What I’m Thankful For + My Sweet Potato Marshmallow Recipe

Happy Thanksgiving my beautiful friends! I wanted share my favorite Sweet Potato Marshmallow recipe with you and also take the opportunity to truly thank you so much for your support, friendship and kindness over the years. The journey from clicking ‘publish’ on my very first post (eeeek! I still remember how scary it was!) through four years later to now, has been more than I could have ever imagined in my wildest dreams. It’s all because of YOU! I can’t imagine my life without this journey and you part of it… from the bottom of my heart, thank you.

Here’s one of my favorite Thanksgiving treats, a Sweet Potato Marshmallow recipe – it’s so tasty and super easy! Enjoy!

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Sweet Potato Marshmallow Recipe

Ingredients:

  • Oranges x 4 (which will make 8 serves)
  • Sweet Potato x 3 (medium / large size)
  • Brown Sugar x 2 tablespoons
  • Marshmallows (allow for 3 – 4 per serve)

Equipment:

  • Sharp knife
  • Vegetable peeler
  • Saucepan (and optional steamer)
  • Large bowl
  • Vegetable masher or fork
  • Tablespoon
  • Oven

Sweet Potato Marshmallow Recipe – What you’ll do…

1.  Start by preparing the sweet potato first, which will give you time to do everything else while they cook. Peel the sweet potatoes and cut into large squares, then boil or steam until tender.

2.  While the sweet potatoes are cooking, prepare the oranges. Cut each orange in half, then use a knife and spoon to remove most of the inside pulp.

3.  Once the sweet potato is cooked to your liking, remove and place into a large bowl. Now use a vegetable masher or fork to mash the potato, do this thoroughly so all lumps are gone and you have a smooth consistency. Add 2 tablespoons of brown sugar to the sweet potato mash and continue to mix well.

4.  It’s time to scoop the sweet potato mash into the orange halves. Then top each with 3 – 4 marshmallows.

5.  Finally, place the orange halves in an oven-safe dish and bake at 350°F (175°C) until the marshmallows start to brown and soften. Remove from oven and serve immediately. Enjoy this warm, sweet treat and the deliciously gooey marshmallows!

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My Quick And Easy Healthy Apple Crumble Recipe

With the holidays upon us, I wanted to share my healthy Apple Crumble recipe. It’s oh so delicious! Best of all, you probably already have the ingredients ready in your kitchen and can quickly whip it up if guests drop by at a moments notice. As far as desserts go, it’s certainly a low calorie option and a perfectly warming dish on a cool night.

I hope you enjoy my healthy Apple Crumble recipe, serve with a little ice cream and it’s perfection. Here is the recipe – enjoy!

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So, now you know how delicious it will look… let’s go back to the start.

I never use a set amount for this recipe, I just make it up as I go each time and adjust depending on how much I want to make. To create, you will need oats, apples (I usually use 10), cinnamon or your favorite spices, brown sugar and soft butter.

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Thanksgiving Sweet Potato Marshmallow Recipe

A fabulously unique and oh-so-sweet addition to your Thanksgiving table, try my delicious Sweet Potato Marshmallow Recipe. We all have time honored traditions and staple dishes that appear each year, but it’s also fun experiencing new things with family and friends! Impress with this delicious Sweet Potato Filled Oranges with Golden Marshmallow recipe, it’s easy enough for anyone to make…

Thanksgiving Sweet Potato Marshmallow Recipe

Sweet Potato Marshmallow Recipe – What you’ll need…

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Raw Food Recipe – Salted Chocolate Truffles

I’m excited to announce today marks the start of a new series on Style Elixir. Each week I’ll be creating my favorite healthy and delicious recipes… and the best part is, they’re all going to be really easy for you to make!

For my fellow chocolate lovers, we’re kicking things off with a seriously good raw food recipe… these indulgent sugar-free, guilt-free Salted Chocolate Truffles. They are sooo good, plus ridiculously quick and simple. Enjoy! Oh and if you have any questions, just leave a comment and I’ll reply.

