Summer Kale Salad

summer kale salad

I love a good summer salad, and this recipe has been my go-to lately because it’s packed with nutrients and incredibly quick to make! The recipe itself is very simple, but it’s got amazing flavor combinations — The strawberries and coconut offset the naturally bitter taste of the kale, and the almonds add a great crunch. If you don’t dress the salad right away, it stores really well in a container in the fridge, so you can easily prepare it ahead of time and then add the dressing once you’re ready to eat. I also like to serve this with a grilled chicken breast and some sliced avocado on top, to make it a complete meal! Hope you guys enjoy!

What are your go-to summer salad recipes?

Xo
Tamera  

Summer Kale Salad | Serves: 4 | Prep Time: 10 minutes

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Salad Ingredients:

  • I head of organic leafy kale
  • ½ lb of organic medium strawberries (about 7-10 berries)
  • 2 tbsp of slivered almonds
  • 2 tbsp of shredded coconut

Dressing Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp of olive oil
  • 3 tbsp of white wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp of grainy mustard
  • 1 tsp of honey

Directions:

  • Wash and dry your kale.
  • With a knife, shred your kale into long thin slices, and then chop again into pieces that are about one inch in length.
  • Slice strawberries into quarters.
  • Place shredded kale into a large bowl, and add strawberries, almonds and coconut.
  • In a small bowl, combine all dressing ingredients and mix well.
  • Toss the salad with dressing, right before you are ready to serve.

 

Three Easy-To-Make Energy Bites

Tamera Mowry Recipe Energy Bites

Energy Bites Recipe

I love a good snack! I especially love a healthy snack that is delicious, quick and easy to make. That is why when I saw recipes for energy bites on Pinterest, I had to start experimenting in the kitchen, and come up with my own version of this very popular recipe!

These little bites are perfect for me, particularly when I am busy because they are not only tasty, but give me a quick protein fix! The recipe requires no baking, and it only takes about 30 minutes to make a big batch of them. They disappeared suspiciously fast in my house, so I think it is safe to say that everyone else enjoyed them as much as I do.

The base of this recipe is really simple — Old fashioned oats, peanut butter and honey. After that, you can start getting creative, and add in whatever other ingredients you feel like! I created three different versions of these bites, and all three turned out amazing!

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Recipe Base (makes approximately 20 energy bites, rolled into 1 inch balls)

  • 1 cup of dry old fashioned oats
  • ½ cup of all-natural smooth peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup of organic honey

 

Chocolate Chip and Hemp Hearts Energy Bites

  • Recipe Base
  • 1 cup of vegan chocolate chips, divided into 1/2 cups
  • 1/3 cup of shelled hemp hearts

In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients and set ½ cup of chocolate chips aside. Place the bowl in the refrigerator for ten minutes so that the batter gets a little firm.

Roll the batter into whatever sized balls you would like, and place them on a cookie sheet that is lined with parchment paper. I rolled mine into balls that were about 1 inch in diameter. Next, melt ½ cup of chocolate chips in the microwave (about 20 seconds on high), and stir until the chocolate is smooth. Finally, drizzle a little bit of chocolate on top of the bites and place in the refrigerator for 10-15 more minutes until the chocolate hardens.

Place into an airtight container, and store in the refrigerator for up to one week!

 

Blueberry and Almond Energy Bites

  • Recipe Base
  • ½ cup of organic dried blueberries
  • ½ cup of slivered almonds
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon

In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients. Place the bowl in the refrigerator for ten minutes so that the batter gets a little firm. Roll the batter into whatever sized balls you would like. Place into an airtight container, and store in the refrigerator for up to one week!

 

Chocolate Chip, Chia Seed and Coconut Energy Bites

  • Recipe Base
  • ½ cup of vegan chocolate chips
  • ½ cup of dried coconut flakes, divided into 1/4 cups
  • 1 tablespoon of chia seeds

In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients, and set aside ¼ cup of dried coconut flakes in a small bowl. Place the mixing bowl in the refrigerator for ten minutes so that the batter gets a little firm. Roll the batter into whatever sized balls you would like. Dip the top half of each ball into the bowl of remaining coconut flakes. Place into an airtight container, and store in the refrigerator for up to one week!

 

I hope you all love these as much as I do! Let me know if you make your own version of this recipe!

