Saturday, December 3, 2016

Allergy-Friendly Cut-Out Cookies

Here is my favorite cut-out sugar cookies that are safe for the whole family, being free of the top 8 most common food allergens. They taste good, are healthier than most store bought sugar cookies and are pretty easy to make. My girls love rolling out the dough and cutting out shapes. A healthy treat to the rescue!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Slow Cooker White Bean Chili

Got turkey?  Here is a great recipe utilizing some of those Thanksgiving leftovers. It's a great recipe for a night that you need to come home to a hot dinner all ready for you! Toss everything in the slow cooker in the morning and let time do the work for you...

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Pistachio Cherry Bark

I love how easy this recipe makes a great treat to take to a party or make for a friend.  Plus when you make it yourself you can control the ingredients you use. I often make Peppermint Bark version which is identical to this recipe only I sprinkle crushed Hammond’s or TruJoy Sweets candy cane over the bark instead of the pistachios and cherries. Perfect to make for the Holidays!

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Polar Bear Smoothies

This smoothie is a fun and yummy smoothie for kids and grown-ups alike! Perfect for ushering in December with all it's minty glory.  My daughter love getting out "Polar bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear" By Bill Martin Jr/ Eric Carle to read while we slurp our smoothies...

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Coconut Peanut Butter or Sunflower Butter Cups

Here is an easy treat recipe that is perfect to make for a gift, party or just a random Tuesday! This recipe packs a tasty and healthy punch with protein, fiber, iron and zinc. It's a favorite in our house...

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Pecan Pumpkin Muffins {GF}

For the last few years I have been playing around with and testing gluten-free pumpkin muffin recipes with mixed results.  Either the results were less than great or the recipe was too complicated.  I am happy to say I have cracked the code and these gluten-free pumpkin muffins are awesome and so easy to make that I have been making them almost every week since September.  My family loves them - even my gluten loving husband and kids! To make them nut-free use coconut flour instead of nut flour and omit the pecans or substitute pumpkin seeds...

Friday, November 11, 2016

Harvest Cranberry Dip

If your family is anything like mine than your plan of enjoying Thanksgiving dinner around noon turns into three or four pm. Somehow no matter who is hosting; my parents, siblings or my husband and I, we never start the meal in a timely fashion. There’s always one more side dish to go in the oven or someone shows up with rolls that still need baking or we forget the mashed potatoes and my sister would rather jump back on a boat to the old world than celebrate a mashed potatoless Thanksgiving.
I created this recipe years ago as a healthy appetizer for pre-dinner snacking. Perfectly light so you don’t get stuffed before you can have stuffing! I have been making it so long I have never even written it down…until now. You can thank me later. This is also a wonderful recipe to make after Thanksgiving and use up all your leftover cranberry sauce...

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Pumpkin Pie Dip

This is one of the best ways to eat an apple...sliced up and dipped in this delicious and creamy dip (bonus it's vegan)! The healthiest way to enjoy pumpkin pie...

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Autumn Flatbread

This is my new favorite recipe. At our house we have pizza about a gazillion times a year (I'm only slightly exaggerating). I love being able to try new twists and variations. This savory use of pumpkin is warm and yummy, a spot on flavor combination. My culinary students loved using this sauce last month, it was a huge hit!

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Pumpkin Mac

This is a great autumn twist on the classic dish of macaroni and cheese.  The best part of this recipe is the pumpkin adds such a creamy texture you won't even miss the dairy if you make it dairy-free, which I do.  My five year old would likely have mac and cheese for breakfast, lunch and dinner if allowed so she's a pretty tough critic of alterations to the classic. Yet she gave this recipe a thumbs up so you can trust it delivers...