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Raw Food Recipe – Salted Chocolate Truffles

OVERVIEW
Total Time:  10 minutes
Equipment: Food processor (I use this Cuisinart Mini Food Processor, it’s small but so powerful… and on sale for under $35!)
Servings:  8 – 10 (depending on the size you make)

INGREDIENTS
Walnuts – 1/2 cup
Sunflower Seeds – 1/2 cup
Dates – 1/2 cup
Raw Cocoa Powder – 4 tablespoons
Sea Salt – 1/4 teaspoon (you can add more to taste)

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DIRECTIONS

1.  Measure out your ingredients for the walnuts (1/2 cup) and sunflower seeds (1/2 cup), then place these in the food processor and chop until blended. Don’t over-process them, once they are a fine consistency and well blended you can stop (don’t have them become too powdery or soft).

2.  Once the walnuts and sunflower seeds are processed, measure and add the dates (1/2 cup), sea salt (1/4 teaspoon) and cocoa powder (4 tablespoons). Process this until the consistency starts to become sticky and the mixture is well combined together. At this point, do a little taste test and add more salt or if extra sweetness is needed, add a couple more dates and process again until combined.

3.  Now it’s time to start to assemble your truffles! Take a palm size amount of the mixture and roll it in your hand to form a ball.  Repeat until all the mixture has been used. I added Goji berries to garnish and give a perfect pop of color. Alternatively you can also roll them in cocoa powder (however I prefer to leave them as is without this). Voila! Serve and enjoy.

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A Warm Welcome: Apple Cider in Real Apple Cups

The perfect start to a wonderful evening… when your guests arrive, embrace them with cute warm apple cider in real apple cups. The comforting scent of cinnamon and cloves will instantly welcome friends and family – and you’ll be named hostess of the year, because it doesn’t get much better than drinking warm apple cider straight from a shiny red apple. I hope you all enjoy a beautiful Christmas Eve today with your loved ones… and Merry Christmas for tomorrow!

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What you’ll need…

Ingredients:

  • Apples (one for each guests, preferably large size)
  • Apple Cider (you can purchase this or make your own)
  • Lemon Juice (to prevent apples browning)
  • Cinnamon Sticks (one per guest)
  • Star Anise (one per guest)
  • Cloves

Equipment:

  • Sharp knife
  • Small spoon or melon baller (to scoop inside apples)

A Warm Welcome: Apple cider in real apple cups festive cocktail drinks

A Warm Welcome: Apple cider in real apple cups festive cocktail drinks

What you’ll do…

Create each apple cup one by one. First, use a sharp knife to cut a small amount off the top of the apple. Then cut the outline of a circle inside the apple, this will mark the ‘cup’ area you’ll have for the cider. When cutting, be careful not to pierce through the external apple skin (we don’t want any leaks!).

Now, take a small spoon and begin to scoop out the inside of the apple (again, be careful not to dig too deep and cut through the bottom).

Once you have finished, squeeze some lemon juice into a bowl and brush this onto the inside and top of the apple – it will help prevent browning. You’re now finished carving your first apple and can repeat the process on the rest.

After preparing each apple cup, simply pour in the cider. You can choose to warm your cider in a saucepan first, or serve chilled if preferred.

To finish, garnish with a cinnamon stick, sprinkle of cloves and star anise. Serve and enjoy a wonderful Christmas!

A Warm Welcome: Apple cider in real apple cups festive cocktail drinks

A Warm Welcome: Apple cider in real apple cups festive cocktail drinks

A Warm Welcome: Apple cider in real apple cups festive cocktail drinks

A Warm Welcome: Apple cider in real apple cups festive cocktail drinks

A Warm Welcome: Apple cider in real apple cups festive cocktail drinks

Sweet Potato Filled Oranges with Golden Marshmallows

A fabulously unique and oh-so-sweet addition to your festive table. We all have time honored traditions and staple dishes that appear each year, but isn’t it fun experiencing new things with family and friends! Impress with this delicious recipe – Sweet Potato Filled Oranges with Golden Marshmallows, it’s easy enough for anyone to try…

Sweet Potato Filled Oranges with Golden Marshmallows

What you’ll need…

Ingredients:

  • Oranges x 4 (which will make 8 serves)
  • Sweet Potato x 3 (medium / large size)
  • Brown Sugar x 2 tablespoons
  • Marshmallows (allow for 3 – 4 per serve)

Equipment:

  • Sharp knife
  • Vegetable peeler
  • Saucepan (and optional steamer)
  • Large bowl
  • Vegetable masher or fork
  • Tablespoon
  • Oven

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What you’ll do…

Start by preparing the sweet potato first, which will give you time to do everything else while they cook. Peel the sweet potatoes and cut into large squares, then boil or steam until tender.

