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Fredrica Syren, the author and founder of Green-Mom.com, was born in Sweden. Her mother was a classically trained chef who introduced her to many eclectic flavors and skills at a young age. Her mom’s passion for the outdoors and gardening planted the seed for her own love of nature and healthy eating. She received a degree in journalism and has worked as a print, Internet and broadcasting journalist for many years with big businesses within Europe and the United States. After her mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and she with pre-cancer, Fredrica changed her career to become a full time yoga teacher and activist. A longtime world traveler, foodie and career woman, she was exposed to many facets of life, but nothing inspired her more than becoming a mom. After her first-born, Fredrica began a food blog focusing on local, seasonal, organic & vegetarian dishes. Years of food blogging developed into the cookbook Yummy in My Tummy, Healthy Cooking for the Whole Family. Upon the arrival of her second child, Fredrica founded Green-Mom.com. Her vision was to establish a site providing insight about gardening, home and personal care, baby & child, and of course food & nutrition. Green-Mom.com hosts many talented writers shedding light on ways to incorporate eco-friendly and nutritious practices for busy families. She is an advocate for organic, local and sustainable businesses. Fredrica hopes to inspire social change through her lifestyle, passion and business. Fredrica lives with her husband James Harker-Syren and their three children in San Diego, CA.

Weekly Plant-Based Menu #23

New week and another busy one and we’re still working on lowering our food cost before Christmas by eating from freezer, garden and pantry. However do not feel sorry for us because we’re still eating really good and healthy vegan food:)               Monday Moroccan …

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Health Benefits of CBD Oil

By Fredrica Syren: This summer I started taking CBD oil to help with the auto-immune disease I have and have noticed a huge difference: my thyroid is less swollen and I sleep much better. CBD, short for “cannabidiol,” is a natural remedy that is a compound found in cannabis. In …

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Weekly Vegan, Plant-Based Menu #22

This week will be a short week for us because both Saturday and Sunday we have plans all day with first a Winter Fair and then a Christmas party. We’re also working on eating out of our fridge, freezer and pantry leading up to Christmas to save a little money …

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BBQ Bean and Cornbread Casserole

This recipe is adapted from a recipe from Forks over Knives magazine and is a fun take on baked beans. I served my casserole with some stream greens.               2 cups swiss chard, chopped ½ cup onion, minced ½ cup celery, minced ½ cup …

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What to Do with Your Pear Harvest

By Fredrica Syren: A few weeks ago we went with friends on our yearly apple and pear picking trip to Julian. Thistradition is such fun — the kids love picking apples and pears. However, this year, due to the drought, there were few apples — and they had already been …

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Weekly Menu #21

              Monday Cauliflower soup and mini pizzas               Tuesday Smashed chickpea salad on rye bread and mixed salad                 Wednesday Lasagna soup             Thursday Quinoa Strawberry salad …

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Smashed Chickpea Salad

By Fredrica Syren: This is one of my favorite sandwich or wrap filling and I always try to have some made up in an airtight container in fridge for a quick snack or meal. 15 oz. can chickpeas drained, rinsed & skins removed 4 tbsp. vegan mayo 2 tbsp. Dijon mustard 1/4 red onion diced 1 tbsp. fresh dill, …

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The Dirty Chemicals Lurking in Toothpaste

By Fredrica Syren: Once deciding to avoid chemicals, we usually think about household cleaners, body products and children’s toys; but few ever pay attention to the chemicals we put into our mouths when we brush our teeth. I already talked about why you should trade your plastic tooth brush for …

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Weekly Menu #20

I’m back in the US and back home in my own kitchen. This week kids are off school and off course it’s Thanksgiving which means I do not have to cook much since we’re not hosting this year!               Monday Vegan Meatballs with traditional Swedish …

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