Child Friendly Recipes
Sometimes it can be nice to have an easy to make comfort food main dish for your holiday meal. In that case, a delicious pasta is always a good option. The recipe I am sharing with you today tastes rich and delicious, but it actually happens to be vegan and gluten free! I combine sauteed broccoli, mushrooms and leeks with a creamy “alfredo” sauce that is actually made from cashew butter and coconut milk and it is not only easy to make, but your guests and family will love it! It tastes as good as traditional alfredo, only it is better for you!
This is the time of year when everyone is getting into baking Holiday cookies. I myself like to bake several kinds every year. Just because you are trying to eat healthier doesn’t mean that you can’t still enjoy delicious cookies! I make mine mostly gluten free and refined sugar free, and always use quality organic or natural ingredients. One of my favorites is these chocolate dipped almond butter cookies that I am sharing with you today. They are gluten free, vegan and use coconut sugar instead of the usual refined white sugar. Also, the chocolate I dip them in that can be found at Fresh and Natural Foods is sugar free as well! These are so delicious tasting that you will not even notice that they are not traditional Holiday cookies!
Mashed root vegetables are a great option for Thanksgiving in place of the usual potatoes. Not only are they delicious but they are packed with even more vitamins and fiber thanks to the variety of veggies included. I like a mixture of rutabaga, sweet potatoes or yams, and potatoes. It is a little sweet, but savory and pairs well with any sort of protein and gravy. This recipe is actually vegan because it uses coconut butter in place of butter, but you won’t even miss the dairy! This is the perfect dish to serve if you want something that tastes rich but is actually good for you!
Fall can be a busy time of the year, so I like to have healthy snacks on hand for when I need something fast to satisfy hunger. One of my favorite things to make for this purpose is energy bites. The ones I make are high in fiber, protein and heart healthy ingredients so I always feel good about eating them. Also, they taste like dessert, so sometimes I even swap them for cookies because I know it is the healthier option. These ones I am sharing with you today are really delicious and have a chocolate base and chocolate chunks, but don’t contain any refined sugars (I use Luv sugar free dark chocolate)! If you need some healthy delicious snacks in your pantry, give these a try!
If you are a fan of key lime pie, then you will love this healthier Summer option, Key Lime Blackberry Popsicles! They are not only really easy to make, but good for you too, with heart healthy avocado to give them a rich and creamy texture, and sweet antioxidant rich berries. They are refined sugar free too, but plenty sweet so you would never guess. The next time you want a refreshing dessert, give these a try!
Fruit salad is a Summer staple at every picnic and party. But sometimes they can be not so healthy when they are loaded up with things like whipped cream or yogurt with sugar. I like a lighter fruit salad with just a citrus based dressing. Not only is it better for your waistline, but it tastes just as good, the citrus simply allowing the flavors of the fruit to shine! For July 4th, I like a combination of berries and apples to keep the red, white and blue theme going. This salad I am sharing with you today is packed with fiber and antioxidants, and I promise your friends and family will love it!
If you are looking for a healthy, quick and easy to make dessert, give chia pudding a try! It is packed with fiber, protein and heart healthy omega 3 oils. Not only that, it requires no cooking so it is ready pretty quick. The recipe I am sharing with you today is completely fruit sweetened, because it is packed with strawberries, and has dates included for extra sweetness. Also, it is vegan because I use coconut milk in place of dairy, but you would never know! Although this is a healthy dessert, it reminds me of a sweet strawberry tapioca pudding!
Almost everyone is in the mood for all things chocolate around Valentine’s Day, so I decided to make some chocolate chocolate chip oatmeal cookies! Oatmeal cookies are my favorites, and the chocolate version is even better than the original. Not only are they sweet and delicious, they also include fiber from the oats, and antioxidants from the dark chocolate and cacao powder so you are getting some good things along with your sweets. Not only that, but these happen to be vegan too! No dairy or eggs are included in these, but you would never know because they taste just as delicious. Also, they are sweetened with coconut sugar which is lower glycemic than regular sugar but still has the caramel like flavor of brown sugar. So, if you are looking for a healthier sweet for Valentine’s Day, bake up a batch of these! They are great for giving as gifts too, because chocolate and cookies are always welcome!
Just because you eat gluten free, dairy free, or vegan, does not mean you can’t enjoy delicious macaroni and cheese! In fact, when I went vegan, it was one of the first things I wanted to recreate. It is classic American comfort food after all! I have figured out a way to make a creamy cheese with butternut squash and cashews that blends up into smooth rich delicious sauce perfect for macaroni and cheese! So, it isn’t unhealthy, you are getting your vegetables, fiber and vitamins too! I use it with gluten free macaroni, and it reminds me of the macaroni and cheese my Mom used to make. So, if you are looking for the perfect Fall comfort food dish, give this a try!
There is nothing like Honey crisp apples in the fall! They are so delicious and the perfect balance of tart and sweet. I love snacking on them raw, but did you know you can dry them in a dehydrator and make delicious cinnamon apple chips that are great for packing and snacking? They are wonderful for kids lunches or hiking trips because they do not need a refrigerator. They pack lots of fiber and are naturally sweet without adding sugar. They are super simple to make, only a few ingredients and you are on your way to healthy snacking!