Pumpkin Spice Quinoa Brownies

Pumpkin Spice Quinoa Brownies

Pumpkin Spice Quinoa Brownies

Pumpkin Quinoa Brownies

Pumpkin Spice Quinoa Brownies

For when you want brownies and it’s the middle of fall. I added pumpkin and cinnamon to these brownies because I didn’t have applesauce, and  it felt like a no brainer because applesauce and pumpkin puree have a similar consistency. Plus, pumpkin has a sweet flavor and is loaded with fiber and nutrients.

Enjoy these soft, extra chocolatey brownies.

Pumpkin Spice Quinoa Brownies

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack

Equipment

  • Food Processor
  • 8x8 pan

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 1/2 cup raw cacao powder
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 2 flax eggs real eggs will work too
  • 1/4 cup almond butter or nut/seed butter of choice
  • 2/3 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin spice or cinnamon

Instructions

  • Combine all the brownie ingredients in a food processor or blender and blend until smooth.
  • Line an 8x8 or 9x9 pan with parchment paper. Make sure you have a little going up the sides as well.
  • Pour the batter into the pan.
  • Bake for 30-40 minutes or until the top springs back a little.
  • Once the brownies are done, lift them out by the edges of the parchment paper.
  • Let them cool for before cutting into squares.
  • Store in the fridge, you can also freeze them for longer. Enjoy!
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Pumpkin Butter Dip

Pumpkin Butter Dip

Pumpkin Butter Dip

Pumpkin Butter Dip

I’ve been dipping my way through the month with my new snack recipe, Pumpkin Butter Dip!

During the fall months I usually stock up on different varieties of apples, and whenever I am snacking on an apple, I usually dip it in a nut butter. 

This recipe was created on a pancake Sunday, I thought it would be fun to swirl pumpkin puree and almond butter into the pancakes. And, since I had an open can of pumpkin puree, I decided to mix a dollop of that with my usual almond butter and this recipe was born

Pumpkin Butter Dip

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup almond butter
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin spice or cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch sea salt

Instructions

  • Add all of the ingredients to a mixing bowl and mix well with a spatula.
  • Top with cacao nibs, mini chocolate chips, or coconut flakes.
  • Serve with apples or spread on your favorite bread.

The taste of fall–Pumpkin Spice

What is pumpkin spice?

Pumpkin pie spice mix is traditionally made with cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves, although many homemade recipes (including the recipe below) include ginger and allspice, too. While many people associate beloved pumpkin pie recipes with Thanksgiving meals, Scientific American reports that pumpkin pie probably wasn’t served during Colonial times: “While we believe that American colonists were eating pumpkins simply because it would have been a prolific food source, their ovens would not have been capable of creating modern crusts as we know them.” Pumpkin spice’s modern rise to fame began in the 1950s, when McCormick first sold a blend on supermarket shelves. Since then, home cooks and popular brands alike have discovered myriad ways to make the most of these flavors, from cult-favorite lattes to family-secret pumpkin spice cookie recipes.

Want more Pumpkin Spice recipes to keep you inspired through the fall season?

Click here to browse 9 awesome pumpkin spice recipes to make this fall, courtesy of Thrive Market. 

 Thrive Market, 9 Pumpkin Spice Recipes to Make This Fall, September 29th, 2020, by Nicole Gulotta

Pumpkin Spice

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Course: Dessert

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons Ground Cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons Ground Ginger
  • 2 teaspoons Ground Nutmeg
  • 1 ½ teaspoons Ground Allspice
  • 1 ½ teaspoons Ground Cloves

Instructions

  • Combine all ingredients in a small jar. Seal and store for up to six months.
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Kung Pao Brocoli and Chickpeas

Kung Pao Brocoli and Chickpeas

Kung Pao Brocoli and Chickpeas

Kung Pao Brocoli and Chickpeas

This week I was able to create another deliciously simple slow cooker recipe–Kung Pao Brocoli and Chickpeas.

This recipe was super simple to put together and with the addition of brocoli and cabbage it’s more of a well rounded plant based meal.

