Spreads and Sauces

Turkish Spinach Yogurt Dip

Turkish Spinach Yogurt Dip

This is a great fresh dip that is so healthy and full of all sorts of nutrients. Not only is it healthy, but it is so tasty! This Turkish Spinach Dip is traditionally known as cacik. The base is yogurt (Greek yogurt works beautifully because of its thick creaminess) and mixture of garlic, spinach and a fresh herb symphony of dill, mint and parsley.

I love spinach dip but if I eat more than a pinch I am in trouble! I immediately feel a stomach ache coming on from all the cheese, and so to discover this awesome healthy version of a spinach dip is quite a treat! I could eat a full bowl of this without thinking twice! It is so good and you can feel good about eating it too!

This is good as a dip for vegetables, pita bread, chips or used as a spread for sandwiches or pitas! Click here to Read More

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Brandy Sauce

Brandy Sauce

This brandy sauce/topping is going on practically everything from ice cream, pancakes, on cake, dipping bananas and other fruit, with crepes, and the list can go on. This time around I used a hazelnut liqueur instead of brandy for my hazelnut cheese cake! This is a great simple recipe that anyone can make! Just make sure you doing a lot of stirring! Click here to Read More

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Moroccan Harissa Sauce

I’m kind of addicted to spicy food lately. Look me up over a year ago and you’d find the wimp of wimps when it came to hot and spicy food. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed the heat but I could barely handle it. At Thai or Mexican restaurants when they ask your spice preference on the scale of 1-10, I would ask for mine at a 3… and that’s just because my pride wouldn’t let me ask for a 1.

Harissa, North African Spicy Spread with Roasted Peppers

But something happened last year. My mouth was transformed into a superhuman mega mouth that literally couldn’t get enough heat! I had a new super power to add to the list of mom-super-powers I already have, “Lava Mouth.”  (My other Mom-super-powers? Well, as Teya believes, I have invisible eyes on the back of my head, and I can apparate.)  And it wasn’t just being able to handle the heat that changed, I craved it. No, I NEEDED it! At one point, I was personally going through an entire bottle of Chalulah sauce in a single day. Phil finally had to sit me down and “slow the flow,” so to say. My bottle-of-hot-sauce-a-day-habit wasn’t economical for our family. Click here to Read More

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Roasted Red Peppers Simplified

Roasted red peppers are everywhere in great cuisine. They are found in the traditional dishes of multiple cultures across the globe. Lately they can be spotted somewhere in a dish on most menus as the push to better health grows. Red peppers are wonderful in the raw, but roasting them gives another level of flavor as it seems to deepen the intensity of the pepper flavor but softens the bitter edge. Teya, my oldest, can’t handle them raw but loves them roasted.

Roasted Red Peppers Simplified simple easy recipe

Yet the more recipes I saw for roasting red peppers the more I began to wonder: why so complicated? Many of the instructions out there say to spread oil all over them first. There just seemed to be a lot of unnecessary steps thrown into the process. During my time in Europe, the way we roasted peppers was much simpler and easier.

Roast several at once so you can fill a jar to keep in the fridge for a week. You’ll find when you have them on hand, you’ll be throwing them on salads, in paninis, blended into sauces, on cold cut sandwiches, dice in your rice for dinner or rolled up with some cheese inside a chicken breast for a great surprise. The possibilities are literally endless, and if you have a fresh jar in your fridge those possibilities will actually happen. Click here to Read More

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GF Apple Cake with Brandy Sauce and Versatile Blogger Award!

First of all, Tawny, Thank you for sharing your story.You are such an amazing person. The way you handle life’s bumps is done with such finesse and balance. From an outsider, it looks like you have it all- you are beautiful, you have a wonderful family, friends, your talented and you would never know that your life has anything but perfect in it- it is only because you handle the unexpected so positively, your prospective is so consistently clear and somehow you are so wise! You have seen a few dark days in your life and you have risen above everything and remained such a shining light. You are a wonderful example- I know you so well, and I can truly say you are genuine, and in every category purely amazing! – I admire you to the fullest.You melt my heart and I am so blessed to have you as a friend!! And I mention this on here because this is a girl you want to stick by! She is amazing, and she has so much to offer!

 

Second of all, before we jump into one of my most favorite gluten free, egg free, sugar free cakes in the world… Tawny and I would like to give a big thank you  to Heather from Sunday Morning Banana Pancakes for nominating Tawny and I for the Versatile Blogger Award! Wooohoo! We are stoked and flattered to even be thought of, let alone awarded, so thank you, thank you!

We were asked to share 7 things about ourselves that you guys may not already know so here they are…. Tawny you are up first!

