Pineapple Mango Green Smoothie

Pineapple Mango Green Smoothie

I am typically not the biggest fan of pineapples. To me, like bananas, the flavor of pineapple overpowers everything else you put with it. So when I set out to make a tropical smoothie, I wanted to use pineapple sparingly, in order to bring out the mango and kiwi flavors, and I think this ratio was a success, at least I drank the entire thing! Smoothies are also a great way to use the core of the pineapple, that is often discarded.  The core of the pineapple contains the substance Bromelin, which may help reduce inflammation.

Pineapple Mango Green Smoothie

Pineapple Mango Green Smoothie

And now this… personally, I prefer to put whole foods in my smoothie and skip the extra like protein powder and collagen etc. I know everyone has a different view on this but everything I have learned in school and from what I understand of evidence based science, you can get all the nutrients you need from whole foods, so I prefer to stick with that. And as a side note. who else is absolutely loving Last Week Tonight this season? Why is it only on once a week!

Pineapple Mango Green Smoothie

Pineapple Mango Green Smoothie

Pineapple Mango Green Smoothie
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Pineapple Mango Green Smoothie

transport yourself to a tropical island

Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings 1

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup pineapple chunks fresh or frozen
  • 3/4 cup frozen mango
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 2 kiwis skin removed

optional

  • pineapple, mango, and kiwi to garnish

Instructions

  1. Cut the fresh pineapple. If you want to use the skin to hold the smoothie, carefully cut the pineapple out of the center. (I have no advice on how to do this...I just cut small pieced out). 

  2. In a food processor or a blender, add the pineapple chunks, mango, spinach and kiwi. 

  3. Pulse until smooth. 

  4. Pour into the hollowed out pineapple, bowl, or glass. 

  5. Optional: Top with extra fruit. 

Pineapple Mango Green Smoothie

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Pineapple Mango Green Smoothie

Pineapple Mango Green Smoothie

Pistachio Pesto Parsnip Noodles

Pistachio Pesto Parsnip Noodles

It’s becoming quite clear to me that I must really love pesto. I have made it with pistachios, sunflower seeds, kale, walnuts, arugula! One reason is definitely the endless possibilities (I am sure I can come up with more), and the other has something to do with hating tomato sauce. Yes, I think I have mentioned that too before.

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Likewise, there are also endless possibilities when it comes to spiralizing. (On a side note, when is spiralizing going to be added to the Oxford English Dictionary.) Zucchini will always be the OG spiralized veggie noodles, but don’t count out parsnips. the only dilemma I am currently having is what to call them. I don’t think “poodles” is going to work, but I am liking the idea of “parsnoodles!” What do you think?

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Anyways, here is yet another, but certainly not the last recipe for pesto veggie noodles.

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Pistachio Pesto Parsnip Noodles

Who said zucchini has to have all the spiralizing fun

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 2

Ingredients

  • 1 medium-large parsnip
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • Pistachio Pesto
  • 3 small fresh mozzarella balls

Instructions

  1. Use a spiralizer to spiralize the parsnip.
  2. Make the pesto. Combine the pistachios, basil, Parmesan, and olive oil in a food processor.
  3. Add the one tsp of olive oil into a large skillet.
  4. On medium heat, add the parsnips. Cooking for 8 minutes.
  5. Add the pistachio pesto to the pan and cook for another 5 minutes
  6. Add the parsnips to a bowl and top with the fresh mozzarella.

Recipe Notes

Find my recipe for Pistachio Pesto here

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Beet Date Apple & Pistachio Salad

I have a confession, I wasn’t quite sure if I actually liked beets until I recently had a few amazing dishes at a couple of restaurants. One in particular was a beet salad at Ripple in Washington DC. For all of my top chef fans out there, until recently, Marjorie Meek-Bradley was the Executive Chef. Last month, I had a friend visiting for a conference near the restaurant so we decided to check it out. Everything we ordered was absolutely amazing, but the beet salad had a taste unlike anything I have ever had. For better or worse, they change the menu quite often, and when I went to look up the dish a week later in hopes of recreating it, to my horror, it was no longer on the menu. But have no fear, I went to great lengths to learn what was in that salad! I was finally able to connect with the restaurant through Instagram to find out the ingredients in the salad. The recipe included beets, date chocolate puree, orange puree, macadamia nuts, and pickled apple.

