Today as I was writing I suddenly had a huge craving for chocolate. I didn’t have anything chocolate made or ready-to-eat, so I pulled ingredients out of my pantry, refrigerator, and freezer and tossed them all into the blender. What came out not only fulfilled my chocolate craving, it tasted really fantastic and was very easy to make.… Continue reading
Apparently we haven’t been making enough smoothies lately, because when my 2-year-old asked for an ice pop today, we were completely out. So I pulled out my blender and made a special smoothie batch specifically to use for ice pop making.
I’d love to say I filled all of our ice pop molds with this chocolaty, peanut buttery goodness, but all four of us drank some of it in smoothie form too (and it was fantastic!).… Continue reading
Today I was looking at the red cabbage in my refrigerator and was suddenly inspired: Peanut Sauce Coleslaw. It seemed like the perfect side dish for a hot day. It’s mostly raw, crispy vegetable, and it’s lightly coated with a yummy sauce.
So I whipped up a batch, and we all ate some as an afternoon snack. Delicious!
Here’s how I made it:
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The other day, I took my boys to the County Fair. While we were there, especially as the day got warmer, we saw lots of people drinking slushies. My boys were fascinated by these bright-colored beverages. I didn’t want to buy a fair slushie drink. The day-glow colors told me that they were full of artificial colors, and they were likely loaded with corn syrup too (which would make my little guys break out in a serious rash).… Continue reading
What do you do when it’s so hot outside that you child declares he’ll only eat a smoothie for lunch? Make sure that smoothie is a nutritious meal in and of itself. To make this smoothie, I combined lots of greens – kale, spinach, and spirulina powder, generous amounts of healthy fats and protein – coconut and cashew butters, frozen bananas to give it some sweetness and to make it nice and cold, as well as some cacao powder to make it all taste yummy (in addition to cacao’s wonderful nutritional benefits)..… Continue reading
Another hot afternoon means another round of ice cream at our house. We’re all enjoying having a cool, healthy treat on these hot summer afternoons. Today’s flavor of choice? Banana Cardamom. The bananas provide the sweetener, and the nut butter adds a richer mouth feel (as well as some healthy fats) that you wouldn’t otherwise get without adding cream. Here’s how I made it:
Banana Cardamom Ice Cream Recipe
2.5 cups Milk of choice (coconut milk works excellently for this, but dairy or almond milk would also work)
½ cup Almond Butter (peanut butter would also work)
2 teaspoons ground Vanilla Beans
2 teaspoons ground Cardamom
¼ teaspoon Salt
Process Bananas and spices in a food processor or blender until thoroughly combined.… Continue reading
Mushrooms are a wonderfully healthy, earthy delight. They have complex flavors. They can be prepared to have a variety of textures. And they adapt well to a variety of dishes. One of our favorite ways to prepare mushrooms is actually one of the simplest: we sauté them in coconut oil and season them with salt and pepper. This simple preparation yields a delightful side dish that easily accompanies eggs, tops a burger, or graces a salad.… Continue reading
We all love greens in our house, so I’m always on the lookout for new and flavorful ways to prepare them. When I stumbled across this recipe, I knew I wanted to try it. The words in the title alone made my mouth water, and when I read through the ingredients, I knew it would be a hit.
As always, I modified the original recipe a bit.… Continue reading
My husband works from home, and is frequently looking for a quick, healthy, snack that he can grab and bring back out to his office. He wanted something that tastes great. I wanted something that’s healthy, nourishing, and without too many sugars – natural or otherwise. These simple bars accomplish both goals. With their light sesame taste, they reminded me of a lightly sweetened, less-intense version of halva.… Continue reading
I was recently looking for a variation on the typical fruit and nut bars we keep around for quick afternoon treats. I remembered making this recipe that I last made years ago, and decided to pull it out again to see how my boys liked it. They both loved it, and it’ll likely make its way into our regular rotation again.… Continue reading