Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Curry Quinoa and Sweet Potato Stew

It's still winter here in the midwest and despite a relatively mild winter the days are still cool and short. Still soup, chili and stew weather 'round here! Here is a warming and healthy recipe that can be made right in the slow cooker. There is not much better than a meal that's warm, healthy and ready for you when you get home. One of the great things about curry is that one of the most essential ingredients is turmeric. Turmeric is known to be a powerful anti-inflamatory, help heal pain and prevent disease. What a flavor combination in this dish; sweet and savory, soft and crisp, warm and cool.  

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Oatmeal Raisin Almond Pulp Granola

We have new obsession at our house...homemade almond milk.  I admit, I still buy almond milk but the taste of homemade is amazing.  Lately I have been making it myself...a lot. I'll share my favorite recipe soon - it's heavenly.  

A couple things I have learned... soak your almonds overnight whenever possible -it yields more milk, milk will only keep in the fridge for about 4-5 days before it starts to ferment - if it smells funky don't drink it and lastly you'll need to find some uses for the leftover almond pulp.  I've been working on some different ways to use this amazing stuff.  Here is one of my first creations and it's quickly becoming a household favorite.  Loaded with nutrition and healthy goodness that tastes crunchy, chewy and sweet! Granola perfection.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Chocolate Strawberry Kale Smoothie

Happy New Year 2015!  I am so excited to the year ahead and what it will bring Yummy Sprout.  I have a great selection of classes coming up in the next few months with plans to add a few more.  2014 was a great year, I took a look at the top recipes (in terms of readership) and believe it or not the winner (by a 20K landslide) was Homemade Fruit Water, followed by No-Bake Granola Bars, Lettuce Wraps with Beet Pesto, Fruit'shi, and Playdate Snack Mix.  

So let's start the year out right with a healthy smoothie the entire family will love...it basically tastes like a milkshake!  Enjoy.