4th of July Desserts: Red Velvet, White and Blue Cupcakes

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The stunning combination of deep red velvet cake with bright white icing, blueberries and blue sprinkles makes these mini cupcakes one of the most festive 4th of July desserts.

What makes a red velvet cake a red velvet cake? Well, for starters red food coloring but also the essential ingredients of buttermilk and vinegar. The buttermilk adds subtle flavor and bounce to the cake and the vinegar is essential to enhance the red color. You can of course simply buy red velvet cake mix or just use your favorite chocolate cake batter recipe.

Cut out some of the sugar by replacing the sugar icing with fresh whipped cream which is so much lighter than traditional cupcake icing. You can even add a drop of all-natural red or blue food coloring to the heavy cream before beating.

Make sure to buy mini cupcake wrappers in blue or silver. In a pinch you can bake the cupcakes directly in the mini muffin tin but know that they are difficult to remove and you’ll need to heavily grease the pan.

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4th of July Desserts Mini Cupcakes Recipe

Ingredients

    For the cake:

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 cups cake flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 ¼ cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1 stick of unsalted butter (8 tablespoons), at room temperature
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • red liquid or gel food coloring (about 2 tablespoons)
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 48 mini cupcake wrappers

    For the tops:

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • ½ pint blueberries
  • ¼ cup blue sugar sprinkles
  • 1 cup strawberries

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Place a paper wrapper in each cupcake slot of the mini muffin tin.
  2. Whisk the dry ingredients together in a bowl: flour, baking soda, cake flour, cocoa powder and salt.
  3. In a large bowl, beat the butter and sugar together with a handheld mixer. Beat for 3 minutes, then add the vegetable oil and beat for another minute. Add the eggs, vinegar and 2 tablespoons of food coloring and beat for one more minute. Make sure the color is a deep red and add more coloring as needed. Then add the flour mixture to the batter about 1 cup at a time. Try not to over mix.
  4. Use a tablespoon to scoop the mixture into the lined tin. Fill each cup about ⅔ of the way and bake for 16 minutes. Remove from oven and set to cool on a wire rack for 15 minutes, then repeat until you have used all the batter.
  5. To make the whipped cream, use the same handheld mixer to beat the heavy cream on high in a large chilled metal bowl for about 5 minutes. Add the sugar as soon as peaks start to form. Chill the whipped cream until you are ready to use it. Use a butter knife to frost the cupcakes and add blueberries, sprinkles and thinly sliced strawberries to decorate.
Nutrition label for 4th of July Desserts Mini Cupcakes Recipe

4.32

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One Pot Quinoa and Black Bean Wraps — Oh She Glows

With two toddlers running wild around this joint, my time for cooking meals seems to be dwindling away. People tend to assume that I have these perfect, from-scratch meals on the table every night, and to be honest, at this stage in our lives we’re still very much in survival mode. I’m pretty gentle with myself and focus on the big picture as much as possible. If everyone is happy with a full belly, well that’s success! We all do the best we can. Raising a family is messy and imperfect and humbling.

But, still, I’m always looking for shortcuts. I recently started experimenting with one pot quinoa dishes and absolutely fell in love with their simplicity and versatility. This recipe takes just 10 minutes to throw everything into a skillet or pot and then all you do is cover it and cook. Like magic! It’s a great option for the summer when you don’t want to turn the oven on (like this weekend for those of us in this crazy heat wave). Just one stovetop element is all you need. You really can’t beat that…unless of course your partner is cooking for you while you sip on some rosé….*wink, wink*

Is it kid-friendly? Well, it is and it isn’t. If your little one loves quinoa, they may enjoy this dish (reduce spice if necessary). If they don’t already like quinoa, it’ll likely be a pass (shocker). I had one love it and the other said “EWWWWWW!” (their new favourite word…sigh). The one who inhaled it the first night wouldn’t touch it the next day. *double sigh* The feeding toddlers struggle is real.

For us normal folk, it seemed to be a hit! My mama testers lit up with joy when they heard it was a one pot meal. And, I mean, you don’t even have to sauté anything! I’m anxious to hear what you think if you try it out. I always worry that these super easy recipes are lacking in some way, and I hesitate posting them.  

Well, my fellow Canadians, I hope you have a fun Canada Day weekend! Hard to believe it’s already upon us! And for my American friends, have a fantastic Independence Day next week. Are you celebrating with any OSG recipes this weekend? Let me know and be sure to share on social media using the tags #ohsheglows and @ohsheglows so I can drool over them!

