Nori Sweet Potato Collard Wraps

Yes, I went to the market this weekend…

Three Times.

No, I wasn’t bored.

I was just excited.

And I purchased lots of Collard Greens.

I repeat, lots of Collard Greens.

So, I took one look at the four beauteous bunches of collards in my kitchen on Sunday night and thought about what to do.

Nori and Collards.

Yes.

I created a vision in my mind.

Why not wrap it up?

And I did just that.

Enjoy…

Nori Sweet Potato Collard Wraps

Serves 4

Ingredients

Directions

  1. On a flat surface lay out blanched collard greens; blot to dry with a paper towel.
  2. Top each collard leaf with a nori sheet, spread Nutzo nut butter atop each nori sheet, followed by sweet potatoes, zucchini, carrots, a dollop of Greek yogurt, pinch of lime zest, a squirt of lime juice, balsamic vinegar, salsa, ground flax seeds, sea salt and pepper.
  3. Fold and roll up like a burrito.
  4. Serve at room temperature with additional salsa.
  5. Enjoy!

It’s Giveaway Time…

I’m excited to announce a new Gluten Free product that I’ve recently encountered, The Gluten Free Bar. The folks over at Gluten Free Bar were kind enough to offer 2 of my readers each a free pack of Gluten Free Bars.

To Enter My Gluten-Free Bar Giveaway:

  • Leave me a comment on this post telling me which flavor bar you’d like to try
  • Tweet about this giveaway and tell me that you did
  • Post this giveaway on your website and tell me that you did
  • Post this giveaway on your facebook page and tell me that you did

Good Luck!

And, now for some fun other lil’ tidbits…

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And, if you live in or around Manhattan, be sure to check out Well & Good’s:

New York City Wellness Trends to Look for in 2011

This is an adorable calendar of food headlines from the satricial publication, The Onion, which makes a cute lil’ stocking stuffer for the foodie in your life.

VEGA Vegan Protein Patties and Marx Foods GIVEAWAY

As you all know, I’m a proud VEGA Ambassador and I recently created a tasty recipe and video demo for the VEGA website sharing my vegan protein patties.

Be sure to take a look at my Vega Ambassador Interview, Recipe and Video.



Ingredients

  • 1 packet VEGA Sport
  • ¼ cup steel-cut oats, cooked
  • 1 cup black beans, cooked
  • 2 Tbsp. nut butter
  • ¼ cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 Tbsp. raisins
  • 1 tsp. white balsamic vinegar
  • 1 medium ripe banana, sliced
  • Pinch of each sea salt and pepper
  • 2 Tbsp. agave nectar
  • ¼ tsp. smoked paprika
  • 10 walnuts

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.  Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside.
  2. In a food processor, combine all ingredients; process until smooth.
  3. Using a tablespoon, drop the batter into your hands; mold into patties and place onto the prepared baking sheet.
  4. Bake for 20 minutes or until lightly golden brown and crispy.
  5. Enjoy!

And Now…I am happy to announce my Marx Foods Palm Leaf Plate Giveaway.

I recently had the opportunity to test out these Palm Leaf Plates, which are incredible and great for entertaining. I was quite impressed at how well these plates held up as I was a bit skeptical since they’re disposable, but to my surprise they held up like a charm.  These beautiful pates are an eco-friendly and biodegradable plates are a unique alternative to conventional plates.  The plates and the disposable cutlery are even compostable!

To Enter:

1). View the Marx foods website and tell me what Palm Leaf plate shape you’d like to try.
2). Post this giveaway on your blog. Leave a comment telling me you did.
3). Tweet this Giveaway post! Leave me a third comment telling me you did.

Each comment counts as an entry.

Good Luck; I will be picking a winner on Friday, September the 10th at 5PM EST.


Gluten-Free Balsamic Biscuits

I’ve spent the past week developing a gluten-free biscuit with my favorite natural sweeteners.  After many hours of taste testing and baking away in my (hot) matchbox kitchen here in Manhattan, I finally discovered a delicious cracker that is incredible for a breakfast toast, an afternoon snack or an evening dessert….how so?

