Harvest Pumpkin Spice Protein Smoothie

Hello Autumn! Quite possibly the perfect flavor profile when the weather starts to cool. This superfood smoothie is blended with warming, earthy, grounding ingredients guaranteed to warm you soul. Organic pumpkin puree is loaded with Vitamin A for glowing skin and healthy eyesight. It is also rich in folate, the bioavailable form of folic acid vital for maintaining a healthy stress response. Pumpkin puree is low in calories, high in fiber, and excellent for maintaining a slim waistline. This recipe balances muscle-building protein and brain-healthy fat satisfy your morning taste buds. Raw walnut halves add much needed essential fatty acids and a hearty flavor. Greek Yogurt (can substitute for homemade goat’s milk kefir) boosts the perfect "tang" to enhance the flavor and deliver gut-healthy probiotics. Superfood Brand recommendation links are listed below. It’s so delicious, you wont want Fall to end.

Arugula and Hemp Seed Pesto

A delicious gluten-free, Vegan, and nut free pesto for folks with food allergies or sensitivities. Superb as a pasta sauce, this pesto would be great as a spread on wraps or sandwiches, as a sauce on pizza, as a topping on grilled meat or veggies, etc. I love the use of Hemp seeds as a nut alternative - especially for its protein content. Protein from hemp seeds is complete, containing all 10 essential amino acids, making it superior relative to almost every other plant-based source of protein. It’s also high in plant-based omega-3s and because hemp seeds and hemp-based foods are raw, they maintain their high level of nutrients.

Roasted Mushroom and Green Bean Farro Salad

A complete meal packed with savory flavor and essential nutrients. The flavor combination of green beans and mushrooms pair well together. Roasting vegetables seems to concentrate their flavors and make them even tastier. Farro is a really nice whole grain due to its earthy nuttiness and the chewy texture. For folks who are eating gluten-free, you can use brown rice instead or substitute for quinoa, amaranth or buckwheat. The balsamic vinaigrette and feta brighten this dish with the perfect acidity. An excellent vegetable side dish everyone is sure to love!

Wild Rice Asparagus Salad with Walnut Lemon Dressing

A main-dish salad is a perfect destination for grains. Tossed with a vinaigrette, a selection of vegetables and herbs, perhaps some walnuts to add crunch and flavor, and you've got all you need for the center of your plate. I love the contrast of textures and colors in this salad. The wild rice is earthy, the brown rice nutty, and both are chewy in different ways. Walnuts and walnut oil not only add perfect complementary flavor and crunch, but also contribute omega-3 fatty acids to the mix. You can make this up to a day ahead, but don't add the asparagus, parsley, and herbs until shortly before serving, because their colors will fade. I usually cook a few servings of wild or brown rice each week and toss cooked leftovers in soups and salads to save time in the kitchen.