Xo

Tamera  

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Homemade Popcorn Seasoning

Homemade Popcorn Seasoning

Tamera Mowry popcorn

Anyone who knows me well knows that I love nothing more than to cozy up on the couch with a glass of wine and a bowl of popcorn … It is seriously one of those little indulgences in life that makes me infinitely happy! One of the best things about weekends at my house is that the whole family will stay in our pajamas literally ALL day, and without fail, popcorn is eventually made.

Recently, I have been playing around with some homemade popcorn seasonings to make my favorite snack even more interesting and tasty (if that’s even possible). I love the idea of homemade popcorn toppings because I love to experiment with different ingredients, and see what flavor combinations I can come up with!

Here are three of my favorite ways to dress up regular old popcorn:

Lemony Kale Popcorn — I love this combo because it’s a sneaky way to add some greens to a snack without that bitter kale taste! In a bowl, take 2 big handfuls of plain roasted kale (I cheat and buy kale chips), break them up with your hands and blend with 2 wedges of fresh squeezed lemon juice, sea salt, and about a tablespoon of grape-seed oil. Then toss it all with freshly popped popcorn.

Parmesan-Rosemary — This one is by far the most savory and indulgent (and the most popular in my house!). Grate 1/2 cup of Parmesan cheese and add it to 3 tablespoons of olive oil, and 1 tablespoon of chopped fresh rosemary. Add sea salt to taste, and then toss it with popcorn.

Salt and Vinegar — This seasoning might just be my favorite of all because it’s so simple and it is like you’re eating an amazing popcorn / potato chip hybrid combo! Combine 1/4 cup white vinegar and 2 teaspoons of fine sea salt in a small spray bottle; shake to dissolve the salt. Spray over hot popcorn.

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I hope you guys love trying out my favorite popcorn toppings!

Xx

Tamera

 

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Fall Wine Pairing Guide

Now that it’s *officially* November, I’m realizing just how much I’ve missed Napa in the fall. Everything about it is perfect, but obviously one of the best things about wine country is, well, the wine. Lately seasonal pairings have been on my mind, like how to make the most of not only the abundance of fall wines, but the incredible seasonal foods and all the opportunities for entertaining November and December bring. The world of wine is straight up enormous, so if you haven’t read my wine 101 post, you might want to before checking out these pairings!

Fall Wine Pairing Guide via Tamera Mowry

Red Wine

Reds generally scream fall because they are often richer and more robust than white wine, and pair well with hearty meals and comfort foods you see this time of year. Even so, there are a few types that really make the most of the complex, warm flavors that seasonal dinners often come with. A few choices:

Pinot Noir with pumpkin, squash, carrots, and other veggie-focused dishes, because it’s a mild red that’s well suited to bring out these flavors without over powering them.

Zinfandel with hearty and creamy pasta dishes, even those mushroom and fall vegetable dishes above. Again, not quite as rich as red meat, but full enough for a light red.

Cabernet, Merlot, or blend with roasts, steaks, meat-heavy dishes. This can vary quite a bit, but you essentially want to match up the richness of the meat with that of the wine so that one taste isn’t overpowering the other. A pork roast for example will pair well with a red blend, while steak might be better for merlot. Also, if you’re pairing with sweet sides like a cranberry on Thanksgiving, keep in mind that you may want something a little more mild like a Zinfandel to work with both.

Fall Whites

If you’re a white wine drinker, don’t fret! Don’t overlook the power of a good white this time of year! There’s actually a surprising amount of seasonal pairings to put on your shopping list, and you don’t have to wait until warmer weather rolls around again. My suggestions:

Chardonnay with mushroom dishes and classic chicken-based meals. The more robust the meal is, the more full-bodied you want your white to be, so an oaky or buttery Chardonnay can be amazing. If you prefer white to red, you might try this instead of Pinot Noir with the vegetable ideas above.

Sauvignon Blanc goes well with many spring dishes but for the fall it can be paired with poultry and fish as well as cheese and charcuterie boards if you are looking for a crisper, fruitier taste than Chardonnay.

Try a Gewürztraminer, a fruity Chardonnay OR a Pinot Noir or Zinfandel for meals that contain varying levels of sweet and savory – such as those big family spreads like the ones served on turkey day. Or, opt for sparkling.

Dessert Pairings

Pinot Gris with pumpkin pie

Sparkling wine with pear dishes like tarts and pies

Riesling with apple pie (or if you’d like a red, Pinot Noir, depending on the recipe!)

And as for sparkling – we all know there are plenty of things to celebrate this time of year. Don’t forget to break out the bubbly when a celebration calls for it!

