Acorn Squash Stuffed With Quinoa And Mushrooms

Acorn Squash Stuffed With Quinoa And Mushrooms

Looking for veggie options to add on Thanksgiving? Well, look no further! This Acorn Squash Stuffed With Quinoa And Mushrooms is a perfect add-on to the menu. Made with simple ingredients and ready in minutes, this healthy recipe will please picky and non-picky eaters alike. Plus it’s a great option for vegetarian, gluten-free and dairy-free guests.

 

This year, we are headed to Miami for Thanksgiving. My Mother’s side of the family is hosting which means a delicious mix of traditional American and Latin American dishes. It’s like the United Nations Of Thanksgiving! I usually start with rice, beans and fried plantains. Seconds are more traditional and somewhat healthy! J Then dessert…

 

I’ll be sharing this Acorn Squash recipe with the family and of course, baking a FlipBox with the little ones!

 

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Ingredients

2 acorn squash, halved crosswise, seeded

Salt and pepper

3 tablespoons olive oil

1 cup button mushrooms, trimmed and chopped

2-3 garlic cloves, minced

1 medium yellow onion, diced small

1 cup quinoa

1 ½ cups vegetable broth

1 cup fresh spinach, chopped

¼ cup Nutritional Yeast (optional)

Fresh parsley, chopped (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Place squash cut side down on a baking sheet and drizzle with 1 tbsp. olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Place baking sheet in the oven and roast the squash, 30-35 minutes or until golden brown and tender. Remove from the oven and set aside
  2. Place a pan (or skillet) over medium heat and heat 2 tbsp. of olive oil. Add onions and garlic and sauté 1-2min. Add mushrooms and cook, 3-5 minutes
  3. Mix in the quinoa and vegetable broth and bring to a boil; cover and reduce heat to a simmer. Cook until liquid is absorbed, about 15 minutes
  4. Carefully scoop out 2 to 3 tablespoons of pulp from each squash half and stir into quinoa mixture. Mix in the spinach, Nutritional Yeast and season with salt and pepper
  5. Divide quinoa mixture among squash halves and top with fresh parsley (optional)
  6. Plate, serve and enjoy!
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Acorn Squash Stuffed With Quinoa And Mushrooms
Made with simple ingredients and ready in minutes, this healthy recipe will please picky and non-picky eaters alike. Plus it’s a great option for vegetarian, gluten-free and dairy-free guests.
Acorn Squash Stuffed With Quinoa And Mushrooms
Servings
Ingredients
  • 2 acorn squash halved crosswise, seeded
  • Salt and pepper
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup button mushrooms trimmed and chopped
  • 2-3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 medium yellow onion diced small
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 1/2 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 cup fresh spinach chopped
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast optional
  • Fresh parsley chopped (optional)
Servings
Ingredients
  • 2 acorn squash halved crosswise, seeded
  • Salt and pepper
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup button mushrooms trimmed and chopped
  • 2-3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 medium yellow onion diced small
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 1/2 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 cup fresh spinach chopped
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast optional
  • Fresh parsley chopped (optional)
Acorn Squash Stuffed With Quinoa And Mushrooms
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Place squash cut side down on a baking sheet and drizzle with 1 tbsp. olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Place baking sheet in the oven and roast the squash, 30-35 minutes or until golden brown and tender. Remove from the oven and set aside
  2. Place a pan (or skillet) over medium heat and heat 2 tbsp. of olive oil. Add onions and garlic and sauté 1-2min. Add mushrooms and cook, 3-5 minutes
  3. Mix in the quinoa and vegetable broth and bring to a boil; cover and reduce heat to a simmer. Cook until liquid is absorbed, about 15 minutes
  4. Carefully scoop out 2 to 3 tablespoons of pulp from each squash half and stir into quinoa mixture. Mix in the spinach, Nutritional Yeast and season with salt and pepper
  5. Divide quinoa mixture among squash halves and top with fresh parsley (optional)
  6. Plate, serve and enjoy!
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Easy Healthy Garlic Sesame Noodles

Easy Healthy Garlic Sesame Noodles

Give this Easy Healthy Garlic Sesame Noodle recipe a try any night of the week because who doesn’t love easy and healthy recipes that can be ready in less than 20min? I DO, I DO!!! This dish is also low in calories, gluten-free, dairy-free and is packed with tons of flavor. So yummy!

