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…

And for those of you yearnin’ to spice up your plate, check out the new iSPICE app for both your iPhone and iPad, which teaches you about different spices, herbs and seasonings via videos recipes and where to purchase.

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.

Grilled Corn n’ Pumpkin Guacamole and Stonyfield Yogurt Giveaway

Well, yet another spin on my classic guac…this time the Thanksgiving spirit got me yearnin’ for some pumpkin’ and a lil’ grilled corn, so why not toss it into your guac this season for a tasty sweet n’ savory dish that can be enjoyed as a dip with roasted root vegetables such as eggplant, sweet potato fries, carrot fries, butternut squash fries, zucchini fries or apple and parsnip fries.  I enjoyed this guac spread onto my lunchtime sandwich in lieu of mayo and also used it to top my evening grilled fish dish.  So, go ahead…I’m giving you permission to get creative…whip up this baby and have fun using it as a condiment for dips, a spread on a sandwich, dressing on a salad or topped onto a bowl of vegetables…any way you choose, it’s delish…

Dip in…and enjoy!

Grilled Corn n’ Pumpkin Guacamole

Ingredients

  • 3 earns corn
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 4 avocados, peeled, pitted and coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup natural pumpkin puree
  • 1 red onion, minced
  • 1/3 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. ground flax seeds
  • 1 Tbsp. nutritional yeast
  • 2 Tbsp. orange juice
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 2 red bell peppers, chopped
  • 1/4 cup Stonyfield Oikos Greek plain yogurt

Directions

  • Preheat grill to medium heat.
  • Brush corn with oil and place onto grill; cook for approximately 15 minutes or until desired doneness.  Set aside to cool.
  • Remove kernels from cob using a knife.
  • In a separate bowl, combine avocado, pumpkin, onion, cilantro, orange juice, lime juice, flax seeds, nutritional yeast and red peppers; mix well to combine.
  • Add corn and mix.  Top with a dollop of Oikos Greek plain yogurt.
  • Enjoy with sliced vegetables, whole grain chips or as a spread on a sandwich.

And now for my Stonyfield Yogurt Giveaway:

Just in time for Thanksgiving, I’m giving away $60 worth of Stonyfield Yogurt Coupons, 2 Stonyfield Recipe Books and a Stonyfield Spatula.

To Enter:

1). View the Stonyfield Yogurt website and tell me what yogurt 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 Monday, November the 15th at 5PM EST.

 

 

Gluten-Free Agave Parsnip Beet Cake and The Big Green Cookbook Giveaway

Well, I did it again…another incredibly tasty recipe using avocados, beets, parsnips and my favorite nuts … a lil macadamia and a lil hazelnut … This is a fabulous dish for anytime of the year but I thought these ingredients were perfect for this fall harvest season…  Perhaps this dessert will appear on your Thanksgiving table… Looking forward to hearing your thoughts and tastes on this newly delicious n’ always gluten’ and dairy free creation.

Gluten-Free Agave Parsnip Beet Cake

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups macadamia nuts, very finely ground
  • 3/4 cup gluten-free flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 1/2 tsp. all spice
  • 1/3 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/2 cup agave nectar
  • 2 very ripe avocados, peeled, cored and very finely mashed
  • Egg substitute for 2 eggs
  • 2 Tbsp. coconut flakes
  • 10 parsnips, peeled and grated
  • 4 golden beets, peeled and grated
  • 1/3 cup hazelnuts, toasted

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Prepare a baking dish with baking spray.
  3. In a large bowl, combine ground macadamia nuts with flour, baking soda, all spice, sea salt and pepper; mix to combine.
  4. In a separate bowl, combine agave, avocados and egg substitute; beat on high speed until combined.  Add dry ingredients; continue to mix on medium speed until well blended.  Slowly add in parsnips, beets and coconut.
  5. Transfer batter into prepared baking pan; sprinkle with toasted hazelnuts.  Bake for 45 minutes or until golden brown.
  6. Remove from oven; set aside to cool.
  7. Enjoy!

And, I am exciting to announce my Giveaway for The Green Big Cookbook. I will be randomly selecting one winner on Monday, November the 8th at 5:00 PM EST.

To Enter, Simply:

Leave a comment on this post telling me your favorite way to prepare a  ‘Green’ meal.

Good Luck and have a wonderful weekend, fellow foodies!

 

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.


Grapefruit n’ Basil Sesame Seed Cake and Giveaway…

I’ve been itching to bake a gluten-free, summer inspired cake for the past few days and I recently came up with this deliciously healthy and tasty recipe in my lil kitchen.  The combination of fresh grapefruit with black sesame seeds and fresh, sweet basil adds the perfect touch to a light, spongy cake that is perfect for an afternoon treat or an after-dinner dessert.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1/4 cup stevia
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh basil, very finely chopped
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking
  • 2 Tbsp. black sesame seeds
  • 1/2 cup Enjoy Life Foods Gluten-Free Cereal
  • 1/2 cup Gluten-Free Puffed Rice
  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 2 egg whites
  • 3 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 cup Greek plain yogurt
  • 2 Tbsp. grated grapefruit zest
  • 2 Tbsp. freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
  • 1 tsp. stevia, for topping

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, combine flour, stevia, cinnamon, fresh basil, baking powder, baking soda and sesame seeds.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine Gluten-Free cereals, almond milk, egg whites, olive oil, grapefruit zest, grapefruit juice and yogurt; mix well to ensure cereal is evenly coated.  Slowly add almond flour mixture; stir well until combined.
  3. Transfer mixture to a baking dish coated with baking spray.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  5. Remove from oven and set on a cooling rack to cool.  Sprinkle with additional stevia.
  6. Serve warm or at room temperature.
  7. Enjoy!

