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Look at these GORGEOUS Microgreens!!!

It might be a Teeny Tiny plant but it is bursting with nutrients.

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Intense flavor, vibrant colors, and off the chart nutritional values are quickly making micro greens the next big thing on the food scene. At a fraction of the size, micro greens can contain up to 4 times the nutrients of their full grown counterparts. These tiny wonders are harvested at the peak of their development, usually around two weeks.

That’s me below in the picture.. In the middle of MicroGreen Heaven, taking photographs and phone calls at the same time..  Im at the Cahaba Club Herbal Outpost and there is something almost magical about this place.  A Nursery for Baby plants…Tiny little vegetables and herbs being born.

microgreen greenhouse andrea

 Seedlings so small and so young, less than 14 days old are known as “micro-greens”.  Still popular with gourmet chefs, used as an elegant tasty garnish for salads, sandwiches and soups,  However,  micro greens are now being recognized as a healthy superfood.

Lately I have been loving incorporating more Raw Foods into our diet so when I was invited to take a tour of this amazing microgreen farm in Florida, I was SUPER excited..

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FRESH TOMATOES – GARLIC – LEMON JUICE – HERBS – SEA SALT

It taste amazing and BLOWS bottled jar tomato sauce out of the water.  It is incredibly healthy and only a few ingredients…you might call this old school cooking or a clean eating recipe but with only a few fresh ingredients, whatever you call it,  It’s delicious and You can feel really good about eating it..

homemade pasta sauce with herbs

Growing up I was so fortunate to have Maddie as a friend.  Their family was from France and her mother Genevieve (Mrs. Ginny to me) cooked some of the best food I had ever tasted. Mrs. Ginny liked to dip her peaches in a glass of red wine and I was fascinated by her accent when she talked… One weekend, I stayed at Maddie’s house for a sleepover, the next morning we helped Mrs Ginny pick baskets of fresh tomatoes & basil from her garden.  Afterwards, Maddie and I were playing in the room and the door bell rang, it was the neighbor stopping by to show Maddie some of her new birthday presents.  Since I was totally bored and was far to mature at age 12 for toys, I walked out of the my little pony pageant show and into the kitchen where  Mrs. Ginny  was lighting the gas stove.   I pulled up a chair at her counter …”Bonjour, darling” and my first French cooking lesson began. “How to make Homemade Tomato Sauce, from a French Woman”.   There is no real “recipe”.  You can use any tomatoes in whatever quantity you want.  Just remember this will reduce 4x in size.

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 Ice cream for Breakfast?!?!  SURE, when it’s just frozen bananas and fruit….

pineapple coconut ice cream top

This machine is going to change the way you think about fruit FOREVER… I don’t know HOW they do it, but YONANAS makes frozen fruit taste just like velvety soft serve ice cream.

Your kids are going to love YONANAS and LOVE YOU!!!  It honestly makes me feel so good as a mom knowing they are eating healthy and truly enjoying it..  I really cannot express how much I love this machine and just for the record, I was not paid for this blog post review.  If you like Ice Cream you are going to absolutely LOVE  YONANAS!

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It’s almost that time again.. Back to School. Some parents get excited for a few hours of peace & quiet Monday – Friday…  I am one of them… With 6 kids, can you really blame me?

Back to school giveaway

I just love these insulated lunch bags. I use them for the kids lunches, for my lunches and even shopping trips to keep food cold if I’m not headed home right away.  I  ALWAYS get compliments on these bags when I am out running errands!

SOOOOOO…Since Back to school shopping is in full swing and if you have more than 3 kids you might need to take a second mortgage just to cover the Uniforms & school supplies list….BTW, Why does my child need a pack of dry erase markers? Aren’t those for the teachers to ummm, teach???  I wanted to do another giveaway for you guys..  Because, who doesn’t like “FREE”?

The winner can choose any color or style that is available in the store.

Lunch Bag Giveaway board

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  • Melissa - August 9, 2014 - 6:01 am

    My fave homemade lunch are peanut butter cracker sandwiches and grapes.ReplyCancel

Cheezy Kale Chips are the BOMB!!! Totally addictive in a healthy way! My only complaint is The “cheeze” will flake off the kale chips and makes a crumbly mess when you eat it.  Not to mention, you end up with kale ALL in your teeth.  Not very attractive.. I really love this cheeze sauce and came up with another way to eat it.   I made the same cashew cheeze sauce recipe and put it on broccoli..  I wasn’t sure how it would turn out by dehydrating, but WOW!  This is my new favorite way to eat raw broccoli. YUMMY!

Broccoli Bites blog board

It’s cheezy and crunchy on the outside, chewy on the inside.  You don’t need a toothpick afterwards and with the broccoli, the cheezy sauce doesn’t fall off,  it gets into every knook & cranny of the broccoli floret.  Broccoli Bites are hands down better in taste than kale chips..

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Lately, I have been eating more of a Raw Food Diet and hubby is eating a Lo-Carb gluten free diet so this dish is great for both of us. Is it kid friendly? Depends on your kid.  My kids will eat this but only when bribed.. They are too old to be fooled into thinking it is pasta.  But I also have friends that have children who love this.  They especially love to make the “noodles”.  You can use a spiralizer or a mandonlin to make noodle like strands.

vegetable noodles in a bowl on white

While I love spiralizers, it is hard to justify spending $75 on these machines. I found this hand held, portable spiralizer on sale for $12 HERE:

Veggetti Spiral Vegetable Cutter

Even though my kids are older they were still excited about using the gadget.

