Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Apple & Berry Stuffed Mini Pumpkins

...Ok, so don't hate on me too much... I had to get on the "Pumpkin Spice" band wagon. These Mini-pumpkins are not only adorable, they are seriously delicious as well. They are packed with powerful vitamins including alpha-carotene (vitamin A) which helps boosts immune (perfect for the changing seaons.) 

You can't go wrong with crisp apples paired with sweet berries, honey and spices. The berries and honey melt together to create a glaze over the apples which is amplified by the spice of the cinnamon and cloves. All of this is packed inside of a beautiful bright orange, earthy pumpkin fruit. The second you lift the top off of the pumpkin, your senses are enveloped by the aroma of the delicious ingredients melding together ever so sweetly.


Enjoy the nostalgic experience with the whole family ever so often, as you enjoy the golden days of autumn.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Black Bean Brownies


Who doesn't love chocolate? These ooey, gooey gluten & dairy free brownies will satisfy your sweet tooth and then some. Comfort food is good for the soul. There is nothing wrong with indulging the occasional chocolaty treat. Chocolate releases endorphins, you know, those "feel good" hormones that we all desire to have. It's good to eat healthy, but it's also important to enjoy what you're eating. 

Black beans are a great source of protein and healthy carbohydrates. It's important to understand how the two work together to keep your body fueled throughout the day. Cutting carbs completely can leave you feeling foggy and unsatisfied. Incorporating healthy carbohydrates such as black beans, quinoa, sweet potatoes & fruits amp up your brain power as well as give you energy to get through your day. 

Enjoy your carbohydrates balanced with plenty of lean proteins and vegetables. A balanced diet equals a balanced life. Treat your body well, it will thank you. 

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Baked Pear Berry Oatmeal



This lovely dish was inspired by a dear friend of mine who found a new appreciation for oatmeal when she baked it. This dish is great to spark your creativity in the kitchen. You can substitute the pear for many varieties of fruit such as apples, banana, pumpkin or squash. You can also experiment with different spices and extracts. You could use vanilla or hazelnut instead of maple. 
Remember, being in the kitchen should be an enjoyable experience where your creativity can soar. Play with this dish and make it your own. Customize it to a taste that flavors your palette perfectly!  

This dish is healthy & delicious, packed with many vitamins, antioxidants & fiber to keep you feeling full. It also satisfies that sweet tooth with natural sugar from fruit & immune-boosting raw honey.

Best enjoyed on a chilly fall day, it'll keep your tummy full & toes toasty warm. 


Thursday, October 2, 2014

Cinnamon Toasted Almonds

Nothing beats the nostalgic aroma of cinnamon come autumn time. Richness & comfort overwhelms the entire house when delicious cinnamon flavored treats are being concocted in the kitchen. As you all know, I love a delicious treat, but I like to keep it healthy as well. These delectable nibbles encapsulate both deliciousness as well as provide many healthy fats, protein and vitamins to keep you feeling satisfied. 

Not only does noshing on nuts keep your hair & skin beautiful, they can also promote heart health. Omega 3 fatty acids, fiber, vitamin E, plant sterols & L-arginine can be found in these powerful snacks. Be conscious when snacking, although delectable, they are calorie dense. Keep serving size to around 1/4 of a cup (roughly 200 calories.) 


Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Creative Plate: Former Food & Training


Kayla's Creative Plate: Former Food & Training


Here is the first video of many to come documenting the diet & training for the cast of Former, a Sci Fi Trilogy being filmed right in heart of Minot, North Dakota! The film (along with all of my videos) are shot by the incredibly talented, Matthew Maldonado of Mattaridy! Watch as the epic adventures begins in the kitchen of Kayla's Creative Plate! Kayla's Creative Plate: Former Cast Diet & Training



Friday, September 6, 2013

Share the Goodness



Overloaded with too many garden vegetables to eat by yourself? Be creative! Share garden goodies with neighbors and friends! Here I packaged up my delicious garden salsa in vintage jars for some of my close friends. Click on the link to get the recipe for my garden salsa

This is a delightful gift idea, or even a "just because" gift. Your friends will love the taste of summer that comes out of these little, magical jars! Another idea is to make delicious herb & garlic vinegars! Add your favorite herbs to a cute jar or jug along with garlic and white vinegar. Let sit for a couple months and enjoy! Beautiful, decorative and delicious all in one! {Not to mention good for you too!} These little jars are sure to impress and better yet it reminds us that sharing is caring!

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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Delicious Deconstructed Salad



The peak of summer produce is here! I am overwhelmed with delicious goodies that are popping up in my garden. Today is a hot day, perfect for a delicious salad. This salad is almost 100% garden grown. I decided to keep the salad deconstructed to it's elements so each vegetable can be seen for its entire beauty. The simplicity of the salad adds to its elegance and appeal. The best part of this salad is that you can customize it to incorporate elements from your garden. Add summer squash, fresh cucumbers, peas, beans, whatever you want! 

Ingredients:
Spinach
Beets
Small onion
Banana pepper
Mushrooms
Corn
Apple
cherry/pear tomatoes
1 tsp Garlic powder
1/2 tsp Adobo seasoning
cayenne pepper to taste
balsamic vinegar
olive oil

Roast beet whole with a drizzle of olive oil for 50 minutes at 375 degrees. Slice onion in half, and slice a row of kernels off of an ear of corn, but leave other veggies whole. toss in drizzle of olive oil along with spices. Grill on George Forman grill until veggies are browned. plate how ever you like on top of the bed of greens. garnish with slices of roasted beet and raw apple. Add a splash of balsamic and serve.