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Raw Sunflower Seed Butter at Spiced Curiosity

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

raw sunflower seed butter – spread on spring!

  • 3 1/2 cups raw sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp raw honey
  • 1-2 Tbsp coconut oil

Spring flowers popping up along the sidewalks are such an inviting way to start off the month. With the blustering wind and cold skies leaving us, the colorful buds take no time in brightening up the outside.

Spiced Curiosity: Raw Sunflower Seed Butter!

Spiced Curiosity: Raw Sunflower Seed Butter!

Bring on spring! In a small effort of my own to hurry up the season change, I’m using a yellow flower’s kernels to make something delicious: raw sunflower seed butter. Sunflower seeds are a great addition to my everyday eating and hopefully yours too. According to World’s Healthiest Foods, they’re packed with vitamin E, magnesium and selenium.

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Preserving Lemons! @ Spiced Curiosity

Friday, March 8, 2013

preserving lemons – bright vitamin c recipe

  • 1 1/2 lbs. of organic lemons
  • 2 c. kosher salt
    1 qt. canning jar

Hi lovelies!

I confess, before dating a Dominican, I rarely thought much of lemons or limes. I thought the latter was just a complement to sweet iced tea. Flash forward two years, and now I dress every dish with some touch of it. Concocting a salad? Squeeze in a drop of lime. Roasting vegetables? Throw in some lemon at the end to brighten the flavors.

It turns out that all long, the two juices are packed with Vitamin C. What a great surprise! This winter has brought a bevy of beautiful citrus too, so take the opportunity to stock up.

Preserving Lemons! @ Spiced Curiosity

Inspired by Food52’s and Nourishing Kitchen’s posts, I’m excited to make my own preserved lemons, and keep them in stock. And you can’t go wrong in making them, really. Clean off all ingredients and tools, slice the fruit, and fill it up with good Kosher salt. Wow. (Waiting for it to ferment is part of it too, but Shh.) You can throw in fresh sprigs of spices, though I’m excited enough just to do lemons.

This recipe makes for a great accessory to savory dishes. Not only do they add a punch of bright color, but they add a touch of mellow, lemony sourness. The fun part is eating the entire fruit, even the rind!

Preserving Lemons! @ Spiced Curiosity

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Orange Fennel Sicilian Salad

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

vitamin c & fresh sicilian salad – orange with fennel, olives, and mint

    2 servings
  • 2 large oranges
  • 1 large fennel bulb
  • 16 small fresh mint leaves, torn in half
  • 3 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 15 kalamata olives – pitted!
  • salt to taste

I think I’m more excited for the new year now than I was on January 1st. New projects, foods, and friends keep crossing my path, and I’m ever grateful. Everything feels fresh, a sure sign the spring is on her way. (She likes to sleep in.)

As a colorful reminder of new starts, I’m trying out this funky salad. I was on the hunt to incorporate some hefty Vitamin C via oranges into a dish – and this one turned me off. When I read “oranges, fennel, and…olives?” I laughed out loud. What were those Sicilians thinking? But hey, you can’t argue with people who invented the cannoli.

fresh salad ingredients

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National Nutrition Month! Spicy Raw Broccoli Slaw

Friday, March 1, 2013

happy national nutrition month! vitamin c & raw broccoli slaw

    makes 3 servings
  • 1 cup julienned broccoli stalk
  • 1 cup shredded purple cabbage
  • 1/4 cup minced red onion
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp. minced dill
  • 1 Tbsp. minced garlic
  • 1 Tbsp. raw soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tsp. fresh orange juice
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil

*For added protein, throw in 1 cup fresh edamame beans

Welcome, and happy National Nutrition Month! On our way to green spring, a little extra color gets added to our plates too. We’re chomping through nutrients, focusing on one vitamin each week. Today, we introduce Vitamin C.

Let's hear it for Vitamin C!

This wonderful vitamin does heavy nurse-duty. According to World’s Healthiest Foods, Vitamin C helps protect cells from free radical damage, regenerate your vitamin E supplies, and improve iron absorption. The “protective role” of C means that it’s good for healing wounds, colds or infections, and lung-related problems.

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