Quick And Easy Vegetable Stock

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Thanks so much to Doug from The Kitchen Professor my guest blogger today for some great tips about how to make your own vegetable stock. This tastes so much better than anything you can buy in the store!

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I don’t know about you…

But I always seem to be out of vegetable stock whenever I need it.

There are some big advantages to making your own vegetable stock:
1. You won’t feel silly when you don’t have it and need it.
2. You can control the amount of salt, i.e. sodium, in your meal.
3. It is much cheaper to make your own stock than to buy it premade.

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Pumpkin And Sweet Potato Fall Smoothie

Pumpkin and sweet potato smoothie
It’s a rainy day here so I’m sheltering from the rain on my front porch drinking this smoothie. Doesn’t the color look so beautiful and bright against the gray?

I love pumpkin at this time of the year and like to stock up my cupboards with handy cans of (organic) pureed pumpkin to pop into soups and smoothies. This is a really simple smoothie to make and is sweetened by adding half a banana. I added some sweet potato too since that’s what we had for dinner last night and it was already roasted and sitting in my fridge. You can play around with the ingredients to make it have more of a pumpkin or sweet potato flavor. This would make a delicious breakfast or lunch.

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Papaya and Mint Salad for Mother’s Day

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Happy Spring! What are your plans for Mother’s Day? I always love that we get to celebrate Mother’s Day in the U.S. in May surrounded by beautiful blossom and spring sunshine.

If someone is going to cook for you this Mother’s Day (hint, hint!) why not try a simple tropical minty salad paired with some roast chicken and a glass of bubbly? This is a simple salad with bold flavors. I love to add fruit to salads and I experimented a with papaya and it worked. You could also add green apple slices or spinach or kale for extra greens and crunch. Have a wonderful time celebrating!

Papaya and Mint Salad for Mother’s Day
1 papaya, peeled and seeds removed and diced into 1 inch cubes
2-3 ripe tomatoes, diced
1 avocado, diced
1 sprig mint, cut into thin slivers
Juice of 1 lime
1 cup black beans

Prepare all the ingredients and combine well in a large salad bowl. Squeeze the lime juice over the salad and you can also add an extra drizzle of olive oil. Season with sea salt and pepper.

Decadent Chocolate Smoothie For Your Valentine

Chocolate smoothieIt’s that time of the year again when all the shops are full of red and pink candy and boxes of chocolate. Valentine’s Day can be a real problem if you’re trying to stay healthy and stick to your New Year’s Resolutions. I’m here to tell you that you can have chocolate and stay healthy too! This is a decadent chocolate smoothie for your valentine which would be a perfect accompaniment to my strawberry heart gluten free breakfast pancakes. It contains raw cacao, chocolate protein and maca known for increasing libido and fertility. Raw cacao is full of antioxidants and great for heart health and it adds a really delicious deep chocolately flavor to this smoothie too. Make this smoothie and everyone will fall in love with you!

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Apple and Oatmeal Bars

apple and oatmeal barsI’ve gone a little bit apple crazy this month, even though it’s not strictly apple season. I ordered extra apples in my CSA box this past week which I made a huge batch of apple sauce with and today, I made this simple and delicious apple and oatmeal bar with the applesauce too.

I’m always trying to find healthy snacks for my family that aren’t filled with sugar and are nutritious and will fill them up and give them energy. The apple and oatmeal bars are easy to make with ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen and will last you a few days. They are also easy to pop into lunch boxes or have for breakfast if you are pressed for time.

This recipe is forgiving enough that you can add in different fresh and dried fruit (I imagine pear and figs would be delicious here) and spices (allspice or nutmeg for example). You could even add an extra 1/2 cup of sunflower seeds too. This recipe is vegetarian, vegan and dairy free and perfect if you are on any clean eating or detox program.

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Brussels Sprout, Kale and Pomegranate Salad With A Tangy Dressing

Brussels Sprout, Kale and Pomegranate SaladTis the season for holiday parties, feasts and gatherings! We have a lovely tradition with our Brooklyn friends every year of gathering during the holiday season and making some different seasonal dishes to share. We’re all foodies and love to eat, so this year the menu is already looking pretty impressive. I like to think we’re a little competitive too and want to make the best dishes we can to impress everyone. This year, I wanted to bring a hearty winter salad which featured kale (but of course) but also some seasonal ingredients which included the humble Brussels Sprout.

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Warming Anti Inflammatory Juice

Warming Anti-Inflammatory Juice

It’s been so cold this week in the Northeast, I think many have us have wanted to hibernate at home with a DVD box set and eat meal after meal of stodginess just to keep us warm until June.

Eating in the fall or winter months can be such a huge shift to what we were eating just weeks before when the days were long and hot and all you wanted to eat all day was sweet watermelon.

As much as I love smoothies and juices, sometimes I find the thought of them hard to digest when it gets cold! However, I was determined this week to find a juice that would work for me when the temperatures dipped. That would make me feel refreshed and warm inside. That would have seasonal ingredients that I could pick up at the local Farmers Market or CSA. And here it is. Simple but nourishing and a little spicy. I added the turmeric for its super anti-inflammatory properties and you don’t taste it a bit here. The ginger is also really great for your digestion.

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