Homemade Nut Free Cranberry Quinoa Granola bars

So here it is guys! The recipe from my Facebook Live this morning. I love love granola bars, but it’s hard to find some without nuts, especially when nuts are not an options. I love to eat all kinds of nuts, but sometimes we don’t get along, but I will not bore you with that drama. LOL. 🙂

Today it’s all about this recipe. It’s easy and very delicious and you can add your own favorite seeds or dried fruit. Food is truly one of the best places to explore endless possibilities. What I love the most about this recipe is the quinoa element. The quinoa is toasted along with the seeds and gluten free oats. The toasted quinoa, lends a wonderful nutty taste to the granola, lots of crunch and not to mention, it’s a complete protein. So why not?

Oh yes, share with your friends and family as you Set the Table with Love.

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Nut Free Cranberry and Quinoa Granola

INGREDIENTS
1/2 cup old fashioned rolled oats (gluten free, if desired)

1/2 cup uncooked quinoa

1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds

1/4 cup raw pumpkin seeds

2 tablespoon Earth Balance buttery spread

1/3 cup honey or maple syrup (vegan)

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon clove

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon sea salt

1/4 cup flaxseed meal

1/2 cup cranberries

1 -2 tablespoon orange juice

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Nut Free Cranberry and Quinoa Granola

INSTRUCTIONS
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Add oats, quinoa, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds to a large baking sheet and spread around evenly. Once oven is preheated, toast the oats and quinoa for 8-10 minutes. Once done toasting, pour oats and quinoa into a medium bowl and set aside.
While quinoa and oats are toasting, add Earth Balance buttery spread, honey, vanilla, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg and sea salt to medium saucepan over low heat. Stir until the mixture is smooth and creamy. Remove from heat and allow to cool for a few minutes, then add to the bowl with the oats and quinoa. Stir well to incorporate. Fold in flaxseed meal and dried cranberries. Add half of the mixture into a food processor with a tablespoons of orange juice and blend until mixture incorporates together and looks like dough.
Line an 8×4 or 9×5 inch loaf pan with parchment paper; pour mixture in and spread out evenly, then press mixture down in the pan very firmly.
Place pan in freezer for 30 minutes or until mixture has hardened. Remove bars from pan and cut into desired amount of bars. Store bars in the fridge.

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Nut Free Cranberry and Quinoa Granola

Pear and Beet Salad 5 under 30

I am so excited about cooking and sharing on Fox 5 Good Day Atlanta, how you can stay Fit and Fabulous for 2017, using 5 main ingredients under 30 minutes.

This salad was inspired by that simple challenge. We can do it and we can do it deliciously, with hardly no effort at all, using some of my easy recipes. It just takes some preparing and a bit of creativity. I love this salad, because it has over 26 grams of protein, that is vegetarian and about 15 grams of carbs. I love those numbers.

I hope you tune in to Fox 5 Good Day Atlanta Thursday Feburary 9th at 9:00 am, but until then, enjoy this salad. Oh yeah! Do not forget to always Set the Table with Love.

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Pear and Beet Salad Fit and Fabulous

Pear and Beet Salad

Ingredients:

4 small roasted or marinated beets, (I used Love Beets, already peeled and marinated or roasted for you and they are organic and delicious.)

1 bosc pear

2 cups of your favorite greens, chopped, ( I used romaine lettuce.)

2 tbsp of your favorite cheese, ( I used parmesan, vegetarian.)

1/2 cup roasted pumpkin seeds

Directions:

Add the lettuce to a salad bowl. Place the beets around in different places around lettuce, add the pears on top of the lettuce, sprinkle the cheese and the pumpkin seeds. You may have pumpkin seeds left over, eat them as a snack later.

Add a pinch of sea salt, cracked black pepper. Drizzle a little balsamic glaze and olive oil. Salad done.

You can also use nuts, instead of seeds. You can also add other veggies, like sautéed zucchini and yellow squash.

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Pear and Beet Salad Fit and Fabulous

 

 

 

Harissa Roasted Chickpea salad with acorn squash, mint and pumpkin seeds

This recipe is so delicious and full of exotic flavors, well at least I think so. LOL.

