I’m also trying to simplify my nutrition, so making things at home instead of buying from the grocery store makes more sense – especially when it can be hard to find items you normally buy. So I looked up some recipes and started making my own jam. And I can’t even explain how easy it is!
Basically, pick the berry you want to make jam from. I’ve tried cherries, raspberries, and peaches. So far, the berries have worked the best, and I look forward to trying blueberry and strawberry – and probably a combo of any of these together! The peaches – eh. Those would have needed more cooking time and I got impatient. I’ll maybe report back later if I try again.
Until then, let’s make some berry jam!
Y’all. I’m obsessed with Watermelonade. We all know this. I’ve made regular, Pineapple, and even mango. Also peach! But I bought some clearance plums the other day and knew exactly what I wanted to do with them. Thus, Plum Watermelonade was born and it’s DELIGHTFUL! Goodness, life is amazing.
Y’all. Several summers ago, I made Watermelonade and it blew my mind. This summer, I saw a post on facebook from The Chocolate Vegan about blending watermelon with pineapple instead of lemon and thought, Yeah, I should try that. Pineapple watermelon juice sounds good.
Holy moly, you guys. I’m so glad I went for it!! But I had to take it to the next level with some lemon juice. And YESSSS that’s even BETTER! So let’s get in the kitchen and makes some Pineapple Watermelonade, shall we? Come on!
Do you follow Dr. Greger’s Daily Dozen? If you don’t, check it out! It’s a great way to focus on getting the right amount of whole plant foods into your diet. If you do, then you’ll recognize at least one of these ingredients as one of his must-includes each day: blueberries! Well, berries in general, but I freaking love blueberries. And who doesn’t love muffins?! So we put the two together for this delicious blueberry muffins recipe (which comes in both GF and non-GF). Call it breakfast. Call it a snack. It doesn’t bother me what you call it as long as you enjoy it. 🙂
Did you catch my Facebook Live video the other day? If not, no big deal. The replay is up and you’re more than welcome to enjoy the awkwardness of my very first FB live. Well, the first one that actually posted correctly. It’s for a meal I seriously love but can’t take an appealing photo of to save my life. Maybe if I cut and stuffed the sweet potato, it’d look prettier. But I smash it. Because why not? Anyway, I top sweet potato and beans with this creamy, cool, tasty cashew sour cream! It’s super easy to make, so let’s go!
We make this in our house at least 2x a month. It lasts about 7-10 days, which is nice. It’s the perfect topping to most things we eat: baked potatoes, chili, nachos, tacos, burritos, salads, and more! We love using it to make mashed potatoes and dips for fries. It’s versatile, and the only thing between you and this deliciousness is putting everything in the blender and letting it run. Easy peasy! You won’t regret it.
Seriously, this stuff is amazing on so many different types of dishes. I’d put it in or on No-Oil French Fries, Veggie Sushi Bowls, Brown Rice and Lentil LoafCheesy Broccoli Soup, Quinoa and Veggies, and Stuffed Peppers. But check out my Instagram for some more inspiration on what to do with this stuff. Truly, the options are endless.
Let me know if you try this recipe! Comment below, rate it, or take a photo and tag me @fruitsohard or #fruitsohard on Instagram. I’d love to see your creations. And don’t forget to cultivate some positivity and gratitude today. Tell me in the comments what you’re grateful for if you’d like. Vibe high, my friends!
A creamy, cool cashew sour cream made with three ingredients in no time at all! Just 1 blender, 3 ingredients, and 5 minutes stand between you and this delicious homemade condiment.
- 1 3/4 cups raw cashews*
- 3/4 cup water
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 3 tsp apple cider vinegar
- (optional) Pinch of salt
*If you don't have a high-speed blender like a Vitamix or a Blendtec, you'll want to soak your cashews. This can be overnight in room-temp water or for 1 hour in hot water. Softening them up with ensure a smoother sour cream.
