Cranberry Orange Scones is a recipe that is out of a wonderful new cookbook titled Decadent Gluten-Free Vegan Baking by the amazing gluten-free goddess, Cara Reed. All sorts of her exceptional Vegan and Gluten-Free Baked Goods are being recreated this and next month by different bloggers who are jumping at the chance to shine with her recipes – me included. I choose one of my favorite brunch go-to’s. Scones. Cara’s gluten-free all-purpose flour blend is the best I have had and it works so well with countless recipes. These scones are no exception and with the addition of citrus, cranberry and a sweet glaze you will want to make these over and over. What a great combination!
It’s summertime and the livin’ is easy. Meals are casual and we all try to keep as much heat out of the house as possible. Well, I came up with a three fun recipes using tortillas. I call them budget recipes and have titled this page Grilled Wrap Tortilla Trio because I couldn’t fit in all of the words to describe the recipes in one line. Ha! The first recipe needs no heat and takes minutes to prepare. It is Spinach Pinwheels with all the flavors you need in one neat little package. Next comes an Avocado Veggie Wrap. It is also a cool wrap that is brimming with avocado and Italian dressing. Last but not least is a lightly grilled tortilla wrap that is stuffed with pinto beans, barbecue sauce and more. Toss up a big spinach salad and a party dinner is ready. All of these dishes are actually to be served for one dinner and it will feed 6 people for under $20! Can you believe it! Click here to see the full recipe …
Pineapple Coconut Popsicles are such a wonderful treat/dessert/snack. You start off with a real honest to goodness pineapple which gives you a thick fruit mixture so you want to mix that with a liquid of some sort. And … what goes better with pineapple than coconut juice? I bought an organic pineapple coconut juice that is easy to find at many of the local grocery stores. The juice is thicker than something like an orange or apple juice and it blends perfectly with the pineapple to make popsicles. You will be so happy when they are frozen and you can have one. You might as well take it to the next level and pretend you are in Hawaii.
Everybody needs a good healthy Date Bran Muffins Recipe! These are sort of, like, ‘in disguise’ and no one will know they are healthy muffins. If you leave out the word bran then you can even trick the kids. I do not know why bran is not used more often. I am going to make that my mission. Bring bran to the masses. Unite the nations! Make everybody happy! This is my first step. I also love the sweetness that dates bring to recipes. These little gems are so good when they are served warm with or without any sort of topping. I like mine plain. Just delicious as you are sipping your morning beverage.
Three little words that mean so much. No, not that! Although those three little words are quite wonderful I am talking about Slow Cooker Salsa! A refreshing salsa that is versatile enough to go into and on top of just about any savory recipe you can think of. Roma Tomatoes and shallots are used and that gives an extra depth of flavor to your chips, tacos, sandwiches, soups and much more. It is as easy as 1-2-3 to get a wonderful salsa you can be proud to serve.
It is time to enjoy the weather so heat up the grill and let’s get going. Another great thing is that even if it is snowing outside you can still make these wonderfully fresh and healthy Foil Wrapped Grilled Vegetables. There are so many really cool stove top grill pans out there that you can pretend the temps are in the 70′s all year round. I have ‘grilled’ these veggies both ways and both are great. All the veggies are sliced thin – either julienned or in disc shapes. Wrapped up in a little package along with herbs, spices and butter (vegan) and you have the freshest cooked vegetables imaginable.
Date Pecan Cornbread is a special cornbread loaf that is so simple to make because it starts with a packaged mix. It seems like I make everything from scratch but once in a while I give myself a break and get a little extra help. Isn’t it nice to have options? There is a new cornbread mix out there that tastes just like homemade – with the ‘made from scratch’ quality. The mix is almost a pound too so you get a nice amount and it is so simple – you just mix and bake! I added dates and pecans because I like to feel creative and see what I can come up with. This time I got a beautiful cornbread that is healthy enough for breakfast and sweet enough for a snack.