Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Summer Grill Recipes **Vegan Friendly**

Summertime can mean less time in the kitchen and more time enjoying warm summer evening outside by the grill! Not every outdoor barbecue has to revolve around chips,burgers and hot dogs. Here are a few summer recipes that are sure to be BIG on taste and not heavy on the stomach!

                                                             Lime Grilled Avocados
Ingredients:
   -1 avocado (1 feeds two people, so more depending on how many people there will be.)
   -Extra virgin olive oil
   -Lime wedges
   -Kosher or Coarse Salt and Coarse black pepper

Instructions:
   -Cut avocado in half length wise and remove seed. Brush with extra virgin olive oil,squeeze lime juice over and season with salt and pepper.
   -Place face down on medium heat grill and cook for 4-5 mins or until warm grilled marks appear. Use a thin spatula instead of tongs to remove avocado from grill to avoid the avocado to sticking to the grill.



Grilled Corn with Chile and Lime

Ingredients
-Extra virgin olive oil for brushing
-6 ears of corn with husks and silk removed
-Lime wedges for serving
-Coarse Salt for serving
-Chile powder for serving

Instructions:
-Preheat grill to medium heat and brush hot grill with olive oil
-Grill corn,turning occasionally until kernels are tender and charred in some spots,most time is about 20 minutes.
-Transfer corn to serving plate and serve with lime wedges and coarse salt with chile

ENJOY!!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Strawberry and Chia Seed Pudding **Vegan Friendly!!**

Strawberries are the perfect summer snack,sweet and refreshing and IN SEASON! The tastiest strawberries are always locally grown so be sure to check your local farmers market and pick up a basket!

Ingredients:

-18oz of fresh strawberries
-2 Tablespoons of Agave nectar or a sweetener of your choice.
-4 Tablespoons of Chia Seeds

Directions:

    -Place strawberries in a blender or food processor and process the strawberries into liquid.
    - Add the chia seeds and agave nectar to the,now liquid,strawberries and mix again in blender.
    - Place into fridge to rest, for a thicker texture of pudding let it sit overnight!

                                                       And ENJOY!!
                          Perfect for a summer dessert,snack and the kiddos will love it too!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

The SummerTime Farmers Market Checklist!

Farmers Markets make a fun and free way to get out of the house with the whole family! There are a few things to remember to bring with you before heading over to your local farmers market this summer....

1. Cash-Most Farmers are old school so don't count on them to accept debit or credit cards. Play a fun game with the kids by giving them a budget to buy to fruit and veggies with,that may also serve as a reminder to bring the cash.

2. Reusable Bags- Try to bring several bags with you to the market,one for large and heavier items and one for soft fruit and veggies etc.

3. Water-Bring something cool and hydrating to drink while walking the market,so many delicious things to sample,it pairs perfectly with water!

4. Sunglasses and sunscreen-The sun can really get you especially during peak hours of a mid day market!

5. A Camera-Farmers are always bringing in new seasonal produce so the gorgeous set up you may see one week maybe different the next!

Don't forget to post your fun Farmers Market outings and it may inspire your friends and neighbors to shop locally!

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Summer Popsicle Recipes to Keep Cool!


We all know that summer is the perfect time to grab that frozen and delicious popsicle but most store bought popsicles contain artificial flavors,coloring and added sugar. Too much sugar dehydrates our bodies so we'll still be thirsty after eating the popsicle. Here are some AMAZINGLY DELICIOUS DIY popsicle recipes! So easy and costs so little to make,the only thing you'll need is fresh ingredients and patience while you wait for these to freeze!

1.)Berry Pops-
         Blend raspberries and strawberries together then mix in a bowl with a spoon of plain greek yogurt and a bit of honey to taste and pour into popsicle trays and place in freezer until frozen!


