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Pistachio Gluten Free Cookies Recipe

Pistachio Gluten Free Cookies – RECIPE

Hey Mamas,

Pistachio Gluten Free Cookies anyone?

I’ve taken bits from other recipes and melded them into the most moist, wholesome homemade cookies ever!

Best of all, they are gluten free, loaded with yummy and pretty pistachios. Plus, you get the beauty benefits and delicious texture of oatmeal.

Who’s ready to dunk these babies into some almond milk? Today is World Pistachio Day, after all.

Tolders Baking Pistachio Gluten Free Cookies

Now, let’s get cracking on the easy recipe. You can make your own Oatmeal & Pistachio Gluten Free Cookies while watching tonight’s Oscars Red Carpet arrivals. Yup, it’s that easy!

Oatmeal & Pistachio Gluten Free Cookies

Ingredients

Makes 1-2 dozen depending on the desired size of cookies.

  • 3/4 cup all-purpose gluten-free flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup raw organic sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon organic vanilla extract
  • 1 large ripe banana, mashed
  • 2 cups gluten-free rolled oats
  • 1 cup pistachio nuts
  • ¼ cup water

Tolders Baking Pistachio Gluten Free Cookies

Directions

  1. Heat the oven to 350°F. Whisk the flour, baking soda, and salt together in a medium bowl and set aside.
  2. Using a mixer, cream the butter and sugar together on medium speed until creamy, about 1 minute.
  3. Add the egg and vanilla and mix on low/medium to combine. Mix in the mashed banana and 1/4 cup of water, until incorporated.
  4. Add the dry ingredients and mix on low speed until combined. Add the pistachios and oats, mixing briefly.
  5. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Use a tablespoon to scoop out 2-inch dough balls, placing them about 1 inch apart on the baking sheet.
  6. Bake until just golden on top, about 10 minutes. Cool on the sheet for 10 minutes before transferring the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.


Simple Bone Broth Recipe, Wellness Benefits & Collagen Beauty Boost

 

 

 

 

 

Hey Mamas,

Bone broth, it’s the latest buzz for wellness warriors and beauty buffs. You need a good, simple bone broth recipe in your cooking repertoire.

My Baba (that’s Russian for “grandma”) Emma swears by bone broth.

If you’re feeling under the weather – bone broth.

If you’re tired – bone broth.

If you’re looking to boost your mood – bone broth.

My bone broth brings all the boys to the yard …

If your tummy hurts – bone broth.

What’s so special about bone broth, and why is every doctor, health expert and beauty blogger buzzing about it?

Collagen!

As I mentioned in last week’s blog post “3 Wellness Trends Worth Trying”, collagen is the most abundant protein in our body – basically like the “glue” that holds everything together. As we age, our bodies produce less and less of this magical substance. Less collagen equals saggy skin, wrinkles, loss of bone density, brittle hair, chipping nails, even gut-health issues.

Back when most Americans actually cooked more at home – bone broth included – our diet provided us with the boost of collagen our bodies no longer produced. Sadly, many now turn to stock broth from the grocery store, as opposed to making their own broth – that stock was likely not made on a bone, and it’s loaded with sodium.

To be perfectly honest, I only began to make my grandma’s bone broth recipe when my kids were born. Baba Emma, my mom and my mother-in-law used to make it for my husband and I, back in the good-old days. Okay, sometimes, they still make it for us! But, these days, I’m in on the action, as well. I’ve even recruited helpers.

My sous chef.

 

My sous chef recruited her own sous chef. #SmartGirl

At first, I had no idea how to start. Sadly, I never took the time to watch my baba make her bone broth recipe for us. I simply devoured the goods. Fortunately, my 92-year-old grandma was kind enough to share her recipe with me. It’s actually quite easy, and not as time-consuming as other recipes.

Yes, you can simmer your meat and bones on low for over 24-hours. But, seriously, is that ever going to happen in your life? It sure as heck isn’t going to be an option for me. #LetsBeReasonable

Le Creuset Stockpot, every home needs one.

Enjoy. Or as my family says, Nazdaroveya.

