Meyer Lemon Bars with Pistachio Ginger Crust

Meyer lemon season is coming to an end soon, so let’s take advantage and squeeze out every bit of fragrant lemony-ness we can.  Pistachios and ginger pair extremely well with lemon, and are the prominent flavors in the buttery crust of these bars.  The filling uses both the juice and zest to get the most Meyer lemon flavor.  A simple glaze of confectioners’ sugar and more Meyer lemon juice tops it all off, along with a dusting of chopped pistachios to give it a salty crunchy balance.  And don’t worry.  We’ve got gluten free and whole wheat variations covered.  So go ahead, raise a glass (or lemon bar) to another citrus season.

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Baked Falafel

This month we’ve tackled eating more veggies with cauliflower rice and the shredder attachment (bonus blog for subscribers only), adding whole grains to your diet with Spelt Oat Bread, and now we are rounding out the healthy eating New Year’s resolutions with a meatless meal using the meat mincer attachment: Baked Falafel.  That’s right, meat grinders aren’t just for meat.  You can use them to make veggie burgers, like Mushroom Walnut Burgers, or let it do all the work for you when making falafel.  And since this is about healthy eating, these falafel are baked instead of fried.

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Spelt Oat Bread

Helping you out with those New Year’s resolutions and continuing on with healthy eating posts for January.  We already covered eating more veggies with our bonus recipe of the month available only for subscribers: cauliflower rice using the slicer/shredder attachment. (subscribe to get bonus recipes every month!)  Next we tackle eating more whole grains.  If you are used to eating white flour bread, quick bread is a great segue into the realm of whole grain baking, and eating.  The heartier flavors and textures of whole grains work well and taste great in recipes such as quick breads, muffins, pancakes and waffles.  I love this Spelt Oat Bread because it isn’t sweet, so you can go either way with it: spread on a little Greek yogurt and drizzle with honey for a filling breakfast or serve alongside a hearty minestrone for a healthy dinner.

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