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Popped Amaranth Cereal

Have you ever done yard work from sun up to sun down for 2 days straight? It sounds so lame to say that 2 days of yard work made me the most sore I’ve ever been in my entire life, but it’s true.

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It’s just all of the repetitive movements that your body isn’t used to – lifting, pulling, pushing, bending, kneeling, hauling, and repeat. Your back and feet scream to stop but you push on because you just want to finish.

We’ve done more than our fair share of yard work and house renovations over the past few years but this weekend wins for the most exhausting project to date. Trying to organically landscape your yard is no joke. After spending hours on the lawn we reset a large brick retaining wall [it was improperly installed before we bought the house] and then cleared, re-graded, laid weed paper, and mulched about 600sqft of open space in the back yard that’s shaded by a gigantic pine tree. It doesn’t sound like much but for two people to try and tackle in two days it was a whole lot.

While our bodies were exhausted we could see so much progress that we just kept going. And on Sunday evening came the best part. Our neighbors, a dad and his two kids [6+10], had been checking in on us all day. They were in and out of the house going to the farmers market, swimming, etc. and they kept coming over to see our progress. When they got home from their last activity of the day it was about 6:30pm. This was the point where we were starting to haul mulch from the street to the furthest point in our back yard and also the point where we were ready to pass out in the dirt.

They came over one last time to check on us but this time I could hear the kids at the front of the house saying, “Dad, go get the wheelbarrow! And the rake! Let’s help them!” And for the next hour and a half they helped us finish. The dad said they insisted on helping when they got home. These kids totally lifted our energy and they worked so hard! I was impressed at their determination to help us finish and also so incredibly thankful for it. They didn’t care that they hadn’t eaten dinner yet or about getting to bed, they just wanted to come help.

We raked the last pile of mulch, high fived the kids, slowly trucked inside to shower off the layers of dirt caked on our bodies, and then went out for a margarita and Mexican to celebrate.

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It was such a good feeling to finish a huge project like that and the best part is you can see a huge difference when you look out into the yard. Definitely worth the soreness.

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So how does a weekend of yard work translate into homemade cereal? Well, it doesn’t really. But I was incredibly ravenous the entire weekend and ate multiple bowls of popped amaranth to help keep me going. While you might think this looks like a bowl full of fluff it’s surprisingly satiating.

A half cup of raw amaranth packs 13 grams of protein, 7 grams of fiber, 340 calories, 40% daily iron, 15% daily calcium, and 60% daily magnesium.

I usually pop about 1/3 cup raw for one serving and then pile on the toppings.

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I know I’ve shown you this a few times before but the refresher is always nice. It’s something I love having on hand in the fridge for a quick breakfast, lunch, or snack. What’s cool is that you can make a large batch and keep it in the refrigerator for months without it going stale.

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I’m sharing updated details on how to pop amaranth over on my Craftsy page today. It takes a handful of trials to get the hang of but once you have the right heat setting you should be on your way to making homemade cereal in minutes!

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Be sure and check it out!

Hope you have a great week!


p.s. Don’t forget today’s the last day to enter to win a copy of Jessica’s brand new cookbook, Seriously Delish! Plus, you do not want to miss her Chewy Granola Bar recipe on that post!


Chewy Granola Bars + a giveaway!

Chewy granola bars are one of my favorite things ever. Besides the whole amazing texture part, they’re packed with a million of my favorite ingredients, they’re totally portable, and super filling.

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But today I’m not here to bore you with my granola bar obsession, I’m here to talk about one of my very best blog/real-life friends, Jessica, who just released a super rad cookbook. You’ve probably seen her cookbook recipes floating all around the blog world this week and for good reason. It’s kind of spectacular.

The cookbook is called, Seriously Delish, and if you know Jessica and her blog at all then you know that title is beyond fitting. Jessica’s book is filled with 150 recipes ranging all across the board. You’ll find breakfast recipes for every day of the week, loads of snacks, sandwiches + fancy topped toast, tons of taco recipes, pizza, burgers, happy hour drinks, a lightened up chapter, and the last chapter “for times when calories don’t count.”