Are you doing any entertaining this fall? And, what other fall topics should I cover here on my site? I’m all ears!

Xx,
Tamera

Gluten-free Sweet Potato Banana Muffins

Hey everyone! If you read Agatha’s last post with ideas for on the go snacks, you’ll love this gluten-free recipe she’s sharing today. It’s healthy, yummy and kids of all ages will ​devour it!

Gluten-free Sweet Potato Banana Muffins

This is our all time favorite wholesome on the go snack that has grown with our kids throughout the years. Even at 10 and 17, they still enjoy it today.

Gluten​-f​ree Sweet Potato Banana Muffins

Ingredients:
1 cup mashed cooked sweet potato
1 cup mashed banana (2 ripe bananas)
½ cup oat flour
1 tablespoon hemp seeds
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
4 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
¼ almond butter
½ teaspoon cinnamon

Directions:
1. Mix mashed banana and sweet potato in a bowl and set aside.
2. In a mixing bowl, whisk egg; add almond butter and mix well; add cinnamon, mix.
3. Add the banana sweet potato mixture into the mixing bowl and mix.
4. Fold in oat flour and hemp seeds until well incorporated.
5. Grease mini muffin pan (toddler friendly size) using a tablespoon spoon batter in and bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes or until toothpick comes out dry.

Enjoy!

Agatha

Healthy On The Go Snack Ideas

Today’s post is by Agatha, the founder of Yummy Spoonfuls. This month, she’s sharing her favorite on-the-go snack ideas that your little ones will go crazy for. 

Nutrition-packed snacks fill in the gaps between meals, and ensure that kids of all ages gets all of the vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, essential fats, protein and fiber needed for developing brains and bodies. This makes snack time a big part of their lives, especially since some have as much as three snacks a day.

‘Snack food’ is not just about nutrition, it is a great opportunity to help train our kids palette when they are younger to enjoy a wide variety of healthy flavors. Those foods that they might not eat on the table they sometimes will eat on the go. There’s a whole world of deliciousness out there just waiting to be tried! When my boys were younger every weekend we would try a different fruit and vegetable from all over the world that we could find at our farmers market. Those of you following me on social media see videos of my kids eating raw veggies, including okra, like candy. Here is what has worked for us… and a few of our all time favorite snacks that are perfect on the go:

Healthy On The Go Snacks

My #1 rule when it comes to snacks: Avoid calorie-dense, low-nutrient foods such as desserts, sugary, overly-processed and salty package snacks. Instead, I turn to fresh fruits, vegetables, homemade bake goods like muffins, chips, breads, etc. that are sweetened with raw honey and fruits. I know this doesn’t sound very convenient but trust me, healthy snacks take just a little preparation and the payoff lasts a lifetime.

(If you are totally not into homemade snacks make sure you look for some that are high in protein, vitamins, minerals, and fiber, but relatively lower in calories, total fat, saturated fat (no trans fat), sugar and sodium. And read labels and fine print.)

Our Favorite On The Go Snacks:

Raw-licious veggies. Raw vegetables provide variety, like romaine lettuce leaves, cucumbers, carrots, cauliflower, zucchini ribbons, broccoli etc. If your kids are into dips you can make an easy plain yogurt dip with a pinch of sea salt. (Steam veggies for the younger kids like asparagus tips, sweet potato, squash chunks, whole green beans, broccoli florets, etc.)

Fruity snacks. Raw organic fruits, dried fruits, fruit leather, and frozen purees can all be pre-packed and ready for on the go snacks.

Homemade/baked goodies. Muffins sweetened with fruits and veggies and packed with nutrient dense seeds like flax, hemp and chia. Tortillas filled with nutritious goodies, whole grain cookies, toast, granola bars, protein bars, popcorn balls, roasted nuts, boiled eggs, avocado/nut butters/homemade jams on toast, etc.

Dairy or non-dairy yogurt. Watch out for flavored yogurt and milk, though—even organic brands often contain loads of sugar. Buy plain yogurt and sweeten you’re your own fresh fruits and/or raw honey.

Remember you can never go wrong with nature’s best snacks: fresh fruits and vegetables made at home or baked at home can be made into an on the go snack. The possibilities are endless. Explore with your kids and always remember that quality matters. Check back later when we’ll share our favorite wholesome snack here on TameraMowry.com!

Love and light,
Agatha
www.yummyspoonfuls.com