Farm to Williams Sonoma’s Table Cooking Demo Recipes

What a fun day?!  I so enjoy coming out and cooking for the customers and staff of Williams Sonoma in the Forum. The staff is like family! I have been demoing and educating the customers about eating and supporting local farmers for the past 6 months and it has been a beautiful partnership.  So many times we do not eat in season, we eat the same things week after week. I am so very grateful for the support of such an icon, like Williams Sonoma, to be able to showcase local farmers and share with their customers, creative and healthy ways to eat local.  Today we used my favorite local farm, Fry Farm in Bethlehem Ga, early spring produce, red kitten kale, baby chantenay carrots, nobel spinach and baby cress.

I wanted to put up a couple of the customer’s favorite recipes, before hitting the sack. I hope my readers will enjoy these simple and delicious farm to table recipes as well, just as we all did today.

Until next time remember to Set the Table with Love and Eat Local. 🙂

SET THE TABLE WITH LOVE

FARM TO TABLE EARLY SPRING MENU

White Asparagus, Red Spinach and Pancetta Tart topped with Baby Cress

  • 1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed and rolled out
  • ¼ – ½ cup pancetta, crisped and cooled
  • 1 cup shaved white asparagus, cutting off the spearheads and chopping them finely to add to each tart.
  • 3/4 cup gruyere, or more based on your preference
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan, plus more for topping (optional)
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large shallot, minced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 cups red spinach, chopped
  • baby cress, as garnished
  • extra virgin olive, sea salt and a lemon juice to dress the baby cress, optional.

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone-baking sheet. In a saucepan on medium heat, cook the pancetta, until crispy, set aside to cool.

Combine the shaved white asparagus, crispy pancetta, gruyere, parmesan, milk, thyme, nutmeg, salt and pepper in a medium bowl. Set aside.

Place the olive oil in a small skillet over medium heat.

Once hot, add the shallots and garlic and sauté for about 1 minute. Add the spinach and cook until wilted. Remove from heat and transfer to the bowl with the cheese mixture.

Stir together until well combined.

On a floured surface roll out the puff pasty and using the smallest cookie cutter cut out several circles, as many as you can with each pastry sheet. Place the cut pieces into a lightly mini muffin pan, mold the pastry to make a small cup in the muffin pan. Use a fork to prick holes in the bottom, so the pastry doesn’t puff up. If the pastry puffs up after your blind baking, just gently press the middle down, before adding the filling.

Blind bake the tarts in the oven for 5-7 minutes. Remove from the oven gently push down the middle of the tarts, if has puffed up a lot. Leave whilst to add the filling.

Spoon in a little mixture into each tart.

Brush each puff pastry with the remaining beaten egg and top with a sprinkling of extra parmesan and gruyere, if desired.

Bake in the oven for about 10-15 minutes, until golden brown around the edges.

Remove from oven, let cool a few minutes before serving.

Gently toss the baby cress in the olive oil, lemon and sea salt. Add to the top of each tart.

 

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White Asparagus Red Spinach Pancetta and Gruyere Tart

                               

GRILLED SMOKY AND SWEET MAPLE BABY CHANTENY CARROTS, MAPLE SYRUP

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 bushel of baby chantney carrots
  • 1 and ½ tablespoons oil
  • Sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoons chipotle seasoning
  • 2 – 3 teaspoons butter
  • 2 – 3 teaspoons pure maple syrup
  • Fresh chopped mint

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Preheat the oven to 375. Line a large, rimmed baking sheet with aluminium foil (for easy clean-up) and set aside.
  • Wash the baby carrots and drain well, chop off tops.
  • Tip the carrots onto the lined baking sheet (don’t crowd them, you want them to roast, not steam). Drizzle with the oil. Sprinkle with the sea salt and smoked paprika, chipotle seasoning, then toss the carrots gently to coat them with the seasoned oil.
  • Roast in the oven for 30-40 mins or until almost done.
  • In a saucepan on medium heat, melt the butter, and maple syrup, sea salt, and one juice of a medium blood orange, and reduce heat, until sauce has thicken. Add roasted carrots into the  saucepan and toss, until the carrots are completely covered.

