Seed Food and Wine Festival 2015

Seed Food and Wine Festival 2015

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I had the pleasure this past Saturday to attend the Seed Food and Wine Festival in the Wynwood Art District of Miami. It was a plant based food and wine festival where you got to sample food and wine from different plant based, vegan restaurants and companies. There were also some organic companies sampling their products as well. The Seed Food and Wine Festival took place all week with fun events pertaining to plant based living. I only attended the tasting village part of the week which occurred on November 21st. The Seed F&W Festival was presented by Whole Foods Market.

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Organic Roasted Root Vegetables

Organic Roasted Root Vegetables

This organic roasted root vegetables recipe is perfect for a side dish with many meals. This is a great side dish in the fall because that is when the root vegetables are at its peak. I do want to note that I also make this recipe throughout the whole year. But, certain times of the year I’ll use different vegetables because some of the ones I use are not always in season. It is sometimes difficult finding organic root veggies down in South Florida when they are technically out of season. This usually happens in the spring time. Also this is a great colorful side dish for Thanksgiving. This side dish pays homage to the root vegetables that sometimes get overlooked. Also, whenever my sister comes back home to visit she always begs me to make this for her. I love going to the farmers market in the fall and picking out all of these colorful organic vegetables to make this dish. This is a great way to get all your nutrients in one casserole dish. It has your perfect mix of nutrient dense potatoes and other hearty vegetables.

 

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Organic Roasted Root Vegetables

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 5 minutes

Serving Size: 8-10

Ingredients

  • 2 large sweet potatoes, diced
  • 3 small Yukon potaotes, diced
  • 3 red beets, diced
  • 3 golden beets, diced
  • 1 medium-large turnip, diced
  • 1 medium-large rutabaga, diced
  • 3 parsnips, peeled and cut in thin circles
  • 3 carrots, peeled and cut in thin circles
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tsp sea salt (I use Himalayan pink sea salt)
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • ½ tsp garlic n herb (by Simply Organic)
  • ¼ tsp paprika

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Dice up all the vegetables and put them in a large mixing bowl. Add the olive oil and seasonings. Mix together until the vegetables are coated with the oil and spices. Feel free to add more spices and oil at this point if need be. You can either coat a large baking sheet with aluminum foil or you can place the vegetables into a large casserole dish. Whichever way you chose to cook your vegetables are fine. Place it in the oven for 45-55 minutes. At the 45 minute mark check your vegetables and see if they are soft. At this point you may need to add a little bit more olive oil and mix the vegetables and cook for another 10 minutes. When vegetables are soft, take them out of the oven and serve warm with your main dish.

Notes

I have used both ways to cook the roasted root vegetables with either a casserole dish or a baking sheet and they both come out wonderful. If you use the casserole dish, make sure you check it in the middle, take it out, stir it, and put it back in the oven.

Feel free to add any spices you may like

Feel free to adjust the ingredient amount to your liking

You can use any root vegetables you like or take out ones you dont

http://sarasorganiceats.com/organic-roasted-root-vegetables/

 

I hope you enjoy this warm, hearty, and colorful organic roasted root vegetables recipe!

Love, 

Sara, “S.O.Eats”

 

 

 

 

Sorbabes Gourmet Sorbet

Sorbabes Gourmet Sorbet

Are you tired of the same lackluster sorbet flavors that crowd the shelves of your local grocery store? Well then you must try Sorbabes! Sorbabes is the first sorbet company to use whole nuts as their base and chunky toppings without any unrecognizable ingredients, dairy, gluten, GMO’s, or corn syrup. It is made with plant-based, ethically sourced ingredients and it is also Vegan.

I found this wonderful company as I was walking through the Next Pavilion at the Natural Product Expo and I was blown away on how amazing these sorbets tasted. You can actually taste all the flavors of the description as opposed to other sorbets where you pretty much just taste its’ base which is normally dairy free milks. The secret to their amazing tasting sorbet is purified water, which is the base throughout each flavor along with whole nuts.

For those of you who cannot have dairy or if you are vegan, you will surely enjoy Sorbabes decadent flavors and will not miss out on real ice cream. There is no such thing as an ice cream “substitute” when it comes to Sorbabes as anyone can enjoy this creamy rich sorbet with benefits. The sorbets are so smooth and they are not too sweet which make for a perfect cooling dessert. The packaging is just as cool looking on the outside as the amazing taste of the sorbets on the inside.

 

Flavors Include

  • Coffee Almond Sorbet with Chocolate Bark
  • Raspberry Sorbet with Dark Chocolate
  • Peanut Banana Sorbet with Chocolate Fudge
  • Tart and Juicy Lemon Sorbet with Candied Zest
  • Pistachio Sorbet with Sea Salted Caramel
  • Juicy Orange Passion fruit with Lychees

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You can’t go wrong with any of the flavors you choose. It is very difficult for me to pick which one is the best because they are all equal and it depends on what type of mood you are in that day. But if it your first time and can pick two I would go with the Raspberry Sorbet with Dark Chocolate and the Peanut Banana Sorbet with Chocolate Fudge. Sorbabes is currently on shelves in the New York area but make sure to keep up with them to see when they will arrive to a city near you!

