Stuffed Sweet Potato.

The Holiday Season is coming and I already started experimenting with different recipes to be ready in time. It is so much easier to try different recipes before and pick your favorite ones for the holiday table.

Last week we have been to the Apple Farm and brought home 5 pounds of apples. This was one of the reasons to make something with apples.

The recipe I am sharing today is surprisingly good and delicious. It has all the fall holiday flavors and during the cooking your kitchen will smell like the fall harvest for a long time.

Just a little note. My potatoes were a little dry, so next time I might need to use more coconut oil, or apple sauce.

This dish will definitely work for Thanksgiving Dinner, as a side dish.

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Stuffed Sweet Potato.

5 sweet potatoes

2 tablespoons coconut oil
2 tablespoons applesauce
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1/4 cup chopped pecans
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup peeled and finely diced apple
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 pinch salt
Preheat oven to 400
Wash and peel the sweet potatoes 3/4 of the way, leaving some peel on the bottom of the potato.
 Slice potato as thinly as you can.
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Rub them with a little coconut oil.
Oil a baking dish or line it with parchment paper.
In a small bowl, mix together the rest of the ingredients.
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Carefully try to push some of the stuffing mixture between the slices.
Pile the remaining stuffing on top of each potato.
Drizzle any remaining liquid over the potatoes.
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Cover the dish with foil and bake for 40 minutes.
Remove the foil and bake for another 10 – 15 minutes, being careful not to burn the topping.
Allow to cool for 5 minutes before serving.
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Apple Pie.

I was waiting for this moment the whole summer: to make an apple pie. Apple season started early this year, but I didn’t crave for apple pie until last week. It happened one afternoon, it was chilly outside and I just wanted to have a bite of warm cinnamon apple pie. I didn’t want to make the regular apple pie, it should have been healthy version of my favorite fall dessert.

So I took all the ingredients out and found out that we have only 2 apples left. I didn’t want to wait till the next day, to go and get more apples, so I used some pears in my pie too, and it worked great, and helped me not to use sugar in the filling at all.

The crust turned out really good, and you couldn’t say it was made of oat and coconut flour and coconut butter.

It tasted like the regular apple pie, but I knew, it was made the healthy way, and to my surprise it was finished in 1 hour. Looks like I am not the only fan of apple pies here.

The recipe is gluten free. I used eggs for the crust but feel free to use the egg replacement to make the recipe completely vegan.

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Healthy Apple Pie ( Gluten Free).

Ingredients:

1 cup oat flour

1/2 cup coconut flour

2 tsp. baking powder

3 tbsp. coconut sugar

pinch of sea salt

2 eggs

1/2 cup coconut butter.

Filling:

2 sliced apples

2 sliced pears

1/2 cup water

1 tsp arrowroot powder

1tsp cinnamon

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1.Combine the first 6 ingredients in a food processor. It will be pretty dry.  Then start to add coconut butter until the mixture forms into a dough.  Roll out the dough and place it in pie pan.

2. For the filling combine all the ingredients and simmer it on the pan on the low heat, stirring every once in a while. It should be ready in 10 minutes.

3. Preheat oven to 170C [340F]. Fill  the crust with apple mixture – making sure to spread fruit evenly and fill any gaps.

4. Bake for 50-60 minutes on a middle rack until golden and bubbly.

5. Let it cool for 10-15 minutes. Enjoy!!!!

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Vegetarian Tom Kah Thai Coconut Soup.

This is a delicious, vegan version of Thai coconut soup.

I love making soup, because it doesn’t take a lot of time to cook and you can save leftovers for the next day.

My journey with Thai food started in US, and I can say it ended up pretty fast, because I am not a big fan of it. The only dish that I like is coconut soup. They usually use animal or seafood products in their dishes, but this recipe is completely vegan and all the ingredients would be familiar for you and easy to find. The ethic sections of most supermarkets now carry green curry paste.

By adding the lime last, you preserve its vitamins and prevent the soup from turning sour.

Vegetarian Tom Kah Coconut Soup.

