Acorn Squash Rings with Walnuts and Dried Apricots

Acorn Squash Rings with Walnut and Dried Apricots - Vegan, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Paleo-Friendly, No Refined Sugar | The Healthy Family and Home

This Acorn Squash Rings with Walnuts and Dried Apricots recipe was created for this month’s theme for The Recipe Redux…using a spice you never use.

 

“Spooky Spices: You know they are lurking there: Way in the back of your spice drawer. There lie the herbs, spices, or rubs that are getting dusty because you’re afraid to use them… you simply don’t know what to do with them! Well, pull them out and show us a recipe you created to deliciously conquer that fearful spice.”

 

I have spices and seasonings In my cabinet that I use regularly, like turmeric, oregano, red pepper flakes, dill, nutmeg, chipotle, cayenne, garlic, cinnamon, vanilla bean powder, cumin, chili powder and sage.

But the one little jar that sits quietly in the back of my cabinet eagerly waiting for me to choose it every time I reach for spices is Garam Marsala.

I remember buying it to make an Indian inspired dish and may have used it that one time, but I’ve never used it for anything else.

It’s really a shame because when I opened up the jar the aroma was unbelievable, rustic and sweet.

The word “garam” means “hot” and the word “marsala” means “mixture of spices” and is just that…a mixture of several different spices:

 

Garam Marsala

coriander seeds, cumin seeds, cardamom, black peppercorns, bay leaves, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger

 

There are ingredient variations to the mixture and if you use it frequently, you could save money by making it from scratch instead of buying store bought.

I’m glad I chose to use this spice mixture for this recipe because I forgot how powerful the flavors are and I can already think of many other things to make with it!

 

 

 

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5 Fast Facts About Acorn Squash:*

  • 1/2 cup contains 15% DV of vitamin c
  • 1/2 cup contains 2% DV of iron
  • good source of beta carotene
  • 1 serving contains 9 g of fiber
  • 1/2 serving contains 13% RDA of potassium

5 Fast Facts About Walnuts:*

  • high quality vegan protein
  • high in anti-oxidants
  • rich in omega-3 fatty acids
  • high in vitamin C
  • improves blood lipids and other cardiovascular risk factors

5 Fast Facts About Extra-Virgin Olive Oil:*

  • lowers blood cholesterol levels
  • rich in anti-oxidants
  • improves bone mineralization and calcification
  • excellent protection from heart attack and stroke
  • contains anti-inflammatory benefits

5 Fast Facts About Himalayan Pink Salt:*

  • contains 84 minerals
  • unrefined, unprocessed, raw
  • promotes stable pH balance in cells
  • controls water levels in the body
  • aids digestion and facilitates better nutrient absorption

5 Fat Facts About Apricots:*

  • contains 16% RDA of vitamin C
  • helps prevent inflammation
  • excellent source of anti-oxidants
  • good source of potassium
  • provides 64% RDA of vitamin A

 

*These statements have not been evaluated by Food and Drug Administration.  This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

 

 

Organic Acorn Squash Rings

 

Acorn Squash Rings with Walnuts and Dried Apricots - Vegan, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Paleo-Friendly, No Refined Sugar | The Healthy Family and Home

 

Acorn Squash Rings with Walnuts and Dried Apricots - Vegan, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Paleo-Friendly, No Refined Sugar

 

 

Acorn Squash Rings with Walnuts and Dried Apricots (Vegan, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Paleo-Friendly, No Refined Sugar)

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Ingredients

  • 1 organic acorn squash
  • 1/2 - 1 teaspoon organic extra-virgin olive oil

For the stuffing

  • 1 cup organic walnuts
  • 2 tablespoons organic extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup organic dried apricots (diced)
  • 1 teaspoon organic garam marsala
  • 2 - 3 pinches Himalayan pink salt

Directions

Prepare the acorn squash
Step 1 Slice the squash in half through the center and cut it into slices (approximately 4 - 5).

Cut out a small hole in the center and remove the seeds.

Brush both sides of the squash with olive oil.

Bake at 400 degrees for 25 - 30 minutes, or until the insides are soft.
Prepare the stuffing
Step 2 Add all ingredients for the stuffing (EXCEPT the dried apricot) to a food processor and process until well combined and it has a crumby texture.

Transfer to a small bowl and gently stir in the dried apricot by hand.

