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Dairy Free Gingerbread Cookies Recipe

When your hosting holiday parties and gatherings with kids you want to have something for everyone. Many kids are dairy free for various reasons, which is why I love to find treats that everyone can enjoy.

Heres a recipe for Dairy Free Gingerbread cookies:

Recipe Credit: HUROM
Part I. Spiced Almond Milk

Ingredients:
1 cup raw almonds
4 medjool dates, pitted
2 tsp vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract
pinch of salt
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp cardamom
½ tsp nutmeg, plus additional for garnishing if desired

Instructions:
1.In a large bowl, soak almonds overnight in 3 cups of water. This makes the nuts softer for optimal juicing.
2.Pour out the water and rinse the almonds. Pour 3 1/2 cups of fresh water into the bowl and add the dates.
3.Turn on your slow juicer and use a ladle to transfer almonds and water (equal parts) into the juicer. Reserve almond pulp for baking.
4.When finished, whisk in vanilla, salt, and spices.
5.Serve chilled or warm, sprinkled with additional nutmeg

Part II. Almond Gingerbread Cookies

You will need:
2 sheets parchment paper for rolling out dough
Cookie cutter

Ingredients:
8 tablespoons unsalted butter (room temperature)
1 egg
1/3 cup maple syrup
3 cups almond pulp (from Part I)
½ teaspoon allspice
1 teaspoon ground ginger
½ teaspoon ground cloves
2 teaspoons cinnamon
pinch of salt
1 teaspoon baking soda

Instructions:
1.In a small bowl, combine the butter, egg, and maple syrup, stirring vigorously until fully combined.
2.In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly. Add the butter mixture and mix until dough forms.
3.Flatten the dough into a large disc and wrap in plastic wrap or a freezer bag. Freeze dough for about 30 minutes.
4.Roll out dough between two sheets of parchment paper to an even thickness, approximately ¼”
5.Remove top piece of parchment and flip to remove bottom piece of parchment. Cut out cookies and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
6.Freeze cut cookies for 30 minutes (this helps to maintain their shape while baking)
7.Bake cookies at 350o F for 10 minutes, then lower oven temperature to 170o F and bake for an additional 15-20 minutes.
8.Cool fully before decorating with royal icing.

Fall Recipes You’ll Love So Matcha

Everyone is obsessed with Matcha now a days. Heres a cool recipe for the fall that you can incorporate your favorite ingredient in an unconventional way. Perfect for a family treat, birthday party or play day! Thanks Terra’s Kitchen!

 

Terra’s Kitchen

YouTube Video: Link

Servings: Makes 12 donuts

Ingredients:

12 store bought plain cake donuts
3 cups confectioners’ sugar
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Matcha powder
Edible petals/flowers (violas, lilac, blueberry, carnation, nasturtium, marigold, bachelor button, chive)*
White sugar pearls
Sprinkles
Chocolate dipped pretzels
Edible Gold (if you want to be super fancy)

Instructions:

Make the glaze:

Add the powdered sugar to a medium mixing bowl.
Whisk in the milk and extract until smooth.
Divide the glaze between 3 bowls. Leave 1/3 of the glaze white.
Mix in just enough Matcha powder to the second bowl to make a pale green glaze.
Mix in enough Matcha powder to the third bowl to make a darker green glaze.
Cover the pale green and dark green glazes with plastic wrap (pushing against the glaze to keep from crusting over).

Dip and decorate the donuts:

Working with one color of glaze at a time (white first) dip 4 of the donuts into the glaze and rest on a drying rack.
Working while the glaze is still wet, decorate each donut with the flowers*, sprinkles, chocolate dipped pretzels and edible gold.
Repeat the process with the remaining two colors of glaze

Summer Recipe: Cantaloupe Ginger Recipe

What defines Summer better then the plethora of fruit available, specifically melons are hard to walk past in the grocery store without grabbing one on your way out. I love to use melons for everything from salads to smoothies and I recently ran across a recipe for popsicles on Terra’s Kitchen that will bring your  melon experience to the next level.  I made some adjustments that better suit our families lifestyle.