**Adapted from Oh She Glows.
Hey, y’all. It’s been a minute, hasn’t it? I’m excited to be back though. I have lots and lots on my plate, but amazing-fruit season is upon us, so the energy to do it all is at my fingertips! Seriously, summertime fruit is my favorite. And I know a lot of you are experiencing snow right now, so summer isn’t even on your radar, but I live in Chronic Summer, a.k.a. Phoenix, Arizona. So it’s always on mine. Even though today is cloudy and, well, not hot.
I make some super simple guacamole, but I always get compliments on it. Since I’m not a big “chunks in food” person, I use minimal ingredients, and it makes a smooth dip for your chip. 🙂 But there are lots of things you can add to play around with it, so it’s easily customizable though delicious on its own, seeing as it’s just avocado, lemon juice, and garlic powder.
Y’all… If you’re not following The Detoxinista, you’re missing out. She doesn’t always post vegan recipes, but they’re generally easy to convert with a few substitutions. However, this is one vegan recipe that will leave you wondering why you ever made it with dairy in the first place. Yum!
2 1/2 lbs medium yams, peeled, cut into 2-inch pieces (about 8 cups)
1 tsp sea salt
3 tbsp 100% orange juice
3 tbsp vegan butter, melted
2 tbsp maple syrup
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
Dash ground nutmeg
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (176 C).
2. Arrange yams in 13x9x2-inch glass baking dish. Season evenly with salt. Set aside.
3. In a small bowl, combine orange juice, vegan butter, and maple syrup. Whisk to blend.
4. Pour orange juice mixture over yams and stir/toss to coat.
5. Sprinkle evenly with remaining cinnamon and nutmeg.
6. Bake yams, stirring occasionally, for 50 to 60 minutes or until fork tender.
1 tbsp olive oil
1 lb green beans, trimmed (about 4 cups)
1 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/4 cup water
2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1. Heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat.
2. Add green beans and garlic. Season with salt; cook, stirring frequently, for 4 to 6 minutes.
3. Add water; cook, covered, for 2 minutes.
4. Remove lid; cook for 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until water evaporates.
5. Add lemon juice. Serve immediately.
1 cauliflower head, cut into florets
1 broccoli head, cut into florets
(optional) Pinch pink Himalayan salt
1 1/2 cups unsweetened nondairy milk
1/2 cup shredded vegan cheddar cheese
1 cup pumpkin puree
2 tsp Dijon mustard
1/4 cup gluten-free panko bread crumbs
1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (218 C) and ready a .
2. Place cauliflower on baking sheet that has been lightly coated with spray and season with salt if desired.
4. Bake for 24 to 28 minutes or until golden brown. Set aside.
5. While cauliflower is cooking, bring almond milk to a boil in medium saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring frequently. Reduce heat to medium-low.
6. Add cheese, pumpkin, and mustard and cook, stirring frequently, for 3 to 4 minutes or until well blended.
7. Add cauliflower and mix well.
8. Pour cauliflower mixture into 13x9x2-inch casserole dish that has been lightly coated with spray.
9. Top with bread crumbs.
10. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes, or until hot and bubbly.
9″ pie crust
1 cup unsweetened nondairy milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 tbsp ground flaxseed
1 can pumpkin puree
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground allspice
1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (218 C).
2. Combine milk, vanilla extract, and ground flaxseed in blender, mix and let stand for 15 minutes.
3. Add remaining ingredients to blender and blend until smooth. Then pour into crust.
4. Bake for 10 minutes. Then reduce oven to 325 degrees F (162 C) for 60 minutes or until filling is set.
5. Let cool and then refrigerate overnight.
Eat your fruits and veggies, kids.
On Saturday night, I asked Husband to make an Alfredo sauce for zucchini noodles because I’d been really wanting to eat it again since having some at our friends’ house a while back. He found this recipe for cashew Alfredo sauce and it turned out AMAZING. So I made him take a photo so I could share it with all of you great people for Meatless Monday. YUM! Enjoy!