Mini Granny Smith Carmel Apples

Cheers to October for cooler weather, colorful leaves and fall recipes. Instead of indulging on an entire caramel apple, these Mini Granny Smith Caramel Apples are sure to please all of your family and friends. They are so easy to make!

Start by using a melon baller to scoop out mini apples; pat try with a paper towel. Insert a 4-inch wooden bamboo skewer in the top of each apple. Dip in caramel and top with nuts or your favorite toppings. That’s the entire recipe. These are fun to make, and cleanup is a snap. Have a fabulous October everyone!

Easy Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Bars

Are you looking for a fabulous gluten-free bar for a snack, a Halloween treat, pre or post workout, quick breakfast or dessert to put in your kids’ lunch or lunchbox?  These Easy Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Bars are my new go-to snack recipe. These bars are super simple to make. All you need is 10 minutes of preparation time and sometime in the refrigerator.

I can’t take all of the credit for this recipe. My sister, Julie, told me about a variation of this recipe from Sallys Baking Addiction. She adds, raisins, cranberries and mini chocolate chips to her bars and uses cashews instead of pecans. Sally offers a ton of great tips on the recipe so make sure to check out her site.

Some tips I specifically love include from Sally is her “freezing Instructions” on these bars. She says to layer the cut bars between sheets of parchment in a freezer-friendly bag or container. Freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator or at room temperature.

She also gives a great trip on about the ground flax. She says that if you don’t have ground flax, to replace with the same amount of whole oats. If you use this, you do not need to pulse them with the nuts and 1/2 cup of oats.

Regarding peanut butter, Sally says to use your favorite peanut butter, creamy or crunchy, natural or processed, or another nut butter you love. I used all-natural peanut butter (with the oil in the top), and it worked great!

Pumpkin Granola

Anything pumpkin is a favorite fall treat, so I created this delicious and wholesome Pumpkin Granola to get my pumpkin fix. This recipe is simple in that it requires just 35 minutes.

Because it’s loaded with protein, fiber, and healthy fats, this granola makes the perfect breakfast or snack. I love mine Greek Yogurt, with a little almond milk or just on its own as a snack.

This recipe makes a great fall gift for a fun token of your love, for birthdays and other special occasions. Enjoy this favorite fall recipe and have a terrific weekend!

Trail Mix Cookies

Happy Labor Day! I shared this photo on my instagram a few days ago, and so many people have requested this recipe. Enjoy them for Labor Day, weekday snacks or to sneak in your kids’ lunchboxes. They’re always a huge hit!

Tips:

•If using larger dried fruit, chose them into smaller pieces before adding to the dough.

•Be sure not to overtake these cookies, as they will continue to cook when you remove them from the oven. remove them with they are lightly browned.

•Store cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to one week.

Lunchbox Sushi

Are you trying to get creative when it comes to school lunch? I have a fun idea: this recipe for Lunchbox Sushi. This sandwich recipe is very easy, healthy, fresh and kids love it. If your children like sushi or are interested in wrap sandwiches, try this recipe.

In honor of the popular demand for sandwiches and back to school, I am thrilled to share this recipe. If you’re looking for more sandwich recipes, I plenty in my first cookbook, “400 Best Sandwiches: From Classics & Burgers to Wraps & Condiments”.

Lunchbox Sushi

Prep: 20 minutes

Yield: 4 to 6 servings

Ingredients

1 teaspoon wasabi powder
2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
2 cups cooked sushi short-grain rice, cooled
2 tablespoons chopped green onions
1 teaspoon reduced-fat mayonnaise
1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
6 (10-inch) white or whole wheat tortillas
6 sheets nori
11/2 pounds cooked and peeled shrimp, chopped
1 cup chopped avocado
1 cup finely chopped cucumber
1/3 cup low-sodium soy sauce

Preparation
1. In a small bowl, combine wasbabi and 1 teaspoon water. Add 2 tablespoons sauce and mixing well.
2. In a medium bowl, combine rie, wasabi mixture, green onions, mayonnaise and red pepper flakes.
3. Line each tortilla with nori. Arrange rice mixture equally in center of each wrap. Add shrimp, avocado and cucumber. Fold both ends over filling. Roll up and serve with soy sauce.
This recipe is from my book “400 Best Sandwich Recipes: From Classics & Burgers to Wraps & Condiments” 2011 by Robert Rose Inc. Reprinted with permission and photo credit by Colin Erricson.

Basil and Sun-Dried Tomato Turkey Meatloaf

If you don’t like meatloaf, I can change your mind with this Basil and Sun-Dried Tomato Turkey Meatloaf recipe. My sister, Julie, first told me about this recipe several years ago. We have been perfecting it over time. This recipe is not your typical meatloaf. Using fresh mushrooms, fresh basil and sun-dried tomatoes adds amazing flavors. It is the best!

Start by combing the ground turkey, fresh basil, sun dried tomatoes, eggs, gluten-free Panko, fresh mushrooms, onion, garlic and salt and pepper all in a large mixing bowl. Place the mixture in a lightly greased loaf pan and bake it in the oven.

