“I am sure that in the story of Adam and Eve, the forbidden fruit was a fig and not an apple, pear or anything else.” -Yotam Ottolenghi

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Growing up in Oregon meant there was always an abundance of dairy. When you drive around the cities it’s easy to see why. Overflowing with pasture land and local farmers who continue to practice generations worth of traditions in milk production and land preservation makes for a product people can get behind.

When I first moved to Washington, I found many similarities. Ranking in the top 10th percentile for total milk production in the United States, people continue to support small businesses in spite of diminishing farmland.

Working with Chobani Greek Yogurt to develop a recipe using only the very best in natural ingredients began with local sourcing. Each week I take great care to make a fresh batch of everyday granola to use throughout the week on my smoothies, with yogurt parfaits, and to have on hand for snacking. I want to share that recipe with you in hopes that you find it to be a simple recipe you can make for yourself week after week.

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Seasonal figs and nutrient rich walnuts make this a power packed treat to start your day. I love it’s slight acidity and how it really satisfies all morning long. I think you will enjoy it too.

You can find more healthy recipes using Greek yogurt here.

Yogurt Parfait with Everyday Granola, Figs, & Walnuts // serves 4

For the Granola

5 cups gluten-free oats
1/2 cup raw sliced almonds
1/2 cup raw pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup hemp hearts
1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
pinch of salt

Preheat oven to 300 degrees
In a large bowl combine the dry ingredients. In a small bowl combine the coconut oil and maple syrup until well incorporated. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix well. On two cookie sheets lined with parchment paper spread granola out evenly. Bake for 30 minutes, stirring after 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool before storing in an airtight container.

For the Parfaits

4 cups Chobani Greek Vanilla Yogurt
1 cup Everyday Granola
4 small figs – 2 green, 2 purple, sliced
2 Tablespoons chopped walnuts

Divide yogurt into four bowls or parfait cups. Top with everyday granola, sliced figs, and chopped walnuts. Serve and enjoy.

“Summertime is always the best of what might be.” – Charles Bowden

Summer fruit shows off it’s true vibrant colors in this savory-sweet soup. A perfect meal for lazy hot evenings, be sure to serve this chilled and garnish with your favorite ecruitments.

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Watermelon-Tomato Summer Gazpacho // Serves 4

5 cups chopped seedless watermelon
3 cups chopped vine ripened tomatoes – use only red tomatoes for color
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 shallot, chopped
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1 teaspoon salt
1/5 teaspoon fresh cracked pepper
cilantro, parsley, or micro greens to garnish

Place the watermelon through pepper in a blender and puree until smooth. Transfer to a bowl, cover, and chill for up to one hour. Pour chilled soup into bowls and garnish with greens and coarse salt and pepper.

“Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability.” -Sam Keen

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The lazy days of summer are finally here and I’m still unwilling to cook more than simple peasant fare. My days are filled with fly fishing and archery shooting, making me quite possibly the happiest girl on earth, leaving little time for elaborate meals in the kitchen. Saturday trips to the farmers market feed my body and soul all week long.

Romanesque cauliflower, also known as Romanesco broccoli, is an edible flower bud of the species Brassica oleracea. It’s chartreuse color is striking especially when paired against pale white cauliflower and marcona almonds. You can find both at your local farmers market or grocer.

Lemon Thyme Roasted Cauliflower & Marcona Almonds // serves 4

1 Head each Romanesco Cauliflower and Cauliflower, sectioned into florets
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 cup marcona almonds
2 teaspoons dried thyme
Zest of one lemon
Coarse sea salt and cracked pepper
Parmesan (optional)

Preheat oven to 400˚F

Toss cauliflower with olive oil until fully coated. Place on a baking sheet tray in a single layer and roast in oven until golden brown and cooked through, about 15 minutes.

Remove from the oven and cool. Then, place the roasted cauliflower in a large mixing bowl and carefully fold together with the almonds and remaining ingredients. Stir well. Season with salt and pepper and top with grated parmesan (if desired).