 

 


Yield
12 small wraps/5 cups quinoa
Prep time
Cook time

Ingredients:

For the quinoa:
  • 1 cup (200 g) uncooked quinoa, rinsed and drained
  • 1 3/4 cups (430 mL) low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 (14-ounce/400 mL) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 small red bell pepper, seeded and diced (1 cup/125 g)*
  • 1 heaping cup (145 g) frozen pineapple chunks**
  • 3 tablespoons (45 mL) coconut aminos/soy-free seasoning sauce***
  • 2 teaspoons (10 mL) smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or more to taste****
  • 1 tablespoon (5 mL) fresh lime juice, plus wedges for serving
  • Fine sea salt and black pepper, to taste (I added 1/4 teaspoon each)
  • Lettuce or flour wraps
Topping suggestions:

Directions:

  1. Gather your quinoa ingredients on the counter so you have them ready. To a large pot, add the quinoa and broth. Set the heat to medium and bring to a simmer while you add the rest of the ingredients: drained black beans, red pepper, pineapple, coconut aminos, paprika, cayenne, lime juice, salt and pepper. Stir to combine.
  2. Bring to a low boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium, cover, and cook for 16 to 21 minutes, reducing heat if necessary, until the quinoa is fluffy and the water is mostly absorbed. I recommend checking it after 16 minutes and then every few minutes thereafter. Stir the cooked quinoa mixture and season to taste.
  3. If using lettuce for your wraps, place one large leaf on a plate. Add another leaf on top so that its base is pointing the opposite way of the leaf below. Top each lettuce wrap (or flour wrap, if using) with a spoonful of hot quinoa. Add your desired toppings (I like to use every topping listed), a small pinch of salt, and a lime wedge on the side. If the lettuce wraps are too difficult to eat with your hands, you can dig in with a fork and knife.
  4. The quinoa is best served fresh as it tends to dry out in the fridge, but you can store it in an airtight container in the fridge for 1 to 2 days. To reheat the quinoa, add it to a pot along with a splash or two of broth, cover, and warm on the stovetop over medium heat. You’ll likely need to add more seasonings as the flavour diminishes over time.  

As always, you can also find this recipe in The Oh She Glows Recipe App! It’s available for download on iOS and Android devices for all your “on the glow” needs. 😉 

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Rainbow Superfruit Popsicles Recipe

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Of course you could make a single-color fruit popsicles recipe, but why stop there when you can create a whole natural rainbow? Using frozen fruit allows you to get the effect quickly by making small batches of slushes that can be layered instantly—plus the pops will freeze faster, too.

 


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Ingredients

  • 1 cup coconut water, divided
  • ½ cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 teaspoon maqui berry powder (optional)
  • 1 cup apple juice, divided
  • ½ cup frozen strawberries
  • 1½ cup frozen mango chunks, divided
  • 1 tablespoon dried goji berries
  • 1 large orange, peeled and chopped
  • ½ cup frozen pineapple
  • ¼ teaspoon camu berry powder
  • Small handful baby spinach
  • 5 drops liquid stevia per fruit base, to taste

Instructions

  1. Chill your popsicle molds by placing them in the freezer for a minimum of 20 minutes before beginning this recipe.
  2. In a blender, puree ½ cup of the coconut water with the frozen blueberries and maqui berry powder. Note that each blended layer should be thick and very frosty—if not, add more frozen fruit. Taste for sweetness and add a little stevia to slightly oversweeten the fruit—about 5 drops should do the trick for each round. Blend the mixture once more. Divide it between 10 (or desired quantity) popsicle molds, filling each 1⁄5 high. Place the molds in the freezer while you prepare the next layer.
  3. (Rinse the blender in between creating each of the 5 layers.)
  4. Combine ½ cup of the apple juice and the frozen strawberries in the blender and puree. Blend in about 5 drops of stevia, or to taste. Fill each of the molds by another 1⁄5. Return molds to the freezer.
  5. Puree the remaining ½ cup coconut water, ¾ cup of the frozen mango, and the goji berries together. Sweeten with stevia. Fill the molds another 1⁄5 and return to the freezer.
  6. Next, puree the orange first to liquefy, then add the frozen pineapple and camu berry powder and blend. Sweeten with stevia. Fill the molds another 1⁄5 and return to the freezer.
  7. Puree the remaining ½ cup of apple juice, the remaining ¾ cup mango, and the baby spinach. Sweeten with stevia. Fill the last 1⁄5 of the molds and add popsicle sticks. Return the molds to the freezer to freeze completely, about 1 hour.
Nutrition label for Rainbow Superfruit Popsicles Recipe

4.32

http://www.organicauthority.com/rainbow-superfruit-popsicles-recipe/

Reprinted with permission from “Superfood Snacks” 2015 by Julie Morris, Sterling Publishing Co., Inc. Photography by Oliver Barth

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Vegan, Gluten-Free Curry Cauliflower Fried Rice with Roasted Chickpeas

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Looking for a delicious way to spice up dinnertime? This curry cauliflower fried recipe is lower in carbohydrates, plant-based, and filled with flavorful curry spices.