2.)Watermelon Smoothie Pops-
          Take 1 1/2 cups of watermelon (seeds removed) and add with 3/4 cup of coconut milk,add a sweetener of choice to liking,stevia,honey,agave etc. Puree all ingredients in a blender and strain with a fine mesh sieve and pour into popsicle trays. Place in freezer and wait til frozen to eat.


3.) Strawberry and Banana Pops-
             Slice ripe bananas (can be browned,they're sweeter the more ripe they are.) and slice strawberries,add stevia or honey,coconut water or plain greek yogurt for a creamy popsicle. Place into blender,and puree ingredients. Pour into Popsicle trays and place in freezer!

4.)Cherry Lime Pops-
       1 cup of water and add 1/4 cup of honey in a sauce pan,place on medium high heat and stir until honey has disintegrated. Pit 2 cups of cherries and squeeze limes to get 1/3 cup of lime juice,blend til no more cherry pieces are left. Combine the honey and water mixture to the lime and cherry juice,place into popsicle trays and freeze for 6 or more hours,or overnight and enjoy!

5.)Lime and Mint Pops-
         1 1/2 cups of fresh squeezed lime juice combine with 2 1/2 cups of soda water and 1 cup of cold water. Add 1/3 cup of fresh mint leaves and muddle with wooden spoon in a pitcher of water with all combined ingredients,slice lime and lemon slices. Let is sit for a few minutes to soak into the water for flavor and pour into popsicle trays and freeze for 6 hours or more.


                                    What are your favorite Summer Popsicle DIY recipes??
       




Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Chickpea and Curry Patties!


BBQ and Burger season is here! Liven up your burgers with a chickpea and curry patty,this recipe is great for any vegetarian or anyone looking to reduce their meat intake this summer season!

This recipe makes 6 patties!

Ingredients:
1 can of chickpeas rinsed and drained
1/3 cup of gluten free oats
2 carrots shredded
1/4 cup of onion diced
2 garlic cloves minced
1 1/2 teaspoon of curry powder
1 tablespoon of barbecue sauce
salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Place oats,carrots,onions and garlic in a food processor or a blender,once the carrots are shredded add the chickpeas in the blender and pulse the blender to keep chunky texture.
Add spices and barbecue sauce to blender and pulse to mix ingredients.
Using your hands divide mix into six even pieces and roll into balls and flatten them into a patties size on a greased baking sheet.
Bake patties at 350 degrees fahrenheit for 20 mins on each side
Dress it up with the fixings and a bun!


                                                      That Simple! Enjoy!
*Be sure to tag your chickpea patties @heritagefarmers on instagram or Heritage Farmers Market on Facebook!

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Kale and Watermelon Salad!

Staying hydrated this summer is very important; here is a wonderful recipe that's not only delicious but helps keep the whole family and or party hydrated during the hot summer months!

Ingredients:
-1 medium sweet and seedless (remove seeds) watermelon
-2 bunches of chopped kale
-1/4 cup of raw or roasted sunflower seeds
-1 cup of edamame
-1/4 of basalmic vinaigrette dressing

Instructions:
-Cube watermelon into smaller bit size pieces and set aside.
-In a large mixing bowl,combine dressing,kale,edamame and sunflower seeds together,mix well
-Top salad with cubed watermelon pieces
-Chill in fridge for about 20mins before serving

*Topping the salad with feta cheese is optional.

ENJOY!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Cherries Are In Season!



This refreshing spritzer is perfection in a glass and only takes ten minutes to put together!

Ingredients:
      1 cup of pitted,fresh or frozen but thawed cherries
      1/4 cup of fresh mint leaves,a few sprigs to garnish the glass or pitcher.
      8 teaspoons of sugar (or stevia)
      1/4 cup of lime juice
      3 cups of plain spritzer

Directions:
       Mash all the ingredients together(mint leaves,cherries,sugar)the back of a wooden spoon works just fine,divided among 4 glasses or a large pitcher.
       Stir in lime juice.
       Fill pitcher or glasses with ice and water
       Top off with plain or cherry flavored seltzer
       Garnish with mint sprigs