Made at home Popsicles are a great summer snack for children where You have total control over the ingredients.  No matter how healthy and “organic” that store bought ice cream is, nothing beats home made. At home, easy recipes are a life saver that everyone will enjoy.  And don’t fret mama bear, you can indulge along with your little tots without sacrificing your figure!

What you need:

3 slices of fresh ginger
3 tablespoons of Agave (per preference)
1 ripe cantaloupe
Sliced strawberries (optional)
Popsicle forms and popsicle sticks

What to do:

In a small sauce pan, bring the agave and 1/2 cup water over medium heat to a boil. Remove from heat and drop in ginger. Set aside until cooled. (Remove ginger when ready to use!)
Slice cantaloupe in half and scoop out seeds. Spoon cantaloupe flesh into a blender. Blend until smooth.
Add just enough of the cooled ginger syrup to sweeten as desired. Save the remaining syrup for another use.
Pour into popsicle molds and freeze overnight. For a variation, push a few sliced strawberries down into the popsicle molds before freezing

 

 

Diy Face Painting Recipe

With different Harvest celebrations approaching, we know how popular face painting is for all of the kiddos.  Unfortunately, there are many dangerous toxicants found in conventional paints, including lead, nickel, cobalt, and chromium. If your a mama like me, you’d rather avoid the risk while still having the fun. Sophia Ruan Gushee, author of A-to-Z of D-Toxing: The Ultimate Guide To Reducing Our Toxic Exposures, has created the ultimate recipe for nontoxic DIY face paint that the whole family can have fun making together!

 This recipe is quick, easy, and a great alternative to the common varieties out there:

Ingredients:

· 1 ½ tbsp cornstarch

· ¼ tbsp all purpose flour

· 2 tbsp honey

· ½ tbsp water

· Natural food color (seek nontoxic products on Amazon, or use household food items that can act as natural dyes)

 

Directions:

1. Mix the cornstarch and flour in a bowl. Add the honey and water to your mixture. It should create a thick, gluey substance that resembles a paste. If the paint is too thin, add more cornstarch and flour. If too thick, add extra water.

2. Divide the mixture into separate bowls, and add your coloring. For example, you can use turmeric for yellow, and paprika for red.


3. The paint comes out a bit more thick and gooey than conventional face paints, but the colors come out beautifully and stay on for hours.
4. While the paint dries well, the honey component makes the paint slightly sticky to the touch. Avoid touching the paint after it is applied.

 More Water, Please!

 Water is great for so many reasons, but it just gets boring. And This little voice in the back of my head is repeating all the daunting facts about dehydration, from toxins to wrinkles. I get the picture, and believe me I don’t want to go there! So to spice things up, some amazing doctors and anti aging experts from NYC, gave me some natural elements that can be thrown into a glass of H2O for some flavor explosion along with some added benefits.

1. Mango Ginger


This combo might seem weird, but adding the health benefits of ginger and the antioxidant power of mangoes is a surprisingly tasty mix! “Mangoes contain so many vitamins that help boost your immune system. It has antioxidants that maintain youthful glowing skin and aid in the production of blood cells,” says Dr. Christopher Calapai D.O. a NYC anti-aging expert. “Ginger is also helpful in fighting infection, has been linked to lower cholesterol levels, may reduce muscle aches, and helps digestion,” adds Dr. Calapai. 
 
2. Grapefruit Rosemary


Recently rosemary was found to be the main ingredient eaten by residents of an Italian village with one of the highest populations of people who live past 100! “Rosemary improves circulation and sends more blood to the brain which is linked to greater concentration and potentially reduces risk of Alzheimer’s,” says Dr. Calapai. Grapefruit is not only delicious but it’s a natural fat burner, boosts metabolism and cleanses your liver. 
 