With just a handful of fresh ingredients and a few pantry staples, this recipe can be on the table in 30 minutes.

Buying the Ingredients

This curry cauliflower fried rice is made with cauliflower, as opposed to traditional white rice, and crunchy chickpeas, plus a variety of healthy and warming spices. If you’ve never swapped cauliflower in place of rice before, prepare for an easy and healthy treat.

Cauliflower is a good source of fiber, potassium, magnesium, vitamin C and E, and potent antioxidants. The antioxidants in cauliflower (as well as other vegetables in the brassica family) are associated with reduced oxidative stress, promotion of detoxification pathways, stimulating the immune system, and decreasing the risk of certain cancers. Not to mention, cauliflower rice contains significantly more fiber than white rice, the latter of which has had its fiber stripped during processing, resulting in a high-glycemic grain.

Along with nutrient-rich cauliflower, this recipe also contains roasted chickpeas, which are heart-healthy crunchy bites. Chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans, are good sources of fiber, protein, manganese, folate, copper, iron, and phosphorus. Consuming these beans is associated with balanced blood sugar levels and satiety, thanks to chickpeas’ high amount of fiber.

To use chickpeas, cook your own from dried garbanzo beans (a batch cooking wonder) or purchase canned chickpeas in BPA-free cans or cardboard containers. If using canned chickpeas, dump them in a colander and rinse thoroughly before use.

This recipe gets its warmth and rich flavor from curry powder, a spice blend made up of turmeric, cumin, coriander, cardamom, basil, ginger, garlic, mustard seeds, and cinnamon. All of these herbs and spices boast serious health benefits including antioxidant activity, anti-inflammatory properties, and improved digestion. Look for an organic curry powder, which means that the spices and herbs used were not sprayed with pesticides or other chemicals. Once opened, store curry powder in a dark and cool place and use within a year.

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Kitchen Prep

This curry cauliflower fried rice recipe couldn’t be easier to prepare. Simply preheat the oven, prep the rice, roast chickpeas, and sauté the vegetables and spices. Add everything together and dinner is ready.

In order to turn the cauliflower into rice, you’ll need a food processor or box grater. The food processor can pulse down cauliflower florets into rice, while the box grater easily shreds the veggie into fine rice-like pieces.

Both methods are seamless and simple. If you lack time, you can also purchase organic riced cauliflower at Whole Foods Market or Trader Joe’s. Although much more expensive than just a regular head of cauliflower, riced cauliflower can help save time during kitchen prep.

In fact, some may take saving kitchen prep time a bit too far. The grocery chain, Trader Joe’s has imposed a two-bag limit of cauliflower rice due to the item’s popularity in several stores. Trader Joe’s headquarters reports, “The popularity of this item has led to a temporary lapse in its availability…We are hard at work to ensure more Organic Riced Cauliflower is available as soon as possible.”

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Flavor Tips

While cauliflower rice is as versatile as they come and can quickly adapt to a variety of dishes and flavors, in this recipe, curry powder is the star.

From burrito bowls to homemade fried rice, cauliflower is an easy way to add in extra nutrients and fiber. Dana Shultz of the popular food blog, Minimalist Baker, notes “Because rice can often leave dishes feeling heavy, it’s nice to substitute a vegetable where a starch would usually be” she says. “In addition, it’s a great way to squeeze more servings of vegetables into your day.”

Another way to add in more flavor and nutrients is to add vegetables to the baking tray while roasting the chickpeas. Cubed butternut squash, sweet potato, onion, zucchini, or mushrooms can bulk up the dish while boosting the antioxidant and flavor content of this meal.

This recipe also fits a variety of dietary restrictions notably plant-based and gluten-free diets. To make this recipe Paleo-friendly, omit the chickpeas and swap with roasted winter vegetables instead.