Serve immediately, sprinkled with chopped mint

 

 

 

For the Raw Vegan Mom ~ Cacao Raw Pudding Tarts

What mama doesn’t love a little sweet treat on Mother’s Day, but this one is for the Raw Vegan moms and those in spirit that love a super, decadent, delicious and yes healthy treat.  I love making these when I need a little something sweet, but is not going to put on tons of calories on me, whatever they decides to go after 40. LOL.

Chocolate, yes. I am a dark chocolate girl. I love dark chocolate, it is so good for you, it is high in antioxidants, low in fat, gives you energy and helps balance out moodiness. So, it maybe a good idea to make mom these yummies.

Hey here’s the thing, THERE IS NO COOKING! NO BAKING! YES!  So, you feeling pretty confident, huh? Honey you should feel confident. You can do this and the best part, she want feel all guilty about eating these chocolates later on. Win Win!

Enjoy one for yourself and remember to Set the Table with Love.

 

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CACAO RAW PUDDING TARTS
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CACAO CACAO RAW PUDDING TARTS

Tart Crust

Ingredients
1 cup almonds, dry
1 cup cashews, dry
1 cup dehydrated shredded coconut flakes
1 tsp sea salt
2 cups raisins or pitted dates
Cacao Pudding filling
Ingredients
2 med. avocado (ripe)
1/2 cup raisins
3 tbsp. raw cacao powder
1/4 cup water or more if need for smoothness
2 tbsp. honey or maple syrup
1/8 tsp. sea salt
1/4 cup orange zest, for garnished

Tart Crust
1. Pulse the almonds, cashews, 1/2 cup of coconut flakes, sea salt in a
food processor until nuts are in tiny pieces. Do not over process the
mixture, you want chunks in your crust.
2. Slowy add the raisins into processor in small batches to mix with
the nut bits. The raisins will bind the nuts to form a dough. Flour
each tart mold with dehydrated coconut flakes. Press the dough into
the bottom of the floured tart pan. Set aside.
Cacao Pudding filling
1. Blend all the ingredients into the blender or food processor. Add
more water if the mixture is too thick, if too thin add a little more
cacao powder. Making Raw food is about adjusting, adding a little bit
here and there to get the right consistency.
Assembly
1. Add the Cacao pudding filling into each tart crust.
2. Add orange zest to each tart and sprinkle with a little coconut
flakes.
3. Put in the fridge for 30 minutes to allow tarts to set. Remove from
tart pan and serve.
Makes 12 tarts

For more Raw Vegan Desserts on my blog check these out:

Cacao Smoothie

Raw Chocolate Torte

 

 

Raw Double Cacao Smoothie with Go Raw Super Raw Chocolate Shavings

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What doesn’t love chocolate?   This week Go Raw Junk free foods is focusing on smoothies. So, I decided to make this decadent raw chocolate smoothie for my friends. They loved it!! It is a chocolate lovers dream and it’s amazing for your skin and your body. I used Raw organic cacao powder and Go Raw Super Chocolate.  Cacao is high in antioxidants, which  prevents cell damage, amazing for anti aging. Antioxidants, also help decrease inflammation that can contribute to arthritis and other diseases. Cacao is a great source of magnesium which helps ease muscles tension, support bone health and regulates cholesterol.

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Happy Alert:

Magnesium also,  helps to balance brain chemistry and tryptophan, an essential amino acid, plays an important role in the synthesis of serotonin, which also helps regulate mood and sleep patterns.

My buddy Keegan, professional model and actor and Kristina, Creative Marketing Director of B’Tyli Natural Skin Therapies ( in the picture above),  loved these benefits and loved the taste of this rich and chocolatey smoothie. The Go Raw Super Raw Chocolate shavings made this smoothie, very elegant and gourmet. You can serve it for breakfast or dessert.  Enjoy!