I totally get the benefits of meal prepping, it offers quick, healthy options and helps us stay on track BUT come Thursday (sometimes even Wednesday), I’m over it and wish I had something new, fresh and exciting for dinner. Welp! This noodle recipe does the trick! It’s perfect on nights when you want something new and don’t have much of time. Prepare the sauce while the noodles cook and BOOM…a delicious dinner that is ready in no time!

Feel free to add more veggies and extra protein! Bon Appetit

Ingredients

1 package of noodles (or pasta of choice)

1/3 cup Liquid Aminos

3-4 garlic cloves, minced

1 tbsp ground ginger

2 tbsp rice wine vinegar

1 tbsp toasted sesame oil

1 tbsp avocado oil

1/2 tbsp red pepper flakes

1/2  tbsp toasted sesame seeds (more for garnish)

1/3 cup green onions, chopped (more for garnish)

 

 

Instructions

  1. Cook pasta per package instructions
  2. While the pasta cooks, mix the sesame sauce ingredients
  3. Drain and rinse the pasta then add in the sauce. Coat noodles evenly
  4. Serve and garnish with green onions and sesame seeds
  5. Enjoy!
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Easy Healthy Garlic Sesame Noodles, a low-calorie dish that is also gluten-free, dairy-free, packed with flavor and so simple to make!
Easy Healthy Garlic Sesame Noodles
Servings
Ingredients
  • 1 package of noodles or pasta of choice
  • 1/3 cup Liquid Aminos
  • 3-4 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tbsp ground ginger
  • 2 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp avocado oil
  • 1/2 tbsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 tbsp Toasted sesame seeds more for garnish
  • 1/3 cup green onions chopped (more for garnish)
Servings
Ingredients
  • 1 package of noodles or pasta of choice
  • 1/3 cup Liquid Aminos
  • 3-4 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tbsp ground ginger
  • 2 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp avocado oil
  • 1/2 tbsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 tbsp Toasted sesame seeds more for garnish
  • 1/3 cup green onions chopped (more for garnish)
Easy Healthy Garlic Sesame Noodles
Instructions
  1. Cook pasta per package instructions
  2. While the pasta cooks, mix the sesame sauce ingredients
  3. Drain and rinse the pasta then add in the sauce. Coat noodles evenly
  4. Serve and garnish with green onions and sesame seeds
  5. Enjoy!
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Gluten-Free Pancakes With Homemade Apple Jam

Gluten-Free Pancakes With Homemade Apple Jam

The recipe for these yummy Gluten-Free Pancakes With Homemade Apple Jam is a fall favorite in our house and Apple Jam is a delicious, easy and healthy way to use the apples from the Orchard, because, let’s face it If you went apple picking you have enough overpriced apples to feed the entire neighborhood! Am I right? 🙂
This recipe is low in sugar and made with simple ingredients like cinnamon and vanilla so you can skip the unhealthy ingredients of store bought jam and still enjoy a deliciously sweet and flavorful apple jam!
For the blog post, I added an easy Gluten-Free Pancake recipe that goes really well with the jam but feel free to enjoy it with crackers, gf bread, and desserts! This year I doubled the ingredients and made an extra batch to share with friends and keep in the fridge for later.
Joe and I like to add Apple Jam to our cheese plates! A little sweetness goes great with sharp cheese! Have you guys tried it?
Anyway, go get those apples ready for some homemade apple jam! The recipe is below. xo

Ingredients

Apple Jam

3 lbs of organic apples, peeled, cored and sliced

1 ½ cup water

3 cups coconut palm sugar ¾ tsp cinnamon

¼ tsp ground cloves

 

Gluten-Free Pancakes

1 1/3 cup gluten-free all-purpose flour

1 tbsp monk fruit sweetener

1 tsp baking powder

½ tsp baking soda

¼ tsp cinnamon

1/8 tsp Himalayan salt

½ tsp vanilla extract

2 tbsp ghee, melted

2 eggs

Apple Jam – In a large sauce pan over medium heat, combine the apples and water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and let apples simmer until soft, 20-30min. Carefully transfer the cooked apples to a blender and puree. Add pureed apples, sugar, cinnamon and cloves to a clean sauce pan over medium heat and bring to a boil stirring consistently until the mix thickens. Remove from heat and let cool.

Gluten-Free Pancakes – In a large mixing bowl combine flour, monk fruit sweetener, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. In another mixing bowl combine vanilla extract, melted ghee and eggs. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix using an electric mixer. Pour small amounts of batter onto a greased skillet over medium heat. Cook 2-3 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Repeat steps with remaining batter. Spread a generous amount of apple jam onto the pancakes and top with fresh apple slices and cinnamon (optional). Serve and enjoy!

