Strawberry Smoothie Bowls with Chia

Smoothie Bowls are such a great option for breakfast. Just pop all the ingredients in a blender, give them a spin, pour into a bowl, top with whatever you have on hand and voila! A healthy, delicious breakfast. This is The Organic Kitchen Strawberry Smoothie Bowl with Chia. Pretty, isn’t it?
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Strawberry Smoothie Bowls with Chia

You Know It’s All About That Base…

The base of this smoothie bowl is your favorite milk and frozen strawberries. You can use whole cow’s milk or almond milk. If you want to use almond milk I highly recommend making your own. Honestly it’s so easy and even the best store bought almond milk isn’t half as good as homemade. But I also know people are short on time and if it just isn’t going to happen then use the best tasting store bought you can find.

Strawberry Smoothie Bowls with Chia

The Rest…

Place your choice of milk into a blender with frozen strawberries, fresh blueberries, pitted dates and process until smooth. Dates are my favorite way to sweeten smoothies. And they add fiber! Top with fruit, granola, and chia seeds and you have a beautiful smoothie bowl.

Strawberry Smoothie Bowls with Chia

The Recipe: Strawberry Smoothie Bowls with Chia

Tips and what you will need: using frozen fruit will make your smoothie thicker and creamier. A good blender is a must, I use Blendtec Find my homemade almond milk here or if cashews are more your bag, click!

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An easy breakfast made in the blender. Keep in mind you can top with whatever fruits, nuts, seeds, granola etc you have on hand.
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Recipe type: Breakfast Smoothie Bowl
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 1 cup whole milk (or vanilla almond milk, or vanilla cashew milk, links posted above)
  • 1 rounded cup frozen strawberries
  • ½ cup fresh blueberries
  • 3 pitted dates
  • If using whole milk add ½ teaspoon vanilla paste or extract
  • Toppings:
  • ½ a kiwi sliced
  • 2 Tablespoons granola (your favorite)
  • 2-3 fresh strawberries
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
Instructions
  1. Place milk or almond milk into blender, add frozen strawberries, blueberries, pitted dates, and vanilla (if using)
  2. Blend until smooth. Smoothies are one of those 'see how it goes' recipes, so if needed add a little more liquid to thin out...
  3. Pour into bowl, top with fruits, granola, chia seeds

 

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Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding with Vanilla Cream Sauce

Bread pudding isn’t a common dessert here in the states, but it’s becoming more so, popping up on farm to table restaurant menus across the country. Truly heavenly, it’s no wonder it’s making a comeback. In the past I have shared recipes for Blueberry Bread Pudding and an Orange Cranberry Croissant Bread Pudding, now I think it’s time to add this Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding with Vanilla Cream Sauce to the repertoire!
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Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding with Vanilla Cream Sauce

How To make Bread Pudding:

Bread pudding is very simple to make. If you can whisk together cream, eggs, sugar and vanilla paste, pour over bread cubes and bake, then you can make bread pudding. For this recipe I use buttery croissants and add bittersweet chocolate chips.

Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding with Vanilla Cream Sauce

The Cream Sauce:

After baking, I pour a warm vanilla cream sauce over the puddings and serve. So much warm, gooey chocolate/vanilla goodness should be shared, so I bake them in 12 ounce ramekins for two. This dessert is so rich and creamy I doubt you could finish one off yourself anyway. If you don’t have (or want to buy) ramekins you can bake this dessert in a 7x11x2 baking dish as well.

Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding with Vanilla Cream Sauce

The Vanilla:

I am a huge fan of vanilla paste and use Nielsen Massey Paste in all my baking. Click to find four oz vanilla paste  or, buy the quart to save money!

 

The Recipe: Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding with Vanilla Cream Sauce

Tips and what you will need: you can bake this is a 7x11x2 baking dish or four 12 ounce ramekins. I always prefer vanilla paste instead of extract, buy the quart to save money!

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A creamy, gooey, decadent dessert! NOTE: If you are using a baking dish instead of ramekins see notes below on adjusting baking time.
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Serves: 4-8
Ingredients
  • Bread Pudding:
  • 5 cups buttery croissants, cut into 1" cubes
  • 1¾ cups heavy whipping cream
  • 4 eggs
  • 1¼ cups organic granulated sugar
  • 1½ teaspoons vanilla paste or extract
  • 1 Cup Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips
  • Vanilla Cream Sauce:
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1½ Tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla paste (or extract)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Butter bottom and sides of four 12 to 14 oz ramekins or one 11x7x2 glass baking dish. Place rack in center of oven.
  2. Bread Pudding:
  3. In a large bowl whisk cream, eggs, sugar, and vanilla paste until well combined.
  4. Add croissants, mix well.
  5. Gently fold in chocolate chips.
  6. Let sit for 10-15 minutes so bread absorbs liquid.
  7. Separate evenly into ramekins or pour all into single baking baking dish.
  8. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until set. (If using a single baking dish instead of ramekins it may take more like 30-35 minutes)
  9. Remove from oven and allow to rest for five minutes.
  10. Drizzle with cream sauce and serve.
  11. While bread pudding bakes, make the cream sauce.
  12. Cream Sauce:
  13. Place all ingredients into small sauce pan. Heat on low until simmering. Take off heat. Pour over bread pudding and serve.
  14. Serves 4-8 (depending on if you share)

