Honey-Cinnamon Applesauce

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You know those DirecTV commercials with Rob Lowe? Where the real Rob Lowe has DirecTV, while creepy or sad Rob Lowe has cable?

Imagine regular applesauce as creepy or sad Rob Lowe. The applesauce you buy at the store can be sad, barely apple-ish, really bland and not useful for anything except replacing oil in baked goods.

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Broiled Fig and Prosciutto Salad

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Hi, my name is Kate, and I have a problem. I buy produce that I have no idea how to use.

We’ve all done this, right? Something will look irresistible — a purple bell pepper, for example, or an Asian pear — and you take it home, only to have it sit on your counter and rot while you rack your brain trying to think of something to do with this wonderful specimen.

I have done this too many times with figs to count. I don’t love the texture when I just eat fresh ones plain, so I needed to come up with some way to capture the lusciousness of the pint of black figs I brought home from the grocery store. This salad was the answer.

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Minted Fruit Salad (Paleo, vegan, gluten-free)

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I didn’t think this was a recipe at first. However, I have a rule — if Ben likes it so much that he mentions how good something is more than three times, it probably should go on the blog.

He usually likes my cooking, but he often tolerates my healthier recipes more than he actually relishes them. Some things, like pistachio pesto, he just won’t eat; other recipes, like strawberry bars, he’ll eat, but not rave over. Others, like the oven-baked brisket, he won’t stop talking about for days.  Continue reading

Ginger Beet Smoothie (paleo, vegan, gluten-free)

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Sometimes, I’ll eat something and feel like my entire body just rises up and says, “YES, YES, THIS IS WHAT WE NEEDED. MORE OF THIS, PLEASE.” It happens for me with Oh She Glows’ Pad Thai, even with a steak sometimes if I have been feeling particularly anemic.

It never happens with milkshakes, sadly, because I think it’s a special feeling you get only when what your body needs and what you can give it are exactly aligned. My body, as much as I want it to, never needs ice cream.

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Fig Butter (vegan, paleo, gluten-free)

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I’m going to keep this post pretty short and sweet — make this fig butter. Think apple butter, but with more depth of flavor, more subtle caramelization and little seeds that pop and crunch between your teeth.

The butter itself is vegan, paleo, and gluten-free, though if you’re paleo, it might be harder to find things to spread it on. For those of you so inclined, imagine this on a sandwich with brie, arugula and prosciutto, the brie melting out the sides and the sweetness of the fig butter contrasting with the salty prosciutto and peppery greens. You could stir this into oatmeal, breakfast quinoa, yogurt. You could spread this on apple slices and call it a day. Or you could spread it on a cinnamon-raisin bagel and pretty much have the best day ever. Continue reading

Good Morning Smoothie (paleo, gluten-free, vegan)

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I didn’t realize smoothies were controversial until Food52 posted one of their “Put A Filter On It” challenges — take an Instagram shot of whatever smoothie or juice you’re enjoying as spring approaches.

After the standard “So excited about this!” comments, there were a number of very grumpy people who started complaining about the high glycemic index of many juices, how smoothies are just calorie bombs and how people with diabetes couldn’t participate in the challenge.

While I am not unsympathetic, smoothies and juices are not always as evil as they’re being made out to be. Continue reading