Gluten-Free Persimmon Cookies

Hi Everyone! I come bearing gifts just in time for the holidays. Gluten-free gifts!  The persimmons on our tree in the front yard were completely ripe and ready to picked. Growing up with a Jamaican mommy we would always just eat the persimmons. Now, they kind of tie up my tongue.  I wanted to make something with this sweet and succulent fruit that could please everyone. Being that it is the holidays, this yummy sweet and spicy persimmon cookie was the perfect fit for our family. I made these cookies gluten-free simply because my mother in law has become gluten-free recently and a lot of my readers on here have asked for yummy simple gluten free options. I hope you like this recipe. Be sure to comment below. Enjoy!

… and Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you all have a wonderful time with your families.

Ingredients 

1/2 Cup of Brown Sugar

1 Stick of Unsalted Butter

1 Organic Egg

1 Cup of Blended Persimmon Pulp (about 4-5 small persimmons)

1 1/4 Cup Gluten-Free Flour

1 Tsp Baking Powder

1/2 Tsp Baking Soda

1 Tsp Ground Cinnamon

1/2 Tsp of All Spice

Pinch of Salt

1/4 Cup of Chocolate Chips (Optional)

Handful of Chopped Walnuts (Optional)

Optional Lemon Glaze: 2 Tbs Unsalted Butter melted and hot, Juice of half of a lemon and 3 Heaping Tablespoons of Powdered Sugar

Directions 

Preheat your oven to 375. In a bowl mix brown sugar and room temperature butter together until smooth. Add in the egg and the persimmon pulp and mix until it forms a smooth wet batter.  Next, add in all of your dry ingredients and mix well until a thick batter is formed. Drop tablespoons of the batter onto a greased cookie sheet, leaving about 2 inches between each cookie. Bake for about 10-12 mins. Let them completely cool!

I decided to do two batches, one with chocolate chips and one with walnuts and the lemon glaze. They were both absolutely delicious. This is a great cookie to package as a gift or take to a holiday party. It will not disappoint! Enjoy 🙂

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Pearl Quinoa

Okay guys today we are talking about quinoa. Looks weird, tastes delicious. I find that any other grain besides rice can sometimes seem overwhelming or a bit foreign. Quinoa really isn’t, you actually prepare it just as you would traditional rice. There is so much you can do with this “super grain”. It’s a great alternative to rice as it is jam packed with protein, and doesn’t seem to weigh you down when you eat it. It’s also gluten-free so its a great side dish alternative. It also contains all 8 essential amino acids!

There are several different kinds of quinoa that I will be featuring periodically. Today, we are just going to focus on pearl quinoa which is the most common and the one we are all most likely familiar with. It’s a beige tiny pearl like grain when uncooked and becomes fluffy, yellow and “tadpole” like when cooked (The little stringy fiber hangs off after it’s been cooked, also a great indicator of when it’s done!)

Cooking this quinoa is simple. Add a cup and a half of liquid for every cup of quinoa. Bring to a boil, reduce and then simmer for 15 mins. Super simple!

Of course I have a hard time doing anything as directed and like to jazz things up a bit…

Instead of water using a homemade or store-bought stock of your choice is a nice additive instead of water. It just beings a more full-bodied flavor to the quinoa. After my quinoa is done cooking I love to transfer it to a saute pan with garlic, olive oil and finely chopped onions. So yummy. I know some people despise raisins, but they just taste so delicious in sautéed quinoa, it’s not even funny.

You can also make this ahead of time and refrigerate it for the entire week! A great superfood for easy food prep.

I hope you guys enjoyed this little tie bit of information. Have you tried quinoa?  Feel free to leave your amazing recipes below!

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FITNESS FRIDAY: Video Update

Hi Guys I hope you all had an amazing week. The update for this week is in the video below 🙂 I also included a couple of photos of my go to “build a salad” salad version of the caprese for the week. It consists of baby arugula, sprouts, seas salt, tomatoes, mozzarella, avocado,grape seed oil and a bit of balsamic.  I hope you enjoy it!

Please email subscribe on the right and keep the comments and stories coming! Until next friday…

 

 

 

 

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Homemade Scents for The Home

One of my fondest memories is the smell of our home during the holidays growing up. The scent was so subtle and delicious and I would feel so warm and cozy coming home from school. I grew up in Toronto, Canada so fires, candles, and anything to make the home feel warm and inviting during the winters were a must. The delicious smell that I grew so fondly of was actually a homemade concoction that my mom would make on the stove to infuse our home with the aroma of love. Sounds so strange but thats really what I feel when I walk into my home and smell this delightful scent.

