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Banoffee Pie

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banoffee pie (gluten free, dairy free)| bloom & nourish

Ok, so I’ll be honest, I’ve never had banoffee pie before, but I’ve been craving it!  Is it even possible to crave something you’ve never had? I would say it is!  I had heard of this ‘banoffee pie’ before, but it wasn’t until I watched Chef April Bloomfield whip one up on The Mind of a Chef (which is a must see show on PBS for all you food lovers out there!) that I started dreaming up making one of my own.  While watching the show, I began brainstorming a way to make this traditional English pastry a bit healthier and I think I succeeded. Tell me what you think! Continue reading

Butternut Squash Soup with Crispy Sage

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{photography by Austin Gros}

This soup is a staple in our house during the cooler months.  It’s delicious, slightly spicy, and perfectly creamy.  Served alongside a salad it makes for an easy meal.  This soup is also great to make a larger batch of and keep for easy lunches during the week.  I recently served it with a drizzle of coconut cream and crispy sage for a dinner party that I hosted, and it was a hit.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. Continue reading

The Best Kale Salad

This kale salad is one of the dishes I get the most requests for, and it’s also one of the simplest.  The hearty kale, balanced by the acidity of the lemon with a zip from the chili flakes and a nice crunch from the breadcrumbs, is addicting and it’s probably my favorite way to enjoy this dark, leafy green.

Eat your vitamins:

I have a friend who wouldn’t touch kale for years because the only way he had experienced it was as a green buffet garnish covered in spilled food (sound appetizing?).  Well, kale is so much more than that!  It is a member of the brassica family, cousins to broccoli and cabbage, rather than romaine or other salad greens.  Kale is a powerhouse of nutrients, fulfilling your daily requirements of vitamins A, K, and C in just one serving!  It is particularly high in vitamin K (over 1,000% of our daily value in 1 cup), which is key in helping regulate our body’s inflammatory responses.  It also boasts over 45 different flavonoids, making kale a front-runner against inflammation and oxidative stress, which can help lower your risk of cancer.  Go Kale!

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The Life Changing Loaf aka Bird Seed Bread

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I have been wanting to try this bread recipe for awhile after I first saw it on Sarah’s blog, My New Roots, back in February.  Months later, I finally got around to it, and I’m so glad I did.  This bread is different than traditional breads–it doesn’t include yeast or flour, instead it is dense, and full of nuts, seeds, and chewy oats.  Psyllium seed husks are the ‘glue’ that binds this bread together.  These little husks are also a great source of soluble fiber, which expands when ingested, helping to ‘scrub’ the intestines and aiding in the transport of waste and toxins through the intestinal tract.  Yay!

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We had friends over for dinner the other night, and one affectionately called this ‘bird seed bread’, and proceeded to ask for another piece.  It may look different than traditional bread, but trust me, it’s delicious!  Full of fiber and protein, this bread keeps you satisfied for hours and would make a lovely breakfast, topped with smashed avocado, a little squeeze of lemon, sprinkle of salt and red pepper flakes or on the side of a steamy bowl of soup with a smudge of butter or as a post workout snack with nut butter or jam–the options are endless. I think this bread will become a staple in our house, and I hope the same for you. Continue reading

Raw Zucchini Pasta with Pesto and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

raw zucchini pasta with pesto and sun dried tomatoes | bloom & nourish

The days are getting shorter and the nights have a chill in the air, which tells me fall is near.  Savor the last flavors of summer before it’s gone with this zucchini pasta and pesto. This dish is so fresh and easy, especially if you already have the pesto ready to go!  I took this dish to a potluck recently, and it was a hit!  It would be great as a side, or serve a heftier portion as a main dish.

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Vegan Pesto (+tips on freezing)

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Pesto is one of my favorite additions to a meal; it gives a dish so much flavor in so little time. You can add a dollop to pasta, smear it on toast (try adding avocado!), throw it in with some eggs, or spread it on pizza–the options are endless.  I like to make a large batch and freeze it in ready-to-use portions, so I can easily enjoy it long after fresh basil is gone.