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Healthy Lunchtime Recipe with Just

Healthy Lunchtime Recipe with Just

Even though I work from home, most days it can be pretty challenging to peel away from the computer and take a break from work. This is super unhealthy, not just to have for a mental break but also a physical one as the body […]

Recipe: Frozen Banana Granola Pops

Recipe: Frozen Banana Granola Pops

We loving enjoying an ice cream cone on a hot summer day but recently discovered a new sweet treat to add to your summer rotation with frozen banana granola pops. Using Viki’s Granola (and specifically the Viki’s Banana Walnut Granola) as a base creates a crunchy, along […]

Cookbook Review: Farm-to-Table Desserts: 80 Seasonal, Organic Recipes Made from Your Local Farmers’ Market

Cookbook Review: Farm-to-Table Desserts: 80 Seasonal, Organic Recipes Made from Your Local Farmers’ Market

Farm-to-Table Desserts: 80 Seasonal, Organic Recipes Made from Your Local Farmers’ Market review

As much as we try to do our very best when it comes to eating healthy, we have to admit it: we have a huge sweet tooth! And while we are all about wholesome eats, we still want a treat every now and again, cause, really, life is too short to not have dessert! However, these days even desserts have upped their healthy game where you can now find tons of variations that even include vegetables in your beloved chocolate cake!

To help us learn more about healthier desserts, we’ve been soaking up the delicious goodness from the new cookbook Farm-to-Table Desserts: 80 Seasonal, Organic Recipes Made from Your Local Farmers’ Market. Written by Lei Shishak, an established pastry chef who trained at the CIA in New York and has worked at restaurants in Sun Valley and Los Angeles, the book features a guide to learning how to bake seasonally with a focus on locally sourced, organic ingredients featuring recipes that are better-for-you and the environment!

Featuring more than 80 sweet recipes, divided by season, we loved diving into this resource featuring yummy desserts using fresh and local ingredients, such as stone peach cobbler, fig jam, sweet corn panna cotta, strawberry hand pie, sweet potato cake, blood orange pot de crème, among many others! A clear and concise book, the recipes are also complemented by a gorgeous series of mouth-watering images that will have you longing to create some of  Shishak’s sweet treats. We were certainly inspired after reading this cookbook and tried out a few of the sorbets, including the incredible Navel Orange Rosemary Sorbet.

The cookbook also includes a clear explanation to better understand choosing organic and purchasing produce at your local farmers’ markets that serves as a straight-to-the-point read for anyone curious to learn more, or on the fence about using these type of products.

A must-have read for a home cook, Farm-to-Table Desserts is a fantastic guide for anyone who is looking to eat healthier and better understand how to shop local while still enjoying sweet treats.

Check out Farm-to-Table Desserts on Amazon, or at your local bookstore. 

We were provided with a sample for review. All opinions are our own.

Easy, Healthy Chili Recipe

Easy, Healthy Chili Recipe

Not sure about you, but we hate the cold weather! But we have to deal with multiple layers and comforting meals to warm us up. With that we’ve been trading in our everyday healthy staples: you know salads, smoothies and so on for heartier a.k.a […]

DIY Pumpkin Beauty Recipes

DIY Pumpkin Beauty Recipes

Happy T.G.I.F, y’all! The workweek can be crazy where we love to check-in with ourselves and loved ones, shut off the phones, and show our selves some love – whether that be eating better or giving your skin some attention via a mask. To help you […]

Taco Night Rebooted with a Killer Guacamole Recipe

Taco Night Rebooted with a Killer Guacamole Recipe

We never meet a taco night that we didn’t love. Really, how could you not love a tortilla-filled meal that’s filled with cheese, beans, meat, and really anything that you want stuff all up in there?! But the issue, as with many of our favorite themed-meals, is that tacos, burritos and so on can be laded with unecessary ingredients – not to mention added calories and fats (and not the good kind). But since there’s no way that we are giving up on taco night (#tacostrong), we’ve found a way to swap out some of those not-so-great ingredients for better ones. Check out our recap (below) of some of our favorite taco night essentials and a killer guacamole recipe, if we do say so ourselves. Also, be sure to share some of your insider taco night tips on how make this dish healthier.

taco night rebooted with guacamole

Killer Guacamole Recipe…in a Good Way

Serves 4 or so…depending on the hunger factor

Ingredients:

4 ripe avocados
1 tomato
1 garlic, crushed
1/2 red onion, cut up
1 lemon
1 lime
salt and pepper

Directions:

Cut open the avocados and slice them into three sections and then diagonally into another three sections. Scoop out the avocados and place them in a bowl. Cut up the garlic, onions, tomatoes, lemon and lime and place them all in a place. Mix and mash the ingredients together – don’t overthink this part, it’s just guac. Add some salt and pepper. Taste. You may need to add more salt, pepper, lemon or lime, depending on your preferences. Devour!

taco night chopping it up
New (and amazing!) Orbit Rolling Herb Cutter for guacamole chopping (not pictured).

Handy Kitchen Helper: Taco Night and Beyond

For this guacamole recipe chopping, we used our new Orbit Rolling Herb Cutter, a genius kitchen gadget that makes it easier to chop up herbs in a flash. We used it to chop up our garlic, tomatoes, and onion and were equally happy with the quick results. For the garlic, which as we all know is annoying to chop, we thought it was pretty awesome that we could hold this leverage handle as it worked its magic to roll and cut up our garlic, cutting with precision and definition as it chopped  (quite literally) our cutting time in half. Hooray! Another bonus: this handy dandy gadget is dishwasher-friendly AND folds up so you can shove it away with ease when you’re not in chopping mode. Which might be never for some of us.

taco night made healthy

Healthy Essentials for Taco Night

Organic black or pinto beans
Quinoa
Avocados
Organic shredded cheese
Organic sour cream
Whole grain torilla
Sweet potato or pumpkin
Kale or spinach
Corn
Peppers
Lime
Lemon
Garlic
Lean proteins like chicken or fish
Salt and pepper

taco night: chips we love

Bonus essential for taco night: Chips!

Another ingredient that we can’t get enough of for taco night is chips and we just discovered the very best with the Sweet Potato Chips from Way Better Snacks. These crunchtastic chips are literally the best tortilla chips we have tried in a long time! Why? Well, they are packed with good-for-you stuff like chia seeds and sprouted grains that combined with sweet potatoes tastes amazing! Seriously, you won’t be able to stop eating these healthy chips and that’s a-okay!

We were given a sample for review purposes but these are own opinions.

Golden Milk: Does it Live Up to the Hype?

Golden Milk: Does it Live Up to the Hype?

You may have seen some pictures of golden milk floating around your Pinterest boards or circulating on Instagram. A concoction of turmeric, coconut milk, coconut oil, and ginger, this power blend is believed to have anti-inflammatory properties that’s also high in antioxidants. With all of that […]

Homemade Chicken Soup

Homemade Chicken Soup

Winter is known for its comfort foods, which we will happily be indulging in next week with Thanksgiving. But this time of year is also know for its more methodical and slower recipes that take time to create as they nourish the mind, body and […]