WHEW! Life has been an Adventure! Food. Birthday Celebrations. Cooking Demos for Charity. Cover Girl. WOW!

Wow, May was a month of major surprises and lots of fun adventures. So, forgive me for just now posting. Boy, I did miss you guys, but let’s sit down for a moment. Do you have your favorite cup of tea? Great, because I have so much to talk about! Well, where do I begin? FOOD, of course my dear, food. I was asked back again this year to be one of the chefs to do a cooking demo on the big stage at Taste of Town Brookhaven for this year’s charity event to benefit LifeLine Animal Project.

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It was amazing and the best part, it was my birthday and I got to cook in front of this incredible audience and they all sung happy birthday to me, by the lead of celebrity and award winning DJ, Yvonne Monet, she was the Mcee for the evening and we jammed out as I did my cooking demo. I made my Cilantro Lime Shrimp with an avocado and pepper salsa.

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Grilled Cilantro Lime Shrimp with an avocado and pepper salsa

Along with a wonderful Basil and Mint Berry Salad. The music was pumping and the crowds were jumping and it was just a big party. The next day my friends threw me this amazing dinner party at my favorite restaurant, St.Cecilia Atlanta, best pasta and fish in Atlanta.

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Birthday at St.Cecilia

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St.Cecilia

Now this is a condensed version of my birthday month, also had a pre launch cookbook cooking demo at William Sonoma and my bestie brought the most beautiful birthday cake from my new favorite dessert place,Blue Rooster Bake Shop and Eatery.

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Blue Rooster Bake Shop and Eatery
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Blue Rooster Bake Shop and Eatery

I also got a chance to go to the filming of my friends new Food Network show and it was so much fun! I even got an opportunity to be part of the filming. The theme was the Great Gatsby. One of the coolest date nights with my hubby. He looked amazing in his tux.

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Great Gatsby
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Great Gatsby

Okay, whew! I am not done yet, tons of lunches and spa times, but the coolest thing was to be named Best Self Atlanta Magazine‘s  2017 Over 40 and Fabulous Cover Girl, check out the articles here and read about all of the winners this year.  A big THANK YOU to the staff of Best Self Atlanta and our amazing photographer Sawyer Photography

It has been a month, but I have been playing around with some new and delicious recipes for you guys to try, will post soon.  I want to just give a big shout out to the month of May and how amazing it has been for me. Recipes coming soon and oh my, what will June bring.  Enjoy this little gallery and remember to Set the Table with Love.

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Best Self Atlanta Magazine Cover Girl
Best Self Atlanta Magazine Cover Girl
Best Self Atlanta Magazine Cover Girl
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Best Self Atlanta Magazine Cover Girl

 

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Raw Carrot Cake bites for Easter. How to use up your carrot pulp from juicing.

Tuesday is my day to get refueled from the weekend and a super busy Monday.  Mondays are one of my busiest times of the week, very rejuvenating but I am moving from one thing to the next.

I have an early morning Life coaching and Reiki session and right after, I teach my yoga class and then I am off to do B’Tyli Natural Skin Therapies work, plus other things that my Creative Marketing Director, Kristina Millsaps has on the agenda. So, let me tell you when Tuesday rolls around I am ready to go and set in my yoga teacher’s studio and her peaceful presence, for 1 hour and 30 minutes and receive my healing and bliss. Tuesdays, also calls for a little work.  I really don’t consider this a work day, because I get to make raw food and let out some creative energy.  I love making raw foods for my clients,  because it sends healing to them and I always make enough for leftovers for me. 🙂

Today was all about the carrots. I juiced carrots for a yummy raw carrot and ginger soup, this juice also was used to make a raw carrot and ginger dressing for a beautiful cruciferous salad.  Cruciferous salad?

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Raw Carrot Cake Balls for Easter

Cruciferous vegetables have risen in popularity recently due to their apparent cancer-fighting properties. This large group of plants is diverse, each providing strong, unique flavors. It is named after the Latin word for crucifix because the blossoms of these plants resemble a cross.

Cruciferous vegetables include:

  • arugula
  • bok choy
  • broccoli
  • Brussels sprouts
  • cabbage
  • cauliflower
  • kale
  • radish
  • turnips

Cruciferous vegetables are low-calorie, and rich in folate, vitamins C, E, and K, and fiber. Fiber is an important nutrient to incorporate if weight loss is the goal, as it helps keep you fuller longer.

Cruciferous vegetables are also good sources of phytonutrients, which are plant-based compounds that may help lower inflammation and reduce the risk of developing cancer. SOURCE : HEALTH LINE CRUCIFEROUS VEGETABLES BENEFITS

But, hmm… what to do with the all the carrot pulp. I decided to make these yummy Raw Carrot Cake bites. I shaped them like Easter eggs, because I thought these would be so pretty on the table at Easter. Raw vegan or not, you will love these little bites. They are very versatile, you can use your favorite nut, add your favorite spices, like cinnamon, nutmeg, and pinch of clove. Also raisins or dates will work just find in this recipe.  I did not use nuts for this recipe. I love nuts, but sometimes we can have a love hate relationship and today my body said, NO NUTS! 🙂 

I hope you enjoy this recipe and maybe add it on your table for Easter or any day of the week. Happy Easter Everyone! Enjoy setting your table with love.

