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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.

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Lentils with Curried Yogurt and Roasted Grapes
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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!

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Maple Pecan Banana Muffins
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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.

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Arepas with Mango Sauce
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Honeydew Granita Kombucha Float

Made from fresh fruit and probiotic kombucha, this refreshing drink is like a root beer float's healthier sexier sister. Serve it as a mocktail or a dessert. Made from fresh fruit with no added sugars, you might as well have it for breakfast.

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Honeydew Granita Kombucha Float

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!

Naked Fig Galette

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.

Sugar Snap Pea Salad with Mint & Ricotta Salata

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?).

Slow Roasted Tomatoes on Ricotta Toast

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.

Mango Chia Pudding
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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!

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Root Vegetable Chips with Caramelized Onion Dip

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.

Raw Orange Vanilla Cream Cake
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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.

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Wild Rice Stuffed Acorn Squash
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Creamy Butternut Squash Orecchiette with Crispy Sage

Growing up as a vegetarian on Thanksgiving, there was always Chelsea's food and everyone else's food. And while I do like steamed vegetables, it seemed like that was always the only option for me other than rice.  As an adult, I love having Thanksgiving as an opportunity to make vegetarian dishes that the whole family (meat-eaters included) will enjoy.  This Butternut Squash Orecchiette is the perfect side dish to win over any picky eater.  I have included the vegan and gluten free variations in the recipe as well so that everyone can enjoy it.

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Creamy Butternut Squash Orecchiette with Crispy Sage
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Lemon Poppyseed Spelt Waffles

Weekends are for waffles. I LOVE waking up on a Saturday and making coffee and waffles and starting the morning slowly. These Lemon Poppyseed Waffles are a great way to switch up your waffle routine. And while I like the taste of real butter and milk for mine, this recipe works just as well with coconut oil and nut milk for vegans.  And while I love to save waffles for the weekend, you can freeze them and then toast them for a quick weekday breakfast too!

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Lemon Poppyseed Spelt Waffles
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Rosemary Tomato Baked Eggs

Last weekend I hosted a brunch for some close friends. And while I normally love making elaborate recipes, I found myself searching for simple recipes I could throw together quickly. The answer was this: Rosemary Tomato Baked Eggs.  The entire recipe can be made for under $10 and with very little fuss.  And while my recipe includes sautéing the veggies first for more flavor, in a pinch you can just put everything in the dish and bake. Easy, affordable, and delicious.  Doesn't get much better than that. Did I mention it is gluten-free and dairy-free too?

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Rosemary Tomato Baked Eggs
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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Black Bean Cookies

The first time I saw a recipe for black bean cookies I thought surely there must be a mistake. Black beans couldn't possibly taste good as cookies, right? Wrong. Chocolate black bean cookie dough tastes exactly like brownie batter. EXACTLY. And they are packed with protein and fiber too! Win, win.  So after months of eating chocolate black bean cookies, I got adventurous and came up with these Pumpkin Spice ones in time for fall.  They are flourless, gluten-free, vegan, and nut-free.  And somehow they still taste amazing.  

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Black Bean Cookies
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Tomato Basil Farro with Summer Vegetable Stack & Pesto Drizzle

Last year at the Naked Fig Dinner Party I made this Tomato Basil Farro and topped it with a Summer Vegetable Stack and Fresh Pesto Sauce. I meant to share the recipe with you then, but summer came to an end and the produce was no longer available. So before another summer fades away, I want to share this simple and delicious recipe. It is so easy to make, but the presentation will make people think you worked all day on it. And it is vegan too!

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Tomato Basil Farro with Summer Vegetable Stack & Pesto Drizzle
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Plum Upside-Down Cake

My best friend Emily is an incredible pastry chef.  Unfortunately she lives on the west coast, so I never get to eat her creations.  But after many requests, she has finally started a blog, Whisk & Whittle, so now I can make her recipes myself.  She also sews aprons and her husband-to-be carves wooden spoons and cutting boards that are not to be missed.  So check it out!

After baking her Peach Upside-Down Cake 5 times in the last 6 weeks (no joke), I decided to recreate her recipe with some Naked Fig ingredients. 

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Plum Upside-Down Cake

Salted Mexican Chocolate Chia Pops

With summer coming to an end, I couldn't resist one more ice pop recipe. We are currently in the middle of a move so popsicles are about all the cooking we can do with everything in boxes.  And you're not tired of ice pops yet, are you?

Salted Mexican Chocolate Chia Pops

Tropical Herb Chopped Salad with Lime Cilantro Dressing

With all the fresh herbs available this time of year, I can't resist adding them to everything.  From baked goods, to salads, to smoothies, herbs add flavor and complexity to the simplest of dishes.  Plus herbs are some of the most nutrient rich foods out there.  Herbs can soothe your stomach, freshen your breath, boost your immunity, and so much more.  So don't underestimate or under-use them!   For this salad, I decided to let herbs be the bulk of the greens AND the dressing, giving it an incredibly fresh and bright flavor. 

Tropical Herb Chopped Salad with Lime Cilantro Dressing

Roasted Beet Burgers

Let's face it, summertime is all about the burger.  And sometimes that leaves out those of us who don't eat meat.  Thank goodness the rest of the world seems to be finally getting on board with veggie burgers.  Whip up a batch of these beet, brown rice, and black bean based veggie burgers and bring them to your next cookout.  You may even convert a few meat eaters! And did I mention they are gluten-free and vegan too?

Roasted Beet Burgers

Fig & Coconut Popsicles

Life has been happening so fast recently, I can hardly keep up.  In the last two weeks I graduated from Yoga Teacher Training, taught a workshop at Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farm, and....got engaged!  So please forgive me for sharing this recipe that I have already posted on Into The Gloss.  These super simple popsicles are so delicious that they deserve to be posted twice anyway.  They are dangerously good.  You have been warned.

Fig & Coconut Popsicles

Buckwheat Flatbread with Goat Cheese & Summer Squash

I could post a different zucchini recipe everyday for the rest of the summer.  I never tire of eating summer squash.  On these long summer days I hate to spend my time indoors, so I find myself sticking to simple recipes like this that I can pull together in thirty minutes.  And when the produce is as good as it is in the summer, it doesn't take much to make a delicious meal.

Buckwheat Flatbread with Goat Cheese & Summer Squash

Chocolate Cake for a Naked Fig Birthday!

I almost can't believe it has been one year since I first shared a recipe as The Naked Fig, and yet I can barely remember what life was like before I started this site.  I am so grateful to everyone that has supported me over the year.  I really would never have done it without your encouragement.  Thank you for helping me discover something that brings me so much joy.  And of course I couldn't let a birthday pass without cake. 

Chocolate Cake for a Naked Fig Birthday!