I got the inspiration from one of the recipes that I shared in my Facebook group for Crock-tober. I’ll be sharing more this week and through the end of October. Join us and get ready to make some amazing dishes in your slow cooker.

Kung Pao Brocoli and Chickpeas

Kung Pao Brocoli and Chickpeas

Prep Time15 mins
3 hrs
Course: Main Course
Keyword: crockpot, slow cooker

Ingredients

  • 1/2 yellow onion chopped
  • 3 heads brocoli cut into crowns
  • 1/3 small to medium cabbage chopped
  • 1 organic red bell pepper chopped
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 4 cups cooked chickpeas or three 15 oz. cans, rinsed and drained
  • 3/4 cup tamari or liquid aminos gluten-free soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 5 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger or 2 teaspoons fresh minced ginger
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup toasted sesame oil
  • 3 green onions chopped for garnish
  • Sesame seeds for garnish
  • Cooked brown or wild rice for serving

Instructions

  • Add the onion, garlic, bell pepper, water, and chickpeas into the bowl of your slow cooker.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the tamari, vinegar, maple syrup, ginger, red pepper flakes, and sesame oil. Pour the sauce into the slow cooker and stir well.
  • Cover the slow cooker and set it to cook for 3 hours on high heat, or 6 hours on low heat. *see notes
  • After two hours cooking (or 5 hours) add the brocoli and cabbage and cover and cook for another hour.
  • Once the cooking is done, give the chickpeas and vegetables a good stir.
  • Serve the chickpeas and brocoli over a bed of brown or wild rice (or cauliflower rice) and add the green onions and sesame seeds on top.
  • Leftovers can be stored in a container in the fridge for up to a week.

Notes

Notes: If you have a super-nice slow cooker, it might also give you the option to have the cooker start cooking later in the day on a timer.
Hi, I'm Melissa

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Holistic Health Coach

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Creamy Taco Soup

Creamy Taco Soup

Creamy Taco Soup

Mexican Style Soup

Crock-tober is in full swing!

And to start, I have this delicious Mexican Style Soup recipe. Think of it as, Chicken Tortilla Soup meets Vegetables.

This recipe was made entirely in the crock pot with the exception of browning the chicken and sautéing the vegetables at the beginning. But, you’ll only need one pan!

I’ll be posting a soup or crockpot recipe every week in my Facebook group, and you’ll get some great meal ideas for the coming colder months. If you want to join me in my Free Facebook Group for Crock-tober click here to join or reply to this post with the word, ME!

After Crock-tober, we’ll keep rolling with some fun happenings in November and December, so I hope you’re excited as I am. I hope to see you in the group.

 

Creamy Taco Soup

Prep Time20 mins
Course: Main Course, Soup

Equipment

  • crockpot

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion diced
  • 3 bell peppers yellow, red and orange julienned any color peppers
  • 8 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 to 1 1/2 pounds pasture raised ground chicken
  • 2 teaspoons turmeric
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cumin
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt or more to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 28 ounces diced tomatoes
  • 25 ounces bone broth or low sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 15 oz can coconut milk
  • 5 stalks curly kale sliced fine or 16 oz spinach leaves
  • 12 oz frozen corn
  • 1 15 oz canned black beans rinsed
  • 1/2 cup water

Toppings

  • 1 avocado
  • 1 bunch cilantro
  • 1 lime sliced into wedges
  • 1 jalapeno sliced into rounds
  • remaining coconut milk

Instructions

  • Add the avocado oil to a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add the garlic, onions and bell pepper and sauté until soft and tender. This will take about 5-7 minutes.
  • Remove and place in a crock pot on high (4 hours cook time) or low (8 hours cook time)
  • Add the ground chicken to the saute pan cook through until its no longer raw. Add a pinch of salt, pepper, and turmeric to the meat.
  • Transfer the meat to your slow cooker.
  • Add the diced tomatoes, bone broth, half of the coconut cream, and 1/2 cup of water and stir until well combined.
  • Add the corn and the black beans and all of the spices and stir well.
  • Cover and cook on low for about 8 hours or high for about 4 hours.
  • 25 minutes before serving add the chopped kale or spinach and stir well.
  • Once it's ready, add any or all of the toppings listed. Taste for additional salt and pepper and, add any or all of the toppings listed.

