I pride myself in utilizing what gems remain in my fridge the day before grocery shopping or produce delivery.
It’s like my own personal IRON CHEF challenge to create a gourmet (or just edible) dish from the depths of my crisper drawers.
I live for this shit.
Seriously. This is where my creativity flourishes.
“WTF can I do with a bunch of week old beets, endless summer squash from the garden and the 2 tons of lemons Al keeps buying each week because he is on a ‘lemon kick’ “
(I swear it’s like he’s having pregnancy cravings)
So, here I am, currently trying to simultaneously clean the fridge and use up what I’ve got left and it HITS ME.
I have been meaning to make beet hummus for a while now because of a few reasons:
1. How beautiful is hot pink anything?
2. I guess thats just it. I like pink.
I made this recipe with summer squash because it’s a neutral flavor and I have so much of it!
Plus, it makes this dip paleo-friendly, which is also a plus (hello happy belly).
Pair this gorgeous hummus with raw veggies or your favorite grain-free crackers for a fabulous summer dish that will certainly blow the pants off all those half-assed packaged hummus haters.
Follow me on Instagram to watch my recipe video of this dish! @NourishingNomsWithSam
Bean-Free Beet Hummus
Recipe By: Samantha Rispoli
1-2 medium summer squash, roughly chopped
2-3 roasted beets, peeled and chopped
1 Tbsp garlic, minced
1 lemon, juiced
3 Tbsp tahini
1/2 tsp Garlic Sea Salt
1/2 tsp Cumin
1/4 tsp Pepper
Water as needed
- Roast the beets ahead of time. 400 degrees on the oven, pop em in and bake until fork-tender. BOOM.
- Add all ingredients into a food processor and whizz until smooth.
- If hummus is too thick, add a little water to get things moving in there.
- Admire the pure pink beauty of the contents of your processor. Ahhh…
- Season to taste and serve with dippable snacks. HOLLA!
Alright, enjoy this recipe and feel free to comment below with questions, concerns or to tell me how you liked this recipe!
I’ve got something amazing to talk about today.
This stuff is pure MAGIC.
Golden Ratio was created by my friend and mentor, celebrity trainer Bizzie Gold. Bizzie also created BUTI Yoga, a practice I’ve been devoted for 2 years now. After training with Bizzie in L.A. over the last few months, I became hooked on Golden Ratio and felt inspired to experiment in the kitchen with this life-changing product!
Golden Ratio might be my favorite protein powder in the world for a few reasons:
- It tastes amazing. UH-MAY-ZING!
- It’s grain and dairy free
- It contains COLLAGEN, beneficial for joint health, gut health and supports healthy hair, skin and nails!
- Did I mention the TASTE?
- It’s affordable
- It uses no artificial sweeteners<—-HOLLA!
No, I’m not a body builder who lives off protein powder, but I am a chick who enjoys quality products that taste great and deliver epic results. Golden Ratio accomplishes all that and MORE in my opinion, which is why I enjoy using it in different recipes as well as in my daily morning routine.
Today, I’m featuring a perfect summer treat recipe using Golden Ratio Chocolate Bliss Protein Blends. Golden Ratio pumps up the protein in these little bliss balls, keeping you super satisfied and energized without weighing you down.
Chocolate Cherry Bliss Balls
refined sugar-free, dairy free and grain free treats
1 cup dates, soaked for 1 hour
1/2 cup almonds
1/2 cup coconut flakes
2 tablespoons cacao powder (cocoa works)
1 scoop Golden Ratio Chocolate Bliss Protein Blends (optional)
1-1 1/2 cups pitted cherries
additional cacao powder, coconut flakes or cacao nibs for rolling
1. Place almonds in a food processor and pulse on high until coarsely chopped.
2. Remove dates from water and add to the food processor. Grind dates and almonds together on high until combined.
3. Add coconut, cacao and Golden Ratio Chocolate Bliss if using and continue mixing on high, scraping down sides of the processor as you go.
4. Begin to mold tablespoon sized amounts of chocolate “dough” around cherries, rolling with your hands to fulling surround each cherry.
5. Roll each bliss ball into your choice of toppings and set in the refrigerator until ready to enjoy!
To learn more about Golden Ratio and see all the other AWESOME products they offer,
Enjoy these super easy bliss balls and don’t forget to tag me, @NourishingNomsWithSam on Instagram with your #NourishingNoms!
