Moderate Recipes

Mini Pumpkin Pies

Pumpkin pie is classic for Thanksgiving.  But since everyone is usually pretty full after the meal, I like to make mini ones to serve so everyone gets their own little pie.  The recipe I am sharing with you today also happens to be gluten free and dairy free (with a nut free option as well), as well as refined sugar free.  So it is good for those with allergies or those who are trying to eat a little healthier than traditional desserts.  It tastes just as good as classic pumpkin pie though, sweet, rich and delicious with a flaky buttery tasting crust.  These are great for making ahead of time as well and kept in the refrigerator until ready to serve!

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Vegan Apple Hand Pies

I love apple season!  There are so many delicious things that you can make with them, like apple pie!  There is nothing like a home made apple pie made with local apple, served warm with ice cream!  The recipe I am sharing with you today is for apple hand pies, which are perfect for entertaining, or bringing along in lunches because you get your own little pie!  These happen to be vegan, I use coconut oil instead of the usual butter, and it makes for a really delicious buttery tasting crust!  I use maple sugar in them as well, which gives them a lovely sweet maple flavor.  These are the perfect thing to bake on the weekend when the weather is cool and you have a lot of apples on hand!

Dessert Intermediate Moderate Dairy-Free Vegan Vegetarian

Mixed Summer Berry Jam

Summer is the time when fresh berries are plentiful, at their most delicious and most affordable. But when the cooler months hit, and the berries go away, I like to enjoy some delicious berry jam that I made with Summer berries!  It really is pretty easy to make, and it is the perfect way to be able to enjoy those Summer berries all year round!  The recipe I am sharing with you today is a lower sugar recipe, as I try to limit my sugar intake. It is just as delicious as regular jam though!  You can find all of the ingredients for this recipe at Fresh and Natural Foods, including the low sugar pectin!

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Dark Chocolate Strawberry Truffles

Why not make some home made candy for Mom for Mother’s Day instead of buying her a box of chocolates. The truffle recipe I am sharing with you today is perfect for Mother’s Day with Spring strawberries and dark chocolate. They are actually gluten free, vegan and refined sugar free too, so you can feel good about giving them as a gift.  Not only that, they are delicious as well, and pretty easy to make, so you might even want to make a batch for yourself too!

Dessert Intermediate Moderate Dairy-Free Gluten-Free Vegan Vegetarian

Vegan Italian Meatballs

Sometimes for Christmas, you just want classic comfort food. If you are a vegan or vegetarian or maybe just a family trying to cut down on meat consumption, then this recipe is perfect for you!  Classic Italian meatballs, completely plant based!  I have made these quite a few times, and served them to my other family members who are not vegan and they loved them.  Some of them even said that they preferred it to real meatballs.  The secret to the delicious texture that mimics the real thing?  Lentils and walnuts. They happen to add protein and fiber too, so this is also a balanced meal if served with some pasta. I make a rich flavorful red sauce to combine them with and they taste delicious!  The meat balls and sauce can be made ahead, just don’t combine them with the sauce until you are ready to serve.  If you are doing that, I suggest heating the meatballs on a sheet pan in the oven (at 350F degrees for about 20 minutes if they are cold) and the sauce on the stove in a saucepan.

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Mini Pecan Pies (GF, V)

Pecan pie is a classic Thanksgiving dessert!  It was always one of my favorites, and I only got to enjoy it on Thanksgiving every year as a child.  I make my own version as an adult, but when I am serving it to people, I sometimes like to make little individual ones so there is no cutting required when it comes to enjoying it.  You just set it out and it is all set to go!  Not only that, the mini pie portions are perfect for Thanksgiving when you are already pretty full from the rest of your meal.  Bonus, these pies are vegan and gluten free!  But you would never know because they are so delicious.

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Vegan Faux Chicken Filets with Gravy

If you are a vegetarian or vegan, it can be tough sometimes trying to figure out what to make for Thanksgiving.  You can eat lots of side dishes if they don’t contain animal products but it is nice to have a main dish as well to replace the turkey.  The recipe I am sharing with you today for faux chicken filets is perfect for that!  They are made out of chickpeas, but you would never know because they are delicious and mimic poultry well.  They are also packed with protein and fiber, so you can feel good and satisfied after eating them.  I serve them with a mushroom gravy, because who doesn’t love gravy on Thanksgiving!

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Dairy Free Gluten Free Apple Pie

There is nothing more comforting than a warm apple pie in the Fall.  Which is why whenever apples come into season I have to bake one!  The streusel topped ones are my favorite, and that is the type I am sharing with you today.  It is actually gluten free, and although the method for making it is a little unconventional (the crust being cooked partially separate from the filling), this is what makes it cook faster and turn out just right!  Also, it is refined sugar free, and dairy free as well, but you would never know because it is so good.  This is perfect served warm with some So Delicious dairy free coconut milk ice cream.  So, now if you get some delicious fresh local apples, you know what to make with them!

Dessert Intermediate Moderate Dairy-Free Gluten-Free Heart Healthy Vegan Vegetarian

Peach Cobbler (GF, DF, V)

Peach cobbler is a classic American dessert!  But the usual recipes contain lots of refined sugar, flour and dairy.  I enjoy it, so I came up with a vegan and gluten free version that is even better than the original!  It doesn’t need much sweetener if the peaches are ripe, delicious and in season.  For the biscuits I use gluten free flour plus hazelnut flour to make a rich dough with coconut oil and milk to bind it together.  They end up tasting like the most delicious scones.  This smells wonderful while baking, and it is best served warm topped off with coconut milk ice cream.  You can still eat plant based and gluten free and enjoy delicious desserts!

Dessert Intermediate Moderate Dairy-Free Gluten-Free Vegan Vegetarian

Brown Sugar Chili

When I was a little girl my dad would make up big batches of his famous brown sugar chili and everyone loved it! I’ve made it many times over the years and people always ask me for the recipe because the chili is a perfect balance of sweet and heat. I decided to make this famous chili but I wanted to try to make it my own by adding one simple ingredient. The original recipe was made with ground beef and bacon but I wanted to amp it up a little by adding some beef stew meat to make it extra hearty! Other than adding the beef stew meat the rest is the original recipe and I think it turned out great and I even got approval from the original master himself, my dad! I hope you enjoy this family recipe as much as we do.

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