Sprouted Kitchen X 31 Bits
Our Home Collection continues to grow with the simple and elegant Marble Display Bowl. For this launch, we teamed up with Sara Forte of Sprouted Kitchen to create a fun, easy-to-make recipe to pair with the new arrivals in our Home Collection. Read our exclusive interview with Sara below, and try out the recipe for yourself!
:: Meet Sara Forte of Sprouted Kitchen ::
Sara Forte is known for her recipe and food blog, Sprouted Kitchen, and two cookbooks Sprouted Kitchen: A Tastier Take on Whole Foods and Bowl + Spoon. She is married to Hugh, the photographer for Sprouted Kitchen (and took these gorgeous photos too!) and mom to son, Curran and daughter, Cleo.
Sara has worked at a grocery store and two farms, and can attest to the fact that “eating seasonally tastes better.” Her intention it to make “healthy-ish” foods that fit into everyday life, using mostly produce, whole grains, healthy fats, and natural sugar alternatives.
I don’t know that I always do and that’s okay. When your work and real life overlap SO much, I think you have to allow that ebb and flow of creativity to move through your reality. I certainly go through phases of disliking cooking, and we eat “snack dinners” (cheese, fruit, crackers, cut veggies, etc.) If I need breaks from thinking about food, I try to have grace for myself, but there are other seasons I love cooking for other people and hosting.
When I AM into it? I like Pinterest, other blogs, Instagram, reading restaurant menus, getting veggie box deliveries or Community-supported Agriculture Boxes, which force creativity out of me in an effort to use what I have. Some people would loathe that, and say it creates more waste, but for me, that effort breeds creativity. I think our entire first cookbook was written under that plan 😉
Where is one of your favorite places to travel to?
I know it is cliché, but I love Paris. I’ve been fortunate to live in both Spain and Italy for school or work purposes, and love those cultures, but there is no way around the magic of Paris, especially in the spring or fall. I also went to college in the central coast of California and think that coastline (Big Sur!) is breathtaking. Oh! and Alaska. I’ve only been once (not inspiring food-wise) but hands down the most beautiful place I’ve ever seen.
Are you working on any new projects?
I continue to hear how overwhelming or annoying making dinner is for so many of my friends. I am in an online community of people who love to cook and are skilled at it, but there’s a large audience of people who want to cook healthy meals at home and want someone to simplify, and show them how to get there. I am spending time organizing the task, so anyone can cook a meal easily. I have a heart for eating around a table with family and friends, both for the sake of our bodies and minds, so I want to be a catalyst for more people finding their way there. We’re building something that will hopefully be a useful tool for this.
What has been your greatest lesson learned after all these years of Sprouted Kitchen?
You’ve got me in a bit of a transition year, but I will say, that I believe if you want something bad enough, and you work hard for it, authentically and honestly, you can make it work. What we cobble together as work these days is nothing like what I thought I’d being doing, but it has afforded me so many cool opportunities and time with my kids that I would have never had if I hadn’t taken a risk and quit my job to go all in with Sprouted Kitchen.
I won’t be the person who says “drop it all! do what you love!” because I for sure don’t always think that’s realistic or possible, but I believe there is always room for people who want to pursue work that fills them up. Good things don’t always just fall in your lap, you have to get out of your own way and get them yourself.
We’ve been huge fans of Sprouted Kitchen and Sara Forte for many years, and can attest to how tasty the recipes are! One in particular, is the Watermelon + Cucumber Skewers with Minty Feta Dressing pictured above.
You can find this colorful recipe (and many more!) on Sprouted Kitchen, and check out our new Marble Display Bowls. Throughout the month of August, every order in our Home Collection will receive a special printed recipe card!
SPROUTED KITCHEN + 31 BITS GIVEAWAY
You could WIN…
+ A SIGNED copy of The Sprouted Kitchen’s original cookbook
+ A SIGNED copy of The Sprouted Kitchen’s “Bowl + Spoon” cookbook
+ 31 Bits Rivet + Blue Stripe Bistro Apron
+ 31 Bits Blue Striped Linen Napkin Set
+ 31 Bits Marble + Brass Cheese board
(That’s over $185 value!!!)
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Ends Friday, August 3 at 11:59 p.m. PT