Pumpkin Pomegranate Pancakes

pumpkin-cakesSundays are usually our day to be home, stay in our PJs, turn on some music, and play in the kitchen. Lately life has been crazy even on Sundays with travel, family and events. So this past weekend, we went back to enjoying a little family time and found some play time in the kitchen. The kids and I decided to make a little mess with these pumpkin pomegranate pancakes. Grab the recipe below!

Ingredients:

  • 1 can organic pumpkin puree
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon-ground
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg-ground
  • 1/2 pomegranate-seeded
  • 1 cup pancake mix
  • 1 farm fresh egg
  • 1 Tablespoon melted butter
  • 1- 1 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut milk

Pancake Mix

  • 1 cup brown rice flour
  • 3/4 cup white rice flour
  • 1 cup GF oat flour
  • 1 cup buckwheat flour
  • 1/4 cup yellow corn meal
  • 3/4 teaspoon xantham gum
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 Tablespoon baking soda
  • 1/4 cup sugar in the raw

Directions:

  1. Add all dry ingredients to a bowl and whisk together.
  2. Add egg, butter, milk, and spices and mix until combined.
  3. Add pumpkin puree and let rest for 10 minutes.
  4. Pre-heat griddle on medium heat. Lightly grease the surface of the pan, add batter (use amount for size of pancakes you prefer.) When the cakes begin to bubble.
  5. Top with pomegranate seeds and flip when ready. Cook for about another 1-2 minutes and pile them to the plate. Add syrup and they’re ready to go!

 

Kale, Pear, and Pomegranate Salad

kale salad1This a perfect dish for the holidays! Take for as a side dish to a Holiday party, salad for Christmas dinner, or to work for a healthy lighter meal after all the heavy holiday yummies! The Citrus dressing makes it so much better! Here’s to a little health this time of year.

 

 

 

Salad:

  • 2 Cups of kale- washed and de-stemmed
  • 1 cup of chopped cabbage-purple tends to be sweeter and adds more color
  • 1 large pear sliced
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
  • 1 cup quinoa- sprouted
  • 1/4 cup- chopped Macadamia nuts

Dressing:

  • 1 cup good olive oil
  • 1 lemon juiced
  • 1 lime juiced
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper

Directions:

  1. 1 cup of quinoa soak in 2 cups of filtered water for 4-6 hours or overnight. Drain, rinse, and drain again.
  2. Chop kale and cabbage and place in a bowl.
  3. Add sprouted quinoa
  4. Slice pears and place on top of quinoa
  5. Sprinkle pomegranate seeds and Macademia nuts on top
  6. In a jar- add olive oil, salt, pepper, lemon and lime juice. Shake well and add to salad
  7. Toss until well blended. Serve and Enjoy!

Raw Cacao Truffles

cacao ballsYeah!!! Christmas is coming again! Red wine, Champagne, family, friends, and Chocolate!! Best time of year right?! I love this time of year! Now if I could slow down enough to enjoy them ūüėČ I was playing in the kitchen this week and bam! Another recipe thrown together and guess what (in my whispering voice) they’re gluten-free, vegan, nut-free, raw, and I think they actually taste better than what you buy in a box at the store!

So you ready for the recipe??? I had a little locals market show to sell my cookbooks this week and had these out for samples and I couldn’t keep them on my serving plate! (Of course one of my favorite girlfriends was sneaking by often and grabbing them too, when she didn’t think I was looking! Umm, I won’t say her name, since she reads my blog!) ūüėČ You can store these in the freezer and then just snatch one when you get that hankering! I made a couple different kinds using different spices and essential oils! Impress your friends by trying different flavors!!

What are those other truffles? Raw Cinnamon Ginger Truffles! Grab that recipe too!

