Category: salad

What’s In My Fridge \\ Sweet Laurel

I love this interview I did with The Chalkboard Mag! They took a look in my fridge and I got to share a little about my love of all things Sweet Laurel! One thing that’s apparent here, is that I’m a veggie lover! Yes, I know Sweet Laurel is all about sweets, but let me introduce you to savory Laurel! I sure eat my fair share of veggies. If you have any questions about some of my go – to’s, leave them in the comments! xo, Laurel

What's In My Fridge \\ Sweet Laurel

What's In My Fridge \\ Sweet Laurel

What's In My Fridge \\ Sweet Laurel

What's In My Fridge \\ Sweet Laurel

FOOD PHILOSOPHY IN ONE SENTENCE:

Eat wholesome yet delicious food every day.


 

ALWAYS IN MY FRIDGE:

Kale, coconut, chocolate, and crudité.


 

7 RECIPE STAPLES ALWAYS ON HAND:

For my recipes, pretty much any of them can be made if you have almond flour, coconut oil, Himalayan pink salt, 100% maple syrup, organic eggs, coconut milk, and cacao.


 

MUST-HAVE MUNCHIES:

I am into accessible veggies: half an avocado, cut up celery, cucumber, carrots and cooked sweet potatoes. I am not a big snacker, but I am a big vegetable eater!


 

FAVE CONDIMENTS:

Our all-time favorite condiment is Sweet Laurel vegan caramel! Other condiments on the savory side I enjoy are Primal Kitchen Foods mayo and Kerrygold butter. Yes, butter. I developed a strong craving for it during my pregnancy, and I’ve been tolerating it well, so I enjoy it in moderation.


 

INGREDIENT THAT MAKES EVERYTHING TASTE BETTER:

When I cook, I love to use some delicious savory staples like garlic, Himalayan pink salt, apple cider vinegar and fun things like cayenne pepper. When I bake, a balance of moisture enriching, yet nutrient-dense ingredients make everything taste better. I work with five core ingredients at Sweet Laurel: almond flour, coconut oil, 100% maple syrup, organic eggs, and Himalayan pink salt. These are my star ingredients and the secret to a delicious grain-free, refined sugar-free and dairy-free treat that tastes delicious!


 

GO-TO PROTEINS:

Organic eggs, wild-caught fish, organic chicken, turkey, and beef.


 

BEST BARGAIN:

I buy in bulk whenever I can through health food stores and co-ops. This is great for spices, organic nuts and other frequently used items and pricier items.


 

BEST LABEL-READING TIP:

I always check for whole-food ingredients. If the foods originate from earth and are used in their natural form, I’m good with them.


 

FAVE VEGGIE + WHAT YOU MAKE WITH IT:

This changes, but currently I’m obsessed with making kale chips in the oven. It takes just a few minutes, and my salty, crunchy craving is usually taken care of shortly thereafter.


 

MUST-HAVE PANTRY STAPLES:

Sweet Laurel vanilla extract. We make our own, grain- and gluten-free, with tequila!


 

CRAZIEST THING I BUY:

The $30 coconut yogurt. Jam packed with probiotics, a little goes a long way. I’m definitely addicted.


 

SWEETS AND OTHER INDULGENCES:

I indulge in 100% cacao from Chocovivo every day. It is not a sweet per se, but an indulgence for sure. Made from cacao beans and stone ground into chocolate right here in Los Angeles.


 

DAIRY OR NON-DAIRY FAVES:

Like I said, hooked on coconut yogurt.


 

SKIP LABELS THAT READ:

‘High-fructose corn syrup,’ ‘cane sugar,’ etc.


 

FAVORITE SPLURGE:

I love supporting small food businesses. From time to time I will go to natural food stores and just pick up a few random food products, just to try them out!


 

FOR LAST MINUTE ENTERTAINING:

I whip up my snickerdoodles! Just five ingredients and delicious.


 

FAVORITE PLACES TO SHOP:

Erewhon Natural Foods, Rainbow Acres.


 

SIMPLE GO-TO RECIPE:

My brownies. Topped with our vegan caramel, you’re instantly in dessert heaven.


 

BEST FOOD MEMORY:

Making banana bread with my mom when I was five or six. I remember tasting the batter and being instantly hooked!