Grandma’s Homemade Chicken Bone Broth Recipe

Ingredients

8 Chicken Drumstick and Thighs (Bells & Even is the best store options – if you live on a farm, lucky you)

4 Medium Carrots, cut into threes

1 Large Parsnip, cut in half

1 Yellow Onion

1 Celery Stick, cut in half

Salt (to taste – trust: this is often where I need to phone-a-mom, my salt taste is terrible, hopefully yours is better)

Directions

Wash chicken and put into a deep pot. (I love Le Creuset 8qt Stock Pot because, aside from the beautiful enamel finish, you just get the best results with anything you make – even if you’re a faux-cook, like me. The $100 price tag pays for itself in yumminess and longevity of product.)

Back to the broth. Cover the meat with water and put on medium to high temp. Skim off anything that floats to the top. Once water boils, remove pot from heat and strain water out.

Gently wash the chicken. Put chicken back into the pot. Add whole onion, carrots, parsnip and celery. Pour already boiled water (I usually do it in the teapot) over chicken and vegetables. Turn stove to medium temp.

Keep skimming off fat and other impurities that float to the top, until the broth is clear. Then, turn  temperature to smallest flame, and let cook for 2 hours.

I saved a bowl for you. XO

 

Fountain of Youth Fruits: Beauty Benefits of Apples, Pomegranates & Pumpkins

Hey Mamas!

I was planning to post this on Friday – actually I should have posted it the previous Friday, but sick kids, my gut issues, charity work on behalf of the Vasculitis Foundation, life …. Sorry! One of these days, I might get my whole act together.

For now, let’s talk apples.

We’ve all heard the adage: An apple a day keeps the doctor away.

But, an apple a day may also keep the plastic surgeon away.

pamela pekerman pix11 morning news

Yup, apples, as well as two of fall’s other fruit harvests – pumpkins and pomegranates – have amazing beauty benefits.

Some of you may have caught me discussing this food to face topic on PIX11 Morning News, last Tuesday, with my dear friend, and mentor, Sukanya Krishna. (Side bar: I LOVE this woman. She’s a momBOSS, girl’s girl and killer anchor).

If you didn’t get a chance to catch the segment – Fall’s Fountain of Youth Fruits – check out the clip below.

I got quite a few emails and social media pings about the items on the table, so here’s some more scoop about the skincare and beauty finds, as well.

APPLES

Benefits of Eating Apples

  • Ursolic acid, found in the peal, is linked to lower risk of obesity because it boosts calorie burn and increases muscle
  • There are 4gp of fiber per one medium size apple. Fiber will keep you fuller longer, so you’re hopefully less likely to much on unhealthy snacks.
  • Fiber also improves your digestive system and increases metabolism. If you’ve been following my gut health drama on Instastories, you know I’m all about good gut health.

Nutritious Nibble featuring Apples

  • An apple bar is a fun way to get the whole eating the fruit. Slice up (with the skin on – because apple skin has the majority of the vitamins, fiber and other benefits) and put on the table with various sides like almond butter, peanut butter, Nutella, honey.
  • At my house, we’re big on baking apples. Wash, decorate with cranberries if desired and pop into the oven at 375degrees for approximately 45minutes. Baked apples with their skin on, retain more of their nutritional value, as compared to making apple sauce.

Beauty Benefits of Apples

Juice Beauty, which has Gwyneth Paltrow as their creative director, have an amazing green apple collection that is formulated without parabens, petroleum, propylene or butylene glycol, sodium lauryl sulfates, pesticides, phthalates, artificial dyes or synthetic fragrances (yup eco excellence). The apples are even sourced from organic farms. On PIX11 I spotlighted the Green Apple Firming Body Moisturizer $18.

  • brightening malic acid from organic green apples combined with other ingredients for lux lotion that helps with skin glow
  • essential fatty acids and apple’s Vitamin C nourish and help firm skin from head to toe
  • No parabens, petroleum, pesticides, phthalates, artificial dyes or synthetic fragrances

beauty benefits apples Juice Beauty Green Apple

PUMPKIN

Benefits of Eating Pumpkins

  • Pumpkins are loaded with Vitamin A, which helps with vision.
  • In the mood for less Wrinkles? Pumpkins are loaded with the antioxidant beta-carotene which helps fight UV damage.
  • Vitamin C found in pumpkins is a natural immune booster that may help during cold/flu season

Nutritious Nibbles featuring Pumpkins

noosa yoghurt Pumpkin Flavor 4oz. 4 pack $4.99, Available at Whole Foods.

