There is nothing like warm fluffy Belgian waffles on a weekend morning! This is something I have loved since I was a child. Since then I have come up with a whole grain oat version that has a little more fiber than the original and it happens to be vegan (egg and dairy free) as well! These are easy to make, satisfying and of course delicious! Not only that, they are inexpensive to make, and they are wonderful topped off with whatever fruit is in season and a little maple syrup. If you make a double batch, you can freeze them for later, and just pop them in the toaster when you need them!
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!
Pasta Primavera is a favorite for me. I wanted to try and recreate my pasta into a soup for a change of pace and after eating several bowls I have decided that this may be even better than the traditional recipe! To make this a quick recipe save some time and buy a rotisserie chicken to cube up and toss into the soup.
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!
If you have ever been a fan of dill pickle potato chips, then you must try dill pickle kale chips! They are lighter and healthier than potato chips, and no need to feel guilty about eating a huge bowl of these! They do not contain any nuts, so they are suitable for people with nut allergies as well. Instead for the coating you use a sunflower seed paste packed with plenty of flavor from garlic, dill and cider vinegar to give it that pickle flavor along with some nutritional yeast to give it a little bit of cheesy flavor. It may all sound like an unusual combination, but they come out super delicious once dried, and taste just like dill pickle chips! So, if you are looking for a new healthy snack, give these guys a try!
Beets are a good source of Iron and fiber, and are also delicious! If you like to add a few to your salads, I highly recommend making some pickled beets. They are actually pretty easy to make once you cook the beets, just combine all ingredients in a jar, place in the refrigerator and let sit a few days. They keep for up to a month, and you can just take a few out of the jar every time you want to use them in a salad. I like to marinate mine in an apple cider vinegar mixture because it has health benefits and it is a bit sweeter. I also add in some cumin, coriander, red pepper, and garlic, but if you don’t prefer those spices feel free to play around with your own. I would recommend dill and garlic too as that is also a delicious combination and it reminds me of cucumber pickles!
These cold rainy days had me craving warm and filling soup. I wanted something different, something a little spicy so I whipped up a homemade ramen soup. The great thing about this soup is that you can put pretty much anything that you want in it! I made mine with roasted chicken breasts, shiitake mushrooms and green onion tops. This is nothing like the soup you became familiar with in college, it’s way better!
Although there are tons of energy bars out there, it can be fun to make your own. Also, that way you can tailor them to your own needs. I like to include protein powder in mine, and also a good source of heart healthy omega 3 oils like hemp seeds or chia seeds (which also contain protein). The recipe I am sharing with you today is one I make often to keep on hand for when I need a quick snack. They are fruit sweetened, and taste like cookies, but they actually contain healthy ingredients that will get you through that mid-afternoon or morning hunger attack. Don’t go for the chips or doughnuts, keep some of these delicious little guys on hand instead! They have some fat and protein to keep you satisfied, carbs for energy, and some fiber to keep you full.
A final BBQ with family and friends to say farewell to summer is something I look forward to every year. Another thing I’m looking forward to this year is making a burger bar! Instead of plain boring burgers I’m going to have all sorts of delicious toppings, cheeses and sauces so that each of my guests can create their own custom burger just the way they like it or maybe even try something new!
I love fruit pie in the Summer, but it can be a lot of work. So, I make fruit crisps instead because they are much easier but still just as delicious. I have always been a sucker for crumble topped pies, so a crisp is basically that without the bottom crust which makes it lighter as well. This one combines sweet berries and mangoes, which are at their best and most flavorful this time of the year. I top if off with a crumble laced with crunchy pecans, coconut and oats and it is not only delicious but healthier than most traditional crumbles because it contains coconut oil instead of butter and coconut sugar instead of refined white sugar. So, you can feel good about eating this dessert! It happens to be vegan and gluten free by the way. Serve it with some So Delicious ice cream and you are set! This is perfect to make ahead of time and bring to a potluck or BBQ as part of the spread.