Baked Polenta Fries!

Baked Polenta Fries!

Baked Polenta Fries! This delicious polenta recipe is made with organic, non-gmo corn. Crispy on the outside and tender in the middle, serve as a healthy snack or appetizer!

What’s Polenta, you ask? Polenta is a dish made of cornmeal or corn flour. It can be served as a hot porridge, or cooled and solidify into a loaf that can be baked, fried, or grilled.

But before I share the recipe for these ah-mazing Baked Polenta Fries, I want to talk about corn and why genetically modified corn (and genetically modified corn products) can be harmful to our overall health if we don’t pay close attention to the type of corn that we buy.

What’s so bad about corn?

Corn is the #1 grown crop in the United States and the second most genetically modified ingredient in the world (next to soy). About 88 percent of all corn grown in the US each year is genetically modified. (1)  Plus most corn today is sprayed with dangerous pesticides.

What are Genetically Modified Foods (+ Why We Should Stay Away!)

Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are living organisms made up of genetic material that has been artificially manipulated in a laboratory through genetic engineering.

According to the Center for Food Safety, some of the main human health concerns related to consuming GMO foods are (2)

Allergic Reactions

Antibiotic Resistance

Cancer

Loss of Nutrition

Toxicity

In summary, genetically modified corn is bad for our health because it’s artificially made and holds no nutritional value plus all the other harmful side effects it produces. But what about corn that isn’t genetically modified?

Not all corn is created equal (and here’s why!)

Unprocessed and properly prepared, non-GMO whole corn kernels offer impressive nutrients. For example; vitamin C, magnesium, B vitamins, and potassium. Plus corn (especially purple corn) contain antioxidants linked to eye and skin health. Also, fresh corn on the cob also gives us our dose of dietary fiber.

So, the next time you’re in the mood for corn make sure you pick up organic, non-gmo corn for a trusted local source like your local farmers market or neighborhood farm share.

Now that we’ve learned a little bit about which corn is best, let’s go back to today’s recipe.

Joe and I are very into Baked Polenta Fries these days! They are sparingly easy to make and Caro loves them too.

Baked Polenta Fries

Ingredients

3 cups vegetable broth

1 cup organic, quick-cooking polenta (I like this brand) 

1 tablespoon grass-fed butter or ghee

½ tsp dried oregano

½ tsp dried thyme

½ tsp dried rosemary

Salt and pepper to taste

Olive oil spray

 

Serve with:

Spring onions, chopped 

Sir Kensington Ketchup, for dipping

 

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  2. In a medium pot, bring vegetable broth to a simmer. Add the polenta in a thin stream stirring all the while with a whisk over medium heat. Continuing stirring until the polenta thickens, about 1-2min.
  3. Add the butter, oregano, thyme, rosemary, salt and pepper and combine.
  4. Transfer the polenta to a 9 x 12-inch dish. Smooth to make the thickness as even as possible. Refrigerate 1-2 hours, until set.
  5. Cut polenta into rectangles or wedges about 4-5 inches long. Transfer polenta fries to a lined baking sheet. Lightly coat with olive oil spray and bake 15-20 minutes on each side.
  6. Remove from the oven.
  7. Serve hot and top with chopped spring onions and a side of your favorite dipping sauce!

 

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Weekly Announcements…

We have a lot of fun Pop-Up Baking Classes coming up this summer! The first one is Wednesday, June 12th at Freshmade NYC followed by a very special Baking Class in the Hamptons the first week of August! For event details and to book a class please visit the Event section of the blog.

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Until next time, friend! Sending you lots of love – today and always!

Karla

Healthy Sweeteners (+ Easy To Make Fudgesicles)

Healthy Sweeteners (+ Easy To Make Fudgesicles)

Healthy Sweeteners (+ Easy To Make Fudgesicles): This fun, family-friendly recipe is a crowd pleaser that offers a delicious alternative to desserts made with refined sugar and other harmful ingredients.  

