Month: August 2018

Carrot Yogurt Popsicles | Sweet & Sorrel

Carrot Coconut Yogurt Popsicles

Hey all! This is the last weekend of August, and that means summer is coming to an end…or it’s supposed to! But the weather here in D.C. is HOT. I mean the kind of hot that makes me not want to turn my stove or oven on at all! Which means it’s the perfect time for Carrot Yogurt Popsicles! These simple Popsicles are the perfect way to beat the heat– they are easy to make, delicious, and healthy! They are an awesome option for breakfast or a quick snack. I mentioned in one of my earlier posts that my mom and I love to make fresh juices, especially fresh carrot juice. It is a labor intensive process but SOOO worth it. Fresh carrot juice tastes so good! My mom would convince me to help her make the juice by telling me that it would help my eyesight, which was destroyed after years of reading books. Nerdy, I know! I bought my mom’s story and was her willing assistant. Drinking all that carrot juice didn’t have …

Grapefruit Coconut Bars | Sweet & Sorrel

Grapefruit Coconut Bars

Hello everyone! This is a very special day! Why? Today is the first time that I am featuring a dessert on the blog! Seriously guys, this is big news. I’m in full on happy dance mode over these Grapefruit Coconut Bars! These no-bake bars are a yummy mix of all things tropical and are (gasp!) kind of healthy for you! Plus, they are very easy to make! I know the past two recipes on the blog have featured some ingredients that I dislike (ahem, coffee), but let me be clear — I LOVE dessert! Chocolate has never done wrong in my mind and cheesecake is a gift from the heavens. But desserts often get a bad reputation for being overly sweet and full of calories. I don’t know about you, but my idea of a great desert is something that satisfies my sweet tooth without making me feel guilty after I eat it. This usually means that I am drawn to desserts that are made from fresh fruits and real ingredients. Not only are these kinds …

Ackee & Saltfish with Plantain Gnocchi | Sweet & Sorrel

“Ackee” & Saltfish with Plantain Gnocchi

Hey everyone! Cheers to another Sunday in August. August is one of my favorite months of the year: the weather is (usually) sunny, there’s always something fun to do outside, and best of all, August is the month many Caribbean countries (including Jamaica) celebrate their emancipation and independence days. So in honor of Jamaica’s birthday, this week’s recipe is a spin on Jamaica’s national dish! Keep reading to find out how to make this amazing “Ackee” & Saltfish with Plantain Gnocchi! Ackee is a fruit that originated in West Africa. When the fruit ripens, the ackee pod opens up to reveal a soft yellow meat that Jamaicans cook and pair with steamed saltfish (salted cod). As a child, I used to love separating the ackee from its large black seed and eating the cooked ackee fruit. But as I got older, something changed. Which leads me to a confession – I actually really dislike ackee! Including last week’s Coffee Crusted Tofu Salad, this is the second week in a row that I’ve made a dish …

Coffee Crusted Tofu Salad with Turmeric Ginger Vinaigrette

Hi all, Welcome to the first Sunday in August! It’s been an awesome month so far, mainly because only 5 days have gone by. But those 5 days matter, because it means there are now that many fewer days left of summer. Boo! The transition from summer to fall also means its time for me to start thinking about swapping out my summer recipes for fall ones. Usually, that means replacing my go-to salads with warm, hearty bowls of vegetarian chili and soups. But this D.C. weather has me all out of sorts! One day it’s rainy and cold, the next day it’s 90 degrees! Sometimes I have no idea whether to make a summer meal or a winter meal. Which is why today, I’m sharing the recipe for a Coffee Crusted Tofu Salad with Ginger Turmeric Vinaigrette. This salad is the perfect “I have no clue what season it is” meal option, because it can work in any weather. Read below to find out more! Let’s get one thing out of the way first …