 

(Photo credit: Elsie Dardon)

Avocado Toast 6 ways \\ Sweet Laurel

It’s almost silly to have a series of recipes dedicated to Avocado Toast. It’s so pervasive out here. It’s on every cafe menu, pops up on everyone’s social media, it’s practically omnipotent. Simple things hardly ever go out of style, and avocado toast is equivalent to a little black dress. Always the right decision. We suggest making your toast on top of our grain-free Turmeric Bread, however, any bread will work just fine.

When something is so simple, you can get playful with the flavor combinations. Below are some of our favorites.

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Avocado Toast 6 Ways \\ Sweet Laurel

Avocado Toast 6 Ways \\ Sweet Laurel

Avocado Toast 6 Ways \\ Sweet Laurel

Avocado Toast 6 Ways \\ Sweet Laurel

Avocado Toast 6 Ways \\ Sweet Laurel

Avocado Toast 6 Ways


 

The Classic


 

Ingredients:

1 half-inch slice grain-free bread, toasted

1/3 avocado, smashed

1 teaspoon lemon juice

1 pinch dried chili flakes

Salt and Pepper to taste

Directions:

Smash the avocado with the lemon juice, and spread over the toast. Top with a bit of chili flake, salt, and pepper.


 

Thai Inspired


 

Ingredients:

1 half-inch slice grain-free bread, toasted

1/3 avocado, sliced

1 tablespoon coconut cream

1 tablespoon cilantro leaves

1 pinch cayenne

1 teaspoon lime juice

Salt and Pepper to taste

Directions:

Place the avocado on the toast, and drizzle with coconut cream. Top with cilantro and cayenne, and finish with a bit of lime juice. Finish with salt and pepper.


 

Breakfast


 

Ingredients:

1 half-inch slice grain-free bread, toasted

1/3 avocado, sliced

1 egg

1 teaspoon finely chopped chives

1 teaspoon olive oil

Salt and Pepper to taste

Directions:

For a perfectly hard boiled egg, place an egg in a small pot of room temperature water over medium heat. Once the water is boiling, turn it off, and let the egg sit in it for 8 minutes, less time for a slightly looser yolk. Remove the egg with a slotted spoon and run with cold water until you can handle it. Peel the egg and slice.

Place the avocado on the toast, top with sliced egg and finish with chives, salt, and pepper. Drizzle with olive oil.


 

The Purist


 

Ingredients:

1 half-inch slice grain-free bread, toasted

1/3 avocado, sliced

1 slice of heirloom tomato

1 teaspoon hot sauce

Salt and Pepper to taste

Directions:

Place the avocado on the toast, top with tomato, and drizzle with hot sauce. Finish with salt and pepper.


 

The Fattoush


 

Ingredients:

1 half-inch slice grain-free bread, toasted

1/3 avocado, chunked

1 tablespoon tahini

1 radish, thinly sliced

2 slices cucumber

1 teaspoon dill

1 teaspoon lemon juice

Salt and Pepper to taste

Directions:

Spread the toast with tahini. Place the avocado on the toast, and drizzle with lemon juice. Top with cucumber and radish, and finish with a bit of dill. Finish with salt and pepper.


 

The Nori


 

Ingredients:

1 half-inch slice grain-free bread, toasted

1/3 avocado, sliced

1 tablespoon nori, chiffonade

1 pinch black sesame seeds

1 tablespoon mint, chiffonade

Salt and Pepper to taste

Directions:

Place the avocado on the toast. Top with nori, sesame seeds, and mint, and finish with salt and pepper.

Fermented Veggies \\ Sweet Laurel

Keep your belly happy and dishes brightened with Fermented Veggies!  They can be made in a snap, and require only an airtight glass jar, salt and the veggies of your choice.  You can play around with the different spices and add ins, making the veggies catered to your liking.

Fermented Veggies \\ Sweet Laurel

Fermented Veggies \\ Sweet Laurel

Fermented Veggies \\ Sweet Laurel

Fermented Veggies \\ Sweet Laurel

Fermented Veggies


 

Ingredients:

1 quart of water

2 tablespoon Himalayan pink salt

2 cups chopped cucumbers, daikon radish, asparagus or carrots

3 whole cloves of garlic

1/8 teaspoon mustard seed

1/8 teaspoon dill seed

1/8 teaspoon coriander

1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes

1 cabbage leaf


 

Directions:

Stir together salt and water. Chop peppers and carrots.

