August 27, 2014

These recipes will make your heart sing!

 

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August 27, 2014

Enjoy a homemade raspberry pie with this recipe!  This recipe is simple and can be enjoyed in an hour and a half!

Ingredients

1/2 cup water

4 cups fresh raspberries, divided

2 tablespoons cornstarch

1/4 cup cold water

1/2 cup white sugar

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 (9 inch) baked pie crust

1 cup whipped cream for garnish

Directions

Heat 1 cup raspberries and 1/2 cup water in a saucepan over medium heat; cook and stir until raspberries soften, about 5 minutes. Strain raspberries into a bowl through a fine mesh sieve; discard seeds. Return mashed berries to the saucepan.

Stir cornstarch and 1/4 cup cold water in a bowl until dissolved and stir into mashed berries; add sugar.

Heat raspberry mixture over medium heat, stirring constantly, until thickened, about 5 minutes. Stir in lemon juice. Allow raspberry sauce to cool to room temperature.

Line the prepared pie crust with remaining 3 cups raspberries. Pour raspberry sauce over berries and chill until set. Serve garnished with whipped cream and lemon zest.

Serves 12

Prep time: 20 minutes

Total time: 1 hour and 30 minutes

Idea from: All Recipes

More info about Fruit Trees: http://www.plantogram.com

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August 27, 2014

Why is it Important to Eat Fruit?
Health Benefits
Eating a diet rich in vegetables and fruits as part of an overall healthy diet may reduce risk for heart disease, including heart attack and stroke.
Eating a diet rich in some vegetables and fruits as part of an overall healthy diet may protect against certain types of cancers.
Diets rich in foods containing fiber, such as some vegetables and fruits, may reduce the risk of heart disease, obesity, and type 2 diabetes.
Eating vegetables and fruits rich in potassium as part of an overall healthy diet may lower blood pressure, and may also reduce the risk of developing kidney stones and help to decrease bone loss.
Eating foods such as fruits that are lower in calories per cup instead of some other higher-calorie food may be useful in helping to lower calorie intake.
NutrientsGrapefruit
Most fruits are naturally low in fat, sodium, and calories. None have cholesterol.
Fruits are sources of many essential nutrients that are underconsumed, including potassium, dietary fiber, vitamin C, and folate (folic acid).
Diets rich in potassium may help to maintain healthy blood pressure. Fruit sources of potassium include bananas, prunes and prune juice, dried peaches and apricots, cantaloupe, honeydew melon, and orange juice.
Dietary fiber from fruits, as part of an overall healthy diet, helps reduce blood cholesterol levels and may lower risk of heart disease. Fiber is important for proper bowel function. It helps reduce constipation and diverticulosis. Fiber-containing foods such as fruits help provide a feeling of fullness with fewer calories. Whole or cut-up fruits are sources of dietary fiber; fruit juices contain little or no fiber.
Vitamin C is important for growth and repair of all body tissues, helps heal cuts and wounds, and keeps teeth and gums healthy.
Folate (folic acid) helps the body form red blood cells. Women of childbearing age who may become pregnant should consume adequate folate from foods, and in addition 400 mcg of synthetic folic acid from fortified foods or supplements. This reduces the risk of neural tube defects, spina bifida, and anencephaly during fetal development.
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August 26, 2014

This refreshing lemonade recipe is sure to please!

Ingredients

12-15 lychees

3.5 cups water, at room temperature or chilled

1 large lemon or 2 medium sized lemons

organic unrefined cane sugar as required

a few mint leaves or lemon slices for garnishing (optional)

few ice cubes (optional)

Directions

Remove the leathery skin of the lychees and remove the fleshy pulp and discard the seeds.

Put the lychees in a blender and blend until a smooth puree. Tiny unblended bits and pieces are alright in the puree.

In a pitcher, mix the lychee puree, lemon juice and sugar.

Stir until the sugar dissolves.

Serve lychee lemonade cold with ice cubes immediately.

Serves 3

Total time: 15 minutes

Idea from: Veg Recipes of India

More info about Fruit Trees: http://www.plantogram.com

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August 26, 2014

This recipe is easy and delicious! It's a great dessert for dinner guests.

Ingredients

Crumble:

2 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus 6 tablespoons cubed and chilled

3 large apples, peeled, cored and diced into 1/4-inch pieces

1 heaping teaspoon ground cinnamon

3/4 cup sugar

Pinch sea salt

8 lychees diced as desired

1 pint raspberries

1 cup flour

Strawberry sauce:

1 pint strawberries, hulled and sliced

3 tablespoons sugar

Good-quality vanilla ice cream, for serving

1/2 cup sugar

1/4 cup lychee syrup

Mint sprigs, for garnish

Directions

For the crumble: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Heat a wok over high heat and melt 2 tablespoons butter. Add the apples and stir-fry 1 minute. Add the cinnamon and sugar and stir-fry until the apples caramelize, about 2 minutes. Add the lychees and raspberries, stirring carefully. Remove from the heat and divide among four 6-ounce ramekins.

In a medium bowl, rub together the 6 tablespoons chilled butter, flour and sugar until crumbly. Sprinkle generously over the fruit to cover. Place the ramekins on a baking sheet and bake until the topping is bubbling and golden brown, 20 to 25 minutes.

For the sauce: While the crumble bakes, add the strawberries, 1/4 cup lychee syrup and the sugar to a small wok or saute pan and bring to a simmer. Simmer until the mixture becomes thickened and reduces slightly, about 5 minutes.

When the crumble is cooked, top with scoops of vanilla ice cream, the strawberry sauce and garnish with a sprig of mint.