Ingredients:

1/2 cup cacao powder

1 1/2  cup non dairy milk, more if you like it thinner

1 1/2 tbsp maple syrup

1 medium avocado, pitted and peeled

1/2 cup organic blueberries ( frozen)

shaved Go  Raw Super Raw Chocolate

pinch of fleur de sel

drizzle of maple syrup

Directions~ 

Add all ingredients into a blender and process until smooth. Add to glasses and top with shaved Go Raw Chocolate shavings,  fleur de sel ( optional) and a drizzle of maple syrup.

Southern Girls ~ Gluten Free Stuffed Cornbread with Spicy Mexican Beans

Today I spent time with my friend Melissa. We both are true southern girls, so we love ourselves some cornbread. I made two versions of this recipe. One vegetarian and one vegan.  They both were very delicious. We talked about our childhood, birth order, being girls, southern 🙂 and how much we both love dessert. You know of course I had to have dessert, so I made this Vegan Nice Dream using my Go Raw Apple Cinnamon Sprouted Granola. Now remember to scroll down, that recipe with be at the end of this blog post.

Okay, back to the cornbread. The cornbread is sweet and the beans are spicy, an awesome combination. I topped the beans with cheese, and some cilantro and added fresh tomatoes all around the whole dish. I hope you will share this with your family and enjoy it as much as we girls did. Well till next time. Set the Table with Love.

Talk to you later, YA’LL. 🙂

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Southern Girls ~  Vegetarian Gluten Free Stuffed Cornbread with Spicy Mexican Beans a

CORN BREAD RECIPE Vegetarian                                                 

Wet Ingredients

2 large eggs, lightly beaten, at room temperature

( For VEGAN VERSION USE ONE FLAX SEED EGG (1 tablespoon ground flax seeds + 2 tablespoons water)

1 cup unsweetened Almond Milk

1/2 cup Organic Cane Sugar

1/3 cup Olive oil

Dry Ingredients

1/2 cup Bob’s Mills Tapicoa Flour

1/2 cup Bob’s Mills Sorghum Flour

1/4 cup Bob’s Mills Brown Rice Flour

1 cup Bob’s Mills GF Cornmeal

2 tsp Baking Powder

1 tsp Xanthan Gum

1 tsp Sea Salt

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350. Grease cast-iron skillet. Set a side.

2. In a large bowl, beat the wet ingredients with an electric mixer on low speed until well blended.

3. In a separated bowl, whisk together dry ingredients until thoroughly blended. Gradually, with a blender on low speed, add in the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients until the mixture is thick like cake batter. Spread evenly in the cast-iron pan.

4. Bake 25-30 minutes, or until top is firm and edges are lightly browned.

5. Remove from oven and set aside.

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Southern Girls ~ Gluten Free Vegan Stuffed Cornbread with Spicy Mexican Beans 

Spicy Mexican Beans

INGREDIENTS:

1 tbsp olive oil

1/2 cup onions, diced

1/2 cup red bell peppers, diced

1 can organic dark kidney beans

1 can organic pinto beans

1 tbsp William Sonoma Apple smoked herb rub ( optional)

1 tbsp chili powder

1 tbsp smoked chilis

1 tbsp garlic powder

1/4 tsp turmeric

2 tbsp vegetable broth

Sea salt and black pepper to taste

1/2 cup cilantro, chopped, for garnish

4 campri tomatoes, cut in fours, for garnish

1 cup of grated white cheddar cheese for the vegetarian version as a topping, 1 cup of vegan cheddar cheese for the vegan version as a topping

Directions:

Add olive oil to a deep sauce pan on medium high heat. Add onions and red bell peppers, cook for about 3 minutes. Add beans and stir. Add spices and stir until beans are coated with the spices. Add 1 tbsp of the vegetable broth, turn the heat down to medium. Cook for 4-5 minutes more adding the rest of the vegetable broth. Cook on a low heat for another 7-8 minutes, until beans are a little tender but still have a firmness.

