My New Roots’ Chakra Fruit Salad with Enlightened Tahini Sauce #SaladFest2013

The chakras are the major energy centers in the body, of which there are seven. sarahBeginning at the very base of the spine and moving upward to the crown of the head, chakras are said to be moving wheels of light, colour and sound that regulate all energy entering and exiting the body. The energy that flows through the chakras regulates the healing abilities of our physical, emotional, mental and spiritual selves.

Something that particularly caught my attention with studying the chakra system was noticing colours more than usual. As each colour corresponds to a specific chakra in the body, I realized that colours really do play an important role in our lives, and the ones we choose to surround ourselves with say a lot about us.

So yes, I had to make something using all the colours of the rainbow and what a pleasurable job indeed. The summer market called to me, and what I created was a rainbow fruit salad with a bright, light and spiced tahini sauce to bring it all together.

The fruits I chose were just what I found and had on hand, but you can of course use any fruits you like and that are in season near you.

The Enlightened Tahini Sauce tastes delicious on any sweet fruits. Even just slicing up an apple to dip in the lusciousness would be welcomed. Experiment and rejoice! Anything goes.

Although I can’t claim that eating this fruit salad will bring your spirit closer to enlightenment, I can tell you that your tummy will be.

What better way to celebrate summer than with a refreshing bowl of raw rainbow sweetness to share with precious friends and beloved family? No matter how you slice it, nirvana is often found in the place you least expect, and sometimes even on the plate right in front of you.

My new roots_fruit saladChakra Fruit Salad with Enlightened Tahini Sauce
Servings: 4
Time: 15 minutes

  • currants – red / root chakra
  • oranges – orange / sacral chakra
  • plums – yellow/ solar plexus chakra
  • kiwi – green / heart chakra
  • blueberries – blue / throat chakra
  • blackberries – indigo / third eye chakra
  • grapes – violet / crown chakra

Enlightened Tahini Sauce
Makes about 1 cup

  • ¼ cup tahini
  • 1 Tbsp. raw honey (or maple syrup)
  • 2 Tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon or orange juice
  • ¼ tsp. cinnamon
  • Pinch dried ground ginger
  • Pinch of sea salt (unless you are using salted tahini)
  • 4-6 Tbsp. water
  • Hemp seeds for garnish (optional)

Directions

Choose fruits representing every colour of the rainbow.

Wash and prepare with love and gratitude.

Place all ingredients for the tahini sauce in a jar with a tightly fitting lid and shake well to combine. Add more water to thin if desired. Store leftovers in the fridge for up to a week.

Drizzle the fruit with tahini sauce and sprinkle with hemp seeds. Share and enjoy.

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Sarah Britton started the website My New Roots in October 2007, this blog has been the place for her to share the edible inspirations from her playtime in the kitchen, and deep love for whole foods. The recipes and ideas you’ll find here revolve around her plant-based way of eating.  She hopes that through the simple and delicious dishes she creates, you too will discover a whole new world of flavour and nourishment.

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Lemon Ginger Slushie #ThrowbackThursday

Happy 4th of July!  We hope you’re all doing something fun to celebrate.

This holiday is all about food, fun and fireworks (3 of our favorite things), so how could it not be awesome?  We’d love to know, what are you guys doing to celebrate?  And more importantly, what are you going to cook?!

Last year we made this awesome Lemon Ginger Slushie recipe which we still happen to think is the perfect holiday cool down treat.  

We mention in the video that “next year” we would come up with a recipe that involved sparklers, but that was a really weird promise 🙂  So, instead, we’re serving up round two of the Lemon Ginger Slushie for a little #TBT (Throwback Thursday for those who aren’t fluent in “twitter”) action.

We really want to know what you’re making this 4th of July.  Post your pics on our Facbook page!

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Our Favorite Cookbooks Right Now

As constant cookers (is that a word?  Quinn’s grandma says it, so let’s roll with it) we are constantly looking for new and fresh ideas.