Ingredients:

1 3/4 cup coconut milk

3 cups low-sodium vegetable broth

3tbs green curry paste

2tbs Tamari

1 cup sliced Baby Bella mushrooms

3 cups broccoli florets

3/4 cup chopped scallion

1tsp. powdered stevia

3 tbs fresh lime juice

1tbs lime zest

1. Heat the coconut milk and vegetable broth in a large pot, along with the green curry paste and tamari. Bring to a boil, then quickly reduce heat to a simmer. Add the mushrooms, broccoli and scallions, and cook gently for 2-3 minutes, or until they are just slightly cooked, but retain most of their crispness.

2. Remove the pot from the heat and stir in the rest of the ingredients.

3. Ladle the soup into bowl.

Optional: Garnish with chopped cilantro.

Enjoy.

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Hazelnut Chocolate Peach Ice Cream Cake.

The peaches season is coming to the end. I want to enjoy them as long as possible, because it is impossible to find the ripe, juicy, real peaches by the next summer in our area.

Nutrition in peaches has health benefits for antioxidants, even its content not as much as other fruits such bananas. Calories in raw peach every 100 gr is 39 calories.

Peach has anti-aging properties, increase immunity and is detoxification or help remove toxins from the body. Peach is also rich in fiber, vitamins A, B, C, and E and has a high antioxidant content.

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When I use peaches at the recipe I always try to keep them as fresh as possible, with all juice and moist in them.

This time I made Raw Hazelnut Chocolate Peach Ice Cream Cake. To my surprise, peaches work great with chocolate, and make a great combination in the cold desserts.

This is a very easy and delicious frozen cake. It will take you about 20 minutes to make and after a couple hours in the freezer you will get the fancy, healthy, delicious summer desert.

Raw Hazelnut Chocolate Peach Ice Cream Cake.

Ingredients:

Cake Base:

1 1/2 cups raw hazelnuts, soaked
1 cup coconut flakes
3/4 cup raw cacao powder
1 cup date paste

Cream Layer:
5 peaches
1 banana
1/4 tsp ground vanilla bean

Process hazelnuts until they are fine crumbs. In a large bowl, combine hazelnuts, date paste, coconut and cacao powder until it is combined like a dough. Press into a pie pan and prepare the filling.

In a blender, blend the peaches with the banana and vanilla bean until completely smooth and creamy.

Pour the filling over the crust and freeze for 4 hours or until the topping is solid.

Enjoy frozen !

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Raw Chocolate Tarts with Hazelnut Crust.

Should I mention again about my deep love to chocolate? I like the smell of it, the color, the taste. Everything about chocolate makes me happy.

I remember myself reading the book “Chocolate” and after that watched the movie few years ago. My dream at that time was to open the artisan chocolate candy store and experiment with making delicious chocolate candies.

Dreams changed from that time, but I still like chocolate and like to make chocolate desserts and enjoy them from time to time.

Raw healthy desserts become popular these days, and I am so into trying different raw healthy recipes now.

Here is the other raw healthy version of delicious chocolate melting treat.

Raw Chocolate Tarts with Hazelnut Crust.

Crust

1.5 cup ground raw hazelnuts
1/2 cup raw cocao powder
1/4 cup raw coconut oil
6 medjool dates
1. Set jar of coconut oil in a bowl of hot tap water until it becomes liquid.
2. Place hazelnuts and cacao powder in a large bowl and mix well, breaking up any lumps.
3. Add coconut oil to powder mixture and mix well.
4. Place dates in a small bowl and mash with a fork.
5. Add dates to dough-like mixture and combine well with hands.
6. Place crust into tart pans.
7. Place crust in refrigerator while making filling.
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Filling
1 avocado, pitted
1/2 cup unsweetened almond or any other nut milk
1/4 cup raw coconut oil
10 medjool dates
1/2 cup raw cacao powder
1. Add avocado, nut milk, coconut oil and 5 dates to food processor and mix it together.
2. Once mixture is smooth, add the 5 additional dates and combine until smooth.
3. Add cacao powder and mix well until smooth.
4. Spoon filling into tart crusts. Sprinkle with coconut.
5. Place in fridge to set. Serve chilled.
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Raw Banana Strawberry Cream Cake.