I like to make this ahead and prep all of the ingredients on the weekend and put it in loaf pan. Then, I bake it on the day I’m serving it. Serve this main dish recipe with a potato side dish and green beans. This recipe turned me into a meatloaf fan when I can promise you I was not one. It is always a winner!

Very Berry Blueberry Juice Recipe

Trying to avoid or fight off a cold? Boost your immune system with this Very Berry Blueberry Juice recipe. Blueberries contain antioxidants such as vitamin A, vitamin B complex, vitamin C, vitamin E, anthocyanin, iron, zinc, copper and selenium. So combining them with strawberries, kiwi and mint, you are helping to enhance your body’s immune system to ward off illnesses such as colds and the flu.

This juice recipe is the perfect way to start off your morning or even to give the kids for an afternoon snack. Juicing is a great way to add fruit and vegetables to your diet. Especially those, you or your kids wouldn’t normally eat during the day. Juicing also is a great energy booster and great for your skin too. My 3 kids are hooked!

Note: I used my Omega Juicer for this.

Berry Banana Smoothie Bowl

This Berry Banana Smoothie Bowl recipe is my favorite new breakfast recipe. Not only is it easy to prepare, it’s filing, fast and filled with healthy raw ingredients. I am trying to consume a lot of immune boosting ingredients right now. Strawberries are packed with fiber, vitamins and a high level of antioxidants. Using strawberries in smoothies and smoothie bowls adds color and great flavor to your recipes.

Blueberries are also a great immune boosting fruit. One cup of blueberries has four essential nutrients, including fiber, vitamin C, vitamin K and manganese. Now is a great time to be enjoying them because they are in peak season. I always have bananas in my kitchen. Bananas are high in vitamin B6. This vitamin is needed to keep the immune system functioning properly.

Smoothie bowls have so many health benefits. Read on, and you’ll see why I love them so much.

  • Smoothie bowls contain all-natural ingredients. Most of the ingredients are raw, so they are packed with vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients and antioxidants.
  • They are made with natural superfoods that are high in fiber. This aids in digestion and keeps you feeling full longer.
  • Many smoothie bowls contain anti-inflammatory ingredients.
  • Smoothie bowl recipes are loaded with vitamin C, which may help boost the immune system.
  • Many smoothie bowls include dairy products and other ingredients that are rich in calcium, which helps improve bone density and prevent osteoporosis. If you use nondairy milk, make sure to purchase one that is fortified with calcium.)

This smoothie bowl recipe is one of 200 of my recipes in my latest cookbook 200 Best Smoothie Bowl recipes. Recipe courtesy of 200 Best Smoothie Bowls by Alison Lewis © 2016 www.robertrose.ca  Reprinted with permission. Available where books are sold. Image credit: Colin Erricson

Cherry Margaritas

Cherry Margaritas

Find a handy spot to place the blender and make these Cherry Margaritas. Start with a mix of fresh sweet cherries, a little tequila and a hit of citrus, all whirled in the blender, and you will enjoy the perfect summer frozen cocktail creation. Cherries are so healthy for you!

One cup of raw cherries has 87 calories, 22 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of protein and 3 grams of fiber. Enjoy cherries now while they are at their peak.  Cherries are a nutritional powerhouse fruit with so many incredible health benefits.

Eleven Health Benefits of Eating Cherries 

1. Cherries, known as a “super-fruit”, are packed with antioxidants called anthocyanins which aid in the reduction of heart disease and cancer.

2. Cherries can help aid in hormonal health. Cherries are one of the few food sources that contain melatonin, an antioxidant that helps regulate heart rhythms and the body’s sleep cycles.

3. Cherries contain magnesium which help regulate sleep quality, and Vitamin C which is essential for regulating estrogen and progesterone.

4. Cherries are an excellent source of beta carotene (vitamin A). In fact they contain 19 times more beta carotene than blueberries and strawberries.

5. Cherries are rich in vitamins C, E, potassium, magnesium, iron, folate and fiber.

6. Cherries are referred to as “brain food”, aiding in brain health and in the prevention of memory loss.

7. Because cherries contain anthocyanins, they can reduce inflammation and symptoms of arthritis and gout.

8. Eating cherries reduces the risk of diabetes.

9. Cherries are a good source of fiber which is important for digestive health.

10. Cherries are a great snack or dessert choice important for weight-maintenance.

11. Because of their powerful anti-inflammatory benefits, cherries are said to reduce pain and joint soreness for runners and athletes after workouts.

The Best Lightened Up Potato Salad

If you like potato salad, put this Lightened Up Potato Salad recipe on your list. My kid’s great grandmother, Dedee, made the best potato salad we have ever had. This Lightened Up Potato Salad is the closest version to hers. It’s the perfect side dish recipe to make this time of year, for picnics, and special weekends like Father’s Day, July 4th and Labor Day weekend.

This recipe is slightly lighter than hers, since it uses nonfat Greek yogurt, reduced-fat mayonnaise, fresh dill, celery and red onion. I hope you will love it as much as we do.