A fun and festive recipe that even very young children can help with. The perfect cookies to leave for Santa!
The holiday season is in full swing, replete with indulgences of all kinds, but let’s face it, when it comes to treats at Christmastime it’s really all about the cookies! Even the phrase itself – Christmas cookies – has a sort of sing-songy quality to it that conjures up feelings of happiness and nostalgia. Almost everyone has a favorite Christmas cookie, or one that they remember someone in their family making. A friend of mine once told me that his grandmother used to start baking right after Thanksgiving, and every year would make hundreds of cookies that she’d store in her freezer and then give away to just about everyone she knew on Christmas eve. What a wonderful memory! Old fashioned gingerbread cookies have always been a favorite in our house, but I’ve been seeing these cute reindeer cookies all over the place lately, and so I decided to jump on the bandwagon and create a vegan Christmas cookie following this theme. I’ve heard that Santa is trying to eat a little healthier these days😊. If that’s true, then these Vegan Rudolph Reindeer Cookies will be perfect for him! (more…)
A quick and easy egg-free Caesar salad dressing and a simple recipe for crispy chickpea croutons.
Everyone should have a good Caesar salad recipe in their arsenal, but many people are leery of consuming raw eggs, one of the main ingredients in traditional Caesar salad dressing. Even though the risk of salmonella poisoning from consuming raw eggs is really quite small, I too, am one of those people who just doesn’t like the idea of raw eggs in my salad dressings. I’ve always gotten around this by using a Caesar dressing recipe that calls for mayonnaise instead of raw eggs. The mayonnaise lends creaminess to the dressing and is a great substitute for eggs. I avoid using store brought mayonnaise because it’s usually made with highly refined oil like soybean oil or canola oil, so when I make this dressing I almost always use homemade mayonnaise. This can get a little time-consuming though, because you’re actually making two recipes – the mayo and then the dressing. That’s why I was psyched when I discovered this quick and easy way to make a egg-free, mayonnaise-free, Caesar salad dressing – it can literally be whipped up in under 5 minutes. Avocado Kefir Caesar Salad Dressing is light, and tangy with classic Caesar salad flavor and, it’s better for gut health than your average Caesar dressing thanks to probiotic rich kefir.
These delicious gluten-free, dairy-free muffins are one of the best uses ever for leftover Thanksgiving cranberry sauce.
If you hosted Thanksgiving dinner this year, chances are you have some leftover cranberry sauce. In my house we always finish all the leftover food before the cranberry sauce is gone, but this year I had even more of a surplus because I made two types of cranberry sauce: 1 Easy Cranberry Sauce – a traditional cranberry sauce made in a crock pot, and Low Sugar Gingerbread Cranberry Sauce – a smooth textured cranberry sauce made in a blender. Both of these sauces were a fantastic complement to our Thanksgiving turkey and with the leftover sauce I created these yummy Almond Flour Cranberry Sauce Muffins. (more…)
Candied pecans on top of a sweet, tender blondie base, make this delicious mock pecan pie.
‘Tis the season for pies, specifically, pumpkin pie, apple pie, and pecan pie. When it comes to Thanksgiving, tradition rules the day, so in my family this trio of pies will always be on dessert table. However, I decided to deviate slightly this year when I realized that my recently posted recipe for Vegan Flax Candied Nuts could be used to make a mock pecan pie. Vegan Pecan Blondie Pie looks just like a pie but it’s actually a cake, with lightly spiced candied pecans on top of a sweet, tender blondie base. This dessert is a fantastic alternative to traditional pecan pie, which typically contains an insane amount of sugar in the form of corn syrup and granulated white sugar. (more…)
A rich, velvety soup you can whip up in a matter of minutes. Quite possibly the easiest soup you’ll ever make!
