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Rustic Apple Tart

Posted Oct 01 2010 12:00am
Good Evening and Happy Friday!

I am psyched that it is Friday and am looking forward to the weekend.  I actually have been doing some subbing for Baby Boot Camp here in Portland.  I taught Baby Boot Camp in Austin and it has been fun to teach here and meet all the great women and their children.  I also went to the dentist this week and unfortunately will have to have some work done $$$!  The only good thing about this is that I found a very nice dentist who I actually like and so spending so much time with her won't be too terrible. I just hate spending that much $ on my teeth.  We could go on a nice vacation for the money I am going to have to shell out.  Can you tell that I am not over it yet??   I have spent some time volunteering at school this week.  This morning I got to help out with Emmet's Art Class and it was nice to see Emmet enjoying school and meeting his friends.  The kids are loving school and we ended the week by having some of their friends over for a play date.

Today started of a tad bit later-- no 5:30am client today and I woke up had my 4 Paranil pills from the Colonix Cleanse and then 15 minutes later drank the fiber Intestinal Cleanser.  The cleanse is going well so far.  I think my only thought may be that I am not necessarily feeling cleansed.  I have not really made the necessary changes to really cleanse either though.  I have not given up my sugar fix but have been trying to add more veggies into the diet as well as whole grains.

Speaking of grains my breakfast this morning was Kashi 7 Whole Grain Pilaf topped with Banana & Sunflower Seeds.  I thought I would mix things up a bit and really enjoyed the nutty chewy flavor of the pilaf.

Breakfast Pilaf with Banana and Sunflower Seeds

1/2 cup Kashi 7 Whole Grain Pilaf (cooked according to package)
1 banana, sliced
1 tablespoon unsalted sunflower seeds
1 teaspoon honey

Kashi Pilaf
Naturally tasty and nutritious, our pilaf is a hearty foundation for any meal. Plus, our heritage blend of 7 Whole Grains & Sesame has protein, fiber and a day’s worth of whole grains too.

I went to an awesome class today called Willpower and Grace. 
willPower & grace® is a sweaty, dynamic fusion of the fitness industry’s most popular (and most effective) group exercise programs. This workout is the ideal cardiovascular solution for mind-body practitioners. It's equipment-free; barefoot, and infused with positive, strengthening philosophy. 

This class is not only fun but tough and I love the fusion of yoga and pilates moves.  There are lots of squats and lunges in this class and my legs felt like jello after class.  I have a feeling that I am going to be sore tomorrow.

Lunch was another Egg, Cheddar and Spinach Bagel Thin Sandwich.  I am thoroughly enjoying the Thomas' Bagel Thins and this has been my go-to lunch the last few days.

Dinner was one of my favorite salads.  This is another Ellie Kriger recipe.  I love her recipes.  Healthy and Tasty.

Chickpea and Spinach Salad with Cumin Dressing and Yogurt Sauce


2 (15-ounce) cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1/4 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
1/2 cup chopped red onion
1/4 cup olive oil
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Salt and pepper
4 cups baby spinach leaves

Yogurt with Orange Essence, recipe below, optional

2 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh mint leaves, optional


In a medium bowl combine the chickpeas, parsley and onion. In a small bowl whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, zest, cumin, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper. Pour the dressing over the chickpea mixture and toss to combine. Serve the chickpea salad over a bed of spinach leaves. Top with the yogurt sauce and a sprinkle of mint, if using.

Yogurt with Orange Essence
1/3 cup non-fat greek yogurt
1/4 teaspoon orange zest
2 tablespoons orange juice
1/2 teaspoon honey

In a small bowl, stir together the yogurt, orange zest, orange juice and honey.

I love the mix of creamy yogurt sauce and the spicy garbanzo beans.  This salad rocks!

Apples are in season right now and I have been dying to make a beautiful Apple Galette. 

Now I was a little upset because before I was able to take a picture of my actual Galette someone snuck into the kitchen and helped themselves to a piece!  Can you even believe that?  So here is what mine looked like sans a rather large piece.

I guess the good thing was that my son proclaimed that he just couldn't wait to dive in and that it was "awesome."  Argh.
I got the recipe from my favorite cookbooks- Perfect Light Desserts by Nick Malgieri and David Joachim
Sweet Pastry Dough1 cup all-purpose flour (I used whole wheat pastry flour)3 tablespoons sugar1/2 teaspoon baking powder1/4 teaspoon salt3 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold and cut into 6 pieces1 large egg1 tablespoon cold water
Combine all the dry ingredients in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the metal blade.  Pulse 3 to 4 times to mix.Add the butter and pulse about 10-12 times to mix the butter in finely.Add the egg and water and pulse until the dough forms a ball.For the dough into a disk and wrap it in plastic.Refrigerate for several hours.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. 
Rustic Apple Tart
3 large Honey Crisp apples, peeled, cored and sliced into thin slices2 tablespoons sugar1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Apricot Glaze1/2 cup apricot all-fruit spread or preserves2 tbsp water
Roll the dough out and press it into 9-10 inch fluted tart plan.
Place thinly sliced apples and arrange them around the crust.  Mix the sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle evenly over apples.
Bake the tart for 40-45 minutes or until the crust is baked through and golden and the apples are bubbling slightly. 
In a small saucepan heat the apricot preserves and water and bring to a boil over low heat.
Glaze the top of the tart and let it set up.
Enjoy with a little Frozen Vanilla Yogurt.

Rustic Apple Tart A La Mode

Wow!  That was a great way to end the week and kick off the weekend. 
We have an 8:00am soccer game tomorrow and then there is a Greek Festival going on in the neighborhood so I will definitely be partaking of some greek food tomorrow.  Yum!
I hope you all have a great weekend and I will be catching up this weekend so stay tuned.

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