Peach Twisted Caprese Salad

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It is amazing to me that August just started and yet it seems like it is already coming to a close so soon.  We have so much going on this month that it seems to be gone before it has barely started.  I will cling to August though, by enjoying some amazing Palisade Peaches, fresh tomatoes, and all the amazing Farmer's Market produce and food from our garden.  

I cannot wait to get my hands on more peaches and try my hand at canning.  First up will be peach salsa and just plain canned peaches.  I also want to can some salsa, tomatoes, marinara, pears, and some different jams.  We will see how successful I am, I think I may be being a little ambitious.  I will start with the peaches and see how it goes from there.  :)

My mom was the canning queen growing up and we loved getting to savor the flavor of fresh, seasonal produce all year long.  I can't wait to try it out so Cash can get his hands on good, flavorful produce all year long.  I also need to get to dehydrating.  I loved dried peaches growing up.  My mom would sprinkle cinnamon on them and it was like eating candy, but so much better for you.

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This salad has been a favorite in our house lately.  It is so simple to throw together and tastes so good.  We love caprese salad so this was my twist on that.  I wanted to take advantage of the fresh peaches we have right now and instead of mozzarella I thought some creamy goat cheese would pair well with the creaminess of the avocados and it does.  Cash loved tomatoes for the longest time but recently has not been too crazy about them.  This salad has changed that though, he gobbles them up again!  Feel free to play around with this and make it your own.  Tonight we had some grilled pineapple so I threw that in too and it was really good.

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Peach Twisted Caprese Salad

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

  • 2 large avocados, diced
  • 2 large peaches, diced
  • 2-3 tomatoes, diced
  • 1/4 c basil, torn
  • 1-2 oz. goat cheese
  • pink himalayan salt, to taste
  • juice from 1/2 lime
  • olive oil, to taste
  • balsamic reduction for drizzling, optional*

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients together except for the olive oil and balsamic reduction in a medium bowl and gently stir to combine. 
  2. Drizzle a little olive oil over the top and stir to combine.  Add as much as you like - I usually do a 1/2-1 tsp, sometimes more depending on my mood.
  3. Drizzle balsamic reduction over the top if you are feeling really fancy.

Note:  to make balsamic reduction, simply add 1/4 c balsamic vinegar to a saucepan over medium heat and cook until it reduces to about 1 Tbsp.  It will get nice and thick - perfect for drizzling!

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Chocolate Turmeric Smoothie

For the longest time I was a die hard smoothie addict.  Need a quick breakfast to grab on the way to work?  Smoothie.  Need a quick lunch in the middle of an insane day?  Smoothie.  Need an afternoon snack after a sweaty workout sesh?  Smoothie.  I love the fact that you can throw a ton of goodness into a blender and have something healthy to fuel your body with.  In my mind this is a far better alternative to hitting up some fast food joint when you are in need of something quick to eat {drink?}.  

After having Cash I LIVED on smoothies.  I had several a day.  The hunger is real.  I would wake up starving.  The first week after Cash was born Kass would have to run downstairs in the morning to make me a smoothie while I fed Cash because I was famished!  Later I would then have a huge breakfast and still be hungry.  It scared me at first.  I thought there is no way I am going to lose the baby weight if I keep eating like this.  However, after some time that intense hunger faded and I was able to resume a pretty normal eating schedule and the baby weight came off.  Phew!

For most of this past year I have really limited myself on smoothies.  I realized the amount of fruit I was consuming in a day was probably a bit much and I needed to change up my breakfasts.  Also, living on smoothies is not a good idea. 

Sometimes it can be so easy to get stuck in what is familiar, so it was a challenge to myself to mix it up a bit in the breakfast area.  Now I am addicted to plantains "fried" in coconut or olive oil with an egg over easy.  Seriously amazing.  