This salad will fill you up and give you tons of plant based vegan protein. You do not have to be a vegan to enjoy this salad. It’s important to incorporate more plant based foods in our diets, because it will help you look and feel better and it will give you tons of energy. I maybe help drop a few unwanted pounds. Who doesn’t want more energy and a few pounds out the way?  Me, me, me!!

I got something for you, in this simple to make salad. I hope you enjoy the flavors and how you feel later. Harissa maybe a new ingredient you are trying, so let me break it down for you.

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Roasted Harissa Chickpea Salad with acorn squash, mint, pumpkin seeds and micro greens

Harissa is a North African hot chili pepper paste, the main ingredients of which are roasted red peppers, Baklouti pepper, serrano peppers and other hot chili peppers and spices and herbs such as garlic paste, coriander seed, saffron, rose or caraway as well as some vegetable or olive oil for preservation.

This Harissa I used in this recipe is a powder form that I got form my local William Sonoma.

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Roasted Harissa Chickpea Salad with acorn squash, mint, pumpkin seeds and micro greens

For Chickpeas

1 can organic chickpeas, rinsed and drained

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C).
Blot chickpeas with a paper towel to dry them. In a bowl, toss chickpeas with olive oil, and season to taste with salt, harissa seasoning or cayenne pepper. Spread on a baking sheet, and bake for 30 to 40 minutes, until browned and crunchy. Set aside to cool.

For the Lentils

1 cup dry lentils

3 cups of  vegetable broth

salt and pepper to taste

Cook on a stovetop, using 3 cups of  vegetable broth to 1 cup of dry lentils. Be sure to use a large enough saucepan as the lentils will double or triple in size. Bring to a boil, cover tightly, reduce heat and simmer until they are tender. For whole lentils, cook time is typically 15-20 minutes. Drain and set aside.

Vegetables

1 small acorn squash, chopped in to 1 inch slices

1 1/2 tbsp olive oil

1 small red bell pepper, cut in slices, save a couple of slices to chop up to top the salad

1/4 cup  poblano peppers, chopped

1 cup red cabbages, sliced thinly

1/4 cup red onions, diced

6-8  mint leaves, small to medium

1 cup micro greens, or baby arugula

1/2 cup pumpkin seeds

Directions:

After the legumes are cooked and cooled, turn the stove on medium high heat, place a large saucepan on the stove. Add your oil allow to heat up, then add the acorn squash, red bell peppers and poblano peppers to the  pan. Season with salt and black pepper.  Cook for 4-5 minutes or  until the squash is golden brown, but not mushy. Remove from the heat and set aside.

To assemble:

In a salad bowl add the roasted chickpeas and lentils, gently toast together. Add the cooked vegetables and the raw cabbages, mint, red onions and the chopped raw red bell pepper. Top with micro greens and pumpkins. Squeeze some lemon juice and drizzle olive oil over top the salad with a pinch of sea salt and gently toss, incorporating all the ingredients.

Enjoy. This makes a large salad for 4-6 or a great meal for lunch and dinner for 2.

 

 

 

 

 

Vegan Gluten Free Pumpkin spice muffins with a pumpkin seed and walnut crumble

Butternut squash, pumpkins, cinnamon, crumble, Fall, Autumn!  This is me screaming all the things I love about this time of the year and cooking.  My favorite things baking for my friends and family. I feel like cooking and baking for those you love is one of my most rewarding things I can do for someone.

I got to bake these yummy muffins for one of my friends and fellow yogi, Amanda, because it was her birthday.  Amanda is the manager and one of the amazing yoga teachers at the studio I teach at in our community. The studio is incredible, owned by the cutest and coolest couple, Kevin and Megan Kearney, you have to check it out, Ebb and Flow Yoga and Surf.

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Okay back to these muffins. I usually make my own gluten free flour, but this morning I decided to use one of my back up flours when I am in a hurry. I found that, this Pillsbury Gluten Free flour works great, when making muffins. When you are making gluten free baked goods, not every flour blend is going to work. So make sure the flour blend you are using, works well with what you are making. I will talk about this more soon, but check out on the blog my recipes for gluten free flours to make cakes, cookies, pancakes and muffins.

