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A Medley of Family Fresh Cooking and AFBHLS Guest Post from Marla

13 October 2011 12 Comments


Proud mom of two lovely kids and a lover of piping hot dark espresso roast capped with perfect crema, this gorgeous food blogger Marla Meridith from Southern California is our AFBHLS guest today. From healthy, gluten free, vegan, to almost sugar free recipes on her blog she can also win you over with some of her exotic creations for pure indulgence in great food. Each recipe emanates freshness of the ingredients she uses to create that perfect meal which is further enhanced by her skillful photography and wonderful food styling.

She believes that “Bringing out the flavors in natural foods does not take much effort at all. Great ingredients speak for themselves. I want my foods to have dynamic flavors. I love taking traditional recipes and adding unique ingredient twists to make them more fun. Real homemade food simply tastes better then anything pre-packaged and processed.”

I was excited when Marla asked me to be a part of AFBHLS series, due to lack of time she could not send a recipe for the post. But the medley of some of the wonderful creations that she has sent from her blog will make up for the same and you could check these recipes at her blog.

Over to you, Marla…

Marla Meridith

Marla Meridith from Family Fresh Cooking

Hi everyone! My name is Marla Meridith, I publish the recipe & healthy lifestyle blog Family Fresh Cooking. I am thrilled to be guesting here on Lite Bite. I always love visiting  Sanjeeta’s blog for her healthy, vegetarian recipes.

My Healthy-living secrets;

  1. The recipes on my blog are diverse, but I always keep the focus on healthy, whole food ingredients.
  2. Always remember portion control even when your food has good for you ingredients. Calories in need to play well against those you exert throughout the day in order to stay fit and fabulous!
  3. One of my major goals beyond great flavor and nutrition when I develop recipes are foods that keep you feeling great and sustain energy for the busy lives we lead. I have no time in the day to feel sluggish as I juggle life with two small children and a increasingly demanding job. I always want to be on the top of my game.
  4. Today I am going to share some of our favorite treats that you can enjoy for breakfast, brunch, snacks or dessert and stay in great shape too.

Here are a few of our favorites with some super star ingredients.

Nutty Apple Tarts

Nutty Apple Tarts Pic courtesy Marla

1.Nutty Apple Tarts use some of our favorite ingredients: apples and cinnamon. They are also vegan and gluten free. The crust has a combination of quinoa, oat and almond flour, also some coconut milk and spices. The combo makes for a perfect shortbread texture and lots of flavor.

Strawberry Rhubarb Compote

Strawberry Rhubarb Compote Pic courtesy Marla

2.We are also big into fruit and yogurt parfaits such as these Strawberry Rhubarb Compote ones. Not only are they pretty, but they make for a great quick meal.

Honeydew Sherbet-Ice Milk.

Honeydew Sherbet-Ice Milk Pic courtesy Marla

3.If you are looking for something cool and refreshing you can try my simple Honeydew Sherbet-Ice Milk. Add some slivered, toasted coconut flakes and fresh fruit for a little something more.

Pumpkin Pie Tart

Pumpkin Pie Tart Pic Courtesy Marla

4.I recently made this Pumpkin Pie Tart with a gluten free almond crust. After baking up one I promptly made two more. It is that good.

Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins.

Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins Pic courtesy Marla

5.Another muffin recipe you might like are these gluten free Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins. Grab a few and slather with your favorite nut butter or some cream cheese for a little something more.

Stop by and say *hello* any time. I would love to meet you over at my place.

Thanks for being on AFBHLS series, Marla!


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  • marla said:

    Sanjeeta, I am *smittem* by this post you have created. I am honored and flattered to be guesting here on your awesome blog. Thank you girl. I am gonna spread the message that I am visiting now. xxoo
    I hope your readers enjoy 🙂

  • EA-The Spicy RD said:

    You had me at the piping hot espresso :-). Love Marla’s blog too! I recently bookmarked her gluten free pumpkin tatty to make with my kids. Can’t wait to try it. Thanks for sharing Sanjeeta!
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  • juniakk @ mis pensamientos said:

    all of these recipes look soooo good. i love how they are healthy, vegan, and GF! 😀 awesome guest post!
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  • anu said:

    wow mind blowing recipes…all are unique and beautiful….kudos to Marla…

  • Krithi said:

    Wow.. that is a lovely post…

  • Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said:

    whoa !!! that medley looks impressive and so tempting.
    Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal recently posted..Beans Paruppu Usili (Green Beans and Chana Dal Curry) – for Blog HopMy Profile

  • Anu said:

    All recipes are good and pictures are very nice marla. Sanjeeta nice guest post

  • kevin said:

    Very enticing and yummy pictures. I am sure that my girlfriend will surely love this when I cook one for her. Where can I get more of your recipe’s Marla? My gf will surely love me more.

  • Baker Street said:

    Great to see Marla here! The Strawberry Rhubarb Compote looks so delicious! Great addition to the series!
    Baker Street recently posted..Silent Sunday: Whole Wheat Honey Pound CakeMy Profile

  • Rosalia said:

    Creative techniques of making food by utilizing natural flavors! If the food is colorful, it titillates our taste buds. Natural flavors are added, so it does not affect our diet, and it is very easy to prepare food. It is a new innovative idea. Kindly keep providing type of new ideas.

  • Rodrigo Valenzuela said:

    Thank you Marla for the wonderful recipes! They all look very appetizing owing to the excellent colors and garnishing. This weekend I would definitely make Honeydew Sherbet-Ice Milk.

  • Annapet said:

    So good to “meet” you via Lite Bite, Marla! Will be checking out your blog shortly.
    Annapet recently posted..Chocolate-Cardamom Macarons with Fleur De Sel Caramel FillingMy Profile

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