Raw Pecan Butter

February 10, 2012

Fresh, Raw Pecan Butter

I was inspired by this post over at Cookie + Kate via TheKitchn to whip up some pecan butter. So, I did!

The only change I made was to use raw pecans. I skipped the toasting. While I’m sure this seriously added to the deliciousness, I’m trying to eat a high raw diet. Also, I could have processed mine longer, but I was impatient! Process longer for an even creamier texture.

Fresh Raw Pecan Butter

I chose to enjoy mine on a slice of toasted Ezekiel bread with some raw honey and a sprinkling of sea salt and cinnamon. Delish!

Eight ounces of nuts produced one jelly jar of pecan butter. Store in the fridge. I imagine it’s best to use this up within a week.

Homemade nut butter would make a great last minute hostess gift! It literally took me all of ten minutes to make. Can’t wait to try more varieties of nut butters. Enjoy!

How to Make Pecan Butter from Cookie + Kate.

I’m baaaack!

January 31, 2012

Well, hello there. I’m finally back to feeling like myself again after my jaw surgery… mostly. It’s been a hard emotional journey. I wasn’t prepared for that. All of life is a journey, right? This is part of my journey.

Ok, enough chit chat. Try this!

The Purple One.

THE PURPLE ONE
Makes one large (2 cup) or two small (1 cup) servings.

8 oz. unsweetened almond milk (Almond Breeze or freshly made)
3 oz. frozen strawberries
2 oz. frozen wild blueberries (Trader Joe’s, delicious!)
1/4 cup rolled oats
3 T unsweetened shredded coconut
3 Medjool dates, pitted (4 if your dates are small)
tiny pinch of salt (optional)

Process until very smooth.

Full serving is around 450 calories.
Half serving is around 225 calories.

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I survived on a liquid/soft diet for a long time. This is my favorite smoothie from the recovery. It’s high in calories, but it’s packed with fiber and lots of good stuff. Don’t be afraid of “healthy” calories!

Watching your weight? Share with someone you really love. I was having a hard time keeping my weight up during recovery so I didn’t share mine! (wink)

Hope you enjoy this delicious smoothie as much as I do! I just can’t get over how gorgeous the color is. So lovely.

xoxo ~ whitney ~

I am…

October 10, 2011

Looking down.

…the worst blogger ever.

I can’t believe it’s been almost a year since I’ve shared my healthy eats with you! Can you ever forgive me? Is anyone still out there?

It has been a crazy, hectic year for me full of delicious healthy (mostly raw) food. I can’t wait to share everything with you. Soon! I promise.

Now, I’m less than a week away from major jaw surgery. So not looking forward to it. But, I’m excited to get tons of use from my VitaMix since I’ll be on an all liquid/soft foods diet for at least six weeks. Fun, right? No worries! I’ll be experimenting with lots of soups and smoothies. Any ideas?

What’s your favorite pureed soup, smoothie or juice recipe?

It’s good to be back. Happy Monday!

Romanesco Broccoli (Roman Cauliflower)

November 29, 2010

Romanesco Broccoli

I’ve been very curious about this vegetable I’d been seeing at my local Farmers Market. What was it? It looked almost medieval. What would it taste like? How would one prepare it?

I’m always up for trying new vegetables. Generally, I try them raw, first. Then, I roast simply with olive oil, salt and pepper. I love roasted cauliflower. This reminded me of cauliflower. So, I finally decided to purchase a small romanesco broccoli to sample. I plan to eat this in the next few days. I’ll report back my findings!

Romanesco Broccoli

Apparently, this vegetable was first documented in Italy in the sixteenth century, and it’s a variant of cauliflower. Much prettier than your run of the mill white variety that you normally consume. It is such a neat example of a fractal in nature. Very inspiring!

Romanesco Broccoli

Have you had this yet? If so, how did you prepare it? I’d love to hear about your ideas, too, on preparing this wonderfully unique vegetable.

Poached Egg & Prosciutto Tartine

September 15, 2010

Poached Egg and Prosciutto Tartine

I recently discovered the tartine while reading Dorie Greenspan’s new book, Around My French Table. After reading that it’s a nicely toasted slice of country bread topped with essentially whatever you’d like, I’ve become completely hooked on trying new variations!

My first tartine was this one I posted a few days ago. That same evening I made another tartine for dinner. This time featuring peppery arugula, salty prosciutto and a creamy poached egg. I’d eaten poached eggs, but never have I attempted to make one at home. I’ll admit. I was pretty intimidated.While I don’t know if this is a perfect poached egg, I do know that it was fantastic and creamy and worked beautifully when paired with the prosciutto and arugula.

Poached Egg and Prosciutto Tartine

If you want to make this at home, simply toast one side of a 1/4 inch slice of country bread. Top with 1/2 an ounce of prosciutto, a handful of arugula. I tossed mine in a little extra virgin olive oil and a dash of black truffle oil in a bowl prior to plating. I would prep all of this before you start poaching your egg. It will be a lovely little bed of goodness waiting for your perfectly (or near perfectly) poached egg!

Poached Egg and Prosciutto Tartine

Want to poach an egg? Try these resources.

How to Poach an Egg from Serious Eats.
Poach an Egg from CHOW.
Easy Poached Eggs from Simply Recipes.

Be brave!!. Worst case, it will not cook properly and you can simple fry up an egg instead. It would still be a lovely combination.

Home Preserving: Pickled Hot Peppers

September 13, 2010

Post water bath processing.