Add spices to the bottom of a one-quart jar. Add your vegetables, followed by the brine.  Cover the top of the vegetables with cabbage leaf. Cap the jar tightly and allow to sit in 65-85 degrees for about ten days.  For the first few days, check jar pressure: slightly unscrew lid to release pressure, then retighten lid.  Once fermentation is reached, store in fridge.

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Grilled Peach Salad \\ Sweet Laurel

Summer in a bowl! This salad is so refreshing, and most importantly: simple to prepare! Enjoy this salad at your next BBQ or summertime gathering. Guaranteed crowd pleaser.

Grilled Peach Salad \\ Sweet Laurel

Grilled Peach Salad \\ Sweet Laurel

Grilled Peach Salad \\ Sweet Laurel

Grilled Peach Salad

Serves 4


 

Ingredients:

4 cups arugula

3-4 peaches, sliced

1 shallot, sliced into thin strips

1/4 cup vegan cheese, crumbled (or make your own)

Lemon dressing (recipe below)


 

Directions:

Prepare grill.

Place arugula in a large bowl. Add pecans, shallots, and cheese. Set aside while you prepare peaches.

Grill peaches about 2-3 minutes on each side.

Toss with dressing and enjoy!


 

To prepare dressing


 

Ingredients:

Juice of 1 lemon

1/4 cup olive oil

1 clove of garlic

Pinch of salt

Fresh ground pepper to taste

Directions:

Place all ingredients for dressing in a small food processor or blender. Pulse for 1 minute. Dressing can be made ahead and will keep in fridge for 3-4 days.

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Waldorf Salad \\ Sweet Laurel

I don’t know about you but sometimes, I love having a little bit of crunch and sweet bites to my salads, which is why I made my own version of the Waldorf Salad. The combination of the fruits, the candied walnuts, and the creamy vegan dressing is so delicious, it will instantly bring you to the Waldorf Astoria! We hope you enjoy this paleo version of this traditional salad.

Waldorf Salad \\ Sweet Laurel

Waldorf Salad \\ Sweet Laurel

Waldorf Salad \\ Sweet Laurel

Waldorf Salad \\ Sweet Laurel

Waldorf Salad

Serves 5-7


 

Ingredients:

10 cups mixed greens

1 apple, chopped into 1-inch cubes

1 cup of grapes, sliced in half

1 cup of Kite Hill Original Cheese

1/4 cup candied walnuts (recipe below)

Creamy Waldorf Dressing (recipe below)


 

Directions:

Place all ingredients in large bowl and toss with dressing.


 

To prepare candied walnuts


 

Ingredients:

2 cups walnuts

2 tablespoons maple syrup

1 tablespoon coconut oil

pinch of Himalayan pink salt


 

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and toss gently. Pour contents onto pan and bake for about 10 minutes. Allow to cool for about 30 minutes. Using a spatula, gently scrape nuts from pan, and place in an airtight jar. Walnuts will keep for 2-3 days.


 

To prepare dressing


 

Ingredients:

1/2 pine nuts

1/2 cup water

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

1/4 cup olive oil


 

Directions:

Soak pine nuts for 5 minutes in a bowl of water. Strain water, then pour pine nuts into a high-speed blender. Add salt, apple cider vinegar, and olive oil. Blend on high for about 2 minutes. Toss with dressing

Enjoy!

 

Thai Kelp Noodle Salad \\ Sweet Laurel

Kelp Noodles are my new favorite grain-free noodle alternative. They are starch free, loaded with fiber, and a low-calorie alternative to other types of pasta. This noodle is perfect for a quick and easy dinner at home. I love making this Thai version, infused with delicious veggies and my Paleo ‘peanut sauce’ alternative made with almond butter and dates. Throughout my pregnancy, this has been a go to dinner, and has met my Thai dish cravings! You can add some cooked chicken or shrimp for extra protein, and other veggies of choice for added nutritional boost! We soak the kelp noodles in baking soda to get them nice and soft, a trick I learned from my dear friend, author, and chef extraordinaire Meredith Baird. If you love kelp noodles and would like to see more recipes like this, leave a comment. I have tons of other kelp noodle dishes I would love to share in future blog posts. Enjoy!

