RECIPE: Gorgeous Fruit Salad

When my husband and I lived / worked in New Zealand, we thought it funny when the Kiwi’s described their foods, especially desserts, as “gorgeous”.  We’d only used that term to describe appearance, not taste. Well world, have I got a gorgeous (looking and testing) simple, summer salad for you!  Bring it to any and all social gatherings!  It will be the most beautiful dish at the soiree.  If you want to keep it local and seasonal, swap strawberries for apples (which are technically a fall / winter fruit, but because we’re Americans, we eat fruit from any season all year long)

(Side RANT: Apples are on the Dirty Dozen, meaning they are one of the most heavily sprayed-with-pesticides fruit available–so buy the organic ones, especially if you are feeding kids.

DDT, you know that pesticide they sprayed on fruit, that was banned in the USA in the 1970’s because all the birds were dying? Guess who the world’s largest exporter of DDT is? Yep, ‘Merica. We sell it to other countries, who then spray it on their crops, then sell those crops back to us, with heaping doses of toxic chemicals. And we all wonder why cancer, ADHD, and Alzheimer’s in on the rise?)

kiwi salad

In a bowl combine the following:

1 quart of strawberries, sliced OR 3 fuji apples, cubed with lemon juice

1 pint organic blueberries

2 kiwi fruit peeled and sliced

Gorgeous!

RECIPE: Simple Spring Salad

Some people taste soap when they eat cilantro.  Stinks to be them!  This salad is easy to make and is a crowd pleaser! (Unless you’re the soapy cilantro type)

Spring salad

In a large bowl combine:

2 cups spinach

2 cups arugula

1 avocado, diced

1/2 can corn  OR even better, the kernels from 2 roasted ears of corn

3 celery stocks, chopped

1/8-1/4 cup pumpkin seeds

1 bunch cilantro to garnish

(optional 1/4 cup chopped jicama and 1/4 cup chopped red onion)

 

And I like it with this simple salad dressing:

1/2 cup Olive Oil

1/2 lemon squeezed

1 tsp yellow mustard

1 tsp maple syrup

salt and pepper

RECIPE: Green Detox Smoothie

Well, hello there! I’m your new favorite smoothie!

This jar of nutrition is incredibly delicious!  It’s a quick but healthy breakfast and makes enough for two, so share with your favorite morning time buddy or enjoy some as a snack later in the day. This morning I offered a spoon of it my 1 year old, who then enjoyed more than her share! Recipe is inspired by Barre3, my fave workout and health encouraging resource!

Green Detox Smoothie

In a turbo blender combine the following ingredients:

2 cups almond milk

1 cup organic spinach

1 frozen banana 

1/2 organic apple

2 Tbsp chia seeds

2 Tbsp hemp hearts

1 slice dried apricot

1-2 tsp dried ginger or 1/2 inch cube fresh ginger

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp vanilla

1 tsp maca powder (optional) 

RECIPE: Simple Mushroom Risotto

Looking for a simple, savory, filling winter dish? This number makes a great side item to pair with steak, pork or chicken, but it’s hardy enough to be served as the main course!
Easy to make and serves ~ 6 people. Keeps in the fridge all week long.
Mushroom Risotto
 INGREDIENTS:
1 cup cooked farro (can also use bulgur, brown rice, quinoa or orzo)
1 cup chopped mushrooms
1 Tbsp sesame
1 Tbsp of coconut oil
1 cup chopped spinach
1/2 sleeve of goat cheese sleeve (~3 0z)
1 Tbsp olive oil
Lemon juice of 1/2 lemon
1 tsp ground black pepper
1/4 tsp sea salt
2 dashes paprika
INSTRUCTIONS:
In a medium sized pot add farro to 2 cups boiling water, cook until water is gone (~ 10-15 minutes or until grain is tender and strain remaining water).
While cooking bulgar, in small skillet on medium heat add sesame and coconut oil and mushrooms. Cook until tender.
In a large glass container combine all ingredient and stir until well mixed.
Serve warm.

RECIPE: Delicata Squash

delicata squash

I have to admit, I didn’t even know what a delicata squash was a year ago.  The only squash I really knew was a gourd-shaped yellow squash. Thankfully I’ve now met spaghetti squash (LOVE but have never prepared myself), butternut (meh), acorn and these yummy ladies, The Delicata.

They are easy to make, nutrient rich and super filling. A tip of the cap to Trader Joe’s who attached a sticker with preparation instructions, which got me juggling several of these in to my grocery cart.

Consider these gems for a healthy, elegant but inexpensive, and colorful side item for your Thanksgiving soiree!

INSTRUCTIONS:

Preheat Oven to 400

Cut squash long-ways in half

Scrape out seeds and goop (like the inside of a pumpkin) with a spoon

Slice into 1/4 inch thick strips (will me C-shaped pieces)

Toss with olive oil, sea salt and ground pepper.

Cook for 15-20 minutes