One Year Blogiversary, Lemon Berry Tarts and a Giveaway!

Today marks my one year blog anniversary! If you have followed me on my daily adventures in the kitchen, then you have seen 351 different recipes. In case you missed any of them, you can always access all of the recipes from the Recipe Index. The first recipe that I brought to you was Roast Chicken with Balsamic Bell Peppers. It continues to be one of my favorite recipes and it’s comfort food at its finest. Maybe at some point I might need to update the picture…it is after all the first picture I posted. 😀 I have learned so much this past year, met so many amazing blogging friends and felt overwhelming support from friends and family. Thanks to each and every one of you for your comments and support. 😀

A few weeks Cierra of Sequel Naturals contacted me asking if I would like to review the new book “Must Have Been Something I Ate” by Peggy Kotsopoulos and highlight a recipe. The book talks about the simple connection between what we eat and how we look and feel. It reminds us to practice mindful eating by knowing where your food is coming from and who is preparing it. This holistic nutrition guide is broken down into different sections that look at the impact of what we eat and how we feel, how food affects the way we look and the nutrients and foods that contribute to our immune and digestive health. In this book you will learn key nutrients that will have you feeling stress-free and energized as well as reveal what could be sabotaging your weight-loss efforts and how to lose the weight for good. There is also 25 indulgent guilt free recipes to put everything you have learned about the food-mood connection into practice. Recipes include Chai Tea Latte, Hummus, Fig and Olive Tapenade Crustini, Mediterranean Quinoa Salad, Creamy Broccoli Soup, Chocolate Mousse and many more. You can also find many more recipes on the Vega Website along with Vega products such as the Whole Food Optimizer, Shake and Go Smoothies and Whole Food Energy Bars.

Here is your chance to win a copy of this amazing book! Just follow the directions below for a chance to win! Sorry this giveaway is limited to US residents only.

How to Enter: Leave a comment on this post answering the question: “Do you notice a connection between what you eat and how you feel?”

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Deadline: Saturday, July 16, 2011 at 11:59pm EST

Winner: The winner will be selected at random by Sweet Pea’s Kitchen using All entries received after the deadline will not be considered. Entries that do not follow the entry requirements will not be considered. Winner will be notified via email and will have 24 hours to confirm receipt of the email. If the winner does not reply within 24 hours, another winner will be selected.

I was so excited when I was looking through the recipes in the book and spotted the Lemon Berry Tarts. Fruit Tarts are one of my favorite desserts to make during the summer months. They are a simple and elegant way to turn abundant summer fruits into a beautiful dessert. With this recipe you don’t even have to turn on the oven! That’s right- it is a no bake fruit tart! This gluten free fruit tart has a lemony cashew cream filling that is packed with protein and vitamin C and the delicious no bake tart shell is made from pecans, raisins and cherries. Oh my! 😀

Lemon Berry Tarts

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For the Tart Shell:

  • 1 cup pecans
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries

For the Lemon Filling:

  • 1 1/2 cups raw cashews
  • Zest of 1 large lemon
  • Juice of one large lemon
  • Juice of 1/2 large orange
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/2 cup coconut palm nectar
  • 1 tablespoon ground chia
  • Fresh berries

For the Apricot Glaze:

  • 1/4 cup apricot preserves
  • 1/2 tablespoon Brandy liqueur


  1. In the work bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the metal blade, process pecans, raisins and cherries until finely chopped and mixture starts to stick together. Press mixture into a 6-inch tart pan with a removable bottom; refrigerate at least 30 minutes.
  2. Heat the apricot preserves in a small saucepan over medium heat until completely melted.  Remove from heat and add liqueur and stir until combined. Strain mixture through a fine strainer to remove any fruit lumps. Let cool until it is only slightly warm.
  3. In a blender place cashews, lemon juice and zest, orange juice and vanilla; slowly blend together. Add coconut palm nectar and water and blend until smooth. Stir in ground chia. Spoon into prepared tart shells. Decorate tart with mixed fresh fruit. Start with the outside edge and work your way towards the middle of the circle. Gently brush a thin layer of apricot glaze on the fruit. Refrigerate at least 3 hours before serving.

Yields: 1-6-inch tart

Source: adapted from Must Have Been Something I Ate

133 Responses to “One Year Blogiversary, Lemon Berry Tarts and a Giveaway!”

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    Mother of 2 Lover of Shoes — July 8, 2011 @ 10:26 am

    I tweeted the giveaway.

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    Mother of 2 Lover of Shoes — July 8, 2011 @ 10:27 am

    I absolutely notice if I eat like crap I feel like crap. It took me until my late 20s to realize everything I put in my body affects the way I feel and my mood. I try to eat healthier so I feel healthier and I am much happier when my body feels healthier.

