Hi guys! Hope you are all having a great Spring week! The weather has been amaaaazing here in Boise this week. We are finally enjoying warmth and sunshine!
I have some super exciting news!! Nourished and Clean is coming to the Eagle Farmer’s Market starting this Saturday! My daughter Madeline and I are embarking on an exciting adventure and want to invite you to join us! It’s something we have wanted to do for years and after lots of prep time, it’s happening!!!
Nourished and Clean specializes in all natural ingredients and food that will not only nourish your body, but also taste great! After living in this area for a short time, I began to realize the need and lack of gluten free snacks and treats. I really feel that the community is in desperate need for some gluten free options and will benefit from our homemade delicious snacks.
On our menu we will be offering Scones, Protein Bites, Homemade Granola, Roasted Chickpeas, and “Clean” bars. Our flavors for certain menu items will rotate and we will introduce a new flavor of protein bites each month. All ingredients are all natural, gluten free, dairy free, and refined sugar free.
Come stock up on some healthy snacks to get you through the week! They taste amazing and you’ll feel great! You won’t have that sluggish feeling like you do after indulging in a sugary treat. Our snacks and treats are sweetened with dates, dried fruit, and all natural raw honey from a local beekeeper in our hometown.
See you at the market!
Gluten free Scones
Almond-Walnut and Vanilla Granola
Almond Cocoa Date Protein Bites
When I feel like my body really craves clean food, I crave Tabboule. I feel so good after eating this salad. It’s as if my body is thanking me. It may sound funny, but there’s something so fresh and cleansing about parsley, which is the main ingredient in Tabboule. Parsley is actually great for digestion, therefore this salad is packed with nutrients that your body needs. This recipe was originally made by my Lebanese friend and amazing cook Moina, but I have switched out the bulgur wheat for quinoa to make it gluten free.
I am passionate about all things Mediterranean, from the architecture, to the cultures, to the languages, to the food. Oh yes, the food! Where do I begin? I think my passion for it comes from my Italian family and my upbringing. Everything my mom cooked growing up was Italian, even if she was making tacos she found a way to include basil instead of cilantro. I’m not kidding! We would say, but mom, you just made it taste Italian again! And she would respond, “But it’s good right?” Anyway, I am getting away from Tabboule and Lebanese food. I lived in an area in Southern California that is highly influenced by Middle Eastern food. I love the smells and the flavors. I love the freshness of the ingredients and how good I feel when I eat this way. My body thanks me and I feel energetic and happy.
This salad reminds me of summer and with this incredible weather we’ve been having in Idaho, I am ready for fresh ingredients and colorful and vibrant salads bursting with flavors.
Mediterranean Quinoa Tabboule
- 3 bunches of curly parsley(not flat Italian)
- 2 large hot house tomatoes or three large roma tomatoes
- 1/2 bunch of green onions
- 1 cup cooked quinoa (any kind of quinoa works)
- juice from 3 lemons
- 3 Tbl extra virgin olive oil (cold pressed preferably)
- Salt and pepper to taste
The best part about this salad is that it easily comes together.
Chop tomatoes into small cubes. Toss into bowl.
Finely dice parsley by hand with a knife. Do not use food processor. (See notes)
Finely dice green onions. Toss with other ingredients.
Combine cold quinoa.
Add lemon juice and olive oil.
Salt and pepper to taste
Combine all ingredients.
Can easily be refrigerated and stored and consumed the next day. The lemon juice helps preserve the salad and will not brown.
*It's very important to note that the parsley must be finely chopped by hand. If you put it in the food processor it will quickly turn brown.
On a busy weekday mornings, a smoothies hits the spot. Since it’s officially Spring, I am using my blender more and experimenting with new smoothie recipes. Peaches are so naturally sweet that you don’t need honey or any other type of sweetener for this smoothie.
Cucumber Peach Goodness Smoothie
- 1/2 peeled cucumber
- 1 banana
- 1 cup frozen, peeled, and chopped peaches
- 1/2 cup almond milk
Place all ingredients in high speed blender.
Blend on high.
Enjoy your breakfast.