Serves 4

Prep time: 15 minutes

Total time: 45 minutes

Idea from: Cooking Channel

More info about Fruit Trees: http://www.plantogram.com

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August 26, 2014

Try this recipe for a healthy and delicious dragon fruit smoothie!

Ingredients

1 dragon fruit (pitaya)

2 tangerines, peeled and segmented

1 lime, juiced

4 leaves fresh basil

2 tablespoons brown sugar

1 cup sparkling mineral water, chilled

1 cup crushed ice

Directions

Cut two 1/4 inch thick slices from the peeled dragon fruit to use as a garnish; set aside. Place the remaining dragon fruit into a blender along with the tangerine segments, lime juice, basil, brown sugar, and sparkling water. Puree until smooth. Stir in the crushed ice, and pour into glasses. Garnish with the reserved dragon fruit slices to serve.

Serves 2

Total time: Ten minutes

Idea from: All Recipes

More info about Fruit Trees: http://www.plantogram.com

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August 26, 2014

Healthy and rewarding for your body!

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August 25, 2014

Try this easy recipe for a unique twist on a fruit salad!

Ingredients

 

2 large apples

2 large mangoes, peeled

2 large pears

2 large navel oranges, peeled

1 fresh pineapple, peeled and cored

1/4 cup fresh lemon juice

2 tablespoons honey

2 teaspoons finely grated fresh ginger

Directions

Cut first 5 ingredients into bite-size pieces; place in a large bowl. Whisk together lemon juice, honey, and ginger. Drizzle over fruit mixture, tossing to coat. Cover and chill until ready to serve.

Serves: 16

Prep Time: approximately 25 Minutes

Idea from: My Recipes

More info about Fruit Trees: http://www.plantogram.com

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August 25, 2014

Here are a few of our favorite ways to organize your house with repurposed household items.

Ice Cube Tray Jewelry Storage

Ice Cube Tray Organizer

It's easy to lose those stud earrings or extra buttons from that expensive pea coat you purchased last winter. Instead of having a junk drawer, use an ice cube tray to keep it organized. Now you'll know exactly where to go if that one-of-a-kind button goes missing.

Cord Organization

Binder-Clip Cord Organizer

With so many new gadgets these days, wires can make your home office desk look cluttered. To keep them at bay, attach binder clips to the edge of your desk, and place the cords through the clips. This will also make it easy to plug in your electronics.

Organized Coloring Station

Dish-Rack Coloring Station

Organize your craft supply in a dish drying rack. Coloring books stay put in the grates, while the silverware tray stores crafting tools, such as colored pencils and scissors.

Menus on Display

Organized Menu Folder

Is your collection of takeout menus out of control? Keep them in one place by placing them in a plastic folder and adhering the folder to the inside of your kitchen cabinet.

Jewelry Storage and Organizer

Silverware Tray Displays Your Jewelry

While this project really works great with a wooden silverware tray (because you can paint it any color), a plastic version will suffice. It's glam enough to leave out in the open, but also smart enough to stuff into a drawer without worrying that your jewelry will get lost or tangled.

Ladder Drying Rack

Ladder Drying Rack

Laundry can take over your entire house. Hang an old ladder from your ceiling, allowing you to dry clothes in once place rather than scattered throughout your home.

 

Read more: Repurposing Household Items for Closet Organization and Repurposing Everyday Items for a More Organized Home

Information from HGTV

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August 25, 2014

All you need is 5 simple ingredients, a processor, 15 minutes of prep time, and 15 minutes in the oven to enjoy these delicious vegan cookies.

Healthy Vegan Cookies | 5 ingredients, 1 bowl, less than 30 minutes required | MINIMALISTBAKER.COM

Ingredients

1 cup Dates, packed (soaked for 10 minutes in warm water and then drained)

1 medium ripe banana

2 Tbsp all natural, salted almond butter or peanut butter

3/4 cup almond meal (ground from raw almonds)

3/4 cup gluten free rolled oats

Optional add-ins: dried fruit, dairy-free chocolate chips, flaxseed, seeds, nuts

Directions

Add dates to a food processor and pulse until small bits remain.

Add banana and almond butter and mix again until combined, scraping down the sides as needed.

5 Ingredient Vegan Cookie Dough | minimalistbaker.com

Next add the almond meal and rolled oats and pulse until a loose dough is formed. It will be kind of wet and sticky. That’s OK! You’re on the right track.

Scrape your dough into a mixing bowl. If it feels too wet to the touch to form into cookies, add another few Tbsp of almond meal and/or oats and stir. I added another few tablespoons of each until I was able to form them into cookies without them sticking to my hands.

At this point, you can add in 1/4 cup of your mix-in of choice, such as dairy-free dark chocolate chips, raisins or nuts. Then chill dough for 10 minutes and preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Scoop out 1 Tbsp amounts of your cookie dough and form into loose discs, then arrange on a parchment lined baking sheet. They won’t expand so pack them closer together (but not touching).

5 Ingredient Vegan Oatmeal Cookies | minimalistbaker.com

Bake for 15-18 minutes or until golden brown and somewhat firm to the touch. The good thing about these cookies is a little under-baked is OK since there’s no eggs, and they’ll ultimately just be a little more moist.

Remove and let set for a few minutes on the pan, then carefully transfer to a plate or cooling rack to cool. Serve immediately.

Store leftovers in an airtight container for several days. Move to the fridge or freezer for longer term storage.

 

Yields 2 dozen

Prep time: 15 minutes

Total time: Approximately 30 minutes

Idea from: Minimalist Baker

More info about Fruit Trees: http://www.plantogram.com

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