Nature’s Pride Honey Butternut n’ Goat Cheese Bread Pudding


I’m happy to introduce my tasty Nature’s Pride bread recipe for Foodbuzz. I created this tasty dish last night…September has me yearning for hearty meals and I thought this butternut squash bread pudding would be a great way to get you in the mood for Fall…the leaves turning…the pumpkins and corn stalks appearing…

I opted for a slight variation on the basic bread pudding, as I decided to include some extra fiber and nutrients in the Rainbow Swiss Chard, ground flax seeds and ground almonds which add a nice subtle yet extraordinary flavor to this sweet butternut squash.  I also used almond milk, which has a nice n’ sweet taste yet is not to heavy to weigh down the pudding base.  And why not top it off with a bit of goat cheese?  You simply can’t go wrong with this recipe..it’s sure to please a crowd and tastes great every time…

Happy Fall!


Ingredients

  • 3 lbs. butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 4 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 tsp. sea salt
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 2 Tbsp. ground flax seeds
  • ¼ cup blanched almonds, finely ground
  • 6 eggs
  • 2  ½ cups almond milk
  • 5 Tbsp. white balsamic vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. spicy mustard
  • 10 pieces Nature’s Pride Soft Honey Wheat bread, torn into 1-inch pieces (about 10 cups)
  • ¾ cup shallots, chopped
  • 1 lb. Rainbow Swiss Chard, chopped
  • 1 cup goat cheese
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh basil, finely chopped

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • Gently toss squash with 2 Tbsp. olive oil; set on a baking sheet. Sprinkle with sea salt, chili powder, ground flax seeds and ground almonds; bake until squash is tender approximately 25-30 minutes.
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk eggs. Add almond milk, balsamic vinegar, mustard, and a sprinkle of sea salt; whisk to blend. Add Nature’s Pride Soft Honey Wheat bread pieces; gently fold into egg mixture. Set aside for 40 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Meanwhile, heat 2 Tbsp. oil in large pot over medium-high heat. Add shallots and sauté until soft, approximately about 5 minutes. Add Rainbow Swiss Chard; cover and cook 2 minutes. Uncover and stir until Swiss Chard is wilted, approximately 5 minutes.
  • Reduce oven temperature to 350°F. Prepare a baking dish with nonstick baking spray. Transfer half of bread from egg mixture to the prepared baking dish, arranging to cover most of dish. Spoon half of Swiss Chard over bread. Spoon half of squash over bread and Swiss Chard; sprinkle with half of the goat cheese. Repeat with remaining bread, Swiss Chard, squash, and goat cheese. Pour remaining egg mixture over bread pudding.
  • Cover bread pudding with foil. Bake for 25 minutes. Remove foil; bake uncovered until custard is set and bread feels springy to touch, approximately 25 more minutes.
  • Preheat broiler; broil pudding for 2 minutes.  Remove from broiler and sprinkle with fresh basil.  Cool and serve.
  • Enjoy!
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Gluten-Free Olive Oil Grapefruit Cake

 

I know what your thinking…’Amie, you’re crazy for baking a cake when it was 98 degrees here in Manhattan all week’…But, I just had to … I had a yearnin’ for some bakin’ and when I get the yearnin’ … I make it happen. I took a nice stroll over to the newest Whole Foods Market on the Upper West Side (which is honestly my new home because I love it o’ so much, hehe) to purchase some fresh grapefruit, poppy seeds and an exceptionally pure olive oil.

I choose a few ruby red grapefruits that were incredibly tender and juicy…I simply couldn’t resist.  By the time I got back to my lil’ apartment, I had created a gluten-free masterpiece in my mind.  I leave you with my latest creation…the best cake I’ve made yet and let me tell you, this one will surely knock your socks off…

Ingredients

  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 cups stevia for baking
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 1 ½ cups almond milk
  • 4 tablespoons fresh grapefruit
  • 1 tablespoon fresh grapefruit zest
  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon poppy seeds
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • Greek yogurt, for topping
  • Agave nectar, for topping

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees; spray a 9-10” round spring-form pan with non-stick baking spray and set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk eggs and sugar.
  3. Slowly add oil, almond milk, grapefruit juice and zest; mix well to combine.
  4. In a separate bowl, mix together almond flour, baking powder, cinnamon, chili powder, poppy seeds, baking soda and sea salt.
  5. Add the dry mixture to the wet mixture; mix well to combine.
  6. Transfer batter into a 9-10” round greased pan.
  7. Bake for 40-45 minutes.
  8. Remove from oven and set aside to cool for 20 minutes.  Gently remove the cake, place onto a platter to cool completely.  Serve with a dollop of Greek yogurt and a drizzle of agave nectar.
  9. Enjoy!

Justin’s Nut Butter Giveaway and Dairy Free Chocolate Mousse

Let’s just say I’m over-the-top about my buddy Justin and his fabulous nut butters…I recently had the pleasure to meet Justin (twice,hehe) last month and tasted all of his incredible nut butters… Not only is Justin an amazing guy and a REAL Person, but his nut butters are out-of-this world.  Seriously, have you ever tried Chocolate Hazelnut Butter? Honey Almond Butter? Maple Almond Butter? Honey Peanut Butter? I didn’t think so…

Sick and tired of your regular ol’ peanut butter and jelly sammie, well go ahead and take my word for it, you can jazz up your sandwich, wraps, crackers, veggies, fruits, ice cream, anything with Justin’s Nut Butters…and the best part? These tasty creations are sold in handy dandy to-go squeezable and portable packets for easy traveling and munching on-the-go.