My experiments with raw desserts never end. I try a lot of recipes during the week, and pick my favorite ones to share with you.

The raw treats taste different from the cooked ones. They have deep flavors. They are juicy and naturally sweet. They are REAL, because they are made of real food.

I made couple of cakes recently, and my 2 years old daughter thinks it’s somebody’s birthday all the time. As soon as she sees the new cake, she starts singing “Happy Birthday!” song. So we have pretending birthday parties almost every day.

This recipe is from one amazing girl’s blog, who follows raw food diet. Her recipes and ideas are amazing. I changed the recipe a little bit, but this raw cake tastes delicious.

If any of you likes frozen dessert treats, this recipe is for you. This is the healthy and delicious version of ice-cream cake.

Banana Strawberry Cream Cake.

Pink filling:
3 bananas
2 cups frozen strawberries (or other berries)
1-3 tablespoons coconut oil (optional but it will make it creamier)
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Cream exterior:
2 cups macadamia nuts
2 cup dates
2 peeled orange
2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
Water, as needed
Put the bananas in your blender, followed by the frozen berries and blend until smooth. Spread evenly into a spring form pan.
Freeze until solid.
To make the cream layer: soak macadamia nuts in the water for 4 hours.
Rinse the water from the nuts.
Blend all ingredients until smooth, adding as LITTLE water possible, if you need any at all. The less water you use, the creamier it will be. Spread the macadamia cream layer on the top of the pink one.
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Freeze until solid and then garnish with strawberries.
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Slice and enjoy!
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Store in the freezer.
Recomendations: I will use a little macadamia nuts in the pink layer next time, to make it more creamier.
I will use cashews next time instead of macadamia nuts.

How to make your kids eat vegetables.

We know how important is to eat vegetables and fruits and get all the vitamins from there.

Many parents struggle with their kids’ food every day. Kids don’t want to eat vegetables, they refuse any green color on their plate and want to eat anything but no veggies.

There are some ways to make your kids like vegetables and actually eat them.

1. Lead by example.

If you children see you eating pizza while you’re telling them to eat broccoli, they’re going to tune you out. I remember Sophia didn’t want to eat salad at all. She never wanted to try it. We usually have salad for dinner, and our example helped her to like it too. One day, she just asked for salad, and now she loves it. The same thing happened with the guacamole and hummus. Show the right example.

Our plates are identical, except mine doesn’t have pasta on

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2. Books and games with vegetables.

Get some books, coloring books with vegetables and fruits. Read them from time to time. Sophia has a lot of fruits and vegetables in her toy kitchen. She always cooks salad or vegetable soup for her dolls, makes veggies sandwiches for us.

We also have some kids books about the importance of vegetables and fruits in our diet.

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3. Make it fun.

Garden with your children, shop together and include them in preparing meals.

Before we go grocery shopping I always ask my daughter what we are going to buy. In the store she shows me, where to get bananas, tomatoes, avocados etc.

She loves going to the farmers market and picking up the fresh produce.

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Cooking together is important too, she can see what her dish is made of. This makes the happiest girl in the world. Imagine, your kid watches you every night putting the chicken nuggets in the oven, or microwave. Does it sound fun to you?

4. Eat the rainbow.

Hang a color wheel on the fridge and ask your kid: “Did we eat something from nature in each color group today?” This trick sounds fun and will make your kids try at least one piece of vegetable.

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5. Hide the vegetables in the dish.

This works a lot of times for kids who don’t touch vegetables at all. There are a lot different recipes with hiding vegetables in them: turkey meatballs with zucchini, pumpkin muffins with carrots, meatloaf with bell pepper, chocolate dessert with avocado in it, different kids of ice-pops made of veggies and fruit.

This recipe hides avocados in it.

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6. Don’t give up.

Expose your kids to new and different foods over and over again. Continue serving food that’s been rejected, and never remind them that they didn’t like it before. Often the veggie they “hated” last months becomes their new favorite the next months.