Sides and Snacks

 

Grab one or two of these recipes to spice up a main dish or to take on the go.

 

Pineapple Sage Salsa

As the summer nears its end, I have a beautiful herb garden that needs to be attended to desperately. A couple weeks ago, I spent some time canning homemade chocolate mint sauce which was absolutely divine and gut friendly. I will blog on that later, but...

Soup Seasoning

Tis the season for soup! My family loves soup and so do I. The challenge I face with most soups is finding one that does not have onions or garlic in it. My digestion does not agree with the allium family and tends to get quite angry with me if I consume any of their...

Butternut and Broccoli Rabe on Lentils

Cooking healthy can be tasty and fun, but often a challenge for those that haven't cooked much this way. One way I like to help my clients learn new ways to cook with food is to show them through videos, or create recipes designed for thier dietary needs. This one...

Sliced Coconut Cheese

Cheese is one of our beloved food items that really does not help our health at all. The creamy goodness often times leaves us feeling bogged down, heavy, irritated, or sluggish. The amount of cheese Americans consume today is way more than necessary and our bodies...

Crispy Meatless Bacon Strips

Have you ever had veggie bacon? My family used to buy the frozen vegetarian ones until we became vegan and gluten free. Since I have become a more healthy vegan, I figured I would make my own. However, time passed and I never got around to it until now. Being on a gut...

Vegan Parmesan Cheese

Have you ever wished that you had a great recipe for vegan cheese? Look no further! Parmesan cheese is a hard one to find in vegan form and fresh. I found it! This recipe was made from Jane's Healthy Kitchen . I was very impressed with the quality and taste of this...

Dill Dipping Sauce

I love cooking with my friend Elizabeth and we taught a garden cooking class together. There are so many ways to use such healthy food. One way to season food and give it its tastiness, we often use herbs. Herbs are usually really great to grow during the summer. In...

Bruschetta

I love to cook and come up with recipes I can make using vegetables from my garden. When summer is at peak, our gardens tend to yield lots of beautiful and tasty veggies. This bruschetta tastes so great when made from garden vegetables. For those that need to cut out...

Flax Meal Tortillas

Eating a strict diet is hard. Whether it is for health reasons, weight loss, allergies or intollerances, its a challenge. My family really loves to eat Hispanic food. We especially love tacos, burritos, and fajitas. Often we run into a problem of finding a tortilla...

Protein Fried Rice

I am in the process of working on healing my gut from so many years of mistreatment. Since I was little, I have always had a problem with digestion. So enough is enough. I want to know that I can sit down at a meal and enjoy every part of it but, until I can actually...

Zucchini Meatballs and Sauce

It is so exciting when a recipe works out. I have seen a recipe for zucchini meatballs floating around Pinterest, but it wasn't gluten free or vegan. There were a few others things I had to adjust to it too. So, with all the modifications this recipe became my own. If...

Pizza Sauce

When our family desires pizza for a special treat,  I like to make my own pizza sauce.  Too many of the sauces out there contain onions and garlic, which I have a sensitivity to, and not to forget the preservatives and sugar. This sauce is super cheap and organic. You...

Irresistible Gluten Free Bread

A family member introduced this recipe to me and it had dairy and eggs in it. I altered it to fit the needs of our family and it still turns out amazing every time I make it. It rises the same as whole wheat bread, and is fine in texture. I did find that if I use...

Quinoa Black Bean Salad

Recipe contributed by: Elizabeth Fresse I had the opportunity to present a cooking class with Elizabeth and had a great time. We presented around the theme of Fall and Thanksgiving. This is one of her recipes she demonstrated to the class. Enjoy. Quinoa Black Bean...

Quinoa Stuffing

Thanksgiving is around the corner and we are hosting it this year for the family. I needed to find a stuffing that would work for our supper table and an upcoming cooking class that I was co-hosting. This recipe was very tasty but I altered it to fit what I was...

Sweet Potato Fries

When the season turns a little cooler I usually tend to choose warmer foods to eat. I believe wholeheartedly that we should eat locally and with that, eat what is in season. One of my favorite fall foods is, sweet potatoes. I do eat them year round, but tend to eat...