Divide the mixture between your acorn rings and fill in the center.

Enjoy!

 

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Tomatoes

Organic-Tomatoes

 

 

Organic Tomatoes Nutritional Facts + Recipes

 

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The reason is because the first time I made it, I used a vegetable broth, which was “ok” and everyone liked it, but the second time I made it, I decided to try the cheesy cauliflower [...]

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Raspberry Kiwi Smoothie

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Since the month of April is “Maximum Vibrance” month at Vibrant Health, the smoothie I made for my Superfood Smoothie Series this week included “Maximum Vibrance”.

I didn’t get really crazy with the superfoods on this one and kept it simple just in case you haven’t given Maximum Vibrance a try yet.

All I added was some organic fruit, [...]

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Garlic and Shallot Fingerling Potatoes

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These Garlic and Shallot Fingerling Potatoes are a nice side dish that’s really easy to make and they are vegan, gluten-free and paleo-friendly* too!

They take only a few minutes of preparation and are ready in about 30 minutes or so.

But you may be wondering…what are “fingerling” potatoes?

They are cute little miniature potatoes and can be described [...]

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Pistachio Sesame Seed Balls

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These Pistachio Sesame Seed Balls are a quick and healthy snack that’s super easy to make.

It only has 5 clean ingredients and can be made in about 5 minutes with only a food processor.

And, it’s a great recipe to use with your homemade almond butter.

Not only are these a kid-friendly favorite, but they are raw, vegan, [...]

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Crunchy Cacao Nib Chocolate Almond Butter

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I was inspired to make this Crunchy Cacao Nib Chocolate Almond Butter after seeing a jar of chocolate chip peanut butter in the grocery store.

I liked the idea of the “crunch” but wanted to make it healthier by using cacao nibs instead of GMO chocolate chips.

Making almond butter is really easy and you’ll follow the same [...]

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Mango and Hemp Seed Smoothie

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Here is a yummy Mango and Hemp Seed Smoothie which is part of my “Vibrant Health Superfood Smoothie Series” where I make smoothies using a few the many Vibrant Health products.

This one uses “Green Vibrance”, which is actually the very first Vibrant Health product I ever bought and fell in love with.

I’ve been using it for several [...]

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Eating Clean Resources

Eating-Clean

 

If you are new to eating clean, it can be pretty tricky trying to find resources to help you get started or even to stay on track, so I’ve put together a list with some of my favorite resources to share with you:

 

Websites: Raw Foods:  Laura-Jane at The Rawtarian “Simply Satisfying Raw Food Recipes” Gluten-Free:  Tabatha at Kitchen [...]

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Vanilla Bean and Mango Chia Seed Pudding

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This Vanilla Bean and Mango Chia Seed Pudding is one of the first recipes I’ve made using my new organic vanilla bean powder.

If you’ve never had chia seed pudding before, it’s a super healthy pudding-like snack loaded with nutrients from chia seeds.

And, there are so many different varieties you can make too!

Although I normally make some [...]

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Habanero Kale Chips

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These Habanero Kale Chips are pretty hot and not for the faint at heart.

They are your basic kale chips but coated with my Creamy Habanero Dressing and dehydrated for the ultimate healthy, raw snack.

Even though I made these in my dehydrator, I also did a test batch in the regular oven for those who don’t have a dehydrator [...]

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Chipotle Black Bean and Sweet Potato Quinoa Chili

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This Chipotle Black Bean and Sweet Potato Quinoa Chili is a hearty, warm meal that is perfect to serve on a cold, winter evening.

And the best part about it…no soaking beans overnight, no crock pot and no waiting all day to enjoy it.

Just dice your veggies and about 30 minutes later, you have a warm, healthy vegan [...]

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Creamy Habanero Dressing

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Don’t let the innocent appearance of this Creamy Habanero Dressing  fool you.

It just might be the one of the hottest of all the dressing recipes I have ever made, which is a good thing if you like “hot” foods.

I have used this dressing on everything from kale salad, over steamed broccoli, mixed with quinoa, a dip for [...]

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Rosemary and Garlic Maple Glazed Carrots

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This past weekend I got a beautiful bunch of baby carrots in my Farmer’s Market box and these Rosemary and Garlic Maple Glazed Carrots is what became of them.

Using only a few simple ingredients that you probably already have on hand, this delicious side dish can be ready in under 10 minutes.