 

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Sweet Potato and Black Bean Chili!

February has arrived which means only six weeks left until spring. I say make the most of winter before it’s gone! Grab a cozy blanket and a bowl of this Sweet Potato and Black Bean Chili, turn on a good movie and chill. 
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Sweet Potato and Black Bean Chili!

 

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Sweet Potato and Black Bean Chili!

About This Chili: A Perfect Bowl to Warm Up Your Winter

Sweet potatoes, tomatoes, black beans, onions, garlic, herbs and spices combine to make a comforting bowl of nutrient dense chili. Topped with avocado this chili really hits the spot. And it’s gorgeous. I always appreciate the beauty of real, healthy food!

Sweet Potato and Black Bean Chili!

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If You Are Feeding a Crowd:

The recipe below is for two. But if you are feeding a crowd, this recipe is easily adaptable to serve more and you can keep it warm in a crock pot for people to come back for seconds…or thirds. Trust me, they are going to want seconds and thirds.

Sweet Potato and Black Bean Chili!

The Recipe: Sweet Potato and Black Bean Chili!

This recipe is dairy free, gluten free and vegetarian.

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Did you know? Not all herb stems are created equal. When we cook with fresh parsley, thyme, or rosemary, we start by stripping the leaves from the stems. But cilantro stems are as delicious as the leaves, so we chop the stems and leaves together for this delicious, hearty, vegetarian soup.
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Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 1 white onion
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • ¾ pound peeled sweet potatoes, diced
  • 1 tsp, peeled fresh garlic, minced or grated
  • 1½ cups cooked black beans
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 1 cup diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup vegetable stock
  • 1 avocado
  • 2 sprigs fresh cilantro
Instructions
  1. Start the chili:
  2. Peel and coarsely chop the white onion, peel and dice sweet potatoes (about ½")
  3. In a large sauce pot over medium heat, warm 2 tablespoons olive oil until hot but not smoking. Add the onion and sweet potatoes, season with salt and pepper, and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is translucent and the potatoes are just tender, 5 to 7 minutes.
  4. While the onion and potatoes cook, prep the garlic and black beans:
  5. Finely chop, press, or grate enough garlic to measure 1 teaspoon.
  6. In a fine-mesh strainer, rinse the black beans.
  7. To the pot with the onion, add the garlic, chili powder, cumin, and as much cayenne pepper as you like and cook, stirring occasionally, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the black beans, diced tomatoes, vegetable stock, and ½ cup water, and season with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, cover, and cook, stirring occasionally, for 10 to 12 minutes.
  8. Prep the garnishes:
  9. Cut the avocado in half. Remove the pit, scoop out the flesh, and cut the flesh into ¼-inch-thick slices.
  10. Coarsely chop the cilantro.
  11. Serve:
  12. Ladle the chili into individual bowls. Garnish with the avocado and cilantro and serve.

 

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Valentine Gift Picks~2017!

Fellas…(I know there are a few of you reading my blog) your Valentine is going to love these gift ideas. Ladies, feel free to send this link to your man, or peruse for your mom, sister, children or whomever you wish to express your love on February 14th!
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For The Girl Who Loves Blooms:

I swoon for succulents and this beautiful Succulent Sweetheart is a truly swoon worthy! Baby succulents nestled in a heart shaped wooden box, keep it indoors or out, it’s sure to be appreciated.

If spring blooms are more your style I can’t imagine a prettier bouquet than these Farmgirl Flowers Fresh Cut Bouquets. This burlap-wrapped bouquet makes a beautiful gift for your sweetheart. In a palette of reds, whites and pale pinks, each 20 or 35-stem bouquet is made with freshly-cut blooms, grasses, foliage and pods, sourced from select American growers and wrapped in an upcycled coffee bag.

If sparse and simple is more your style these beautiful blossoms still on the branch are a great choice! Fresh from the Pacific Coast,  Salmon Quince branches blossom with an abundance of vivid, pink flowers. Dropped in a simple vessel, these branches invite an early spring arrival indoors.

