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WATERMELON CAKE (Vegan, Gluten Free & Raw)

Posted on June 30, 2015

 

  

I always like to make my daugther a home made cake for her birthday. I'm not too naive to know that once she starts school, she'll be exposed to plenty of sugar, sweets and junk food. But it's never too early to show her that eating healthy can be fun and delicious! The cakes I've made so far have been really easy and delicious, and it's great to be able to control what goes in it. Plus, it's my mission to help EVERYONE enjoy decadence without the extra sugar! :)

Avocado Basil Pesto (V & GF)

Posted on May 27, 2015

By
Abby Phon

I got an awesome new kitchen gadget, for Mother's Day! It's a Spiralizer, and it makes slicing veggie pasta (and curly fries!) a breeze! The BEST part of getting it when I did? Local organic zucch's were on sale at the market and in abundance at my local farmers market! So I went bananas (we have a ton of those at home too!) and filled the fridge, obviously. :) Where I'm located in Cali, summer squash, like zucchini, comes into season in May! So we've been enjoying this veggie with our meals.

Zucchini is a really great veggie. It's high in dietary fiber and is a natural source of folate, which is super important during pregnancy! It also has great vitamins like A, C & Bs along with potassium and other minerals. Zucchini is delicious grilled, steamed, sautéed... and as pasta! Why is zucchini pasta so great? Well, a cup zucchini has less than 20 calories. A cup of normal pasta can have up to 200!

Grass-Fed Meatballs

Posted on May 27, 2015

By
Abby Phon

Yields: 16 meatballs (4 servings)

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb grass fed ground beef
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup almond milk
  • ½ cup breadcrumbs*
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 tablespoon dried or fresh parsley
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • 16 oz marinara sauce.

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400F.
  2. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl by hand.
    (Use your bare hands for best results.)
  3. Roll meatballs to about the size of a golf ball.
    I used a ice cream scoop so they were all uniform.
  4. Put meatballs on wire rack over a cookie sheet (so fat drains) and bake for about 20 minutes.
  5. In a large saucepan, heat pasta sauce.
  6. Add cooked meatballs to sauce and simmer for about 30 minutes.
  7. Enjoy!

*Note: for gluten-free meatballs, use GF breadcrumbs or substitute 2 tbsp coconut flour and cut back on the almond milk!

 

Zucchini Pasta

Ingredients:

Mother's Day Gift Ideas that will feed her Mind, Body & Spirit!

Posted on May 7, 2015


Not sure what to get Mom (or your Baby Mama/Wife/Woman in your life) this year? I keep getting asked for suggestions of gifts for Mom that have a healthier slant, so... 

Here are a few gift ideas that will feed her Mind, Body & Spirit!

And to all you beautiful, loving, hard-working mothers out there... Happy Mothers' Day!  

xoxo,
Abby

  

KITCHEN GADGET SHE PROBABLY DOESN'T HAVE YET: Zucchini Spiralizer!

Strawberry Chia Jam

Posted on May 6, 2015

One of my favorite things to do is go to the local farmers market! I love finding what's in season, and taking it home to make delicious new recipes. I really enjoy a GOOD, fresh, home made strawberry jam (no sugar added!) and what better way to have some than make your own in a pinch! This recipe is SO easy and fast and only has 2 ingredients! This jam is delicious on my almond pulp crackers! You can also put it on my vanilla chia pudding, yogurt, oatmeal, or toast. When you make it with fresh, ripe, in-season strawberries you don't need any extra sugar at all! If your strawberries aren't the sweetest, you might consider a little bit of an organic sweetener like maple syrup, honey or coconut palm nectar. If you are a raw foodie, I think you can easily make this recipe raw (just don't cook the strawberries above 110 degrees!). 

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb organic strawberries
  • 2 tbsp organic chia seeds

Directions:

  1. Clean strawberries, remove tops, put in saucepan.
  2. Heat on medium until liquidy and broken down.
  3. Mash with potato masher or fork.
  4. Add chia seeds and cook another minute, then let cool.
  5. If necessary, add another tsp or two of chia to thicken.
  6. Enjoy!

 

Strawberry & Cream Truffles (Vegan & GF)

Posted on April 16, 2015

I made these for the first time when my parents were visiting from New Jersey. It was Valentine's Day so a treat was in order! They were a big hit! (and I mean that both figuritvely AND literally since I made them on the big side... They were cut in half but the other halves were soon demolished anyway) Make them whatever size you like! :)

 

Ingredients:
For the filling:

  • 1 cup coconut butter
  • 1 cup sliced organic strawberries
  • 2 tbsp organic maple syrup

 For the chocolate:

  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 3 tbsp almond milk

 Directions:

Strawberries and Cream (Vegan)

Posted on April 16, 2015
Strawberries are an oft-overlooked superfood! They are packed with antioxidants, and their anthocyanins and quercetin can protect against heart disease, strokes and other inflammatory diseases. Plus, strawberries promote weight loss, balance blood sugar and even support healthy skin and nails! 

I'll be honest, I eat MOST of my strawberries just plain and fresh. They are SO good! Some other ideas:
 

  • Throw them in your oatmeal (check out my spring superfood oatmeal above!)
  • Add them to your granola
  • Put them in your smoothies
  • Toss them in your salads
  • And of course, there's dessert!

Here's one of my favorite ways to enjoy strawberries!

Hope you enjoy!

Strawberries and Cream

Veggie Soup (Vegan & GF)

Posted on March 17, 2015

INGREDIENTS:

  • 4 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 chopped leeks, white part only
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cups baby carrots, peeled and chopped into rounds
  • 2 peeled and diced red potatoes
  • 1 peeled and diced sweet potato
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 cups frozen green beans (chopped 1")
  • 2 cups celery, chopped
  • 2 zucchini
  • 1 quart low-sodium vegetable stock
  • 6 cups water
  • ¾ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1½ teaspoon pink salt
  • ¼ cup packed, chopped fresh parsley leaves
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh thyme
  • 2 bay leaf

DIRECTIONS:

Green Pina Colada Smoothie

Posted on March 16, 2015

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup packed kale (3 stems)
  • 1 cup fresh pineapple
  • 2 cups coconut milk (or 1 cup water, 1 cup milk of choice & add 2 tbsp raw shredded coconut)
  • 1 cup ice
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • ½ frozen banana (or 1 small banana, or more if you want it sweeter)
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds

Directions:

  1. In a Vitamix, combine ingredients
  2. Blend
  3. Enjoy!

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