Category Archives: Snacks

How To Roast Pumpkin Seeds – A Photo Tutorial

We carved a pumpkin yesterday.  It was a project that drew neighbor kids.  Everyone enjoyed it. We saved the seeds. Time to roast them.  First, you need to get all that stringy goop off of the seeds. Place them in a bowl of coldish water and let set for awhile. After 5 minutes or so, use your hands to scoop up seeds and use your hand as a strainer.  Do this over and over.  Then let set for a few more minutes. After resting a bit, scoop up seeds and let the water and stringy stuff fall off into the … Continue reading

Fall Fruit Sauce

I made Savory Squash Soup yesterday and it was delish. If you have not tried it yet, by all means….go, print out the recipe. You will love the soup even if you are not a big squash person. And as always, when I cooked the squash for the soup I had leftovers. I actually plan it that way. I buy a bigger squash so that I will have leftover squash. I was going to make Not Your Mama’s Chocolate Shake, but I didn’t have ripe bananas. Don’t you hate it when you want to make something, only to find out … Continue reading

Garlic Lover’s Hummus

I love garlic. I use it in a lot of dishes. Today I made a Garlic Lover’s Hummus. Garlic is an herb with endless health properties. It’s good for the heart, blood pressure, keeping cholesterol in check, is an anti-fungal, may reduce the chance of developing Alzheimer’s and much, much more. Better yet, it makes food DELICIOUS! If you do not care for lots of garlic, then you may be interested in this hummus recipe. Also shared at Allergy Free Wednesday. Real Food Wednesday. Garlic Lover’s Hummus From: Peggy of Allergy Free Test Kitchen Ingredients: 1 can chickpeas, rinsed and … Continue reading

Grab and Go Breakfast Bars – High Fiber and High Protein

We’ve had some early mornings around here; as in getting out the door by 6 o’clock A.M! So rather than eating nothing or eating poorly, I decided we needed a good protein breakfast bar. It had to: Be able to be made ahead of time. Freeze and thaw well. Taste well, but be low in sugar. Travel well, as in not be crumbly or fall apart all over the place. I also wanted something that would fill us up. Two things are needed for that: protein and fiber. This breakfast bar has both. Let’s look at a few of the … Continue reading

Black Bean Brownies – Gluten Free, Vegan and Guilt Free (Fun Finds Friday)

A brownie without eggs is difficult to make.  A brownie without eggs that is also gluten free that tastes good is even harder.  Sure, I’ve tried many recipes, from bloggers to well-known cookbook authors.  I tried many versions of my own with so-so results. I have not found one that I would make again and again. Until now. And I’m sure you have heard of people making brownies with black beans and it sounds strange, I know.  But this recipe is so, so much better than other black bean brownies you may have tasted.  I know that to be true … Continue reading

Gluten Free and Allergy Friendly Strawberry Jam Muffins

This post first originally appeared on My Life With Food Allergies where I am a contributor. Whether for breakfast, brunch or a snack, an easy and delicious muffin recipe is a must have for any kitchen. When it comes to a gluten free or allergy free diet, making your own homemade muffins is necessary. The great thing about muffins, no matter what kind, is that they freeze very well. Baking up a batch of muffins and freezing them will save you time on busy mornings when you have to get out the door quickly or if you need an easy … Continue reading

Rhubarb Sauce – Refined Sugar Free

Rhubarb! You either love it or hate! At least that’s what I’m guessing. I’m of the love it group! Did you know it is actually a vegetable? I think people do not realize that because it is used in desserts, jams and sauces—typically applications for fruit. Now it’s hard to come by where I live and beggars can’t be choosers, so I had to settle for the green variety even though the red is so much prettier. They taste the same though. Often found in crisps and pies, I love rhubarb as a sauce…like applesauce. Unfortunately, rhubarb needs a lot … Continue reading

Purple Pudding – Fun Finds Friday

It’s Friday and I have another Fun Find to share with you.   I call it Purple Pudding!  It’s a real treat around here.  I have been making it since December whenever avocados are on sale. (Yeah for $0.29/avocado)!   Don’t freak out…this doesn’t taste like avocados at all.  It is mostly blueberry flavored with a hint of chocolate.  It will satisfy your need for something creamy.  And it is healthy.  I just love it when something decadent is healthy especially when it comes to feeding youngsters.  They think they are getting a treat when they are getting a bowl … Continue reading

Gluten Free Brownies – Fun Finds Friday

This past summer I reintroduced eggs to my diet for about three weeks prior to my latest IgG Food Allergy Test.  Since gluten free vegan brownies are so elusive, we just do not enjoy brownies.  Sure I’ve tried black bean brownies, sweet potato brownies, and many versions of gluten free vegan brownies all with little satisfaction.  But nothing compares to brownies made with eggs. Since I was allowed to bake with eggs for three weeks I took this time to make brownies; lots of times.  So if you are looking for a great gluten free brownie, can eat eggs, and … Continue reading

Get Your Greens In With Kale Chips

Are you one of the thousands of people whose New Year’s Eve resolutions is to eat healthier?  Want to eat more greens, but can’t stomach a salad at every meal?  Try kale chips.  Kale chips have been around the foodie blogosphere for a few years now.  I’m late to the game.  But I finally came up with a way to prepare them and they are really good.  (Although photographing them is another story).   While no one could eat an entire head of kale in one salad, one could eat a whole head of kale in the form of kale … Continue reading

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