Remove the cornbread from the cask iron pans, by flipping them over into a plate. The bottom part should be face up.  Scoop the middle of the cornbread out, about 1 1/2 – 2 inches down. Keeping the bottom in tack. You need to just scoop out enough to allow a space for the beans. Add the hot beans into the hollow of the cornbread. The beans need to be hot to melt the cheese, so if you need to warm them up some, do so. Once they are heated up, add the cheese on top, and the cilantro.  Add the quartered tomatoes around the entire dish, if desired.

Go Raw Key Lime Coconut Tarts

I am so enjoying using all my Go Raw junk free foods, to create some yummy recipes, savory and sweet. I am on the sweet treats right now. I had my granddaughter over yesterday and we made these yummy little tarts. They make a healthy and delicious treat for kids, quick dessert, yummy break and of course, great for an afternoon snacks.  I know you will enjoy them as well.

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Go Raw Key Lime Coconut Tarts

Ingredients:

Crust:

1 1/2 cup Go Raw Apple Cinnamon Sprouted Granola

1/2 cup dried cranberries

1 tbsp maple syrup

1 tsp coconut oil

1 tbsp juiced orange

pinch of sea salt

1 tbsp purified water, as needed

 

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Go Raw Key Lime Coconut Tarts

Filling

1 medium Hass avocado, pitted and peeled

1⁄2 cup melted coconut milk

1⁄4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice

1⁄2 cup pure maple syrup

1 tablespoon coconut oil, melted

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Pinch sea salt

1 tablespoon lime zest

Directions:

To make the crust, add the Go Raw Apple Cinnamon Sprouted Granola, dried cranberries, and sea salt to your food processor.  Add the oil and orange juice. Process until the ingredients are mixed and broken down well, and they stick together when you collect a small handful and squeeze. If they are not sticky enough, add a little water to the mixture, a little at a time, until they are sticky .

Oil the mini tart pan, with coconut oil.  Take a small ball full of mixture into your hands and press each ball down into the mini tart pan. The recipe will make about 6-8 mini tarts. Place in the freezer to set. Start on your filling.

Blend the filling ingredients together in a high-speed blender or food processor until silky smooth. Remove mini tart crust from the freezer, add the filling into the mini tart crusts, use a spatula or inverted knife to make the top very smooth. Add a piece of Go Raw junk free food Tangy Lime Coconut Crisps as a nice garnish, also sprinkle the lime zest onto each mini tart.

Chill the pie in the freezer for an hour, then transfer it to the fridge and let it set for another 1 hours. Serve chilled.

EXTRA YUM!

If you have more filling left over add it to a bowl, throw on some Go Raw Tangy Lime Coconut Crisps and Apple Cinnamon Sprouted Granola to enjoy this healthy energy snack.

RAW GLUTEN FREE Peach and Apricot Crumble

RAW GLUTEN FREE PEACH AND APRICOT CRUMBLE

Raw Gluten Free Peach and Apricot Crumble
Raw Gluten Free Peach and Apricot Crumble

Who doesn’t love peaches and apricots? Okay, you there in the back, but everyone else loves them. LOL.

Today for breakfast I wanted something raw, but also said, dessert. So, I made this delicious Raw Peach and Apricot Crumble. Totally deliciousness and it’s raw and gluten free !

This recipe is so diverse, you can use any fruit you like. Next time a Triple Berry Crumble. Until, next time Set the Table with Love.

Raw Gluten Free Peach and Apricot Crumble
Raw Gluten Free Peach and Apricot Crumble

Ingredients~ 

Crumble

1 1/2 cups raw gluten free oats

1 cup dried cranberries

1 tbsp organic coconut oil

1 1/2 tbsp organic maple syrup

1/2 tsp lemon juice

pinch of sea salt to taste

1 tbsp water or more, to help bind the crumble, if needed.

Raw Gluten Free Peach and Apricot Crumble
Raw Gluten Free Peach and Apricot Crumble

The Fruit

1 medium white peach, sliced

2 apricots, sliced

2 tbsp golden flaxseed grounds

1 tbsp organic coconut oil

1 tsp maple syrup

1/2 tsp lemon juice

1 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp cardamom ( optional)

2  tbsp water

pinch of salt

For the crumble :

Add the oats to a food processor and process. Add the cranberries next with the lemon juice. Process. Add the maple syrup, sea salt and coconut oil and process. The consistency should be crumbly but bindable like play doh. If it’s too crumbly and not holding together add a little water, just a little bit at a time and process. Set a side.

