In the summer it is always nice to have desserts that don’t heat up the house to make. Ice cream is good, but if you want to go a bit healthier route, chia pudding is a great option! It has a texture similar to tapioca pudding, but doesn’t require any cooking and the chia seeds give you a good nutritional bang for your buck! This one has all of the flavors of German chocolate cake, but it is much better for you. Also, it is delicious and easy to make!
A smoothie is the perfect breakfast to enjoy on a hot summer day when you don’t have a lot of extra time in the morning. This one is packed with fresh flavors of this season, with sweet blackberries, fresh basil, and anti-inflammatory ginger which gives it a little kick! I add in some protein powder to make it a bit more substantial, but you can leave it out if you want it to be more of a snack than a meal. This is really delicious and good for you as well!
I love sauerkraut! I used to always buy it at the store, but I decided to start making my own a while back and it is so easy and kind of fun, because you can add your own flavors to it! One of my favorites is to combine red cabbage and beets, like in this recipe here. I add ginger and garlic to give it loads of flavor, and it is good on sandwiches, as a side dish, on top of salads or Buddha bowls, or just to snack on!
In the summer, I love a good fruit salsa! Although mangoes and pineapple are used often, I like to switch it up a bit and use things like stone fruits sometimes. Peaches, nectarines, apricots and pluots go into this delicious salsa! It has a bit of a kick to it, and it goes perfect with corn chips, spooned over salads, or over things like grilled tofu or tempeh!
Sometimes you end up with a lot of over ripe bananas on your counter. You could make banana bread, but I like to freeze them for use in smoothies later! Like these key lime pie smoothies! They are easy to make, and they taste like key lime pie, but are much healthier! I even snuck some veggies into this one, but you won’t even notice! These are perfect for when the weather gets warmer!
Since St. Patrick’s Day is coming up, it is the perfect time to try making home made saurkraut. Not only is it fun and easy to make, it is filled with probiotics, which are important to keep our bodies healthy. Much of our immune system is in our gut, and healthy bacteria in the form of probiotics help to keep the good flora of bacteria in our gut at a good count. Although you can take probiotics in the form of pills, it is also beneficial to add them to your diet in the form of fermented foods. Home made sauerkraut is an easy way to get these good probiotics, plus it is satisfying knowing you made it yourself! It is fairly easy to make, and it keeps well in the fridge for a few months. I like to add it to my salads as a tangy topper, but you can also use it in sandwiches, or just as a side dish.
Stuffed mushrooms make a great appetizer or finger food for a party! These stuffed mushrooms happen to be vegan, gluten free and actually healthy! Instead of being filled with cheese and breadcrumbs, I make a filling with walnuts, Italian flavors and a bit of nutritional yeast to give them a cheesy flavor! They are delicious! These would be the perfect thing to make for New Years Eve!
If you are looking for a delicious but healthy appetizer or party snack, these roasted chickpeas are a great option! They taste like dessert, but they are packed with protein and fiber! Not only that, they are easy to make! These would be perfect to whip up for your New Years party spread!
This holiday season let’s spread holiday cheer by creating a wow-worthy charcuterie board when entertaining! Here are some tips and tricks to create one effortlessly:
1 Variety of Selection
Select special ingredients to elevate your charcuterie board like Merlot Bellavitano Cheese or a variety of season nuts, herbs, and fruits for garnishing.
2 Build Your Board
Start by placing key elements on the board first, like your cheeses and bowls to hold smaller ingredients. Use these as pillars to balance the layout and fill in the with supportive ingredients.
3 Made to Wow Styling
To give your board a wow-factor, add styling elements: delicately fold pieces of sliced meats, fan out crackers and bring in different shapes like baguette slices for added texture.
4 Festive Finishing
To create a sense of movement and depth on the board, use tiny bowls, low mason jars or layering on smaller marble boards to hold ingredients.
Tip: To make your board feel extra festive, select ingredients that speak to the seasons like sprigs of rosemary or cranberries.
There is an array of products at Fresh & Natural Foods that would make great components for your charcuterie board. Come in and select what you like best.
Cookies are an essential part of the Holidays! I love baking cookies, eating them, and of course sharing and gifting them to others! These Cranberry Pecan Chocolate Chip cookies are not only delicious, but really easy to make as far as holiday cookies go, just mix, shape and bake! Also, they happen to be vegan and gluten free but you would never guess by tasting them!