By now we know that refined sugar is harmful to our health. In fact, a high-sugar diet has been associated with dangerous health conditions, like diabetes and heart disease. But cutting out sugar can be challenging especially for the kids.   

Avoiding Refined Sugar

One way to reduce refined sugar at home is by introducing healthy sweeteners like organic coconut palm sugar, raw honey, maple syrup and bananas. These alternatives don’t spike our blood sugar levels like refined sugars do and taste delicious. 

If you follow the blog you know I like to use organic coconut palm sugar when I bake. Organic coconut palm sugar is unrefined, vegan, non-GMO and has a 1:1 ratio when substituting for refined sugar (i.e. if a recipe calls for 1 cup of sugar you would subsitute for 1 cup of organic coconut palm sugar or coconut sugar instead).

Raw honey has a lower GI value than sugar, meaning that it does not raise blood sugar levels as quickly. Honey is sweeter than sugar, so you may use less of it. Bonus: Raw honey has numerous medicinal properties, antioxidant and antimicrobial properties to help fight infections from viruses, bacteria, and fungi.

Maple syrup is great to bake with. Replace 1 cup of white sugar with 3/4 cup of maple syrup and reduce by 3 tablespoons the other liquid content in the recipe for every cup of maple syrup used. Baking Tip: Because maple syrup is brown and granulated sugar is white, this replacement will darken your baked goods and cause them to brown quicker.

Bananas can be substituted for 1 cup sugar in your recipes. Combine 1 cup mashed, overripe bananas with a few tablespoons water then puree until smooth, adding water as needed to get a smooth consistency.

These are just some ways we can cut back on sugar at home! Try substituting sugar with one of these heathy sweeteners and let us know what you think.

Here’s an easy and delicious recipe for Fudgesicles made with bananas and maple syrup! Carolina loves making them with us. It’s a fun and healthy activity we do as a family. 

BTW – I hope you guys had a chance to download a free copy of my e-cookbook. The e-book offers 25 family-friendly recipes that are easy to make, healthy and delicious.

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And! I’ll be at The Children’s Museum of The East End in the Hamptons this Saturday, May 11th from 10am-12pm celebrating Mother’s with a special pop-up baking class. I’m so excited to have partnered with ShineNYC to bring our FlipBox Mini Bakers this special event. For more information click visit the Events section of the blog or click here

Ok, now here’s the recipe!  Until next week!

Easy To Make Fudgesicles

Ingredients

4 bananas

¾ nut butter

½ cup unsweetened almond milk

2 tbs cocoa powder

½ tsp vanilla powder (or 1 tsp vanilla extract)

Instructions

Add all the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Pour the mix into popsicle molds and freeze.

Related links: Vegan Banana Chocolate Chip Bars  Dairy-Free Chocolate Raspberry Popsicles Gluten-Free and Refined-Sugar Free Raspberry Muffins

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Healthy Fudcigles
Healthy Sweeteners: Easy To Make Fudgesicles
Servings
Ingredients
  • 4 ` Bananas
  • 3/4 cup nut butter
  • 1/2 Cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla Pods
Servings
Ingredients
  • 4 ` Bananas
  • 3/4 cup nut butter
  • 1/2 Cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla Pods
Healthy Sweeteners: Easy To Make Fudgesicles
Instructions
  1. Add all the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Pour the mix into popsicle molds and freeze.

Beet Green Recipe: Easy, Delicious Pesto! (plus eliminating food waste)

Beet Green Recipe: Easy, Delicious Pesto! (plus eliminating food waste)

Beet Green Recipe: Easy, Delicious Pesto! Did you know you can save time and money by using food scraps for other, healthy recipes like pesto? Homemade pesto can be made with veggie scraps like beet greens, carrot greens, and ramps.

You can also save veggie scraps to make broth or chopped up leafy greens and sauté in a little garlic and olive oil.

