Herbed Pumpkin Dinner Rolls

Herbed Pumpkin Dinner Rolls

I have often been accused of wanting to put pumpkin into everything. I have to say that it’s probably true. Why not? Pumpkin is the best. It’s low in calorie, high in fiber and full of nutrients. It tastes great with cinnamon and other spices but is neutral enough to sneak into other things so those vegetable haters you might have in your family won’t even notice. Other than the slight color difference you may not even notice the...

 
Snickerdoodle Truffles

Snickerdoodle Truffles

Snickerdoodles are one of my favorite cookies.  I actually like them better than chocolate chip!  I’ve tried countless ways to make a healthy snickerdoodle and never was able to come up with a winner.  Considering that snickerdoodles are mostly sugared butter that is baked into a puffy cookie I pretty much have zero hope of finding a vegan snickerdoodle that I can eat.  That’s when my brilliant hubby suggested that I make a snickerdoodle...

 
Sweet Potato Biscuits

Sweet Potato Biscuits

It’s the time of year for spooky tales and here’s my tale. It’s not about ghosts, goblins or things that go bump in the night, but of a graveyard. A food graveyard filled with the remains of failed recipes deemed unbloggable. This biscuit recipe was almost buried before it’s time when Sarah taste tested it and said it didn’t have enough flavor (actually she said it was boring). I thought it was ok but put the recipe...

 
All Fruit Gummy Bears

All Fruit Gummy Bears

You know as a grandmother I must provide my grandchildren with treats. I think it’s in the contract somewhere. Providing no sugar vegan treats must have been in the fine print cause I’m not sure how that slipped past me. But, I love my grandchildren and I’ll go to any length to find ways to put smiles on their faces with sweet and fun treats. Have you heard the Gummy Bear song or watched the video? It’s a lunch time You...

 
Chocolate Covered Banana Cupcakes

Chocolate Covered Banana Cupcakes

On Friday my little guy will be 6 years old.  SIX. YEARS. OLD!  I swear it was just yesterday that I was looking into this little face…. Now my little guy is growing up and I CAN’T STOP IT!!!!  Caleb LOVES banana bread.  He asks to have it for breakfast every single morning.  He likes to tell me that if I can have salad for dinner every single night that he can have banana bread for breakfast every single day.  His logic astounds...

 
Homemade Pear Sauce

Homemade Pear Sauce

Living in Southern California is awesome EXCEPT when your Facebook feed is filled with stories of apple orchard trips, pumpkins, cool crisp weather and hot apple cider.  We don’t have fall here.  No leaves changing colors, no fall air.  I decided a trip to an apple orchard would help put a little fall into my California days.  My Mom (Kristy) and I took the kids to an organic apple and pear orchard in Julian, CA. Kristy and the kids picking...

 

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...

 
Pumpkin Oat Scones

Pumpkin Oat Scones

Eating healthy for me has come in stages. I have almost always eaten reasonably healthy, but about 5 years ago after reading Dr. Oz’s book I went to all whole grains and unrefined sugars. That in itself brought about a whole new challange to cooking, especially baking. Whole grains are just are not the same as white flour! I finally mastered that challange (mostly) and now here I am again trying to bake without dairy products. No butter!...

 

Homemade Chocolate Chunks (chips)

When I first started eating clean, without meaning to, I actually was eating a vegetarian diet.  I’ve always loved vegetables and salad has long since been my favorite meal so it wasn’t a big stretch to go so long without animal meat.  So when my family and I recently switched to a plant based lifestyle I didn’t think it would be that big of a deal to do away with animal based foods.  WOW!  Was I wrong.  I was floored by the...

 

Clean Eating Vanilla Ice Cream

When my family and I decided to live by a clean eating lifestyle we did so because we wanted to be as healthy as we could be and do what was best for our bodies.  As a nutrition enthusiast I am constantly researching what effects different foods have on our bodies.  Lately I’ve been researching what role animal proteins play in our bodies.  After a lot of research and talking it over with my husband we decided to take the steps necessary...