INGREDIENTS
  • 1 cup gluten free rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 shredded unsweetened coconut, set aside 2 tbsp for garnish
  • 3/4 cup dried raisins
  • 1/2 cup carrot pulp
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp cloves
  • ¼  cup water or more if needed
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Blend oats, sunflower seeds, 1/2 cup coconut  in vitamix (food processor should work too) until you get a fine consistency like flour.
  2. Add in dried raisins, pulse a few times to break them up then add carrots pulp, maple syrup, vanilla and spices.
  3. Slowly add in water. You looking for a consistency of nice slightly wet cookie dough
  4. Roll dough into balls, like the shape of Easter eggs and cover in shredded coconut if you want.
  5.  Enjoy!
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RAW Carrot Cake Balls for Easter

 

Beautiful Energy Food ~ Roasted Beets with Zucchini and Kale

I love food.  I also love feeling and looking great. Eating healthy for me is essential. I am kidney transplant survivor, so how I eat makes a difference in my health.  This Roasted Beet dish, is full of flavor, textures and nutrition. Here’s a few reasons you may want to try this simple recipe for yourself:

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Roasted Beets, Kale and Zucchini

Beets
Fight wrinkles and conditions the naturally with folate!
Prevents age-related macular degeneration with vitamin A and carotenoids!
Is also known to improve blood flow.

Kale
Boosts the health of your skin, because of it’s vitamin C content. Your skin contains collagen fibers, which are long strands of protein that form a network that holds your skin cells together. Vitamin C helps you make the collagen needed for skin strength.

Radishes
Keeps you hydrated.
With a high water content and lots of vitamin C as well as phosphorus and zinc, radishes are an excellent food for the tissues and can help keep your skin looking fresh and vibrant. Eat your thirst.

 

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Roasted Beets, Kale and Zucchini

Preheat oven 400.
Wash beets well. Peel the beets, slice them thinly into circles. Lay them on parchment paper,  salt to taste and drizzle with olive oil.

Clean the zucchini, slice them into circles as well. Place on parchment paper and salt to taste with a little olive oil.
Place in the oven cook for 25 – 30 minutes, until tender.  The zucchini will cook faster,  remove when done.

Sauté the kale. Add olive oil to a sauté pan. Add 1 cup of chopped kale, sea salt and a squeeze of lemon juice. Sauté  for 2-3 minutes.  Remove from heat.
Clean and slice radishes, also into circles. Zest some lemon. Set everything to the side. Goat cheese optional.

Now, once the beets and zucchini is ready you can assemble on a beautiful white plate as you desire. I used a good store bought balsamic glaze to drizzle over the whole dish, but you can make your own.

TIPS ON PLATING
The key to pretty plating, as I learned from my mentor Alex Guranaschelli, on Food Network’s All Star Academy is know what your making, figure out what plate best fits your dish. How and where will you place each component of the dish on the plate?   Sketch it out, if you have to.

Enjoy Beautiful Energy Food and being creative.

RAW Vega One Banana Pudding Breakfast Smoothie

Eat your skincare: Bananas are rich in potassium, vitamin A,  B, C and E. Bananas help hydrate and moisturize the skin. They can help fight acne causing germs and also, control oil in the skin. Slather a mushed up banana on your face and allow to set for 10 minutes and thoroughly rinse off and use your cleanser afterwards, serum and moisturizer.  This mask will leave your skin feeling hydrated and refreshed. Okay, back to the recipe.

RAW Vega One Banana Pudding Breakfast Smoothie in honor of my Granny
RAW Vega One Banana Pudding Breakfast Smoothie in honor of my Granny

I loved Granny’s banana pudding, it was rich, creamy, decadent and just plan delicious. I thought about her this morning and so this is in honor of her. Love you and Miss you Granny.

Here’s the recipe. Enjoy!

1 scoop of Vega One Protein and Green smoothie mix

1 cup non dairy milk

2 bananas

4 ice cubes

4 sliced banana circles for garnished and a dash of cinnamon

1 Belvita cookie or a vanilla wafer

Add all ingredients to your blender, Vitamix or Ninja, except the 4 banana circles, cinnamon and cookie or wafer. Blend until completely mixed. Pour in a glass. Add bananas on top, with a dash of cinnamon and add your cookie or wafer on the side. Enjoy. Hey, don’t forget to Set the Table with Love.

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. 

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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.

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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.

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Raw Blueberry and Coconut Cream Oatmeal and Chia Seed Pudding

Darker the Chocolate the sweeter the……Antioxidants Sillies

Dark Chocolate is amazing for your body, mind and soul. It is high in antioxidants.

Here  a few more benefits ~

  1. Studies show that eating a small amount of dark chocolate a few times a week can help lower your blood pressure. Dark chocolate improves blood flow and may help prevent the formation of blood clots.
  2. Dark chocolate is loaded with antioxidants. Antioxidants help free your body of free radicals, which cause oxidative damage to cells.  Yay, so what am I say? Eating antioxidant rich foods like dark chocolate helps with anti aging. That makes this also a go B’Tyli Natural Skin Therapies Blog.
  3. Dark Chocolate is high in vitamins and minerals such as copper, potassium, magnesium and iron!  Copper peptides can help with wrinkles. SO EAT CHOCOLATE, WELL DARK CHOCOLATE.

Sea salted Dark Chocolate Bark

ENJOY!  My Sea Salt Dark Chocolate Bark recipe

You will need

A bar of 90% Premium Dark Chocolate Bar

1/2 cup of cranberries

1/2 cup of dehydrated coconut

1/2 cup of chopped pecans

1- 2 tbsp of organic honey

pinch of sea salt

Melt the chocolate in a double boiler. Once the chocolate is melted. Pour it on a cookie sheet layer with some parchment paper. Sprinkle the cranberries, coconut, pecans and the pinch of sea salt.  If you like the salty taste add a little more to cover the whole bark. Being a kidney transplant survivor less salt is a happy thing for my husband’s donate kidney. 🙂

Put in the fridge for about 15 minutes. Once set you can drizzle the organic honey over the whole thing. I like honey so I used all 2 tbsp but one is good.

Bon Appétit!

Oh yes! Remember to Set the Table with Love