Fall where are you! It’s hitting the mid 90’s again this coming week (insert big eye roll here). I am yearning to wear my sweaters and boots! Soon…soon. Around these parts it starts to really feel like fall at end of October, early November, so we have a few weeks yet. But this hot weather is not stopping me from making some yummy fall inspired food. I made some absolutely out-of-this-world delicious whipped sweet potatoes on Saturday night for dinner. Seriously tasted like dessert. SO GOOD. My kids loved it! My daughter said, “Mommy, what’s in here…it tastes like pie.” I made the sweet potatoes with this pork dish (sans the applesauce) that is so easy and always a hit and the two went together like gangbustas. Anyway, if you are looking for a new way to eat sweet potatoes, try whipping them up. I am totally going to make these whipped sweet potatoes for Thanksgiving and I’m so excited about it! They are seriously delicious. Look out fall…I’m coming for ya. Continue reading
Category Archives: vegetarian
I love rice! For a while I stopped eating it when I was exploring different diets, such as the SCD and Paleo. Luckily, rice (white rice in particular) agrees with me so I eat it often. My friend Eileen from Phoenix Helix has a great post all about white rice. It’s worth the read to gain more information about how rice interacts with the body. Something important I always do when preparing rice is soak and rinse. This is especially important when preparing brown rice because it helps leach out the arsenic that occurs naturally in all rice, but in higher amounts in brown. Continue reading
My local Natural Food Coop has been making a fiesta quinoa salad for years (10+). I ate it like crazy when it first showed up in the deli and would also pick some up for potlucks or for dinner. A few years ago I started making it myself. I remember it was a blistering hot summer, and for weeks it was over 100 degrees and I refused to turn on my oven for most of it. Like most summers, we live off of cool meals such as avocado mint soup, salads galore, raw treats and homemade ice cream. This quinoa salad is super refreshing and it’s a favorite among my family and friends. Maybe this dish will make an appearance at your next party…or for dinner one hot summer night. xo, –Amber Continue reading
About a month after I started blogging I posted a recipe for baked spring rolls and they were my favorite food for months. I made them over and over again…until like most things I make over and over again…I became satiated (and over it). I haven’t really made spring rolls in a while. Last month (in December) I was looking for a recipe to bring to a holiday party. I thought, “What would everyone like, carnivores and vegetarians alike?” So I made some raw spring rolls and wowza they are fun to make and super yummy. I forgot how much I enjoy stuffing those little rice wrappers. And the sauce, oh the sauce! The sunbutter honey dipping sauce that accompanies these little rolls has such a delightfully complex flavor. Sunbutter is a great sub for peanut butter in traditional peanut-based sauces. Definitely give it a try.
-1 1/2 cups peeled and chopped apple
-1 cup chopped cucumber
-2/3 cup diced red onion
-2/3 cup chopped sweet orange pepper (I like the gypsy variety)
-1/4 cup raw pumpkin seeds
-Fresh herbs for garnish (I used parsley and tarragon)
-1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
-3 tablespoons local honey (vegans sub with 3 tablespoons coconut nectar and maybe a drop or two of stevia to your sweet preference, perhaps maple syrup would work as a sub too)
-3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
-1/2 teaspoons salt
-1/2 teaspoon garlic granules
-1/2 teaspoon onion granules
-1 teaspoon dijon mustard
1. To a blender, add in the vinegar, honey, salt, garlic grans, and onion grans. Blend on low for 10 seconds.
2. Keep the blender running on low and drizzle in the oil very slowly.
3. Then add in the mustard. Blend on medium-high for 10 seconds.
4. Adjust salt and other flavors to taste.
*I’ve included two links above to the products I use. I buy them in town, but I wanted to give you an example of what I am using.
-1/2 pound (8 ounces) of dino kale, wash and remove large stem
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Ode to Cafe Gratitute: Part 1 ~ The Community Bowl (Kale, Black Beans, and Rice with a Cashew Cream Sauce)
Start by mixing the kale and black beans
Then add the rice
And finish with the cashew cream sauce
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