  • 1.5 cups Medjool dates pitted
  • 2 tablespoons organic cacao powder
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil-melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 drop cinnamon essential oil or use 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon spice
  • extra cacao powder to dust truffles

( Want to change it up? Add a drop of wild orange or lemon essential oils, 1/4 teaspoon                               ginger or nutmeg or alcohol-free vanilla extract.)

  1. Add all ingredients into a Vitamix or food processor. Roll into desired sized balls and roll into cacao powder. Place in refrigerator to harden for a 15-20 minutes. Dust with a little more cacao powder to make sure they are fully covered.

 

 

Essential Oils-Perfect for the Holidays

With the holidays in full swing and the New Year headed our way, we have so much to do in less than a month! Holiday preparation, cooking, shopping, parties, gift giving (make your own!), not to mention the stress, lack of sleep, and anxiety that goes along with this time of year. And how can we forget the nagging thought in the back of our minds that when December is in our rear view mirror, we’ll be tackling the New Year’s resolution list to eat better, lose weight, get healthy, exercise more, and destress. Well I’ve got the answer for every one of those things on your to do list and for the little voice in your head telling you after the holidays, there needs to be a significant change coming! The Answer…. ESSENTIAL OILS!!!

The benefits of essential oils are endless, cook with them, add them to your baking recipes instead of extracts or dried spices, give them as hostess gifts or presents for everyone on your list. Holiday stress? Use lavender for relaxing and better sleep, or Serenity or Balance to help fight a run-down mind, body, and soul. Use
grapefruit for holiday hangovers and cellulite. Kind of a Scrooge this time of year?? Boost your mood with Wild Orange! Resolutions got you down? Use lemon to detoxify, Slim and Sassy to boost metabolism and help lose weight, ginger for digestion, even cinnamon for fatigue and immune boosting.

Oils are the answer to all your prayers! ūüėČ Just want your house to smell like the holidays? They can even do that for you! Just diffuse them into the air, sit back with the tree lite, drinking peppermint and chocolate¬†while you read your favorite magazine loaded with holiday¬†recipes,¬†while you think to yourself. “Ohhh I could use clove oil instead of ground spices!” All the while reaping all the benefits!

Here are some great holiday oils that you can diffuse into the air, cook with, use them topically, and even add a couple drops to your daily glasses of water.

Clove:

Uses: Antioxidant, Candida, Hormonal Balance, Liver cleansing,wounds, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Muscle Aches, Lupus, Fungal infections, fevers, and muscle pain.

Cinnamon:

Uses: Bacterial infections, bites & stings, fatigue, immune booster, diabetes,
breathing, and viral infections.

Ginger:

Uses: Indigestion, low libido, nausea, arthritis, vertigo, vomiting, and pelvic pain syndrome.

Frankincense:

Uses: Wrinkles, Asthma, breathing, balance, cancer, Parkinson’s, immune booster, depression, fibroids, memory, and MS.

 

Gluten-Free Pumpkin Cookies

www.farmfoodieandfitness.comWow! Thanksgiving is only 2 days away?? Where did the time go? The season seems to be rushing in quicker than usual this year. The holiday season is already in full swing with a 4 and 2 year, ready for tree decorating, present wrapping, and “ohhing and ahhhing” (our term for driving around in a warm car to see all the lighted houses ūüėČ )

My daughter had a Thanksgiving feast for her prekindergarten class yesterday and on the list beside her name it said “pumpkin cookies or muffins” and I thought to myself well now I’ve done it! I’ve made such a stink about what the kids are getting as snacks and extras for birthday parties in school, now I’ve given myself a baking duty every time they have extra curricular activities! So I spent Sunday in the kitchen throwing around some new recipe ideas for the kids that would not only taste good but would also be good for them too! With the sugar season headed our way, I’m doing my damndest to keep the overload of sugar consumption to somewhat reasonable.