Tawny

I use to compete in Tahitian Dance!

I lived just out side Bordeaux, France for a year to study the Language and his is now my dream destination to live and be!

I spent a summer in the Amazon doing volunteer work building houses.

My favorite drink is a green tea frappe from Starbucks

I love anything adventurous and am down for pretty much anything anytime.

My hair almost touches my butt right now.

I have been made fun of my whole life for unknowingly making up my own words!

           Andrea

I come from a family of 7 kids, and married into a family of 7 boys!

My husband and his family own a mom and pop + 7 boy restaurant on the North Shore, Hawaii- Kahuku Grill.

I drink hot chocolate most every day with cereal on top- a habit I never grew out of I suppose!

My BA is in teaching English as a second language, yet I don’t think I could learn a language my self  shhhhh…

I have taught English in Korea a couple of times, Hawaii, Canada, and Italy.

I am a dreamer, and I constantly look at airline tickets online and look for an excuse to plan a trip!

When I was in Elementary school I use to walk to school on top of the snow banks (in Saskatchewan) in the dead of winter, dreaming about Hawaii, looking at the sun thinking, “wow that is the same sun in Hawaii. And now I live and married here! –I believe in dreams! Click here to Read More

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Tomato Confit

Why would I go to the trouble of making my own tomato products? I’m busy as it is, so giving myself and extra project when it can be bought at at store in a can seems counter productive.

Well, because doing everything within reasonable reach for good health is a top priority in our little family. This is not without reason: my husband, The Bod, survived cancer as a child. Roughly from age 2 to 8 he was treated for leukemia. Not long after, when he was 11, he lost his father to lung cancer. Now he is so dedicated to health, wellness, and physical strength in an effort to avoid any future illnesses, it give’s him a… well… nice physic and thus the reason I tease him with the nickname The Bod.

Now that I’ve recently discovered I have an AI disease preventing me from having gluten, diary, eggs, and other things, it’s added to the importance of prevention in our family. I’m fine, as long as I eat right there are no symptoms or problems. We have two precious young girls and one bebe on the way who we don’t ever want to watch sufferform an illness. Not everything is in our hands as far as that goes, but whatever I CAN get my hands on to prevent, I WILL.

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Chimichurri Lamb Chops with Garlic & Leek Wild Rice

chimichurri lamb chops and wild rice

I hope you like lamb, because I loooove and adore lamb. Lamb chops are not so gamey, so if you are not use to lamb- chops are a good way to go. And if you are just not into lamb at all, substitute any type of meat you like- ribs, steak, chicken or fish-it all works with this recipe! Lamb chops and the chimichurri sauce are quite simple to prepare and inexpensive, but incredibly special and delicious .

The chimichurri sauce is bursting with flavors and can be used as a salad dressing, drizzled over tomatoes or topped on fish, chicken or steak. Making extra and storing the rest in the fridge is a good way to go. Click here to Read More

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Chimichurri Sauce

chimichurri sauce

The chimichurri sauce is bursting with flavors and can be used as a salad dressing, drizzled over tomatoes or topped on fish, chicken or steak. Making extra and storing the rest in the fridge is a good way to go. Click here to Read More

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Natural Nutella: Raw Vegan Style

Natural Nutella, Vegan, Chocolate Hazelnut Spread

Growing up in Canada, Nutella was a staple in our cupboard! Spreading the chocolate hazelnut spread on toast, onto apples, used like hot fudge on ice cream or sneaking it straight from the jar, are great memories! It has always been a favorite.

As good as Nutella is (and I will always love the original) it is nice to feel good about eating it in abundance and giving it to your kids for breakfast. We are making it ‘Natural’ and ‘Vegan’ making it an option for all- unless you are my brother- in- law Seth who is allergic to chocolate… his poor poor soul! Seth I have a really good Canadian cinnamon spread for you! You will forget about chocolate completely-hopefully! For all those chocolate lovers/but want to be health conscious folk out there….. here is Homemade All Natural Vegan Nutella! I have to say I may like this better than the original. Click here to Read More

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Homemade Nutella: Chocolate Hazelnut Spread

best homemade nutella, chocolate hazelnut spread

Sometimes it is just fun to make your favorites at home! The smell of hazelnuts that will come out of your oven when toasting is reason enough to make this. There are not many scents that top the comfort and warmth of the scent of toasted hazelnuts. This is easy to make and stores very well in the refrigerator!

For any of you that have never had Nutella, let me tell you right now, it is time to introduce it into your life. As a kid I would spread it on toast, eat it with fruit, inside of a crepe with sliced bananas, eat it out of the jar, on top ice cream and basically anyway I could think of- we all did! Click here to Read More

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