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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Garden Variety Margarita

The Wayland in NYC is a favorite bar of the {Healthy} Cooking Camp girls.  I mean how can you not love a spot that puts kale juice in one of their cocktails?  So we were especially thrilled to see the Garden Variety Margarita recipe featured on Saveur.com!  Cheers!

This spicy ginger kick and the subtle, unmistakably grassy sweetness of kale elevates this vegetal variation on the margarita, from the New York City bar The Wayland.

The Garden Variety Margarita

Garden Variety Margarita
Servings: 1
Time: a few minutes

  • 1 cup ginger juice (see note)
  • ½ cup kale juice (see note)
  • 2 oz. blanco tequila
  • 1 oz. lime juice
  • ¾ oz. agave nectar
  • Salt, for rimming the glass

Directions

Rim a rocks glass with salt, set aside. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and pour in ½ oz. ginger-kale juice, tequila, lime juice and agave nectar. Shake well, and pour over ice into your salt-rimmed glass.

Note: Fresh ginger and kale juices are available for takeaway at some juice bars. To make kale juice at home, wash, stem, and roughly chop kale, and liquefy in a blender at high speed, straining out solids if desired. To make ginger juice at home, finely grate knobs of peeled ginger over cheesecloth; squeeze cheesecloth to strain out ginger juice.

This recipe was originally posted on Saveur.com – go ahead and check them out!

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Rosemary Pear Compote

Pears are often thought of as the red headed step child of the uber-adored apple.

But not in our kitchen!  We celebrate that funky shaped fruit and make it the main event in this sexy, sophisticated compote.  Yup, we just called a compote “sexy”.

Rosemary Pear Compote
Servings: 6-8
Time: 20 minutes

  • 3 pears, peeled, cored and finely chopped
  • 1 sprig of rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated ginger
  • 1 orange, zested
  • 2 tablespoons dried cranberries
  • 1-2 tablespoons honey
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Ground black pepper, to taste

Directions

Prep your pears by peeling, coring and chopping them into very small chunks (the smaller you chop them the more quickly they will break down/ cook, and the easier it will be for the flavors to marry)

Put the pears in sauce pan on medium-high heat and mix with a wooden spoon.  As juices begin to release use a potato masher to mash the pears down.  Once they start to break down (5-7 minutes), add in the rest of your ingredients.  If the mixture seems like it is really dry or burning you can add some of the juice from the orange.

Mix again to combine everything.  Turn the heat down to medium-low and allow the flavors to mingle for another 10 minutes or so.

Fish out the rosemary sprig and put the compote in jars.  Allow them to cool to room temp before putting them in the fridge.  This is excellent with crackers and cheese.  Also great with turkey or lamb.

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Drink Yourself Skinny

Three words we rarely say:  Too.  Much.  Food.

Thanksgiving is most definitely our favorite food holiday but after a day of indulging and subsequent servings of leftovers… we need a little break!

Even though we both had a glorious long weekend with our families we came back to NYC feeling as stuffed as turkeys!

We figured if we were feeling this way, you probably were too!

So we wanted to share some of the best beverages for getting your belly back on track.  If you ever find your digestion out of whack or need to give your metabolism a kick in a pants, just try one of these drinks.

Depending on your preference we have a cold option and a hot option.  Try them both and let us know what you think!

Slim Waist Water
Servings: about 8
Time: 5 minutes

  • 2 liters water (about 8 ½ cups)
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
  • 1 medium cucumber, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 medium lemon, thinly sliced
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Few drops of Stevia to taste

Directions

Combine all ingredients in a large pitcher and drink! Aim to have one pitcher every one
to two days.

Tummy Taming Tonic
Servings: about 4
Time: 5 minutes

  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1 bag of ginger tea or 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon, more to taste

Directions

Combine all ingredients and enjoy! Aim to have 2-3 cups per day.

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Video: Lemon Ginger Slushie

Want to be the coolest person at your BBQ?  Bring along our Lemon Ginger Slushie!

Like, not only does it taste awesome, but it will literally keep you really cool and refreshed in this blazing heat.

It’s one of our easiest, yummiest and healthiest recipes yet. You just need a blender, a couple ingredients and you will no doubt be a hit at any summer soiree.

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Lemon Ginger Slushie

Time: 5 minutes // Servings: 2-4

  • 2 cups ice
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup grade B Maple syrup
  • 1 TBSP grated ginger

Directions

Put all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

Enjoy immediately while cold.  You might need a spoon.

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