While the sweet potatoes are cooking, prepare the oranges. Cut each orange in half, then use a knife and spoon to remove most of the inside pulp.

Once the sweet potato is cooked to your liking, remove and place into a large bowl. Now use a vegetable masher or fork to mash the potato, do this thoroughly so all lumps are gone and you have a smooth consistency. Add 2 tablespoons of brown sugar to the sweet potato mash and continue to mix well.

It’s time to scoop the sweet potato mash into the orange halves. Then top each with 3 – 4 marshmallows.

Finally, place the orange halves in an oven-safe dish and bake at 350 until the marshmallows start to brown and soften. Remove from oven and serve immediately. Enjoy this warm, sweet treat and the deliciously gooey marshmallows!

Sweet Potato Filled Oranges with Golden Marshmallows christmas recipe thanksgiving food

Sweet Potato Filled Oranges with Golden Marshmallows christmas recipe thanksgiving food

Sweet Potato Filled Oranges with Golden Marshmallows christmas recipe thanksgiving food

Sweet Potato Filled Oranges with Golden Marshmallows christmas recipe thanksgiving food

Sweet Potato Filled Oranges with Golden Marshmallows christmas recipe thanksgiving food

Sweet Potato Filled Oranges with Golden Marshmallows christmas recipe thanksgiving food

Sweet Potato Filled Oranges with Golden Marshmallows

The Perfect Healthy Snack – Avocado, Tomato and Goats Cheese on Toast

We’re all so busy and it can be hard sometimes to think of what you can eat that’s quick, healthy and delicious… so today, I wanted to share one of my all time favorites, the perfect healthy snack – Avocado, Tomato and Goats Cheese on Toast. It’s my go-to when I’m super hungry (but don’t want to be naughty) and the best thing is you can enjoy it any time of day!

I am obsessed with it for breakfast (delightful with the addition of a poached egg), but also reach for it during the day and occasionally for dinner (when Chris is away on work, I know it sounds bad, but I rarely make the effort to cook a proper dinner if it’s just me). This is quick, easy and delicious! What’s your go-to snack?

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The perfect healthy snack avocado tomato goats cheese health food ideas weight loss fitness healthy lifestyle activing living nourish nutrition style elixir blog www.stylelixir.com recipe blogger

The perfect healthy snack avocado tomato goats cheese health food ideas weight loss fitness healthy lifestyle activing living nourish nutrition style elixir blog www.stylelixir.com recipe blogger

Ingredients: The Perfect Healthy Snack
– Avocado, Tomato and Goats Cheese on Toast

Bread (grain or wholemeal is the healthiest choice)
Avocado
Tomato
Goats Cheese
Salt and Pepper to taste
Garnish with a little balsamic vinegar glaze and wedge of lemon

Dinner Ideas: Quick, Delicious and Nutritious

During the work week, I’ll try and stick to dinners that are a cinch to make but also delicious and nutritious. Though the weekends are reserved for eating out at our favorite restaurants, coming up with meal ideas that both Chris and I will love can be somewhat exhausting!

Do you ever feel the same? Thinking of new things to make can be tough! So I wanted to share with you some of the go-to recipes I’ve found, they are quick and simple without spending a fortune. Supercharged with goodness, these tasty meal ideas are easy to make any night of the week… Which one do you think you’d like to try? I’d also love to know, do you have a quick and easy mid-week dinner specialty?