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups cooked chickpeas
  • 2 Tbsp melted coconut oil, divided
  • ¼ tsp cumin
  • ¼ tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp sea salt, divided
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 head cauliflower, cut into florets
  • ½ onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • ¼ tsp ginger
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 large handfuls of baby spinach

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Toss chickpeas with one tablespoon melted coconut oil, cumin, turmeric, ½ tsp sea salt, and freshly ground black pepper to taste. Roast in the oven for 25-30 minutes, shaking the tray halfway through. Chickpeas should be crisped and crunchy.
  2. While chickpeas roast, add cauliflower florets to a food processor. Pulse cauliflower several times until broken down to the size of small grains of rice or couscous. Alternatively, use a box grater to shred cauliflower into fine rice-sized pieces. Voila – cauliflower rice!
  3. Heat remaining one tablespoon of coconut oil or ghee in a large skillet over medium heat. Add in onion and sauté for five to seven minutes, or until onion is translucent. Add in garlic and sauté for three minutes more, stirring often.
  4. To the skillet add cauliflower rice, curry powder, ginger, and lemon juice stirring to incorporate spices into the rice. Season cauliflower fried rice with ½ tsp sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste. Add in roasted chickpeas and baby spinach and stir well. Cook until spinach wilts, about three minutes.
  5. Divide between dishes and garnish with cilantro if desired. Enjoy!

Nutrition information

Serving Size: 228 g

Calories per serving: 459

Fat per serving: 6.6 g

Carbs per serving: 68.3 g

Protein per serving: 21.7 g

Fiber per serving: 20.5 g

Sugar per serving: 13.8 g

Sodium per serving: 13.1 g

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Notes: This recipe is adapted from Julie Morris from Clean Eating Mag

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Kate is a Nutritionist with a Master’s of Nutrition from the National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon and the blogger and photographer of Vegukate. Kate believes in nourishing the whole body with real, vibrant foods that feed the mind, body, soul, gut, and every single little cell. Her philosophy is simple when it comes to food and nourishment: cut the processed junk, listen to your body, eat by the seasons, eat plates and bowls filled with color, stress less, and enjoy every single bite. When she’s not cooking in her too tiny Portland kitchen, Kate can be found perusing farmer’s markets, doing barre classes, hiking, reading, and exploring.


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How to Do a Thyroid Self-Exam Neck Check – Deliciously Organic

Most of us are aware of the need to do a breast self-exam each month, but did you know you should also do a thyroid self-exam? This easy neck exam can help you identify thyroid issues such as thyroid cancer, cysts, nodules or goiter early and the self-exam only takes about 60 seconds to do.

How to do a Thyroid Self-Exam

Your thyroid is on your neck just below your Adam’s apple and above your collarbones, and spreads across your neck like a butterfly.

Here’s how you do a thyroid self-exam:

  1. Stand in front of a mirror, or hold a mirror so you can see your lower neck. 
  2. Tip your head back and take a drink of water and swallow.
  3. As you swallow, look at your neck and check for any bulges or protrusions in the area where you swallow. Remember, don’t confuse your Adam’s apple with the thyroid. 
  4. Next, using your hands, slowly feel the area over your thyroid and see if there are any lumps or bulges. You can do this with or without a mirror. 
  5. If you find any lumps or bulges, make an appointment with your practitioner.

Thyroid nodules are usually round and will move with the gland when you swallow. You might also be able to feel the nodule rolling underneath your fingers or see it when you swallow. Thyroid nodules can come and go, so don’t panic, but it is important to make an appointment with your practitioner. 

Goiter will feel like swelling or a bulge. Sometimes it’s on just one side of the thyroid, but it can also be felt on both sides. 

It’s good to keep in mind that finding a lump or nodule does not always mean you have a serious issue with your thyroid.

Here are some at-home therapies you can talk to your practitioner about for thyroid nodules, cysts and goiter:

  1. We’ve found in our practice that iodine is very helpful for almost all thyroid issues, but it’s important to take a look at your TSH and T4 levels before deciding how much iodine to take. Getting 3-4 servings of sea vegetables, wild seafood, pastured eggs, and fish are great natural sources of iodine. If you’re concerned about eating iodine-rich foods or taking an iodine supplement when you have thyroid disease, read this article.
  2. Use unrefined Celtic sea salt in your cooking throughout the day because it contains over 80 different minerals that are nourishing to the thyroid.
  3. Stay away from all processed foods and eat a nutrient-dense diet. Click here for lots of recipes!
  4. Avoid bromines found in breads, pasta, refined cereals, pool treatments and pesticides. Bromine interferes with the utilization of iodine in the body and will compete with iodine receptors, displacing the iodine.
  5. Castor oil packs done for 10-15 minutes over the thyroid daily can have a profound effect on cysts, nodules and goiter. One of my clients came to me last year with a thyroid cyst that was documented by her doctor, so she was diligent with her diet, took the proper amount of iodine supplementation for her body and did daily castor oil packs. When she went back for her follow-up appointment, the doctor was happy to inform her that the cyst had shrunk!If you would like to do castor oil packs over the thyroid, I highly recommend you first do them over the liver daily for 3-4 weeks first, and then try doing a pack over the thyroid for 10-15 minutes at time. If you get any kind of rash or your neck starts to itch, this is a sign that you liver still needs some detox. So, do the castor oil packs over the liver for an additional 3-4 weeks and then try again over the thyroid. 