  • perfect for snack time, grab-and-go
  • made with whole-milk and fresh pumpkin puree and infused with wildflower honey on local dairy farms in Colorado

noosa_yogurt_pumpkin

Beauty Benefits of Pumpkins

PCA SKIN has a great pumpkin wine-based toner. Yup, you can make wine from anything. Who knew! The Nutrient Toner is $35.

  • It’s packed with enzymes, amino acids and vitamins helps minimize appearance of pores, gently exfoliate and leave skin with a healthy glow
  • pumpkin wine produced by fermenting whole pumpkin, which releases the nutritional benefits of pumpkin, including vitamin A and vitamin C
  • Best of all, this product is free of synthetic dyes and fragrances

POMEGRANATE

Benefits of Eating Pomegranates

  • Pomegranates protect against heart disease and cancer, due to antioxidants like flavonoids and polyphenols
  • They Contain a natural inhibitor that inhibits production of estrogen, which can reduce breast cancer risk
  • Blood pressure-reducing properties, thanks to phytochemicals in pomegranate

Nutritious Nibble featuring Pomegranates

POM Wonderful POM POMS Fresh Arils 4.3oz $3.99, Available at local grocery store  

  • Time-saving package of ready-to-eat pomegranate arils
  • good source of fiber, 4 grams per half-cup serving. With polyphenols and free-radical fighting antioxidants, only 100-calories for 4.3oz
  • For easy entertaining, the 8oz size is great for the home chef that wants to jazz a dish in seconds, giving it a punch of color, sweet taste and a healthy bonus.

POM Wonderful Pom Poms Fresh Arils PIX11

Beauty Benefits of Pomegranates

WELEDA is another one of those brands I trust for their cleaner, greener approach to formulation. IF you’re looking for a new night moisturizer, try their Pomegranate Firming Night Cream $37, available at Whole Foods.

  • organic pomegranate seed oil contains high-level of antioxidants and essential fatty acids that protect skin from damaging free radicals (sun other environmental damage)
  • results in the reduction of wrinkles, for firm refreshed skin
  • 100% certified natural by NaTrue

beauty benefits pomegranate weleda

I’m so passionate about finding cleaner, green beauty and lifestyle products. So, if you have a brand or product you love – skincare, cosmetics, cleaning agents, baby/kid items, whatever – leave a comment below. Let’s detoxify together. #CleanerGeenerLife

NOTE above medical/health claims: I’m not a doctor, nor do I play one on f TV. All benefits are those I’ve heard from medical experts, research online and via interviews, and/or found in recent studies. If you have concerns about eating something or the effects of a certain product/ingredient on your skin, please call your REAL doctor.

Also, the food brands listed above and featured in my segment are not endorsing any of the benefits claims I’m mentioning, unless stated otherwise. Because, like me, they are not fans of law suits.

Okay, that’s all. Just gotta get that out. Like I said, I’m not a fan of law suits. Stress is just toxic for your skin.

Until next time, here’s hoping you #AlwaysBeYourBestYou.

Always Be Your Best You Pamela Pekerman Signature

Recipe: Simple & Yummy Butternut Squash Soup

I’ve always been intimidated by soups. In fact, prior to my daughter eating solid foods, I had never even made chicken broth. Yesterday, I took the plunge. The result:  a marvelous (totting my own horn!) Creamy Butternut Squash Soup that rivals some of the ones I’ve had at top restaurants. Enjoy the recipe I borrowed from Chow.com, and made some modifications. I picked this version because I liked how simple they made it to work with butternut squash. Those suckers are difficult to cut and the skin is very hard to peal. Slicing just in half (see image below), and placing the squash in the oven to bake, so that the flesh easily removes from the skin, is easy and gives me 50 minutes to play with the kids or work on another blog post.

