No-Bake Pineapple Coconut Bars

While these bars are healthy, they’re also very calorie dense between the nuts and coconut oil. I wouldn’t recommend more than one a day. But trust me, you’ll be tempted. Ingredients ⅔ cups unsweetened shredded coconut 2 cups unsalted cashews 1 cup freeze-dried pineapple 1 cup medjool dates, pitted ⅛ teaspoon sea salt ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons coconut butter 3 tablespoons coconut oil Directions Preheat the...

Butternut Squash Hummus

A simple and tasty recipe for Butternut Squash Hummus. It makes a great dip for veggies or spread on lettuce wraps.Ingredients 2 cups butternut squash, cubed 2 tablespoons tahini 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1 garlic clove 1/4 cup olive oil 1/2 teaspoon sea salt For garnish fresh parsley, chopped toasted pepitas or squash seeds paprika olive oil  Directions Fill a pot lined with a...

Asparagus and Gruyère Cheese

Especially when made with plump, in-season asparagus, this dish makes for a sophisticated, visually pleasing appetizer. Ingredients 1 sheet defrosted Puff Pastry 2 cups (abt 5 1/2 oz) shredded Gruyère cheese (Fontina works too) 1 1/2 lbs medium to thick asparagus spears 1 tablespoon olive oil salt & pepper flour, for work surface parchment paper Directions Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.  On a floured...

Cheesy Mashed Cauliflower Puffs

Mashed potatoes aren’t the only game in town! I recently spied a recipe for cheesy mashed potato puffs and wondered if I could modify it for mashed cauliflower. Since cauliflower contains more liquid, I knew that I’d need to add something to give them a little more structure. Beaten egg whites did the trick. They do shrink some as they cool, but they make a delicious low carb side dish for any...

Easy Cream Cheese Danish

Look at that flakey golden crust. Oh my. That beautiful golden cheese! And the cracks in the cheese showing its perfect done-ness! Woah woah woah. Back up. Stop drooling on the keyboard and/or licking the screen. On to the recipe! Ingredients 2 sheets puff pastry; thawed but still cool 8 oz cream cheese; at room temperature ⅓ cup sugar 1 tsp vanilla extract 2 eggs; divided ¼ cup flour; for rolling Directio...

Lox Lollipop Bites

I learned that the trick to getting the lox to stick to the cream cheese is using only half a slice. But don’t worry, if you use too much fish, you can simply pinch off the excess with your fingers.  Ingredients 8 ounces cream cheese, softened ½ cup chives, finely chopped 2 teaspoon fresh dill, chopped, plus additional sprigs for garnish 12 ounces lox, sliced thin 20 to 30 lollipop sticks Freshly ground...

Cranberry, Walnut & Apple Smoothie

This smoothie brings together the tartness of fresh, plump cranberries, the juicy sweetness of apple, the rich nuttiness of walnuts and a hint of cinnamon warmth. The combination is delicious and makes a wonderfully nutritious breakfast or snack. Ingredients 3/4 cup fresh cranberries 1 large apple cored and chopped into chunks ( left the peel on) 1/4 cup raw walnuts 2 tablespoons maple syrup 1 cup...

Spicy Queso Blacno

You know you wanna try it. I want to, again. And again, and again. Cause it’s just too yum to pass up! And when you’re done, you might want to try my Cheese Tacos, or Caprese Tartlets! It’s a cheese-lovers paradise, my friends! Ingredients 2 Tbsp Canola Oil 1/2 Small White Onion, fine diced 2-3 Serrano Peppers, fine diced 3/4 C Heavy Cream 1/3 C Milk 12 oz Monterey Jack Cheese, cubed 12 oz White American...

Quinoa with Caramelized Butternut Squash and Roasted Brussel Sprouts

Although this dish only has a few main ingredients, it needs nothing more. The garlicky roasted brussels sprouts are perfect with the sweetened caramelized butternut squash. The parmesan cheese makes the dish ever-so creamy, and pepitas offer a satisfying crunch. Enjoy! Ingredients 1 cup quinoa, rinsed well scant 2 cups vegetable or chicken broth 9oz shaved brussels sprouts (I used Green Giant brand) 1...

Strawberry Breakfast Bars

Have you ever had those cereal bars they sell at the grocery store that are soft on the outside and filled with fruit? These Strawberry Breakfast Bars are similar in taste to those, only much more delicious and better for you because they are homemade.  Ingredients Crust and filling: ½ cup of flour ¼ cup + 2 tablespoons of dark brown sugar 1 cup of quick cook oats ¼ teaspoon of salt ½ cup of cubed butter 1...