And Now…

First, Please vote for my SPAM Recipe as I am one of the finalists.  Please click on this link and award me 5 ratings :

http://www.spam.com/recipes/detail.aspx?recipeId=5299

For My Giveaway

One lucky winner will receive a jar of Coconut Secret’s Raw Coconut Crystals and Raw Coconut Nectar, which are both low-glycemic sugar alternatives free of chemicals, pesticides and herbicides.  These are made from 100% Pure Coconut Tree Sap, Gluten-Free, Unbleached, Unrefined, Non-GMO and Vegan.

To Enter:

Leave me a comment on this post telling me how you’d use these crystals and nectar in your cooking and baking.

Good Luck; I will be choosing a winner on Friday, August the 27th at 5PM EST.

My Top Veggie Picks…and a Giveaway


Here I am at our local Farmer’s Market right in Rockefeller Center at the heart of Manhattan.  This Farmer’s Market runs Monday thru Fridays during the summer and is a great spot to visit during my lunch break.

Veggies are low in calories and loaded with micronutrients, fiber, minerals, vitamins and phytochemicals…so go ahead and eat them until your heart’s content (exceptions: starches such as white potatoes and corn)…I eat a vast array of the rainbow in unlimited veggies each and everyday.  What’s the secret? Keep your veggies exciting by incorporating them into your morning smoothie, afternoon salad, evening soup and snack time crudites.

Start your breakfast, lunch and dinner with a serving of vegetables such as a large salad or crudites to increase nutrient intake and help control your appetite.

Dark Leafy Greens-

Bursting with Vitamins A, K and C, folate, magnesium, manganese, calcium and fiber.  Health Boosts: May promote eye health thanks to carotenoids (a group of pigments found mainly in green leafy veggies, tomatoes and carrots) and fight cancer.

Bok Choy-

Contains Vitamin C, folate, fiber and Calcium.  Health Boost: May help promote bone health and support immunity.

Brussels Sprouts-

Full of Vitamins A, K and C, manganese, folate, fiber, potassium and Vitamin B6.  Health Boost: Linked to reduce cancer risk, especially colon and breast cancers.

Radishes-

Full of folate, fiber and Vitamin C.  Health Boost: Helps with weight control and may help boost the immune system.

Bean Sprouts-

Soaring with Vitamins C and K, folate, potassium and protein.  Healthy Boost: May boost satiety and assist in weight management.

Red Bell Peppers-

Chock full of Vitamins C, A, B6 and K, fiber, folate and manganese.  Health Boost: May promote heart health.  Vitamin C supports immunity; cartenoids may decrease risk of certain types of cancer.

What are your favorite vegetables and how do you incorporate them into your day?

And Now For My Giveaway:

I’m picking 2 lucky readers to win a package from Element Bars, a website that lets you create your very own bar with the ingredients of your choice.

To Enter: Leave me a comment on this post telling me what kind of Element Bar you would create.  I will pick 2 lucky winners on Friday, August the 20th at 5PM EST.

Good Luck!

And, I’ve got an Element Bars Discount for you too…

You can receive a 15% Off Discount at Elementbars.com by entering the code: EB15 from now thru December 31, 2010.

Enjoy!

BlogHer 2010 Here I Come…and NuNaturals Stevia Discount

I’m thrilled to be attending BlogHer Conference  today and tomorrow and I am so excited to meet my fellow bloggie friends as well as new bloggies!

This conference is going to be two days of fun, learning, blogging and mingling in Manhattan.   I am looking forward to the amazing guest speakers talking about everything from Social Media and Building a Community to Branding and Taking Great Pictures. Many of my favorite foodie companies are going to be at BlogHer, as well…I can’t wait to see Eggland’s Best and the other amazing companies that I work with.

Are any of you attending BlogHer ’10 Conference this week?

If so, let me know and we can meet up!

Also, NuNaturals Stevia is pleased to offer all BlogHer attendees a 15% discount on all of their products from today thru September the 30th.


Simply enter: BLG930 when checking out.  And, as if that’s not enough, they’re offering Buy One, Get One Free to my readers for their Baking Blend and MoreFiber Baking Powder: for details type: BBOR1 into the search box and click on “Fiber in Foods Coupon”.

Enjoy!

In The News This Week

In Search of the Green Cookout

Consumers Want More Smart Food Food Purchase Information

Country’s Newest Schools Nixed The Deep Fryers

Wegmans Rolls Out ‘Eat Well Live Well Stations’

NYC Restaurants Get Graded on Food Safety

Chicken Producers Debate ‘Natural’ Label

Enjoy your weekend, everyone…