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These Smoky-Sweet Stuffed Grilled Peaches are the Best BBQ Dessert

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Here’s how to win at every summer barbeque: whip up these grilled peaches stuffed with granola and served alongside vanilla ice cream – in less than fifteen minutes. Hello sweet, smoky, and delicious goodness.

How to Elevate Peaches: Grill Them!

Peaches are nutritious summer treats. These fuzzy fruits are good sources of a variety of vitamins and minerals including vitamins A, E, C, and K, iron, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, and copper. Peaches also contain ample antioxidants such as lutein, zeaxanthin, and beta-cryptoxanthin. These plant compounds are known to reduce free radical damage and lower inflammation.

While delightful raw and bursting with juice, peaches are also amazing grilled. The sugars in peach naturally caramelize on a hot grill, which makes the fruit even more fragrant and delicious.

When selecting the perfect peaches to grill, look for firmer fruits. Too soft of fruits can result in mushy grilled peaches, and can oftentimes stick to the grill.

The recipe for these grilled peaches couldn’t be easier. Simply cut peaches in half and twist gently to separate. Remove the pit of the peach, lightly drizzle with coconut oil, and sprinkle with cinnamon. Grill peaches on a clean grill over direct grill heat for five to eight minutes, or until peach flesh caramelizes and grill marks appear.

To make sure the remainder of the peach softens and warms, move the peach to indirect heat and cook for five minutes more. Serve peaches straight from the grill with homemade granola, coconut flakes, and a scoop of ice cream.

Granola provides a sweet and salty crunch and is a delicious balance to the warm and fragrant fruit. If you don’t have any batches of homemade granola lying around, pick up a grocery store version with minimal added sugar and ingredients.

This grilled peach recipe is summer simplicity is at its finest.

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Kate Gavlick

Kate is a Nutritionist with a Master’s of Nutrition from the National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon and the blogger and photographer of Vegukate. Kate believes in nourishing the whole body with real, vibrant foods that feed the mind, body, soul, gut, and every single little cell. Her philosophy is simple when it comes to food and nourishment: cut the processed junk, listen to your body, eat by the seasons, eat plates and bowls filled with color, stress less, and enjoy every single bite. When she’s not cooking in her too tiny Portland kitchen, Kate can be found perusing farmer’s markets, doing barre classes, hiking, reading, and exploring.


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Green Kitchen Stories » Smörgåstårta – Savory Rye Sandwich Cake

Hey friends and happy midsummer! We spent midsummer eve at a friends house, dancing like frogs around a flower covered midsummer pole. It’s one of many weird traditions that we do in Sweden on this longest day of the year. Today we are off to Noma (as in one of the coolest restaurants on earth) to test their new plant focused menu that is launching next week. We’re very excited – obviously for Noma, but also for eating a fancy dinner together with zero kids around. Before we are leaving, I wanted to post this little recipe that we uploaded to our youtube a few days ago.

Just like frog dance, this savory layered sandwich cake is also a very Swedish thing. It is called smörgåstårta and is traditionally made by layering white bread with mayonnaise, creme cheese, whipped cream, dill, chives, shrimps, salmon and a bunch of other stuff. It’s basically like a sandwich gone wild. Even if we are not completely sold on the very heavy traditional version, there is something intriguing about the concept of a sandwich cake. So we made our own version, using rye bread and three colorful and fresh (but still quite rich) spreads in between. One green spread with avocado, dill and peas. One white spread with egg, sauerkraut and creme fraiche. And one purple spread with beans, beetroot and sunflower seeds. We cover it with cream cheese with a sting of horseradish and lots of finely sliced veggies and flowers. It looks great, is fun to make and really delicious. Sandwich cake FTW!

Check out this recipe video to see how we make it.

This is the perfect savory dish to make for a party, brunch or gathering with friends. You can easily half the recipe or make it vegan by skipping the egg layer and replacing the cream cheese with coconut cream. If you want to try a gluten-free version of this cake you could either simply use a gluten free bread, or bake 4 trays of our vegetable flatbreads (this option is a little time consuming but would probably taste amazing).

