Warm Duck and Kale Salad

I love eating fresh ingredients but sometimes the idea of eating a cold salad, in a cold house, with the visual of winter outside every window your eye happens to graze across, simply does not sound really wonderful. The work around here is a warm salad – still a salad, with healthy, fresh, and yes, cold ingredients but with warm, cooked components. Warm salads help sustain me through the wintertime, along with some cozy soups. Especially when I’m trying to distract myself from the fact that there’s probably fresh cookies around every corner of my kitchen and pantry.

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Fresh Spiced Gingerbread

As I get older I start to understand more and more the reality of craving certain types of food during specific seasons. Summer is dripping with cool, fresh fruits to quench our appetites while winter arrives and we immediately want that full feeling that comes with warm foods full of whole grains, spices, and more. (soups, pies, gourds, meat, etc.). An epitomical food that fills your homes with the aroma of pure holiday joy is gingerbread. Packed with flavor, bursting with spices and so satisfying. This 100% whole grain loaf will keep you fuller longer and with give the bread a toasty, nutty, wholesome flavor and texture.

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Savory Pumpkin Curry Muffins

Sometimes baking out of necessity leave you with the most surprising of good results. Key word “sometimes”. This time was one of those times. I knew I had some ingredients on hand and needed to use my homemade pumpkin puree so I created this tasty, savory breakfast option for my mornings. I try not to start of my day plummeting into sugar, my and most Americans’ drug of choice. It doesn’t help that I’ve recently watched 3 documentaries back-to-back on the sugar industry and hidden sugars in our food supply. In case you’re wondering, yes, it’s terrifying. This rainy Monday morning was the perfect opportunity to make these happen. Fun fact: the kitchen is my favorite shelter to ride out a storm. Continue reading

Oil-Free Granola

I love granola.  It’s a perfect carb to carry me through the morning’s first several hours, keeping hunger at bay and me focused on other tasks at hand.  But a lot of store bought granolas include heaping amounts of sugars, preservatives and a plethora of oil.  I’m not about that life.  So one summer morning I decided just to make my own with the ingredients that I had on hand at that exact moment and made a granola I now keep on hand regularly. It is full of healthy fats, low in sugar, whole grains, and omega-3s! A little bit of granola goes a long way. A great addition to yogurt or alone with your favorite milk, kefir or nut milk and even served on top of fresh, warm grain-free pancakes with a light honey drizzle! Also, perfect for topping off sliced bananas.

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The Season of Cake

In the past few months of my silence I have undergone many major life changes.  New housing, moving, being extremely sick (twice), traveling, new job position, new vehicle, major choices, etc.  With all of this mental exhaustion and just the weight of the stress of adulthood where it seems most of my conscious hours are spent worrying about this bill or that errand, I have greatly neglected the things that simply make me happy.  One of the greatest, cooking.  More specifically, baking.

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Chicken Mole and Veggies

I know that Spring is coming but I can’t help but keep falling in love with fall veggies and flavors over and over again.  I’m not even mad about it, in fact, I’m very much okay with that.  I love eating what is seasonal and available locally, but sometimes you just crave sweet potatoes and black beans.  Anyway, it’s been a while, too long if you ask me, since I’ve written.  Life again had caught up with me and bogged me and my free time down, making me unable to update the blog.  But I’m back again!

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