For the fruit:

Cut the fruit up into slices and add to a large bowl. Next add the other remaining ingredients, except the water. Stir everything together gently, until the flax seed grounds has made a thick sauce. If the sauce is too thick, add some of the water, a little bit at a time. Stir. Allow the mixture to sit for 5 minutes, so it can thicken even more to make a nice gooey sauce.

Assemble:

In a medium ramekin, add the fruit mixture and top it with the crumble mixture. Gently pat the crumble mixture down into the fruit. Put the crumble into the fridge and allow to set for 5 -7 minutes. Serve and Enjoy.

* You can skip the pressing down part and just add the crumble on top of the fruit and serve. It would go great with some Raw Coconut Whipped Kream.

Blueberry and Lemon Zest Pancakes ~ Gluten Free and Dairy Free

This one is just yummy .

Ingredients:

1 cup ground gluten free oatmeal flakes

1/4 cup oat groats

1 cup brown rice flour

1 tbsp chia seed

1 tsp gluten-free baking powder

¾ tsp salt

1 cup blueberries or frozen blueberries for the pancake mix (organic)

1 ¼ cups unsweetened almond milk

2 tbsps maple syrup

1/2 tsp lemon juice

3 tbsps softened coconut oil

¼ cup ground flax seeds

Instruction:

1. In a food processor add the oats and flour, blend until you have a flour consistency. Add frozen blueberries and blend until the blueberries are just little specks in the flour. Transfer the flour to a mixing bowl.

2. Add the baking powder and salt.

3. Put maple syrup, vanilla and lemon juice, almond milk, 2 tbsps of the coconut oil, and ground flax seed in a pot on medium low heat and stir until the coconut oil is heated and melted completely.

4. Stir wet ingredients into dry and mix until blended. If the batter is too thick add a little almond milk to thin it out. It should have a nice smooth consistency. Not too thin or too thick.

5. Melt the third tbsp of coconut oil in a pan on medium heat.

6. Add the batter into the heated pan to make 3-4 inch sized pancakes. When the edges start to dry and bubbles start to appear on top, flip the pancakes and cook them on the other side until golden brown. Add them to a platter and top with the Wild Blueberry Maple Syrup and serve.

WILD Blueberry Lemon Zest Maple Syrup

Ingredients

¼ cup real maple syrup

1 1/2 cups organic blueberries (frozen)

1/2 tsp of lemon zest (save some for garnish), just add a pinch or two for the syrup

Instruction:

In a small pan over medium-low heat, simmer the berries for about 2 minutes until some of the

juices evaporate.

Add ¼ cup real maple syrup and lemon zest for about 30 seconds. Allow to cool down for few minutes and add to our pancakes or to some creamy greek yogurt. Serves 6

RAW Carrot Cake Muffins with a NF/GF Coconut Frosting

Here’s the recipe for the Raw Carrot Cake Muffins. These are Gluten free and Nut free. Yay Me!!

RAW Carrot Cake Muffins with a NF/GF Coconut Frosting
RAW Carrot Cake Muffins with a NF/GF Coconut Frosting

BREAKFAST~ Raw Vegan Carrot Cake Muffins w/ Raw Coconut Frosting.
Recipe:

1 1/2 cup gluten free oats
3/4 cup organic shredded coconut
1 scoop Vega One Vanilla smoothie mix
3 small carrots, peeled and chopped
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup chopped pineapples
1 tsp organic maple syrup
1 tsp cinnamon
Pinch of sea salt

RAW Carrot Cake Muffins with a NF/GF Coconut Frosting
RAW Carrot Cake Muffins with a NF/GF Coconut Frosting

Make flour. In a food processor add oats. Blend until you have a flour consistency. Add coconut. Add carrots. Process until incorporated in flour. Then add raisins. Process until raisins are incorporated into mixture but not completely broken down. Add the remaining ingredients and process in your food processor. Put in a large bowl. If the muffins are too wet? Add a some gluten free oats to the dough and mix.
Take a muffin size ball in hand and place in a muffin pan and shape it to look like a muffin. Set these aside.  This recipe makes 3-4 regular size muffins.

