Pumpkin Chia Seed Pudding

Pumpkin Chia Seed Pudding

Halloween may be over, but there’s still plenty of time left this fall and winter to enjoy this warming treat. Pumpkin is full of fiber, healthy carbohydrates, potassium, magnesium, and vitamins A & K. This is a dessert that can also be disguised as a breakfast or snack. And. It takes about 5 minutes to make. And. It tastes like a pumpkin-pie in a jar. Creamy, seasonal, with a hint of chocolate. Now, please excuse me while I go lick the jar! This recipe is vegan, gluten free, dairy free, and paleo. Ingredients: 1 cup pumpkin puree 1/4 – 1/2 cup almond milk 3 Tbsp chia seeds 1 dash sea salt 1 dash cinnamon, optional 2 Tbsp maple syrup, add more to taste if desired Toasted coconut flakes and cacao nibs for garnish Directions: 1. Whisk all ingredients together and chill in fridge for 2-3 hours. 2. Remove from fridge and top with coconut and cacao. Enjoy every bite. Soundtrack: Witchcraft by Bill Evans....
Back to School Breakfast Bars

Back to School Breakfast Bars

With my cherry tomatoes just starting to blush red, it seems so strange to be talking about “Back to School…” But as always, summer just slips through my fingers. I’m not entirely sure how we’ve ended up in August already, with farmers markets bursting, my garden overflowing and sunshine kissing my shoulders dawn to dusk. I try and pack in as many “summer” moments as possible… maybe that’s how I lose track of time?? Either way, I plan on enjoying every last ounce of the outdoors I can absorb, every last Palisade peach I can sink my teeth into, and every last heirloom tomato blushing into a beautiful, delicacy. Soon to be on my plate. Tomato, meet basil. Meet balsamic. Caprese, meet my mouth. On these hot, early mornings, you can find me on the front porch, drinking green tea and nibbling on something filling, yet light. These bars make lovely teacup companions – they hold together well, and are perfect with a smear of strawberry jam and a sprinkle of toasted almond slivers. A tea-sipping queen somewhere would be proud of me. Simple breakfasts nibbled on in the sunshine. It’s these sweet moments that I remember so fondly about summer. In a few months, when the sun hasn’t yet hit the horizon and a frosty-feeling is in the air, I’ll bite into a breakfast bar and feel the sunshine on my shoulders, see the hint of red in my strawberry patch, and remember those sunny, lovely mornings on my front porch. These bars are gluten free, plant-based, oil free and hearty! I hope you enjoy whipping together a...
Five Meals to Take Camping this Summer.

Five Meals to Take Camping this Summer.

If you follow me on Instagram (ps I love you all!), you may remember me disappearing on a four-day camping trip near Moab, Utah. It was glorious for oh so many reasons, including: lack of internet (yes, it’s good for me to unplug sometimes, even if I don’t want to), good company, cozy campfires every night, slot canyons, sunshine and mountain trails. Oh, and did I mention amazing food?! I want to share with you how easy and simple it can be to pack delicious meals for your next outdoor adventure. Bring a small cooler, and pack the bottom with some dry ice – Why dry ice? It’s relatively inexpensive and it sumblimes (That’s a science word for “evaporates” – so you won’t end up with a swimming pool in your cooler (Not that I speak from experience or anything….). Plus, dry ice is awesome. Just be sure to keep plenty of padding between the ice and your veggies – otherwise they will freeze…. Five Easy Meals to take Camping this Summer 1. Oatmeal (And don’t forget the instant coffee, please). You can buy premade packets of quick-cooking oats in a variety of flavors, or you can buy plain oats, and add in your own favorite toppings. Oatmeal for breakfast = boil water, pour and stir. Voila! Breakfast. We topped our oats with trailmix and dried blueberries. Now that’s called winning at breakfast. 2. Sushi – Why not eat gourmet food on shower-less day #4 in the dessert? Prepare your favorite sushi rolls at home, but don’t slice them. Wrap each roll in seran wrap and then eat them...
Mango Chia Pudding Recipe