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Pad Thai \\ Sweet Laurel

Pad Thai \\ Sweet Laurel

Yield: 2 servings


For the sauce:

3 tablespoons coconut aminos

1/2 cup almond butter (you can also use cashew butter)

2 dates, pitted

Juice of 1 lemon

1/4 cup olive oil

1 teaspoon ginger

1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1/4 cup water

 

For the pad thai:

1 tablespoon coconut oil

1 red bell pepper, sliced into quarter inch slivers (plus extra for garnish)

1 cup thinly sliced cabbage (plus extra for garnish)

1 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated

1/4 cup basil, thinly sliced

1 12-ounce bag of kelp noodles


 

Directions:

Place kelp noodles in water + 1 tablespoon baking soda for 20 minutes. Make sure the baking soda and water are mixed well before placing the kelp noodles in the bowl. While kelp noodles are soaking, give the noodles a couple of cuts with scissors, making them into smaller noodles, easier to eat. Prepare sauce while you wait.

Mix all ingredients for the sauce in a high-speed blender. Set aside.

Heat 1 tablespoon of coconut oil in a saucepan. Gently saute cabbage, bell pepper, and ginger. Add sauce, then stir in rinsed kelp noodles.

Garnish with extra sliced cabbage, bell peppers, and optional chopped almonds. Top with fresh basil and serve. Enjoy!

 

Thanksgiving Round-up \\ Sweet Laurel

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday! It is a time to sit back in gratitude and remember all of life’s blessings. It is also a time to share delicious food with the people you love! This is why I have so many Thanksgiving recipes to share! This is a compilation of Sweet Laurel recipes, for you and your loved ones to enjoy. Some are from past Sweet Laurel blog posts, and others are brand new! If you make our recipes this year, please take a pic and tag us on Instagram or Facebook @SweetLaurelBakery or #SweetLaurelBakery or comment below. We love seeing our recipes in action! Many blessings and have a happy Thanksgiving! xo, Laurel

Thanksgiving Round-up \\ Sweet Laurel

Thanksgiving Round-up \\ Sweet Laurel

Here are some Thanksgiving faves from Sweet Laurel blog posts gone by! Enjoy 😉

Pumpkin Waffles

Pumpkin Bread

Cranberry Nut Bread

Turmeric Bread Stuffing

Turmeric Bread

Butternut Squash and Chard Tart with Zucchini Lattice

Pecan Pie

Pear Tart

Shepherd’s Pie

Mulling Spices with Cider

Shira’s Green Beans

Below are some new recipes to the Sweet Laurel blog that I am super excited about. Enjoy!


 

Paleo Pumpkin Pie


 

Last winter, Sweet Laurel had the honor of being featured in Darling Issue 14! We were so excited about this opportunity and shared 3 favorite holiday recipes. The article included my favorite version of Paleo Pumpkin Pie! Hope you enjoy this recipe!

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Ingredients: 

Crust

2 cups almond or hazelnut flour

1/2 teaspoon Himalayan pink salt

2 tablespoons coconut oil

1 egg

Filling

1 3/4 cups pumpkin puree

3 eggs

½ cup coconut milk or almond milk

1/3 cup 100% maple syrup

1 tablespoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (or a mixture of ground nutmeg, cloves, allspice, and ginger)

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

A pinch of Himalayan pink salt


 

To prepare pie crust:

Preheat oven to 350. Stir dry ingredients together in a bowl, then slowly stir in coconut oil and egg. Stir to combine. If more moisture is needed, add a bit more oil. Press into the bottom of a pie or tart pan.

To prepare filling:

Preheat the oven to 350 F.

Using a hand mixer or stand mixer, blend the pumpkin puree and eggs. Slowly add in coconut or almond milk, maple syrup, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla extract, and salt.

Pour into prepared pie crust. Shield the edges of the pie crust with strips of foil. Bake for 30 minutes, then remove the foil strips and continue to bake until the center of the pie is firm, about 15-20 more minutes.

Allow to cool, then place in refrigerator to set overnight, or enjoy warm! Serve with Coconut Whipped Cream.

For a vegan pumpkin pie recipe, make sure to check out my friend Shira’s blog here!

 


 

Sweet Laurel Apple Pie with Lattice


 

Catherine McCord of Weelicious and I made an apple pie together, check out the video on her site, and the photos below! This apple pie is scrumptious and can be made with a lattice topping or crumb topping. enjoy!