It’s summer time and I am up to my ears in garlic scapes.
I literally can not eSCAPE them.
(the photo happened, I didn’t actually drown)
I had teamed up with Casco Bay Organics to provide me with some local, organic produce for the shoot and they were SO GENEROUS with their veggies. Not only did I get my weekly produce box delivered, but they supplied me with all sorts of produce and herbs to showcase at the shoot. I was able to cook and save most of the food I received, but I still had this shopping bag overflowing with garlic scapes that I had to use up. So what did I decide to do?
MAKE PESTO, obviously.
Well, dear friends. Here is a basic Vegan Garlic Scape Pesto you can use to feel oh-so-fancy this summer. So grab some scapes, check out Casco Bay Organics if you’re in the Portland area and enjoy some seriously Nourishing Noms!
Garlic Scape Pesto
(Vegan, Dairy-Free, Grain Free)
Show me your summer pesto recipes on Instagram by tagging ME–
@NourishingNomsWithSam and using the hashtag #Nourishingnoms !
Hmmm. Sounds cool, huh?
IT IS and I’ll tell you why:
Eating intuitively CHANGED MY LIFE.
It helped me rebuild my broken relationship with food and my body.
What is it, exactly?
Intuitive Eating is a nutrition philosophy based on the premise that becoming more attuned to the body’s natural hunger signals as a more effective way to attain a healthy weight, rather than keeping track of the amounts of energy and fats in foods.
Duh, right? Like, it seems so obvious.
It actually took me a little while to “hear” my body talk to me, though.
It started with the decision to cut out processed foods, grains, dairy and sugar. I was simultaneously treating leaky gut syndrome, trying to lose weight, and feel more energized.
I accomplished all of of those goals in 8 months and was feeling better than ever! When the seasons changed, however, I noticed my body craving some foods I had “cut out” of my new healthy eating approach.
I remember my brain signal a sting of worry about eating my favorite foods in the world, pumpkin, sweet potatoes and squash.
“But SAM, the CARBS! You will surely gain all the weight back when you eat CARBS again!”
Thats when stuff REALLY clicked.
Why on EARTH would I deprive myself my favorite foods? I mean…
A. They were vegetables.
B. They were in season a.k.a. SUPER FRESH
C. I never felt full when I deprived myself of what my body craved.
It wasn’t long before I was checking in with my body ALL THE TIME to answer the age old question,
“What am I hungry for?”
I started noticing the way my body responded to foods. I took my time with meals, I slowed down and enjoyed myself. I stopped labeling foods by “low carb”, good or bad foods and started recognizing foods by the good vibes they gave me. I call these guys “high vibrational foods.” They are living foods that raise your energy levels and make you feel AMAZING.
And you know what? I’ve maintained my weight and energy levels the whole time. I’ve transformed my relationship with food and am free from the stress and worry over “eating healthy.” I’m filling up on good food vibes and having a good chat with my body every time I do.
I have also made it a part of my Wellness Coaching practice to teach others to explore Intuitive Eating techniques and learn how they can build a better relationship with food.
If you are interested in taking a new approach to a healthy lifestyle, contact me at Sam@NourishingNomswithSam.com and lets chat!
Sunflower Seed Cheese
Recipe by Samantha Rispoli
1 cup soaked raw sunflower seeds (soak in water 2 hours)
2 tbsp hemp seeds
1/4 cup water
1 1/2 tbsp nutritional yeast
1 1/2 tbsp lemon juice
2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp truffle sea salt
1. Drain water from soaked sunflower seeds and place seeds in a food processor.
2. Puree seeds with remaining ingredients until creamy.
3. Adjust seasonings to your taste.
This cheese is a flavorful dairy free vegetable dip, salad topping or substituted for cheese on your favorite pizza! Get creative and add some fresh herbs and spices to make it your own! I love stuffing this cheese in avocados and eating it with my greens!
Enjoy your food, my friends!
WTF do we eat to be healthy NOW?
Will it change tomorrow?
Will there ever be a straight answer?
WHAT IS THE SECRET?!
You know the secret.
YEAH man. Only YOU know the key to YOUR body’s happiness. The trick is trying to listen to your body’s signals and messages.
For me, cutting out all grains (even gluten free ones) and eating on the lower starch side helped me lose the weight I needed to relieve my back pain and feel more vibrant. I have also successfully maintained my healthy weight and kept pain at bay by re-introducing some starches in moderation.
