#whereISdinner Vol. 2

Last night’s dinner involve eating late, plus a movie date on the couch.  When daddy works late, we tweak the schedule around a bit. Post a picture (in the comments) of where you ate dinner this week!

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In other news, I am one of the featured speakers at a local nutrition business event. It’s a real honor to be part of that, and a joy to be involved in peoples’ health improving for the better

I’ve been experimenting with hummus recipes this week and last week – here is the latest installment:

 

 

Cilantro-Lime Hummus

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Ingredients

  • 1 can garbanzo beans
  • 1 bunch fresh cilantro, leaves stripped off the stalks
  • 1 lime plus zest
  • 1 Tbls. Tahini
  • olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt, or more to taste

Instructions

Note: I used organic ingredients because I like the taste/flavor the best.

  1. Drain off half of the liquid in the beans. Dump the rest into a food processor with the lime juice, tahini, 1 tsp salt (or more to taste).
  2. Blend ingredients together. Taste. Add more salt if it needs it, the lime zest, and a drizzle of Olive oil ( I used about 2 Tbs.)
  3. Blend again.
  4. Serve with veggies or crackers.

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The Power of 1 Simple Change

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Have you ever been at a point in your life where you cannot see what is around the bend? Yet you know you want things to get better, grow, improve, flourish!

Have you ever tried to make a New Year’s resolution that involved a lot, or was complicated and it fell on it’s face after a couple days?  And again, you feel the desire for things to flourish, to become better.

Within the last year, I have discovered the power of changing one small thing at a time, and turning it into a habit. Then, adding a new habit on top of that. Little did I realize, I have been  implementing health changes this way over the last seven years. It started with something really funny, and kind of embarrassing. I was binging on gummy bears from Walmart. I had a eight month old baby, I was dealing with some minor depression and I didn’t realize it. I was looking for something healthy to replace the gummy bears, and that I could feel good about binging on. I finally found it, fruits and veggies in gummy’s. This one small change allowed me to back away from my sugar cravings and eat dessert less often. This led to feeling healthier with better energy.  Thus began a journey of health, taking one step at a time.

I want to know, what does your story look like? What is one thing that you have done for your health that you are proud of or that has made you feel better? I want to hear your story! Will you share it here? Or send me an email at: Moira.loves.life@gmail.com.

 

*to check out the gummies that started my health journey, click here: http://moira.juiceplus.com/content/JuicePlus/en/buy/chewables/juice-plus–orchard–garden—vineyard-blen-chewables.html#.VYgZ4FI8KnM

#whereISdinner

Hi my faithful dear readers!!

Something new and a recipe!

Where did you eat dinner this week? Post a pic! Here is where my husband and I ate dinner on our date last night – at a gazebo in a park.

Gazebo dinner

This is the best hummus I have ever eaten, ever!! A special thanks to my husband’s aunt Patricia for her recipe ideas.

Roasted red pepper hummus

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Author: Moira, Savvy Food Mama

Recipe Type: Snack

Ingredients

  • 1 red pepper, with the stem and seeds cut out, chopped into quarters
  • 1 can garbanzo beans
  • Juice from 1/2 lemon
  • 2 Tbs. Tahini
  • Sea Salt
  • Olive oil

Instructions

Note: I used organic ingredients because I like the taste/flavor the best.

  1. Roast the red pepper in the oven on parchment paper @400 degrees for about 20-25 minutes.
  2. Drain off half of the liquid in the beans. Dump the rest into a food processor with the lemon juice, tahini, 1 tsp salt (or more to taste).
  3. Blend ingredients together. Taste. Add more salt if it needs it, the roasted pepper, and a drizzle of Olive oil ( I used about 2 Tbs.)
  4. Blend again.
  5. Serve with veggies or crackers.