Thanksgiving Roundup \\ Sweet Laurel

Thanksgiving Roundup \\ Sweet Laurel

Ingredients:

Crust

3 cups almond flour

3 tablespoons coconut oil

2 tablespoons maple syrup

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 egg

Apple Pie Filling

5-6 cups apples, peeled, sliced and cubed (about one-inch pieces)

2 tablespoons coconut oil

1 tablespoon cinnamon

1/4 cup maple syrup

1 tablespoon arrowroot powder (this is a corn starch alternative)

1 tablespoon vanilla extract


 

To prepare crust:

Preheat oven to 350. Mix all ingredients in a bowl until soft dough forms. Take a little over half the dough, and roll out between two sheets of parchment paper. Place rolled out dough into pie pan and gently press dough into sides. Set aside for filling.

Take the second portion of dough and roll out between two pieces of parchment. Refrigerate while you prepare filling. This will be used for lattice top.

To prepare filling:

Prepare apples by cutting them into cubes. Heat coconut oil in large pot. Gently saute the apples for about 5 minutes in maple syrup and cinnamon. Off heat, add vanilla extract and arrowroot powder. Stir and cool.

Spoon cooled apple mixture into prepared pie crust. Remove second half of dough from the refrigerator and slice into thin strips. Carefully place 3 strips horizontally across pie. Take 4 more strips and place over horizontal strips vertically, making a lattice. You can also crumble the reserved dough and make a crumb topping!

Bake pie for about 30 minutes. Allow to cool, and enjoy hot or cold!

 


 

Whipped Yams with Honey Marshmallow Topping


 

Last Friendsgiving, we teamed up with Bash Please and Design Love Fest for an epic celebration. I whipped yams with honey marshmallow topping for the feast, and it was so enjoyed! I hope you enjoy this decadent side dish as much as I do! PS, this marshmallow topping is SO much better than store-bought mallows. 😉

Thanksgiving Roundup \\ Sweet Laurel

Thanksgiving Roundup \\ Sweet Laurel

Ingredients:

Whipped Sweet Potatoes

5 -7 sweet potatoes or yams

1 cup coconut or almond milk

1 tablespoon coconut oil, melted (you can also use ghee)

1 teaspoon Himalayan pink salt

1 teaspoon cinnamon

Marshmallow Topping

1 cup water (divided)

3 tablespoons grass fed beef gelatin powder (for vegan, use soy-based gelatin)

1 cup honey (because it’s being cooked, it doesn’t have to be raw)

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon Himalayan pink salt


 

To make the whipped sweet potatoes:

Preheat oven to 400.

Clean sweet potatoes and place in the oven to roast about 1 hour. Remove from oven and allow to cool.

Cut cooled sweet potatoes in half, and scoop our cooked potato from skin into a bowl or Kitchen Aid stand mixer. Add remaining ingredients and mash briefly with potato masher. Once mixture is blended, whip sweet potatoes with whip mixer attachment or a hand blender\mixer. Place mixture in a 8 x 13 casserole dish and set aside while you prepare marshmallow topping. (Note: This is something you will want to do 1-2 hours before serving, as you will not be able to reheat sweet potatoes once the marshmallow topping is on top of the sweet potato mixture).

To make the marshmallow topping:

Pour 1/2 cup of water into a Kitchen Aid mixer bowl. Sprinkle gelatin over the top of the water. Allow to sit.

In a saucepan, combine remaining 1/2 cup water, raw honey, and vanilla. Turn on stove to medium heat, and bring the mixture to a simmer until it reaches the soft ball stage at 240 degrees. Turn mixer on, blending the gelatin and water mixture. Slowly begin mixing in syrup mixture and 1/4 teaspoon of Himalayan pink salt, and continue to beat for about 10 minutes. Beat until marshmallow peaks form.

Pour mixture over whipped yams and allow to set for about 1 hour. Toast the tops of the marshmallow topping with butane torch or carefully with a match. Enjoy!

 


 

Leftovers Pot Pie (AKA The Best Turkey Pot Pie)


 

Does anyone love Thanksgiving leftovers as much as I do? I’m super into them, and created this Turkey Pot Pie just for you! I served this up at Jenni Kayne’s Thanksgiving luncheon and everyone loved it! Happy leftover eating!

