Today rounds out my amazing week of guest blogging for Sunny Slide Up! I’ve had a wonderful time sharing some of my favorite recipes and hope you will feel inspired to be experimental in your kitchens! Speaking of experiments, here is one more recipe that will knock your socks off: Homemade Fruit Roll-ups
I imagine almost everyone has a favorite childhood memory with fruit roll-ups involved. I loved eating Fruit by The Foot and Gushes galore! Now that I’m grown up (ah hem, sort of) I avoid eating packaged products with ingredients that are unnatural and contain preservatives, chemicals, and dyes. Needless to say, those old gummy friends and I have parted ways. Instead, I prefer to put the fruit back into fruit roll-ups by making my own at home using all-natural ingredients that taste great and are an overall healthier choice.
Homemade fruit roll-ups are easy to make and a great wholesome snack! I used a mix of strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries for this recipe, and I encourage you to personalize the recipe by using your favorite fruits. Strawberry and peach are both popular flavors. There is a time commitment needed to create these fruity and fun snacks (5-7 hours), but the satisfaction of making your own and eating well is worth the wait.
Homemade Fruit Roll-ups
- 3 cups berries (I used a mix of raspberries, strawberries, and blackberries)
- 1/2 cup unsweetened apple juice or water
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1/2 tablespoon lemon zest
- 1 tablespoon Agave (organic honey or granulated sugar work also)
Preheat oven to 150 degrees or the lowest temperature your oven will go. My oven go as low as 170, as long as the temperature is 200 or under your fruit roll-up will dehydrate properly. Line a baking sheet with a Silpat or parchment paper and set aside.
Combine all ingredients in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Simmer for 20 minutes, until the berries have popped and the liquid has thickened.
Pour the hot mixture into a blender and blend until smooth. Pour the fruit mixture onto the baking sheet and use a spatula to spread the mixture evenly, about 1/4 inch thick.
Place baking sheet in the oven and bake for 5-7 hours. You will know they’re done when you touch them lightly with your finger and they are no longer sticky. If the edges get a little too brittle and dry, you can brush a tiny bit of water over it and will be good as new.
Remove from oven and let cool to room temperature. Cut into squares or strips using a pizza cutter, knife, or scissors. If you want to make fruit roll-ups, roll the strips in parchment paper. Store in an airtight container.
Referring link: http://sunnyslideup.com/homemade-fruit-roll-ups-alivia-jane/
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Hello there Sunny Slide Up readers! Thank you for stopping by! I am SUPER excited to be sharing another new recipe with you today. Although I have not been the biggest fan of gnocchi in the past, my desire to continuously experiment and try new things lured me in to giving the pasta another try. I’m so happy I did, because the outcome resulted in this lovely dish for Butternut Squash Gnocchi with Sage Brown Butter. Although I love to make recipes from scratch, I used packaged pasta and pre-cut butternut squash cubes to save time and cut to the chase. This dish is a perfect comfort food and easy to recreate. I used warm spices like sage, nutmeg and cinnamon that gave the house an incredible scent and brought the gnocchi and butternut squash to life. I hope you enjoy!
Butternut Squash Gnocchi with Sage Brown Butter
- 16 oz. package of gnocchi
- 1 pound butternut squash cubes (buy these pre-cut to save time)
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh sage
- 1 1/2 teaspoons freshly grated nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 3/4 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese, for serving
Prepare gnocchi as package indicates and set aside.
In a medium saucepan, brown the butter by cooking it over medium heat until golden, stirring often, for about 3-4 minutes. Add in butternut squash cubes, sage, salt, nutmeg, and cinnamon and allow mixture to simmer for 10-12 minutes until butternut squash becomes tender. Taste test the mixture to ensure the spices are to your liking.
Add gnocchi; cook until heated through and coated with butter mixture, 2-3 minutes. Transfer to serving bowl and top with a sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Serve warm.
Referring link: http://www.seasonallyjane.com/2014/06/butternut-squash-gnocchi-with-sage.html
One more awesome recipe coming up tomorrow for you!
This week’s focus has been on inspiring creativity in the kitchen through the use of new ingredients, but today’s recipe will take a favorite summer fruit and use it in a fresh new style. Because it has been such a hot and balmy summer I am always looking for light but hearty meal ideas to keep me both cool and satisfied. This chilled Watermelon and Cucumber Gazpacho is the perfect summer cooler! Made with a blend of fresh watermelon, cucumber, and dill- this chilled soup is deliciously complex in flavor. But the uniqueness of this soup lies is the cayenne pepper ingredient, which adds an incredible spicy kick to every mouthful. Best of all, this gazpacho recipe is made with whole foods so it is wonderfully healthy and nourishing. I hope you enjoy the recipe as much as I do. And remember to stay cool this summer!
Watermelon and Cucumber Gazpacho
- 1 large tomatoes
- 2 cups fresh watermelon, seeded and cubed
- ½ English cucumber, seeded, peeled and minced
- 2 tablespoons red onions, minced
- 2 tablespoons fresh dill, minced, plus more for garnish
- 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
- Juice of one lime (About 2 tablespoons)
- 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- salt & freshly ground black pepper
- 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
Using a food processor, puree the tomato and watermelon. Add in cucumber, red onion, lime juice, oil and vinegar and pulse to combine. Fold in dill and cayenne. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Pour the gazpacho into cups or small bowls and refrigerate for 30 minutes until cool. Garnish with extra dill and feta before serving.
