Caprese Skewers

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Salty, savory, and sweet come together in one bite with these Caprese Skewers, made with organic sweet cherry tomatoes and fresh basil that can be harvested at home. These skewers work well as light appetizers for a party and can be made ahead – just drizzle with balsamic vinegar right before you serve!

 Ingredients:

  • 8 oz ciliegine mozzarella balls (herbed or plain)
  • 15-20 basil leaves
  • 15-20 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • balsamic vinegar
  • toothpicks

 

Directions:

  1. Harvest fresh cherry tomatoes from your Self-Watering Planter and basil leaves from your Garden-in-a-Jar or Garden-in-a-Can.
  2. Skewer half a cherry tomato onto a toothpick. Wrap a basil leaf around a mozzeralla ball and skewer it onto the toothpick. Add another half of a cherry tomato. Repeat until all the mozzarella balls have been used.
  3. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar and serve!

 

 

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Blood Orange Tart with Coconut Whipped Cream

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Whip up this vegan Blood Orange Pie for a healthy but decadent dessert! The pie has a crust made from organic cereal and is served with delicious coconut whipped cream. Put your own twist on this recipe by using seasonal fruit of your choice in place of blood oranges and adding a teaspoon of cinnamon or other spice to the crust for extra flavor.

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Ingredients:

Crust

Coconut Whipped Cream

  • 2 cans full fat coconut milk, refrigerated overnight
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

Topping
sliced blood oranges OR fruit/berries of your choice

blood orange tart cereal pie crust organic stoneground flakes recipe yogurtDirections:

 Crust
1. Pre-heat oven to 350 F.
2. Blend Stoneground Original Flakes until the crumbs are fine.
3. Mix cereal crumbs, coconut palm sugar and melted butter into a bowl until it resembles wet sand.
4. Press the crumb mixture into a 8 inch parchment-lined springform pan making sure to pack it down and press crumbs onto the sides to create an even edge.
5. Bake crust for 10 minutes and let cool completely.

Coconut Whipped Cream
1. Refrigerate cans of coconut milk overnight. Turn the can upside down and open. Tip out the clear coconut milk into a bowl, you won’t be using this so you can save it for a pina colada smoothie or another recipe. Spoon the thick cream into a large bowl. Repeat with the second can.
2. Add maple syrup and vanilla extract to the thick coconut cream and whisk until nice and fluffy. Keep refigerated until you’re ready to assemble the tart.
3. Pour coconut whipped cream into the cooled crust and spread evenly. Top with blood orange slices or your fruit of choice. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Save money? Swap in seasonal fruits.
Switch it up: Swap in a different flavor of Organic Stoneground Flakes Cereal or Organic Breakfast Toppers for a variety of tarts!

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Almond Butter Chocolate Nut Bars

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cereal Almond chocolate nutbutter bars treats snack dessert healthy easy lunchbox recipe

Chocolate and nuts make the perfect protein-packed combo in this sweet snack! Pack these Almond Butter Chocolate Nut Bars for a healthy lunchbox treat or breakfast on the go. You can customize this recipe by swapping out the almond butter for your favorite nut butter.


Ingredients:cereal Almond chocolate nutbutter bars treats snack dessert healthy easy lunchbox recipe

  • 2 cups California Whole Wheat Stoneground Flakes, crushed
  • 1/2 cup quick oats (not steel cut!)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup almond butter
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 1 oz dark chocolate, melted

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Directions:

  1. Add all the ingredients, except the chocolate, into a large bowl and mix well.
  2. Press the mixture into a 8×8 parchment-lined pan. Make sure to pack it down real nice!
  3. Drizzle melted dark chocolate on top and freeze for 1 hour. Cut into squares and keep refrigerated for up to 1 week. Enjoy!

 

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Purple Corn: The Nutritional Powerhouse You’ve Never Seen

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Walk into the grocery store and you’re surrounded by corn-filled products—from the usual chips and tortillas to the less obvious—toothpaste, milk, sodas and the countless other products full of high-fructose corn syrup.
We’ve become accustomed to the many unhealthy uses of white and yellow corn, but hear very little about some of the less popular varieties—particularly purple corn—and its nutritional benefits.

From the vibrant color to the unique taste, texture, and history, we quickly fell in love with Farmer Scott Johnson’s purple corn in Dakota County, Minnesota. His lavender fields stretch as far as you can see, full of organic, non-gmo purple corn that has descended from an ancient Inca variety.

Beyond its stunning appearance, we learned that purple corn is packed with more protein, fiber, and antioxidants than modern yellow corn.

Farmer Scott works closely with Suntava—the first company to grow, promote and market purple corn in North America. Suntava carefully selects a small group of dedicated farmers like Scott to help ensure the quality, purity, and ongoing nutritional value of purple corn.

We caught up with Terry Howell who oversees marketing and sales for Suntava, to find out more about Suntava’s “amaizing” food.

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Q: Most people think “yellow” when they think about corn. Can you tell us a little bit about purple corn?

A: Purple corn is definitely something most consumers here in the US and Canada have never seen before. But if you travel to regions of South America, especially Peru, you find that purple corn is a mainstay of their diet. For hundreds of years Peruvians have been making a drink called Chicha Morada from the purple corn.

Today you don’t need to travel to Peru to enjoy the taste and nutritional benefits of purple corn. Suntava has been working diligently to grow our high antioxidant purple corn in various areas of the US- including Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Oregon, California and Pennsylvania. We plan to expand our growing areas in the years to come.

Q: What are some of the health benefits of purple corn?

A: In nature, purple colored foods and plants are a sign that they are rich in health-promoting anthocyanins. Anthocyanins are what gives these foods, flowers, and other plants their purple, blue, and sometimes red coloring. Common anthocyanin-rich foods would be blueberries, blackberries, and purple grapes.

Purple corn is not only beautiful to look at – it’s really good for you. In addition to giving these plants their beautiful purple color, the anthocyanins they contain provide a host of health benefits including providing a powerful dose of antioxidant protection.

Ounce for ounce purple corn delivers twice the antioxidants as blueberries.

Q: What other foods, besides cereal, is purple corn used for?purple corn organic nutrition benefits healthy chicha morrada peruvian food

A: You can find purple corn in snacks such as tortilla chips and popped chips, artisan breads and other baked goods, granola, craft beer, craft bourbon, salsa, frozen vegetable medleys, and salads.

Here in the US you will find Chicha Morada being served in most Peruvian restaurants. The taste is very unique and very refreshing – it does not taste at all like corn. Peruvians also make a breakfast pudding they call mazamorra morada.


Q:
What other colors does corn come in?

A: White and yellow are the two main colors we see. I think everyone is also aware of blue corn – think blue corn tortilla chips. Blue corn and purple corn corn might be kissing cousins but purple corn gets the nod in terms of being a nutritional powerhouse. Both blue and purple corn contain anthocyanins but purple corn contains 4 times more. I have also seen a crimson red corn and a very bright orange corn, and the typical Native American multi-colored corn we use as decorations during purple corn flakes organic milk breakfastHalloween.


Q
: How did Suntava get involved with Back to the Roots?

A: We at Suntava have been very active in our efforts to tell the food industry and consumers about purple corn and its health promoting potential. Purple corn fit well with what Back To The Roots is all about…keeping foods simple and healthy.

 

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