Jess and I have known each other for nearly five years now, which is insane to think about. I’m not exactly sure how our paths crossed but the important part is that they did. Almost exactly four years ago we got to meet when I was home in Cleveland. Jess drove with our friend Abby from Pittsburgh to hang and eat dinner together with my family. I taught Jess + Abby what I knew about photography and then made dinner, which was a roasted acorn squash stuffed with veggie chili and salad on the side.

If you know anything about Jessica you know she’s not the biggest vegetable fan, and here I was trying to make her eat vegetables stuffed inside a vegetable with salad on the side. I’m such a good friend.

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Despite living in Colorado we’ve somehow managed to see each other multiple times each year with many back + forth trips between Pitt + OH when I’m home visiting family. She even surprised me at one of my book signings last year. I basically don’t know what I’d do without this girl.

And when you do this type of blog/recipe/photography work by yourself at home, you need friends who you can talk to like co-workers. Friends who can give you constructive criticism and honest opinions, who push you to be your best self. You also need friends you can look up to who are hard working, inspiring, insanely determined, who never quit, and can always make you laugh. That pretty much sums up Jess. She rules, a whole lot.

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Seriously Delish is basically like having Jessica right there with you in the kitchen. Her personality jumps off every page and her stories are both hilarious + heartwarming. Jess’s recipes are simple but bold, comforting and over the top, fresh and playful and her photos make you want to literally dive into the book.

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This cookbook is a celebration of food.

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And these chewy granola bars are definitely celebration worthy. They’re dense and nutty and perfectly sweet. You can make them for breakfast, snack, or dessert [with a little ice cream perhaps?] and customize them with any nuts + seeds you choose.

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I enjoyed these bars alongside the Banana Macaroon Smoothie from page 52, which I highly recommend. Also, the lunchtime roasted broccoli-sweet soup was a major win for dinner last night. Next up I’m making the zucchini taco with grilled corn salsa and then the cheesy polenta with garlic butter mushrooms. Need I say more?

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Print this!

recipe from the Seriously Delish cookbook by, Jessica Merchant 

Chewy Granola Bars gluten-free // yields 9-12 bars – time: 40min

  • 2 cups old-fashioned [gluten-free] rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup ground flaxseed
  • 1/3 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons sunflower seeds
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup creamy almond butter
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350*F. Line a 8x8-inch baking dish with parchment or waxed paper, leaving extra paper hanging over the edges. Spray the paper with nonstick spray.

In a large bowl, whisk together the oats, flaxseed, walnuts, sunflower seeds, brown sugar, chia seeds, salt, and cinnamon. Set aside.

In a small saucepan over low heat, combine the coconut oil, almond butter, honey, and vanilla extract. Stir the mixture until the oil and almond butter melt. Remove the pan from the heat and pour into the oat mixture. Stir the mixture until all of the ingredients are wet and the granola begins to come together. Press the mixture into the lined dish, smoothing out the top and corners with a spoon.

Bake the bars until slightly brown on top, 25-30 minutes. Remove from the oven and let the bars cool in the pan completely. [They’ll firm once fully cooled.] When you’re ready to cut the bars, life the parchment paper from the pan so it comes out in one square. Cut the square into 9 or 12 bars and wrap each in plastic wrap to store. These will stay fresh for 2 to 3 days at room temperature or a bit longer in the fridge.


Notes: I used a 9x9 pan with parchment paper [ungreased]. I also subbed coconut sugar for the light brown sugar, added 3 tablespoons cacao nibs, used pepitas instead of sunflower seeds, used 2 teaspoons vanilla, and forgot to add the walnuts [oops]. Mine were golden brown at 18 minutes.

To veganize: I would sub half of the honey with brown rice syrup and half with maple syrup.

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You know you want this cookbook in your kitchen and here’s your chance to get it!

GIVEAWAY: Enter to win 1 copy of Jessica’s cookbook, Seriously Delish! [giveaway ends 9.15.14 @midnight EST]

TO ENTER: Leave a comment below about the last over-the-top, delish thing you ate!

[Open to US residents only. Giveaway sponsored by Jessica’s publisher, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.]

Happy weekend!


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