So, I decided to whip up a tasty dessert last night and use some of my Justin’s Chocolate Hazelnut Butter…yummm….how about a little Chocolate Hazelnut Mousse to take the heat off this summer?   I hope you enjoy my newest indulgence…it’s guilt-free and exceptionally tasty…

Dairy-Free Chocolate Mousse

Ingredients

  • 1 ripe avocado, pitted and peeled
  • 4 Tbsp. Justin’s Chocolate Hazelnut Butter
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1/3 cup agave nectar
  • 1/3 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons almond extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 4 fresh basil leaves
  • Toppings: Lime Zest and Ground Flax Seeds

Directions

  1. In a food processor or blender, combine all ingredients; process until it forms a creamy consistency.
  2. Scoop into serving bowls and garnish with ground flax seeds and lime zest.
  3. Enjoy!

I created this delicious mousse last night…enjoyed a cup (or two, hehe) and then stored the remainder in my freezer for a frozen treat anytime!

And now…for my Justin’s Nut Butter Giveaway

I’m happy to announce that a few lucky readers will win a Justin’s Nut Butter package filled with his tasty nut butters.

To Enter My Justin’s Nut Butter Giveaway:

1). View the Justin’s Nut Butter website and tell me what nut butter 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 Thursday, August 12th at 5PM EST.

Have you every tried Justin’s Nut Butters? If so, which flavors and what did you think? Were you hooked like I am?

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!

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!

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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!



Squash Blossom Guacamole and Giveaway…

Last night, I had a bit of time on my hands and decided to once again get creative in my kitchen.  I recently purchased a few beautiful squash blossoms and I was yearning for a guacamole to have in my fridge for the weekend, therefore I decided to make the best of my blossoms and whip up a tasty guac with a pinch of saffron and chili powder to add a nice kick. The end result: Delishhhy.   Let’s just say there isn’t much left as I was tasting it all night long…

Ingredients

  • Pinch of saffron threads
  • 4 ripe avocados, peeled and pitted
  • 3 squash blossoms
  • 2 Tbsp. lime juice
  • 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. lime zest
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 tsp. chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp. apple cider vinegar
  • Dash of sea salt
  • Dash of pepper

Directions

  • Toast saffron threads in a frying pan.
  • Mash in a mortar and pestle.
  • In a medium sized bowl, mash avocados with saffron and squash blossoms.
  • Fold in remaining ingredients.
  • Serve chilled.
  • Enjoy!

Wildwood Organics Coupon Give-Away


I have 4 Complimentary Wildwood Organics Coupons to giveaway as well as many discounted coupons, therefore I will be picking 4 winners on Monday, March the 15th.

4 Lucky Winners will each win 1 complimentary coupon along with many discounted coupons!

To enter this Wildwood Organics Coupon Giveaway, leave a comment on this post telling me what Wildwood Organics product you’d like to try.

Good Luck.


In The News This Week…

Avoiding Processed Foods is a Good First Step Toward a More Healthful Diet

Improving Your Diet Doesn’t Mean You Have to Break the Bank

How Healthy is Going Gluten Free?

Salty, Sweet: A Study Says Fat is the 6th ‘Taste’

Green Fish Catches On

Gluten Problems for Babies

Monday is the last day to enter the Progresso Souper You Contest at www.Progresso.com/SouperYou.

Don’t forget to set your clocks for Daylight Savings this weekend…

Spring Ahead one hour!

Sweet Potato Almond Soup


Last night, I created a deliciously simple sweet potato and almond soup that warmed me up after my chilly walk home.  Let’s just say that it hit the spot and paired perfectly with a side of grilled vegetables and tofu smothered with organic tomato sauce and sprinkled with nutritional yeast…delicious is an understatement.

Dig in, this is a tasty protein-packed soup with a nice dose of beta carotene that is sure to fill you up (and warm you up) on a chilly March evening.

Ingredients

  • 3 large sweet potatoes
  • 1 Tbsp. oil
  • 1 small sweet onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp. lime juice
  • 3 cups low sodium vegetable broth
  • 2 cups Greek plain non-fat yogurt
  • 1 tsp. all spice
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • ½ cup Krema Almond Butter
  • Pinch of sea salt and pepper
  • Topping: fresh cilantro

Directions

  • Prick sweet potatoes with a fork to create air pockets. Place into the microwave for 10 minutes. Set aside.
  • In a large saucepan, heat oil.  Add onion and cook until they begin to brown, approximately 3 minutes. Add garlic; stir for 2 minutes.  Add lime juice, all spice, chili powder, and sea salt and pepper.  Cook for 10-15 minutes.
  • Peel sweet potatoes and chop into small chunks.  Place into a food processor along with the vegetable broth, Greek yogurt and Krema Almond Butter; puree until smooth.  Add the puree to the pot and mix well.
  • Transfer to serving dishes and garnish with cilantro.
  • Enjoy!

In The News This Week

March is National Nutrition Month

Blood Test Might Sort Out Milk Allergies

First Lady Talks Obesity With School Nutritionists

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