Sometimes divine inspiration strikes when strolling through the grocery store or farmer’s markets, but sometimes we need to take it up a notch and seek it out at a stellar farm-to-table restaurant or in a kickass cookbook…

And our video below is all about the latter!  Watch to see our current faves for getting our “foodbrain” juices flowing and make sure to stay tuned until the end because we have a special announcement.

We created our own cookbook!

We are SO freaking excited to announce the arrival of our new baby, {Healthy} Cooking Camp’s {Healthy} Basics Cookbook!

It includes over 30 of our most tried and true recipes for mind-blowingly delicious, healthy food, and features some of our signature dishes that can only be found in this cookbook, like:

  • No-Bake Brownie
  • HCC Grab-n-Go Bar
  • Gorgeous Glazed Salmon
  • Mmm mmm Miso Pesto
  • Free Up Your Fridge Frittata

This is the perfect cookbook for someone who wants to start cooking healthier food but needs to know exactly where to begin. 

We totally break it down so you know exactly how many servings each recipe yields, how long it will take AND for each recipe we include 5 suggested “swaps” so you can play around with the ingredients and really make these recipes feel like your own.

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To purchase our brand new cookbook, click here!  

We hope you’ll add {Healthy} Cooking Camp’s: Healthy Basics Cookbook to your list of favorites too.

And a quick lil favor, we would reeeeeally appreciate if you could help us spread the word about our new cookbook so click here tell all your tweeps!  Think of all the recipes you and your friends can make together!  (And as we can tell you, together is oh so fun.)

We’d also love to know, what are your other favorite cookbooks for culinary inspiration?  Please share in the comments!

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Everything Free Banana Bread Muffins

Posted by: Robyn

These muffins have been eaten by all sorts of folks in dietary land and have been loved through and through. My hubs even proclaimed that if I made 3 batches and zip-locked them for him to take to work he would be good for breakfast FOREVER! Bold statement!

I hope you enjoy my favorite baking adventure treat. Feel free to make them in a loaf pan but be sure to bake the bread for 45-60 minutes and insert a toothpick to check when it’s cooked through (the toothpick should come out clean and the bread should feel firm in the middle when gently touched). Look at me getting all baking language up in this joint!photo 1

Everything Free Banana Bread Muffins
Servings: 10-12
Time: 45 minutes

  •  4 bananas, yellow (they do not need to be overly ripe)
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup almond butter
  • 4 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt

Directions

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Combine your bananas, eggs, nut butter, and butter in a blender, food processor, or mixing bowl and mix well (if using a mixing bowl you need a good hand-mixer).

Once all of your ingredients are blended move mixture to a mixing bowl and add in coconut flour, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, vanilla, and sea salt and mix well.

Add natural cupcake liners to a muffin pan and pour in your batter evenly throughout the pans. You should be able to fill one standard 12 muffin sized pan.

Place in your preheated oven and bake for 30-35 minutes, the tops should be a golden brown. Remove from oven and allow muffins to cool on a baking rack (if you don’t have a baking rack you can just tilt them sideways in the pan to allow air to circulate underneath the muffins (I obviously do not own a baking rack).

Feel free to serve with chopped toasted pecans or walnuts and a little drizzle of honey. You could also include 1/2 cup of dark chocolate chips or chopped nuts in the batter. I’ve heard they’re delicious this way. 🙂

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Two Food Filled Holidays!

Passover and Easter.  Easter and Passover.  Both awesome holidays and both have their own fun food traditions.

Since we’ve been mega busy this time of year traveling, giving cooking classes and loving up our clients, we turned to the blogosphere for divine recipe inspiration.

If you’re looking to make your own matzoh or enjoy Easter the naturally sweetened way, our foodie friends have got you covered!

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Institute for Integrative Nutrition’s Gluten-Free Passover

Sweet Loren’s Homemade Matzoh

Health Coach Quinn’s Vanilla Mint Macaroon’s


 

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