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Spinach salad with an Orange vinaigrette

 

 

Orange Vinaigrette

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Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/8 cup real maple syrup
  • big pinch of salt
  • 3/4 cup orange juice
  • zest of 1 orange
  • 3/4 cup olive oil

Instructions

Note: I combined my ingredients using an immersion blender. You can use a regular blender or a food processor.

  1. Combine all ingredients except the oil.
  2. Leaving the blender on, slowly add in the oil, beginning with a few drops and increasing to a thin stream.
  3. Continue blending til well combined. Serve over salad. Keeps 2-3 weeks in the fridge.

Recipe by Moira, the Savvy Food Mama

https://savvyfoodmama.com/2014/11/10/orangevinaigrette

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We served this dressing on spinach with dried cranberries. Wow! It tastes a bit like Thanksgiving.
Enjoy!
~Moira, the Savvy Food Mama

Best-ever Brussel Sprouts

Brussels sprouts? I mean, come on?

 

I know, I thought the same thing! But I found this recipe and it had maple syrup in it and so I decided to try it. And yes I tweaked it! These are the bomb – my three-year-old eats them like candy. (Anything maple syrup gets my attention.😋)

 

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1 pound of brussels sprouts, 2 tablespoons of butter, ghee, or some other good fat. 2 tablespoons maple syrup. 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard, A sprinkling of salt and a quarter cup of water.

slice off the ends of the brussels sprouts. Melt the butter in a pan and toast the brussels sprouts on medium high heat. Have your water handy, and as soon as the brussels sprouts look golden/toasty Add water and cover for seven minutes. Continue cooking on medium heat. Then, remove lid, sprinkle salt around evenly, and add maple syrup and Dijon mustard.

Toss well to coat and remove from heat. Served promptly, while warm.

Happy munching!

~Moira, the Savvy  Food Mama

Sweet Potato mash

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For this yummy recipe, I roasted 3 or 4 sweet potatoes (@400 degrees for an hour), scooped them out of their skins, tossed in about 1 tsp. salt, and 2 Tabl. Ghee and 1/3 cup coconut milk (from a can). Delicious, and easy veggie for dinner!!

 

We are just getting back from an amazing weekend in Memphis – I had the best barbecue brisket of my life!!! –  so I forsee quick veggie recipes on the menu this week!! Got any suggestions for my veggies this week? I have lots of onions, some pepers (red and green) and a large spaghetti squash 🙂
~ Moira, the Savvy Food Mama

Apple Cobbler

A basic recipe for something baked includes a few essentials. I loved learning that I could swap out refined sugar for maple sugar, bad fats for good fats, wheat flour for gluten-free flour and so on. This is my happy attempt at a Gluten-free, dairy-free apple cobbler. If you would like to swap out ingredients, I’d love to hear about it!

Apple Cobbler

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups sliced and peeled apples
  • 1/2  sugar ( I used maple sugar)
  • 5 and 1/3 Tablespoons good fat (can use butter, ghee, bacon grease, etc.)
  • 3/4 C. gluten free flour ( I used a blend of 1&1/2 parts coconut, 1 part hazelnut or almond, 2 parts arrowroot flour)
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup sugar (I used coconut sugar)
  • 3/4 cup milk (I used coconut milk)

Instructions

Note: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

  1. Mix the first 2 ingredients, and set aside.
  2. In your pan (brownie pan, or 11 by 7, or round cake pan, place good fat and stick it in the oven.
  3. Mix the dry ingredients (flour, salt, baking powder and sugar)
  4. When the fat is melted, pull the pan out of the oven. Add the milk into the dry ingredients, whisking well. Pour into the pan, and do not stir.
  5. Place fruit on top of the batter, lightly pressing in. Do not stir.
  6. Bake for 45min-1hour til golden and the toothpick test is successful!!

Recipe by Moira, the Savvy Food Mama

https://savvyfoodmama.com/2014/10/21/AppleCobbler

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Cheers to my sweet friends who asked me to post the recipe!
~ Moira, the Savvy Food Mama