And, these may even help the [...]

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Superfood Fruit Nut and Seed Snack Mix

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This Superfood Fruit Nut and Seed Snack Mix is probably one of the easiest and healthiest snacks to throw together.

I often send a jar of plain cashews or almonds to work with my husband to snack on during the day.

Since my cabinets are full of other goodies like superfoods, nuts, seeds and dried fruit, I decided to [...]

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Flourless Chocolate Chip Pecan Cookies

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These Flourless Chocolate Chip Pecan Cookies are in one word…amazing!

You will be shaking your head in disbelief that these cookies have absolutely no flour, grains or gluten and still taste delicious.

I experimented using both almond butter and peanut butter and even though the peanut butter ones were “ok”,  they were definitely much drier in taste.

The almond [...]

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Vegetable Rigatoni with Creamy Cauliflower Sauce

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This Vegetable Rigatoni with Creamy Cauliflower Sauce started out as an experiment for a vegan macaroni and “cheese” dish for my boys, but ended up so much better than I had expected.

It’s not a plain cauliflower sauce but a creamy cauliflower sauce with a “cheesy” flavor.

I used this recipe for a basic cauliflower sauce as inspiration to start [...]

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Strawberry and Raspberry Cheesecake Hearts

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These cute little mini Strawberry and Raspberry Cheesecake Hearts are so simple to make and a perfect treat for St. Valentine’s Day.

A few quick steps and a Vitamix, a food processor and a cute heart shaped silicone mold and you’re ready to go.

I used strawberry in the filling and topped them with raspberries, but you could reverse them if [...]

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How To Make Gluten-Free Bread Crumbs

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This is a simple gluten-free bread crumb recipe that’s also vegan and paleo.

It’s a great substitute for traditional bread crumbs that not only have gluten, but other unwanted ingredients.

Here is the horrible 50 ingredient list for Progresso Bread Crumbs:

Ingredients:  FLOUR ENRICHED (FLOUR, BARLEY MALTED FLOUR, NIACIN, FERROUS SULFATE, THIAMINE MONONITRATE (VITAMIN B1), RIBOFLAVIN (VITAMIN B2), FOLIC ACID [...]

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Chocolate Strawberry Almond Protein Smoothie

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This Chocolate Strawberry Almond Protein Smoothie looks like a typical green smoothie, but it’s not.

Not only does it have strawberries, but almonds, superfoods and a new vegan protein powder from Vibrant Health, “PureGreen Protein”.  It comes in both vanilla and chocolate flavor.

The lovely folks at Vibrant Health sent me a few samples of their products to create [...]

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Goji Berry and Hazelnut Cacao Truffles

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These Goji Berry and Hazelnut Cacao Truffles are a spin off from the Cacao and Walnut Holiday Truffle recipe I shared a couple of months ago.

That recipe was originally inspired by the Raw Chocolate Tart recipe from the lovely Tabatha at Kitchen To Nirvana.

While the holiday truffle recipe was rolled in crushed goji berries, raw cane sugar and [...]

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Healthy Party Dips Roundup

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Gatherings of any type with multiple people is always an occasion for snacks.  This Healthy Party Dips Roundup features 4 dips that you will feel good about serving and enjoying.

All four recipes are vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free and a couple are raw and paleo.  But all are made with clean, healthy ingredients.

Spinach, avocados, sun-dried tomatoes, onions, jalapenos, [...]

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Hazelnut Caramel Clusters

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These Hazelnut Caramel Clusters are the perfect treat for that someone special for Valentines Day, a birthday, anniversary or any other special occasion.

And special occasions deserve special indulgences and this is one of those occasions.

When I was asked to create a new recipe with the Rawmio Chocolate Hazelnut Spread, I knew I wanted to make something really [...]

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Creamy Red Lentil and Kale Soup

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I’ve been making this Creamy Red Lentil and Kale Soup for a while now, and it’s taken me a long time to get it to where I could finally say…perfect!

Normally when I make it, it has a broth-type of gravy and it was “ok” and everyone ate it, but I just wasn’t feeling it.

It needed something else [...]

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Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Oat Bars

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I’ve made these Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Oat Bars many, many times.  Each time making little tweaks here and there.

After several months, I think I’m ready to share them with you.

My boys love my homemade chocolate chip granola bars but I decided to add a little twist to them.