Recently, I decided it was finally time to start delving into home preserving. I’ve always been intrigued by it, but also pretty intimidated! Why? I don’t know. Seems more complicated than it really is.

I’ve been researching quite a bit, and reading a few books including Well-Preserved, which I highly recommend. She is so informative, and all the recipes sound so wonderful. She offers a handful of recipes utilizing the items you’ve preserved. I find that so helpful!

We started with pickled hot peppers. (This is not a recipe in the book.) I had made these before using this Bon Apetit recipe. However, I did not process them for long term storage. I only made one jar, and we ate them all in a matter of days! Figured this would be an easy one to start with, using this recipe as a guide.

Try them. Even if you don’t process in a water bath. You can make them and store in a jar in your fridge. So tasty. Great addition to sandwiches, and great for anyone who likes heat!

Next time I will pack the jars more. I was hesitant to overfill then, but I definitely could have added more. Drat!

***HOT TIP*** You may have leftover brine and peppers. Make a salsa! We added a dash of sriracha hot sauce and sweet chili sauce to the brine before pouring into the blender. Add a big handful of peppers, some tomatoes, lime juice and cilantro and blend away! This was one of the best salsas we’ve ever made…. ever! My husband is still talking about it.

Fresh Summer Tartine

September 11, 2010

Fresh Summer Tartine

Simple. Fresh. Delicious. Try this with your local farmers market produce! A variety of toppings would be wonderful! Play with your combinations. Can you imagine lovely, fall butternut squash in place of the tomatoes?!

Fresh Summer Tartine

Fresh Summer Tartine
Makes two tartines.

Handful of peppery, local arugula, hard stems trimmed
1 smallish fruity, local heirloom tomato, diced and put in a bowl
1 ounce of goat chevre (store bought)
2 1/3″ slices of fresh, local bread
(I used Country Levain from Bread & Cie)
1-2 tbsp good quality extra virgin olive oil
kosher salt & pepper

Drizzle your bread slices with a little olive oil and toast under broiler (or toaster oven) only on one side. While bread is toasting, season your tomatoes with a little salt and pepper. Toss and allow flavors to develop. Toss your arugula with a tiny bit of the extra virgin olive oil, just to barely coat.

Remove bread from oven. Divide goat chevre between the two slices and spread. Top with tomatoes and a little of the juices from bottom of the bowl. Drizzle a little extra virgin olive oil over the tomatoes. Top with arugula and enjoy with an icy, cold glass of sweet tea. Served in a mason jar, of course!

Fresh Summer Tartine

This was such a simple and deliciously satisfying light lunch. I just adore simple, fresh flavors without a lot of fuss. Allow your local produce to really shine! Always so much more flavorful than store bought produce from who knows where. If you haven’t tried out your local market yet, I encourage you to do so. You won’t regret it!

Simple Figgy Breakfast

September 9, 2010

Simple Figgy Breakfast

This weekend I bought some figs at the Farmers Market, but they were quickly heading towards the grave. Knowing we wouldn’t eat all of them before they went bad, I thought: JAM!

Typically, you want to use your best fruits for making jam, but I figured I needed to whip up a small batch that I’d use over the course of this week. This was such a simple quick jam to make, and it pairs beautifully with this local lemon quark on a warm toasty english muffin.

Fig & Honey Jam
Yields about 1 cup.

1 pound figs, peeled and finely chopped
3/4 cup local clover honey
Juice of 1/4 lemon and some zest

Simply combine all ingredients over medium high heat. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer until thick. Consistency is up to your preferences. Once ready, transfer to a pretty jar, and allow to cool before refrigerating.

Again, I paired mine with a local lemon quark from Spring Hill Cheese Co. Quark is lower in fat and calories than most cheese and so rich in flavor. It’s a German style cream cheese. This lemon flavor tastes like dessert on it’s own! But, add the jam and whoa! So good.

Enjoy!

Burrata and Heirloom Tomato Salad

September 7, 2010

Burrata and Heirloom Tomato Salad

I recently discovered burrata cheese, and have come to really enjoy it! And, since I had some on hand, I was inspired to update my favorite lunch salad after reading this post from TheKitchn earlier today. It was a lovely addition to the salad. I simply swapped out my usual goat feta for one ounce of burrata. I also added a few drops of black truffle oil to my dipping plate which took it to a new level!

Hope everyone had a fabulous holiday weekend. Here’s to a short week!

Burrata and Heirloom Tomato Salad

Mexi-Style Open Faced Breakfast Sandwich

August 6, 2010

Open Faced Mexi-Breakfast Sandwich

Here’s a quick and easy healthy breakfast option with Mexican flair. The only thing missing, in my opinion, is mashed avocado. It would add a nice creaminess to the sandwich, and it would make it even more filling. As a matter of fact, I added a few slices of avocado while I was eating this!

Open Faced Mexi-Breakfast Sandwich

Here’s what you’ll need:

1 high fiber 100 calorie english muffin, halved and toasted
1 organic, cage-free egg, scrambled
2-3 tbsp homemade salsa (or whatever you have on hand)
2 tbsp light sour cream
cilantro
Coarse salt & pepper

Optional:
1/2 avocado, mashed on top your toasted muffin.

And the calorie count for this breakfast is… drumroll please… 220 calories! You’re looking at about 360 calories if you add the mashed avocado. Either way, you’ve got a low calorie, high fiber, high protein start to your day! If you serve without avocado, add some fresh seasonal fruit. You’ll have the energy to tackle your day full-force!

Enjoy your weekend! Summer is quickly coming to a close.

Open Faced Mexi-Breakfast Sandwich


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