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Our Culinary Wellness Journey

Recently, Fran and I embarked on something very exciting, something very personal to us. One of our customers, Mia Russo Stern, shared with us that she had developed a cooking and educational wellness course called Brooklyn Culinary. After a little bit of discussion, but mostly following our gut instinct, we joined in to Mia’s online culinary school . Within a week a large red binder filled with recipes and instructions was shipped to our homes.

What an amazing 12 Module course that Mia created!! It took Fran and I about 26 weeks to get through it. The entire course is centered around plant based cooking and eating, and via online videos, Mia discusses in depth the benefits of all the plants and their phytochemical healing powers . Mia is a breast cancer survivor and used the power of plants to help her heal and be well!!! Now cancer free she continues to eat a plant based diet, which is why she was so passionate about sharing this course with others.

Fran and I took the modules very seriously!  We would get together, with a pre-planned list of healthy ingredients, and we would start following the online videos and recipes. We even had to take quizzes and tests.  No surprise, we nailed them 🙂 ; We had such a good experience going through the course together because it lightened the prep work load, and it allowed us to discuss the various ingredients.

After these weeks of planning, cooking, experimenting, and reading / researching, we earned our Culinary Wellness Professional certificates!

Some of our favorite dishes centered around healthy snacks like power balls, easy breakfasts like chia puddings, and incredible lunch and dinner recipes that we fed to our entire families!  We also loved the course encouraged us to develop our own recipes, based on our likes and needs!

Here is one recipe Fran and I developed together:

The Gratitude Energy Truffle (because we felt such gratitude for the course!)

  • 1.5 cups old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1.5 cup Almond Butter (or peanut butter)
  • 1 tbs honey
  • 2 tbs hemp seeds (or chia seeds)
  • 1/2 c. dark chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup chopped cashews
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt

Mix all ingredients, with your hands, in a large mixing bowl. Form 1 inch balls. Pop into mouth (or fridge) and enjoy!!

Makes about 15 truffles.

One of the most satisfying parts of being Organic Krush founders is that we get to meet communities of like minded people. So much of our day is spent chatting with our guests and employees about health and wellness and the amazing properties of clean organic food.

Brooklyn Culinary gave us an even stronger belief in the power of eating an organic plant based diet to cure many of life’s ailments as well as provide us all with great energy and health!!

Small Choices, Lifelong Wellness!