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?”

Extra Entries: The following five opportunities below will earn one extra entry into the giveaway for each. You must leave separate comments for each one to ensure that they are counted as separate entries:

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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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    Adrienne Carolyn — July 12, 2011 @ 4:42 pm

    Tweeted an additional comment too!

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    Julia — July 12, 2011 @ 7:02 pm

    I most definately do. This time of year spending time at the farmer’s markets helps alot! Fresher the better fruits and veggies makes it alot of fun getting into the kitchen and creating. Thanks for your inspiring blog. Julia

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    Jan — July 12, 2011 @ 9:16 pm

    Yes…I feel the difference…but still eat…BAD!

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    Jan — July 12, 2011 @ 9:17 pm

    I’m an email subscriber.

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    Elisabeth — July 13, 2011 @ 9:43 am

    Boy do I ever feel a difference in the way foods affect me! Like the doughnut I just ate :( I should have made your raspberry scones instead! :)

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    Elisabeth — July 13, 2011 @ 9:45 am

    I just (finally, why haven’t I done this before?) subscribed to your e-mail!

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    Elisabeth — July 13, 2011 @ 9:45 am

    I’m already an avid facebook fan!!!! I tell everyone about your page!!!!

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    Elisabeth — July 13, 2011 @ 9:48 am

    Hoping to win!! I posted about hoping to win the book on my facebook page :)

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    judy jursch — July 13, 2011 @ 11:50 am

    I definitely notice a pattern…when I eat sugar I peak and then crash! When I eat too many bad carbs (chips, etc.) about 1/2 hour later, I fall asleep in my chair watching tv! My body is surely sending me a loud and clear signal!

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — July 13, 2011 @ 10:17 pm

    I for sure feel a connection between what I eat and how I feel. Now if only I could recognize that, and not eat the bad for me stuff!

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    Caroline — July 13, 2011 @ 10:54 pm

    I definitely feel a connection between what i eat and how i feel, both physically and emotionally. when i eat healthily, i feel strong, lean, and energized, as well as emotionally healthy. when i eat unhealthily, i feel depressed, regretful, and usually guilty, and even worse- sluggish, edgy, and buzzed with sugar!! however, its still important to allow oneself to indulge (in moderation!) every once in a while!!!

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    Jan — July 14, 2011 @ 7:57 pm

    Yes; I notice the difference.

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    Jan — July 14, 2011 @ 7:58 pm

    I subscribe by email.

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    simplynutritiouskate — July 15, 2011 @ 9:05 am

    I do notice a difference especially when I dont eat enough greens I feel so bleh!

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    Laura — July 15, 2011 @ 9:11 am

    This past winter was the first time I really realized how much my diet affects me. All winter, I was feeling tired and sluggish, which I’m sure was enhanced by the fact that I live in Iowa and winter can be quite depressing on its own. When constantly tired, all I want to eat is junk food and comfort food, which makes me feel worse! My husband and I finally got our butts in gear and started eating healthy again. I have so much more energy and don’t suffer that terrible after lunch slump, unless I have a weak moment and eat poorly.

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    Laura — July 15, 2011 @ 9:12 am

    I’m a facebook fan

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    Anita Menon — July 15, 2011 @ 11:21 am

    Congratulations!!! 351 recipes is a remarkable feat. I always wonder how you manage it? Its really fantastic.Unfortunately I can’t enter the giveaway but I will certainly tweet it so more people get to know your brilliant blog

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    Carmen — July 15, 2011 @ 10:00 pm

    I definitely notice a difference in how I feel based on what I eat!

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    Carmen — July 15, 2011 @ 10:00 pm
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    Barbara — July 16, 2011 @ 2:58 pm

    I definitely notice a difference- especially in my energy and mood. When I eat foods that don’t ‘sit well’ with me, I get really tired, and feel ‘undigested’, fatigued, and cranky! This is a great giveaway!

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    Jan — July 16, 2011 @ 10:03 pm

    I do notice the difference!

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    Jan — July 16, 2011 @ 10:04 pm

    You come via email.

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    Jan — July 17, 2011 @ 9:56 pm

    Most definately!

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    Jan — July 17, 2011 @ 9:57 pm

    I’m a subscriber.

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    Amy — August 30, 2011 @ 12:15 pm

    I liked you on FB

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    Amy — August 30, 2011 @ 12:16 pm

    I subscribed to your email list

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    Trisha — September 8, 2011 @ 5:44 pm

    I notice a huge difference. I try to eat as many fresh fruits and veggies as possible. I just always feel like my body functions better that way. Even though I do enjoy ice cream now and again and that usually makes me feel good too. 😉

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    Lorelei Sebranek — November 13, 2011 @ 12:48 pm

    I know the contest is over but I still would like to comment. I notice that when i eat overly processed and artificially flavored foods i become very run down, can’t sleep, have horrendous migraines, and severe constipation w/diarreha. I have been diagnosed with Irritable bowel and Barrett’s esophageous. I feel the chemicals they put in our food is causing a plethura of illnesses.

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