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Gluten-Free Pancakes With Homemade Apple Jam! A healthy, easy to make and SO delicious recipe that is perfect for fall!
Gluten-Free Pancakes With Homemade Apple Jam
Servings
Ingredients
  • Apple Jam
  • 3 lbs apples peeled, cored and sliced
  • 1 1/2 cup water
  • 3 cups coconut palm sugar
  • 3/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • Gluten-Free Pancakes
  • 1 1/3 cup gluten-free all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp monk fruit sweetener
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp Himalayan salt
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp ghee melted
  • 2 eggs
Servings
Ingredients
  • Apple Jam
  • 3 lbs apples peeled, cored and sliced
  • 1 1/2 cup water
  • 3 cups coconut palm sugar
  • 3/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • Gluten-Free Pancakes
  • 1 1/3 cup gluten-free all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp monk fruit sweetener
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp Himalayan salt
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp ghee melted
  • 2 eggs
Gluten-Free Pancakes With Homemade Apple Jam
Instructions
  1. Apple Jam – In a large saucepan over medium heat, combine the apples and water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and let apples simmer until soft, 20-30min. Carefully transfer the cooked apples to a blender and puree. Add pureed apples, sugar, cinnamon and cloves to a clean saucepan over medium heat and bring to a boil stirring consistently until the mix thickens. Remove from heat and let cool.
  2. Gluten-Free Pancakes - In a large mixing bowl combine flour, monk fruit sweetener, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. In another mixing bowl combine vanilla extract, melted ghee, and eggs. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix using an electric mixer. Pour small amounts of batter onto a greased skillet over medium heat. Cook 2-3 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Repeat steps with remaining batter. Spread a generous amount of apple jam onto the pancakes and top with fresh apple slices and cinnamon (optional). Serve and enjoy!
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Dairy-Free Chocolate Raspberry Popsicles

Dairy-Free Chocolate Raspberry Popsicles

Hello! Dairy-Free Chocolate Raspberry Popsicles! A low sugar dessert recipe you’re going to love. Made with coconut milk, and sweetened with coconut palm sugar and fresh fruit, this healthy dessert or snack idea is delicious, easy to make and good-for-you too!

Carolina loves them and I’m sure you’re little ones (and adults) will too! Perfect as a healthy afternoon snack or back to school recipe idea – everyone wins!! Here’s how you can make them at home!

Ingredients

½ can full-fat coconut milk

1 cup frozen raspberries

½ banana

3 tablespoons coconut palm sugar

Dairy-free chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Add coconut milk, raspberries, banana and coconut palm sugar into a blender and blend on high until smooth
  2. Evenly distribute chocolate chips into the bottom of each popsicle mold
  3. Pour raspberry mixture into each mold filling it to the top
  4. Insert popsicle sticks and freeze, 4 hours or until solid
  5. Gently remove frozen popsicles from mold, serve and enjoy.
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Dairy-Free Chocolate Raspberry Popsicles
A deliciously healthy dessert (or snack) recipe made with coconut milk and sweetened with natural ingredients! So yummy and refreshing!
Dairy-Free Chocolate Raspberry Popsicles
Servings
Ingredients
  • 1/2 can full-fat coconut milk
  • 1 cup frozen raspberries
  • 1/2 banana
  • 3 tablespoons coconut palm sugar
  • dairy-free chocolate chips
Servings
Ingredients
  • 1/2 can full-fat coconut milk
  • 1 cup frozen raspberries
  • 1/2 banana
  • 3 tablespoons coconut palm sugar
  • dairy-free chocolate chips
Dairy-Free Chocolate Raspberry Popsicles
Instructions
  1. Add coconut milk, raspberries, banana and coconut palm sugar into a blender and blend on high until smooth
  2. Evenly distribute chocolate chips into the bottom of each popsicle mold
  3. Pour raspberry mixture into each mold filling it to the top
  4. Insert popsicle sticks and freeze, 4 hours or until solid
  5. Gently remove frozen popsicles from mold, serve and enjoy.
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White Bean Dip (vegan, gf)

White Bean Dip (vegan, gf)

Happy Thursday! How are the kids adjusting to the new school schedule? More importantly, how are YOU adjusting? We are slowly getting back into the swing of things.

As you know, Caro is in school longer hours which means I now meal prep for her too. Fresh fruit cups, veggies slices, and single serving smoothie packs are some of our favorites.

Another quick meal prep idea is this White Bean Dip. Best part? It’s impossible to mess up, creamy
and so flavorful. Plus it’s packed with protein and healthy fat which helps keep us full longer.