Homemade Corn Chips

Our family loves a certain meal called, "haystacks." This is basically a taco salad. For this, we usually use the white tortilla chips.  As I scrolled through Pinterest, I found a recipe for homemade Frito chips by Minimalist Baker. Why not?! Over all they are...

Tempeh Meatballs

I love anything to give pasta some life. I found this recipe for Tempeh Italian Meatballsand thought I would give it a try. These meatballs are vegan but I made mine gluten free too. I do have to give warning though for those who are gluten free, please check the kind...

Blueberry/Raspberry Compote

It is always fun when the kids want to get in the kitchen and make a dish on their mind. If you search fruit compote, you will find all kinds of recipes. We were wanting to make something that was not loaded down with the added sugar compote usually contains. So, this...

Pumpkin “Cheese” Sauce

I absolutely love pumpkin. It is one of my favorite tastes. When it turns fall, I try to find different ways to use pumpkin, as much as possible. Once fall is over and winter has begun, I put my pumpkin love away until the next year. I try to find gluten free and kid...

Chocolate Banana Ice Cream

Here in Northwest Arkansas it gets really hot. One day it was a heat index of 105 degrees. Not fun when the air goes out and you do everything you can to stay cool. During this time, I have also gone off all processed sugar (sugar detox) and try to use food items from...

Vegan Potato Salad

I have made all kinds of vegan potato salads and had no success with my kids liking it. It either had to much chunky stuff in it or it was too crunchy. My girls wanted tofu this evening so I was trying to think of a creative way to make it. I decided to try a potato...

Baked Almond Feta Cheese Ball

I would love to welcome you into the world of vegan cheese. Vegan cheese I would say it is a food group in and of itself. It's not cheese and not a sauce, its composed of different ingredients with different textures, but yet is still manages to taste good, in some...

Green Smoothie Pops

Summer is here and my girls are always looking for something cool after they have played in the sun all day. I was walking through our local Walmart and spotted a popsicle mold. I have heard of so many people making their own popsicles, I thought I would give it a...

Cauliflower Alfredo

I love alfredo sauce when I was able to eat it, and most likely I won't be able to find anything like its taste again. I am so glad that our bodies are made in a way that we can cleanse it and do a "system restart." I have found that stepping away from the things that...

Vegan Yogurt Dots

With the summer quickly approaching, I am looking for all kinds of cool or frozen treats that won't send my kids spinning around with sugar crazed heads. I love a good snack and one that I know my kids can eat that will benefit them, so in my searching I found this...

Homemade Ketchup

Ketchup is a great condiment when made right. My kids love it on hotdogs, meatloaf and with our homemade sweet potato fries (all made vegan of course.) I don't like that a lot of them are loaded with preservatives and sugar. I found a recipe, that my family likes. The...

Vegan Yogurt Bowl

I love to have a snack after I run or have been active. It helps stabilize my sugar, and leaves me feeling energized enough to continue my tasks of the day. This snack I chose was vegan yogurt bowl. Even though it technically is not a recipe, I wanted to share this...

Vegan Zucchini Baked Fries

Vegetables are not always famous in my house. They are often turned down for less healthier options, or left on the plate to turn cold and left behind. I recently bought some zucchini to make muffins, but then I saw a post by two peas & their pod for zucchini...

Vegan Mayonnaise

Since going vegan, I have learned that sandwiches and spreads can be made in all different kind of ways. Many of the ones I have made use chickpea and Vegenaise. For those that are new to the vegan world, Vegenaise is a vegan mayo that now comes in different...

Oregano Spaghetti Sauce

I have never had the chance to visit Italy. Maybe one day, I get that opportunity, but for now, I must make the best of my Italy here in the states. I love pasta and a good sauce. However, after realizing that my body rejects onions, I have not found a good tomato...

Fried Rice

Being vegan, I could not enjoy the fried rice at the restaurants we went to, because of the egg they put in it.  I personally wish they had an egg free option for those of us that would like to indulge for an evening. Tonight, I wanted to indulge in a fried rice...

Brown Rice

Brown rice is essential in our household since we do not consume large amounts of bread. Since we do consume a moderate amount of brown rice, I usually have to make it in large portions to last for the week between 4 people. I found a person who has made my life...

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