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    joann — July 8, 2011 @ 10:36 am

    I definitely feel a connection betwee my diet and the way I feel physically and emotionally. Eating healthy gives me a very positive, upbeat feeling of being in control and full of energy. When I laden my body with unhealthy foods, I am upset with my self for making unhealthy choicesas well as not having he energy to do what I need and want to do.

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    Scrumptious and Sumptuous — July 8, 2011 @ 10:42 am

    Yes, food and energy level are certainly connected. Too much of the sweet stuff leaves me lethargic while my green smoothies and loads of healthy foods leaves me feeling energized and motivated.

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    katshealthcorner — July 8, 2011 @ 10:42 am

    I do feel a connection between what I eat and how I feel! The more fruits and vegetables I eat, the more energetic I am! 😀

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    katshealthcorner — July 8, 2011 @ 10:44 am

    I’m already subscribed by email! 😀

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    jenna laughs — July 8, 2011 @ 10:44 am

    I definitely do – you are what you eat, right? 🙂 And I love this lemon tart. I imagine this would make me feel… awesome.

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    Nicole@HeatOvenTo350 — July 8, 2011 @ 11:05 am

    I love these tarts! The crust looks so different and delicious.

    I’ve noticed that heavy foods make me feel heavy. Like when you are on vacation and splurge a little too much eating out? Not a good feeling after a day or so.

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    Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide — July 8, 2011 @ 11:06 am

    I feel a connection alright. It’s one of the reasons I can’t eat most fast food. (In-N Out is different!) I can’t do processed salty stuff either. (Except Utz.) Oh wow, I’m sounding like your least healthy commenter! But when I eat something I made that’s fresh, it just tastes better. That always makes me feel good. Congrats on a year of blogging. Here’s to many more!

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    Judy — July 8, 2011 @ 11:23 am

    Congrats on the one-year mark! You have a good thing going here, keep up the inspiring posts 🙂

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    Katie — July 8, 2011 @ 11:26 am

    I absolutely notice a difference between what I eat and how I feel. When I eat fresh, nutricious foods, I feel lighter and more energetic. When I let myself indulge in food that is not so healthy (usually on vacation, birthday parties, etc.), I end up feeling bloated and weighed down, and usually a little guilty.

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    Cindy B. — July 8, 2011 @ 11:40 am

    I haven’t really notice before, but I will start to from now on. Happy Blogiversary!

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    Cindy B. — July 8, 2011 @ 11:42 am

    I’m already a subscriber.

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    Cindy B. — July 8, 2011 @ 11:43 am

    I’m already a fan.

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    Cindy B. — July 8, 2011 @ 11:46 am

    I shared this giveaway on Facebook.

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    Cindy B. — July 8, 2011 @ 11:49 am

    I tweeted.!/ Cinbat03

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    Cindy B. — July 8, 2011 @ 11:50 am

    I’m already a follower on Twitter.

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    Joan — July 8, 2011 @ 11:56 am

    Congrats on your one year anniv. I posted on FB.
    Have tried many of your recipes. Find I look and feel better when I practice good nutrition…lots of fruits and veggies, very little meat.

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    Joan — July 8, 2011 @ 12:05 pm

    Already a subscriber by email.

    Have noticed that people who are in good physical condition with lots of energy already follow good eating principles and find a way to exercise. . I try to practice good eating habits, but it can be difficult with a hubby who resists change. Always looking for new healthy recipes that I can offer to hubby. Am often surprised to find that he actually enjoys them.

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    WhatchaMakinNow? — July 8, 2011 @ 12:51 pm

    Happy 1 year!! This looks like a great book! I always feel better when I eat fresh food and lean proteins. I think fresh baked goods, while sometimes full of sugar and butter, are better than the already prepared stuff you would buy at a store.

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    Karen Albro — July 8, 2011 @ 12:59 pm

    Congrats on the one year! I know that I cannot eat certain cerals or instant oatmeal. The right food certainly makes a difference! Thanks for letting us know about this book!

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    Caroline — July 8, 2011 @ 1:18 pm

    Congrats on your blogiversary!! That’s too exciting. Mine’s coming up next month. 🙂 What a great first post, I’m going to have to make that chicken recipe. It sounds amazing–as do these lemon tarts. I’m already a subscriber by e-mail, and I’ll head over to FB to become a fan. And to answer your question, I definitely feel a connection between what I eat/how I feel. Like Greg said, that’s why I never eat fast food. I’d much rather make a homemade meal with fresh ingredients, void of preservatives and excessive amounts of calories.

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    Jane — July 8, 2011 @ 1:48 pm

    I never really noticed the connection between what I ate and how I feel every day until I started eating better. Funny…many of the little aches and pains just went away. I’ve lost 16 pounds in a month and a half without much effort (other than changing my diet completely). Life is good!

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    Jane — July 8, 2011 @ 1:49 pm

    I’ve been a Fan on your Facebook page since I saw the first recipe. Love your blog!!