This recipe definitely will remind you of the upcoming holidays, it is packed out with those delicious spices we love during this time of the year, cinnamon, clove and nutmeg. I you will not be able to eat just one, I bet ya! 🙂

Enjoy and remember to Set the Table with Love.

 

Ingredients:

MUFFINS
Make flax eggs ~  2  tbsp flax seed ground meal, plus 1/2 cup water
1 can pumpkin puree
2/3 cup organic cane sugar and 1/4 cup maple syrup

1/4 cup olive oil

1 tsp vanilla extract 

2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp sea salt

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1/2  tsp clove

1/2 tsp nutmeg

2 1/2 cup gluten free flour blend
3/4 cup almond milk

CRUMBLE
3 tbsp organic brown sugar
3 1/2 tbsp gluten free flour
2 tbsp pumpkin seeds, 2 tbsp of chopped walnuts
1 1/4 cup tbsp olive oil
pinch of cinnamon and nutmeg
Instructions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease muffin tin. Dust with gluten free flour and shake off excess.
Add flax and water  together into a large bowl( this is your egg substitute). Let set for 5 minutes. Next, add pumpkin purée, organic cane sugar, maple syrup, olive oil, and vanilla extract and whisk for one minute.
Stir in baking soda, salt, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg and mix. Add milk and whisk. Add the gluten free flour and stir until just combined. The batter should be thick and slightly wet, but with form and it able to be scoop into the muffin tins, easily. You do not want dry batter, dry batter will make very dense muffins.
Divide batter into the muffin tins. You will need to fill them to the top,  they will not rise very much.

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Vegan Gluten Free Pumpkin spice muffins with a pumpkin seed and walnut crumble

FOR THE CRUMBLE

In a mixing bowl, add crumble ingredients. Use your hand to mash the ingredients together, until crumbly like wet sand. Generously top muffins with streusel.
Bake for  about 30 minutes or until tops are golden brown and a toothpick or knife comes out completely clean.
Let cool for 5 minutes in the muffin tin, then gently remove and cool completely on a cooling rack, before serving. Enjoy and Share. 🙂

Warm Beet, Green Apple and Trio Lentil Salad

I love a good salad, but even more than that, I love one that is beautiful, colorful, and packed with planted based proteins.  Well, this one gives you all of that and so much more.  My warm beet salad is sweet, tangy, crunchy and just plain beautifully delicious.

This salad is a great way to go for getting healthy for the New Year! It’s loaded with vegan protein, antioxidants, detoxifying,  gluten free and high in fiber.  This is one beet salad you will make again and again.

Enjoy and always, Set the Table with Love! 🙂

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Warm Beet, Green Apple and Trio Lentil Salad

Tri Color Lentils

1 cup of tri color sprouted lentils, or you can use just one color

3 cups water

Salt and pepper to taste

Beets and Apples

3 medium-size beets,  yellow, orange and red, tops removed,  peeled, scrubbed and sliced on a mandolin( save some of each beet to julienne, raw as a garnish, optional)

2 medium-size green apples, sliced on a mandolin, (save some of the green apple to julienne, raw as a garnish, optional)

1 tablespoon olive oil

salt and pepper to taste

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Warm Beet, Green Apple and Trio Lentil Salad

Dressing and Salad

½ cup balsamic vinegar
½ cup good olive oil
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard, such as Grey Poupon
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 ounces baby arugula
1/2 cup raw pumpkin seeds

Cook the lentils according to container’s directions. Remove from heat and set aside.

Add olive oil to a sauce pan on medium heat.  Once the oil is heated, add mandolin cut beets and apples to the oil. Add salt and pepper to taste. Cook for about 3-4 minutes.  You want the beets and apples to cook, but not lose their crispy texture. Once cooked , set a side.

Meanwhile, whisk together the vinegar, olive oil, mustard,  1 teaspoon salt, and 1 teaspoon pepper and set aside.

Place the arugula in a separate bowl and toss it with enough vinaigrette to moisten. Put the arugula on a serving platter. Gently sprinkle some cooled lentils over the arugula.

Arrange the beets, apples and pumpkin seeds  on top.  Use your julienned beets and apples as a garnish. Drizzle with  more vinaigrette, if you prefer.  Add a little salt and pepper and serve warm or at room temperature.

