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Citrus Cream Tarts

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I am a firm believer that pretty food tastes better: Vibrant green smoothies, colorful salads… nature’s candy, right? These little tarts get bonus points for being pretty AND cute.

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CITRUS CREAM TARTS

Makes 3 tarts

Ingredients:

Crust
– ½ cup raw sunflower seeds
– 15 soft medjool dates
– ½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
– ½ teaspoon cinnamon
– ¼ teaspoon sea salt

Citrus Cream
– 1 cup coconut cream
– 1 Tablespoon coconut nectar
– ½ teaspoon vanilla
– ¼ teaspoon sea salt
– Zest of ½ lemon
– Zest of ½ orange
– Juice of ½-1 lemon

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Procedure:

1. To make crust: Place all crust ingredients in a food processor and process until mixture holds together when pressed with fingers. Line a small pie pan or 3-individual size pie pans with parchment paper and press mixture into bottom and sides of pan. Place in the refrigerator while you make filling.

2. To make filling: Place all citrus cream ingredients in blender and blend until smooth. Taste and adjust sweetness if needed. Pour cream over crust and place in freezer for about 30-45 minutes, until filling has set.

3. Once tart cream has set, garnish with desired toppings and slice to serve.

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Ingredient Highlights:

Medjool Dates – high in fiber, provides energy, good source of B6, potassium, manganese and copper.

Coconut Milk – provides quick energy, anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, anti-bacterial, great source of good quality fat.

Citrus – high in vitamin C (antioxidant), alkalizing, aid detox, anti-inflammatory.

citrus cream tart - drifter and the gypsy blog
citrus cream tart - drifter and the gypsy blog
citrus cream tart - drifter and the gypsy blog
citrus cream tart - drifter and the gypsy blog
citrus cream tart - drifter and the gypsy blog
Recipe developed by Giovanna Garcia // Intro & photography by Micaela Hoo

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DIY Food: Dark Chocolate

diy food: dark chocolate - drifter and the gypsy blog
When life is as unpredictable as a box of chocolates, there isn’t much as comforting as a box of chocolates themselves. Why? Because chocolate always tastes good, that’s why.
diy food: dark chocolate - drifter and the gypsy blog
When Giovanna told me she was making her own chocolates (available to order online soon!), I imagined it being a super intensive and laborious process. But–as most things in life–this chocolate only LOOKS harder to make than it is.

diy food: dark chocolate - drifter and the gypsy blog
DARK CHOCOLATE

Ingredients:

– ½ cup raw cacao powder
– ½ cup melted extra virgin coconut oil
– 1-2 Tablespoons raw honey or grade B maple syrup
– Pinch of sea salt

Procedure:

1. In a small bowl, whisk together all ingredients until well combined. Taste and adjust sweetness if needed.
2. Line a tray or flat plate with parchment paper and pour mixture over it. Spread out evenly to about ¼ inch thickness.
3. Place in refrigerator until firm, about 20 minutes. Break up into pieces and enjoy.

diy food: dark chocolate - drifter and the gypsy blog
diy food: dark chocolate - drifter and the gypsy blog
Ingredient Highlights:

Raw cacao: High in antioxidants, magnesium, and iron. Aids in balancing blood sugar, boosts energy, balances mood and fights stress.

Raw honey: Antimicrobial and antibacterial. Supports the immune system.

Extra virgin coconut oil: Anti inflammatory, antibacterial, high in healthy fats, supports brain function, supports skin health and aids in weight loss by keeping us full longer.

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Try this recipe for the next time you have a gathering. I bet you’ll impress every one of your guests! And they won’t even have to know it was a cinch to make. (Our lips are sealed).

Recipe developed by Giovanna Garcia // Intro & photography by Micaela Hoo

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DIY Food: Herbal Vanilla Latte

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Something has happened to the United States and it’s called Snowvember. If you’re in Buffalo, New York, Snowvember takes on a whole new meaning. Case in point? This. And this. BuzzFeed even made a post about it. I somewhat spoiled living in California because Snowvember has decided to skip right over the extreme west and plague the rest of the nation. But still, this Herbal Vanilla Latte is the perfect solution for all.

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HERBAL VANILLA LATTE

Serves 2

Ingredients:

– 4 Tablespoons raw hemp seeds
– 1 cup spring water
– 3 cups hot herbal tea (chamomile, mint, nettle, rose)
– 3 Tablespoons coconut oil
– 2 teaspoons maca powder
– 2 teaspoons vanilla
– ½ teaspoon cinnamon
– 4 drops vanilla stevia or 1 teaspoon raw honey
– Pinch of sea salt

Procedure:

1. Place hemp seeds and water in blender and blend until smooth to make hemp seed milk.
2. Add remaining ingredients to milk and blend until smooth and frothy.
3. Serve and garnish with extra cinnamon.

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Herbal teas are anti-inflammatory and most support digestion. The maca in this drink is what provides a boost of energy, enhances mood, supports strength and endurance, balances hormones and helps us cope with stress.

You can make this latte with any nut milk of choice, but I chose hemp seeds to add some complete protein and healthy fats to the drink.

