Toast: Roasted Tomatoes and Feta Cheese

I love enjoying a warm piece of toast, especially in the morning with my eggs. There’s something about the warm crunchiness of the first bite that keeps me going for more! Anything goes well with toast whether it’s eggs, avocado, or just plain old butter- it’s just delicious!

Here I have tomatoes that were roasted in avocado oil, Italian seasoning, and a little bit of salt and pepper that give this toast so much flavor. I also added some feta cheese that gets slightly melted from the warmth of the tomatoes. SO GOOD!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup grape or cherry tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil (or olive)
  • Italian seasoning
  • salt + pepper, to taste
  • 1-2 tablepsoons of feta cheese
  • 1 tablespoon of butter (preferably ghee or grass fed)
  • 2 slices of your favorite bread (mine is sourdough!)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Rinse tomatoes and pat dry.
  3. Line a baking sheet with foil and place tomatoes on top.
  4. Spray or coat tomatoes in oil and sprinkle Italian seasoning all over. Then add salt and pepper.
  5. Cook in oven for about 10-15 minutes or until tomatoes look “blistered”.
  6. In the meantime, toast bread and spread with butter.
  7. Once the tomatoes are finished cooking, place them onto the toast, sprinkle feta cheese on top, and EAT!
  8. Hope you enjoy 🙂

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Farm to Table: Homemade Apple Sauce

Nothing makes me happier than knowing where my food comes from. That is why I love supporting local farmers and co-ops. There are so many benefits of supporting local farms that impact the environment and even your health in a positive way. The produce we see at the grocery store comes from all over the world. That’s great that we can eat any type of fruit or vegetable we want during any type of season, but do you ever think about how much that particular food travels and what it goes through just to get into your local grocery store? In fact, because the food has to travel so far, the produce is picked so early so that it doesn’t go bad when traveling to grocery stores.

Fruit and vegetables should be picked after they fully ripen. There’s actually more nutrient content inside the fruit/vegetable when it’s eaten shortly after it is picked AND it even tastes so much better! Seriously farm fresh tomatoes versus store bought?! You really can taste the difference.

 

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Anyway, apple season is here and I thought I’d share a recipe that you can make after picking all those lovely apples from your local farm! Even the little ones can join in making this delicious apple sauce. Farm to table— it can’t get any better than that! So fresh and so good.

Watch the full video here!

Ingredients:

  • 2 apples – peeled, cored, and chopped
  • 1/3 cup filtered water
  • 3-4 pieces of lemon peel (about 1.5 inches in length)
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon

Directions:

  1. Peel, cut and core apples.
  2. In a medium sized pot, combine apples, water, and lemon peel.
  3. Cover with a lid and bring to a boil.
  4. Once it boils, reduce heat to medium low and let simmer for about 5-8 minutes.
  5. Remove lemon peel and add maple syrup and cinnamon.
  6. Stir and let simmer for another 5 minutes.
  7. Remove from heat and pour mixture into a high speed blender or immersion blender. I prefer a Vitamix.
  8. Blend on high until smooth. About 2-3 minutes.
  9. Pour into a container and save for 1 week.
  10. Serve warm or chilled and enjoy!

 

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Healthy Pumpkin Spice Pancakes

Well it’s that time of year again—everything pumpkin spice! This is the perfect recipe for one or two servings. I usually cook for myself and hate wasting food so I am always looking to make small batches of food that way I know I will be able to eat it all! These a simply flavored with maple syrup and taste just like fall from the pumpkin spice. I topped mine with coconut chips, pumpkin seeds, more manly syrup, and a sprinkle of cinnamon however nut butter, fresh fruit, or any other types of nuts/seeds would work here!

Yield: about 3-4 pancakes

Watch full recipe video here!

Ingredients:

  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup oats (I used bobs red mill gluten free)
  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • pinch of sea salt

Directions:

  1. Whisk together eggs, pumpkin puree, and maple syrup into a medium sized bowl.
  2. Then add oats, pumpkin pie spice, and sea salt to the bowl. Stir all together with a spatula until combined. (The batter should be on the thicker side but still a little runny)
  3. Bring a pan to medium low heat and spray or coat with coconut oil.
  4. Pour a small amount of batter onto the heated pan.
  5. Let cook for 3-5 minutes on both sides or until golden brown. When the batter starts to bubble or the sides begin to harden, you’ll know it’s time to flip.
  6. Top with your desired toppings of choice and serve!

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