True Food Kitchen in Scottsdale Arizona

I finally went to the restaurant “True Food Kitchen,” in Scottsdale. Everyone told me that I would absolutely LOVE this restaurant because of the quality of food and philosophy behind True Food. Everything on the menu is healthy, local and they use the best ingredients. It is vegetarian friendly as well as gluten free. I had to take photos of everything I ate because the dishes were just so beautiful…

The delicious drink above is the

“Green Arnie” Macha Green Tea and Honey Lemonade

Wild Mushroom Pizza with Garlic and Tuscan Kale

Banana and Chocolate Tart with Mesquite Flour Crust and Brazil Nut

These are dishes you feel so good after eating… Just what I like!

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Cheesecake Bites with a Shortbread Crust

These little Cheesecake bites are so delicious and surprisingly very healthy!

Ingredients

1 cup Shortbread cookie crumbs

2 Tablespoons butter, melted

3/4 cup whole milk ricotta cheese

1/2 cup sour cream

1/2 cup honey

2 eggs

Directions

Preheat the oven to 35o degrees F.

Using a muffin pan line each sections with parchment paper or cupcake liners. In a small bowl combine the cookie crumbs and melted butter. Place 2-3 Tablespoons of the mixture into the bottom of the liners and set aside. In another bowl combine all remaining ingredients and whisk together. Put about 1/4 cup of the wet mixture on top of the crumb combination. Bake for 35-40 minutes until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Allow to completely cool in the fridge for at least 45 minutes.

These tasty treats will satisfy your body and soul!

“The Country Club” Organic Doggie Treats

Here is another fun and tasty that your pup is sure to love!

“The Country Club”

Be sure to also try the “Mambo Italiano” biscuits too!!

Ingredients

1/2 cup oat flour

1/2 cup brown rice flour

1/4 cup shredded cheese (I used organic cottage cheese)

1/4 cup applesauce (unsweetened)

1/4 cup rolled oats (old-fashion)

2-3 slices cooked bacon (uncured nitrate free)

1 egg

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Cook bacon then finely chop.

Combine all ingredients and mix thoroughly until a dough forms. Roll the dough out on a lightly floured (brown rice) surface to 1/4″ thickness. Use a cookie cutter to cut shapes. Place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Treats can be places close together as they don’t spread while cooking.

Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Then I turn off my oven and leave the treats in. I find they get the best crunch that way. If you dont want them really crunchy, take them out after they become golden. Let cool and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

They will be so happy when they receive “The Country Club.”

By the way… You can eat these too! Literally they are the perfect snack 🙂

Arugula, Apple and Date Salad with Pistachios

This salad is one that I make at least 3 times a week. I just love the combination of spicy Arugula, sweet Dates, crunchy Apples and salty Pistachios. A dish this easy to make, its the perfect light dinner or appetizer for any night of the week.

*Ingredients

*Amount depends how many your are serving, so with this recipe figure the amount that suites you.

Arugula (about 1 cup per person)

Dates, sliced

Apple, sliced into strips

Pistachios, chopped

Feta Cheese, optional

Vinaigrette (recipe below)

 

Homemade Vinaigrette

1/4 cup Walnut or Olive Oil

3-4 Tablespoons Sherry, Red or Balsamic Vinager

2 teaspoons Whole Grain Mustard

1/4 teaspoon Sea Salt

1/4 teaspoon Pepper

Directions

Combine all ingredients in a glass jar with lid and shake shake shake! This recipe makes many servings, so keep it in the fridge for quick and easy dressing to any salad you make.

ENJOY!

Dark Chocolate Chunk Almond Cookies

Almond Paste-Butter-Dark Chocolate… These cookies are sinfully AMAZING!

Ingredients

1 Cup All Purpose Flour

1/4 Cup Almond Flour

1/4 teaspoon Sea Salt

1/2 Cup Butter, Softened

3/4 Cup Sugar

1 Egg

1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract

2 oz Almond Paste

3oz Dark Chocolate, Chopped

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Cream together the butter and sugar, then add the egg, vanilla and mix. In another bowl combine the dry ingredients and chocolate chunks. Drop a spoonful of dough on a cookie sheet with parchment. Chop the almond paste into small chunks and place on top of the cookies. (I did it this way so you have different textures to bite into, but you may add it with the chocolate chunks if you prefer.)

Bake 12-14 minutes and cool on a wire rack.

Organic Dog Biscuits “Mambo Italiano”

So my darling husband was at Barns n Noble the other day and can home with a prize for me.. not necessarily for me, but for our French Bulldog. It the “Organic Dog Biscuit Cookbook from the Bubba Rose Biscuit Company.” Its an all organic doggie treat cookbook! It came with 3 cookie cutters and for this “Mambo Italiano,” I chose to use the dog bone shape. Doggies deserve yummy organic treats too 😉

Organic Ingredients

3/4 Cup Oat Flour

3/4 Cup Brown Rice Flour

3oz Tomato Paste

1/4 Cup Fresh Mozzarella, Finely Chopped

1/4 Cup Grated Parmesan Cheese

1/2 teaspoon Rosemary

1/2 teaspoon Dried Oregano

1/2 teaspoon Dried Basil

1 Egg

 

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

COmbine all ingredients and mix throughly until a dough forms. *If the dough is to dry add 1 Tablespoon of water.* Roll the dough out a lightly floured surface to 1/4″ thickness. Use a cookie cutter to cut out shapes on an ungreased cookie sheet (they can be close together as they don’t spread while cooking).

Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and let cool completely on a wire rack. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

“Bone” Appétit!