This recipe is soo good. I had to restrain myself from making another batch! They came out so moist and declicious, they are almost like a biscuit!! So, with much taunting on Instagram, here is my recipe for Gluten-Free Pumpkin Cookies! ūüôā

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cups Buckwheat flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 3 tsp cinnamon or 3 drops of doTerra cinnamon¬†oil
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp clove
  • 1/2 tsp Himalayan sea salt
  • 1/2 cup butter- room temperature
  • 1 cup organic pumpkin puree
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup honey or agave nectar or 1 cup sugar in the raw
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract or 1 vanilla bean

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350. Place wax paper or parchment paper down on baking sheets for cookies
  • In a medium bowl mix all dry ingredients. In a mixer add, butter, pumpkin, egg, sugar or honey, and vanilla. Mix well. Add dry ingredients to wet and mix until completely blended.
  • It should be a sticky dough, using two spoons or a small ice cream scooper, spoon cookies on to wax paper/cookie sheets.
  • Bake for 12-15 minutes. Remove from wax paper and let cool.

Here Come The Sweets, Fight the Binge!

photo credit: www.sugarandcharm.comToday kicks off a season of holiday cheer and months of endless candy, pies, cakes, holiday drinks, sugar, sugar, and oh yeah sugar! It’s one of the best times of year, but also the hardest for the waistline and forget about control. So what if we armed ourselves for these food fulfilled days ahead? With a little prep-time and meal planning we can be ready to fight back and maybe actually enjoy the holidays instead of feeling guilty and indulgent.

Here are a couple of my new recipes to help keep you on track, fighting the sugar highs, and food comas. Enjoy your holidays. indulge in the things you love most, just know your limits, reach for the healthy stuff first and then treat yourself with a small piece of pumpkin pie or the peppermint and chocolate martini that has you name written all over it. Once it’s all over and the new year shows up. You’ll still be on track, one step ahead, and ready to jump-start your New Year’s resolutions and goals.

Paprika and Sea Salt Roasted Chickpeas

  • ¬†2-(15oz) cans chickpeas also known as garbanzo beans, thoroughly rinsed and ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† drained
  • 2 tablespoons olive oilwww.chow.com
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • ¬ľ teaspoon cayenne (optional)
  • Pinch sea salt

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F and arrange a rack in the middle. In a large bowl toss all ingredients until chickpeas are completely covered. Spread chickpeas evenly on a rimmed backing sheet, cook until crispy about 30-35 minutes.

Homemade Trail Mix   

  • 1 cup almonds
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • ¬Ĺ cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • ¬Ĺ cup Goji berries
  • ¬Ĺ cup fire raisins
  • ¬Ĺ dried cherries
  • ¬ľ cup sunflower seeds
  • ¬ľ cup pumpkin seeds

In a bowl, mix all ingredients well. Store in a bag or jar in the refrigerator.

Grab more recipes like these in my new fall/winter cookbook coming out Monday!!! www.farmfoodiefitness.com

 

Celebrate the Holidays Mind, Body & Soul

Celebrate the holidays mind, body, and soul! It’s that time of year again!! It’s actually only days away! At this point we’re all frantic! Getting the rest of the cards out, baking, gift wrapping, still shopping because we keep forgetting someone, and of course eating… A LOT!

With all the hustle bustle make time for yourself to actually enjoy them and your loved ones. Time seems to fly by faster the older we get so here is a little mini guide of ideas on how to slow down, enjoy this time of year, soak up your family and friends, sop up the giggles and memories, and slurp up every bit of the delicious foods, spirits, and beautiful atmosphere. And don’t forget to treasure every second of it!

Mind- We tend to go a little coo-coo this time of year, because there is never enough time to ever get it all done. We drive ourselves into a dizzy trying to beat the clock and make the holidays perfect and we all know if never works out that way. So give your
mind a rest this holiday by reading a book by the fire, meditate by candle light or even by the lit tree, turn on your favorite holiday music with a warm cup of cacao, watch classic holiday movies-like “Miracle on 34th Street” or “It’s a Wonderful Life,” even put your mind to rest with a 30 minute nap on the couch curled up under your favorite blanket.