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Recipe developed by Giovanna Garcia // Intro & photography by Micaela Hoo

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Sweet Potato & Zucchini Gratin with Tahini Cream

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The days are getting shorter, the nights are getting longer and the undeniable autumn chill is in the air. Which means it’s time to start cooking some comfort food. Except comfort food usually comes in the form of rich, heavy foods that leave you feeling bloated and bleh. And who likes to feel like that?

diy food: sweet potato gratin with tahini cream - drifter and the gypsy blog
diy food: sweet potato gratin with tahini cream - drifter and the gypsy blog
Gratin is typically an oven-baked dish that has a browned crust, often using breadcrumbs, grated cheese, egg and/or butter. Noooot exactly the healthiest choice. Plus, I recently found out I’m both lactose and gluten intolerant, so a dish like this would put me into whatever’s the stomach’s equivalent to cardiac arrest.

I teamed up with my pal Giovanna to bring you a gluten free and vegan take on the traditional gratin. This dish is still rich & hearty, except you’ll want to do a dance party after eating it instead of taking a nap.

diy food: sweet potato gratin with tahini cream - drifter and the gypsy blog
Sweet potatoes are a great source of vitamin A, vitamin C and fiber. They help regulate blood sugar and immune support.

Zucchini is hydrating, anti-inflammatory, an antioxidant support and helps blood sugar regulation.

Tahini is rich in beneficial minerals that support bone health, vascular and respiratory health, arthritis, PMS, migraines and helps lower cholesterol.

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diy food: sweet potato gratin with tahini cream - drifter and the gypsy blog
SWEET POTATO & ZUCCHINI GRATIN WITH TAHINI CREAM

Serves 6

Ingredients:

Filling

– 1 large sweet potato, thinly sliced by hand or using a mandolin
– 2 zucchinis, thinly sliced by hand or using a mandolin
– 2 cups spinach
– 1 onion, thinly sliced
– 1 Tablespoon coconut oil

Tahini Cream

– ½ cup tahini
– ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
– 2 cloves garlic
– 2 Tablespoons nutritional yeast
– Juice of 1-2 lemons
– Pinch of sea salt and black pepper

Topping

– 4 slices gluten-free bread, chopped
– 2 Tablespoons melted ghee or coconut oil
– Pinch of sea salt

diy food: sweet potato gratin with tahini cream - drifter and the gypsy blog
diy food: sweet potato gratin with tahini cream - drifter and the gypsy blog
Procedure:

1. Preheat oven to 400 F.

2. Prepare filling: chop vegetables as directed and set aside in a large bowl.

3. Prepare tahini cream: Blend all ingredients together until smooth. If cream is too thick, add a bit of water.

4. Prepare topping: Place bread pieces in food processor and pulse until they reach consistency of crumbs. Add melted ghee or coconut oil and sea salt to taste and pulse once more.

5. Assemble: Add tahini cream and half of topping to vegetables. Toss to coat well and spread out evenly in a baking dish. Top with remaining topping.

6. Bake for 30-40 minutes, until vegetables are cooked through and the top has browned.

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diy food: sweet potato gratin with tahini cream - drifter and the gypsy blog
Recipe developed by Giovanna Garcia // Words & photography by Micaela Hoo

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DIY Food: Strawberry-Matcha Sorbet

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Whether you live in the Northern or Southern Hemisphere, the summer season is on your mind. For those in the Northern Hemisphere, you’re bidding summer your last goodbyes (side note: today is the last day of summer!!) and for those in the Southern Hemisphere, you’re getting ready for the warmer weather to come.

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San Francisco is pretty weird in that we get our warmest weather during the months of September and October. Our famous Indian Summer means that we get to hold on to our sandals and sunnies a little while longer before the crisp air of autumn takes over.

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Today’s recipe features strawberries, dates and matcha green tea.

diy food: strawberry-matcha sorbet - drifter and the gypsy blog
Strawberries are definitely a superfood. They are rich in antioxidants, vitamin C, anti-cancer benefits and anti-inflammatory. Strawberries contain the lowest in sugar of all fruits, which keeps blood sugar stable.

Matcha green tea is another food that offers a lot. It’s also rich in antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, supports metabolism, provides energy, regulates blood sugar, supports longevity, cancer-preventive, boosts metabolism and aids detoxification.

This sorbet is naturally sweetened with fresh dates to keep it free of refined sugars.

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STRAWBERRY-MATCHA SORBET

Serves 2

Ingredients:

– 1 cup frozen strawberries
– 1 teaspoon matcha green tea powder
– 1-2 medjool dates
– 1/3 cup coconut water
– Juice of 1/2 lemon
– Pinch of sea salt

Procedure:

1. Place all ingredients in a high-speed blender and blend until smooth. You might need to stop blender and use a spatula to push ingredients down from time to time (if using a Vitamix, just use the tamper to keep things moving).

2. Once smooth, place in the freezer for about 20 minutes to firm up, sprinkle on your favorite toppings (we used coconut flakes), then enjoy!

