Snacks

Sundried Tomato and Basil Hummus

Hummus is a dip or spread which originated in Egypt and is made of Chickpeas (garbanzo beans) and sesame paste (tahini). It is high in fiber and protein and happens to be one of my favorite snacks. I enjoy it with brown rice crackers and various veggies but historically it was served with flatbread or pita. It is also great as a spread on a turkey or veggie wrap and a perfect appetizer for guests. I do buy hummus, especially during busier seasons of life, but prefer to make my own because I can control the freshness of the ingredients and the cost. You can add roasted red peppers, roasted garlic, chipotles, curry or just some extra lemon juice. Hummus is an amazing source of fiber, a subject I blogged about this week. Fiber is one of the vital components of a healthy meal and hummus is such a delicious way to get it in! It is definitely one of my favorites, enjoy it any way you like!   Ingredients: 2 C canned garbanzo beans, drained ⅓ C tahini (sesame paste) ¼ C olive oil 3 cloves garlic juice of one lemon ¼ C sundried tomatoes packed in olive oil ½ C fresh basil ½ tsp. sea salt   Directions: 1. Place beans, tahini, garlic, lemon juice, sundried tomatoes, basil and salt in food processor or blender. 2. Pulse for a few seconds then start slowly streaming olive oil in as needed to make a smooth, creamy hummus. That’s it! Very simple. Try some different variations on […]

Artichoke and Goat Cheese Dip

This recipe is so warm and cheesy but is full of lots of good flavor with a brightness due to the lemon zest and all the herbs.  Not like your typical cheesy holiday dip!     Ingredients: One 14-ounce can artichoke hearts, drained 1 pound chévre goat cheese 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 teaspoons lemon juice 2 teaspoons lemon zest 1 shallot, minced 1 garlic clove, minced ½ cup Parmesan Reggiano, grated 1 tablespoon parsley 1 tablespoon chives ½ tablespoon rosemary ½ teaspoon sea salt ½ teaspoon black pepper Dash of cayenne pepper (optional*)   Directions: 1. In a food processor, mix all ingredients except the parmesan until well incorporated and creamy. 2. Top with your freshly grated Parmesan. 3. Bake in a 350 oven until bubbly and cheese is golden on top. 4. Serve alongside some toasted crostini or crackers. Enjoy!!       © The Sown Life LLC, 2019  

Peanut Butter Energy Balls

  My assistant, Sommer, makes these peanut butter energy balls all the time to eat before workouts and as a little snack.  We modified them slightly to contain some great superfood and hormone balancing ingredients! I’m so excited to share these with you. They are a great snack before or after exercise and since they are a little sweet they can scratch that itch for dessert we all get sometimes. All the ingredients are very clean and high quality so they are great for toddlers and children as well. Chia seeds, cacao nibs, oats, and honey are all fantastic for hormone balance!     Ingredients:  1 C organic peanut butter 1 C Love n’ Peas protein powder 1 ⅓ C gluten-free rolled oats ¼ C cacao nibs 2 T chia seeds ⅓ C raw organic honey ⅓ C unsweetened almond milk (or as needed)     Directions:  1. Combine all ingredients except for the almond milk and roughly mix with a spoon. 2. Add the almond milk until all ingredients bind together and form a kind of dough.     3. If you own a kitchen scale roll the dough into little balls weighing between 23-25 grams. If you don’t have a kitchen scale you can estimate and make all the balls about an inch in diameter.     4. The batch should yield between 24-28 balls depending on the size. Store in an airtight container in the fridge, they can last up to three weeks or more in the fridge. […]

Whole Grain Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

Fall is here and it's time for all things Pumpkin.  These muffins are some of my favorites. I have been making these for years and they bring back so many memories of baking days with my kids when they were all living at home.  I am still making them for the last of the 5 kiddos and he loves them. This recipe initially came from the blog, Money Saving Mom, and I have tweaked it over the years to make them more nutrient dense.  They are both a treat and a healthy snack.  These are not difficult so give them a try.  Great way to celebrate a fall morning with a cup of coffee or tea. Ingredients: (makes 24-30 muffins) 4 eggs 1 cup raw cane sugar 3/4 cup coconut sugar 1 16oz. can pumpkin puree 3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce 3/4 cup avocado oil 3 cups Whole Wheat, Spelt or Kamut flour 2 teaspoons baking soda 2 teaspoons baking powder 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon sea salt 1 package chocolate chips   Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. 2. Spray muffin tins with baking oil (I use coconut or avocado oil spray) or use paper liners. 3. Using a large mixing bowl, beat together eggs, sugar, pumpkin, and oil until well blended. 4. Add the dry ingredients and blend well. 5. Add chocolate chips and stir in gently. 6. Fill muffins cups 3/4 of the way full. 7. Bake for 16-20 minutes. 8. Remove from muffin pan and [...]

