Monday, November 20, 2017

Dark Chocolate Cranberry, Almond Flour Pancakes

Breakfast is usually pretty boring around my house. Mostly because my husband and I are up early and hit the snooze button until the absolute last minute.  During the weekday, it typically consists of eggs or a breakfast protein smoothie.  During the weekend, I like to go all out for breakfast. Pancakes, crepes, breakfast sandwiches, or veggie omelets.  This weekend, nothing sounded better than the mixture of sweet and tart.  And what better holiday mixture than cranberries, dark chocolate, and syrup?!

The dried cranberry pieces add some nice bursts of juiciness and sweetness. But the dark chocolate is really what I was after when I put these pancakes together. Dark chocolate is good for you, right?  Of course it is, especially in moderation! I recommend buying and eating small amounts of minimally processed dark chocolate with a cacao content of at least 70%. This type of chocolate contains the most powerful antioxidants and the least amount of sugar. Thankfully, there are a lot of chocolate brands today that offer options that fits this 70% minimum suggestion. The higher the percentage, the greater the potential health benefits of dark chocolate. I broke up a Bakers 100% Cacao Premium Baking Bar, but you can definitely use a smaller percentage if you don’t like it that bitter.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

5 Tips for Absolutely Loving Your Food Storage

5 Tips for Absolutely Loving Your Food Storage

One of the biggest things that holds us all back from creating a long-term, and even a short-term food storage, is not knowing how to cook and use the food and ingredients we pack away for a "rainy day." It can seem like a daunting undertaking to take the first steps in creating a food storage, however, with a these 5 tips, you'll be absolutely loving your food storage in no time.

1.) Use Your Food Storage Regularly

Wait, use my food storage regularly? I thought it was to be used when in an emergency? While that is certainly true, being able to use and rotate through your food storage on a regular basis is important for a couple of reasons: (1) It allows you to learn how to use and cook with your food storage and (2) it ensures that your food storage will never go old.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Homemade Vegetable Tortellini Soup

This soup is a homemade combination of two of my favorites soups:  Minestrone meet Creamy Tomato Tortellini. It’s hearty, it’s filling, and it's perfect for the cold weather. 

But honestly, why didn’t I think about making minestrone creamy until now?? And adding tortellini in place of the boring plain noodles? I guess it’s better now than never. Now that I’ve tried this version I don’t know that I can ever go back to the basics.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Hazelnut Chocolate Chip Cookies

I've been baking gluten-free treats using Honeyville's Blanched Almond Flour for many years with much success. However, I was ready to try something new after a food sensitivity test revealed that I should avoid almonds. I asked Honeyville if instead of creating this month's recipe with almond flour if I could experiment with hazelnut flour instead. Honeyville agreed, and, well, here we are!

At first, I thought almond flour and hazelnut flour would bake up similarly, but I was wrong. I tried to swap the almond flour with hazelnut flour in my awesome Almond Flour Cookies recipe; however, the cookies were moist and greasy feeling, they spread really thin, and they totally fell apart (flaked) when you tried to pick one up. Fail.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Three Spooky Halloween Desserts

It's Halloween! Who else is excited? While we love a good trick, a treat is certainly more within our wheelhouse. We've compiled three of our favorite spooky Halloween desserts just in time for tonight's fun and excitement. Jump in and try one, or go ahead and make all three! Whatever you choose, we're certain you'll love.

1.) Halloween Oreo-Filled Brownies

When it comes to Halloween Oreo's have a long history of doing it right. Their spooky orange filling makes for a great way to add some excitement to your brownies and the cookie gives a perfect little crunch. Get the recipe right here.

2.) Halloween Swirl Cake

This cake is all about the trick!

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Sweet Potato Quinoa Casserole

Thanksgiving is coming up and I have the perfect side dish for you!  This sweet potato quinoa casserole is packed full of cauliflower, minced garlic, roasted sweet potatoes, spinach, and 3 kinds of cheese, guaranteeing it to win the hearts of anyone who tries it.

The star ingredient in this recipe is Honeyville organic quinoa (pronounced keen-wa). Quinoa is one nutritious and versatile little seed.  It's so easy to add to recipes and packs a delicious nutty flavor.  From muffins and salads, to breakfast porridge, and every type of main dish in-between quinoa adds a healthy and filling flare
Benefits of quinoa include:

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Pumpkin Pie Protein Bites

Are you as excited about pumpkin season as I am?!  These pumpkin pie protein bites have the perfect combination of pumpkin, nut butter, and pumpkin spices making for a cozy flavor and that classic pumpkin taste I suspect had you craving them in the first place.

Today’s recipe magic happens entirely in your food processor.  If you don't have a food processor, a blender will work just the same. I created these in my Ninja blender with no problems!

This recipe calls for 1/4 cup of Honeyville oat fiber which is a gluten-free, almost-zero calorie flour full of dietary fiber. Oat fiber is more concentrated than oat bran and has 90% dietary fiber by weight. With almost no calories, oat fiber brings life to tasty snacks like these by adding beneficial insoluble fiber to your daily diet.