It’s only the 9th and this month has already been a bit crazy and busy. Like I mentioned in my last post, I wont be able to blog very frequently this month, so I am going to have a few more great guest bloggers stop by and show off their awesome recipes and photos. Luckily, between shooting photos and a dentist appointment, I was able to make this ridiculously easy, delicious and healthy pie!
We’re getting into citrus season now, which is awesome for me because I have a few citrus trees in my backyard. Well, one of the trees in is my neighbor’s yard that spills into mine and I may or may not have snuck a few tangerines from it for this recipe. Hey, they don’t eat them anyway!
Anyway, I figured that I would make a dual personality pie with the seasonal produce I had hanging out on my counter, meaning that you can leave this pie raw or enjoy a slice after baking it. Crisp gala apples, soft sweet persimmons, and slightly sour tangerines make up this simple pie; the contrast in flavors and textures creates quite the party in your mouth. A gluten-free almond/date crust makes up the base for the fresh fruit, and has a great crunch to it!
Man, cranking out a few posts a week is hard work, and we’re only into the first week of Vegan MOFO! But, I will get as many posts up as I can during the week, I feel like I’m a glutton for punishment with all of the stuff that I’ve decided to take on. I’ve done another guest post, this time for Kimberly from Badger Girl Learns to Cook! Like this recipe, oozes the feeling of Autumn. Just take a look at the picture of it, below!
You may not be familiar with bulgur wheat in the way that you are with most other grains, but if you’re into Mediterranean cuisine like I am, you’ve had Tabbouleh (spelled several different ways); a grain salad made up of curled parsley, bulgur wheat, tomato, lemon juice, olive oil and green onion. But, here, I used it as a base to incorporate roasted, seasonal fruits and sweet potato into. Which would be great for a side dish at any holiday meal.
After the past week of spending time with family and celebrating the life of my grandmother, I’m certainly in need of a cleaner meal plan. I sometimes struggle with portion control and a balance of comfort food vs. healthier food when I’m not at home. When you’re in an emotionally charged environment, or possibly hungover , over-indulgence is almost guaranteed to happen.
Soon, I will be back at home, in a kitchen that I fully know my way around, with all of the herbs and spices I’m familiar with. Back on the healthy train, and back to the gym! Here to help jump-start that is this delectable smoothie. This recipe is pretty high volume, so it is extra filling, but is still light, creamy and sweet. After cooking all day long the last thing you want to do is put a lot of effort into another meal. That’s why I think this recipe may be of interest to students taking online culinary arts college classes, as well, because of how effortless it is!
Serves 1 Huge Smoothie, or 2 Smaller Ones
- 2 Cups Red Seedless Grapes
- 1 Cup Packed Greens- I used lettuce but Kale and Spinach are even better
- 1 Medium Pear, Cored & Chopped
- 1/2 Cup Frozen Pumpkin Pureé
- 2 Tbsp. Avocado
- 3/4 Cup Coconut Water
- Optional: Ice Cubes
- Place all ingredients into a blender and pureé until smooth! (This is why I love smoothies, so easy)
After a decent break, here’s a simple and delicious recipe for Raw Wednesday. Because the holidays are typically filled with not-so-healthy meals, I’m trying to incorporate more raw and fresh foods into my diet. Breakfast bowls are one of my favorite ways to get a nutritious meal in at the start of your day, without using up too much of your time.
This dish utilizes seasonal produce, so even though it’s refreshing to the palette, it fits perfectly into the tastes of winter.
- 1 Pear, Chopped
- 1 Apple, Chopped
- 2 Small Tangerines, (I used Satsumas) Peeled and separated
- 2 Tbsp. Raw Pepitas (Pumpkin Seeds)
- 1/2 tsp. Ground Cinnamon
- Mix all ingredients in a bowl until the seeds and cinnamon evenly coat the fruit. Enjoy with a large spoon or fork!