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    Jane — July 8, 2011 @ 1:50 pm

    I’m now following you on Twitter, and I shared your comment!

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    Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust — July 8, 2011 @ 2:16 pm

    Happy Blogiversary! I love all your recipes. I’m looking forward to another yummy year!

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    Cookies4kids — July 8, 2011 @ 3:07 pm

    There is no question that what you eat affects the way you feel. At least that’s what I tell myself when I am eating chocolate.

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    Cookies4kids — July 8, 2011 @ 3:08 pm

    I am a subscriber to this blog and love the recipes.

  29. #
    Maris(In Good Taste) — July 8, 2011 @ 3:15 pm

    Happy Blog anniversary! I most definitely do notice a difference.

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    Anne — July 8, 2011 @ 3:39 pm

    Congrats on your blog anniversary! My 1-year is actually in 2 days…but I definitely didn’t post 351 recipes! I definitely notice a difference…in fact, my husband requested that we make Friday nights a non-meat meal because his long run is on Saturday morning and you can really feel it!

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    Cali — July 8, 2011 @ 3:47 pm

    Congrats, you’re blog is amazing, like you’ve been doing this for ever! I recently started to realize how much your diet and lifestyle really do affect how you feel and your mentality. When I eat healthier, I feel amazing and strong. Now I am obsessed with finding healthy and fresh recipes that are still delicious- your daily blogs help!

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    domestic diva — July 8, 2011 @ 3:55 pm

    I definitely notice a difference. I am what I eat.

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    happywhennothungry — July 8, 2011 @ 4:30 pm

    I definitely notice a connection between what I eat and how I feel! When I eat anything fried, I always feel heavy and sluggish. Protein keeps me going. Happy anniversary!

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    Heidi @ Food Doodles — July 8, 2011 @ 4:54 pm

    Happy blogiversary!
    I absolutely notice a connection between what I eat and how I feel.

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    Michelle — July 8, 2011 @ 5:18 pm

    I definitely notice a difference when I eat better as opposed to when I eat junk. I feel so much better after veggies, fruit, and lean protein! Happy blogiversary!!!!

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    Michelle — July 8, 2011 @ 5:18 pm

    I already like Sweet Pea’s Kitchen on facebook.

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    Michelle — July 8, 2011 @ 5:19 pm

    And I follow you on Twitter!

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    Nadia Mustapha — July 8, 2011 @ 5:44 pm

    I recently joined Sweet Pea Kitchen and I’m so glad I did! Congrats to you making it to 1 year…may you have many more!

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    Junia @ Mis Pensamientos — July 8, 2011 @ 7:24 pm

    happy blogversary!!! and i love how these tarts are vegan 😀 yay~!!!

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    Ashlie — July 8, 2011 @ 7:57 pm

    Happy Blog-o-versary, I really enjoy visiting your blog!

    I definetly feel a connection between what I eat and how I feel – as a result I slowly given up many foods that bother me, first gluten and refined sugars, then dairy, and now all grains, I also have to minimize my consumption of fruits, especially dried fruits. The food that I find most soothing and energizing is sweet potatoes. Gluten, sugars, dairy, and grains make me bloated and lethargic!

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    Ali Coe — July 8, 2011 @ 8:13 pm

    I definitely notice if I eat only frozen or fried food when I have super busy work weeks. I need to eat some greenery, fresh veggies, etc. or I just feel gross.

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    Ali Coe — July 8, 2011 @ 8:15 pm

    Congrats on the anniversary! I posted this giveaway on FB

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    Ali Coe — July 8, 2011 @ 8:15 pm

    I like you on FB

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    Amanda Thompson — July 8, 2011 @ 8:54 pm

    I notice that when I make good food choices throughout the day, I feel great and when I eat junk, I feel like crap most of the time.

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    Amanda Thompson — July 8, 2011 @ 8:56 pm

    I subscribe to Sweet Pea’s Kitchen via email 🙂

  46. #
    Chris M. — July 8, 2011 @ 10:01 pm

    I definitely do. Thanks for the giveaway.

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    Mary Beth — July 8, 2011 @ 10:44 pm

    Happy one year blog anniversary!

    I do notice a connection. I just wish I felt as delicious as cupcakes taste after I eat them.

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    Rach @ This Italian Family — July 8, 2011 @ 11:54 pm

    Happy blogiversary!

    And I definitely notice a correlation between what I eat and how I feel. Especially with foods that upset my tummy (like dairy) or my heart (caffeine/sugar). The less greasy the food, the better too! 🙂

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    Londra Fleming — July 9, 2011 @ 6:24 am

    Happy Blogiversary as well!!! There certainly is a connection between what we eat and how we feel! I subscribed to your blog via email. Enjoy the recipes! 🙂

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — July 9, 2011 @ 7:50 am

    Congrats on 1 year! I love this tart. I definitely feel better when I’m eating healthy.

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