The Rising Spoon

Monday, June 22, 2015

Blueberry Mint Kombucha Mocktails

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Blueberry Mint Kombucha Mocktails
Looking for a fruity mixed drink that won't put you into a sugar coma or give you a hangover the next day? Try a kombucha mocktail! You might be wondering, how is this different than regular non alcoholic drink recipes made with fruit juices? Well, the main ingredient in this drink is kombucha. 

What is Kombucha?

Kombucha a delicious fermented tea beverage. It's bubbly, often mixed with tasty fruit juices, and filled with a ton of probiotics (similar to yogurt) that help keep your digestive system happy. 

Friday, June 12, 2015

Healthy Breakfast Recipe: Pan-Fried Avocados

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Healthy Breakfast Recipes: Pan-Fried Avocados

Love avocados? Do you normally scoop out the pulp, slice it up, and serve the avocado all by its lonesome as a garnish or topping? Well, I'm about to rock your world!

Say hello to one of my favorite healthy breakfast recipes: pan-fried avocados! Because of its simplicity, it's more of a technique than a recipe, per say; however, I never deviate from the steps, lest I mess up this heavenly dish.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Sugar Snap Peas with Onion, Garlic & Orange Zest

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Sugar Snap Peas Recipe with Onion, Garlic & Orange Zest

Looking for a quick and easy vegetable recipe to fix when you're busy? Try sugar snap peas! This springtime vegetable is slightly sweet, so it doesn't require much seasoning, although you can jazz it up with a myriad of flavorings (or keep it simple with salt and pepper). 

Even better, once they hit a hot pan, sugar snap peas only take about 5-7 minutes to cook. This makes them an excellent option when you're short on time and don't want to rely on pre-cooked canned veggies.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

DIY Clay Essential Oil Diffuser Necklace

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DIY Clay Essential Oil Diffuser Necklace

See the essential oil diffuser necklace on the left in the picture above? I'm wearing that one right now as I write this! I placed a drop of Grounding essential oil blend on the front of the diffuser necklace a bit ago so I could set aside distractions and work on editing these pictures. 

Within minutes of applying the oil, it soaked into the clay and as the pendant lay against my chest, my body heat gently warmed the essential oil, causing it to diffuse into the air right below my nose. Neat right? 

Monday, May 4, 2015

Chicken Nachos with Mango Avocado Salsa

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Chicken Nachos with Mango Avocado Salsa

One of my favorite quick and easy meals is baked nachos. I make them at least twice a month, and try to keep basic nacho ingredients like organic tortilla chips, cheese, sour cream, and fire roasted salsa on hand for nights when I don't want to spend much time in the kitchen. 

Even better, nachos are the perfect vessel for leftover whole roasted chickenground beef, or pulled pork. So when I need to reinvent leftovers (yet again), nachos is an easy recipe that fills empty bellies and prevents food waste. 

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

DIY Beard Balm

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My squash and sweet potato hating boyfriend (as he's fondly known here on the blog) took it upon himself to grow a beard about four months ago. As soon as I noticed his facial hair growing out, I started making plans for DIY beard balms and beard oils. 

The last time he grew his beard out was last summer when we were traveling overseas. It made such an impression on his parents that they bought him a beard grooming kit for Christmas. However, when he arrived in town for the holiday, they found that he'd shaved his beard off! Whoopsies! 

Well, about a month later he decided to re-grow it. Finicky, right? This time around I made him promise to not shave it off so I could fix a homemade beard balm recipe for him to try.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Fragrant Boiled Artichokes with Lemon Butter Dipping Sauce

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Fragrant Boiled Artichokes with Lemon Butter Dipping Sauce

Can you remember the first time you ate a freshly cooked whole artichoke? Most people can! It's an unforgettable experience, probably due to the artichoke's unique appearance and the method used to eat it. 

How could you forget plucking the leaves off piece by piece, dipping them in butter or mayonnaise, then scraping off the tender meat between your teeth?

I was introduced to artichokes at age 12 or 13 while visiting a friend. We skipped into the kitchen one spring afternoon for a snack and found her mom boiling artichokes. 

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Beef Lettuce Wraps

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Beef Lettuce Wraps | therisingspoon.com

Looking for an easy grain-free dinner recipe that you can make on the fly? Try lettuce wraps! It takes about 20-30 minutes to prepare the filling, then minutes to assemble the lettuce wraps with whatever lettuce you have on hand, some crunchy toppings, and extra sauce. It goes even faster when you have a helper to chop the veggies! (Yes...I know that's an ideal situation.)