Sweet Tea Pumpkin Bread

Sweet Tea Pumpkin Bread

I am so ready for fall! I already made my first pumpkin bread last week, and I tried something new and used Milo’s Sweet Tea (our favorite) instead of oil. This Sweet Tea Pumpkin Bread came out fabulous! What I love about this recipe, besides the wonderful taste and moist texture, is that there no need fro a mixer. You add all of the ingredients in one bowl and stir. Get the kids involved and let them help you measure and stir the batter. This recipe also makes a perfect fall or holiday gift! Enjoy and here’s to fall weather coming soon!

Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

It’s the time of the year when Brussels sprouts are at their peak, and my three kids and I really like them! As you know, Bacon makes anything taste  better, so these Brussels Sprouts with Bacon are at the top of our Brussels sprout side dish list. This recipe is a great side dish for Thanksgiving or Christmas holidays or anytime during the week. Brussels sprouts only have 28 calories in a 1/2 cup. They are a good source of fiber and low in carbohydrates (only 6 grams in 1/4 cup). Brussels sprouts provide you with 20 essential vitamins and minerals. A ½ cup serving provides 48 mg of vitamin C, and 604 IU of vitamin A, which supports healthy eyesight. Brussels sprouts provide more than a day’s worth of vitamin K for men, and 91 percent of the daily value for women which may help strengthen your bones. Brussels sprouts, along with other cruciferous vegetables, contain isothiocyanates, which  helps prevent cancer and also may reduce your risk of heart attack.

Apple Pie Recipe

I know it’s my second apple related post this week, but my kids and I have been so into apples lately. We all have been craving a warm apple pie so I love this Apple Pie recipe from my friend, Rosemary. This was SO good! My youngest son, Zachary, said it was “spectacular”. This Apple Pie recipe is super easy too and lighter than most, and it’s great with or without a scoop of ice cream. See why to eat more apples in my post on the Health Benefits of Apples. Have a great rest of your week 🙂

Quinoa and Roasted Beet Salad

With fall upon us, it’s time to indulge in the produce that is the essence of the season. While the weather gets cooler, it only seems natural to eat vibrant and hearty root vegetables roasted to perfection. Beets are fabulous incorporated in the season’s bounty in this Quinoa and Roasted Beet Salad. In this recipe, I used Alter Eco Royal Pearl Quinoa (my latest favorite) which combines earthy beets together with the decadent goat cheese; It’s perfect for curling up and savoring on cool fall day. Also, this recipe includes the beet greens which are super healthy! These hearty leaves look very much like Swiss chard, and cool like it too. One cup of beet greens has only 39 calories and zero fat, but it contains 220 percent of your daily allowance of vitamin A and 60 percent of your RDI of vitamin C.

For more information on Royal quinoa (or “quinoa real”), it’s grown only in the Bolivian Altiplano on the edge of the salt flat and at the foothill of Andean volcanoes. Like with Champagne, Royal Quinoa can only come from this part of the world. Royal quinoa is grown at 13,000 feet above sea level and the harsh conditions dictate that only the strongest and most resilient quinoa grows and thrives there. As a result, royal quinoa is believed to be larger, nuttier and more nutritious than other types of quinoa.  Additionally, the richness of the soil in the Bolivian Altiplano contributes to the special qualities of the royal quinoa, as does the expertise of the farmers there.

 

Apple Flaxseed Muffins

Since fall is headed this way, it’s time for crisp, cool weather, apple picking, spiced lattes, cozy sweaters, colorful leaves and jack-o-lanterns. Try their recipe for Apple Flaxseed Muffins with organic milled flaxseed from Carrington Farms. This recipe is super healthy, and it’s great for breakfast, dessert or an afternoon snack. Flaxseed is one of the most nutritious seeds on the planet. It’s high in fiber, B vitamins, magnesium and manganese. It’s also high in phytochemicals, including many antioxidants. Is this reason enough? Start your week off right making these fabulous healthy muffins.

8 Great Fall Recipes and Ideas: Happy Fall

I am looking forward to fall. It is still hot here in Alabama, but it just may get to into the 70’s this weekend.  I thought I would share some great looking fall recipes and ideas starting with my recipe for Lightened Up Pumpkin Dip. Here’s to a great fall of football, Halloween, pumpkins, tailgating and more!

Vegan Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins via Averie Cooks

Pumpkin 7 Layer Magic Bars from Bakers Royale

Peanut Butter Caramel Shortbread Bars via Crazy for Crust

Fall Apple Sangria via We Are Not Martha

Pumpkin Spice Granola via Against All Grain

10 Awesome Pumpkin Recipes

October and Pumpkin season is almost here, so I have been making my list for 10 Awesome Pumpkin Recipes starting with my Lightened Up Pumpkin Muffins, I always purchase mini pumpkins for my table, and as soon as I put them out last week, my kids started getting excited for pumpkin recipes and Halloween. I can’t believe they are already talking about what they are going to “be” for Halloween, but fall is always so much for the kids. Please leave a comment telling me what is your favorite pumpkin recipe and hope your week ahead is a great one!

Pumpkin Turkey Chili via Just a Taste

Pumpkin Spice Whoppies via Better Homes and Gardens

Baked Pumpkin Donuts via King Arthur Flour

Pumpkin Spiced Lattes Via Averie Cooks

Pumpkin Pie Bites via Bakerella

Melt in Your Mouth Pumpkin Cake via Urban Baker

Pumpkin Pancakes via Martha Stewart

Ina Garten’s Pumpkin Cupcakes with Maple Frosting via House Beautiful

Pumpkin Butter via Skinny Taste

10 Favorite Fall Recipes and Ideas

Fall is around the corner, and I started looking for some fall and Halloween inspiration. Here are 10 fabulous fall recipes and ideas that I can’t wait to try, starting with Witch Leg Toppers via Urban Comfort and Better Homes and Gardens. I am so excited about fall. How about you?

Mini Apple and Honey Tarts via Tales of an Overtime Cook

Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Cupcakes via Taste of Home

Mini Lemon Meringue Pies via My Baking Addiction

Stylish Pumpkins via Midwest Living

Lemon Coconut Loaf via Anga’s Food for Thought

The Fig Old Fashioned via The Kitchn

Fall Tables by Karin Lidbeck-Brent 

Maple Banana Toasted Almond Quinoa via Family Fresh Cooking

No Carve Pumpkin Decorating Ideas via Good Housekeeping

 

Healthy Mini Pumpkin Flaxseed Bread Recipe

I love one bowl, no mixer, quick bread recipes such as this one for Mini Flaxseed Pumpkin Bread Loaves. Not only is this so easy to prepare, but my kids can almost basically make them on their own with very little clean-up. I added a touch of nonfat Greek yogurt and ground Flaxseed to make these even healthier, moister and with added crunch, and my 3 children had no idea those ingredients were even in there. These Mini Pumpkin loaves make a great breakfast, afternoon snack or dessert that you can feel good about eating and serving to your kids. These also make wonderful Christmas food gifts as well :).

Apple Praline Bundt Cake

When I saw the cover of Southern Living Magazine last month, I knew this very special Apple Bundt Cake with Praline Frosting had to be on my dessert table for the Jewish holiday, Rosh Hashanah. Thanks to my sister, Julie and her friend, Toby, my wish came true. This recipe rocks! What else can I really say? The entire issue of the magazine really does. So many recipes, so little time….I hope if you’re looking for a sinfully gorgeous Apple Cake to make, you’ll choose this one with Southern Flair (my kids loved the Praline Frosting). Happy New Year to those celebrating (and those who aren’t :)).