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Thanksgiving Roundup \\ Sweet Laurel

Ingredients:

Crust

2 cups hazelnut flour (or almond flour)

1 tablespoon chia, freshly ground + 3 tablespoons of water

1/2 teaspoon Himalayan pink salt

2 tablespoons ghee (melted), coconut oil (melted) or avocado oil

Filling

1 pound ground turkey, fully cooked OR 1 pound of cooked turkey (white or dark meat) cut into 2-inch pieces

2 tablespoons coconut oil, avocado oil or ghee

4 carrots, chopped

2 shallots, chopped

1 white sweet potato, peeled, and cut into 2-inch chunks

1 cup frozen peas

2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

1 cup coconut milk

1 teaspoon Italian spice mixture (basil, marjoram, oregano, rosemary, thyme )

salt and pepper to taste


 

To assemble crust:

In a small bowl, pour in ground chia seed with the three tablespoons of water. Let sit about 5 minutes until mixture begins to congeal.

Place hazelnut flour in large bowl. Add chia mixture, salt and oil. Stir until dough forms.

Place dough between 2 sheets of parchment paper. Roll our dough, matching the shape of the casserole dish you will bake your pot pie in. Place rolled out (with parchment still attached) on a cutting board and set in refrigerator until you top your pie.

To assemble filling:

Preheat oven to 350.

Place coconut oil, ghee or avocado oil in saucepan over medium heat. Add chopped carrots and shallots. Gently cook about 5-10 minutes. Add apple cider vinegar, and allow to cook about 1 minute longer. Add sweet potatoes, then 3 cups of water. Cover the saucepan and allow veggies to cook for about 15 minutes.

Carefully remove lid and turn off heat. Using a slotted spoon, remove sweet potatoes from veggie mixture. Place into food processor or blender. Allow to cool a few minutes.

Add coconut milk to blender and turn on high. Mixture will resemble gravy. Pour the gravy mixture back into the saucepan and add Italian spice mixture. Add frozen peas and stir. Add cooked turkey and continue to stir. Season with salt and pepper.

Pour mixture into a large casserole dish, about 9×13 or smaller. You can use a large pie pan too. Gently remove parchment from dough and place rolled out crust over mixture. Press the dough into the edges. Cut an “X” in center of casserole.

Place the pot pie in oven and bake for about 30 minutes. Enjoy!

 


 

Simple Thanksgiving Salad


 

The colors of a fall salad are the best! This salad, complete with roasted sweet potatoes, pomegranate and pecans are a yummy seasonal blend. Even more enjoyable is who easy it is to prepare!

Thanksgiving Roundup \\ Sweet Laurel

Thanksgiving Round-up \\ Sweet Laurel

Ingredients:

2 cups sweet potato, chopped into 1/2 inch cubes

1 tablespoon coconut oil

1 teaspoon Himalayan pink salt, divided

8 cups mixed greens

2 cups arugula

1 pomegranate, seeds removed

1-2 cloves of garlic

Juice of 1 lemon

1/4 cup olive oil


 

To make simple thanksgiving salad:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

In a bowl, mix coconut oil with chopped sweet potato and salt. Pour coated sweet potatoes onto baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Roast sweet potatoes for about 40 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.

In a large bowl, toss mixed greens, arugula, sweet potatoes and pomegranate seeds. Set aside while you prepare dressing.

To make the dressing, combine garlic, lemon, olive oil, and 3/4 teaspoon salt in a food processor or blender. Toss dressing with salad and serve. Enjoy!

 


 

Pumpkin Spice Latte (coffee optional)


 

Last but not least, this seasonal and festive beverage will get you into the holiday spirit in no time! It is one of my favorite ways to ring in the fall and winter months, especially accompanied by a cozy fireplace, a pair of comfy socks and the person you love. Cheers!

Thanksgiving Round-up \\ Sweet Laurel

Thanksgiving Round-up \\ Sweet Laurel

Serves 4

Ingredients

Pumpkin spice latte

6 cups almond or coconut milk

1/4 cup pumpkin puree

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon ginger

3 dates

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 cups freshly brewed coffee (optional)

Coconut cream

1 can coconut milk, refrigerated overnight

1 tablespoon maple syrup

1 teaspoon vanilla extract


 

To make the PSL:

Place coconut or almond milk in a blender, along with remaining ingredients. Blend on high, about 2 minutes

Heat mixture over the stove until desired temperature is reached

Pour into 4 mugs and top with coconut whipped cream. Recipe below.