Well that’s easy; I’ve already discovered countless ways in which these biscuits taste delicious and I’ve got the proof to prove it…they’re all gone and in my belly, hehe!  This week I crumbled a few biscuits in my  morning oats, served them with my breakfast eggs, topped them with nut butter for an afternoon delight, used them as homemade breadcrumbs for my turkey balls and even created sprinkles for my evening ‘ice cream’ dessert…how will you eat these tasty balsamic biscuits?

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups rice flour
  • 1/4 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 2 tsp. chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp. nutmeg
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup agave nectar

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 F.
  • In a large bowl, combine the first six (dry) ingredients.
  • In a separate bowl, combine remaining three (wet) ingredients.
  • Add wet ingredients into dry; mix well.
  • Roll dough with a rolling pin into 1/4 inch thickness.
  • Use a knife to cut dough into 2 inch squares.
  • Transfer to a baking sheet.
  • Bake for 10 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Enjoy!

Smoked Chickpea Guacamole for Cinco de Mayo

Happy Cinco de Mayo everyone….I’ve created this amazing chick pea guac that will surely knock your socks off and keep your Cinco de Mayo festivities rollin’…

Ingredients

  • 2 avocados, peeled, pitted and cut into chunks
  • 1 cup chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 Roma tomato, diced
  • 1/3 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 2 scallions, chopped
  • 1/3 cup red onion, chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon lime juice
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon O California white balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/3 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon curry powder

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients; gently toss  until combined.  I preferred to keep the avocado chunks in the guacamole instead of completely mashing them, as this gave the guacamole a beautiful appearance and was easier to eat atop crackers.
  2. Serve with gluten-free crackers, atop a salad, spread onto a sandwich or as a dip with crudites.
  3. Enjoy!

Congrats to the winner of my Aurora Yoga Mat Giveaway: Lisa @ Lisasfoods.

Please email me at thehealthyapple@gmail.comyour mailing address to ship this beautiful mat!

Zesty Macadamia Bison Balls

Earlier this week, I met with one of my clients and I decided to introduce her to bison…we purchased freshly ground bison from Whole Foods Market and went back to her apartment to create some tasty bison balls! After scouring her fridge, I came across freshly ground nut butter and opted to add that to the ingredient listneedless to say, I was yearning for a bison ball and decided to whip them up in my little kitchen last night! I used freshly ground macadamia nut butter and a few other fabulous ingredients that I had in my fridge…the result: Amazing.

Moving forward, I will always make a note to add nut butter to my bison balls, hehe…it added the perfect texture and taste…it was beyond delish!  Just be sure the nut butter is softened before you create these balls as the softness of the nut butter combines perfectly with the other ingredients.

Now I can’t wait to try this recipe with other nut butters…almond, peanut, cashew…O My! I’ve got some exciting ideas for other nut butter balls…coming soon!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 lb. ground bison
  • 2 Tbsp. natural macadamia nut butter (softened)
  • 2 tsp. lime zest
  • 2 tsp. lime juice
  • 1/2 tsp. chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp. ground pepper
  • 1 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup gluten-free oats
  • 1/2 cup fresh spinach, chopped
  • 2 tsp. fresh cilantro, finely chopped
  • Optional Toppings: Nutritional yeast, salsa, Greek plain yogurt

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a large bowl, combine all ingredients.  Using hands, mix well until all ingredients are well combined.
  • Spoon bison mixture into balls (or patties) and place onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • Place into the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes; flipping the tray after 15 minutes.
  • Remove from oven.  Sprinkle with nutritional yeast.
  • Serve warm with salsa and Greek plain yogurt for dipping.
  • Enjoy!

In The News This Week…

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And, the best news of the week: Congrats to my Mother for earning the Teacher of The Year award at her school!  I love you, Mom…Happy early birthday!



Sweet Vegetable Slaw

This is an incredible recipe that I created last night using ingredients from my refrigerator and pantry.  I opted for a unique combination of cashew butter, balsamic vinegar, agave nectar, Greek plain yogurt, pine nuts, Chinese mustard, cinnamon and dulse flakes gently tossed among a ‘slew’ of spiraled zucchini, squash, mango, carrots and cabbage with my Joyce Chen Spiralizer…This sweet n’ savory slaw will have your taste buds dancin’ at your first bite.


