Snacks & Starters

 

End of the Season Summer Tomatoes

End of the Season Summer Tomatoes

Ingredients:

1 Heaping Pint of Mixed Local Tomatoes

Zest of 1 Unwaxed Lemon

1/3 Cup Pinenuts

3-4 Tablespoons Good Quality Olive Oil

Salt and Pepper to Taste

 

Method:

Begin by toasting the pine nuts in a small, flat, and DRY pan over medium-high height for 3-5 minutes. You want the pine nuts toasted but not burned.

Half, Quarter, and Slice the tomato assortment any way you'd like- just so there is a variety of shapes and textures. For the smaller varieties-simply half and quarter. For the larger-I suggest removing the core.

In a bowl, combine the tomatoes with the olive oil and lemon zest. Gently mix so that the oil and zest coat the tomato mix evenly.

Transfer to a serving dish and spread the mix out evenly.

Top with your now cool, toasted pine nuts.

Liberally sprinkle salt and pepper.

 

This may be prepared in advance and stored in an airtight container for up to three days.

 

Enjoy!

 

Everything Bagel Fiber Crackers

Everything Bagel Fiber Crackers

Ingredients:

1/2 Cup Flax Seeds

1/2 Cup Chia Seeds

1/2 Cup Unsalted Sunflower Seeds

1/2 Cup Almond Flour/Ground Almond Meal

2 Tablespoons Everything but the Bagel Seasoning

1 Cup Filtered Water

 

Method:

Preheat the oven to 180C / 350F.

Line a baking tray with parchment paper.

*Eco-friendly Budget-Friendly reminder that parchment may be used 2-3 times per sheet.

In a medium sized mixing bowl, combine all seeds and almond flour with the seasoning.

Whisk together until all ingedients are evenly distributed.

Pour in water and whisk until the chia seeds have swollen with water and the mix combined.

Using a large spoon, distribute the mix across the lined baking tray.

Use the back of the spoon the evenly distribute the mix. Use a fork to press the mix down until it is compressed and forms a solid sheet.

Place the tray into the center of the oven and cook for 25-30 minutes.

Remove the half-baked crackers from the oven.

Using a pizza cutter or large knife, cut into crackers.

Gently, flip the cut crackers over on the tray.

Return the cut crackers to the center of the oven and bake for another 20-25 minutes.

Once totally cooled, store the crackers in an air-tight container for up to 10 days.

 

Health Benefits:

  • Flax seeds are one of the most natural and effective ways to improve digestion and relieve occasional constipation. Like other plant-based foods, flax seeds are rich in antioxidants which prevent disease by removing free-radicals from he body.

  • Chia Seeds can improve appetite control. The fiber and protein they provide promotes blood sugar control, keeping your appetite and energy levels more stable between meals. One of the biggest chia seed health benefits is the ability to strengthen bone health and preserve bone density while reducing the risk of serious conditions effecting women such as osteoporosis. This is because chia seeds are loaded with calcium and manganese, two minerals that are incredibly important for maintaining bone health.