Fruit Spring Rolls
I love spring rolls. Like, an eat-them-once-a-week kind of love. And I would probably eat them every day if it wasn't such a chore to roll them. But recently it occurred to me that I've been wasting an opportunity by using the rice paper wraps only for savory rolls. By combining coconut sticky-rice style noodles with fresh fruit, I created a desert spring roll to satisfy any sweet tooth. Just trust me and try it.
Cauliflower Eggplant Dip
Last week I had the pleasure of playing around in the kitchen with Amanda Williams or Gourmanz. She whipped up this creamy cauliflower eggplant dip. Delicious with pita points or veggies, it would also make a great spread for a veggie sandwich. Below is my version of the dip, but check out Amanda's site for the vegan version and other great recipes!
Blueberry + Spinach + Cacao Smoothie
Every single morning since I've been pregnant I have woken up craving smoothies. I switch up which ingredients I use for the sake of variety, but this is my go-to smoothie of choice. It is thick and creamy enough to keep me full, but fruity enough to quench my thirst. This smoothie is a great source of healthy fats and antioxidants. And somehow the baby never seems to get sick of it.
Banana Birthday Cake with Cream Cheese and Chocolate Frosting
My best friend Emily of Whisk and Whittle makes this amazing cake with caramelized bananas and Nutella. If you are in the mood for all the butter, flour, and sugar (which sometimes I am!), her cake is definitely the winner. But last week I was in the mood for that cake, but I wanted a healthier version. I decided to adapt the recipe from my Maple Pecan Banana Muffins to make a healthy gluten-free/refined sugar-free version. And while it is a different cake experience completely, it turned out great!
Pear & Parsley Green Smoothie
Most people think of parsley as not much more than a garnish on their plates. Think again. Parsley is a breath freshening, nutrient dense, diabetes preventing, immune supporting powerhouse. Antioxidant rich pomegranate seeds give this recipe an extra cold-fighting boost. And as cold and flu season approaches, who couldn’t use a little extra immune support? This green smoothie is a great way to incorporate parsley into your diet.
Lentils with Curried Yogurt and Roasted Grapes
I think I was an adult before I realized there were more varieties of grapes than "green" and "red." OK, that's not entirely true. Growing up I would pick muscadines off the vine and eat them, but I had never seen another variety of grape at a grocery store. This time of year you can find types of grapes that are so much more delicious than the most common ones. With that in mind, I created this lentil recipe with roasted grapes to celebrate the season. I used champagne grapes (because they are tiny and cute), but any variety will work. Concord would be especially delicious.
Maple Pecan Banana Muffins
When it comes to baked goods, I typically prefer gluten. Some things are just sacred. But these muffins might convert me. The banana and the egg make these muffins hold together in a way that gluten-free treats can’t usually manage. They are super moist not to mention absolutely delicious. And they are so healthy!
Arepas with Mango Sauce
When I lived in New York I fell in love with arepas. I lived right by Caracas Arepa Bar and ate there constantly. Arepas are South American cornmeal bun sandwiches. And they are amazing. Imagine an english muffin made of grits stuffed with all kinds of delicious things. Honestly, one of the hardest parts of moving back to Atlanta was moving away from my arepas. I have spent years trying to recreate my favorite arepas at home and finally have come up with something I'm pleased with. Give these a try, but also do yourself a favor and go to Caracas Arepa Bar next time you are in NYC.
Naked Fig Galette
Last week I made this simple galette and posted a photo of it on Instagram. Judging by the reaction, I take it you want the recipe. Right? I made my crust from spelt flour because I love the flavor and like having an alternative to wheat. But if you want to make things really easy on yourself, you can always by pre-made organic pie crust and have this ready in a matter of minutes. There is no shame in store bought pie crust when you're in a pinch! Now go make this one fast before fig season ends!
Sugar Snap Pea Salad with Mint & Ricotta Salata
When you plan a wedding in Atlanta on the eve of the Summer Solstice, you know one thing: it will definitely be hot. Despite the nearly 100 degree heat, I decided to have a dinner outside the night before the wedding. We asked a few people to bring dishes and had an intimate potluck style dinner on the porch of a glass treehouse. As hot as it was, salads were definitely the perfect food. So I recreated a sugar snap pea salad from the dinner to share with you. With mint and lemon, this refreshing salad is the perfect thing to eat when it is too hot to turn on the oven.
Slow Roasted Tomatoes on Ricotta Toast
TOMATOES! I know it is a little early for a tomato post, but down here in the south we are already starting to see 90 degree weather. And with that comes the first tomatoes of the season. This recipe is my absolute favorite thing to do with tomatoes. Slow roasting the tomatoes concentrates the flavor making them extra sweet and delicious. If I had to pick my last meal before I die, it would probably be this (maybe with an artichoke on the side?).
Mango Chia Pudding
OK, I know I've said this before (like just last time I posted), but this recipe may seriously be one of my healthiest recipes. We are talking about a raw, vegan, gluten-free, nut-free, no added sugar, majorly healthy breakfast (or dessert) that is CRAZY EASY to make. And the best part of all - you can make it in five minutes the night before and just grab-and-go in the morning. Making this is a total no-brainer.
Root Vegetable Chips with Caramelized Onion Dip
When you think about chips and dip, you don't exactly think healthy. But this might be the healthiest recipe I've ever posted. Seriously. Other than a tablespoon of oil and a pinch of salt, the only ingredients are vegetables. And somehow this two-ingredient healthy dip tastes completely indulgent. Put this caramelized onion spread on toast, veggie burgers, cheese, fruit... (might I recommend gruyere, fig spread, caramelized onion jam grilled cheese?) It tastes good on everything. Trust me.
Also be sure to check my instagram this week for a delicious giveaway!
Raw Orange Vanilla Cream Cake
Raw cake always seems to be too good to be true. Healthy cake!? This one tastes like a creamsicle, but the ingredients are barely more than nuts, honey, and fruit. No matter how many times I make a raw cake, I am always surprised that it can taste this good and be this good for me. And remembering to soak the cashews is the only prep-time. Making the cake only requires about 10 minutes total. So if you are looking for an easy dessert that is healthy enough you could eat it for breakfast, look no further.
Wild Rice Stuffed Acorn Squash
I feel like I've indulged so much already this holiday season that all the sweets aren't even tempting anymore. Now all I want is something healthy that is hearty enough to fill me up. This recipe is the perfect way to eat clean and still feel satisfied. And it just happens to be vegan and gluten-free so it is likely to please anyone at your holiday table no matter what their diet may be.