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However, I am by no means a professional chef, I have never taken a cooking class in my life. That being said,  date chocolate puree seemed a bit above my comfort zone, a bit intensive for a salad, and perhaps a recipe that wouldn’t quite fit with my goal of sharing fairly easy recipes. The recipe below is my take on the salad, reigning in on the skill level and time need to create the dish. I think the salad turned out great, but I have to admit, I still think the one at Ripple was better, if you ever have a chance to go there, you have to try it!

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Beet Date Apple & Pistachio Salad

A salad, yes, a salad to satisfy anyone's sweet tooth.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 1

Ingredients

  • 1 small beet
  • 1 small golden beet
  • 1/2 orange peeled
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 dates pitted
  • 1/2 apple
  • 10 pistachios
  • 1 cup mixed greens
  • optional: balsamic vinegar

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Peel off the skin of the beet and chop into cubes.
  3. Using a mandolin, thinly slice the golden beet.
  4. Cover the red beets in tinfoil and the golden beets in tinfoil and place them on a cookie sheet
  5. Roast for 20-25 minutes.
  6. In a small sauce pan had 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup of water. Mix into the sugar dissolves in water
  7. When the sugar is dissolved, add half of the orange into the pan. Let the orange soak up the sugar mixture for 15-20 minutes.
  8. Let the orange mixture cool for a couple of minutes.
  9. Pour the mixture into a food processor/blender. Blend on high until the mixture becomes a smooth orange sauce.
  10. 10. Chop the dates, the apples into matchsticks, and shell the pistachios.
  11. 11. Assemble the salad, add the two types of beets, greens, dates, apples, and pistachios.
  12. 12. Spread orange sauce on the plate with the greens.
  13. 13. To eat mix the greens with the sauce, add some balsamic vinegar if you please.

 

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Persimmon Pomegranate & Burrata Salad

I feel like I cannot share a recipe without addressing the elephant in the room, but at the same time I am not one to share my political views all over the internet. But to say the least, I am sad and disheartened by the results of Tuesday’s elections.

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That being said, cooking (and really baking) has always been a great coping mechanism for me. And so I am going to share my recipes as planned. Especially since I’ve created Thanksgiving theme, I think its important to recognize there are still things to be thankful for.

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So, today I am sharing a salad recipe to serve on Thanksgiving or really any fall day, featuring persimmons. Persimmons are a beautiful and delicious fruit that are only in season for a few months of the fall. It’s hard to describe what they taste like, it’s similar to honey or dates, but with a different texture depending on ripeness.

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Yesterday I shared my feelings on appetizers on thanksgiving (necessary), and I have a similar feeling about salads, necessary. I think is great to have something fresh and light on a plate that usually is filled with rich and heavy sides.

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My family is definitely split on this issue but I know at least a few of them will be happy to see this salad on the table!

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Persimmon, Pomegranate, & Burrata

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Persimmons are featured in a perfect thanksgiving salad

Ingredients

    – 1 head of butter lettuce – 1 head of radicchio – 1 cup of arugula – 3 persimmons

  • arils of half a pomegranate
  • – 4 oz of burrata
  • 2 TBSP chopped pistachios
  • 1-2 TBSP chopped pistachios
  • 1/2 cup of Pomegranate Juice
  • 1/2 cup of rice vinegar
  • 1/3 cup of olive oil
  • 1 clove minced garlic
  • 1 tsp of honey

Directions

  1. Wash, chop, and mix the lettuce.
  2. Slice the persimmons into thin round slices.
  3. Deseed the pomegranate, chop the pistachios.
  4. Cut up the burrata into small pieces.
  5. To make the Pomegranate Vinaigrette, combine the pomegranate juice, rice vinegar, olive oil, minced garlic, and honey into a jar. Shake until combined.
  6. To assemble the salad, place the combination of lettuce on a large plate or bowl. Add the persimmon, pomegranate, burrata, pistachios to the lettuce. Dress with the Pomegranate vinaigrette.
  7. Enjoy!

