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Homemade Apple Butter

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Fall is here!!

Apple lovers REJOICE!! I made a trip to my local apple orchard and am so excited to be making delicious apple butter to share with friends and family this fall and for the holiday season.

Apple butter was one of my favorite spreads as a child, and I just can’t resist SPREADING ūüėȬ†the love with my loved ones.

BTW, it’s hard to make brown goop look appetizing but trust me, this is¬†DELICIOUS!!

This is a super easy recipe and process to making your own apple butter. I have removed the processed sugar and replaced it with honey (my own personal preference) but you can still use sugar if desired. If you choose not to water bath your recipe, it should last about a week refrigerated.

Give this delicious fall recipe a try and enjoy the awesome smells of fall throughout your house. Better than any candle can produce!

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Ingredients:

  • 10cups apples (peeled, cored & chunked) your favorite variety
  • 1/2 cup raw honey or 1/2 cup pure maple syrup (1 cup sugar if you prefer)
  • 1tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1‚ĀĄ2teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1‚ĀĄ2teaspoon allspice
  • 1‚ĀĄ23‚ĀĄ4teaspoon¬†ground cloves
  • dash of pure vanilla extract

 

Directions:

  • Place apples in crock pot; cook on high for 4-1/2 hours (covered).
  • After 4-1/2 hours stir and add remaining ingredients. Cook for another 4-1/2 hours with NO lid.
  • Using a hand mixer, mix to the desired consistency
  • Using a ladle, fill jars with 1/4 inch left at top. seal in jars. see sealing instructions below.
  • *Can seal in hot water bath¬†

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Cucumber Quinoa Salad with Feta

Doesn‚Äôt it feel so easy to cook this time of year?!? I wouldn’t even consider this salad cooking if you ask me.

I don‚Äôt know about you, but I take one¬†glance at the rainbow of beautiful summer veggies available at the farmers market ( and my garden) feels like .. Wham! .. an instant inspiration to want to run¬†home and cook¬†something fresh and healthy! ¬†Don’t you?

With all of the fresh greens in season lately, I’ve been making kale and spinach and spring greens salads galore, which always feel so good.  But for something different tonight, I decided to make a refreshing cucumber salad.  I have cucumbers and tomatoes in abundance lately, so I grabbed some from the garden and tossed it with some fresh basil, ( also from the garden) red onion, and feta I had on hand.  And then added in some quinoa for extra protein, and tossed it all with a simple lemony vinaigrette.Screenshot 2017-07-23 at 4.34.15 PM

 

The result?

A fresh, fun, and fantabulously flavorful salad that I already can’t wait to make again!

 

CUCUMBER QUINOA SALAD

This Cucumber Quinoa Salad is made with lots of fresh basil and feta, tossed with a simple lemony vinaigrette, and it‚Äôs SO fresh and delicious! Plus, it‚Äôs naturally gluten-free and quick and easy to make. Perfect for a side dish but it’s my dinner tonight!

 

INGREDIENTS:

CUCUMBER QUINOA SALAD INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 English cucumber, diced
  • 2 cups¬†chilled*¬†cooked quinoa¬†(see this tutorial for how to cook quinoa) I usually make a large batch to have throughout the week.
  • 1/2 cup diced red onion
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/3 cup julienned or roughly-chopped fresh basil leaves
  • 5 cherry tomatoes
  • 1 batch Lemony Italian vinaigrette (see below)

LEMONY ITALIAN VINAIGRETTE INGREDIENTS:

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  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons Trader Joes “everything but the bagel” seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning, homemade or store-bought
  • pinch of Himalayan salt and black pepper or to taste

DIRECTIONS:

TO MAKE THE CUCUMBER QUINOA SALAD:

  1. Toss all ingredients together until combined.  Serve immediately.

TO MAKE THE LEMONY ITALIAN VINAIGRETTE:

  1. Whisk all ingredients together in a small bowl until combined.

Banana Split Chia Bowl

Avocado Feta Spinach Salad

Salads are so good for you and super easy to make but the best part for me is to try and make them pretty. Here are some nutrition facts about some of the ingredients.

Avocado is considered one of the healthiest foods on the planet as it contains in excess of 25 essential nutrients, including vitamin A, B, C, E, & K, copper, iron, phosphorus, magnesium, and potassium. Avocado also contains fiber, protein, and several beneficial phytochemicals such as beta-sitosterol, glutathione and lutein, which may protect against various disease and illness.Image result for images of goji berries

Goji Berries¬†have similar¬†benefits you get from eating other berries, goji berries are loaded with beta-carotene (a pigment found in plants and fruits) which helps promote healthy skin. They have also been known to help boost the immune system and protect the eyes ‚ÄĒ talk about a super fruit. And like other berries, goji berries are also an excellent source of vitamin C and can reduce tough cold symptoms.

