Monday, August 27, 2012

Candied Cacao Nib Cookies

Want something a little nuttier than your typical chocolate chip cookie? Try these on for size! They're chewy, sweet, and a little crunchy.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Simple Pleasures

Ok, I'm on a tomato kick. But these little cherry tomatoes looked too good to pass up at the Farmer's market. And sometimes, the best food is just plain, simple, and fresh. Uncomplicated and clean. All I did with this was cut up the fresh, juicy tomatoes, sprinkle a tiny bit of sea salt and fresh cracked black pepper, drizzle a tad of extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar, and add the fresh chopped basil from my back yard.

Served with fresh baked bread from our local shop.

Fresh and yum! For something a little more exciting, see my vegan caprese or tomato pie.

I love simple, easy, delicious healthy food- and I LOVE sharing it with friends & family! It makes me really happy to get other people excited about healthy food... particularly if I've made it ;-)

Other simple pleasures I'm thankful for today:
Sunny days and blue sky
Cuddling with my dog
Being by the water
A scenic long run

Hope you are enjoying your weekend as well!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Tomato Pie

It's hard to believe it's already the end of August. This summer has been hectic and busy, and the past month has not been filled with as much cooking as I would have liked. So I was completely psyched to get back into the kitchen to whip up this 'lil pie. When I saw these heirloom tomatoes, I nabbed a bunch and couldn't wait to use them.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Vegan Caprese

I was on family vacation last week, and made this easy appetizer/salad twice. The first time, I whipped it up so I would have something to eat while my family and friends were snacking on cheese and crackers. But it ended up nearly disappearing before I even got to it. Poor cheese- you've been replaced by something healthier and fresher-tasting ;-) But in all honesty, I was really pleased to share this yummy dish, and have my family love it, especially since none of them are vegan or even vegetarian. It's a dish for everyone!