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Cranberry Pomegranate Pistachio Baked Brie & cheese plate

I am trying something a little different for the next few weeks. Instead of featuring an Ingredient, I will cook one dish at a time a Thanksgiving menu (sans the Turkey) I refuse to be responsible for the turkey.

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So let’s start at the very beginning, a very good place to start.

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I am told there is a debate on whether it’s worth it to have on appetizers on Thanksgiving or if its better to just stick to the main event.

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In my family, there is no a question. Appetizers are essential. How could one possibly wait until late afternoon to start the Thanksgiving feast. A true Thanksgiving means feasting all day.

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For my thanksgiving menu, I think the ultimate appetizer is cheese. I have long admired How Sweet It Is cheese plate making abilities so I figured Thanksgiving was the perfect time to put my cheese plate making abilities to the test.

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For my cheese plate, I started out with a baked brie because why not. A baked brie is always the best cheese on a cheese plate. For thanksgiving, cranberries and pomegranate seem like the natural topping for brie, right. I actually think I made this one last year too.

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After the brie, I went with a Creamy Toscano Cheese Soaked in Syrah from Trader Joe’s and a Berry Goat Cheese to stick to the red/pink/purple color palette. I added two “butters” apple butter and fig butter as well as dried cranberries. Last but not least, you need a baguette and then I went with Rosemary Raisin Crisps from Trader Joe’s and a multi-grain cracker.

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Cranberry Pomegranate Pistachio Baked Brie

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a Thanksgiving version of the always perfect baked brie

Ingredients

    – 1 8oz brie wheel

  • 1 TBSP apple butter
  • – 1/4 cup whole fresh cranberries
  • 1/4 cup pomegranate arils
  • 1-2 TBSP chopped pistachios

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  2. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Deseed the pomegranate, chop the pistachios.
  4. Place the brie on the parchment paper, spread the apple butter on top.
  5. Add the cranberries, pomegranates, and chopped pistachios on top of the brie.
  6. Put the brie in the oven for about 10 minutes.
  7. Enjoy warm!

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I’m thinking not bad for a cheese plate especially one that doesn’t break the bank! What are must haves on your cheese plate?

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Cauliflower Steak with Pumpkin Tahini Dressing and Pistachios

Cauliflower is is one of the most versatile vegetables. I have featured it as pizza, rice, bread stick, mashed potatoes and now as steak. Seriously cauliflower knows no bounds. But you are probably thinking steak.. how can a vegetable be steak? Well let me show you.

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I first had cauliflower at Dig Inn when they opened a restaurant in Boston. It was seriously amazing. And the crazy thing is, it’s really filling as like steak. The cauliflower steak was part of their summer menu, i think it came with a pistachio sauce, but since its fall, I created the quintessential fall sauce to pair with my version of cauliflower steak.

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Cauliflower Steak with Pumpkin Tahini Dressing and Pistachios

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yes I did say Cauliflower Steak

Ingredients

    – 1 head of cauliflower – 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • – salt to taste – 1 tbsp tahini – 1 TBSP pumpkin puree – 1 tsp maple syrup – juice of half a lemon – 1-2 tsp of water – TBSP crushed pistachios

Directions

  1. Cut the cauliflower through the center in 2-3 steaks. The number of steaks depends on how much it crumbles.
  2. In a large skillet, add the olive oil and garlic. Add the cauliflower steaks season lightly with salt.
  3. Cook on each side for 3-4 minutes.
  4. To make the dressing add the tahini, pumpkin, maple syrup and lemon juice into a small bowl.
  5. Mix well until combined. Add water if its too thick.
  6. To serve, spread dressing over cauliflower, add crushed pistachios on top.
  7. Enjoy!

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Chia Pudding with Figs & Pistachio

Who are we kidding, fresh figs really go with everything, but putting them in your breakfast makes waking up easier, right? almost…

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Chia puddings love them or hate them? They are certainly an interesting texture when you get it right, bit also really easy to mess it up. The recipe I am sharing today is my favorite way to do it.