Goji berries are an excellent source of antioxidants because of their oxygen radical absorbance capacity (ORAC) value.

As a plus, goji berries are low in calories, fat-free and are packed with fiber ‚ÄĒ which also helps you manage weight and go the bathroom on a regular basis.

Mangoes contain a high amount of the carotenoid compound beta-carotene.

Mangoes are a low-fat, low-calorie, cholesterol-free source of a variety of nutrients, especially vitamin A, vitamin C, dietary fiber and antioxidant compounds. If your diet includes rich sources of these nutrients regularly, you may be less likely to develop many serious medical conditions.

Originally cultivated in India, mangoes are now more widely eaten than any other fruit in the world, according to Fruits & Veggies More Matters. In the United States, ripe mangoes are typically consumed raw, dried or cooked in chutneys or pies.

 

 Ingredients:

All ingredients are approx. Its a SALAD not a baked good. ūüôā Just have fun!

1-2 handfuls of  spinach

1/3 mango

1-2 baby carrots, chopped or sliced

2-4 cherry tomatoes cut in half

1-2 teaspoon red onion

2-3 teaspoons goji berries

1 tbsp feta or to taste

1/3 tsp of chia seeds

cilantro for garnish

For the dressing:

1/2 a lemon juiced

2 tbsp olive oil

Himalayan salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. put all ingredients into your favorite bowl and arrange however you please
  2. whisk all ingredients for dressing in a mixing bowl and pour over salad
  3. ENJOY!

 

Blueberry Coconut Chia Pudding

The fun thing about this recipe is you can serve it different ways. It’s great for breakfast or a snack and you will feel full for hours. It has all kinds of nutrients so you can’t go wrong with this deliciousness!

Blueberries are low in calories and high in nutrients. Rich in Fiber, Vitamin C & K, and Manganese. Perfect brain food to get you going!

Chia seeds are rich in Fiber, Protein,Omega 3’s, Calcium, Magnesium, & Phosphorus. Low in calories.

 

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen) I like fresh
  • 1 cup coconut milk or coconut cream if you like it thicker
  • 3.5 T chia seeds
  • Toppings of choice: coconut flakes, blueberries, cacao nibs, raspberries, etc…

Directions:

  1. Add blueberries and coconut milk to a blender and blend until well combined.
  2. pour into your favorite Jar or bowl and stir in chia seeds.
  3. Place in refrigerator for at least 6 hours or overnight so chia seeds expand and get soft.
  4. Add toppings of choice and serve cold.

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Oat and Berry Bowl

If you need an easy healthy breakfast, then this Oat and Berry Bowl is exactly what you need. Full of berries and seeds and with steel cut oats, this is not only nourishing but also delicious. If you like, you can also make this a delicious quinoa or gluten free oat breakfast recipe by substituting the steel cut oats.

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I like to make large quantities of the steel cut oats on a Sunday and freeze them in a cupcake pan. That¬†way you can just get up and pop one into the microwave and in 2 minutes they are done! You’ll have a full week of breakfast already ready!! Strawberries have been on sale lately so I buy in semi-large¬†quantities and cut them up ahead of time so they are ready to go for breakfast or just a snack.

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This recipe is after I have already cooked and frozen the oats.

 

Ingredients:

1 cup frozen oats

4-5 sliced strawberries

30 ish blueberries

1 tablespoon pumpkin seeds or your favorite nuts or seeds

1/2 teaspoon raw honey

1/2~ 1 cup almond or coconut milk

 

Directions:

  1. Remove frozen oats from cupcake pan and cook in microwave for 1 minute
  2. Take out chop it up with a spoon. add 1/2 cup almond milk and cook 1 more minute in the microwave.
  3. Add more almond or coconut milk as desired.
  4. stir in raw honey
  5. Add strawberries, blueberries, and seeds ( or your favorite berries and seeds)
  6. ENJOY!

 

 

Summer Corn & Blueberry Salad

INGREDIENTS:

6     ears of fresh sweet corn, husked

1     cup fresh blueberries

1     small cucumber, sliced

1/4  cup finely chopped red onion

1/4  cup chopped fresh cilantro

1     Jalapeno pepper,  seeded and finely chopped.

2     tablespoons fresh lime juice

2     tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1     tablespoon raw honey

1/2  teaspoon ground cumin

1/2  teaspoon Himalayan salt 

 

In a large dutch oven bring salted water to a boil.  Add corn.  Cook covered for 5 minutes or until tender

When cool enough to handle, cut corn from the cobs. In a serving bowl combine corn, blueberries, cucumber, red onion, cilantro, and Jalapeno.

For dressing, combine lime juice, olive oil, raw honey, cumin,and 1/2 tsp. salt. combine and mix well. Add to salad and toss.

Cover and refrigerate overnight.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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