RAW Carrot Cake Muffins with a NF/GF Coconut Frosting
RAW Carrot Cake Muffins with a NF/GF Coconut Frosting

NUT FREE Coconut Frosting:
1/2 cup gluten free oats
1/2 cup organic coconut flakes shredded
2 tbsp. organic coconut
1 tbsp. maple syrup
1 tbsp. purified water ( or more if needed).

 Add all ingredients to the food processor, except the water. Add it as needed for your preference of how you would like the consistency of your frosting. I added a tbsp.
Pinch of sea salt.
Add frosting to the top of the muffins. Sprinkle with cinnamon and coconut. Refrigerate for 15-20 minutes for muffins to set. Serve immediately.
Enjoy.
#recipeoftheday#nutfree#glutenfree

Raw Blueberry and Coconut Cream Oatmeal and Chia Seed Pudding

Eat your skincare recipe :

My dad always said, Never let anything go to waste. Well my Maple Coconut Cream has graced itself several times this week, from Raw cinnamon rolls, to cinnamon roll cookies, even in my Garam Masala soup. Today it finds it’s way into my chia pudding.

Here’s the recipe. You can find the Maple Coconut Cream recipe on my Leaning Tower of Raw Cinnamon Pecan cookie post.

Remember no matter what you are cooking or not cooking, Set the Table with Love. 

Raw Blueberry and Coconut Cream Oatmeal and Chia Seed pudding
Raw Blueberry and Coconut Cream Oatmeal and Chia Seed pudding

Raw Blueberry and Coconut Cream Oatmeal and Chia Seed pudding

The Pudding

1 mason jar or glass jar you can seal tight

2 tbsp. chia seeds

1 1/2 tbsp. organic gluten free oatmeal flakes

1 cup organic non – dairy milk (sweetened)  I used vanilla almond milk

Directions ~ Add ingredients to mason jar. Stir and refrigerate for 2 hours or over night.

The Smoothie 

1/2  scoop Vega One Vanilla Smoothie mix

1 cup blueberries

1/2 cup non – dairy milk

Directions ~ Blend all ingredients in a blender, Ninja or Vitamix. Set aside. You may have smoothie leftover, based on the size of your container.

Raw Blueberry and Coconut Cream Oatmeal and Chia Seed Pudding
Raw Blueberry and Coconut Cream Oatmeal and Chia Seed Pudding

The Blueberry Coconut Cream

Directions ~ Add 1/4 cup of the Maple Coconut cream into a blender with 1/2 cup of the Blueberry Smoothie mix. Blend. It should be a lighter color thank the blueberry smoothie. If you want a smooth and lighter Blueberry Coconut cream add more cream less blueberry smoothie.

Assembly

Add the Blueberry Smoothie into the mason jar container the chia and oatmeal pudding. Next add the Blueberry Coconut Cream. I had a little cream left so I made a little design on top. You can do all kinds of versions of this breakfast.  Just get creative.

Raw Blueberry and Coconut Cream Oatmeal and Chia Seed Pudding
Raw Blueberry and Coconut Cream Oatmeal and Chia Seed Pudding

RAW Caramel Apple Pie with an Oatmeal Cinnamon Topping

Who doesn’t love Apple Pie. It’s Fall ! A girl needs a little apple pie in her life during these autumn months. I love eating healthy but it must taste delicious. I bought a ton of apples a few days ago at my local Sprouts store. My intention was to juice these apples and yes I will sometime later this week but I was craving something a little more decadent.

