YUM Bars

YUM Bars

Paleo and Whole30 compliant

4 c dates, pitted and blended up
2 c unsalted cashews, blended

1.5 cups shredded coconut, toasted, then blended.

1 c water
2 tsp gold Hawaiian salt
Juice from 1 lemon

After each item is blended individually, put dates, cashews and coconut in a large mixing bowl and mix with your hands until mixed. Add salt and lemon juice, mix again.

Spread out evenly on a quarter sheet tray, press down, spread the top with a spoon to get rid of any finger imprints. Refrigerate at least 2 hours, cut and serve.

Good Ol’ Fashioned Guacamole Dip

No big bash is complete without a good guacamole dip! We all want to indulge but don’t necessarily want to pay the prince the next day after we have eaten EVERYTHING on the tables because all the sides and snacks just looked too good to pass up… this is great with healthy-style “chips: Serve with lettuce chips, carrots sticks, or celery instead of chips!

Use these healthy chips instead of salty tortillas to cut on calories, to save for more wine or craft beer!

Ingredients for Guacamole Dip( Photo by Jess Vallery)

Ingredients:

  • 6 ripe avocados, peeled and cubed
  • 2 ripe but firm tomatoes, diced
  • 1/4 small red onion, minced
  • 1 bunch cilantro, finely chopped
  • Juice from 2 limes
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • A dash of Cayenne Pepper

Method: 

Soak the onions in the lime juice and set aside. Mix avocado up and mash with a fork, add in tomatoes, cilantro, and onions and lime juice and mix well so flavors blend. Add season, stir and serve.

 

Shop LOCAL + Eat LOCAL + Play LOCAL

Summertime is about being out in the beautiful outdoors with family and friends enjoying life. Life for me is all about great food, wine, craft beer, and family. There’s nothing better than being in the middle of a vineyard with stunning views soaking up the sun, sipping on something tasty. Being from here, some would think I’d want to get away to enjoy life, but really, life is so good right here in my backyard. I love the idea of hanging out at Trione {or any of the gorgeous wineries in Alexander Valley} enjoying a good, fresh picnic, playing bocce, and letting the day slip away. I’m excited that at Trione we are offering an incentive to keep people local, keep the money in our area… shop at any of these local cafe’s and grocery stores, bring your picnic to the winery, show us your receipt to receive a 10% discount on wine purchases that day!!

Here are the stores:

Big John’s Market

Geyserville Market

Oliver’s Market- Windsor

Jimtown Store

Geyserville Mud

The Dry Creek General Store 

I shop at these places regularly. I love the cold pressed coffee and breakfast sandwich at the Geyserville Mud. The freshly made burritos at the Geyserville Market are to die for. The Jim Town Store and Dry Creek General made killer sandwiches. The lines for these places can get a bit long so be patient, it’s worth it. And…Big John’s Market and Oliver’s have everything you could possibly want to add to any picnic. I love Oliver’s, I go all the time and they’re 2 minutes from my house, so naturally when they opened {just last month}, my life got a little bit better!

Here’s my perfect picnic:

Here is my perfect whole30 compliant picnic:

  • Salami
  • Butter lettuce leaves
  • Roasted red bell peppers & onions
  • Fresh cut baby bells, carrots, and cucumbers
  • Radishes
  • Castelvetrano olives
  • sliced avocado
  • Meyer lemon olive oil & balsamic {for dipping}
  • Roasted red pepper dip
  • strawberries & blackberries
  • tomatoe salad with olive oil
  • fresh fruit flavored water
  • sparkling water with fresh fruit cubes

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Here is more info on Trione’s Summertime special. Enjoy the Summer!!

Snack Bars

These snack bars are like Larabars. I have been trying to emulate the larabar since I discovered it about 4 months ago. It’s expensive and delicious…. This unfortunately has dried fruit that DOES have sugar in it. BUT you can find unsweetened dried fruit- it’s tough though. I still love this and will continue to practice Paleo and will still eat this and find a way to make it fully compliant.

You’ll Need:

2 c dates
3 c shredded coconut
1 c dried cranberries
2 c toasted pecans
1/2 c water

Method:

In a vitamix blend dates, cranberries, and nuts, then add water. add coconut and mix {May have to mix with a spoon and might be best to pull entire mixture out and mix in a bowl after the nuts are blended}.

Spread out on sheet tray {1/4 sheet tray} evenly to desired height and refrigerate for 2 hours. Cut, store in closed container, keep refrigerated. Enjoy hungry!

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Cauliflower Quick Bread

Cauliflower Quick Bread

Whole30 Approved/Paleo

 

This is for those who would like to feel like they are eating a form of bread and are simply looking for something to spread something on, rather than dip. It is cauliflower based so it will taste like cauliflower, it is slightly mushy, because it is cauliflower, BUT it’s a huge change from dipping vegetables and I have to say that I truly enjoy this. Serve warm with an avocado spread, red bell pepper “hummus”, or any kind of sauce {Whole30 compliant} that’ you’ve whipped up 🙂

 

If you’re looking for something a little bit more crunchy then make the balls smaller and flatter.

 

You’ll Need:

  • 1 head cauliflower, riced in the vitamix {all the same consistency} about 3 cups
  • 3 tbsp coconut flour
  • 1 tbsp tapioca flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbsp granulated garlic
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds

Method:

Preheat oven to 400. Roll batter into six equal balls and place on parchment paper on a sheet tray. Cook for 15 minutes, then press down on each of the balls to flatten a bit, sprinkle sesame seeds over evenly then cook for remainder of the time. Let cool 5 minutes then serve with your favorite spread or enjoy on it’s own as a snack.