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Stuffed Cabbage Rolls are usually done with pork, ground beef & rice.  Not today.. I wanted to make a vegetarian version, full of flavor.

shot of cabbage rolls closeup

By starting with roasted vegetables, you  know it will be delicious.

shot of organic peppers eggplant onions & zuchinni

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Good Morning, Green Juice!

Sometimes you just need to give your body a break and This juice is the perfect “pick me up” drink!

Superfood Juice Recipe

There are many health benefits of drinking freshly juiced fruits and vegetables.  Juicing helps you absorb all the nutrients from the vegetables.  It also allows you to consume a HUGE amount of vegetables with a quick glass of juice

Here is what I use..

juicing ingredients

Yes I use both Lemon & Lime in this.. It’s 2 different flavors.  I personally love lime in fresh juices. It gives a yummy zing. They are acidic but when you eat them, they turn alkaline.   Lemons & limes are amazing at eliminating the bitter taste of the dark, deep green leafy vegetables that provide most of the benefits of juicing.

If you haven’t juiced ginger, then start slowly.  It has a very hot & spicy taste but is INCREDIBLY good for you.

Fresh ginger juice burns a little, kind of like taking a shot of liquor without the alcohol taste.  The burn is a good thing… If you find this drink to strong for you.. ADD Cucumber, Celery and/or Romaine Hearts.. This will dilute the spiciness of the ginger

morning juicing ingredients

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Sprouted Wheatberry Salad.  This superfood salad is incredibly healthy & satisfying.

wheatberry salad ingredients in bowl

Why should we sprout grains?

Vitamins, Minerals & Protein. Sprouting grains and beans makes them better for you. Advocates of sprouting claim it increases the vitamin content of Vitamin C, folic acid, niacin and riboflavin by as many as one hundred times when compared to unsprouted wheat.  Sprouted grain breads may also be higher in protein because of the sprouting process.

Nutrition. Enzymes introduced during the sprouting process break down or neutralize phytic acid.  This “breaking-down process”,  according to Margie King, a Philadelphia Nutrition Examiner, allows the consumer’s body to absorb the minerals zinc, calcium, copper, iron and magnesium found within the grains.  Without this phytic acid active in the grain, your body can take advantage of these nutrients, thereby making the grain itself better for you. It has to do with amino acids and protein bonds and such, but before we get too complicated, let’s move on.

Health. If you are eating a raw diet, sprouting adds extra enzymes to your menu.  When you choose not to heat your sprouts, enzymes are stable and will remain in your sprout for addition health benefits. People who have a sensitivity to wheat (NOT to be confused with gluten intolerance or celiac disease) may be helped by the presence of these enzymes.  They may find that their bodies are more able to break down wheat in this form with thanks to the natural enzymes activated through the sprouting process.

Sugar & Preservatives (or the lack thereof). For diabetics or those just wanting to keep their sugar levels on an even keel, sprouted grain breads have a lower glycemic index than whole wheat breads.  Additionally, most of these “living breads” (they are so named because the grains or seeds have been awakened from hibernation by the soaking process) contain no preservatives.  For this reason, if you look for them in stores, you should likely check the refrigerated section.

Taste and texture. Sprouted grains have a unique earthy or nutty taste and texture when added to your favorite foods or baking recipes.

What are wheat berries? Wheat berries, or wheatberries, are the entire edible part of wheat kernels, meaning there is no hull (or outer shell) but includes the germ, bran and endosperm.

wheatberries sprouted on white

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  • Celia - June 13, 2014 - 3:45 pm

    Hi Andrea, what do you mean by “fresh” water? Bottled water, rain water….thanks!ReplyCancel

    • Andrea Taylor - June 16, 2014 - 4:46 pm

      Celia,
      HAHA.. Rainwater..
      You can use any water you would drink. Bottled Water, filtered water… I just wouldn’t recommend TAP WATER!ReplyCancel

Such a simple dish but it’s so yummy!  Slightly caramelized on the outside with a burst of flavor followed by a creamy buttery inside.

indian curry cauliflower

Here is what you will need: Cauliflower, Olive Oil,  Curry Powder, Turmeric, Smoked Paprika and some sea salt.

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Broccoli Salad is always a crowd pleaser.  This is one of our favorite ways to eat raw broccoli, even the kids love it..

broccoli salad ingredients close up

Growing up, one of my favorite places was Deli Delicacies in Lakeland, FL.   They had the BEST dishes I have ever eaten at a “deli”.  This was Gourmet Deli all the way.  I loved the polynesian chicken which was this marinated juicy chicken breast with grapes & nuts.  Yummy.  Mom, loved the broccoli salad and the kids loved the gigantic cookies and bite sized petit-fours.  Unfortunately, they closed a few years ago…  Deli Delicacies was such an inspiration for me that I had to put my own version of Broccoli Salad on the Menu.  I named it the “Bartow Broccoli Salad”.

broccoli cutting board

If you google broccoli salad, you will find thousands of recipes.. Most of the “dressings” are somewhat similar and most salads have Bacon and Raw onion.

I didn’t want my broccoli salad to have either since majority of my customers worked at the courthouse a few blocks away.  If I used Bacon, then it wouldn’t be vegetarian..  If I used onion, It might cause bad breath…

So I made my own TaylorMade tweaks.. Giving the salad lots of “crunch” from much healthier ingredients..

It works for all diets.. Lo carb, hi protein, vegetarian, gluten-free, quick and kid friendly!!!

broccoli salad ingredients vertical

This was an Incredibly popular dish at TaylorMade Market… I made a huge batch of this twice a day.. EVERYDAY….

Here is what you’ll need for the salad: Broccoli, Cheddar, Sunflower Seeds, Pumpkin Seeds, Cranberries & Raisins

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