Body- Boy do our bodies take a beating over the holiday season. We celebrate big! All the added sugar, alcohol, heavy dips, sauces, and desserts-pack on the pounds, make us low on energy, and left feeling weighed down. Not to mention there’s not much time for a workout and we’re completely¬†sleep deprived! So give your body a break. Cook something healthy and nurturing. Make homemade soups or good for you comfort foods. Take a Pilates or Yoga class. Got a little more energy? Jump into a spinning class or take that kickboxing class you’ve always wanted to. It’ll help relieve tension and tired muscles and you’re guaranteed instant energy as soon as you¬†begin moving. Turn off the tv and give your body the rest it needs. Shoot for 7 or more hours! You definitely deserve it!

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Soul-This is a great time of year to start searching you soul. New Years is right around the corner! We all get a clean slate and a fresh start for the year so really dig deep this year and listen to your heart and soul for what you really want for 2013. What do you want to accomplish? What are your goals or aspirations? Give into your passions. Chase your dreams. Spend more time with your family. Relax. Take care of yourself and your health. But remember to make some resolutions you can actually achieve. And always nurture you soul!

Happy Holidays Everyone! I hope you receive¬†gifts of love, laughter, hope, joy, and smiles¬†this year! I’m spending some extra time with my little ones who are so excited for Santa-which makes it even¬†more fun for me! Thank you for all your support and following my posts this year!¬†Hoping 2013 brings lots of new¬†opportunities for us¬†all!

Holiday Eggnog-The healthy and raw version

photo credit: www.goodnewsweekly.caWith all the yummy and heavy foods we all love so much¬†over the holidays…eggnog being one of the biggest drinks consumed over the holiday season-next to wine of course! ūüôā Here is my healthy version of the all time favorite. Pump it up with Cacao nibs and peppermint or leave it¬†traditional, full of spices. Make it your own! Happy Holidays! Hope you all enjoy it!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of cold organic almond milk
  • 2 bananas
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp all spice
  • 3/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • Optional-¬†1 Tbsp of cacao nibs, 1/8 tsp of peppermint extract/oil

Add all ingredients into an immersion blender such as a Vitamix and blend well. Pour and Serve!

Warm Cacao (Hot Chocolate-The Healthy Way)

Who doesn’t love hot chocolate? Especially around the holidays and when it’s bitter and freezing outside a hot cup of cocoa in front of the tree is to die for! I’m a sucker for hot drinks on super cold days and if I can get my hands on some really good chocolate I’m going for it! So for all of you that are not aware,¬†I am a Certified Raw Chef. This title tends to confuse people, so I like to say I’m a farm to table chef so they understand a little better. I take raw ingredients (meaning whole foods or foods with only 1 ingredient in them) and teach¬†my clients, family and friends how to make delicious, healthy, and guilt-free recipes.

So here’s my spin on¬†traditional¬†hot chocolate without all the preservatives and guilt! You can make your own homemade warm cacao or if you want it to be hot you can always heat it up on the stove to make it a little warmer. Add you own spices or take things out if you’re not too crazy about some. Hope you enjoy it! Here’s to the upcoming holidays and loving a warm cup of chocolate on a cold winter’s day!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of almond milk
  • 1-2 Tbs¬†of Cacao Powder
  • 1 Tbs of organic Agave nectar
  • a dash of cinnamon, nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp of organic peppermint extract
  • (or if you’re feeling extra culinary-muddle some fresh mint with your almond milk)

Combine all the ingredients into an immersion blender such as a Vitamix. Let the Vitamix¬†run for up to 4 minutes and it will warm your ingredients for the perfect cup of cacao. Warm it on the¬†stove,¬†if you want to keep it in raw form, use a thermometer¬†to keep it under 116 degree Fahrenheit. Or if you don’t care to keep it raw. Heat it on the stove till the desired temperature.

Hope you love it!!