Serve and enjoy!
Referring link: http://www.seasonallyjane.com/2014/07/watermelon-and-cucumber-gazpacho.html
See you tomorrow Sunny Slide Up friends!
Happy Tuesday! Yesterday in my first guest post I spilled my secret to keeping innovative in the kitchen by regularly experimenting with new ingredients. In that spirit, this week’s recipe theme is geared towards trying ingredients that are slightly off the beaten path. For example, yesterday I introduced cacao as a healthy cocoa or chocolate replacement in my recipe for Cacao Coconut Granola Clusters. Today I’d like to introduce you to a simple salad recipe that replaces every day romaine with yummy kale.
I’m always surprised by how many people don’t use kale in their regular cooking habits. It is in fact a super food and in my opinion, it’s super delicious too! This Kale and Avocado Salad with Creamy Cilantro Salad Dressing is a staple in my weekly meal plan. The trick to making the kale taste salad-ready and delicious is to make it soft and tender by massaging the leaves with the cilantro dressing. By massaging the leaves you help to break down the cell wall of the kale, allowing it to wilt and absorb all the delicious dressing flavors. Follow the recipe below to give your salad regime a new look!
Kale and Avocado Salad with Creamy Cilantro Dressing
- 1 cup loosely packed cilantro, stems removed and roughly chopped
- ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
- 2 tbsp. fresh lime juice
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1 ½ tsp. white wine vinegar
- 1 tbsp. honey
- Dash of salt and pepper
- 2 bunches kale
- 4 ribs of celery, diced
- 1-2 avocados, diced
For dressing: Combine all salad dressing ingredients into a mixing bowl and whisk until combined. Taste test and adjust ingredients to your personal preference. Set aside.
For salad: Start by washing the kale, then tear or cut small pieces off the stems. Discard the stems and place the leaves into a mixing bowl.
Drizzle all the dressing ingredients onto the kale. Then use your hands to firmly start massaging the dressing into the kale leaves for 2-3 minutes. As you massage, you’ll feel the leaves soften and wilt. Once leaves are soft, add into the salad the celery and avocado. Serve and enjoy!
Referring link: http://www.seasonallyjane.com/2014/03/kale-and-avocado-salad-with-creamy.html
See you tomorrow!
I am so excited to be a guest blogger on Sunny Slide Up! My name is Alivia and I run a self-titled food blog called Alivia Jane. I started a blog as a way to tap into my creative side and showcase the foods I love to eat. Most of my recipes revolve around a whole foods and a plant-based way of eating, although I do sneak in a meat recipe here and there. Everything in moderation is my motto!
To keep innovative in the kitchen I experiment with a new ingredient every few weeks. It is so rewarding to try slightly off-the-beaten path ingredients that open up the door to new flavors and kitchen creativeness. My hope is that through the simple and delicious dishes I create, I will inspire others to be inventive in their kitchens with healthy and incredible tasting foods.
This week, I’ll be sharing five simple recipes that incorporate a new ingredient that you may not use in your every day cooking. Today, I’d like to share my recipe for Cacao Coconut Granola Clusters! If you are not familiar with cacao, it is a sugar-free raw powder and a healthy alternative to conventional over-processed “cocoa” used often for baking and desserts. Cacao is a top source of antioxidants, and it contains an abundance of magnesium and iron. It is amazing!
Finding a healthy snack can sometimes seem like such an impossible mission, especially when trying to maintain a healthy diet. These Cacao Coconut Granola Clusters are the perfect snack not only because they are totally delicious and made with whole foods like nuts, seeds and cacao powder, but also they’re filled with antioxidants, protein, and fiber. You can eat them plain, for breakfast with almond milk, or in yogurt.
Cacao Coconut Granola Clusters
- ½ cup cacao powder
- 1 cup of gluten free oats
- 1 cup pecans, lightly broken up but not crushed
- ½ cup dried coconut flakes
- ½ cup flaxseed
- ½ cup pumpkin seeds
- ¼ cup sunflower seeds
- 3 bananas
- 4 tablespoons maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons almond butter
Preheat the oven to 350F. Grease a medium baking dish.
Place oats, pecans, coconut, flaxseed, pumpkin seeds, and sunflowers seeds into a medium sized mixing bowl. Toss to mix and set aside.
Into a food processor place the almond butter, maple syrup, bananas, and cacao powder and blend until smooth. Pour this mix over the dry ingredients and stir well until all dry ingredients are coated.
Add the granola into your baking dish and bake for 15 minutes. Remove the dish to toss the flattened granola mixture to create clusters and bake for an additional 15 minutes. Remove from oven to let cool completely. Store in an airtight container.
Tip: Don’t be shy about adding additional maple syrup or honey drizzle to the finished granola for an extra sweet finishing touch!
Referring link: http://www.seasonallyjane.com/2014/07/cacao-coconut-granola-clusters.html
Excited to share a week of recipes with you!