But before I get into this today’s beet green recipe, allow me to geek out on food waste in the US, a topic I’ve been learning about in my nutrition course and feel is important to share.

American households throw-out about $2,000 worth of food per year? (mind blown!) Most of us don’t realize how much food we throw away every day — from uneaten leftovers to spoiled or unused produce, so much food goes to waste.

Tips for Reducing or Eliminating Food Waste

Fortunately, there are many things we can do at home to reduce or eliminate food waste. Here are some tips:

Green juice, veggie broth and herb cubes can be made from veggie scraps. After you strip the leaves off of dark leafy greens like kale, Swiss chard or collards, use the stems for cooking or juice them.

Sometimes we can’t get through a bunch of parsley or cilantro. Finely chop your herbs, place them in an ice cube tray, pour olive oil over the top and freeze. So simple and easy!

Or Make Almond Pulp Crackers and No-Bake Almond Pulp Energy Bites with left over pulp used to make  almond milk . I’m going to try this next and report back to you

Ok, now the good stuff! I don’t know about you Joe and I LOVE.PESTO and most veggie tops like carrot tops, ramps and beet greens make the most delicious pesto! Plus it’s easy to make and stores well in the Fridge.

We are loving beet green pesto these days, maybe it’s because I buy beets often so the tops are always around. Either way, it’s delicious and simple to make!

Joe loves to dip radishes in beet green pesto. I like to spread it over crackers and also add it to my pasta.

Bonus: beet greens are loaded with antioxidants and are high in vitamins and minerals.

This beet green recipe is for pesto but beet greens are also delicious when sautéed. Tip: you can blanch beet greens to remove some of the bitterness but I don’t consider beet greens to be all that bitter and often skip this step.

I hope you enjoy the recipe and hope this blog post encourages you to eliminate food waste by using more of your veggies + healthy food scraps you would otherwise throw-out! Every little bit helps!  

Wishing you all a wonderful holiday weekend! Caro and I are off to Puerto Rico for a short trip! Looking forward to warner weather and a short digital detox (more on this soon).

Till next time, friends!  

Ingredients

4 cups of beet greens, stems removed

1/2 cup of pine nuts (walnuts or some of other but can also work)

3 tablespoons of parmesan cheese (or nutritional yeast for a dairy-free version) 

3 cloves of garlic

1/2 teaspoon of salt

1/4 teaspoon of fresh black pepper

1/4 cup of avocado oil (olive oil works too)

Instructions

1. In a food processor, combine all of the ingredients minus the olive oil. Begin to blend while slowly adding in the olive oil until the mixture is fully blended and the olive oil is fully added.

2. Serve over toast, mixed in with pasta, as a dip for chips, and ENJOY!!

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Beet Green Recipe: Easy, Delicious Pesto!
This beet green recipe is for pesto but beet greens are also delicious when sautéed. Tip: you can blanch beet greens to remove some of the bitterness but I don’t consider beet greens to be all that bitter and often skip this step.
Servings
Ingredients
  • 4 Cups Beet Greens Stems Removed
  • 2 Cups Pine Nuts Can be substituted with Walnuts
  • 3 Tbsp Parmesan cheese (or nutritional yeast for a dairy-free version)
  • 3 Cloves garlic
  • 1/2 Tsp salt
  • 1/4 Tsp Fresh Black Pepper
  • 1/4 Cup avocado oil Can be substituted with Olive Oil
Servings
Ingredients
  • 4 Cups Beet Greens Stems Removed
  • 2 Cups Pine Nuts Can be substituted with Walnuts
  • 3 Tbsp Parmesan cheese (or nutritional yeast for a dairy-free version)
  • 3 Cloves garlic
  • 1/2 Tsp salt
  • 1/4 Tsp Fresh Black Pepper
  • 1/4 Cup avocado oil Can be substituted with Olive Oil
Instructions
  1. In a food processor, combine all of the ingredients minus the olive oil. Begin to blend while slowly adding in the olive oil until the mixture is fully blended and the olive oil is fully added.
  2. Serve over toast, mixed in with pasta, as a dip for chips, and ENJOY!!