RAW Green Pea Mint Hummus with crudités

I love peas! I love hummus. Well here is the result of those two desires, my new love. This wonderfully refreshing Green Pea Mint Hummus. I used my Go Raw Sprouted Super Simple Seeds and made the base of this creamy yumminess. This hummus makes a great alternative to the regular chick pea version. One reason I love the recipe is because it’s lower in carbs and high in protein, because of the sprouted pumpkin and sunflower seeds and the seeds being sprouted makes this a very digestible treat, loaded with enzymes

It is great on veggies, as a spread or you can add it to raw veggie pasta with a little olive oil for a nice lunch or dinner.

Enjoy and Set the Table with Love.

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RAW Green Pea Mint Hummus

Ingredients:

Raw Green Pea Mint Hummus 

2 cups peas
1/2 cups Go Raw Sprouted Super Simple Seeds
2 tbsp. olive oil
2 tbsp.  lemon juice
1 garlic scape (or 1 small clove garlic)
1/2 tsp. sea salt

In a food processor first process the seeds until you get a crunchy corn meal consistency. Add the other ingredients in the bowl of a food processor and process until mostly smooth. If needed, add a bit of water until you get the hummus consistency that you like.

Cut up your favorite veggies and serve. 

I used: radishes, red bell peppers, yellow and orange carrots

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RAW Green Pea Mint Hummus

Raw Breakfast ~ Berry – Pumpkin and Sunflower Seed Muesli

Sometimes we just need life to be simple, clean and not complicated. I have found the way you can experience such moments in within the simple things of life. Breakfast can be a great way to demonstrate this energy within your day. I love this breakfast recipe for those reasons, it is simple, clean and complicated but it will fuel you with goodness and energy for your day.

The Go  Raw Sprouted Super Simple Seeds is a great source of protein and iron to get your day energized and don’t you just love the name Sprouted Super Simple Seeds! 🙂

Enjoy!

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Go Raw Inspiration~ Raw Apple Cinnamon Crunch Oatmeal

I am so happy to be partnering with Go Raw  junk-free foods. I have the honor to use their foods to make some creative recipes for an e cookbook and brochures for their customers, me being one of them. I love the fact that this company has some amazing, flavorful and super nutritious snacks for the whole family. Their products are organic, non -gmo verified, vegan, nut free and gluten free.

Today after a 3 miles walk I needed something yummy, full of energy and high in plant based protein. So this recipe came to me. I hope you enjoy it, just as much as I did. It’s amazing to incorporate new whole foods into your diet, no matter what your dietary preferences.

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RAW Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal
Ingredients
2 cups oat groats, soaked overnight, and
rinsed well

2 tbsp almond milk , or more for desired texture

1/2 cup organic cranberries another 1/2 cup for garnish

1 tsp maple syrup

1 tbsp ground cinnamon

1/4 tsp of cardamom

pinch of nutmeg

pinch of sea salt

1/2 cup of Go RAW Sprouted Apple Cinnamon Sprouted Granola

1/4 cup Go Raw Sprouted Super Simple Seeds

1/4 cup organic dehydrated coconut

1/4 cup goji berries

Directions:

1. Put soaked oats,  first 1/2 cup of cranberries, spices, maple syrup and almond milk in a food processor,
process into a creamy texture. Do not over process, you want the
consistency of creamy oatmeal. If you want it thinner simply add more water,
at little bit at a time.
2. To serve, scoop into bowls and top with the remaining ingredients. You can stir the remaining ingredients into the oatmeal or you can use them as a garnish.
When you are making RAW food remember the shelf life is very
important. This oatmeal will keep in the fridge for two days. You can
also drizzle it with honey or maple syrup two sweetners acceptable
in RAW cuisines.

Serves 4

Shelf life two days in fridge

Go Raw Apple Ring Snack

Do you have some oatmeal leftover?

Here’s a yummy snack you can do for the kids or for yourself after a workout:

Cut up a nice gala apple into sliced apple rings. Remove the core. Top with the remaining oatmeal. Sprinkle some Go Raw Apple Cinnamon Sprouted Granola, Go Raw Sprouted Super Simple Seeds, Coconut, Goji Berry and Cranberries.

Enjoy! Remember to Set the Table with Love.