Red Jen Ford

About Red Jen Ford

Red Jen Ford is a Certified Holistic Health Coach, Yoga Instructor and Seasonal Eating Expert. Jen teaches her clients the benefits and simplicity of eating local, sustainably grown food. Enjoy more of her dishes in her seasonal recipe booklets or her online course, Simply in Season: Recipes to Celebrate Healthy, Easy Seasonal Food.

Fennel for your Backyard Parties and Patriotic Celebrations

Fennel is one of the quintessential scents, flavors, and foods characteristic of California’s Mediterranean climate. While it is a frequent ingredient favored by Italian, Mediterranean, and modern California cuisine, it is often overlooked by Americans even though the vegetable can often be seen growing wild on along roadsides, or on hillside habitats above the waves, [...]

By | July 7th, 2014|Recipes|0 Comments

Manchego Baked Figs Recipe

Fig season in California starts mid-May and runs through October. Delicate, delicious, and extremely perishable, fresh figs are best eaten within a few days of procurement, but can be stored in the refrigerator on a plate under paper towels for two to three days. According to The Encyclopedia of Healing Foods by Michael Murray, figs [...]

By | June 11th, 2014|Recipes|0 Comments

A Healthy Pizza Topping with Carrot Tops

Carrots are harvested nearly all year long in Southern California. I often accumulate an abundance of them from my Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) box and run out of ideas for what to do with them. As a member of the parsley family, the carrot tops have cleansing benefits along with being a rich source of [...]

By | March 5th, 2014|Recipes|0 Comments

Heart-Warming Mole Sauce

  February is American Heart Month, a natural time to showcase heart-warming aphrodisiacs like chocolate, chilies, and garlic in traditional Mexican mole sauce. “Mole” comes from the Aztec word molli, which means stew or sauce. It is often made with cocoa or chocolate, ingredients the Aztecs embraced as aphrodisiacs. Chilies, members of the capsicum family, [...]

By | February 18th, 2014|Recipes|0 Comments

Farmers Corner : Celery – It’s More Than Just Crudités

In Southern California, we are fortunate to enjoy celery all year, but its season peaks in the cooler months of November through February. Given its omnipresence, it’s easy to take this powerful health food for granted. According to Michael Murray’s Encyclopedia of Healing Foods, with only 20 calories per rib, celery is an excellent source [...]

By | January 2nd, 2014|Recipes|0 Comments

Get Saucy for the Holiday

SAVOR THE SEASON WITH THIS LOCAL SUBSTITUTE FOR CRANBERRY SAUCE Thanksgiving is a special time of gratitude – for our friends, our family, and even our farmers. As I plan menus to celebrate the harvest season, I enjoy looking at how to incorporate seasonal and local ingredients. I set out to create a California-based apple-pomegranate-strawberry relish. Fuji [...]

By | November 14th, 2013|Recipes|0 Comments

Herbs for Healing

While healing with herbs is an ancient art, (in lineages such as Ayurveda, Chinese Medicine, and other traditional systems worldwide), more than a quarter of drugs used today contain active ingredients derived from plants used in ancient medicine; aspirin is one common example. Immune system boosters and common cures for inflammation, indigestion, and other ailments [...]

By | October 1st, 2013|Herbs & Spice|0 Comments

Melon Salsa Recipe

The bitter melon is the most beneficial gourd of all. According to The Encyclopedia of Healing Foods, a cup of bitter melon contains 23 calories; it is also an ex- cellent source of vitamins B, C, and E, folic acid, zinc, fiber, magnesium, and contains twice the potassium of a banana. Mix it with cantaloupe to [...]

By | August 26th, 2013|Recipes|0 Comments

Melon – The More Bitter, The Better

We enjoy the nutritious benefits of most members of the gourd family – watermelon, cantaloupe, and cucumber – yet few of us are familiar with the most bitter, and thereby the most beneficial, gourd of all: bitter melon. Also known as balsam pear, bitter melon resembles a cucumber with bumpy, warty skin. According to The [...]

By | August 26th, 2013|Recipes|0 Comments

Farmers Corner: Watermelon

During the peak of the summer season, nature provides us with the perfect cooling and healing food. Packed with some of the most important antioxidants, including cancer-fighting lycopene, in addition to its high water content, watermelon delivers more nutrients per calorie than many other fruits. While people may be concerned about watermelon’s sugar content, one [...]

By | July 1st, 2013|Recipes|0 Comments