Double the recipe to make a big batch and store it in the fridge for 3-4 days. Feel free to skip the cilantro and substitute for fresh parsley!

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Ingredients

1 (15oz) can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed

2 garlic cloves, minced

¼ cup onion, chopped

¼ cup olive oil

¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped

Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Place the beans in a food processor and puree until smooth. Set aside.
  2. Heat a pan over medium heat. Once hot, add the olive oil, garlic, and onions and sauté until the garlic is golden brown and the onions are translucent
  3. Add the bean puree and chopped cilantro into the pan stirring frequently for 1-2min until all the ingredients are combined. Season with salt and pepper
  4. Remove from heat and transfer to a serving bowl
  5. Top with chopped veggies and more cilantro (optional)
  6. Serve hot (or at room temp) with crackers, assorted vegetables, tortilla chips, or toasted GF bread!

 

PS – those delicious crackers you see in the back are Jilz Gluten Free Tuscan Crackerz (Lemon and Herbs) and they are AH-Mazing!

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Healthy Fudcigles
Healthy Sweeteners: Easy To Make Fudgesicles
Servings
Ingredients
  • 4 ` Bananas
  • 3/4 cup nut butter
  • 1/2 Cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla Pods
Servings
Ingredients
  • 4 ` Bananas
  • 3/4 cup nut butter
  • 1/2 Cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla Pods
Healthy Sweeteners: Easy To Make Fudgesicles
Instructions
  1. Add all the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Pour the mix into popsicle molds and freeze.
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Healthy Gluten Free Blueberry Muffins

Healthy Gluten Free Blueberry Muffins

Healthy Gluten Free Blueberry Muffins are here!

It’s incredible how fast the summer came and went, no? We had an action-packed summer. We took Caro to Sesame Place (bless your heart if you’ve gone more than once, btw), Philly, the Coney Island Aquarium, she was all over the place. She had so much fun you’d think she’d reward us with NO MORE TEMPER TANTRUMS, right? Nope…still happening!

Anyway, NYC Schools start classes today and we want to wish all the littles (and not so littles) a happy and successful year! GOOD LUCK!

Joe is dropping Caro off at school today. Unfortunately, I have to miss her first day and head to work. Huge *sigh* #thestrugglesofworkingparents – it’s days like today that I wish I had more flexibility in my schedule but those days will come!

Don’t worry this isn’t turning into a sad post, HA! It’s quite the opposite – it’s a happy post b/c I get to share this AMAZING recipe with you! 🙂

I made these DE-LICIOUS, Healthy and Gluten Free Blueberry Muffins over the weekend and froze them. Thawed them out yesterday and boom…they were fresher than fresh this AM! I packed one in Caro’s lunch box, Joe had a few and I took some to work – everybody wins!

They are the perfect amount of sweet without being too sweet, healthy and most importantly, easy to make! We hope you like them.

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Ok – here’s the recipe! Happy Baking, guys!

Ingredients

2 ripe bananas, mashed
¼ cup maple syrup
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
½ teaspoon salt
¼ cup applesauce
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 cups gluten-free oat flour
1 cup fresh blueberries

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Line a muffin tin with 12 muffin liners and spray with coconut oil cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs. Add the mashed bananas, maple syrup, vanilla extract, salt, and applesauce and combine. Then mix in the baking powder and oat flour.
  3. Gently fold in blueberries, then scoop spoonfuls of the batter evenly into the prepared muffin liners.
  4. Bake for 5 minutes at 400°, then turn the heat down to 350° and bake for an additional 18 minutes.
  5. Let cool before serving.
  6. Enjoy!
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Blueberry Muffins (GF, Naturally Sweet)
A sweet (without being too sweet) breakfast or snack that is healthy, delicious and easy to make!
Healthy Gluten Free Blueberry Muffins
Servings
Ingredients
  • 2 ripe bananas mashed
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 cups gluten-free oat flour
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
Servings
Ingredients
  • 2 ripe bananas mashed
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 cups gluten-free oat flour
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
Healthy Gluten Free Blueberry Muffins
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Line a muffin tin with 12 muffin liners and spray with coconut oil cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs. Add the mashed bananas, maple syrup, vanilla extract, salt, and applesauce and combine. Then mix in the baking powder and oat flour.
  3. Gently fold in blueberries, then scoop spoonfuls of the batter evenly into the prepared muffin liners.
  4. Bake for 5 minutes at 400°, then turn the heat down to 350° and bake for an additional 18 minutes.
  5. Let cool before serving.
  6. Enjoy!
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