Many people think of slaw as a summer salad, but I believe that there are slaws for every season, depending on what type of vegetables you use in it. I recently made a root vegetable slaw with carrots, parsnips and rutabagas. You may not think of eating these veggies raw, but actually they are rather sweet and wonderful. I dressed it with a silky tahini lemon sauce and topped it off with sesame seeds; it was the perfect side for an autumn meal. I believe in thinking outside the box when it comes to using vegetables, and this was a nice switch off from the typical roasted or mashed potato.
Have you ever walked through the bulk section of Fresh & Natural and taken time to look at everything? I do most of my shopping in the produce department. Dried fruit, nuts, seeds and grains are staples in my kitchen. I make a lot of raw desserts at home, so lately I have been buying a lot of dates and dried coconut (which make amazing desserts). I recently decided to pick up some dried apples to make some apple cinnamon macaroons. They turned out to be a tasty snack that satisfies any sweet craving, perfect for this time of year. The best part is they are easy to make, and would make a great on the go snack perfect for school lunches (or lunch at work, I would include them in mine)!
Have you tried chia seeds? It may seem like it is nothing special at first glance, but really it is a nutritional powerhouse! Full of healthy omega-3s and anti-oxidants, it is known to help in balancing blood sugar levels. I have to admit, when I first heard about them I was skeptical, but I now eat them daily. It is a great after-workout energizer when soaked in coconut water instead of a sugar filled energy drink. I have recently discovered a new favorite way to eat them, in a breakfast porridge. I first saw a similar recipe on a raw food website and decided to create my own! It is an energizing breakfast that keeps me full until it is time for lunch. The best part is, it requires minimal preparation time, and it can be prepared the night before so no rushing in the morning. Here is my recipe, but feel free to substitute your favorite fruit and nuts if you do not have raspberries and walnuts on hand.
To continue what I started (see Homemade Peanut Butter recipe blog), no peanut butter is complete without the proper jam. As far as the jam goes, I prefer the quick non-sugary method sweetened with honey or agave nectar. It only requires a clean jar and a pot, no special equipment. My favorite is strawberry vanilla, but of course you can use whichever organic fruit you prefer. No fruit in season? Frozen works just fine.
So, if you want to make yourself a special peanut butter and jelly sandwich, you should combine my Homemade Peanut Butter blog recipe with my Vanilla Scented Strawberry Jam! If you have kids, even better for them because they can help you choose the flavors to make.
Note: You can substitute the strawberries for other fruits such as raspberries, peaches, blueberries or mangoes.
Peanut butter and jelly. It is a staple for many school lunches, or at least for those little opinionated eaters. I was one of those kids; my mother tried to get me to eat a bologna or turkey sandwich, but if it wasn’t a PB&J, I would end up just throwing it away. There was just something about the sweet jelly (or jam in my case) that was comforting and delicious. My mother always bought the fruit sweetened jam and natural peanut butter from the health food store rather than the overly sweet stuff, which I can now appreciate as an adult. She really cared about our health.
Now, as an adult, I still love peanut butter and jam, but I now make my own. It is really pretty simple, especially the peanut butter. All you need is a good food processor and voila! The best part is you can add your own flavorings if you wish like vanilla, cinnamon, or even maple extract! But if you prefer the classic, I will tell you that this is some of the best peanut butter you will ever eat. If peanut butter isn’t your forte, almond butter or any other nut butter can be made in the same fashion.
See my Vanilla Scented Strawberry Jam blog recipe to complete this creation!