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Smörgåstårta (Savory Rye Sandwich Cake)
Serves 12-16

Green Spread
300 g / 2 cups cup green peas
1 small lemon, juice
1 bunch dill, chopped
2 avocados, flesh scooped out
2 tbsp olive oil
1 large pinch salt

White Spread
6 hard-boiled eggs
250 g / 1 cup creme fraice or sour cream
2 tbsp capers
4 tbsp sauerkraut
a pinch black pepper

Purple Spread
1 cup sunflower seeds, soaked for an hour in water
1 x 400 g tin white beans, drained and rinsed
2 cooked beetroots, roughly chopped
1 small lemon, juice
4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
salt and pepper

Assembling
36 slices of sourdough rye bread (or bread of choice), thinly sliced
500 g cream cheese
1 tbsp grated horseradish

Decoration
1 avocado, sliced or shaped into a rose
1/2 cucumber, sliced thinly
1 small bunch of asparagus, thinly shaved
1 lemon, halved and thinly sliced
mache lettuce
chives, finely chopped

Start by making the spreads. Add all the ingredients for the green spread to a food processor and mix until smooth (or use a bowl and a hand blender). Taste and adjust the flavour to your liking. Transfer to a bowl and clean the food processor.

For the white spread, peel and roughly chop the eggs, place in a bowl and gently stir through crème fraiche, capers, sauerkraut and a little black pepper. Set aside.

Drain and rinse the sunflower seeds for the purple spreads and add them to the food processor (or use bowl and hand blender) along with beans, beetroot, lemon juice, olive oil and a good grind of salt and pepper. Pulse a couple of times until combined but still a little chunky.

To assemble: Trim any hard ends off the bread and line up the rye slices so you have a rectangle, 3 slices wide and 3 slices long. Spread the green spread evenly on top and then place another layer of bread. Now layer they white spread evenly on top. Place another layer of bread, followed by the purple spread. Place the final 9 slices of rye on top. Add cream cheese to a mixing bowl and grate in the horseradish. Whisk to make sure it’s incorporated, taste and add more if desired. Use a palette style knife to cover the cake with a layer of cream cheese. Decorate with an avocado rose, ribbons of cucumber, shaved asparagus, machet lettuce, slices of lemons, chives and flowers. Or whatever you think looks good.

Tip: You can make this cake 12-24 hours ahead and store in the fridge to let the spreads soak into the bread and soften it up a bit. Then add the cream cheese and decorations right before serving.

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How to Make Cold Brew Coffee (Plus Secret Ingredients You Need to Try)

How To Make Cold Brew Coffee

Here’s a little secret: Cold brew coffee sounds artisanal and hipster café chic, but in reality is as easy to make as one, two, steep. Want to learn how to make cold brew coffee in your own kitchen? You’ll simply need a large mason jar or French press, filtered water, and coffee beans. Who knew that being coffee savvy was this easy?

Cold Brew Vs. Iced Coffee

First thing first, what’s the difference between the two types of cold coffees? Iced coffee is simply hot coffee brewed normally, cooled down, and poured over ice. On the other hand, cold brew is brewed at room temperature and never heated. The final product is smoother, less acidic, and slightly more sweet than iced coffee.

Benefits of Cold Brew Coffee

1. Bye Bye Bitter. In traditional coffee making methods, boiling water is poured over ground beans releasing volatile oils and fatty acids. Translation: a bitter cup of joe. With cold brew, ground coffee beans brew in cold water for up to 24 hours at room temperature before being filtered. This creates a distinctively smooth cup of coffee without the bitter bite.

2. Coffee: Batch Cooked. We’re big on sanity-saving batch cooked meals, especially when it involves our morning hit of caffeine. Once prepared, cold brew coffee will keep in an airtight jar in the refrigerator for two weeks – hello easy summer mornings!

How to Make Cold Brew Coffee

3. Digestive Friendly. One of the woes many people face when drinking coffee is its not-so-friendly effects on their digestive systems. Those with tummy troubles take note – cold brew may actually be better suited for your sensitive system. The reason lies in the acidity levels of cold brew versus regularly brewed coffee. Due to the coffee beans never being heated, cold brew is 67 percent less acidic, according to The Daily Beast.

4. Health Benefits: Although specific research on cold brew coffee is minimal, what we do know is that coffee provides a nutritious morning boost. Just one (8 oz) cup of coffee provides 11 percent of the recommended daily intake of vitamin B2, 6 percent of vitamin B6, and 3 percent of manganese and potassium. Along with nutrients, certain compounds in coffee may also have skin-loving benefits as well. A 2015 study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute notes that drinking four or more cups of coffee per day is associated with a lower risk of developing melanoma, a deadly form of skin cancer.

Even more, drinking coffee is associated with reduced motor and cognitive deficits in aging thanks to coffee’s polyphenols and other bioactive compounds. Of course, coffee is not a health panacea, and its high caffeine content is often linked to cardiovascular issues and insomnia. If you are pregnant or sensitive to caffeine, it’s best to avoid coffee in all forms.