So here is my version on a RAW Caramel Apple pie. Enjoy!! This pie is loaded with vegan based protein, courtesy of Georgia Grinders Nut Butters. I used there delicious NaturAlmond  Almond Flour Meal to make the crust. I also added a little of there NaturAlmond Almond butter inside my Raw Caramel sauce. 

This pie is always an awesome go to when you are detoxing and want something sweet and healing for the body.  If I  have any leftover, I put a whole slice in my Ninja with a little almond milk and it makes an incredible apple pie smoothie. Hope you enjoy this recipe and Remember to always Set the Table with Love.   

RAW Caramel Apple Pie with an Oatmeal and Cinnamon Topping ( with an Oatmeal and Raisin crust)
RAW Caramel Apple Pie with an Oatmeal and Cinnamon Topping ( with an Oatmeal, Almond and Raisin crust)
RAW Caramel Apple Pie with an Oatmeal and Cinnamon topping  ( Oatmeal Raisin Crust)
RAW Caramel Apple Pie with an Oatmeal and Cinnamon topping
( Oatmeal and Almond Raisin Crust)
RAW Caramel Apple Pie with an Oatmeal and Cinnamon Topping
RAW Caramel Apple Pie with an Oatmeal and Cinnamon Topping

Oatmeal Almond and Raisin Crust

1 cups  Gluten Free Oatmeal

1 cup NaturAlmond Almond Flour meal 

2 cups raisins

1 teaspoon of red sea salt or sea salt

Caramel Sauce

1 cup raisins

2 tbsp NaturAlmond Butter

1 tsp melted coconut oil

1 tsp distilled water

1 tbsp pure maple syrup

1 vanilla bean

generous pinch of salt

2 cups of water to soak the raisins

Filling

3 fuji apples diced

2 granny smith apples diced

2 tbsp cinnamon

1 tbsp lemon juice

a little sea salt to taste

To make the crust

Pulse the oats, almond meal and sea salt in a food processor until it forms a course flour. Slowly add the raisins into the processor in small batches to mix with the oat flour. This will bind your crust. If it is too dry, you can add a little water. You do not want a sticky dough. Press the dough into the bottom of a floured (Use a little of the almond meal to flour the tart pan) tart pan or pie pan. Shaping the dough to the tart or pie pan. Set aside in the fridge, to firm up about 30 minutes.

To make the caramel sauce

First soak the raisin for at least 2 hours. Hang on to the soaking water as you will need this to later, just in case  you want to make a sauce that is more pourable you will need the water to achieve this.

Drain the water from the raisins.  Add all the ingredients except for the soaking water to a blender. Blitz for about 2 minutes until everything is creamy and smooth. Add the water a little at a time to get the desired consistency.

To make the apple filling 

Placed the cut apples into a large bowl. Toss with cinnamon, salt and the caramel. Leave a little caramel  to pour over the top of the apple pi, if desired.  Remove the crust from the fridge and fill it with the apple filling, top with the remaining caramel sauce and oatmeal and cinnamon topping.

To make the oatmeal cinnamon topping 

1 1/2 cup gluten free oatmeal

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp of maple syrup 

pinch of sea salt

Mix the ingredients into a bowl and sprinkle over top of the pie. Serve and Enjoy. 

Roasted Maple Butternut Squash Soup ( Vegan)

I love this time of the year. FALL is upon us. I enjoy the bounty of this season. Fall brings us so many wonder vegetables like squashes, apples, pumpkins, parsnips, cabbages and so much more.  Well I found the most beautiful butternut squash and decided to make it two ways. A vegan Roasted Maple Butternut Squash soup and a Raw Butternut Squash and Red Cabbage Slaw. The bought were divine. This soup is so sweet, buttery and has a little kick. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Oh yes! Remember to Set the Table with Love