3. Melon Mix


Cut up watermelon, honeydew and cantaloupe chunks and throw into your water over night. “This melon variety tastes great and is amazing for your skin,” says Dr. Kally Papantoniou board certified dermatologist and clinical instructor at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York. “Melons are immensely hydrating, meaning more hydration per cup of water. They are also chock-full of antioxidants that keep skin clear plus they contain vitamins that promote collagen production which helps skin cell turnover.”

 4. Citrus Mint 

Pick your favorite citrus fruits, cut up into slices and add some crushed mint. “Adding mint to your water is not only extra refreshing but also improves digestive health and can speed up your metabolism,” says Dr. Calapai. “Mint actually contains salicylic acid, a potent acne fighter,” says Dr. Papantoniou. “It’s also well known for it’s anti-inflammatory properties which work to calm irritation both on your skin or internally,” she adds. 
   
5. Cucumber Lavender


“The reason so many spas use cucumber based treatments is because it contains many skin friendly minerals like magnesium, potassium and silicon,” says Dr. Papantoniou. “This mix is especially healthy,” says Dr. Calapai “Cucumbers are powerful detoxifiers, flushing out any waste in your system. Adding crushed lavender to the mix not only adds a beautiful aroma but can also help digestion as lavender contains polyphenols that reduce bad bacteria in your gut, making your system run smoother,” he explains.    
 
6. Pineapple Coconut Water

This one is almost cheating… almost. Get your favorite store bought raw coconut water and refrigerate over night with large chunks of pineapple. The coconut-pineapple flavor combo is delicious and reminiscent of a piña colada without all the sugar and calories. Although this is not pure H2O, coconut water contains electrolytes which plain water does not, which rehydrate you in record time. “Pineapple is yet another fruit that aids in collagen production,” says Papantoniou “This is not just great for beautiful skin, collagen also has a major role in bone health and tissue repair.”

STK LA Introduces Chicken 

From LA to NYC, who doesn’t love STK. It’s a classic you know will be the perfect fit for any occasion. STK has just introduced a delicious new Chicken dish to their menu called Mary’s Free Range Chicken with Organic Farro, Baby Summer Squash and Grilled Lemon Jus. 

Just in case your not in the mood for going out, we were able to snag the recipe for this fresh summer dish. I love trying new recipes and this is a combination of everything my family needs on a daily basis.


Mary’s Free Range ChickenOrganic Farro/ Baby Summer Squash/ Grilled Lemon Jus

 

For the chicken:

1 ea whole organic free range chicken

1 ea garlic clove

1 ea thyme sprig

3 tsp kosher salt

1 ea lemon (sliced)

 

For the farro:

1 c farro

1 ea shallot

1 sprig thyme

1 bay leaf

1 ea clove garlic

 

Baby patty pan squash:

2 c of mix baby squash

1/2 ways shallot (diced)

1 ea garlic clove (chopped)

2 tsp Olive Oil

1/2 ea lemon

¼ c mint leaves

 

For the grilled lemon jus:

2 ea lemon (grilled)

2 c chicken stock

1 ea bay leaf

1 tsp coriander

1 tsp peppercorn

1 ea garlic clove

2 tsp unsalted butter

Salt and pepper to taste

 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350F

Chicken:

Place Chicken in a roasting pan, with a food processor pulse/mix salt and garlic and herbs. Season chicken generously inside and out. Stuff the cavity with sliced lemons and more thyme. Tie the legs together with kitchen string.

Roast uncovered for 1hr and 15min in the preheated oven. Minimum internal temperature 175F. let rest for 15 min before cutting.

Jus:

In a sauce pot sauté garlic and spices with butter add stock and reduce to ½, add grilled or roasted lemons and reduce for 10 more min, set aside.

Farro:

In a sauce pot cook farro (rinsed) to brand specifications with the added aromatics.

Veggies:

While roasting, quarter summer baby squash, toss with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Set Aside.

 

To serve, sauté summer squash to desire tenderness, add farro, season to taste and fold in mint to finish. Slice the chicken onto a plate on top of summer squash and farro, finish with jus and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.