Mango Chia Pudding Recipe

This luscious dessert promises summer tropics and beach vacations in your mouth. Yes, it’s possible. I could practically feel the sand on my toes. Plus, it constantly amazes me how sweet fruit is on its own. This dessert is free of any type of processed sugar or sweeteners. It’s refreshing and light, and totally adorable served in mason jars. Note to self: Please remember this dessert, especially on the days when I can be found scouring the highest, dustiest pantry cabinets in search of a sweet treat. There’s usually not much back there except stale pasta, anyway. Ok, thanks. Mango Chia Pudding Recipe Yield: 1 1/4 cups Ingredients 1 1/2 cups frozen mango 1/4 cup almond milk 2 1/2 Tbsp chia seeds Black sesame seeds or fresh mint, for garnish Directions 1. Place mango chunks and almond milk in a blender and blend until smooth. 2. Pour mixture into desired mason jar(s) and add the chia seeds. Whisk or stir (I find a whisk works best) until chia seeds are evenly distributed in the mango mix. 3. Cover mason jars and allow to sit, refrigerated, at least 1 hour before eating. Garnish with black sesame seeds and fresh mint. Soundtrack: Let her Go. By Passenger....
Gluten-Free Pancake Recipe. Cherries and a Resolution.

Gluten-Free Pancake Recipe. Cherries and a Resolution.

Every year, the holiday season comes and goes in a snowstorm-like flurry. I take that back, it’s more like a foodstorm-like flurry. Rich foods lurking on every table, stuffed into every stocking, practically jumping off platters and fighting their way into my mouth. Or at least that’s how it seems to me…. I’m guessing sweet treats probly don’t fly off the table into your mouth. Anyway. By the time the new year rolls around, I’m usually feeling a little bit peeved at myself. One or two…..or ten extra bites of insert-something-scrumptious later and my mojo’s cowering in the corner. This year left me feeling about the same, so a few days ago, I decided to change my perspective. So here is my 2015 resolution, or let’s call it a paradigm shift: I’ll celebrate every healthy food choice I make, no matter how small or insignificant it may feel at the time. See, some days I find myself overlooking the ten great choices I’ve made for the day, just because I wolfed down double helpings of dessert at dinner. But over time, it’s the small, frequent choices that add up to the whole. We don’t suddenly leap into good health; we attain it slowly, one forkful at a time. The occasional double dessert is far less significant than the months of nutrient-dense breakfasts, the hearty lunch salads, and the veggies or trail mix snacks I eat on a regular basis. Don’t get me wrong, chocolate treats may still fly into my mouth unbidden, and sometimes I’ll eat one too many appetizers, but I won’t allow those moments to bring me down. This year,...
Five Ways to Spice up Breakfast

Five Ways to Spice up Breakfast

Are you bored with your breakfast routine? Stuck in a cereal rut? Do you run out the door late and end up eating a doughnut at the office? Looking to eat more protein in the morning? Here are a few simple ideas to spice up your morning. 1. Looking for more protein? Cook up some Love-Lies-Bleeding. Amaranth, also known as love-lies-bleeding, is a seed that transforms into a powerhouse breakfast to help you meet your day head-on. One cup cooked of this wee seed provides you with half your daily protein needs. When compared to cows milk, amaranth is higher in protein and calcium, cup for cup. It’s also a rich source of magnesium, iron and zinc. So shelf that dairy and cook up an amaranth porridge with some almond milk and berries. 2. Bored? Try Some New Spices. While we all love cinnamon, sometimes it’s time to branch out a bit. Take a trip to your local Spice Shop and sniff around until you sneeze find something delectable. Maybe even a blend? Some ideas to get you started – Chinese Five Spice, Pumpkin Pie Spice, or this Baking Spice. Sprinkle atop your next warm bowl of morning oats (or amaranth) and enjoy as your morning bursts into flavors you never imagined were possible. 3. In a rush? Make it the Night Before. Whip up some chia seed pudding just before hitting the sack – and by the crack of dawn it will be waiting for you to devour. As a general rule, you can mix together 1 cup of non-dairy milk with 1/4 cup chia seeds. Add a pinch of sea salt,...