5. Choose Your Own Adventure. Hot coffee + ice = a watery and weak cuppa. The good news about cold brew is that you can choose exactly how intense or diluted you’d like your cup to be. If your cold brew ends up a bit too strong for your liking, the addition of ice, water, or nut milk won’t weaken your coffee flavor.

6. Wallet Friendly. Remember those aforementioned hipster cafes? They tend to charge an arm and a leg for cold brew, while picking up a bottle of cold brew at your local health food store is oftentimes even pricier. To reap the most bang for your buck, make your own cold brew at home.

How To Make Cold Brew Coffee

Step 1: Start With a Good Bean. The secret to a good cup of cold brew coffee? Good coffee beans, of course. Stick with organic and fair-trade coffee beans, as coffee crops are often the targets of heavily sprayed pesticides and linked with labor issues. Local health food stores and retailers like Whole Foods have wonderful selections of quality coffee beans for you to find your favorite.

How to Make Cold Brew Coffee

Step 2: Grind Baby, Grind. It’s best to grind your beans right before prepping the cold brew in order to make the freshest and most flavorful brew. Although the ratio of beans to water is entirely dependent on personal taste preferences, a good starting point is one-cup of ground beans to four cups of water. This roughly means grinding a heaping ¾ cup of coffee beans into a coarse grind. The coarser the better, as finely ground beans result in a cloudy and less flavorful concoction.

A good ratio is 1 cup coarsely ground coffee beans to 4 cups filtered water.

Step 3: Brew. Simply place your ground beans into a large mason jar, glass bowl, or at the bottom of a French press. Fill with measured water, give everything a good stir, cover, and let sit at room temperature for 12 or more hours. If using a jar or bowl, cover with cheesecloth. If using a French press, simply place the lid on top, but do not press down the strainer.

How to Make Cold Brew Coffee with french press

Step 4: Strain. Once your coffee has brewed, the last step is to strain the coffee mixture from the grounds. If using a French press, simply press down the strainer and pour. If using a bowl or mason jar, grab a separate bowl and place a strainer lined with the cheesecloth on top of it – this helps to nicely strain out all ground coffee particles. Pour the coffee into the cheesecloth and let sit until the liquid is fully drained through.

Step 5: Drink! Once your coffee is strained, you can dilute it with more water if the flavor is too strong for your liking. You can also add in ice, nut milk, cream, or any of our other favorite additions, found below.

How to Make Cold Brew Coffee

Cold Brew Elevated: The Secret Ingredients You Need To Try

Once you have a delicious cup of cold brew ready to go, adding in goodies, superfoods, and other ingredients ups the fun factor. Here are our favorite ways to elevate your morning cold brew:

  • Spice it up: Add a few small pinches of ground cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, or cloves to the coffee grounds before adding water and steeping. This will result in a delicious and spicy coffee drink that tastes amazing with almond milk.
  • Plant powered milks: Not only will plant milks boost the protein content, they’ll also keep the recipe vegan and deliver a creamy taste. We love almond, cashew, coconut, and brazil nut milks.
  • Very vanilla: Add in a drop or two of vanilla extract to the finished product for a warming taste, or try almond extract for a nutty and sweet flavor.
  • Go Coconuts: Mix 1 cup cold brew with 1 cup coconut water for a refreshing and energizing morning drink.
  • Ch-ch-ch-chia: Turn your brew into a coffee chia fresca drink. Mix 2 cups cold brew with 1.5 tablespoons of chia seeds and sweetener to taste in a large mason jar. Cover jar, shake, and let sit 10 minutes. Enjoy your energy drink!
  • Get Superfoodie: Add in collagen peptides for joint health benefits, cacao powder for a rich chocolate taste bursting with antioxidants, maca powder for an energizing boost, or lucuma powder for a hint of sweetness and micronutrient powers.
  • Sweeten The Deal: Add in raw honey, coconut sugar, or maple syrup for a hint of satisfying sweetness.
  • Bulletproof it: Blend cold brew with a teaspoon of coconut oil or grass-fed butter and a splash of coconut cream on high for 30-50 seconds. Sip that frothy, iced latte goodness.
  • Spike it: We suggest these alcoholic brew blends after 5pm if caffeine in the evening doesn’t cramp your sleeping schedule.

How to Make Cold Brew Coffee

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Kate is a Nutritionist with a Master’s of Nutrition from the National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon and the blogger and photographer of Vegukate. Kate believes in nourishing the whole body with real, vibrant foods that feed the mind, body, soul, gut, and every single little cell. Her philosophy is simple when it comes to food and nourishment: cut the processed junk, listen to your body, eat by the seasons, eat plates and bowls filled with color, stress less, and enjoy every single bite. When she’s not cooking in her too tiny Portland kitchen, Kate can be found perusing farmer’s markets, doing barre classes, hiking, reading, and exploring.


