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Baking

Vegan Orange Cookies

My Grandmother Dorothy had two signature recipes. Orange cookies, and bourbon slush (which I’ll save for another time!).  And though I used vegan ingredients, they taste just as I remember, especially because I burned the first batch.

Gluten Free Vegan Pumpkin Pie

A day or two after Halloween, the kids gave Mom permission to cook their Jack-o-lanterns, with a promise of some tasty pumpkin pie for the trade.  

Cauliflower Crust Pizza

Cauliflower crust pizza sounds like a concept better left unexplored. I’ll admit it. But when a friend made it for our family, it had a flavor that was unexpectedly remarkable.

Gluten Free Banana Bars

I grabbed a variety of wholesome ingredients, plugged in the food processor, and in no time at all, filled the kitchen with the smell and taste of these yummy banana oat bars.

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies The mouth-watering aroma of warm chocolate chip cookies is hard to resist. And since "nothin' says lovin' like something from the oven", a hot rack of cooling cookies is a crowd pleaser every time. Marketing campaigns by the large...

Easy Gluten Free Apple Cobbler

The delicious apple-cinnamon aroma will fill your home as you bake this healthy gluten free apple cobbler. Excellent for company, yet easy enough for everyday, this dish will quickly become a family favorite. If you are lucky enough to have left overs, this cobbler...

Gluten Free Pumpkin Cheesecake

Gluten free pumpkin cheesecake is a delicious way to make use of all the colorful bounty of fall squash. Start to finish, this can be served in less than one hour! Gluten Free Vegan Pie Crust10 10 medjool dates (soak in water for 5 minutes) 1 cup pecans 1 cup walnuts...

Zucchini Spaghetti Bake

The end of summer has given birth to some gigantic zucchinis, which have sparked my creativity in the kitchen. I shredded the big-ole veggies in the food processor, used some in waffles, breads, muffins, and cakes and STILL had some left over. I decided to throw some...

Chocolate Zucchini Cake

Harvest time usually brings too many huge zucchinis that sit on the kitchen counter, impatiently begging to be consumed rather than composted.  I make our favorite chocolate zucchini cake and gluten free muffins all in the same afternoon. We eat some, we freeze some,...

Gluten and Guilt Free Zucchini Muffins

Guilt and Gluten Free Zucchini Muffins The end-of-summer harvest often means there are huge zucchinis collecting on kitchen counters everywhere, begging to be consumed rather than composted.  Here is the perfect muffin recipe to put that super-veggie to work.I...

Gluten-free Brownie Bites with Zucchini and Medjool Dates

In his book, Eat to Live, Dr. Joel Fuhrman proposes that the higher the ratio of nutrients to calories, the less you crave high-calorie, low-nutrient foods. Results of those following his plan are profound.  In fact, you can view a few of the Eat to Live success...

Spaghetti Squash with Roasted Eggplant and Greens

This family-favorite dish is super simple, delicious, satisfying, and so good for you.  Enjoy it tonight and for left-overs tomorrow! 1-2 spaghetti squash 4 T Italian seasoning, divided 2 T garlic powder, divided 1 T pepper, divided 1 eggplant, cubed 5 carrots, diced...

Apple Cinnamon Cobbler with Coconut, Walnuts, Almonds, and Raisins

Apple Cinnamon Cobbler with Coconut, Walnuts, Almonds, and Raisins Log in: Kristin Meier This is a flavorful, tasty dessert that will satisfy your sweet tooth without the guilt. Enjoy it plain or serve it  topped with almond milk, cacao nibs and shredded coconut for...

Healthy Snacking: Savory Beet Chips

Log in: Kristin Meier Beet chips are a great way to nutrify the traditional bad-boy potato chip and they are a synch to make.  Just toss the beet in your food processor to make slices or finely slice the beet by hand.  Pat beet slices dry with cloth, then coat with a...

Easy No-Bake Pecan Pie

My husband loves pecan pie, so I decided to surprise him with this delicious dessert.  This pie is fun, easy to make, requires no baking, and is much healthier than the traditional corn syrup and brown sugar filled pie. Enjoy! Crust 2 1/2 c medjool dates, pits removed...

Baked Leeks with Fennel, Carrots, and Garbanzo Beans

Log in: Kristin Meier Most leek and fennel recipes instruct you to chop off the leafy stems and use the bulb of the plant for the recipe, but I wondered, “What would happen if I used the lovely green stalks of the leek and fennel plants in the dish too?” So, I took a...

Roasted Carrots and Fennel with Beans, Chard and Spinach Sautee

Log in: Kristin Meier My food journey has challenged me to think outside the standard recipe box of casseroles, stews, and roasts and has challenged me to increase my vegetable vocabulary. Before adopting a plant-based diet, I had no idea how to prepare unique...

Spicy Spaghetti Squash

Spicy Spaghetti Squash Ingredients: 1 spaghetti squash 1/4 c olive oil 2T chopped garlic (or 4-5 cloves) 4 large carrots, sliced 1 organic green pepper, diced 8 oz crimini mushrooms, sliced 4 sun dried tomatoes, sliced 2 T dried basil 2 T dried oregano 2 T black...

Molasses and Miso Stuffed Apples

I used to scoff at my husband for offering fruit for dessert when we were newlyweds. “Fruit is NOT dessert!” I would declare. To me, dessert was something forbidden: sweet, filling, and rich, like cookies and cream ice cream, brownie sundae, chocolate chip cookies, or...

Coconut Pumpkin Bread

Coconut Pumpkin Bread No matter what type of lifestyle or diet you chose to embrace, family time at the holiday's is always an eclectic blend of opinions, ideas and food. And nothing says "I love you" more than a brother who delicately designs a vegan stuffing, a...

Toasted Coconut and Curried Lentils with Butternut Squash

Butternut squash and curried lentils are the perfect pairing for fall.  The dish is not only flavorful, but amazingly high in nutrients.  Lentils are high in calcium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc and iron and contain vitamin A and B-complex vitamins.  Butternut squash...

Unlimited Options with Butternut Squash

Login: Kristin Meier I can still recall one autumn afternoon when my spouse returned from the grocery store with one of every kind of squash imaginable: spaghetti, acorn, butternut, and even a Turban squash. (Who knew?) I had no idea what to do with any of it, but...

Vegan Chocolate Cake with Black Beans and Zucchini

Ingredient list: 3 organic zucchinis, grated 1 can organic black beans, drained and rinsed 1 spotted banana ¾ c organic apple sauce ¼ organic virgin coconut oil 2 T vanilla 1/3 c agave 1/3 c blackstrap molasses 1/3 organic sucanat Egg replacer to replace equivalent of...

Fruit of the Season

In the fall... 4 chopped organic apples 4 chopped organic pears  2T pumpkin pie spice  2T cinnamon ¼ cup coarsely chopped walnuts (optional)  3T raisins (optional) 3T dried cranberries (optional) 1t ginger (optional) Coat apples and pears with spices.  Pour into...