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Chia Pudding with Figs & Pistachios

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figs for breakfast makes mornings better

Ingredients

    – 1 tablespoon figs butter (Trader Joes) – 6 oz of non fat plain greek yogurt

  • 1/4 cup milk (skim, soy or almond)
  • 2 TBSP chia seeds
  • 2-3 figs, sliced in 4
  • 6-8 pistachios

Directions

  1. In a bowl, add the yogurt, milk, and chia seeds, Mix until incorporated.
  2. In a glass/bowl add the fig butter to the bottom and spread evenly.
  3. Pour the yogurt mixture into the glass. Place in the fridge overnight of at least 4 hours.
  4. In the morning, top the yogurt with fresh figs and pistachios.
  5. Enjoy!

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Apricot, Grilled Corn & Burrata Salad

Updated 9/09/16

So those of you who know me well know i have been called a bit of a perfectionist. So in true perfectionist form. I have remade this recipe and re done all the photos.

A few notes… it was no longer fresh apricot season so i used a mix of dry apricots and nectarines. I also used Buratta !

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Oh the joys of eating corn on the cob. I honestly cringe now thinking about how I used to eat corn on the cob. I would slather butter on a piece of bread and use the bread to slather butter all over my corn and then I would enjoy that butter soaked bread to my hearts content.

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But if you were like me…the joys of corn on the cob dissipated around middle school. The day you had those metal brackets glued to your teeth was the end of corn on the cob as you knew it. And I had it quite bad. I had braces not once but twice, pretty much the entirety of my teenage years. From 12-16 and then again when I turned 18 through my first year of college. The only glimmer of luck was that when I had those wretched braces placed on my teeth a second time, I was allowed to get clear brackets since I was 18. But senior prom, graduation, even my college photo id picture… I had braces for all of those.

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So needless to say, there was not a lot of corn on the cob eating. This recipe brings back those memories of cutting all the corn of the cob. I adapted this recipe from Jessica at How Sweet It Is. She is really a true culinary genius. Her flavor combinations are out of this world. I kept the same ingredients as Jessica however I changed the recipe to make this salad for 2. I also switched up the dressing and made a homemade Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing.

 

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you’ve got to try it!

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everyone ‘fess up… who else had braces forever!

Here is one photo of the “before” it doesn’t really compare…

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Strawberry Pistachio Brie Crostini

Toast is so trendy right now.

But what is trendier than toast… mini toast!

So today I am sharing a recipe for a perfect bite sized appetizer.

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I have shared a recipe for this pistachio pesto before and I believe I said “it goes with everything.” Well, I am sticking to my word and pairing the pistachio pesto with strawberries and Brie cheese.

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The recipe for pistachio pesto I shared earlier made plenty of pesto, but if you are looking for just a little less you can try this ratio. There is also no kale in this version of the pesto.

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  • 20 shelled pistachios
  • 4 tsp olive oil
  • 1 TBSP Parmesan
  • small bunch of basil

I was able to use a small food processor instead of putting in the extra effort to clean out my big one.

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Also speaking of things cute and miniature and bite sized, how awesome are these individual brie cheeses. I found them at Trader Joes.  They are the perfect serving for 1!

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Strawberry Tabbouleh

I think I’ve said this a few times before, here, here, here oh yeah and here too, that I truly hate tomatoes. This has kind of been a problem in my life but I have made it this far and I am not about to change today. I never ate pizza at my friend’s birthday parties or school field trips, but I never complained (or at least tried) because I knew I was the only person stopping me from joining in.

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This is one of the reasons I like to cook. At restaurants, I always find myself thinking, I would like this dish without this food or that dish without that food. At home, I just make things to my own liking and I am happy as a clam.

Today I wanted to revamp an old recipe and give it a new twist. Once again, I am removing the tomatoes and adding something much more delicious, yes strawberries!

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Today’s recipe is for strawberry tabbouleh. Tabbouleh is a traditional Mediterranean dish consisting of tomatoes, cucumbers, onion, parsley, mint, and bulgur. For my version I swapped out tomatoes for strawberries, mint for basil and added pistachios, because why not. Ever since I made pistachio pesto, I’ve decided that pistachios go really well with basil and strawberries… more of that coming soon.

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Strawberry Tabbouleh

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