Dried Cherry Apple Tarts topped with a Cinnamon Pecan Streusel (raw)
What to Serve for a Sunday breakfast? How about warm healthy apple tarts filled with a gooey sweet and tart cherry sauce and topped with a cinnamon pecan crunch. mmmmm… I love these, they go with any type of meal from breakfast, to snacks, to luscious deserts served with raw caramel vanilla ice cream. With the start of the fall season, apples started to become abundant everywhere, in every variety and color. I knew I had to find various ways to incorporate these simple and classic fruits into some recipes. Between these and my pomegranate apple pie, I can truly say that I like them better raw then in my baked apple pies. I never thought I would say that, but they just taste so fresh and retain so much more of their flavor raw. It’s incredible. The dehydrator softens them just enough, releasing their inner fragrant juice. But I also love them in a pie totally raw with no dehydration at all. What can I say, I just love apples. Cherries, apples, pecans, cinnamon, nutmeg. Oh yeah, try serving them with ginger tea for a warming buzz. Or drizzle some caramel or chocolate sauce on top. Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos
I’ve been told by raving G Living co-workers that these are better then Reeses Peanut Butter Cups. I have not had a Reeses Peanut Butter Cup in oh, maybe 15 years. So, I wouldn’t know. I say that it better be better though, considering the quality of the ingredients. Think of it as a super high end version of a Reese’s cup, that also just happens to be darn healthy. What a sweet combination! The expense of getting quality ingredients is certainly a bit more, but so well worth it. I like to use Green & Blacks Organic Baking Chocolate for almost everything. If you can find it, get it. Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos
You’ve got the food carrier and cutlery all taken care of, but all that food is likely to make you quite thirsty. What are you going to use to carry around your drinks in? What is the most G option, and the most stylish? Again, SIGG from Switzerland comes out on top. This series of theirs not only features some of their coolest looking bottles, but they are also made of non-leaching food grade stainless steel. Plastic bottles leach all sorts of carcinogens and BPA. Their other bottles are made of aluminum, which might be ok due to their coating on the inside. But you know with these that stainless steel is the best option, now you have that with the coolest designed bottles from SIGG. The above traveler oval black flask includes a detachable cup. $29.95 The blue and red oval flask options are less expensive at $19.95 and are made of the same great quality.
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This Salad Features the best of the farmers market fresh tomatoes and herbs. It is very simple, beautiful and easy to make. It takes me only about 5-10 minutes to make, and I’m pretty slow. I always look forward to the season when there is plenty of colorful varieties of heirloom tomatoes at the market.
They are usually available in the late summer through the fall. Try to follow the seasons and buy what is currently available in your local area. This is still a great simple salad with any type of tomatoes, but the heirloom pineapple tomatoes just burst with so much succulent flavor and richness. If you can find them when they’re in season it’s so worth it. All of the heirloom tomato varieties are excellent, but the pineapple always seems to be my favorite. Yellow bell peppers are also very sweet and mild and go well with this mix. They look lovely too. I usually buy a pre-mix of organic baby greens at the market. They include greens like baby chard, kale, romaine, spinach, arugula, etc. Most stores carry organic garden mixes of baby greens as well. Macadamia nut oil is also becoming more and more popular and easy to find. Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos
Tea aficionados know that the best cup of tea comes from the full steep of fine loose tea. However, loose tea doesn’t offer the convenience of a quick single serving cup like the tea bags. Now you have the freedom to choose any of your favorite loose-leaf teas without a complicated ritual and having to brew a whole pot. The Teastick is the modern infuser for tea junkies – with it’s sleek “scoop-slide-steep” functionality, and pure 304L stainless steel design. So no more drippy, messy tea bags with dioxin containing bleach, glue adhesives and staples – and no more bulky egg-shaped strainers that always seem to fall apart.
The long straight shape of the Teastick spreads the tea out to make sure it comes into contact with the largest surface area of water, and can be gently swirled and stirred for the optimum infusion. The Teastick, brought to you by Gamil Design, is a scooper, measuring spoon, and infuser all in one – insuring you get the perfect cuppa every time.