Easy No Bake Cheesecake Recipe (Vegan + Gluten-Free)

Easy No Bake Cheesecake Recipe (Vegan + Gluten-Free)

Easy No Bake Cheesecake Recipe! An authentic, raw, vegan, gluten-free cheesecake recipe made with soaked cashews plus other healthy ingredients. Hard to believe, I know. But trust me when I say it’s so simple and deliciously satisfying you’ll be making it over and over again.  

Why cashews? Let me explain. When soaked and blended, cashews create a creamy, neutral flavor base that works as a cheese alternative in popular dairy-free and vegan recipes. If you’ve followed the blog for a while, you’ve seen other recipes where I use cashews as an alternative to cheese:

Mexican Tostadas with Cashew Sour Cream

Half-Baked Key Lime “Cheesecake”

However, if you’re not into cashews or have an allergy, try searching for cashew-free (that’s a real term, btw) cheese alternatives in other popular food blogs like The Minimalist Baker which I’m a huge fan of, btw! I think Dana is a total genius when it comes to flipping recipes. I encourage you to check her out.  

Ok, back to cashews! These days, you can find cheese alternatives made with all kinds of ingredients but for me, the closest in flavor and consistency is definitely soaked cashews.  

This weekend I had a craving for cheesecake but zero intentions of going to the store or digging through old recipes. Lazy weekends are the best weekends, don’t you agree?

I decided to use what what in my fridge and pantry and came up with this easy no-bake cheesecake recipe made with fresh fruit, refined-free sugar, dairy-free milk and nuts. DAS it! 

The result, a better-for-you dessert recipe packed with healthy fat and protein that is also delicious and satisfying. Plus:

creamy 

refreshing 

and pretty darn close to the real thing without the unhealthy sugar high and yucky crash after.

Follow my recipe or make it your own by swapping raspberries for blueberries or strawberries, anything goes. 

If you try this recipe, let us know by leaving a comment below. Your comments are so helpful for us and other readers. Also, don’t forget to share your food pictures on INSTAGRAM and tagging us with hashtag #ourflipsidelife. We’d love to see it!

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Easy No Bake Cheesecake Recipe
An authentic, raw, vegan, gluten-free cheesecake recipe made with soaked cashews plus other healthy ingredients. Hard to believe, I know. But trust me when I say it's so simple and deliciously satisfying you'll be making it over and over again.
Easy No Bake Cheesecake Recipe (Vegan + Gluten-Free)
Servings
Ingredients
Crust Ingredients
  • 6 Medjool dates pitted and chopped
  • 1 cup almonds
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil, melted
Filling Ingredients
  • 2 cup raw cashews soaked overnight, rinsed, and drained
  • 1/2 cup vanilla almond milk
  • 1/3 cup coconut palm sugar
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup Raspberries
Servings
Ingredients
Crust Ingredients
  • 6 Medjool dates pitted and chopped
  • 1 cup almonds
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil, melted
Filling Ingredients
  • 2 cup raw cashews soaked overnight, rinsed, and drained
  • 1/2 cup vanilla almond milk
  • 1/3 cup coconut palm sugar
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup Raspberries
Easy No Bake Cheesecake Recipe (Vegan + Gluten-Free)
Instructions
Crust
  1. 1. In a food processor blend the almonds dates and coconut oil together until a sticky dough is formed. 2. Press the dough into the bottom of a cupcake mold and place in the freezer while you work on the cheesecake filling.
Filling
  1. 3. Blend the raw cashews, almond milk, coconut palm sugar, lemon juice, coconut oil, and vanilla together in a high-speed blender until smooth and creamy. Distribute half of the mixture into the cupcake molds. Save the other half to combine with the raspberries.
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Gluten Free Side Dish: Plantain Fries

Gluten Free Side Dish: Plantain Fries

Gluten Free Side Dish: Plantain Fries!