For the Girl Who Loves Some Pampering!

Hand-selected by beauty experts, this terrain-exclusive set offers a relaxing and nurturing spa experience. Tucked into a galvanized iron gift box, each set includes Panier des Sens hand cream, a hand-woven goat’s wool bath mitt, Herbivore Coco Rose Lip Conditioner, Saipua clary sage soap, Fig + Yarrow botanical facial steam, Farmaesthetics lavender mineral bath, and Farmaesthetics Nourishing Lavender Milk.

My husband would like a golf caddy…I on the other hand would love this teak soap caddy! My favorite accent for a guest bath, this carved teak caddy is ideal for displaying perfumes, lotions, or beautifully wrapped soaps.

And for the DIYer I have a great book recommendation: All Natural Beauty! Filled with more than 40 natural, organic beauty treatments to make at home, this book offers remedies for brightening skin, nourishing hair, awakening tired eyes, and much more. Authors Karin Berndl and Nici Hofer share simple recipes for that will help you look and feel beautiful year-round.

For the One with The Sweet Tooth!

If your valentine has a sweet tooth then check out these chocolates, candies, honey and adorable marshmallows!

For the Person with a Charitable Heart:

If you have a loved one that would rather give than receive here are ten ways you can help refugees in Aleppo!

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Spaghetti with Brussels Sprouts and Soft Boiled Eggs

I had so much fun with this post. As you all know I love an easy recipe. This one takes about 20 minutes to make but will still impress the heck out of everyone that views your pics on Instagram (wink). Seriously though, your friends will be asking for the recipe so be ready to send them the link to my website for this Spaghetti with Brussels Sprouts and Soft Boiled Eggs!
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Spaghetti with Brussels Sprouts and Soft Boiled Eggs

Cooking Pasta:

When cooking pasta there are only a few things to remember. 1. Follow pasta box cooking instructions, they usually are right on. 2. Salt the water for flavor. 3. To keep pasta from sticking be sure to have lots of water in your pot, at least several inches above the pasta to allow room for expansion, and 4. stir frequently.  

Spaghetti with Brussels Sprouts and Soft Boiled Eggs

Keeping it 20 Minutes:

Making the most of your time is the best way to keep this recipe at 20 minutes start to finish. While pasta water heats and pasta cooks, you can prep the Brussels sprouts, garlic, cheese and soft boil the eggs. Then when the pasta is ready, you just toss it all together!

Spaghetti with Brussels Sprouts and Soft Boiled Eggs

How to Soft Boil an Egg:

This is super simple. Just place eggs in a pot of water and bring to a boil. Once water boils turn off heat and allow eggs to sit in the hot water for 3-4 minutes. Three minutes renders a pretty soft yolk, great for toast, but for this recipe I wanted the yolk a bit firmer so I let it sit for four minutes. Then run the eggs under cold water, peel and place on the pasta.

Spaghetti with Brussels Sprouts and Soft Boiled Eggs

The Recipe: Spaghetti with Brussels Sprouts and Soft Boiled Eggs

Tips and what you will need: be sure to check out the pasta cooking instructions above. You will need a large stock pot, a large skillet, and as always, a good knife!

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A quick, easy meal that also happens to be very easy on the wallet!
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Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
  • 1 pound spaghetti, prepared to package instructions
  • 1 pound Brussels sprouts, ends trimmed off and sliced
  • ½ stick of butter, divided
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and roughly chopped
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • sea salt, freshly ground pepper (to taste)
  • olive oil (if needed)
  • 6 ounces parmesan, shaved
  • ½ cup toasted pine nuts
  • 2-4 eggs, soft boiled
Instructions
  1. Place a large pot of salted water to boil
  2. While waiting for pasta water to boil prep Brussels sprouts, garlic, cheese and measure out cream
  3. When water boils add pasta and stir
  4. Place eggs in small pot of cold water and bring to a boil. Once water boils, remove from heat and let sit for 4 minutes. Rinse eggs under cold water for a minute, then peel.
  5. When pasta has about six minutes cooking time left place 3 tablespoons butter into a LARGE skillet and turn on med/high heat
  6. When butter is melted add Brussels sprouts and cook, stirring occasionally until sprouts are bright green and tender, add garlic and cook one more minute stirring frequently
  7. Strain pasta in a colander (do not rinse) and add to pan with Brussels sprouts
  8. Add cream, pine nuts and the last tablespoon of butter, sea salt and pepper to taste
  9. Toss and cook together for one more minute. If pasta is a little dry, drizzle with a little olive oil and toss again.
  10. Serve: plate pasta, sprinkle with shaved Parm and place an egg on top of each plate. Eat!

 

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