Edible Flower Spring Rolls

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Using Edible Flowers
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in your party desserts, drinks, salads and even main dishes adds a unique element to your celebration. They add color, elegance, a bit of whimsy, and also have an interesting range of tastes.

Searchfor what is in season in your area – your local farmers’ market is a great source for finding out what is available and they’ll often have much more variety than the grocery store. Always ask vendors how their flowers are grown (you don’t want to eat flowers that have been sprayed with pesticides!). You can also order edible flowers (fresh or crystallized, which are great for using atop desserts) from several sites online (Gourmet Sweet Botanicals, Marx Foods, Food Innovations).

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Peach Almond Shortcake ~ with Coconut Whipped Cream (Paleo, GF)

 

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Starting off the week with shortcake . . .

is always a good idea. Especially if they’re amazingly satisfying and healthy.

What’s not to love about this light summer dessert? It is a favorite of mine. I believe it was this seasonal dessert that got me liking peaches when I was a kid.

These flavorful shortcakes are SO simple, grain and gluten free, and taste even better than the shortcake I grew up with. They are moist and have the slightest sweetness to them…perfect for the dessert-ifying. Here, with the addition of sweetened peaches and coconut whipped cream, they are worthy of my top 2 desert spot!

 

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Dragon Fruit, Chia Seed Breakfast Parfait

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I love chia pudding!

I prep it at night (it takes only 5 minutes!), and wake up to a delicious superfood breakfast cold and ready to eat. I’ve shared my dragon fruit version here, but I encourage you to get creative and experiment with your favorite fruit and superfoods.

 

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Vanilla Almond Cupcakes with Coconut Buttercream (Paleo, Gluten Free, Dairy Free)

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You’ll love this Vanilla Almond Cupcakes w/ Coconut Buttercream Recipe that results in sweet, almond-y coconut-y perfection.

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Oct 12

How To Handle Your Emotions in the Face of Tragedy

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When we are confronted with tragedy, whether our own or others’, it can be difficult understanding how to move forward with our lives. Do we simply move on as if nothing has happened? Can we mourn without taking on the pain and anguish that we see around us?

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Sep 20

Can exercise protect the brain from Alzheimer’s?

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Currently, there is no cure available for the nearly 5.5 million people in the United States diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. But it turns out exercise might be an excellent way to slow the progression, and even prevent the degenerative brain disease.

According to a research analysis published by the School of Health and Exercise Sciences at the University of British Columbia, all studies suggest that regular exercise doesn’t just prevent Alzheimer’s from developing, but it also improves the performance of daily activities for those who do already have the disease.

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Sep 02

6 Great Reasons to Have a Cup of Tea

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While many Americans tend to favor coffee

as their hot beverage of choice, tea is the second most

popular drink worldwide, preceded only by water.

 

Culturally engrained into the daily lives of people in Asia, Europe, and the Middle East, tea has been widely consumed and revered for over 2,000 years. So what’s so special about this simple combination of boiled water and cured leaves?

 

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French Pear Tart

 

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As the winter months begin to roll in, and the first snows are popping up, my mind dreams of sitting by the fire with a slice of apple or pear tart, and a cup of tea… Now pear aren’t what you’d think of as winter fruit, I know.  Like apples, though, late harvest varieties are around through December.  And they keep longer than most other fresh fruits, well into early to mid winter, giving you an alternative to apples to bake with.

I fell in love with this delicious and fairly easy pear tart.  It is loaded with butter and sweet preserves to warm the cold edges of winter. Take a look and try this recipe out.  I think you will love it as much as I do.

 

 

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Aug 28

Sweet Monk Fruit

 

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Momordica grosvenori (Lo Han Guo) Monk fruits closeup.

It’s very likely that not one of us could pick out a monk fruit in the produce aisle. It isn’t an attractive fruit, amidst all of the colorful summer beauties. But the monk fruit has my attention these days! It is highly beneficial for health-conscious foodies, ketogenic devotees, and those with diabetes.

Named after the monks who first cultivated it centuries ago, Monk fruit, (or lo han guo), is a small green melon native to southern China. The health benefits of lo han guo have been well-known in Traditional Chinese Medicine for decades, but its sweet little secret has been revealed and is slowly making it into the health-conscious mainstream.

What is so exciting about this little known sweetener?

Monk fruit sweetener comes in several forms and is made from extract derived from the dried fruit. It is 150-250 times sweeter than table sugar, has zero calories, zero carbs, and does not raise blood glucose levels. Aside from these facts, it has health benefits to boast!

Most non-nutritive sweeteners such as Aspartame, Saccharin,
Sucralose and Stevia, can cause side effects like gas, bloating, or allergic reactions. And some artificial sweeteners like Equal and Splenda are controversial. In the case of monk fruit sweeteners, there are no known side effects.

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Sweet Potato Pie Bites

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These Sweet Potato Pie Bites are a family favorite. I made them for Thanksgiving one year, and my husband and son couldn’t get enough of them.  My son eats them all year round.  We use goat cheese but you can use your favorite whipped cheese. These are seriously yummy!

 

 

Sweet Potato Pie Bites
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These maple roasted sweet potato pie bites are topped with whipped cheese, and a crunchy, pecan topping! I could eat these delicious bites, all day long.
Servings Prep Time
3 people 5 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3 people 5 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Sweet Potato Pie Bites
Print Recipe
These maple roasted sweet potato pie bites are topped with whipped cheese, and a crunchy, pecan topping! I could eat these delicious bites, all day long.
Servings Prep Time
3 people 5 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3 people 5 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Spray baking tray with cooking oil, or line with parchment paper.
  2. Place the sweet potatoes onto the prepared pan, brush with butter. Sprinkle with salt.
  3. In a small baking dish, toss together the chopped pecans and 1/2 tbsp of maple syrup, making sure to evenly coat them. Spread them out in the same dish, in a one flat layer.
  4. Place both the potatoes and the pecans into the oven and cook for 10 minutes.
  5. At this point, check on the pecans to make sure they aren't burned - you want them nice and golden brown.
  6. Flip the potatoes and cook for an additional 10-15 minutes, until they are just fork tender and the outsides are golden. If the pecans aren't done by the time you flip the potatoes, give them a stir and watch them closely, checking every few minutes at this point, as they can burn quickly.
  7. Spoon the whipped cheese on the center of each roasted potato slice and sprinkle on the toasted pecans.
  8. Drizzle each slice with Maple syrup and DEVOUR.
Recipe Notes

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