INGREDIENTS 
2 medium size butternut squash, halved lengthwise and seeds removed
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 medium Granny Smith apple (I’m pretty sure I used Golden Delicious by accident … still tasted good)
1/2 medium yellow onion
4 fresh sage leaves (add more for extra flavor)
3 cups of home made chicken broth (it’s always low sodium!! Make a lot of broth and freeze it for the future.)
2 cups water
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt, plus more as needed
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more as needed
1/3 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup toasted pumpkin seeds, for garnish

INSTRUCTIONS
1. Heat the oven to 425°F and arrange a rack in the middle.
2. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Place the squash pieces cut-side up on the baking sheet. Melt 1 tablespoon of the butter and brush all of it over the tops and insides of the squash halves. Season generously with salt and pepper. (So I actyally forgot to season with salt and pepper, and it was fine. Opps.) Roast until knife tender, about 50 minutes to 1 hour.
3. Meanwhile, peel, core, and cut the apple into medium dice. Cut the onion into medium dice. Melt the remaining tablespoon of butter in a large saucepan or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the apple, onion, and sage, season with salt and pepper, and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 7-10 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and set aside.
4. When the squash is ready, set the baking sheet on a wire rack until the squash is cool enough to handle. Using a large spoon, scoop the flesh into the saucepan with the sautéed apples and onions; discard the skins.
5. Add the broth, water, and measured salt and pepper, stir to combine, and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to medium low and simmer, stirring occasionally and breaking up any large pieces of squash, until the flavors meld, about 15 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the cream.
6. Using a blender, purée the soup in batches until smooth. I used my beloved Magic Bullet! It’s become my best friend, in the kitchen.
7.Taste and season with salt and pepper as needed. Serve garnished with the pumpkin seeds, if using.

Energy Boosting Fig Pomegranate Salad Recipe

I’ve been feeling really tired the past few days; the kind of dragged-through-the-mud-by-a-truck-after-running-a-10k-marathon tired I felt when I was still pumping milk. Granted, I only closed the Milk Factory about two weeks ago, so my body is still adjusting. After days of falling asleep right before dinner, not being able to walk my daughter, Ms. Ilana Rose, in the morning, and moped around this house in a robe without any makeup, I decided to take action and jump back on the ultra-healthy bandwagon I jumped on when Ilana was born. I also needed to jump back on the Always Be Your Best You bandwagon!
 
On Tuesday morning, after a motivating chat with my mother I got out of bed, washed my face with my beloved Naturopathica Aloe Cleaning Gel, and put on It Cosmetics’ Bye Bye Under Eye Concealer in Light, Hello Lashes Mascara in black, and their new Lip/Cheek stain which is still not for sale.  Mentally, I felt a pinch better, and, I STRONGLY believe mental health feeds into physical health! Next step: have lunch.
 
I wanted to make something with the fresh figs our neighbors gave us on Sunday, because they are an excellent source of fiber (aka energy boost). Figs are also fat, sodium and cholesterol free.  

I hope you try my yummy salad in your kitchen and commit to living your best life. Remember, we can all fall off the wagon. Only the ones that really love themselves and want to live with a Never Surrender mojo, jump back on wearing coral lipstick and killer riding boots!

Figetaboutit Pom Salad
P2 Wellness: Figetaboutit Pom Salad 
4 fresh figs  
1 cup spinach leaves (or as much as you can grab with both hands)
2 tablespoons of crumbled goat cheese
½ avocado
½ pomegranate
¼ cup of crushed walnuts (or pistachio nuts)
1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon of pomegranate juice
Pinch of salt
Pinch of pepper
 
1.      Dice up the figs and avocado.
2.      Cut the pomegranate and take out the juicy pits. Careful to not stain your outfit!
3.      Crush the walnuts in your hand. Smaller pieces taste better in the salad.
4.      Mix the spinach, figs, avocado, pomegranate seeds, 1 tablespoon crumbled goat cheese and crushed walnuts in a bowl.
5.      Pour extra virgin olive oil and pomegranate juice into the bowl. Add salt and pepper. Mix.
6.      Place the salad on a pretty plate. How you eat is as important as what you eat, so I’m all about elevating ambiance to enhance the culinary experience. It also puts on smile on your face!
7.      Finish off my sprinkling the remaining 1 tablespoon of crumbled goat cheese on top of your salad. 
 
P2 Wellness: Figetaboutit Pom Salad, ingredients