Ingredients

1 (2-3 lb) butternut squash, peeled and seeded

3 Tbsp olive oil ( 1 tbsp will be used for roasting)

2 cups low sodium vegetable broth

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp nutmeg

1/4 tsp clove

1/4 tsp cardamom

1/4 cup maple syrup

pinch of sea salt and cayenne pepper to taste

Roasted maple butternut squash soup
Roasted maple butternut squash soup

Directions

Peel and roughly dice squash, drizzle 1 tbsp of olive oil over the squash, then roast for about 35 minutes or until squash is tender, not mushy.  This soup has lots of texture. Add roasted squash to a Ninja,Vitamix or high-powered blender, stir in maple syrup, all your spices, vegetable broth and add the remaining 2 tbsp of olive oil. Blend. You can add more vegetable broth, if you want a thinner soup.  If you need more seasoning add sea salt and cayenne pepper to taste. The soup should be still warm, but if it is not, add it to a pot and warm it up for a few minutes.  Bowl your soup and drizzle a little olive oil over the top before serving and as Chef Elliott Farmer said, add a few chives and it’s the bees knees. Lold. 😁

This makes about 6 small servings of soup.

Eat your Brussels Sprouts

Brussels Sprouts are so good for you but the taste is UGH! I have been trying my best for years to get my family to eat brussels sprouts. Roll tape.. Let me take that back. I have been trying for years to get myself to eat brussels sprouts and love it. I have roasted them, steamed them, chopped them up in salads and drenched them in maple syrup and honey. Still UGH!! They are bitter. I can still taste the bitterness in my mouth.

The truth is I really believe I should be eating brussels sprouts, so I keep trying and trying.  I keep going back to that lovable little cabbage. But still no matter what I get UGH! These are bitter.

Why, I am so convinced I need to eat them? Well,  because I am kidney transplant survivor from a long line of family members with cancer and brussels sprouts well let me just share some of her super powers. Sorry guys brussels sprout seem like a girl to me. Okay here is her super powers:

  1. A cruciferous vegetable, which is thought to help fight cancer.
  2. It is an antioxidant vegetable high in Vitamin A and C.
  3. Anti-Inflammatory. It has a anti-inflammatory nutrient, vitamin K. Vitamin K is a direct regulator of inflammatory responses, and we need optimal intake of this vitamin in order to avoid chronic, excessive inflammation.
  4. Studies have shown that brussels sprouts can aid in lowering cholesterol.
  5. Brussels sprouts are also high in fiber and a great detoxifying vegetable to consume.

Now you see why it’s important to consume this Super Food, but we have to dismiss ole girls  being so Bitter. Why so Bitter Girlfriend?

She is bitter because of the sulfur compounds common to the broccoli family. The highest-profile of these is sulforaphane, one of several similar chemicals that brassicas use to repel chewing insects and animals, because they taste bad.  She is just trying to protect herself.  Well I came up with a couple of recipes to help her deal with all that bitterness. Okay I am cracking myself up. Let’s get on with the recipe.  Here is one I made today for lunch will post the other one later this week. Bon A petit.  Set your Table with Love.

Roasted Maple Glazed Brussels Sprouts and with Roasted Apples

1½ lbs. Brussels sprouts ( cut in half)

1 honey crisp apple ( diced medium size cubes)

3 tablespoons olive oil

1 teaspoon lemon juice and lemon zest for garnish

1 teaspoon maple syrup

1 teaspoon coarse sea salt

1/2 teaspoon  dehydrated garlic granules

¼ tsp. ground black pepper

3 tablespoons maple syrup ( use 1 tablespoon to drizzle on sprouts before cooking)

Instructions
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Trim the stems of the sprouts. Remove any outer leaves that are wilted and cut the sprouts in half.
Add the sprouts, apples, olive oil, lemon juice, maple syrup ( 1 tablespoon), garlic,  salt and pepper to a large bowl. Toss to fully coat the sprouts.
Spread the sprouts on a large baking sheet in a single layer.
Bake for 15 minutes then stir the sprouts. Bake for another 15 minutes. Then drizzle the remaining maple syrup over the sprouts and stir to coat. Bake for 10 more minutes. Remove from cookie sheet and serve in a bowl. Add a little lemon juice and lemon zest if you prefer.

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roasted maple glazed brussels sprouts and with roasted apples
roasted maple glazed brussels sprouts and with roasted apples