Tag: healthy recipes

Rad Recipes: Sweet Cinnamon Orange Sun Tea

One of my favorite memories of my Mom is the amazing sun tea she used to brew. It was so simple to make and so refreshing to drink after playing outside for hours in the hot SoCal sunshine. 

Well Hello, Sunshine!

Her go-to was a mixture of basic Lipton black tea + Constant Comment (which is a blend of black tea with some sweet spice notes and orange rind). Oh, and about a cup of added white sugar (Sweet Tea is no joke). In later years, she stopped adding the sugar and just served it unsweetened, and though much less sweet, it was still delicious.

Mmm this brew is magickal

My Sweet Cinnamon Orange Sun Tea is a nod to her. If you like, you can still add your favorite sweetener before or after brewing, or drink it unsweetened. Now go grab a big glass jar and find you a sunny spot outside! Here’s my super simple recipe:

  • Fill a gallon sized glass jar with fresh cold water
  • Add at least six individual bags of your favorite black tea (I like Trader Joe’s Organic Irish Breakfast) If you like stronger tea, add more bags- 2 at a time
  • Add 1-2 individual bags of your favorite sweet orange tea (I like Mighty Leaf Organic Orange Dulce)
  • Toss in a few cinnamon sticks and a couple of fresh orange slices, cover, and set outside in a sunny spot for at least 2-3 hours (brew for longer if you like stronger tea flavor)
  • Bring the jar inside at least 1/2 hour before you’re ready to serve. Let cool.
  • Remove tea bags, cinnamon sticks, orange slices and stir well. Rim your glass with some sugar, fill with ice, and enjoy! 
I couldn’t wait to sample! It’s SO GOOD

Rad Recipes: Mediterranean Inspired Dairy-Free Dip (DF, GF, V, VG)


OMG. The flavors in this gluten free, dairy free dip are outstanding! The combination of sweet red bell pepper and nutty sesame seed from the tahini go great with crunchy crackers and fresh, raw veggie sticks. Consistency is on the thin side, not as thick as hummus or bean dip, so it also works really well as a salad dressing. Mmmmmmmmmm

Here’s the super simple recipe:

  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon EVOO
  • 1/3 Cup organic tahini
  • 1 Cup fresh sweet red bell pepper*, seeded and chopped
    • *for a smoother and smokier flavor, try using roasted red peppers from a jar
  • 1 clove fresh minced garlic
  • 3/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • pinch of red pepper flakes, to taste
  • dash of low-sodium soy sauce or liquid aminos, optional

Combine all of the ingredients in a high speed blender or food processor and whir until smooth, about 2-3 minutes. Chill before serving, at least 30 minutes to thicken. Enjoy!

 

Rad Recipes: Strawberry-Honey Lemonade

HELLO, SUMMER!

When life hands you lemons, you make lemonade.  if you also have some juicy strawberries on hand, even better!

After a cranky-pants morning where all the things seemed to be going sideways, I decided to take a break and come home to do what I do best: WORK. (or, werrrrk) Determined to make the rest of the day the best of the day, I set out to make something beautiful, delicious, and pretty darn healthy too.  Behold, Strawberry-Honey Lemonade!

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WHAT

  • 1 lb- 1.5 lbs fresh strawberries, cleaned and halved
  • 6 cups cold, filtered water
  • Juice from 3-4 lemons (preferably Meyer, but use what you have and adjust sweetness as needed)
  • .5 cup of raw honey

HOW

  • Place the strawberries, honey, 2 cups cold water, and lemon juice into a blender.
  • Blend on high for 2 minutes until it’s nice and smooth
  • Pour into a large pitcher with 4 cups cold water, stir it up, and taste… need a little more honey? Okay!
  • Serve over ice and enjoy!