Artichoke Squares

    I have been making these Artichoke Squares for my Balancing Hormone Bootcamps and they have definitely been a big hit!!!   Who can resist artichokes, onions, garlic, farm fresh eggs, sharp cheddar cheese, and some thyme?? I love these for a protein-dense appetizer but they make a great breakfast on the go or a perfect addition to brunch. These are very easy to make in a batch ahead of time as part of your weekly meal prep. I hope you enjoy this healthy nutrient-dense option that everyone will love!!      Ingredients: 1 12- ounce jar of artichoke hearts marinated in oil  2 T olive oil or the reserved marinade from the artichokes. 1 small yellow onion finely chopped (I used a Vidalia onion which added a nice touch of sweetness) 1 clove garlic, minced 4 eggs ¼ C gluten-free bread crumbs {or regular if not on a gluten-free diet} ⅛ tsp pepper ¼ tsp salt  ½ tsp fresh thyme ⅛ tsp hot red pepper sauce if desired 2 C sharp cheddar cheese   Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. 2. Drain artichoke hearts and chop fine. If using hearts marinated in oil, reserve 2 tablespoons of the oil. 3. Heat the 2 tablespoons of the reserved oil OR 2 tablespoons of olive oil, in a small skillet over moderate heat. Add the onion and garlic, and cook, stirring frequently, until soft-about 5 minutes. Add the chopped artichoke hearts and saute with onion and garlic for […]

Pimento Cheese With a Twist

It's a dinner party again and as a person who has special dietary needs, you are addressed with what to bring.  You show up with one of your many variations of hummus that is your go to and by the end of the evening it has barely been touched.  This has been the scenario for me many times and to be honest...I am tired of hummus!  I needed a new go to and this recipe is that for me.  I have not found anyone so far that hasn't enjoyed it! I did not grow up with pimento cheese but I sure do like it.  The first recipe that I came across was in Frank Stitt's cookbook, "The Southern Table".  It was very easy to make and I absolutely flipped. I am serious that I can eat a whole bowl in one sitting.  I am not ashamed because it is just that good! There has been a little bit of a love/hate relationship between myself and pimento cheese. The primary reason for that is because there is cheese in it!!  Dairy causes me to clear my throat constantly which is uncomfortable for me and anyone around me. I found that I could tolerate some raw cheese and any goat or sheep dairy.  So...I created my own recipe using three cheeses and jarred roasted bell peppers to make it less time consuming. Give this recipe a try and hopefully you will enjoy it as much as I do!   Ingredients: ½ pound sharp [...]

Chili Spiced Sweet Potato Fries with Chipotle Aioli

A favorite when eating out is always fries! Kids love them, adults love them and our brains love the instant gratification that comes with refined, fried and salted potatoes.  Enter the homemade sweet potato fry!!  They are baked in the oven with a little seasoning and entirely delicious!!  You can make these for a party or pair with burgers, grilled chicken or a juicy steak!  This recipe includes a quick and easy Chipotle Aioli as well that is out of this world! Sweet potatoes are so good for you and are an excellent replacement for regular potatoes especially if you struggle with elevated blood sugar.  I hope you enjoy this simple recipe that will make any stay at home meal a winner!   Sweet Potato Fries Ingredients: 2 sweet potatoes cut into 3-inch wedges 3 T Olive oil ½ tsp. Chili powder ½ tsp. Salt  ½ tsp. Pepper     Directions:  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees 2. In a medium bowl toss sweet potatoes with olive oil, chili powder, salt, and pepper. 3. In a single layer, place sweet potatoes on a parchment-lined sheet pan. 4. Roast, tossing frequently for about 18-25 minutes until golden brown.     Chipotle Aioli Ingredients:  ½ C Avocado Oil Mayonnaise 1 tsp. Chipotle chili powder ¼ tsp. Garlic powder 1 tsp. Freshly squeezed lemon juice 1 T double concentrated tomato paste Pinch of salt   Directions:  1. In a small bowl, mix mayo with all the seasoning and taste. Add any additional salt or […]

