A few weeks back I was invited to a hard cider tour and tasting at the AppleGarden Farm. This beautifully quaint farm is tucked away in Tomales (CA) and run by the sweetest couple, Jan and Louis Lee. They are the cider artisans behind the refreshingly light and crisp beverage. In the past, I have only had hard cider that was incredibly sweet and not something you could pair easily with meals. Their brew of cider could not be more opposite and I must say it was a welcomed change! It contains zero added sugars, flavorings or concentrates AND it’s gluten-free. In addition, their beverage is created 100% from fermented apple juice, solely from apples grown on their beautiful farm.
Looking for something on the lighter side in between Friendsgiving and all of the delectable holiday meals? Try this Roasted Cauliflower + Spinach Soup with Homemade Croutons. It’s simply veggies with no thickening ingredients such as heavy cream or added potatoes. It definitely does the tummy well while not cutting corners on flavor. I have discovered over the years that store-bought soups or pre-made soups even if they are labeled as healthy or all natural, include a few unnecessary ingredients that add-on not so nutritious calories. Ingredients such as potatoes, heavy cream added sodium or sugars.
Is it raining where you are? Well by a miracle, it finally rained in the Bay Area! Yes, we get excited about the rain because we really don’t get enough of it here. Since these types of days are so few far and between, I thought I would make a warm and comforting meal this week. I decided to cook up a large batch of my Red Lentil Risotto with Roasted Broccolini. I am thrilled to share the recipe with you because it has that lovely risotto flavor but with a healthy twist. This meal sways towards the “lighter” side of comfort food, instead of making a rice based risotto I use red lentils. Don’t get me wrong, I am a sucker for bit of white rice every once in a while although swapping out white rice for lentils makes this dish much more nutrient dense.
This Balsamic Portobello + Quinoa Medley is such a fantastic vegetarian option and super manageable to put together quickly. It also just rings Fall to me with the beautiful orange and yellow tones of the fresh tomatoes and squash. With just a few ingredients your set to have a tasty dinner. It’s truly surprising how savory and rich the portobellos become when cooked down in this balsamic vinegar sauce. This is a substantial meal worth trying, not only because it’s easy to make it also holds incredible nutritional value. Portobellos have multiple pluses when it comes to nutrition, as they have a seriously good balance of healthy protein, carbs and are low in fat.
This is a 1 pot meal. You literally throw everything into your slow cooker and voila! It is the perfect dinner to have on a chilly fall evening and during the week when the last thing you want to do is stand over your stove. All it takes is a little prep work and plugging in your slow cooker. I love coming home to this delectable roast knowing that I have to do absolutely nothing but grab a plate and pour myself a glass of wine!
Look at these gorgeous artichokes! I picked them up at the farmers market this past weekend and wanted to share a very delicious and healthy way to eat them. To cook the artichokes, it’s a one pot deal, making it easy for a nice bite or to include with dinner. What I love is that these spiky green veggies pack a ton of nutritional value. They are a rich source of fiber, vitamins and minerals which are wonderful for your body. Artichokes contain vitamin C, K, folate and provide minerals such as calcium, potassium, zinc and many beneficial others. This helps contribute to building strong bones, a healthy immune system and helpful for skin wellness. This recipe is not only tasty, it’s really good for you!