Healthy Snacks for Super Bowl Sunday

Super Bowl Sunday is fast approaching, and with that your New Years resolution to live a healthy and better life is slowing drifting away. Most people struggle to fit this plan into a busy, eventful life. The whole point of changing your eating is to transform the way you perceive healthy foods and specific events. 

You can easily create delicious snacks and items without compromising your goals. 

Below are 5 simple and delicious recipes for:
Wings

Ten-Minute Chili

Kale Chips

Meatballs

Diet-Friendly Vegetable Platter (because not all veggies are created equal!)

And remember – for those drinks: Water should always be the first choice. But for those who really want something stronger, go for wine or hard liquor. 
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  Wings
Boil hot water

Boil or poach the wings and drumettes for 5 minutes to release excess oil from skin

Take the wings and air dry for 10 minutes

 Season with garlic powder, salt and pepper

 Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees F

 Lay wings and drumettes on baking sheet

 Bake in oven for about 20 minutes until golden brown, then flip

 Bake for another 20 minutes until other side is golden brown

 Drizzle hot sauce over wings or serve the hot sauce on the side

  Ten Minute Chili
In a saucepan, add 1 pound of ground turkey, 1 tsp ground cumin, 1 tsp ground coriander, ½ tsp garlic powder, ½ tsp ground cayenne, and salt and pepper to taste

When meat is cooked, add 1 cup of chopped tomatoes, 1 cup of chopped green bell peppers, 1 cup of chopped onions

Let it simmer for 5-7 minutes.

  Kale Chips
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F

Cut kale leaves from stems and tear them into bite size pieces

Wash and thoroughly dry kale with salad spinner

 Drizzle olive oil and sprinkle with salt

 Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, until edges are brown but not burnt

  Vegetables Platter
Use celery, broccoli, red bell peppers, yellow bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, and cucumbers

Serve with a healthy dip of yogurt, lemon juice, garlic powder, salt, pepper and spices such as curry or dill on the side

  Meatballs
 Preheat oven to 375 degree F

 Using a skillet, over high heat, heat 1 tsp of extra virgin olive oil

 Sautee ½ large chopped onion in the skillet for 5 minutes, until softened

 Add 1 ½ tsp minced garlic and cook 1 minute more, remembering to stir frequently

Transfer garlic and onion to a bowl; mix in the ½ lb. ground beef and 1 lb. ground turkey with 4 egg whites, ½ tsp salt and ¼ tsp of black pepper

Roll into golf ball-sized meatballs

Place on jelly roll pan and bake for 20-25 minutes, until brown

Recipe: Goat Cheese Scalloped Potato

Creamy dishes are my soft spot. Holistic Nutritionist and Co-Founder of East West Essentials shared her favorite recipe for the season, and we are so grateful that she did, because it is pure heaven.

Goat Cheese Scalloped Potatoes

  • 3 pounds organic Yukon gold potatoes, peeled, and sliced paper thin
  • 3 cups organic milk (can use 4 cups rice milk)
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted organic butter, softened
  • Coarse sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup heavy organic cream
  • 5 ounces grated goat cheese
  • 1 oz. grated Gruyere cheese (optional)

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees (use lower rack of oven). Combine sliced potatoes and milk in a large saucepan over high heat. Bring to a boil, and reduce heat to low; cover and simmer until potatoes are just tender, about 3 minutes. Do NOT overcook.

  2. Place a colander over a large bowl and drain potatoes, saving the milk. You should have 2 cups of thick, starchy milk. If your potatoes soaked up too much milk  add enough to bring the saved milk to equal 2 cups.

  3. Rub a 3 1/2-quart oval baking dish with garlic and butter. Arrange sliced potatoes in the baking dish; season with sea salt & pepper. Dot with remaining butter & pour over saved cooking milk & cream. Sprinkle cheese over top. Can layer the potatoes & cheese.

  4. Place in oven & bake until cheese becomes deep golden brown and milk has reduced and thickened, 80 to 90 minutes. Remove from oven and serve immediately. Makes excellent leftovers!image