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Karissa Bowers is a fashion and food blogger living a compassionate lifestyle. Karissa is the blogger of Vegan À La Mode where she shares her favorite vegan and gluten-free recipes and also her eco-friendly cruelty-free style. Her love for photographing food and her outfits, drove her to develop a passion for photography. After a few years of honing in on her photography skills, Karissa launched her business, Karissa Bowers Photography, where she shoots weddings and portraits. When she’s not taking photos or in the kitchen, you can find Karissa traveling and trying new vegan restaurants.



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Is it just a phase? – Nutrilicious

Your daughter declared she wants to become a vegetarian. What were your first thoughts? Do any of these resonate with you:

  1. What am I going to feed her?
  2. She’ll never get enough protein on a vegetarian diet
  3. How are we going to eat out?
  4. It’s just a phase, she’ll grow out of it

When my daughter decided to become vegetarian at 9 years old I was prepared as I had been following a mostly vegetarian diet for quite some time. However, many parents worry when their children decide to become vegetarian because they are not familiar with this way of eating. I am sure some of you hope it is just a phase your child is going through and that they will begin eating meat again soon.

I know a few moms who have teenage daughters that were vegetarian for a few years so it may have been a phase. However, whether it is a phase or not, parents still need to ensure their children are eating properly for their growing bodies at any age or stage.

Here are a few tips to save your sanity if your daughter declares she wants to become a vegetarian:

  1. Be accepting and supportive- discuss why your daughter wants to give up meat. Make sure there isn’t an underlying eating disorder.
  2. Do some research to quell your concerns – there is tons of scientific evidence these days that vegetarian diets are very healthy and good for the environment.
  3. Borrow some vegetarian or vegan cookbooks from the library  to help you better understand how to cook without meat.
  4. Get your child involved in the meal planning and preparation so she too can learn which foods she should be eating and how to prepare them.
  5. Talk to a healthcare professional about getting your daughter tested for some of the nutrients that may be more challenging to get on a vegetarian diet like B12 and iron.
  6. Sign up for my newsletter for ongoing tips, tricks and recipes!

 

 

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Baked Wild Salmon With a Zesty Summer Tomato, Avocado, and Corn Salad

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The sweet taste of summer is highlighted in this simple and seasonal cherry tomato, avocado, and corn salad recipe served alongside wild salmon.

Celebrate the last fleeting weeks of summer with flavor, color, and a recipe that takes ten minutes to make – tops.

Salad doesn’t always have to mean lettuce, and this simple corn salad proves it. Made with fresh sweet corn, cherry tomatoes, basil, avocado, and red onion, it is a flavorful and seasonal dish bursting with zest and texture.

Sweet corn is a summer staple. There’s nothing like driving to a local farm or farmers market to pick up a few ears for the week. Although sweet corn is commonly grilled, steamed, or boiled, it’s quite delicious raw, too. I like to carefully slice the corn kernels straight off the cob and toss into pasta, salsa, and this delicious corn salad.

Sweet corn is rich in fiber, phosphorus, and B vitamins. It also contains an array of phytonutrients including anthocyanins, beta-carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin. These phytonutrients function as antioxidants to reduce inflammation and free radical damage to cells.

Sweet corn shines in this corn salad alongside cherry tomatoes, fresh basil, avocado, and red onion. Cherry tomatoes are a great source of iron, potassium vitamins A and C, fiber, potassium, and lycopene.

Basil is a delicious complement to the fresh summer vegetables and provides trace vitamins and minerals as well. Red onion packs in pungent flavor, as well as B vitamins, fiber, vitamin C, and potent phytonutrients. Finally, avocado adds a dose of healthy fats, creamy texture, and a buttery flavor to this corn salad.

Drizzle the sweet corn salad in red wine vinegar and olive oil, serve alongside of grilled or baked wild salmon, and have dinner on the table in ten minutes. Because summer supper should be simple, easy, and delicious.

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Kate Gavlick

Kate is a Nutritionist with a Master’s of Nutrition from the National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon and the blogger and photographer of Vegukate. Kate believes in nourishing the whole body with real, vibrant foods that feed the mind, body, soul, gut, and every single little cell. Her philosophy is simple when it comes to food and nourishment: cut the processed junk, listen to your body, eat by the seasons, eat plates and bowls filled with color, stress less, and enjoy every single bite. When she’s not cooking in her too tiny Portland kitchen, Kate can be found perusing farmer’s markets, doing barre classes, hiking, reading, and exploring.


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