Category: Recipe

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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Carrot Cake Baked Oatmeal

My kids love oatmeal. I mean love it. There was a point when my daughter was asking for it for all three meals of the day! However, just plain oatmeal isn’t really a complete meal. It’s basically just your grains. Now I could make a few other side dishes to help complete the meal but I am not a fan of making more dishes than I must. That’s why I love baked oatmeal. Baked oatmeal is a great way to get in all the extras that you need for a meal. You can add in your protein (eggs), some...

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Customizable Honey Granola

It’s funny how something that is used to describe people who try to be healthy can actually be not all that healthy. Sure people hear granola and think it’s a good healthy food but have you ever looked at a granola recipe? Most are loaded in sugar. Yes, granola has lots of healthy ingredients too but when does the amount of healthy ingredients cancel out the unhealthy? I needed a healthier version. I knew I didn’t want sugar and I didn’t want vegetable or canola oil. I finally came up with this recipe. I’m pretty happy with it. There is one crunchy flaw to it however; it’s not soakedto help remove the phytic acid. I’m hoping to try adapting the recipe so it can be soaked granola but I thought I’d share the original version with you until then. Customizable Honey Granola 4 cups rolled oats 1 tsp. cinnamon 2 tsp. other spices (nutmeg, ginger, allspice, etc or just more cinnamon) 1/3 cup melted coconut oil ½ cup honey 1 tsp. vanilla Add-Ins: (Add as much as you like. Generally it’s about 1 cup of whichever ingredient you like. These may be mixed in with the oat mixture but dried fruits should be added after the granola has been cooked) Wheat Germ Oat Bran Nuts – almonds, walnuts, macadamias, pecans, peanuts, etc Unsweetened Shredded/Flaked Coconut Seeds – Sunflower, Pumpkin, Chia,...

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Homemade Toothpaste

I have been using a crunchy toothpaste for awhile now. I thought I was doing pretty good by using it and truth be told, it was/is a great middle of the road toothpaste. I will still do a review of this toothpaste some day, as well as get into the details of why conventional toothpaste isn’t so great but not today. As I researched more (will the research ever end? I don’t think so.) I learned about glycerin. Glycerin is in almost every single toothpaste; crunchy or not. The problem with glycerin is that it coats teeth, which prevents saliva from interacting with teeth as it’s supposed to. Since glycerin coats teeth and prevents re-mineralization. Since there is hardly any toothpaste without glycerin or the other ingredients I avoid, it was up to me to make my own toothpaste. I made two different varieties; one for me (and my husband, if I can convince him) and one for my kids. The reason for the two different toothpastes is because I don’t want to use abrasive baking soda on my children’s teeth. I want to keep their enamel on their teeth. Although I doubt the recipe I made for myself is any more abrasive than store bought toothpaste, I wanted to play it safe and in all honestly, I think I’ll switch to their recipe in the future. However, I...

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Homemade Produce Wash

Washing produce is a good idea, particularly when you buy non-organic produce. However, even organic produce should be washed. Just because a fruit or veggie isn’t sprayed with pesticides does not mean that it isn’t picking up germs or bacteria on it’s trip from the farm to your house. There are a lot of produce sprays and washes on the market. However, they cost more money then I would like to spend on something that just washes an apple. Not to mention it is just one more thing I would need to remember to pick up at the store. Thankfully, it’s easy to make your own produce wash! Very easy. In fact, if you are using vinegar to clean your house then you probably already have your very own produce wash; you just don’t realize it. Produce Wash 1/2 cup vinegar1 1/2 cups water Directions:Mix together and put in a spray bottle. Spray on produce, rub or scrub depending on the produce. Rinse and eat. For produce that requires more of a soaking technique (such as lettuce or broccoli) you can pour the vinegar solution in a bowl and rinse that way. The recipe is a 1:3 ratio of vinegar to water so feel free to make a larger batch if you need to. Odds are you have the vinegar on hand already so in essence it’s free to...

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Homemade White Cake

I won’t lie to you, this is not necessarily a “crunchy” cake. There is still a ton of sugar and it’s made with white flour. However, it is still a million times better then store bought box mixes. Have you read the ingredients in those box mixes? You can’t even pronounce most of the ingredients! I have depended upon those boxes for far too long. Today, I decided I was going to go one step healthier and make a “real” cake. This white cake is close to the box mixes. Not quite as fluffy and light but perhaps if I had used cake flour instead of all purpose flour it would have been. I originally found the recipe on iambaker. iambaker has a recipe for homemade cake mix, which you make the dry ingredients and store in a mason jar so that you can have that “box mix” ready whenever you need it. I didn’t need the mix to sit around for awhile so I just threw it all in a bowl and started baking. I did tweak the recipe a bit and it seems to have helped in the fluffy department. As you can see by the picture, we didn’t even wait or need frosting in order to eat these! Homemade White Cake 2 3/4 cups flour1 3/4 cups super fine sugar (just throw some sugar in the...

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Colorful Pepper Pizza

Pizza is a weekly meal for my family. It’s my “go-to” meal and it is the meal I serve when we have company over. Thankfully pizza is pretty easy to change and give variety too. Eventually this blog will probably have many pizza recipes, as I make and discover new pizzas. Hope you don’t mind. Hopefully you love pizza as much as my family. I am not a veggie loving girl. As anyone who knows me will confirm, I am the pickiest person in my family. However, I do love this pizza. Filled with peppers and onions this pizza helps me get my veggie quota in. Colorful Pepper Pizza 2-3 Bell Peppers – in theory you’ll want one of each color but if can use just one color.1 small Onion1 Tbs. dried Basil (or 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil)1 Tbs. dried Parsley (or 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley)3 Tbs. EVOO (separated into 2 Tbs and 1 Tbs)2 tsp. Balsamic Vinegarsalt and pepper1 garlic clove (pressed or minced)1 cup Mozzarella Cheese1 Tomato diced or 1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes (optional but I love sun-dried tomatoes) 1/2 batch of my soaked whole wheat pizza crust Directions:Preheat oven to 500 degrees. Slice peppers and onions into thin strips. Place peppers and onions, along with tomatoes if you are adding them into a bowl and toss with 2 Tbs. EVOO and the vinegar. Add...

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