This took a little trial and error. It wasn’t always easy, but what I learned about my body and digestion was immeasurable.
I can now say “no thanks” to foods that will make my belly feel all bubbly and uncomfortable. This isn’t because I think it might be a “BAD” food, but because I have physically felt the discomfort or seen my bodes’ reaction to consuming it. That message hits home a little harder than simply knowing calories, fats, protein, carb counts. Yes, your healthy froyo might only have 3 grams of fat and 50 calories, but how are you going to FEEL after you eat it?
Let me say this: I do not judge anyone for eating differently than I do.
Really. I know healthy means different things for different people. I am a firm believer in FOOD as FUEL and the highest quality fuel for your body is the BEST. For me, grains make me tired, sluggish, bloated and hungry. For others, it’s their best form of protein and energy.
I pride myself in being fluent in nutritional know how so I can help others navigate these waters with support and accountability. I love sharing my passion for food and cooking and inspiring others to find their personal vitality.
I share with you a bread recipe I adapted from a recipe I saw here a few years ago. It’s grain and gluten free, but even the most die-hard gluten-ites have raved about this bread.
I make a batch of this bread for dipping in soups, having as toast with breakfast, and using as breadcrumbs for other recipes. This particular recipe is so versatile, I use it as my GO-TO pizza crust. That recipe will be for another time.
For now, please enjoy this Flaxseed Focaccia and feel free to make it your own. Share your experience below and let me know how you liked it!
Rosemary Shallot Focaccia Bread
2 cups ground flax seeds
6 egg whites
5 tbsp olive oil +1 tbsp reserved
1/2 tbsp baking powder
2 tsp truffle salt (garlic salt works great)
1 tbsp onion powder
1/2 tbsp garlic powder
1/2 cup water
1 shallot, sliced
2 tbsp fresh rosemary, chopped
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease a baking sheet.
1. In a large bowl, sift dry ingredients together and create a well in the center.
2. Crack whole eggs into the center of the well, add oil, water and rosemary. Whisk with a fork, scraping down the sides of the bowl and incorporating all the dry ingredients.
3. In a separate large bowl, beat egg whites until stiff peaks form. This can take 5-8 minutes beginning on a lower setting and slowly increasing the speed.
4. Take a large scoop of egg whites and gently fold them into the flax batter to lighten it up. You should no longer see any white in the batter beforeadding the remaining egg whites. The goal is to continue folding the whites in without letting them “fall” to a soupy consistency.
5. Gather flax dough onto a greased baking sheet and pat into a circle. Top with sliced shallots and drizzle remaining tablespoon of oil on top. Sprinkle with sea salt.
6. Bake bread 35-40 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool before slicing.
Feeling a little conflicted about what to eat to feel good? Drop me a line here in the comments or over at Sam@NourishingNomswithSam.com and lets talk about it!
Are you a person who usually skips breakfast throughout the week because you are just SOOOO busy or you’re just “not that hungry”? I am so OVER hearing this excuse.
Let me tell you something. Breakfast is an important meal because it balances blood sugar. This ALONE should be reason enough to start your days with some filling noms.
NOBODY wants to be around your sour patch self at 11:00 am when you’re crying over a box of munchkins in the office. Get some food in your face STAT and stabilize your cravings before we commit you.
I am an advocate of breakfast and brunch. More so brunch because I like me some savory noms, but I enjoy a pancake here and there. I know you do too, so I come to you with a RIDICULOUSLY EASY PANCAKE RECIPE FOR ONE.
Yeah, it’s made with flax seeds. Sound hippie?
the refined flour and sugar laden sweet stacks you are used to SPIKE your blood sugar sky high, only to crash shortly after you finish eating. This can leave you feeling hungry soon after you stuff your face.
Fiber makes you feel full while controlling blood glucose (blood sugar) levels. This power pancake gets its fiber punch from ground flax seeds and coconut flour.
The FAT factor is important for curbing cravings and nourishing your BRAIN. When you feed your noodle healthy fats, you’re able to think clearly and focus better. Flax seeds, eggs and coconut oil in this pancake help deliver a fatty force to be reckoned with.
But what about the syrup and butter?
Bro, I am no stranger pancake toppings. I offer you a BONUS nutritional roundhouse kick of a topping.
RASPBERRY CHIA JAM. AWWW YEAH.
