This pumpkin cheesecake is a nice alternative to pie for Thanksgiving and it is great for making ahead of time! Not only that, it is gluten free, and vegan since it is made with coconut milk instead of dairy. Also, it is free of refined sugar! This cake tastes just as rich and delicious as traditional cheesecake, but is much better for you!
Many people think that mashed potatoes need to be loaded with dairy to be delicious, but did you know that vegan ones can be just as satisfying? These mashed potatoes are really easy to make and so good! You would never guess that they are vegan! If you don’t prefer the garlic and green onions, just leave them out to make plain vegan mashed potatoes.
You may think of hummus as strictly a savory item, but did you know it is delicious as a dessert? Chickpeas are a pretty neutral flavor, so you can add pretty much anything to them! As a seasonal treat, I made a pumpkin spice dessert hummus with pumpkin puree, pumpkin spices, maple syrup, nut butter and vanilla and it is so good! It is packed with fiber and protein, but tastes like pumpkin pie! If you are looking for a healthy snack option for your Halloween party or fall gathering, give this a try! It is delicious served with cinnamon crackers, or apple or pear slices!
Peanut butter cups were my favorite Halloween candy growing up, but now I like to experiment with different nut and seed butters, when I make my own at home, and they are all delicious in their own way. These tahini cups are similar to peanut butter cups but they are suitable for those with nut allergies, since tahini is sesame seed butter. It has a nutty flavor kind of like a more mild peanut butter and pairs well with chocolate. They happen to be vegan because I use non-dairy chocolate chips, and naturally gluten free, but you would never guess by tasting them. These are easy to make and so good, so if you are looking for a new Halloween treat recipe, give them a try!
These maple sandies are easy to make and so good! You would never guess that they are gluten free or vegan. I use Bob’s Red Mill gluten free all purpose baking flour and it works just as well as regular flour, and I use coconut oil instead of butter to make a delicious buttery cookie! These smell amazing while baking, with the aromas of maple and vanilla and are the perfect treat to bake in the fall!
Since it is prime apple season, I decided that some apple kombucha would be wonderful! What is kombucha you may ask? Kombucha is a fermented probiotic beverage that aids in digestion and gut health among other benefits such as detoxification of the body. It is delicious, and you can buy the popular GT brand or others like it at Fresh and Natural Foods. You may even already enjoy it and know how tasty and helpful it is, but did you know it is fairly easy to make at home? I was buying it every day; I realized I could make it myself and now have some kombucha in my fridge at all times. The process is like this:
- You take a scoby (or the mother which ferments the tea and sugar you add to it to produce the drink), add it to a tea and sugar mixture along with some starter kombucha liquid and water. Then let it sit and ferment for a week until a new scoby is produced and the sugar has been used up (so no need to worry about the sugar content in this, it is food for the scoby) and the mixture is slightly tart. It is then bottled (or jarred, I use large mason jars) and allowed to become fizzy (which takes about 3 days).
You then can enjoy tasty kombucha, and your tummy will thank you! Once you get the hang of making it, you can even make fun flavors which are added after the fermentation and when it is bottled. If you have any questions about the kombucha making process feel free to comment!
If you are a fan of Indian food and looking for a quick and easy weeknight meal, then this chickpea curry is for you! It is hearty and flavorful, but also healthy and will leave you feeling good after enjoying it. It is packed with fiber and protein, especially when served over brown rice! Instead of getting takeout next time, give this a try!
Frittatas are the go-to meals when busy weeknights need a protein-packed meal fast. Sue, one of our employees, loves this recipe and wanted to share it with you. This dish can be served any time of day-enjoy a hearty brunch, have a wedge for lunch to go, or serve with a salad for a complete dinner. This dish is so adaptable and economical- you can use up any assortment of leftover veggies and have it be so delicious. Enjoy!
When most people think of pumpkin recipes, they think pumpkin pie. But it is actually really delicious in savory recipes as well! It is really packed with nutrients so it is perfect for adding to recipes to get your nutritional bang for your buck. I especially like it in soups, like this one that combines it with chickpeas for a filling hearty dinner. This is quick and easy to make, and cooks up in about 30 minutes so it is perfect for weeknights!
These crackers are not only delicious but healthy as well! They are loaded with heart healthy omega 3 rich seeds, as well as fiber and they are the perfect thing to serve with hummus, on the side of a soup, or just for snacking! They are made in the dehydrator, but if you don’t own one, you can bake them in the oven at a very low temperature with good results as well. I like to keep a container of these on hand at all times!