To make the coconut whipped cream

After the coconut cream has set in the fridge overnight, the coconut fat solids separate from the coconut water. Open cans of coconut cream and spoon solid cream into Kitchen Aid mixer bowl. You can also use a bowl and hand mixer. Beat the solid coconut cream on high speed until cream peaks form. Slowly stir in the maple syrup and vanilla extract.

Infused Oil \\ Sweet Laurel

For our infused oils, we used olive oil. First of all, I’m Greek, so I love good olive oil, and secondly it is so healthy and flavorful. Use these oils to step up a dish or massage into skin. Enjoy!

Infused Oil \\ Sweet Laurel

Infused Oil \\ Sweet Laurel

Infused Oil \\ Sweet Laurel

Infused Oil \\ Sweet Laurel

Infused Oil \\ Sweet Laurel

Infused Oil \\ Sweet Laurel

Infused Oil \\ Sweet Laurel

Infused Oil \\ Sweet Laurel

Each recipe yields 1 cup


 

Rose Saffron Oil


 

3-4 rose petals (dried)

5 sprigs of saffron

1 cup olive oil

Mix all ingredients together and pour into sealable glass jar. Use in a dish or massage onto skin!


 

Chai Spiced Oil


 

2 sprigs cinnamon

7 cloves

5 anise stars

1 cup olive oil

Mix all ingredients together and pour into sealable glass jar.


 

Herbs de Province Oil


 

1 tablespoon herbs de Province

1 cup olive oil

Mix all ingredients together and pour into sealable glass jar.

Avocado Mayo \\ Sweet Laurel

At Sweet Laurel, we like keep things whole, simple and pure. This mayo doubles as salad dressing, veggie dip, toast topper, you name! Enjoy this avo mayo as a condiment any day of week! I love it on a lettuce wrapped bison burger. Delish!

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Avocado Mayo

Yields for about 2 cups


 

3 ripe avocados

2/3 cup olive oil

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 teaspoon salt

1 clove garlic

1 teaspoon turmeric

1 tablespoon coconut milk


 

Combine all ingredients in a blender. Mix until well incorporated. Store in fridge up to one week.

Vegan and Paleo Caesar Salad \\ Sweet Laurel

My maiden name is Czer, pronounced Caesar, and ironically, I never did like Caesar Salad.  I am pretty sure it was either because of the anchovies or the dairy. My husband enjoys good salad dressing, and if you’re on the clean eating journey life ourselves, it is something you often need to make from scratch over purchasing a store bought version.  I was determined to  come up with salad dressing my husband would enjoy, and this vegan and Paleo version of Caesar Salad has become a regular staple in our home. It is a great make ahead dressing that can be stored in the fridge for about 5 days. We also included a delicious grain free, gluten free and vegan crouton recipe. Enjoy!

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Yields 4-6 servings


 

Caesar (or Czer) Salad Dressing


 

1/2 cup macadamia nuts

1/2 cup pine nuts

3 cloves garlic

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 tablespoons lemon juice

1/2 teaspoon Himalayan pink salt

Fresh cracked pepper to taste


 

Soak macadamia nuts and cashews in water for 20 mins. Drain the water, then place nuts and all remaining ingredients in food processor. Process on high for 3-4 minutes until completely smooth. If needed, add a bit of water if dressing is too thick.


 

Paleo ‘Parmesan’ Croutons


3/4 cup raw cashews

3 Tbsp nutritional yeast

3/4 tsp Himalayan pink salt

1/4 tsp garlic powder

1 egg white (or a flax egg if vegan)


Preheat oven to 300° F

Combine the dry ingredients in a food processor, chopping until very finely chopped. Pour into a bowl, add the egg white over the dry ingredients and mix well to combine with a fork.

Pour the batter out onto a baking sheet lined with a silicon mat or a greased parchment. Spread as thinly as possible with a spatula. Use a sharp knife or pizza cutter to cut across the batter. This won’t “cut” the way a cookie cutter cuts through dough, but it will create lines that make it way easier to break up the crackers after they’ve baked.

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until completely dry and crisp. Cool on cooling rack, break apart, and store in airtight container for up to 2 weeks.