Cream of tomato soup has always been one of my favorite soups and since we’re now into soup season, I decided to create a quick and easy version of this classic comfort food. You can make Creamy Tomato Corn and Avocado Blender Soup in about the same amount of time it takes to put together a sandwich. In fact, the day I photographed this soup, I also made the grilled cheddar cheese sandwiches you see pictured. While the grilled cheese sandwiches were cooking on the stove top, I made the soup, and by the time the sandwiches were done, the soup was heated through and everything was ready at the same time. The whole thing, start to finish, took only about 15 minutes. (more…)
A light, delicious, healthy salad made with the ancient grain known as forbidden rice.
If you’re like most people, on the weekends you indulge in foods you might otherwise steer clear of during the week. Going out to dinner, sipping a specialty cocktail, or attending a tail-gate, are all enjoyable weekend activities that none of us should miss out on, but they usually involve the consumption of extra calories. Hey – that’s what weekends are for – enjoy it!! Monday is right around the corner and that’s when most of us are happy to get back to our normal eating patterns. If I’ve had a particularly indulgent, food-filled weekend, I like to eat really healthy on Monday – something like this Black Rice Salmon Salad with Lemon Dijon Vinaigrette is perfect. It’s light, yet satisfying, and the main ingredient is black rice which has some amazing nutritional benefits. (more…)
The Recipe Redux is a group of like-minded food bloggers whose mission is to inspire the food lover in every healthy eater and inspire the healthy eater in every food lover. Each month members post recipes to their blogs following a theme set by the group moderators. This month’s theme is healthy, delicious recipes to bolster gut health. Click the Recipe Redux link at the bottom of this page to see links to all the posts for this month’s challenge
Probiotics are a hot topic nowadays as more and more people learn about the growing body of research that points to a link between gut bacteria and overall health. Probiotics are the live bacteria and yeasts found in certain foods. They’re sometime referred to as “good bacteria”. Probiotics contribute to a healthy digestive tract and seem to reduce inflammation, a risk factor in a number of illness and diseases. Some researchers also believe that they help burn fat and stabilize blood sugar. Fortunately, it’s easy and tasty to incorporate probiotics into your diet and one of the ways you can do it is by making this Kefir Avocado Basil Dressing. (more…)
Chicken cutlets are quickly sautéed in olive oil and then bathed in a rich, creamy sauce made from sun-dried tomatoes and roasted garlic. Flavor packed!
With the weather here in New England finally getting cooler and more autumn-like, it’s time to turn toward comforting dishes like this Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Chicken with Roasted Garlic. In this simple recipe, chicken cutlets are quickly sautéed in olive oil and then bathed in a rich, creamy sauce made from sun-dried tomatoes and roasted garlic. This dish has so much flavor! You’ll definitely want to serve it with something that you can use to mop up all of the delicious sauce. I recommend Lemon Rice or some crusty French bread. (more…)
A lighter, cleaner version of classic apple crisp made with crispy brown rice cereal. Gluten-free.
Crisp Rice Apple Crumble is a gluten-free version of apple crisp made with crispy brown rice cereal. Unlike traditional apple crisp, this delicious dessert actually contains a “crispy” ingredient! There’s no wheat flour in this recipe, but there are oats so if you adhere to a strictly gluten-free diet be sure to use gluten-free oats. Many people are confused about whether or not oats are gluten-free. The confusion arises because while oats are not a gluten containing grain, they are usually processed along with wheat, rye, and barley, and, as a result, are cross contaminated with gluten. Therefore, if you have celiac disease or any type of gluten intolerance, it’s best to avoid oats that are not certified gluten-free. (more…)
A festive twist on a classic recipe. A rich, creamy, and delicious side dish that’s perfect for holiday entertaining.
Scalloped potatoes are the epitome of comfort food and a mainstay at the holiday dinner table. Food trends may come and go but classic dishes like this one will never go out of style. As with any classic recipe, there are lots of variations for scalloped potatoes. This one uses a cranberry spice flavored Boursin Cheese to create a rich and creamy potato casserole with subtle savory flavor and a hint of sweet and tart. Cranberry Spice Scalloped Potatoes is a delicious, festive side dish and a real crowd pleaser. (more…)