Nothing invokes the warm spirit of Christmas like the eye candy of a glowing, ornamented pine tree in the living room. 25 million homes in the U.S. have one each year. The fresh natural scent of real pine permeating the room can instantly transport the imagination to lush, snow covered forests.
But just how pure and fresh are the Christmas trees? I always imagined, seeing how they’re just trees, that they grow effortlessly and without intervention on tree farms. So, you could imagine my shock when I looked into how they’re grown and discovered what a chemical-intensive crop it really is. Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos
Blend All Ingredients except cranberries on high until smooth. Pour once or twice through a fine mesh strainer to remove the raspberry seeds. You can also leave them in and they are good that way too. But if you want a very smooth sherbet remove them. Pour into ice cream maker and follow instructions. Or pour into glass storage container and cover, and place in the freezer to freeze for at least 4-5 hours. Serve with frozen cranberries, fresh raspberries, fresh mint or whatever you like.
This is one of the healthiest ice creams you can eat, but it really is a treat. Very rich, creamy, tangy and yet light. The lime is key in the this recipe as it gives it a tangy kick and zest that is so refreshing. I can’t emphasize the importance in finding a high quality coconut butter more. It really does make or break the dishes.
There are very inexpensive coconut butters on the market and they will work and do the job, but a lot of them will pale in comparison to the quality ones and possibly could even ruin one of your dishes. Some of them just have very odd flavors and tastes that will come out strongly in your dish. While the high quality ones are super light and creamy and just melt in your mouth like butter and have a very light almost neutral flavor. They don’t overpower your dishes or make them taste like coconut, they simply add the right fat, constancy and texture that you want. My favorite brand is Coco De Creme (see sources). Whatever coconut butter you choose, make sure it has a pleasant smell.
Hunting down a gazillion different organic ingredients at the market and slaving away in a hot kitchen all day might be some people’s idea of a great time, and all part of the familiar ritual of the big holiday dinner – but for most of us, we’d rather just enjoy our food and the company of our family without the fuss. Quite frankly, the idea of spending the entire day in the kitchen whipping up 10 different recipes bores me. If you don’t even trust yourself with a kitchen knife, or you’re just a lazy cook like me, the best idea is to order your meal from a local organic restaurant. That is if you are lucky enough to live near one. If you are in L.A. or NYC, you are indeed in luck. If you have a Whole Foods Market near you, you can also order an organic holiday meal from their catering menu. Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos
Everyone needs a healthy snack to curb cravings in between meals or a snack to carry along with you. This is a perfect snack to replace all the junk stuff you just might be tempted by. The Winter Mix is packed with energy dense ingredients, like the chocolate, cherries, goji berries, and the pumpkin seeds to just name a few. Now this is going to be quick, are you ready! Grab a handful of each ingredient and place in a small bowl. Toss and Mix. You’re done. Now you can say it, that was easy.
Pumpkins the quintessential Fall harvest. They always pop to mind when thinking about Halloween and the eerily glowing orange lanterns, or the traditional pumpkin pie served on Thanksgiving. However, pumpkins actually come in many shapes and colors with a tantalizing culinary versatility that takes on any flavor added to it — so it can be used in savory dishes just as well as sweet. You can incorporate pumpkin into everything from soups to ravioli, lasagna, risotto, pasta, salads, and tarts — to sweet pies, cheesecakes, breads and ice creams. Pumpkin marries well with warm spices like cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice, and cloves – as well as savory herbs like rosemary, sage and basil.
This autumn fruit (really a berry if you want to get technical) is in season from September – March and can be stored up to a month on your counter or up to 3 months in the fridge. For cooking, skip past the oversized watery pumpkins that are best left to carving funny faces into. Look for the smaller sugar-pie orange pumpkins or one of the various colored heirloom pumpkins for an adventurous and exotic twist.