Ingredients

  • 1 cup shredded red cabbage
  • 1 mango, peeled and diced
  • 1 zucchini, shredded
  • 1 yellow squash, shredded
  • 1 cup green beans, cut in half
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced
  • 1/3 cup shredded carrots
  • 4 Fresh basil leaves, finely chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. Chinese mustard
  • 1 cup Greek plain yogurt
  • 1 Tbsp. agave nectar
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts, crushed
  • 1 Tbsp. cashew butter
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp. dulse flakes
  • Sea salt and pepper, to taste

Directions

  • Using the Joyce Chen Spiralizer, spiral all vegetables.
  • In a large bowl, combine the first eight ingredients.  Gently toss.
  • In a separate small bowl, whisk together the following nine ingredients.  Transfer mixture to a small saucepan and heat over medium heat for 3-4 minutes; stirring frequently.
  • Remove from heat and slowly pour over vegetable and fruit mixture.  Gently toss.
  • Serve warm or chilled.
  • Enjoy!

Get Those Kids Cookin’…

Ever wonder how to get your kids involved in the kitchen? Here are a few tips that I offer to my clients…whether you have young children, nieces, nephews, neighbors, family or friends…these tips are sure to get your little ones active and entertained in the kitchen.


  • Cucumber Caterpillar: Slices of cucumber held together with natural peanut butter. Place the Caterpillar on ‘greens’ to look like grass.
  • Taco or Burrito Bar: Serve brown rice, black beans, onions, hot peppers, sprouted grain or gluten free tortillas, broccoli, arugula, cauliflower, guacamole and  salsa.  Add nuts, seeds and spices in tiny serving dishes to jazz up the flavors!
  • Salad Bar: Spin your greens in a salad spinner, then dress dry greens with a lime dressings made by combining sesame oil, fresh lime juice, low-sodium tamari, cayenne pepper, agave nectar, balsamic vinegar and water.
  • Mashed Potato Parfaits- Sweet Potatoes, Parsnips and carrots mixed together…topped with raisins, cinnamon, shredded coconut and agave nectar
  • Individual Pizzas: Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.  Choose gluten free or sprouted whole grain tortillas, caramelized onions, spinach, red onion, mushrooms, kalamata olives, artichokes, fresh basil, olive oil and balsamic vinegar.  Add each ingredient atop each tortilla and bake for 20 minutes.
  • Panini Party: Gluten Free or sprouted whole grain bread, SoyaKaas Gluten Free/Dairy Free cheese, tomato slices, eggplant slices, fresh basil leaves, balsamic vinegar, avocado, zucchini and squash slices.  Add all ingredients to 2 slices of bread.  Place onto a panini maker (sprayed with cooking spray); cook until cheese is melted and veggies are warm and cooked.  Dip into marinara (red) sauce.
  • Stir-Fry: Switch up your usual recipe with unique grains such as millet, quinoa or buckwheat.
  • Fruit Salad: Add exotic fruits to spice up the flavors.  Use a melon baller and serve in a wine glass to add to the allure of this meal.  Add a dollop of plain Greek yogurt atop each fruit salad serving and sprinkle with cinnamon and stevia.
  • Slaw Wraps: Cabbage, celery, carrots, bok choy, mushrooms, peppers, snap peas, bean sprouts, snow peas, green beans and Napa Slaw can easily be combined and wrapped in rice paper.  Liven up this dish by pairing it with a special sauce of grapefruit juice, ginger, balsamic vinegar, lemonade and seeds such as pumpkin and sunflower.  Toss with fresh apples or cumin roasted chick peas.  Adding berries such as blackberries, raspberries and cherries add a nice antioxidant punch to these wraps.
  • Peanut Butter Chicken Fajitas: The best way to make a good peanut sauce is by combining organic peanut butter, fresh ginger, cayenne pepper, agave nectar and low-sodium tamari/soy sauce.
  • Frozen Basil and Banana Pops: Blend together 2 cups ice, 2 cups fresh basil leaves, 1 ripe banana, 1 cup fresh mint leaves, 1 1/2 cups water, 1/2 cup agave nectar in a blender.  Blend well and pour into glasses! This is a wonderful treat for a healthy dessert!

Have fun and experiment with some of my ideas above…Getting the kids active in the kitchen is fun…and who knows, your kids may just start to ‘enjoy’ their veggies!!!