways to cook chickpeas.}

** OPTIONS - FOR TAHINI
✦ Of course, It's easy enough to just BUY PRE-MADE TAHINI. It's not particularly difficult to make your own, though, if you have a high speed blender or good food processor. (Find instructions below)
MAKE YOUR OWN TAHINI: Blend 2 cups of sesame seeds in your chosen appliance, until you've made a paste. Or if you have the patience to take it a step further, keep on blending until you have a nice oily blob.
✦ If you don't have a super strong appliance but want to make it yourself anyways, you may need to add a touch of olive oil or expeller-pressed sesame oil to help it along.

DIY Chocolate!

How would you like to make some delicious + dairy-free DIY chocolate in your own kitchen? We carry 100% of your needed ingredients, and here is a recipe we hope you’ll enjoy!

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INGREDIENTS

• 1/2 cup melted cacao butter or coconut oil (Note: measurement is taken after melting. Before melting, you’ll have about 3/4-1 cup of packed cacao butter pieces, or just over 1/2 cup of unmelted coconut oil.)

• 1/2 cup + 1 Tbsp cacao powder

• 1/8-1/4 cup raw honey or coconut nectar

• 1 tsp vanilla extract

• tiny pinch salt

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In a small saucepan, gently heat cacao butter or coconut oil over low heat. Remove the moment it’s all melted.

  2. Use a whisk to combine your melted oil or butter with the remaining ingredients.

  3. You may need to use an immersion blender {this is a good one} to be sure your chocolate is fully emulsified.

  4. Pour into chocolate molds, then place in your freezer for about 20-30 minutes. VOILA, you have chocolate! By the way, you can find some great chocolate molds at Leroux (their pricing is good too!), or you might try these favorites on Amazon: {mix} {mermaids & unicorns} {bars} and search for “chocolate foil wrappers” to find pretty wrappers in the right sizes for the molds you use.

STORAGE

You can store in the fridge or freezer to keep them fresh and unmelted. This is even more important if you use coconut oil because coconut oil melts at a lower temperature than cacao butter.

7 Ways to Spring Clean + Detox Your Body and Life

{By Éva Raposa}

This time of year, as we change from winter into spring, it couldn't be a more perfect time to cleanse. Here are 7 simple but super effective ways to detox…!

Here are 7 simple but super effective ways to detox.

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#1. Drink 8 glasses of cucumber water per day.

We mean to drink plenty of water, we do, but so often it doesn't happen. Adding cucumber rounds to your water jug makes it more refreshing, hydrating, and alkalizing. One way to be sure you get in your 8 glasses? Fill up 2 x 1-liter mason jars for the day. When you're done with them, you know you drank your 8 glasses!

 
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#2. Drink a daily cleansing tea.

We have an incredible tea recipe {right here for you} featuring fresh ginger and turmeric, but you also might find that a gentle rose or chamomile tea will do the trick for you.

 
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#3. Massively increase your daily intake of fresh, high water content fruits and vegetables.

We all know that eating more fruits and veggies is a huge help, and now is the perfect time to make it happen. Herbs and green leaves are particularly powerful, but really... fruits and veggies all have their merits!

 
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#4. Start your mornings with freshly made green juice or green smoothies.

Here's my favorite 1-liter green smoothie base:
2 cups spinach, 1/2 cup pineapple slices or clementine, 1 stalk celery, 2 bananas, and a spoon of avocado. If you want it cold, mix in some ice but otherwise, 1 1/2 cups of water make this the perfect texture and should come out to right around 1 delicious liter of green smoothie.

For green juice, a favorite tip is to add lime juice to whatever ingredients you prefer, to brighten it up.

 
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#5. Konmari Your House.

Surely you've heard about Marie Kondo recently? Her Netflix series seemed to be the talk of the town when it came out, but this is years after her New York Times best-selling book "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up". While I highly recommend it, I'll share one of my key takeaways from the book. If it doesn't bring you joy? Release it with peace. You can literally go through every book, clothing item, purse, ETC. that you own, hold it in your hand piece by piece, and ask yourself "Does this bring me joy?" If the answer is no, you sell, donate, recycle, or throw it away.

 
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#6. Embark on a digital detox.

This one? It's easier said than done. And of course, on the one hand we want to connect with you on {Facebook} and {Instagram}, but you might be surprised at how much time you have to CLEAN if you delete the apps off of your phone for a day or even a week while you embark on big-time cleaning.

#7. Unsubscribe with wild abandon, to emails that are not adding value to your life.

Seriously, even if our weekly e-Club messages don't seem to be helpful, we even hope you'd hop off the list. You can use a tool called {unroll.me} to unsubscribe to LOTS of emails very quickly.

 

Truly I hope these tips are helpful to you and wish you a lovely time spring cleaning!

HOW TO MAKE AVOCADO TOAST (10 ways)

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For good reason, avocado toast is all the rage these days. It’s not just a “hippie granola crunchy munchy” thing. Anyone could fall in love with these. Think of bread and butter — but thicker, lighter, and creamy with that perfect balance of salt and lemon. Mmmm.

The Basics:
How to Make Avocado Toast

  1. Toast your favorite bread.

  2. Add perfectly ripe avocado, spreading it like you might spread butter or peanut butter. (Ripe avocado hint: If it’s too hard to press into the avocado a bit, wait longer. If it’s mushy, you may have waited too long!)

  3. Add salt on top to taste.

  4. Squeeze a touch of lemon or lime juice on top at the end.

  5. ENJOY!

You can definitely get fancier than this by adding eggs, onions, black pepper, and so much more. But in our opinion, the above is like the “bare minimum” for a great avocado toast.

10 Inspirational Avocado Toast Photos

[Note: We stuck in a pita pocket & flatbread because you could achieve the same deliciousness in other ways! Really, they are all so mouth watering, and we hope they’ll inspire you to make your own version of Avocado Toast! ENJOY!]

Special thanks to the following friends at Unsplash for permission to share your avocado toast artistry:

@mindbodystock @marineiscooking @benkolde @nobiteuntilphoto @annapelzer @atasteofwellbeing @wesual @moniqa @asb_photographe @missmushroom