Grain-Free Granola {The Everygirl Feature}

Back in my pre-paleo days, I LOVED eating granola with yogurt and fruit (doused in more sugar) for breakfast.

Grain-Free Granola #paleo #vegan

Most granolas on the supermarket shelf are loaded with refined sugar, industrial seed oils, and preservatives, so I went on a quest to develop my own paleo version.

This nutty grain-free granola is baked in coconut oil and sweetened with just a tad of good-quality honey and maple syrup.

almonds

This is a great thing to make on a Sunday night and have for breakfast all week long on busy mornings.

Grain-Free Granola #paleo #vegan

I loved eating it plain, and you could also try it with chilled almond milk, coconut milk, or heavy cream. Feel free to top it with sliced strawberries, peaches, bananas, blueberries, or any fruit of your choice, and enjoy!

Grain-Free Granola #paleo #vegan

For the recipe, head on over today’s feature on The Everygirl (styled and photographed by my new friend Danielle!), or click here for the printer-friendly version!

Grain-Free Granola #paleo #vegan

xoxo,
Meg // peaches & cake

Grocery Shopping 101: Avocados

I’m compelled to write this post after hearing a woman across the aisle in the grocery store complain that she couldn’t make her guacamole because the avocados in the store were not ripe.

Tips for Shopping for Avocados

If you plan on making guacamole for a party, or serving avocado slices in a burger spread, plan ahead and BUY GREEN, UNRIPE AVOCADOS 2-4 DAYS AHEAD OF TIME!

That way, by the day your party comes around, your avocados will be perfectly ripe (and your bum will be covered).

You can’t bank on your grocery store having ripe avocados in stock. More often than not, the avocados will be unripe and green. And if they are ripe, there’s a good chance they’ll be snatched up by someone else or thrown away by the store associates. Sad, huh?

And if you eat avocados on a daily basis, I recommend buying them in a variety of shades, if possible.

Tips for Shopping for AvocadosHere for example, I found a pack of green, unripe avocados (bottom) and a pack of brown, ripe ones (top). Perfect for enjoying both early and late in the week!

To test for ripeness, give the avocado a soft squeeze and it should yield to moderate pressure (but not too much).

Or, you can flick the small round stem off the top of the avocado (see above). If it comes off easily, the avocado is ripe! If the stem doesn’t come off, the avocado is not ripe.

Lastly, here are some of my favorite avocado recipes!

Southern California Guacamole
Spice Rubbed NY Strip Steak with Avocado Salsa (one of my FAVORITE recipes!)
Guacamole Omelet
Broiled Beef and Veggie Skewers with Avocado Dipping Sauce
Grilled Garlicky Chicken Breast with Avocado Bruschetta
Cilantro Lemon Chicken with Avocado Salsa
Avocado Banana Spinach Smoothie
Chicken Taco Salad with Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette (Everygirl Feature)

xoxo,
Meg

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