chicory, grapefruit + avocado salad

appetizer, mains, recipes, salads

Traveling. Dinner parties. Weddings. Goodbye drinks. Summer treats.

It is this time of year and just after Christmas that I tend to feel a bit haggard + like I am going through life in sand. Things like so-so sleep and a bit of overindulging… it happens. But I know I can feel better.

We try and ‘detox’ a couple times a year. I have looong been suspicious of the stereotypical juice-based detoxes, lemonade-chili powder ‘Beyonce detoxes’ and spending a ton of money on supplements and such. Instead, I would rather eat nutritionally dense foods that are kind and cleansing for my liver and body.

I have been reading up on toxins. So crazy that every day we are exposed to so many things in our food and environment that accumulate in our bodies. Detoxing can be such a powerful tool to restore our glow + toward feeling more revitalized.

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The result of my nerding out on detoxifying foods is this super antioxidant salad. It is loaded with texture, good-for-your-tummy-ingredients, and bursting with fresh summer flavors! I like to think that this Chicory, Grapefruit + Avocado Salad is the ultimate detox meal. I find that simply eating a big salad containing detoxifying ingredients a few times a week makes me feel more clear, focused and energetic.

This salad can be thrown together in minutes and is a great meal to eat when you want to lighten things up. There are no isolated oils, only the fat from the seeds and the avocado, which make it much easier to digest and less processed. This bright salad features sweet-tart grapefruit (hello cellulite fighter and blood sugar stabiliser) and slightly bitter chicory (hello immune booster and liver detoxifier)! It will makes a refreshing addition to your summer dinner repertoire.

 

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Ingredients

2 mains : 4 sides 

  • 1 large ruby red grapefruit, peeled and segmented
  • 2 head chicory, pull off leaves
  • 1 medium beetroot, washed and cut julienne
  • 1 large avocado, peeled and sliced
  • 4-5 cups mixed salad mix, go for darker leaves
  • 4 tbs pumpkin seeds, ideally sprouted
  • balsamic vinegar, to drizzle
  1. Using a serrated knife, half your grapefruit. Slice along membranes + peel away segments (do this over a bowl to catch extra juices)
  2. Place chicory/endive and mixed leaves in a serving bowl
  3. Add sliced avocado and beetroot to salad + sprinkle pumpkin seeds
  4. Drizzle balsamic and leftover grapefruit juice as dressing over salad
  5. Season with salt and pepper to taste, toss to combine
  6. Share and enjoy with your people!

 

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Notes

  • For a nice, hearty addition, add quinoa or brown rice if you have it on hand
  • For more detoxifiers, try fresh cilantro and parsley. They are both heavy metal detoxifiers which aid in removing heavy metals from our bodies

 

Here is to a wonderful, healthy you and to feeling our best. I hope you enjoy this recipe and that you have a delicious end to your week!

 

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summer peach oven cake

breakfast, recipes, treats

August and festivals, they just go together.

Here in Edinburgh we are celebrating the start of the Fringe Festival, International Festival and the  International Book Festival. The population is said to triple and it is just about impossible to find an available room in the city. It is one big party around here.

August is also one of my favorite times of year in our dear ‘ol Colorado. It has become a family tradition to pack up the car and head to the Palisade Peach Festival to celebrate all things peaches. Attendees sample peach ice cream, peach pie, peach cobbler, peach liquor, peach pancakes, peach jam, peach smoothies and Dad’s favorite, peach salsa. The festival is complete with a peach eating contest, peach cuisine demonstrations, a full parade down main street and one lucky gal is crowned Peach Queen.

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One of the highlights of the trip is to return home with crates of the fuzzy fruit. We would bring back dozens upon dozens of freshly picked peaches for friends and family. This juicy fruit was a part of my growing up and using them in this easy peach oven cake recipe brought back some sweet memories!

