10 Ways We Use Food to Express Love

And the secret ingredient is…spoiler alert: love.

Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone! As you made your plans to celebrate the holiday this year what did they most revolve around? Probably the restaurant you’ll visit or the recipes you’ll make for your loved ones. We use food to show love and we do so in all of our precious relationships, not just our romantic connections. Since food is so important to us and it’s Valentine’s Day this week, I wanted to reflect on the ways we show love with food in all types of relationships.

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Tofu Tour: Mini Veggie Quiches

The next stop on our tour is mini tofu quiches! When choosing these recipes, my main goal has been variety. I want to show several ways one can enjoy tofu, even when one of the steps is to blend it into a purée. That’s not very appetizing to think of but bear with me because this recipe does not disappoint. I’d say these quiches are one of those recipes that you could set down in front of someone and they wouldn’t know the difference between it and the real deal.

To create these delicious masters of deception you’ll need…

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10 Gluten-Free Valentine’s Day Dessert Ideas

Valentine’s Day is around the corner and there are so many ways to tell all of the dear people in our lives that we love them. Depending on our loves languages, we might communicate this in different ways. Some people enjoy taking their special ones out to celebrate by spending time together. Some people like to write long letters of appreciation and express their affection through words. Others like to show their love on this holiday by making something sweet for their something sweet. If you’re the last one and aren’t sure where to begin, check out these gluten-free Valentine’s Day dessert recipes that will help you communicate to anyone in your life that you care about them.

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Nutritional Yeast and Why You Should Eat It

You’ve heard of yeast. It makes bread rise and the world go ‘round, but have you heard of its rock star cousin nutritional yeast? Nutritional yeast is seriously underrated, especially considering that it does way more than just make bread fluffy. It’s nutritious, multi-purpose, and oh so delicious. Not to mention, it is likely the easiest and tastiest nutrient you could supplement to your diet.

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Tofu Tour: Very Easy Vegan Curry

We’re exploring the different ways we can enjoy tofu and the next stop on the journey has a delightful kick. This was my first time making curry, and I was a little bit intimidated. I’ve heard talk of it from more sophisticated palates all my life, but I’m not entirely sure if I even really knew what it was until making it this weekend.

Curry is an all-encompassing term referencing a variety of recipes from the Indian subcontinent and South Asia. The linking factor is that all curry dishes feature a complicated mixture of herbs and spices that typically include hot chilies. There are dry curries out there, but our recipe is the saucy kind!

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50 Things to Do When It’s Just Too Dang Cold Outside

The Spokane area has been chilly since late November, and January (unsurprisingly) hasn’t done us any favors either. Compared to the rest of the country, we’re pretty lucky to stay just above freezing most days, but that doesn’t mean we like facing the cold any better. While Spokane has a myriad of amazing outdoor winter activities to offer, that’s not everyone’s ‘cup of tea.’ Some people’s ‘cup of tea’ is an actual cup of tea by a warm fire inside, away from the cold. The following list is for those people once they get tired of lounging by that fire and want some ideas for what else they could do indoors this winter:

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Tofu Tour: Vegan Roasted Veggie and Tofu Buddha Bowl

Tofu is one of those funny foods that everyone seems to say the same thing about. Usually, that thing is along the lines of, “it doesn’t really taste like anything.” While it’s true that plain tofu on its lonesome is pretty underwhelming, the same could be said about bread, and we find plenty of delicious ways to dress up and eat that. Unlike most bread, however, tofu is both a nutrient dense food and an excellent source of protein.

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50 Flexible, No-Stress New Year’s Resolutions

The end of December brings a lot of excitement with it. After all of our various winter holiday festivities, we anticipate the new year while celebrating the one we just had. Some of us do one or the other by throwing a party and/or making resolutions. The general belief we all have about New Year’s resolutions is that they’re difficult to stick to and people rarely complete theirs. This must just mean that we’re making our New Year’s resolutions way too unrealistic to pull off.

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BumbleBar Testimony: Superstar Hiking Snacks!

The other day we received an email from a very lovely customer who wanted to share what activities she fuels with BumbleBar energy. As an avid hiker, Diana (Seattle, WA) appreciates having healthy, whole food, energy packed and portable snacks to sustain her on the trails. Below she describes a day she got through her hike on coffee, water, and a Lushus Lemon BumbleBar.

Diana’s Story

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BumbleBars on Vashon Island

Back in 1995, Liz made the very first BumbleBar and pretty soon afterward, she and Glenn set up shop on Vashon Island near Seattle, producing and distributing bars. One of the stores where BumbleBars were available was a community staple called True Value. It’s since become an Ace Hardware, but current employee Katy Sassara reports that the store hasn’t lost any of its local warmth and still sells BumbleBars!

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It’s always nice to connect with BumbleBar customers and distributors, but hearing from Katy was especially wonderful because she’s both! She reports some of her early memories of the store and the treat it was to visit and buy a BumbleBar.

As Vashon Island and its local Ace Hardware store hold a special place in our hearts, it was wonderful to read the answers Katy provided for some questions we had:

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