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All Natural Homemade Plum & Strawberry Jam on Fennel Raisin Bread with Creamy Ricotta Cheese

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Breakfast is served!

Jam or fruit preserves are one of the simplest things to make. Basically you are just cooking fruit until it turns to mush (is that a technical term?!).

So anything you can buy in bulk at the farmers market or if you have some extra fruit lying around – get creative and make your own jam. No preservatives or additives when its homemade!

I happened to have some strawberries and plums in my fruit basket, plus I added a little orange rind and juice to give it a little tartness. I bought some Ricotta Cheese from the lovely Bedford Cheese Shop here in Williamsburg, BK, along with a delicious Fennel Raisin Loaf from Amy’s Bread.

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For one 8 ounce mason jar

1 plum

1 cup of strawberries

juice of 1/2 an orange

1 tsp of grated orange zest (rind)

2 tbsp of honey

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Instructions:

In a small pan over high heat add all of the ingredients and cook for about 20 mins, until it has a jam like consistency (ha! that’s easy enough)

Meanwhile add your mason jar to boiling water (lid included) to sterilize it. Remove carefully and pour jam inside, close and put in refrigerator over night.

* Note: for people who are used to store-bought jams, next time you are in the store read the label of your favorite brand. Check out the preservatives and amount of added sugar. Homemade will not taste as sweet but I promise you it is better for you. So you can experiment with each batch. If you want it sweeter you can add more honey or agave for example, if you want to be a purest don’t add anything. It’s up to you.

This should last in the fridge for a couple of weeks. But I say put it on everything! Toast, scones, ice-cream, yogurt, granola, or eat it straight out of the jar 🙂

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http://bedfordcheeseshop.com

http://www.amysbread.com

http://www.grownyc.org/greenmarket

 

Creamy Banana Mango Breakfast Smoothie- Dairy & Soy Free!

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Smoothies are a great breakfast option for days when you don’t have time to cook, or want your breakfast to go or in a hurry.
I try to keep my blender in plain sight in my kitchen so I am reminded to use it in the morning to make nutrient packed smoothies (just a tip!).

I love creaminess in my smoothies, not a big fan of just pure fruit and ice. But I don’t want to use milk or soy, so instead I use coconut milk. It’s not the coconut milk from a can used in Thai cooking, but rather it comes in a milk carton and is low in fat and tastes refreshing. I personally like this brand, available in select grocery stores.

http://www.kokodairyfree.com/

This recipe is super simple, and I like the fact that there are no berries involved, unlike most smoothies.

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Ingredients:

1 banana
1/2 cup of frozen mangoes (now you don’t need any ice)
1 tbsp of honey
1 cup of coconut milk

Instructions:

Everything into a blender and blend until smooth(ie). That was easy! 🙂

From the KoKo Dairy Free website:

Unique, great tasting, dairy free alternatives to milk

+ Made from freshly pressed coconut milk.
+ Naturally free of lactose, cow’s milk protein, soya and gluten.
+ Ideal for anyone with lactose, cow’s milk protein, soya or gluten intolerance.
+ Suitable for vegans, vegetarians, and coeliacs.
+ Cholesterol free and with calcium and fat levels matched to semi-skimmed milk. A naturally healthy
option for all to enjoy.
+ Palatable and versatile to use as drinks and in cooking.

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