Açaí has been going strong for almost 20 years. I remember because when I was in high school I was obsessed with finding it at health food stores or ordering it online. The small berries from Brazil are packed with antioxidants and taste amazing. It’s no wonder Açaí places are popping up everywhere and more popular than ever. Now, you can find the powder or the frozen açaí at local grocery stores so you can customize your own any way you’d like.
Preheat oven to 350°F (176°C). In a small bowl add granola ingredients and mix. Place flat on a baking sheet and bake for 10-15 minutes or until granola starts to turn a golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool. In a blender, add acai ingredients and blend until thick. Add ice cubes if you’d like the consistency thicker. Top with toppings and enjoy!
This is a cute idea for kids, or even adults (can you imagine a fancy tea party with fruit sushi?). Not only is it super easy to make, the possibilities are endless. You can top these with fruity pebbles, peanuts, sprinkles or chia seeds. Simply dip your banana in chocolate, add toppings and let set. Then cut into even slices and serve with chopsticks.
This recipe can be tweaked to use any topping you’d like. It makes a yummy savory side dish to a main course, or a quick and easy lunch entrée.
2 sweet potatoes or yams
Coconut oil or olive oil
1 can chickpeas/garbanzo beans
Juice of one lemon
Preheat oven to 450F. Cut sweet potatoes in half lengthwise and place on a greased baking sheet face down for 20-30 minutes or until soft. Drain and wash chickpeas and sprinkle them with salt and spices to taste. In a medium saucepan heat oil and add chickpeas until golden in color, about 6-7 minutes. Remove potatoes from the oven. Top with arugula, chickpeas, feta and sprinkle with lemon juice or your favorite sauce. Enjoy!
For any new followers I would love to introduce myself and thank you for coming along on this journey with me! The last few years I have created a cookbook here, have become self taught in the kitchen and behind the camera, and started my own little business as a recipe creator and food photographer. My dream is to help small food and health food companies launch their products to the world using vivid photographs and unique recipes. After working in the corporate world for the majority of my adult life, I’m excited to explore this passion and see where it takes me. Thanks again for joining me!
With Easter around the corner, it’s time to pick out that seasonal, (and easy!) treat the family will love. While there are countless cakes and adorable bunny creations this time of year, I prefer less work but major payoff..ha! So I found a cute recipe with mini cupcakes inside an egg carton- genius! To make it even easier you can use store bought cake mix (it will yield about 40+ mini cupcakes) and store bought cream cheese frosting, although I made my own here for a more homemade touch. The toppings are shaved dark chocolate using a vegetable peeler and a white Cadbury white chocolate egg. Ta-da! Easy peasy and a dessert guests of all ages will love.
We love smoothies around here because they are kid-friendly healthy and delish but I feel like I keep making the same ones over and over. I would love to see what everyone’s making in their own kitchens while I share mine below:
As a food blogger and food photographer, it’s imperative to find beautiful serve ware and dining sets to showcase my food creations. Luckily, I found a ton great products at Dinner Charm including wooden bowls, rustic spoons, and colorful ramekins for my desserts! Here is a roundup of my favorites!
Have you heard of black oil mouthwash? It’s the newest beauty secret everyone’s raving about and I love it.
It tastes delicious and helps whiten teeth, leaves your mouth feeling fresh, kills the bacteria that causes decay, helps lower saliva pH to promote tooth remineralization, reduces plaque, and soothes sore gums.
For the holidays I rounded up some of my best, fool-proof recipes in a cookbook using the website, Blurb. I was very happy with the quality of printing and the ease of the their free software. If you’d like a copy of my book, here is the link.
I am always looking for recommendations for recipes so if you have any suggestions let me know!
With Christmas around the corner, I am giddy with all the baking possibilities up ahead. I really love a good cinnamon roll, but I’m always wary about the excess sugar and butter in store-bought rolls. Here, I used this recipe by Totally Love It, and estimate the calories to be about 300-400 calories per serving, which is a far cry from almost 1,000 calories for a classic Cinnabon cinnamon roll. Although it’s still an indulgent treat, I feel that sometimes it’s worth it, especially around the holidays. Not to mention your home will be smelling like cinnamon sugar for hours. Yum!