Undoubtedly, one of the best parts about blogging is the wonderful friends you make, and I’m so glad to be featuring one of my dearest blog friends today: Sadie of Goodies Against The Grain! This girl is endlessly creative, inspiring, and energetic, not to mention an incredible grain-free baker. Her divine Paleo goodies never disappoint, so I always rely on her recipes when I get a craving for something sweet. Let’s welcome the Queen of Grain-Free Goodies, and make sure to follow her along below!
It’s December!!! Let the festivities begin. I absolutely love Christmas – the smells of cinnamon, pine trees, and cookies baking, singing carols at church, and all the beautiful snow we get LOTS of in Canada! It’s a very cold time – by the way, secretly, Canadians think it’s hilarious when Californians say it’s freezing down there – but I absolutely love snow and all the fun that comes along with it! I have fond memories of when I was younger and could play in the snow for hours with my little sister. We’d make snowpeople and snow angels and collect snow to make maple taffy, and then we’d come in and drink hot chocolate and read a whole stack of books to each other, cozied up by the fire.
I have a passion for creating beautiful, nourishing foods. I love spending a gray Saturday in the kitchen, not keeping track of time, allowing my hands and palate to transform whole ingredients into a flavourful dish. Unfortunately, with homework, chores, and to-do lists, I don’t always have the time anymore for such relaxed cooking, but when I do get the chance, I savour it as much as I do the finished plate.
Today, after yoga class, my dad and I went to the grocery store and picked up some staples for the week. I saw a package of four Ataulfos mangoes on the reduced rack and had to scoop them up – how could someone let those little golden gems go to waste?! We also got some tiny, locally-grown sunflower micro-greens. I wasn’t planning on combining the two until I got home and sliced the buttery mangoes. They seemed destined to be together with the micro-greens in a spicy salad! Hence, this recipe was born as I added macadamia nuts to give some crunch and drizzled on a homemade sesame vinaigrette for a flavour-packed, whole food salad. Yum!
Butternut squash soup is, to me, a big hug in a bowl. Fall is abundant with squashes of all sorts – acorn, spaghetti, kabocha, butternut, delicata – and they’re all very unique in both flavour and texture! There’s so much variety to be grateful for, especially for the gluten- or grain-free eater. Squash is a great source of carbohydrates while being easy to digest and a vegetable (well, really, a fruit), to boot! During the fall and winter months in our cold Canadian weather, squash is very comforting and warming. I love roasting various types of squashes at the beginning of the week to have on hand for any meal of the day. Butternut squash soup is perfect to make on the weekend to heat up during the week – for a little bit of prep, you can have bowls and bowls of homemade soup ready to serve & nourish!
Note from Emma: I’m so excited to announce the second Generation Real Food Interview here at Real Food Renegades! Switching to a real food lifestyle provides lasting health and nourishment, but it can seem daunting at first, especially as a young person or a family with children. The truth is that there is no one diet that will work for everyone – it’s all about finding what works best for you. Our goal with this series is to encourage you in your journey, promote a holistic, balanced lifestyle, and show that though we may seem hidden, there are lots of young people like us hoping to inspire change in our own lives and the greater community!
There is little more comforting in the fall months than a one-pan meal full of flavour and nourishment. Make that a one-pan meal of salmon and crispy new potatoes, served alongside a green veggie, and you’ve got a winner that the whole family will love! I believe that food is a love language, and cooking a comforting dinner like this is a way that I show love to my parents and little sister (though she doesn’t always appreciate seafood. 😉 ) Show some love to your family – and to yourself! – by sharing healthy, delicious food.
Identity is something that our generation is always thinking about. Who are we, really? What is our place on this earth? Who understands us? What is our purpose, where do we fit in the intricatices of all relationships, in what do we believe?
And I think that teenagers ask these questions more than any other demographic. Being a teenager myself, I personally believe that as we’re exposed to new ideas and concepts and beliefs, we start questioning ourselves and our place. This curiosity is wonderful as we develop our personalities and our own thoughts about the world, but sometimes, simply the amount and diversity of all the ideas filling our society can become overwhelming. We begin to feel a burden, a great weight on our shoulders, to be, be, BE so very much. In a world concerned with numbers, popularity, and perfection in all we do, it feels so difficult to find our place. Are we a “nerd” or a “jock”? “Hippie” or “goth”? “Celebrity” or “nobody”?
Raw Peach and Fig Tarts!!! Can I get a cheer or at least a double-thumbs-up?! Guess what, friends: I’m featured on my lovely friend Sadie’s blog… and that’s where you can find the recipe for these tarts! I’m sure you’ve heard on GoodiesAgainstTheGrain.com, the Paleo recipe site created by Sadie, a fellow teenage blogger. I’m honoured to be posting this recipe on her amazing website!
When I think of Sadie, I think fun and cheery, just like these tarts. I also wanted to make a treat for her site (hence its name!). Here are some sneak-peak photos, but for the recipe, head on over to GoodiesAgainstTheGrain.com and check it out!