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Tis’ the season…of gingerbread! I LOVE ginger therefore, it’s natural for me to gravitate towards gingerbread cookies and everything ginger infused. I wanted to make a special treat and a twist on the classic gingerbread cookie, so meet the Gingerbread Molasses Smoothie. It’s a super thick, creamy, chilled, and full of sweet fruits, warming spices, and nutrient dense! The cold smoothie filled with warming spices of nutmeg, all spice, ginger, and cinnamon make this a wonderful ying-yang balance of warming and cooling foods.
In comparison to a yummy gingerbread cookie, this smoothie contains far more fiber, healthy fats, protein, iron, vitamin C, and minerals. All of these macronutrients and micronutrients are even more important this time of year for our bodies when we may be under a little more stress (good or bad stress) because of the holidays, traveling, working, socializing, etc. All my ladies out there will also love this smoothie because of one mineral in particular.
Maple Tempeh with Herbed Quinoa is another delicious, gluten-free, and vegan friendly dish for this holiday season. It’s filled with plant-based proteins, fiber, with heart healthy and digestive benefits. As promised in my previous post, this month is all about celebrating recipes related to the holiday season- with some green smoothies on the side of course. This Maple Tempeh is baked with maple syrup until caramelized, paired with a delicious and fluffy herbed quinoa, and topped with chewy tart cranberries and crunchy walnuts. It’s a holiday flavor explosion… in your mouth.
More tempeh! If you remember a couple months ago I shared a 6 Layer Tempeh Taco Dip that was a perfect healthy dish to bring to your football parties and other gatherings. Today I’m using tempeh in another way- as an entree. Tempeh is such a great plant-based protein that I love eating especially when I’m in the mood for something a little heartier than most other plant-based proteins. You can use it in stir-fry, baked, sauteed, crumbled, in sauces, etc.
Orange NOcreamsicle. You may be thinking “McKel, what?”. If you’re from the US, we’re all very familiar with the orange cream popsicle as a favorite frozen treat. If you’re not familiar with it, an orange cream popsicle is a frozen dessert with a thick ice cream-like center surrounded by a super sweet orange icy popsicle. I absolutely love this combination of the bright and refreshing orange with the thick creamy vanilla flavored center. What I don’t love about it, are the ingredients used to make this popular cold treat. Today I share with you one of my favorite variations on a Stripped Green Smoothie, Orange NOcreamsicle (no-cream, non-dairy, no unnatural sugars).
All the flavors of a classic orange cream popsicle in one healthy glass! Compared to an orange cream popsicle, which contains over 30 ingredients (including the worst offenders high fructose corn syrup, food dyes and more sugar), check here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here to name a few reasons why I’m not a fan of high fructose corn syrup, and why you shouldn’t be either. This Orange NOcreamsicle contains under 7 quality ingredients. You know I enjoy my smoothies post-workout and this is another smoothie perfect for that.
Healthy chocolate cake and frosting; all while not over indulging in the calories, carbohydrates, nor processed fat…can this be true? Yes! You can have your cake and eat it too. Actually this Chocolate Coconut Flour Cake with Chocolate Mousse Frosting is quite the opposite, it’s low calorie, low carbohydrate, high fiber, and high protein. Coconut flour is the star ingredient that allows all this goodness to happen. Chocolate.Mousse.Frosting. Three words that individually stand their own ground, but when put together, flavor party in your mouth!
As with my Dark Chocolate Avocado Mousse, I’m calling the avocado back into action with it’s perfect creamy and thick texture without having to use any dairy, processed sugar, or hydrogenated oils as with most frostings. This mousse is also great with simply dipping fresh fruit in it (i.e. strawberries, pears, apples, plums, etc.).
Meet one of my favorite condiments, Baba Ghanoush. My sweet and I were taking a stroll through one of my favorite farmers markets here in Nashville, the downtown Nashville Farmers Market. If you’ve never been to your local farmers market, I highly encourage you to go! Not only is the produce bountiful, beautiful and fresh, but you’re purchasing from local farmers and giving back to the community. A win win in my book.
I always catch myself staring in a daze at the vibrantly colored vegetables and fruits displayed. Every turn around the corner you see gorgeous baskets overflowing with dark leafy greens, crunchy carrots (not baby carrots, real rooted carrots!), beets, tomatoes galore, sweet peaches, ripe watermelons, and so much more. My nose captured the sweet fragrance of peaches flowing through the air and I immediately headed in that direction, but the baskets full of deep purple eggplant caught my eye and I was stunned. The first thing my veggie belly said was…baba ghanoush!