If you want to use butter and syrup, I won’t stop you! Look for REAL organic maple syrup and grass fed organic butter. Why? Because you’re worth it. That’s why. Don’t skimp on your health, man.
Bomb Ass Flax Pancake
1/4 cup ground flax meal
1 tsp coconut flour
½ tsp ground cinnamon
¼ tsp baking powder
1 organic egg
1 tbsp melted coconut oil + 1 tbsp for greasing up the pan!
2 tbsp non-dairy milk
Raspberry Chia Jam
1 cup fresh or thawed frozen organic raspberries
2 tbsp chia seeds
1 tsp lemon juice
For the PANCAKE:
- Whisk pancake ingredients in a bowl until smooth.
- Heat a small frying pan with coconut oil over medium low heat.
- Pour batter into frying pan and swirl until batter covers the bottom of the pan.
- Cook until edges become firm and golden.
- Flip pancake and cook another 3-4 minutes on the other side, until golden.
- Serve with JAM or anything else that tickles your fancy.
For the JAM:
1. Pulse ingredients together in a food processor. Jam will thicken the longer it sits.
Wanna repeat this delicious moment over and over again? Double or triple the recipe and make smaller pancakes. Freeze them and pop em in the toaster oven when you need your fix. The raspberry jam can be kept in the fridge until you devour it in it’s entirety.
Every year, Al and I find ourselves saying the same thing.
“We don’t go big for Valentines Day”
and yet, every year, we exchange love notes, prepare a special dinner or make eachother healthy treats.
It is so very nice to enjoy a special day with your best friend. It never hurts to be reminded that you are loved.
Today I offer you two recipes that can be made at the same time. I blend my own coconut butter, so I used one bag and split the batch in half to make two flavors. BOOM.
Mint for him, Orange for me.
These babies are dairy free and low sugar.
If you are looking at this recipe and you’re NOT interested in making your own chocolate, I would suggest melting chocolate chips and using that instead.
Lily’s or Enjoy life are brands I have used before.
For those of you who know me, you know sugar and I don’t get along.
For this recipe, I set out to make it completely sugar free. Unfortunately, the intense dark chocolate really needs a powerful sweet flavor to balance it out. I knew stevia alone wouldn’t cut it, so I reached for my maple syrup. PERFECT touch.
I encourage you to use silicone molds for these candies. They make it a hell of a lot easier to remove the candy once they are hardened.
Enjoy this recipe and have a nourishing Valentines Day!
Cream Filled Chocolates
Recipe by Samantha Rispoli
½ cup coconut butter
½ small ripe avocado
2 tsp peppermint extract
1/2 tsp liquid stevia
salt to taste
½ cup coconut butter
½ cup fresh squeezed orange juice
1 tsp orange zest
½ tsp liquid stevia
¼ tsp salt
recipe adapted from Wellness Mama’s recipe here
1 cup cocoa butter
½ cup raw cacao powder*
½ cup dark cocoa powder*
1 tsp liquid stevia
2 Tbsp organic maple syrup
¼ tsp sea salt
¼ tsp vanilla bean powder**
*Could combine these to 1 cup cocoa powder. I prefer a darker chocolate, so I used ½ cup dark cocoa
**Could use vanilla extract
THE MINT FILLING
To begin, I blended 1 bag of shredded coconut to make coconut butter. Alternatively, you could melt 1 cup of coconut butter and divide into two bowls.
- For the mint, add ½ avocado, peppermint, stevia and salt to coconut butter and mix until combined. Green color will be uniform. Taste and adjust sweet to your liking.
- Place bowl in the fridge to firm up, 15 minutes.
THE ORANGE FILLING
- In a separate bowl, combine remaining ½ cup coconut butter with orange juice, zest, stevia and salt.
- Place bowl in fridge to firm up, 15 minutes.
- Melt cocoa butter in a bowl over simmering water (double boiler) until melted.
- Whisk in cocoa powder, stevia, maple syrup, vanilla and salt. Taste and sweeten to your liking.
- Pour liquid chocolate into molds until half full.
- Place molds in the freezer to harden.
- When chocolate is firm, remove from the freezer and remove coconut fillings from fridge. Using ½ teaspoon scoops, spoon filling into molds. Repeat until all molds are filled.
- Cover molds with remaining chocolate and return to freezer until firm, about 10 minutes.
Enjoy with your sweetie!