Posts Tagged ‘strawberries’

Tasty Tuesday: Cashew Nut Cream

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

I had a craving for something sweet the other night so I made this simple cashew nut cream and put it over fresh mixed berries. It was sooo yummy and definitely satisfied my sweet tooth. In fact once my kids saw me munching, they ended up eating most all of it. You would have thought they were eating the most decadent dessert ever the way they enjoyed and devoured it. However it was four simple ingredients: cashews, maple syrup, water, and fruit….that’s all!

Ingredients:

1 cup of raw cashews

1/2 cup of water

2-3 tablespoons maple syrup (or sweetener of choice; if using syrup, use real maple syrup!)

Directions:

Put all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth; approximately 2 minutes. Stop and scrape sides of blender as needed to ensure cream is thoroughly mixed.

Serve:

Serve with fruit of choice. I like to scoop a generous dollop atop mixed berries or chopped apples with cinnamon sprinkled on top (as shown in picture). You could add raisins and sliced almonds with apples for an extra yummy and filling treat. You could also use the cream as a dip for sliced apples, strawberries, or peach slices.  Ohhh, yum…now I am craving some cashew nut cream with fruit, lol!

The recipe above is enough for a few servings, however if you try to cut recipe in half, there likely will not be enough for your blender to mix. You can store any left-over cream in the fridge for a day or two, but chances are you won’t have any left! 🙂

Enjoy!

-Sarah

Tasty Tuesday: Homemade Vegan Berry Ice Cream

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

This recipe for homemade berry ice cream is so simple and so delicious! It is a great alternative for those who are not able to (or choose not to) consume dairy. It is also suitable for those who are soy free and/or gluten free. It only takes 3 ingredients and about 5 minutes to make. Plus you don’t need a fancy ice cream maker; just a food processor. Additionally you can easily make your berry ice cream organic by using organic ingredients. Chances are once you try this recipe you’ll forever say goodbye to that overpriced organic vegan ice cream at the store and its long list of ingredients!

Ingredients:

2 cups of mixed berries (any combination of strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries) washed and stems removed

1 can of full fat coconut milk or coconut cream

8-10 dates, pitted (you can substitute sweetener of choice if you don’t like dates, but may need to play with the ratios)

Directions:

Combine berries and coconut milk in a container. Cover and place in freezer for about 3 hours. Place berries and milk mixture in food processor along with dates. Process for about 3 minutes or until it doubles in size. Be sure to process it long enough for it to be light and fluffy. Enjoy!

Tip: Try mixing in other frozen fruits to create your own flavors. Mango ice cream is another one of our favorites!

-Sarah

Tasty Tuesday: Summer Salad

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

I made this salad the other day for lunch and thoroughly enjoyed each colorful bite! It is filling enough to be light meal all on its own or could be a nice companion salad to a heartier dish. I love the addition of fruit in a green salad, especially berries! Berries are a powerful source of antioxidants. With berry season just starting, you hopefully have access to deliciously sweet, organic berries at a decent price.

Ingredients:

3 large handfuls of mixed baby greens

small handful of mixed micro greens (optional/if available)

8 sliced strawberries

1/3 cup blueberries

1/4 cup dried cranberries

1/4 cup pecans

3 tablespoons sunflower seeds

3 tablespoons hemp seed

Serve with a light and easy homemade honey mustard dressing by whisking together the following ingredients:

1/4 cup Dijon mustard

1/3 cup honey

1/4 cup rice vinegar

juice from half a lemon

salt to taste

Berry season is my favorite! So many tasty foods can be derived from a mixture of berries and this salad is no exception. Enjoy!

-Sarah