 

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Love,

Sara, “S.O.Eats”

Gluten Free White Chocolate Pumpkin Banana Bread

Gluten Free White Chocolate Pumpkin Banana Bread 

I created this Gluten Free White Chocolate Pumpkin Banana Bread a couple of months ago when it was acceptable to start having pumpkin everything. Like I talked about in my post “Gluten Free Is Not A Fad When You Suffer From Celiac Disease” , I like to create gluten free dessert recipes. All the banana bread recipes that I make are also gluten free but they don’t taste like they are gluten free. Also, what is fall time without pumpkin desserts? This pumpkin banana bread would make a lovely dessert for Thanksgiving. If you are gluten free or you have gluten free guests coming to your house or just want to make a great tasting fall dessert, this would be an easy and delicious choice.

 

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Vegan Purple Sweet Potato Casserole

Vegan Purple Sweet Potato Casserole

Have you ever tried a purple sweet potato? If you haven’t, you should go to your local farmers market or specialty grocery store and purchase a purple sweet potato. Not only is the purple color amazing, but the taste is sweeter than a normal orange sweet potato. You can cook them the exact same way as you would any regular sweet potato. It is high in antioxidants. Because the color is so vibrant, you can use the coloring from the potato as a natural dye to other foods. About a month ago, I found organic purple sweet potatoes at my local Whole Foods Market and I decided to make a sweet potato casserole. Ever since then, I have made this recipe 3 times within the past 5 weeks. This is a great side to any dinner and it’s also a twist on a traditional sweet potato casserole for Thanksgiving. Your guests on Thanksgiving will be surprised on how amazing, beautiful, and delicious this casserole is. No one will ever know that this recipe is Vegan. The most important part is that you do not have to be a Vegan to like and fall in love this recipe.

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Cut and peeled purple sweet potatoes. Add these to a pot filled with boiling water. Cook for 15 minutes.

Vegan Purple Sweet Potato Casserole

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 45 hours

Total Time: 1 hour

Vegan Purple Sweet Potato Casserole

Ingredients

  • 5 medium purple sweet potatoes, skin removed and cooked
  • 1/3 cup of water (more if you like it a little thinner in consistency)
  • 2 tablespoons of Vegan Butter (Nutiva Organic Vegan Buttery Spread)
  • 1/3 cup of water
  • 4-5 tablespoons Grade B Maple Syrup
  • 1 1/4 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 tsp Himalayan Salt
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • Topping
  • 1 bag of Dandies Vegan Mini Marshmallows

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Peel and cut sweet potato into rounds (it doesn't matter the size of the rounds). Place potatoes in a pot with water. Make sure the water covers the potatoes completely and then boil for about 15 minutes until soft. Drain the potatoes but make sure to keep about 1/3 cup of water. Feel free to add more water if you like a thinner consistency. Mash the sweet potatoes with the butter. Then add maple syrup, vanilla, salt, and cinnamon and mix until fully incorporated. Place in a 2 quart casserole dish coated with coconut oil spray or any vegetable oil spray. Bake for 35-40 minutes until lightly browned on the top. Then add the full bag of Marshmallows. Put back in oven for about 5 minutes. After the 5 minutes, If you desire, you can also then broil the casserole for about 2-3 minutes on low.

Notes

If you do not want to make this Vegan, you can use butter and marshmallow of choice.

http://sarasorganiceats.com/vegan-purple-sweet-potato-casserole/

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I hope you enjoy this sweet, delicious, beautiful, comforting Vegan purple sweet potato casserole. 

Happy Holidays!  

Love, 

Sara, “S.O.Eats”

 

Slightly Adapted from http://ohsheglows.com

Gluten Free Is Not A Fad When You Suffer From Celiac Disease

              Gluten Free Is Not A Fad When You Suffer From Celiac Disease

                                                             (As Told By A First Hand Onlooker)

 

Gluten? Celiac Disease? Have you heard of these terms that are everywhere these past few years? Even with gluten free diets making its’ way into the mainstream and surrounding us in news articles, magazines, grocery stores, and TV, most people still have no clue what it means to be gluten free and what the heck Celiac Disease is. Unfortunately for the past few years, a gluten free diet has been identified as a “fad” and the “prestigious diet for the rich and famous.” However, those who actually have Celiac Disease and an intense allergy to wheat can vouch that this is no fad or prestige.

What is Gluten?

Gluten (pronounced Glue-Tin) is the protein found in wheat, barley, and rye.

What is Celiac Disease?

Celiac (pronounced Sell-E-Ack or Seal-E-Ack) Disease is an autoimmune disorder where those who suffer cannot digest any gluten. To those with *CD, if they ingest gluten it causes damage to the lining of the small intestine. If left untreated, it can also lead to other health issues and many other autoimmune disorders.