I called my mom a couple of nights ago to let her know that I was going to blog about this and share the recipe with you guys. She was thrilled and both delighted and surprised to know that I remembered her doing that as a child and have continued to do it myself. It’s the little things that stick with you it seems. My goodness do I LOVE tradition. I hope that this becomes a staple in your home as well during the holidays. If you try it please let me know what you think. Enjoy!

Ingredients 

1-2 Cinnamon Sticks

Peels of an Orange

Peels of an Apple

Cloves (a tablespoon or so)

2-3 cups of water

*This recipe is such great way to get the most out of your fruits and use up those unwanted orange peels!

Directions

Simply place of the ingredients into a pot. Bring to a boil and then simmer on extra low for a long as you want! As the water evaporates add more! Such a natural way to infuse your home with a yummy smell. This recipe is so addicting and will be on my stove all through the holidays.

FITNESS FRIDAY: Easy Caprese (and video update)

Hi Guys !

I hope you all enjoyed your week! Here is a super simple caprese salad recipe that i’ve been making and eating all week long! So easy and so delicious! I also wanted to update you all by video this week about my/our fitness journey. Please share yours in the comments below. Enjoy the weekend!

Easy Caprese Salad 

Ingredients

6 -8 small fresh mozzarella balls

8-10 Cherry tomatoes

salt and pepper to taste

3 Leaves of fresh Basil (chopped)

A Drizzle of Aged Balsamic Vinegar

Directions 

Comine all of the ingredients into a bowl, drizzle with balsamic and enjoy! It’s really that simple, I love it. Be sure to use aged balsamic as it has a thicker and sweeter consistency.

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Pear

This recipe is quick, easy and extremely delicious. I can eat an entire bowl by myself! It makes for a great side dish at dinner, especially thanksgiving. The sweetness of the pear, the tartness of the dried cranberries and the richness of the brussels make for smiling faces and full bellies. I hope you like this recipe as much as my family does. Enjoy!

Ingredients

12oz of Brussels Sprouts (approx 12-15)

1 Pear

1 Lemon Wedge

1 Tbs Honey

Salt and Pepper to taste

1 Tbs Olive Oil

Handful of chopped Onion

Handful of Dried Cranberries

Directions

Preheat oven to 450. Wash, dry and halve all of your brussels sprouts  and slice the pear. Place them in a baking dish along with the onion. Coat with a tablespoon of olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper. Bake for about 25-30 minutes until golden brown. Next, Squeeze the lemon wedge all over the pan and drizzle with honey. Lastly, toss in the dried cranberries, mix everything together and serve! I promise this dish will not disappoint.

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Mommy Style w SWELL.COM

Hi Everyone!

An amazing online retailer www.swell.com was so nice to send me some amazing clothes recently. I wanted to go ahead and share some of my favorite pieces of theirs with you guys today!

As a mom its really important for me to wear clothes that are comfortable and easy to just throw on. I want to look cute and feel good about myself at the same time. An easy top and great relaxed fit pair of jeans is almost always my go to.

I kid you not these One Teaspoon “Baggies” that I am wearing in the pictures below have quickly become my favorite pair of jeans. I just love them. I can dress them up or down, they don’t shrink when I wash them and the detail on them is just perfect for me. I’ve included a link to the jeans HERE . I promise you won’t regret buying these!

The Top I am wearing is so comfy! As you can see below it can be dressed up or down. It goes great with the jeans, but would look amazing with some denim shorts and knee high socks in the spring or summer as well!

I hope you guys enjoy this look. Let me know what you think about it in the comments below! Thank you SWELL for the amazing threads!

Click HERE to buy the jeans!

Click HERE to buy the top!

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FITNESS FRIDAY: Healthy Oven Fried Chicken

I was playing around with healthy alternatives this week! A comfort food staple in our house is fried chicken. What can I say, we’re from the south! I stumbled across this amazing ground nut mixture in the grocery store the other day. It’s a mixture of ground flax, pumpkin seeds, goji berries and sesame seeds. You can pretty much add it to anything you eat and it gives you a great dose of b12, fiber and omega 3!  A light bulb went off in my head and I decided to try the ground mixture as the breading/coating for my oven fried chicken. It turned out great, it was tasty, juicy and I didn’t feel guilty while eating it. Double win!

Here is the super simple recipe and some pics to go with it. Enjoy!

Ingredients 

1 cup of Linwood’s Ground Flax mixture

1 Tablespoon coarse sea salt

1Teaspoon ground pepper

Drizzle of Olive Oil

2-4 Organic chicken breasts

Directions 

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Combine the flax mixture, salt and pepper in a ziploc bag. Simply place the Chicken in the bag, seal and shake!!! Drizzle olive oil into a baking dish, place the chicken breast into the dish and bake for 20-25 mins. Its that simple!

 

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