A healthier version of an old guilty-pleasure. This gluten free side dish is great as a snack  or side dish as it pairs well with a variety of flavors. Plus it satisfies the craving for salty and crunchy without the guilt! Cooked in avocado oil, topped with fresh cilantro and served with a side of dairy-free dipping sauce, this healthy recipe still packs a punch.  

 

Plantains look like bananas but are a lot starchier; they’re also rich in vitamins (especially A and C), potassium, and fiber, and can be eaten either green, semi-ripe, or fully ripe. Green plantains are usually cooked and eaten like potatoes—as in these fries. They are mild in flavor, simple to prepare plus they are inexpensive and easy to find. #winwin

I grew up eating mofongo and tostones. Both are traditional Puertorrican dishes made with green plantain. Plantains reminds me of summer in Puerto Rico as a kid. My aunt would make tostones for us served with…wait for it… mayo AND ketchup (gasp!). I know, so so bad but so so good! I still enjoy tostones dipped in mayo-ketch when I visit the island because finding a healthy balance in life is important and good for the soul. Ya know! 

When I’m not enjoying tostones in Puerto Rico, I prefer to flip the traditionally unhealthy recipe for a healthier version. This time Joe and I cut the plantains into fries and cooked them in avocado oil. We served them with fresh cilantro and vegan chipotle mayo for dipping. So delicious!

 

Here’s the recipe, I hope you like it!

 

BTW here’s a quick PSA for ya!

I’m co-hosting a workshop on April 27th in NYC titled MIND+BODY and CAKE! A Women’s workshop on pleasure, digestion and healthy baking and would love to see you ladies there! For event details and to purchase tickets click here!

 

Now back to this delicious recipe… as always, don’t forget to tag your food pictures and tag us using the hashtag #ourflipsidelife on INSTAGRAM. We’d love to see it!

Ingredients

2 green plantains

Avocado oil, for frying

Sea salt

Toppings (optional)

Fresh cilantro, chopped

Vegan Chipotle Mayo (for dipping)

 

Instructions

1. Cut the tops and bottoms of the plantain and score the skin lengthwise with a knife, and carefully remove the peels.

2. Cut the peeled plantains into the shape of fries.

3. Soak the cut plantains in a bowl of water and salt for 20min (this allows the plantain to absorb water and helps steam the inside as it fries).

4. Drain the salt water and blot the fries dry with paper towels.

5. Heat a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat with 1-1/2 inch of avocado oil until hot enough that the oil sizzles when a plantain is added. Line a plate with paper towels and set aside.

6. Fry the plantain fries in small batches until tender and just golden, 2 to 3 minutes each side. Once ready, transfer fries onto the plate lined with paper towel to drain.

7. Season fries with salt and top with fresh cilantro (optional). Serve with your favorite dipping sauce and enjoy!

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Plantain Fries
Servings
Ingredients
  • 2 green plantains
  • avocado oil for frying
  • sea salt
Servings
Ingredients
  • 2 green plantains
  • avocado oil for frying
  • sea salt
Instructions
  1. Cut the tops and bottoms of the plantain and score the skin lengthwise with a knife, and carefully remove the peels.
  2. Cut the peeled plantains into the shape of fries.
  3. Soak the cut plantains in a bowl of water and salt for 20min (this allows the plantain to absorb water and helps steam the inside as it fries).
  4. Drain the salt water and blot the fries dry with paper towels
  5. Heat a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat with 1-1/2 inch of avocado oil until hot enough that the oil sizzles when a plantain is added. Line a plate with paper towels and set aside
  6. Fry the plantain fries in small batches until tender and just golden, 2 to 3 minutes each side. Once ready, transfer fries onto the plate lined with paper towel to drain.
  7. Season fries with salt and top with fresh cilantro (optional). Serve with your favorite dipping sauce and enjoy!

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