I took my basic granola bar recipe, [...]

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Healthy Honey Mustard Dressing

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This Healthy Honey Mustard Dressing comes compliments of my oldest son.

He recently had a taste of a restaurant version and asked if I would buy him some on our next grocery trip.

While I could have easily accomodated his request by just buying an organic store-bought version, my natural instinct was…”how about if I make you some”?

How [...]

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Eggplant Onion and Tomato Stew

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This Eggplant Tomato and Onion Stew is really simple to make with a minimal ingredient list, fresh veggies and it can be enjoyed plain or over quinoa, brown rice or even pasta.

I came across this recipe after browsing through a Woman’s Day magazine while visiting my parents and decided to make it for them for dinner that night [...]

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How To Make Homemade Almond Milk

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Making homemade almond milk is one of the easiest things you will probably ever make.

There are only 4 easy steps:  soak, blend, strain and store and…there are only a few items you need to get started.

You will need a small bowl to soak the almonds in, a Vitamix, a nut milk bag and an air-tight glass storage [...]

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Healthy Holiday Fudge

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This Healthy Holiday Fudge recipe is probably the healthiest version of fudge you will ever find.

In fact, there are only 4 clean ingredients needed to make it.

It’s the perfect holiday treat to be able to enjoy and share, especially since it takes less than 5 minutes to prepare.

Here are the typical ingredients in a traditional fudge recipe:

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Coconut and Pecan Granola with Goji Berries

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I try to make some version of homemade granola at least once a week because between my husband and two boys, they can eat an entire batch in one breakfast.

They all have their favorites.

Both my boy’s favorite is my Homemade Peanut Butter Granola and this Coconut and Pecan Granola with Goji Berries has turned out to be [...]

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Healthy Artichoke Dip

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Here is a Healthy Artichoke Dip using clean ingredients and it’s also vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free.

You don’t have to sacrifice the tangy flavor of artichokes and the creaminess the chickpeas add for a unhealthy version.

Here are the typical ingredients in a traditional artichoke recipe:

Ingredients:  1 block cream cheese, 2 cups mayonnaise, 1 can artichoke hearts, 2 green onions, 1/2 cup [...]

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Cacao and Walnut Holiday Truffles

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I was inspired to make these healthy Cacao and Walnut Holiday Truffles from a recipe I’ve made many times.

The inspiration came from Tabatha at Kitchen to Nirvana.

And although I normally give you balls and treats with protein and superfoods, this is just a simple, luxurious and decadent treat to enjoy for the holidays.

But not to worry…they [...]

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Pumpkin Protein Smoothie

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What do you do when you have just a 1/2 cup of pumpkin puree leftover looking at you sadly?

Why you use it to make a healthy Pumpkin Protein Smoothie!

It’s a great way to get the comforting flavors of fall into a morning smoothie, and it’s also nice change from the green smoothies.

But you don’t have to [...]

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Gluten-Free Vegan Walnut and Oat Brownies

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Although I thought I’d never stray from my Flourless Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies that I make at least once a week (sometimes twice), these Gluten-Free Vegan Walnut and Oat Brownies are pretty hard to pass up.

It’s another chocolate, gluten-free and vegan treat I can enjoy without any guilt and will easily satisfy a brownie craving…especially when they are [...]

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Roasted Chickpeas with Chipotle and Lime

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These Roasted Chickpeas with Chipotle and Lime are a tasty little snack that are really easy to make.

They are a  healthy replacement for chips or other savory snacks and have lots of fiber and protein.

And, you can adjust the amount of chipotle to your preference.

This recipe makes enough for 1 – 2 servings, so if [...]

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Gluten-Free Vegan Pumpkin Cornbread Squares

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These tasty Gluten-Free Vegan Pumpkin Cornbread Squares started out as regular cornbread, but ended up being a delicious, dense, dessert-style cornbread full of pumpkin spice flavor.

Just so you’ll know what to expect…they don’t have a crumbly texture like cornbread but more dense and cake-like.

And although I made these to go with the vegan chili I made for dinner, [...]

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Coconut Cashew Cookies

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These Coconut Cashew Cookies are really easy to make and go perfect with a cup of tea or a fresh glass of homemade coconut milk.

Don’t worry if you don’t like the crunch of coconut flakes because I don’t either, but you won’t have the crunch because the coconut flakes are ground very fine in the food processor.