Most people talk about having a gluten free diet but several have no clue that there is an actual disease that is much more intense then just by cutting out wheat from your diet. Those who suffer must read all food labels because gluten is hidden in many sources including, sauces, soups, processed food, body products, and even makeup.

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Paleo Scavenger Handcrafted Snacks

Paleo Scavenger Handcrafted Snacks

For those of you on the Paleo diet, finding tasty on-the-go snacks can be a difficult task. Traditional granolas are made with loads of sugar, soy, wheat, and genetically modified oils that turn this healthy snack into a diet disaster. Unlike traditional granolas, Paleo Scavenger does not contain grains, dairy, soy, artificial flavors, or refined sugars.

The Paleo diet is a way of eating of the early humans in the Paleolithic era. In that era, they mainly ate meats, nuts, fruits, vegetables and nothing processed. The Paleo diet today is also based on the same principles, which is to eat unprocessed, whole foods that are filled with nutrients.

Paleo Scavenger is a handcrafted granola made in small batches in Chicago, Illinois. I found this amazing product as I was walking through the Next Pavillon at the Natural Products Expo East. There are four different flavor granolas. These flavors include Original, Maple Pecan, Blueberry, and Cherry. The best part about Paleo Scavenger granolas is that they are all super smooth and soft so you won’t have to worry about pulling any teeth out like some granolas. Each granola has a basis of this coconut almond flavor that is not overpowering and it just melts in your mouth. You can taste every ingredient in the granolas without any one being more overpowering. The reason that Paleo Scavenger is one of the most delicious Paleo granolas on the market is because of the ingredients they use which is the most important of any great product. Just to name a few, they use almonds, walnuts, coconut, honey, vanilla, cherries, blueberries, and pecans. As you can see, these are all whole ingredients. It is sweetened with either honey or maple syrup and has a very low sugar content which is hard to find in traditional granolas. You can be assured you are getting a tasty Paleo snack with benefits when you try any Paleo Scavenger granolas.

Original

The original is a delicious and smooth taste of nuts, coconut and a hint of vanilla without any flavor overpowering the other.

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Blueberry

The blueberry granola tastes a lot like a blueberry muffin because of the small dried blueberries throughout the mix. It also is sweet like a blueberry muffin but it doesn’t contain any refined sugar.

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Maple Pecan

The maple pecan is everything you could possibly dream of. It has the taste of candied pecans without there even being any sign of sugar which is amazing! If you love anything with maple and pecan together you will love this delicious combo.

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Cherry

The basis of the cherry granola is a little bit sweeter than the other flavors, but it does not have any added sugar. It contains large dried cherries throughout the granola which gives it a great cherry nut taste.

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My favorite is the maple pecan because I love that flavor mix. Each flavor has a wonderful base of nuts and coconut that is just so smooth. This is what makes this granola one of the best granolas on the market.

You can add Paleo Scavenger granola to your favorite recipes. You can eat it straight from the bag, in a bowl with non-dairy milks, as a topping for sweet potato casserole, and so much more.

For more information and where to buy please visit http://paleoscavenger.com  

Also you can follow Paleo Scavenger on

https://www.facebook.com/paleoscavenger

https://twitter.com/paleoscavenger

https://instagram.com/paleoscavenger/

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Love, 

Sara, “S.O.Eats”

Pumpkin Pie Soda

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Maine Root Pumpkin Pie Soda

On November 1st, the stores turn into a Christmas Palace, ultimately forgetting that it is still fall time. At least until the day after Thanksgiving, we still need to pay our respect to the one gourd of fall, the pumpkin. As a pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice obsessed nation, every year more and more pumpkin products hit the shelves. This season has been filled with more pumpkin products than we could ever imagine.

While at Whole Foods Market in New York City yesterday, I found Maine Root Pumpkin Pie Soda. I never saw this product down in Florida so I just had to try it. This is a handcrafted soda produced in Portland, Maine. Carbonated water, organic cane juice, and spices make up the ingredients to this soda. It tastes like a mix of cream soda and ginger ale with fall spices and an orange color. But, it is also fascinating how this soda can taste like a carbonated pumpkin pie without any pumpkin in the ingredients at all.  The spices are not too strong or overpowering. You can think of it as a sweet fall spice in a bottle. It is caffeine free and gluten free with minimal ingredients. The organic cane juice used to make this soda is also fair trade certified. For those of you who love ice cream floats, this soda would be great on top of organic vanilla ice cream. All in all, you can be assured that you are getting a true craft soda with a fall favorite pie taste.

Maine Root Pumpkin Pie Soda is sold at select Whole Foods Market or specialty food stores. You can visit http://maineroot.com/sodas/pumpkin-pie-soda/ for more information.

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Cheers to another fall handcrafted, gourmet, fair trade, minimal ingredient, sweet, unique product! 

Love, 

Sara, “S.O.Eats”