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Cucumber Radish Spring Salad

Cucumber Radish Spring Salad

Whole30 Approved

You’ll Need:

  • 1 English cucumber, peeled and quartered lengthwise, then sliced
  • 10 radishes, sliced thin
  • 1 large avocado cut into chunks
  • 2 tbsp lemon herb vinaigrette 
  • salt & pepper to taste

Method:

In a bowl mix all produce with vinaigrette so everything is coated well. Add additional vinaigrette if desired. Serve immediately.

Serves two.
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Kale Chips

Kale Chips

Whole30 Approved

I LOVE these. I did not think that I would and have been putting of making them because I knew they were a lot of work. Well, they are worth it! These are the perfect snack that is sure to satisfy that chip craving!

You’ll Need:

  • 1 bunch of kale, stem cut out, and leaves ripped into pieces {2 in. or so because they’ll shrink}
  • Truffle salt
  • olive oil

Method:

Pre-heat oven to 375. In a large bowl, drizzle olive oil over the kale and mix up with hands to be sure all pieces are coated lightly. Cover a large sheet tray with parchment paper and place the kale pieces on the paper, don’t stack them. Season with truffle salt, evenly. Cook in oven for 15 minutes. Take out, make sure the chips are lightly crisped and no longer look wet, then they are done. Put them in a bowl, and repeat until done with the raw kale.

Keep chips in a bowl, covered in plastic wrap, out of refrigerator.

*Depending on your oven, may need to adjust time by a minute or two. I tried 18 minutes and that was too much, 15 was perfect for my oven.

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Roasted Cauliflower- A Staple for the Healthy Household

Roasted Cauliflower:

Kid Tested…Mother Approved 🙂 My boys LOVE this as does my chef hubby!!

Everyone likes to start to think “Healthy” for a new year, and we all have those New Year’s resolutions… but how can we eat healthy all of the time when carbs taste so good?! I know that’s my trouble area- bread, potatoes, tortillas, pizza… it’s just SO good!! Here is something that I have been using for many meals, as a snack, as a side, an addition to a dish, in lieu of pasta. I will be adding this to the menu for my family, friends, and myself during 2016 and on my journey to a healthier, happier lifestyle.
It’s delicious, and it’s great for you.

This is a staple in my kitchen and will be something I use in many recipes going forward to help in my weight-loss journey. I keep heads of cauliflower handy in my fridge but always wait to clean them up and roast until at least 2 days before use. I like it freshly roasted and hot, but this can be done in advance and served cold.  It’s the perfect vegetable that can be dressed up in so many ways! Here is my basic technique.

Preheat oven to 375

Use a sheet of foil, put the head of cauliflower in center, drizzle with olive oil {vigorously}, season with salt and pepper. Wrap up the head loosely but making sure the ends are closed.

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Place on sheet tray and in oven for 45 minutes.

To Serve:

  • Cut in bite sized pieces for snacks
  • Cut the florets off head and then in half, use with pasta sauce
  • Cut into pieces for a side dish
  • Mash up, a substitute for mashed potatoes
  • Gently smash and serve with sauteed zucchini
  • puree with roasted red peppers for a soup
  • Let cool, cut and serve with spinach salad

There are countless ways to use this dish. This has been a staple for me in my kitchen and my boys love it. It’s tasty, healthy, and so versatile. You can spice it up, drizzle balsamic over it, eat it with pretty much anything. Add this to your kitchen repertoire. The best part about this veggie dish- it’s simple and cheap!

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A Cruciferous Salad

Ever since I was a teenager I loved this salad. It’s super simple to make, it lasts about a week in the fridge, and tastes great. It’s really good for you too. It’s chalk full of iron.

You’ll Need:

  • 4 Broccoli heads with some stem
  • 1 cauliflower head, cut into bite size pieces
  • 1/2 head red cabbage sliced thinly and about 1.5 inch long
  • White wine or apple cider vinegar for drizzling
  • Salt & pepper to taste

The amounts of the ingredients will depend on how much you really want to make.

Method:

Boil water then throw in the cauliflower for a minute, add the broccoli, let those boil for about 3 minutes or until al dente. Remove with a strainer spoon or chinois so you get all of the little pieces. Add the red cabbage for 20 seconds and remove. Put all of the veggies together in a big bowl and drizzle the vinegar over add salt and pepper to taste and mix.

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Quick + Easy Padron Peppers

Eyeing those baskets of freshly harvested Padron peppers at the farmers market but not quite sure what to do with them? They are so full of flavor on their own so the little you do, the better.

Heat up olive oil in a pan, just enough to almost cover them completely and when the oil is at a shimmer {or super effing hot :)} , put the peppers in. Leave in the hot oil for just about 1 minute. Take out of the oil and put on a paper towel to soak up the excess oil, transfer to your serving plate and season with Fleur de sel {a very flavorful sea salt}.

Padron peppers are mildly spicy and the perfect simple side dish for the summer.

Quick + Easy Padron Pepper Poppers: Heat up olive oil in a pan, just enough to almost cover them completely and when the oils is at a rolling boiling, put the peppers in. Leave in the hot oil for just about 1 minute. Take out of the oil and put on a paper towel to soak up the excess oil, transfer to your serving plate and season with Fleur de sel {a very flavorful sea salt}. Cheers, Moxie_Lady #food  #Farmersmarket