And, [...]

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Creamy Pumpkin Quinoa

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This Creamy Pumpkin Quinoa isn’t a savory side dish, but rather a sweeter quinoa dish.

It’s an “almost raw” dish with the exception of the cooked quinoa, but the creamy pumpkin sauce is completely raw and can be made very quickly with a Vitamix.

I topped it with cranberries but you can enjoy it plain or even with some [...]

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Grain-Free Vegan Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

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With all the pumpkin recipes to choose from, the fall season just wouldn’t be complete without a Grain-Free Vegan Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe.

It’s all the goodness from a grain-free, gluten-free, flourless dairy-free, and vegan chocolate chip cookie with the beautiful addition of pumpkin and all it’s wonderful spices that compliment it.

However, a traditional pumpkin chocolate chip [...]

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Red Quinoa with Cilantro and Lime

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This Red Quinoa with Cilantro and Lime recipe is a really light and simple dish to make using only 4 clean ingredients.

You could enjoy it as a stand alone side dish or use it as a filling for a tortilla wrap, lettuce wrap or even in a salad.

It has the tangy flavor of lime with a hint of [...]

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Pumpkin Ice Cream and Brownie Parfait

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Today, I have for you a Pumpkin Ice Cream and Brownie Parfait that is vegan, dairy-free and gluten-free and 100% delicious!

The entire recipe can be made in about 30 minutes and the only special equipment you need to make this dreamy dessert is an ice cream maker and a Vitamix.

Once you get your ice cream in the [...]

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Raw Vegan Pumpkin Mini Cheesecakes

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These healthy Raw Vegan Pumpkin Mini Cheesecakes will be a sure winner this fall because not only are they a guilt-free dessert, but one that everyone in the family will surely enjoy.

I particularly like them because of their small size which is just the perfect amount and good for portion control.

They are super easy to make using [...]

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Pumpkin Nut Butter Cups

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These Pumpkin Nut Butter Cups are the second pumpkin and chocolate combo recipe  I have made this year…so far!

You may have seen my Pumpkin Ice Cream and Brownie Parfait recipe that I recently posted and this is just a different version of the addictive combination.

They are like my Healthy Peanut Butter Cup recipe, but instead are filled with [...]

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Cucumber Apple and Beet Juice + Giveaway!

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This Cucumber Apple and Beet Juice is a simple but healthy juice to make.

Besides its beautiful color, it has numerous benefits.

The recipe comes from The Big Book of Juices and Smoothies book by Natalie Savona.

One of the main reasons I really love this book is because it uses a 5-star rating system for each recipe, rating the following [...]

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Peachy Green Smoothie

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This Peachy Green Smoothie is loaded everything you need to keep you satisfied all morning long.

When I make my smoothies, my main purpose is to get as much nutrition in them as possible…superfoods, healthy fats, protein and probiotics.

I don’t like mine too sweet and I don’t like to add a lot of fruit so I usually only [...]

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Red Quinoa and Mango Salad with Lime Dressing

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This Red Quinoa and Mango Salad with Lime Dressing is a nice combination of sweet, tangy and a little spicy with lots of healthy protein that makes a very satisfying meal.

What I like most about this recipe is it is very versatile and you could add, exclude or change any of the ingredients into your favorite combination of [...]

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Roasted Cauliflower with Chipotle and Lime

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This Roasted Cauliflower with Chipotle and Lime recipe is a must-have if you are a fan of chipotle, even if you don’t really like cauliflower.

Because I don’t.

I mean that I don’t jump up and down in joy over it like I do kale, or squash, spinach or avocados.

But I will eat it if it has a good [...]

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Flourless Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies

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I continue to be amazed at the flourless, grain-free and gluten-free desserts  I have made lately.  First, the Vegan Flourless Zucchini Brownies, the Flourless Chocolate Chip Pecan Cookies, the Grain-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies and now these Flourless Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies.

My brain just can’t comprehend how you can get a dessert that is moist and crumbly like a [...]

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Raw Vegan Key Lime Cheesecake with Coconut Cream Topping

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This Raw Vegan Key Lime Cheesecake will blow you away with the many different combinations you can make with it.

Not only is this a much healthier and guilt-free version, but it’s raw, vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, grain-free, paleo-friendly and no-bake!

Easy to make with only a few steps of preparing the crust in a food processor and then preparing [...]

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