Green Bean Casserole

Green Bean Casserole

I don’t think I’ve ever had a Thanksgiving dinner without Green Bean Casserole.  Now I may or may not be the person that eats all the fried onions off the casserole before dinner even starts.  I also might be the person who picks the pecans off the pie.  But getting back on track, this green bean casserole is delicious and you won’t find any cans of unhealthy soup in this recipe.  I hope you enjoy this Thanksgiving staple as...

 
Succotash with Chive Mashed Potatoes

Succotash with Chive Mashed Potatoes

“Sufferin Succotash”, I grew up hearing Yosemite Sam and Sylvester say that phrase. I knew that succotash involved corn and a few other ingredients but I never really gave it much thought until the other day when the grandkids and I were watching some silly You Tube videos and heard it again. I did a little research and found that succotash is a dish served down south and in the New England states as a tradition at Thanksgiving. It mostly...

 

Pumpkin Ice Cream

“How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.” (Elizabeth Barrett Browning) Maybe I won’t just count the ways I love pumpkin but count the ways I like to eat pumpkin. No, that would definitely take too long. Well, anyway here’s another of my favorite pumpkin recipes. See the notes for a fun trick (or treat) to turn your ice cream into ice cream pie bites. Kristy Ingredients: 3 1/2 cups unsweetened coconut or 3 cups unsweetened...

 

No-Sugar Sugar Cone Bowls

You know that smell that hits you when you walk up to a fair or festival?  The one that’s sweet and buttery and draws you to it like a magnet?  That’s the smell of sugar cones (or waffle cones) being made and waiting to be filled with rich and creamy ice cream.  Why am I torturing you like this you ask?  That isn’t healthy food!  It is now with these No-Sugar Sugar Cone Bowls.  Even healthy eaters can now enjoy the taste of...

 

Creamy Chocolate Truffles

There are no words to describe how wonderful these truffles are.  They melt in your mouth and are simply divine!  Aside from being 100% clean they are so simple to make!  I teach a cooking class for children and I will be using this recipe in our upcoming class.  Yes, they are so easy a child can make them! ~Sarah Ingredients: 6 ounces chocolate chips (I use Sunspire Grain Sweetened Chocolate Chips) 6 ounces soft goat cheese, brought to room...

 

Baked Falafel

Holiday parties or any event with hor d’oeuvres or snacks can really cause you to regret your participation the next day. Not these Baked Falafel. They are baked to a crispy golden brown and taste great. There’s nothing to regret after eating these tasty bites so you can still look yourself in the mirror the next morning and like what you see. Kristy Ingredients: 1 can (15 ounce) no salt added chick peas (garbanzo beans), rinsed and...

 

Holiday Rumaki

Every year for New Year’s Eve I make rumaki.  Back in the day that meant using bacon and sugar.  With simple changes like pancetta instead of bacon and raw coconut crystals instead of sugar, I can still enjoy my rumaki and the tradition carries on! ~Sarah Ingredients: 1 can (8 ounces) whole water chestnuts, drained 3 ounces thinly sliced pancetta or prosciutto 1 tbsp raw coconut crystals (you can also use date sugar) 1/4 - 1/2 cup...

 

Creamy Goat Cheese Topped Mushrooms

Sometimes simple can be so extraordinary. How simple, to take mushrooms, top them with creamy cheese, bake in marinara sauce and end up with a fantastic appetizer that looks and tastes delicious. Kristy Ingredients: 12-14 medium sized  portabella mushrooms (about 12 oz.), stems removed 1 cup of your favorite marinara sauce 4 oz soft goat cheese or feta cheese 2 tbsp chopped pitted black olives 1 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped Preparation: Preheat...

 

Fruit and Yogurt Parfait

I love fruit parfaits.  Fresh fruit and creamy yogurt - YUM!  It’s been many years since I’ve eaten at McDonalds but back in the day my favorite thing from there was their Fruit and Yogurt Parfait.  There were times when I skipped the burgers and fries completely and went straight to the parfaits.  I won’t embarrass myself further by telling you how many I could easily down.  Let’s just say I pulled out the Mom...

 

Upside Down Apple Cake

This upside down apple cake is based on a Torte di Mele which is a Tuscan apple cake. It’s not really cake, it’s denser, almost like bread.  The apples are cooked in a skillet until caramelized and then topped with the batter and baked. The pan is then inverted over a plate so the beautiful glazed apples are on top and the sauce soaks through to the pastry below. It’s a perfect dish to have for a brunch or any time. Kristy Ingredients: 4...