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Recipe by Giovanna Garcia // Photography by Micaela Hoo

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DIY Food: Summer Mango Salad

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After I lost my fabulous food contributor, Arielle, I hit up the Internet in search of a replacement for the monthly column. I found Giovanna Garcia of A Purified Life through Yelp of all places! She’s a nutritionist and certified natural chef living in San Francisco (you can read more about her here) with such an infectious passion toward health and wellness. I’m so excited to have her join the Drifter & the Gypsy team as a monthly contributor. Without further ado, Giovanna, take it away…

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Summer is probably my favorite time of the year. The amazing colors and flavors just blow me away. Not to mention the nutrient value of these colorful foods. Packed with vitamins, minerals, and hydrating properties to get us through the hot days. Nature truly knows best, so it’s important to eat seasonally to get the nourishment our bodies need at any given time of the year.

diy food: summer mango salad - drifter and the gypsy blog
diy food: summer mango salad - drifter and the gypsy blog
This simple mango salad is beautiful, delicious, and a no-brainer to make. It makes for a perfect summer meal or snack. My suggestions is to serve it with a side of homemade seed crackers (recipe here) or throw a handful of nuts on top for some extra crunch (& protein!), but that’s entirely optional.

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SUMMER MANGO SALAD

Serves 2-3

Ingredients:

– 1 large mango, diced
– 1/4 red onion or 1/2 cup radishes, sliced or diced
– 1/2 avocado, diced
– 1 cucumber or zucchini, cut in half and sliced
– Small handful of chopped fresh mint
– Juice of 1 lime
– Juice of 1/2 – 1 lemon
– Pinch of chili flakes
– Pinch of sea salt

diy food: summer mango salad - drifter and the gypsy blog
diy food: summer mango salad - drifter and the gypsy blog
diy food: summer mango salad - drifter and the gypsy blog
Procedure:

Place all ingredients in a medium-large bowl and mix to combine. Taste and adjust seasoning if needed. Serve on a bed of greens or as is along with a side of seed crackers.

diy food: summer mango salad - drifter and the gypsy blog
diy food: summer mango salad - drifter and the gypsy blog
diy food: summer mango salad - drifter and the gypsy blog
Recipe by Giovanna Garcia // Photography by Micaela Hoo

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DIY Food: Simple Rice and Beans

diy food: simple rice and beans - drifter and the gypsy blog
diy food: simple rice and beans - drifter and the gypsy blog
Summers in San Francisco are known to be a bit different from summers elsewhere in the United States. While my home back east gets sunny and hot, hot, hot, SF gets foggy and chilly. I personally love the blanket of fog that comes rolling down our famous hills, but it does take some getting used to. This simple recipe for rice and beans is hearty enough for a nippy evening, yet keeps the sense of more tropical climates at the tip of the tongue with added lime and cilantro: the perfect balance for a summer in San Francisco.

diy food: simple rice and beans - drifter and the gypsy blog
diy food: simple rice and beans - drifter and the gypsy blog
diy food: simple rice and beans - drifter and the gypsy blog
This recipe is very simple and can be made in large batches at the beginning of the week to tide you over for lunches on-the-go and easy dinners. Feel free to throw the rice and beans into the same container for storage and handling. The effect will be the same! Pack a big kale salad to start you off, then heat up a bowl of the rice and beans for a hearty, fibrous meal that will leave you feeling full and satisfied.

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SIMPLE RICE AND BEANS

Serves 2-3

Rice:

-1 c. water
-1/2 tsp. salt
-1 garlic clove, peeled and smashed with the back of a knife
-1/2 c. short-grain brown rice

Beans:

-1 c. cherry tomatoes, halved
-1 tsp. olive oil
-1/2 large onion, chopped
-2 garlic cloves, minced
-1 tsp. ground cumin
-1/2 tsp. ground coriander
-1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
-1 (15 oz.) can black beans, rinsed and drained
-1/4 c. fresh cilantro, chopped
-Juice of 1 lime
-Salt
-Freshly cracked black pepper
-1 avocado (optional)

For the rice:

Combine the water, salt and smashed garlic clove in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil. Add the rice, returning to a boil, then reduce the heat to low until all of the water is absorbed. Set aside.

For the beans:

Heat the oven to 450°F. Place the halved cherry tomatoes in a baking pan and sprinkle with a pinch of salt and pepper, then bake in the oven for 10 minutes, until juicy and fragrant. Remove from the oven.

In a medium saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and cook for 2-3 minutes, or until slightly translucent. Add the garlic and ground herbs and cook, stirring, for another minute. Add the drained black beans and roasted tomatoes with their juice. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium-low and cover. Allow the beans to simmer for 15 minutes, stirring a few times. Remove from the heat and add the cilantro, lime juice and salt and pepper to taste.

To serve:

Place a helping of the brown rice into a bowl, add a helping of the black beans, and top with sliced avocado and a sprinkling of chopped cilantro. Enjoy!

diy food: simple rice and beans - drifter and the gypsy blog
diy food: simple rice and beans - drifter and the gypsy blog

Arielle (DIY Food Contributor)

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