I got the idea to try an oven-baked pancake after a post about Swedish Fat Almond Cake from Green Kitchen Stories. This baked pancake called ugnspannkaka or tjockpannkaka, means oven baked pancake or thick pancake. It tastes like a huge pancake and is perfect for sharing. I wanted to try a version of my own, because I think we can all appreciate the simplicity of the recipe and not having to stand at the stove and flip pancakes.

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Sweet: This recipe is sweetened naturally by the warm, juicy peaches, with a hint of nuttiness from the almonds and coconut. We like to top with butter and agave nectar.

Simple: It couldn’t be easier. Whip the ingredients together and throw into the oven.

The pancake will rise during baking, it should be fluffy with a golden outer crust and a soft peachy inside- the perfect summer comfort food.

INGREDIENTS

4 servings

3 peaches, cut into thin slices

1/2 cup milk *your preference, I used coconut milk

1/2 cup gluten free all-purpose flour

3 eggs

2 tbs coconut flour

2 tbs almond meal

1 tbs butter

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1 drop vanilla extract

1 pinch salt

1 pinch ground nutmeg

1 tbs optional sweetener

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METHOD

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C)

Melt butter in a cast-iron skillet in the preheating oven

Combine peach slices, sweetener, nutmeg and cinnamon in a bowl; gently toss to coat the peaches well. Cut the peaches into bite sized pieces. Set aside.

Beat eggs, milk, flours, almond meal, vanilla extract, salt together in a bowl until batter well-combined but a little lumpy. Pour into skillet.

Top batter with the peach mixture. Place the peaches into the top of the cake. They can be nicely arranged, but feel free to get as many peaches you can into the oven cake.

Bake in preheated oven until set in the middle, about 25 minutes.

Whatever you decide, breakfast, lunch, dessert… Enjoy!

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Palisade Peach Festival 2014

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grilled vegetable skewers with spicy tofu

mains, recipes

Warm weather is made for grilling. This weekend, as we celebrate the first official day of summer, we are definitely in the mood for grilling, even if the clouds and breeze are hanging out in Scotland today. I love to grill because basically, everything and anything you can imagine can be cooked on the grates of a grill – often times with amazing results. A summer salad gets a little crunch with a handful of grilled kale… delicious. Even desserts get a little more interesting when charred, grilled peaches on ice cream anyone?

Firm tofu and if you tolerate dairy, halloumi cheese, are great vegetarian options for grilling because they are firm enough to hold their shape as they cook. The spiciness and saltiness of the tofu (or hallolumi) in this recipe balance out the sweetness from the peppers, courgette and red onion.

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INGREDIENTS

For Vegetables

2 medium courgettes, cut crosswise into 3/4-inch-thick slices

2 medium red bell peppers, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces

2 large red onion, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces

1/4 cup olive oil

1 tsp salt + pepper

metal or wooden skewers (soaked in warm water 30 minutes if wooden)

For Tofu

1 package (350g) firm tofu, diced into 1-inch cubes

1 tbs olive oil

1 tsp cumin + garlic salt

1/2 tsp red chili powder

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METHOD

Prepare grill for cooking over medium-hot charcoal (moderate heat for gas).

Place the zucchini, red onion and bell pepper in a large bowl. Drizzle with oil and sprinkle salt + pepper. Gently toss to combine.

In separate bowl, combine cubed tofu, olive oil, cumin, garlic salt and chili powder.

Arrange vegetables and tofu onto soaked bamboo skewers (keeps them from sticking too much). Grill kebabs on lightly oiled grill rack, covered only if using gas grill, turning over once, until vegetables are tender, 6 to 10 minutes (timing will vary among vegetables).

Serve with brown rice and spinach.

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NOTES

* Mushrooms, cherry tomatoes and squash would make great additions
* Skewers can be prepped 1 day ahead, chilled and covered
* If you aren’t able to grill outdoors, place skewers onto lightly greased tray and cook under the grill for 10 to 12 minutes, or until the tofu is golden and the veg are soft, turning halfway through.