Peanut Butter Energy Bars

Let’s be honest, everyone gets snacky sometimes. Your body might be asking you for just a little extra energy to get through the day. That’s why I like to keep healthy, homemade snacks on hand so I have a good option to turn to when the between-meal hunger strikes. I don’t snack every day, I’d rather go ahead and have an early lunch than fill up on snacks. But there are times when I’ve been working extra hard and I feel my body needs a little more fuel. This recipe is a fantastic one to keep on hand for those times. Also, kids love them! The average packaged snack bar has about 1 gram of protein and 2 grams of fiber per serving. These energy bars have 5.5 grams of protein and 11 grams of high-quality fiber from chia seeds. They also have calcium and antioxidants. These bars may taste indulgent but they have the right amount of protein, fiber and healthy fat to satisfy and help you feel full. I’ll take it! Ingredients: 2 cups puffed brown rice crisps ¼ cup chia seeds ½ cup unsweetened coconut ¼ cup raw old fashioned oats ¼ cup toasted slivered almonds ¼ cup goji berries ¼ cup bittersweet chocolate chips 1 cup peanut butter (or other nut butter of choice) ⅓ cup brown rice syrup ⅓ cup maple syrup Directions: 1. Combine puffed rice, chia seeds, coconut, oats, almonds and goji berries in a large bowl. 2. In a small saucepan, melt peanut butter, […]

Curried Socca

This curried socca is a terrific side dish or appetizer! I really enjoy having an option that is just as satisfying as bread but much healthier. I love to serve this along with my peach chutney or, you guessed it, my salsa verde. Both options are delicious! If I make the salsa verde, I actually make it a little more “mint heavy” as mint and curry are long-time good friends. I found this recipe in one of my absolute favorite cookbooks, “At Home in the Wholefood Kitchen” by Amy Chaplin. I love this cookbook and keep coming back to it for guidance and inspiration in my day to day cooking. This Socca is delicious and naturally gluten-free, it won’t cause the bloating that so many of us experience after eating glutinous products. Hope you enjoy making it and pairing with tons of yummy foods like grilled meats and veggies. This recipe makes about 6, 9-inch socca. Enjoy! Ingredients: 3 cups chickpea flour 2 ¼ teaspoons sea salt 3 cups warm filtered water, divided 2 tablespoons melted extra virgin coconut oil 2 tablespoons ghee, plus more for cooking socca 2 teaspoons black mustard seeds 5 teaspoons homemade curry powder (or high-quality organic store-bought) 2 onions finely sliced Directions: 1. Mix the chickpea flour and salt in a bowl and whisk to combine well. 2. Pour in 1 ½ cups warm water and whisk until completely smooth, then add the remaining water and coconut oil; whisk again and set aside. 3. Warm 2 tablespoons of ghee […]

Freezing and Storing Summer Produce

I just love the flavors of summer produce: tomatoes, basil, bell peppers, hot peppers, cucumber, blackberries, blueberries, peaches and so many more! When I am in the middle of winter I find that I crave those fresh sunny fruits and vegetables and have found a way to have those year round. I buy up as much as I can afford each week and freeze them. It’s way more fresh and cost-effective than buying frozen veggies and fruit at the grocery store. It’s best to buy fruits and vegetables in the summer as they are always less expensive in season. Also, when you freeze them yourself you know exactly where they came from and that nothing was added in the freezing process. As summer sets in, remember that colder weather will come and you will long for these delicious foods. So buy a little extra each week, you’ll be surprised how much it adds up and you can stash away for the winter. Here is my method: Berries: Put berries on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet, make sure they are not touching and freeze. Note: I first freeze them on a cookie sheet to make sure they don’t clump together. Much easier for grabbing just a handful for smoothies etc. Then date, label and move to a quart size bag. I keep adding to the bag each week until full and freeze as many bags as I can over the summer. Use in desserts and smoothies. Peaches: Peel and slice. Place single layer on […]