Category: Real Food Recipes

Coconut Berry Hearts

I have a confession to make. I’m a bit addicted to conversation hearts. I never grew out of the straight sugar candies. Naturally, conversation hearts are everywhere during the time around Valentine’s Day. It’s easy to want to share my love of conversation hearts with my kids but do I really want them eating them? No. I do not want them growing up with the same horrid sweet tooth that their mama has. What does this natural mama do? I make my own healthy version! I originally wanted to call these Healthy Conversation Hearts but… I didn’t put any...

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Holiday Pudding Trio

Do you love pudding? What am I saying! Everyone loves pudding? It’s a classic snack/dessert that everyone loves. It’s simple, pretty affordable, and it tastes oh so yummy! Of course, commercial puddings really aren’t all that healthy for you. They have artificial ingredients like dextrose, modified cornstarch, fake flavorings, polysorbate 60, and food dyes. I don’t know about you but I don’t really want to eat those ingredients! So I came up with my healthy vanilla pudding! It’s cornstarch free and sugar free! However, if you would rather not use stevia you can easily sub in 1/4 cup of...

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Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Sage Brown Butter

Over the last few years, our family has added in a few new holiday favorite dishes. We’ve started including sugar free cranberry sauce and homemade stove top stuffing. However, when Thanksgiving comes around, the one dish my kids start requesting that I make is my mashed sweet potatoes with sage brown butter. I’ll be honest, I’ve never enjoyed mashed potatoes. I’ve got issues with textures apparently and thus mashed potatoes were something I completely ignored. One year, I was making most of the Thanksgiving side dishes and so I had to make mashed potatoes. I decided we needed to...

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Chocolate Espresso Coconut Haystacks

Have you ever had a haystack? I don’t know what planet I was living on but I had never even heard of one until I was married! I don’t even know how that’s possible… maybe it’s because growing up we didn’t have much coconut since my dad hates the stuff. In any case, I was missing out! I had my first haystack at Cannon Beach, Oregon… which is home to the iconic Haystack Rock. A more fitting place there can not be to have your first haystack. For those of you who are just as clueless about haystacks as...

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Deliciously Simple Meatballs – Grain Free

I am always on the lookout for ways to increase my kids calories with nutrient dense foods. For awhile their lunches were doing well but kids grow… and they need more. Sigh. It’s never ending. You think you figure it all out and then suddenly they are eating even more! We started adding grains to their lunches to help fill in the calorie gaps but I prefer limiting our grains. I started searching for a easy replacement. I wanted to increase their protein intake anyway so we swapped the nutrient lacking grains for protein packed meatballs. Not just any...

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Honey Apple Oatmeal Cookies

I love oatmeal cookies. It’s a bit of an odd thing, considering I really do not like oatmeal! Oatmeal cookies, warm and fresh out of the oven will always be a welcomed treat for me! Honey Apple Oatmeal Cookies are a nice, healthy variation of oatmeal cookies. Warm apple, soothing honey, and comforting oatmeal makes these cookies a perfect treat for fall… or any time of the year! Cookies are generally not the healthiest thing on the block. When you are making the switch to natural living and healthy eating, well let’s just say cookies are generally frowned upon....

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