Fruitful Flavors

Berry-licious Vegan Stuffed French Toast

Vegan Berry stuffed french toast by helyn dunnWhat to make for a late morning brunch… too cold for a smoothie, not really up for oatmeal… haven’t had french toast for a while so I thought, why not make it a little different and a lot special…

There are three components to this fantastic, healthy dish: the french toast itself, the blueberry “cream” cheese stuffing and the blueberry syrup… of course you can use any or all of them separately for other yummy, nutrient-dense meals. Contributed by Helyn Dunn from her blog Helyn’s Healthy Kitchen. more→

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Luscious Pistachio Smoothie

Pistachio smoothie

This smoothie brings back happy memories of eating gobs of pistachio ice cream with my cousins at Jones Beach. Pistachio was always one of my favorite flavors. The texture is smooth and thick like an old-fashioned milk shake. Pistachios contain large amounts of antioxidants, beta-carotene, vitamin E and lutein compared to other nuts. They are also lower in calories than other nuts and are loaded with flavor and healthy fats. Contributed by Helyn Dunn, from  Helyn’s Healthy Kitchen.
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Burgundy Berry Bliss Smoothie

Berry bliss smoothie

Combining blueberries, raspberries or strawberries, and greens results in a burgundy beverage that’s as tasty is it is pretty. If you’re not using anything frozen in this, you may want to serve over a couple of ice cubes. Adapted from Wild About Greens. more→

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Raw Apple Crumble

RawAppleCrumble Cathy Fisher

This dessert is easier and faster to make than an apple pie or crisp, and requires no baking. Instead of refined sugars, this recipe uses dates for sweetness, and lemon juice and nutmeg for that extra zing.Visit  Cathy Fisher’s blog at Straight Up Food.
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Fruity Green Smoothie

Fruity Green Smoothie

Made simply with a few fruits, one vegetable, and nothing else, this green smoothie tastes only like the fruit itself, yet provides all the nutritional advantages of the greens, too.  Plus it’s incredibly energizing, and actually makes you feel great, inside and out. Contributed by Vicki Brett-Gach from her blog, Ann Arbor Vegan Kitchen. more→

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Strawberry Mango Salad

Strawberry Mango Salad Susan Powers Rawmazing

This summer salad filled with berries and veggies will cool you off and fill you up. It’s not only beautiful it’s great for you! Contributed by Susan Powers from her book Rawmazing: Over 130 Simple Raw Recipes for Radiant Health(Skyhorse Publishing, 2012). more→

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Stewed Spiced Pears in Red Wine

Pears stewed in red wine

In this light dessert, pears are lightly cooked in red wine and apple juice and gently spiced with cinnamon and allspice. A delicious and elegant way to present pears, this is especially nice in the winter when so few other fruits are available. more→

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Easy Raw Cranberry-Apple Relish

raw cranberry-apple relish

Antioxidant and nutrient-dense cranberries have so much going for them. Why not enjoy these tart treats raw? This delicious relish can be made in minutes and can be enjoyed on special occasions (like Thanksgiving and Christmas, when cranberry sauce is a staple) or for everyday meals. This recipe doubles easily for serving a crowd. Served in small portions, this provides a great burst of color and flavor to the plate and goes just as well with spicy dishes as it does with comfort foods. more→

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