Lately when I do have a smoothie, this has been my go to smoothie.  Turmeric is an amazing spice and is often used in curries.  There are so many health benefits to Turmeric {helps arthritis, heartburn, stomach pain, headaches, bronchitis, fever, menstrual pain, depression, fat burning, helps prevent cancer, good for digestion, good for the liver, lungs, and gallbladder, can be rubbed on the skin to help with pain and bruising, inside the mouth for sores, on infected wounds, and the list goes on...}  I love using powerhouse spices and herbs as much as I can, so I think it is pretty clear why I love Turmeric so much.  Plus it adds an unexpected kick to the smoothie.  It is fantastic!  

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Chocolate Turmeric Smoothie

Serves: 1

Ingredients:

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/4 of an avocado
  • 3/4 tsp turmeric*
  • 1 tsp chia seeds
  • 1 1/2 tsp cacao
  • 2 Tbsp sunbutter
  • 1 c almond or coconut milk

Directions:

  1. Blend everything together in a blender until smooth!  Enjoy!

*Note: if you are new to using turmeric I would suggest starting with 1/4-1/2 tsp at first, then add more as you acquire a taste for it.

What I Am Loving Right Now

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I always love seeing and hearing what other people are loving and into at the moment so I thought I would share a few things I am either loving or wanting to try.

But first, that quote.  I recently saw this on the fantastic Elizabeth Gilbert's {of Eat, Pray, Love} Facebook page.  This is so great.  Do something you love.  Don't waste your time being in an unhappy situation.  It may take time to get out of it but start making steps to make yourself come ALIVE.  I just saw that she has a new book coming out in September, I cannot wait to read it.  If you don't follow her, you should.  She is super inspirational.  My sister was lucky enough to see her speak in Salt Lake City and suggested I start following her.  I of course knew her from reading her book, but after following her Facebook page I love her even more now.

Okay, onto what I love or want to try!

1. Yogurt Maker - I don't do much dairy anymore so I am really wanting this for Cash.  Buying good quality grass fed yogurt is so expensive, so this would be the perfect way to make it on a budget.  When I eat yogurt or when I give it to Cash I like it plain with berries added in.  It is really awesome if you add the berries to a saucepan over medium heat with some coconut oil and let them break up a bit, then swirl them into the yogurt and top with cinnamon.  You don't have to worry about a lot of junk or sugar added in when you do it this way.  Yum!

2. Spiralizer - I have been wanting this forever!  I have a handheld one that works for zucchini, but with this one you can spiralize anything, well almost anything.  I recently received a copy Inspiralized and it really has me wanting to pull the trigger and get a spiralizer.

3. The Sprouted Kitchen Bowl and Spoon - I love Sara and Hugh's blog so much and I love their first book, so I know this book has to be amazing as well!  I love Sara's whole foods approach to cooking and Hugh's photography is to die for.  I also love meals that are simple and require little fuss, so this book is right up my ally.  I have had it in my Amazon shopping cart for a long time, I need to pull the trigger and buy it already!

4. Gingerade Kombucha - I am a known Kevita lover but lately I am really digging Kombucha.  I love a bunch of the flavors but Gingerade has been a favorite lately.  I even give Cash a little bit and he loves it {in my Super Nutrition for Babies book, it is suggested that because of the fermentation, do not give toddlers more than 1-2 oz. daily and watch for the sugar content.  I give him just a few sips because of the healthy probiotics!}.

5. Amazonite Bracelets - These bracelets come from my newly opened jewelry shop.  I love the subtle color of the Amazonite Stones and how they go with practically everything.  Super pretty stones.

6. Floppy Hat - I am a hat girl.  Love them.  I have been looking for the perfect floppy hat and actually ran across a maroon one that I loved at Target last week.  I was in a hurry and didn't grab and of course when I went back a few days later they were all sold out.  We are having family pictures done this weekend and I really wanted to get it for the pictures.  So now I am on the hunt!  I just saw this one on Charlotte Russe's website so I will have to go check it out.  The only thing I am unsure of is the little feather embellishment...  We will see, the hunt is on!

Happy Monday, have a fantastic week!  Is it weird that I actually do love Mondays {most of the time}?  All the possibilities, all the things you can accomplish.  I love it.  A fresh start. :)

 

*None of these are affiliate links, just simply stuff I love!