Notes

  • Vegetarian option: add plant based "meat" in place of the ground chicken, cook the same as chicken. Or add 1 can of rinsed pinto beans, and 1 can of rinsed chickpeas in place of the ground chicken. 

Hi, I'm Melissa

Hi, I'm Melissa

Holistic Health Coach

Welcome! As a health coach I help you learn how to feel good about food and healthy living. Your body is your home. Let's hang out and I'll teach you how to be well without dieting. Thanks for being here!

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October is Crock-tober

October is Crock-tober

October is Crock-tober

October recipes

Happy Fall! 🍂

It feels as if fall snuck up on me while I was busy getting moved into our new house in Washington, last week. I’m working on getting my space settled and organized as I write this! 😊

I want to get it done as quickly as possible, but that’s not realistic. The space we’re in is so unlike our last place, so furniture is being used where it wasn’t being used before. Luckily, I enjoy the process of creating a welcoming and comfortable space. When it all comes together, I’ll share a photo or two. 👍🏼

This week I’m sharing something fun to kick off the fall season with–it’s time for Crocktober!

Crock-tober will get us into the holiday mood by getting us excited to dive into into some fun and delicious recipes using our crock pots and soup posts. It’s all going down in my Facebook Group this month.

I’ll be posting a soup or crockpot recipe every week, and you’ll get some great meal ideas for the coming colder months. If you want to join me in my Free Facebook Group for Crock-tober click here to join or reply to this post with the word, ME!

After Crock-tober, we’ll keep rolling with some fun happenings in November and December, so I hope you’re excited as I am. I hope to see you in the group for the start of Crock-tober! 🍂

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Squash Your Sugar Cravings with these 5 Powerful Tips

Squash Your Sugar Cravings with these 5 Powerful Tips

Squash Your Sugar Cravings with these 5 Powerful Tips

Squash your cravings with these 5 powerful tips

Lately, you may have found yourself reaching for sweet or salty foods, whether it’s for a quick burst of energy between Zoom meetings or to feel a sense of comfort at the end of a long day.

After all, sugar is the fastest and easiest source of energy! Too much of it can result in imbalances in our blood sugar. In fact, excess sugar can lead to an increase in disease-causing bacteria and in turn give rise to inflammation, mood swings, stress response triggers, and more

Here are five steps you can take to reduce sugar cravings and balance your blood sugar:

 

1. Eat protein and vegetables before consuming simple carbs. Doing so will fuel your body with nutrient-dense and fiber-packed foods and prevent overeating sugar.

2. Incorporate metabolism-boosting spices, like cayenne, cinnamon, turmeric, and cardamom, to help the body burn sugar faster and promote a healthy gut lining. Plus, these spices are perfect for fall!

3. Weed out simple sugars and artificial sweeteners by opting for complex carbohydrates like beets, sweet potatoes, and butternut squash, which are naturally sweet and in season.

4. Get a good night’s sleep. As you might have noticed, less and poor-quality sleep can make you feel hungrier than usual and increase your cravings for processed foods and refined sugar.

5. Vary your workouts with strength or resistance training exercises. While breaking a sweat is helpful all around, exercises that focus on building strength can help lower blood sugar by storing blood glucose in your muscles.

Remember, you don’t have to make theses changes all at once. Pick one from the list that seems do-able for you and give it a try for a day.

If you still want help with any of the tips mentioned and want a real game plan with how to move forward with your new habits, I’m available for a chat!

Click here to see if our schedules can colide.

Hi, I'm Melissa

Hi, I'm Melissa

Holistic Health Coach

Welcome! As a health coach I help you learn how to feel good about food and healthy living. Your body is your home. Let's hang out and I'll teach you how to be well without dieting. Thanks for being here!

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