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Chicken Breast With Shaved Brussels Sprouts

–  Broccoli and Brussels sprouts are full of cancer-preventing phytonutrients
–  This dish also has lots of potassium, which helps keep your blood pressure down

Time:  Prep Time: Cook Time: Total Time:

Ingredients:
2 (8-ounce) boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
2 broccoli stems
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3 cups thinly sliced Brussels sprouts (from 12 medium)
2 celery stalks, thinly sliced
1/4 cup toasted hazelnuts
1/4 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley, coarsely chopped
1 ounce Parmesan cheese, coarsely grated

Directions:
1.  Place chicken and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a small saucepan and cover with water; bring to a boil. Immediately remove from heat, cover and let stand 15 minutes.
2.  Drain chicken and run under cold water. Cool completely; set aside. Using 2 forks, shred into bite-size pieces and place to the side.
3.  Meanwhile, use a vegetable peeler to remove outer layer of broccoli stems and discard these. Continue peeling stems into long strips.
4.  In a large bowl, whisk together oil, lemon juice and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper.
5.  Add broccoli strips, Brussels sprouts, celery, hazelnuts, parsley and chicken to bowl with dressing. Mix this all together well. Place in a bowl or place and top with cheese.

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In The Kitchen: Winter Warmers

When temperatures drop, I like to pull out my favorite heart warming recipes. For many of you, it’s the time of year where sipping on hot chocolate, eating delicious homemade soup and consuming apple pie are a must. However, those cold, dark mornings and grey days can make healthy food seem less appealing when all you crave is comfort food!

These recipes are amongst my go-to’s and use winter produce to create healthy, warming meals. They not only taste great, but also give you an added dose of vitamins to keep winter illnesses at bay. I’d love to know… what is your favorite cold weather comfort food? Which of these recipes would you like to try?

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Apple Spice Baked Oatmeal

Ingredients:
–  2 Cups Rolled Oats
–  1 tsp. Baking Powder
–  1 tsp. Cinnamon
–  1/4 tsp. Nutmeg
–  1/4 tsp. Ginger
–  1/4 tsp. Cardamon
–  1/8 tsp. Sea Salt
–  2 Cups Almond Milk (or milk of choice)
–  2 Tbsp. Chia Seeds (soaked in 4 tablespoons of water or almond milk)
–  2 Tbsp. Maple Syrup
–  3/4 Cup Walnuts (roughly chopped)
–  1/3 Cup Chopped Dates (or raisins, currants, figs, cranberries)  
–  2 Apples (diced)

Directions:
1.  Begin by soaking the chia seeds in 4 tablespoons of water or almond milk and let it sit for 5 minutes.
2.  In a bowl combine the oats, baking powder, spices and salt.
3.  In another bowl combine the chia seed mixture, almond milk and maple syrup, whisking to combine.
4.  Mix the wet ingredients into the oats and stir in 1/2-cup walnuts (saving 1/4 cup for the top), dates and the diced apple.
5.  Pour the mixture into a 23 x 33 cm (9 x 13 inch) pan that has been greased with some coconut oil.
6.  Garnish with reserved 1/4 walnuts.
7.  Bake in a 190 C (375 F) oven for 30-35 minutes, or until golden.
8.  Let it cool slightly before serving. Garnish with more almond milk and maple syrup if desired.

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Juicing vs. Blending – My Top Tips and Recipe

A couple of months back, you might remember I mentioned how much I love my new juicer. Since then, I’ve been thinking about juicing vs. blending and which is better? Does one offer more health benefits than the other?

Following hot on the heels of the gluten-free phenomena, juicing seems like the latest in a series of crazes taking over trend setting cities like New York. I think both juicing and blending are very beneficial, but in different ways. Juicing extracts the juice of the fruit or vegetable, while blending uses the whole fruit or vegetable, along with some liquid, to form a puree. Personally, I prefer juicing to blending based on the fact I always feel so clean, fresh and energized afterward.

If followed in moderation, juicing or blending can be a part of a healthy diet. Today, I wanted to share some tips and one of my favorite recipes. Tell me… have you tried juicing or blending? Which do you prefer?

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Juicing and Blending Tips:

1.  It’s best not to combine fruits and vegetables (unless it’s apple), as this messes with your digestive enzymes. It doesn’t seem to matter too much in green juices and smoothies, but vegetables like carrots, beetroots, broccoli and zucchini don’t combine well with fruit (due to their high starch content). Green leafy veggies combine well with pretty much everything.

2.  Try to drink your juice or smoothie straight away, as after 15 minutes, light and air will destroy much of the nutrients. If you can’t drink it straight away, transfer the juice to a dark airtight container until you’re ready.

3.  Clean your equipment after each use. Otherwise, pulp will get caught in the machine and oxidize making your next juice unpleasant.

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