Homemade Clif Bars – Chocolate Chip or Cherry {Vegan & Gluten Free}

Why not make your own Clif Bar goodness? If you are Vegan or Gluten free ~ these tasty bars are for you!  Be creative with your additions like raisins, dried cherries, dried apricots or add any other dried fruit you can think of (without added sugar, of course)! INGREDIENTS: Wet Ingredients: 12 pitted Medjool dates…

Pear Crisp

There’s something about cool fall days that just calls for a warm fruit crisp straight from the oven! This pear crisp is quick and easy and requires limited ingredients.  It is packed full of delicious flavor that will warm your heart and taste buds on a cool autumn day. You can choose date sugar which…

Vegetable Curry

(Recipe adapted from More-with-Less cookbook by Doris Janzen Longacre.) Serves 5-6 This curry is an all-time family favorite at our house! It is a quick meal option on a busy day. Just pop your rice in a rice cooker and cook your curry. Sweet warm Jasmine rice is a perfect complement to this savory curry….

Baked Fish with Black Japonica Rice

Black japonica rice is a nutrient rich rice with a spicy sweet taste.  According to Lundberg Family Farms, this sweet nutty rice is packed with health-promoting anthocyanine antioxidants, like those found in blueberries and blackberries. For a quick meal idea, bake your favorite fish fillet in the oven while you    cook japonics rice on…

Chicken Apple Spinach Salad

Serves 2-4 Boneless skinless chicken breasts (2-4) Spinach (2-4 large handfuls) Granny Smith apples, sliced (1-2) Dried cranberries (as desired) Walnuts (as desired) Rasberry Vinaigrette dressing Olive oil Salt & Pepper Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place chicken breasts in baking dish and drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake 25-35 minutes…

Grasshopper Bars

Refreshing Grasshopper Bars These bars are refreshingly delicious and easy to make.  They are packed with nutritious ingredients and are a great replacement for processed sugar-laden treats. Whip up a batch and you have a quick “go-to” treat waiting in the freezer. (Recipe from Raia’s Recipes.com.) Ingredients Mint Cream Layer 1 Hass avocado 1/4 C…

Frozen Bananas with Mini Chocolate Chips

Guess how many ingredients are in this recipe? Only 2 . . .    Frozen bananas Dark chocolate mini chocolate chips Place your frozen bananas and put them in a  high-quality blender (such as a Vitamix). Blend until you achieve a consistency that resembles soft serve. You can add up to 1/4 cup milk of…

Easy Apple Cake in One Bowl

This recipe is quick and easy with a delicious outcome. Save yourself precious time, and serve this cake in place of a labor intensive apple pie.  Experiment with flavors and use pure maple syrup instead of the sugar, or mix and match like I do, with 1 cup date sugar and 1/2 cup pure maple…

Vegan Caramel Sauce

This caramel sauce is very tasty on so many dessert delights!  I’ve used it on the  pumpkin bars, as well as the one bowl apple cake.  It also sweetens Greek yogurt that doesn’t have added sugars.   INGREDIENTS: 3/4 cup full fat coconut milk fat* 3/4 cup coconut sugar or date sugar 2 tablespoons honey…

Healthy and Nutritious Morning Glory Baked Oatmeal

Make this delicious baked oatmeal with so many good for you ingredients like nuts, oats, and carrots.   Sweetened with a small amount of pure maple syrup, you will find no refined sugars.  The almond milk can be made from scratch and fun to make!  Even the avocado oil has heart healthy benefits!  You can’t…

Mushroom Stroganoff

You will not miss the beef in this hearty, aromatic stroganoff!   It serves up as  awesome leftovers too. That is, if everyone has not cleaned their plates and the cooking pan! This Mushroom Stroganoff is meat-free comfort food at it’s best and you can replace the noodles with quinoa or converted rice to follow a lower glycemic requirement….

Date Sweetened Peanut Butter Cookies

Peanut Butter Cookies Craving a warm cookie? These peanut butter cookies are so delicious! Best of all, they are quick and easy and only contain whole pitted dates for the sweetener. (Recipe found at blissfulbalance.com.) Makes: 12-18 cookies Ingredients 1 Cup unsweetened peanut butter 1 C pitted dates 1 tsp. vanilla extract 1 egg Preparation…