Thursday, October 23, 2014

Easy Blueberry Apple Crisp Recipe

apple crisp recipe
This fall, apple crisp has become one of our favorite sweet treats. It takes about 10 minutes of prep time and then it goes into the oven, making your house smell 1 million times better than any pumpkin pie scented candle ever could. Apple crisp is so easy, that we've even made it on busy school nights. You  probably have all the ingredients at home right now. Though Honeycrisp apples are my favorite for baking right now, I'll use any I happen to have.

Pear, Walnut, and Goat Cheese Salad with Maple Vinaigrette

salad with pears and walnuts



This sweet and savory salad will be your new go-to this fall and winter. The maple apple cider vinaigrette is what makes this salad really special. 

Pear, Walnut, and Goat Cheese Salad with Maple Vinaigrette
printer friendly recipe


Yield: serves 6

Ingredients
  • 1 (5 ounce) bag arugula, or other favorite greens
  • 3 pears, sliced
  • 3 oz. herb goat cheese, crumbled
  • 5 oz. candied walnuts (I used Trader Joe's) 
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • pinch freshly cracked pepper
Instructions
  1. Place arugula in a salad bowl. Top with pears, goat cheese, and walnuts.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, vinegar, syrup, mustard, salt and pepper. Toss salad with desired amount of dressing.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Roasted Beet & Heirloom Tomato Salad

beet and tomato salad

Even though it's fall, our farmers markets and my back yard are still producing sweet tomatoes of every color. If tomato season has ended where you are, you could make this without them - just increase the beets. On Saturday the girls and I stopped by the market after soccer and picked up a bunch of organic pink and golden beets, and loaded up our basket with local heirloom tomatoes. When we got home I roasted the beets whole in foil (my favorite method) and saved them for this salad. The sweet beets and tomatoes, together with a fresh balsamic vinaigrette, made a flavorful and beautiful rainbow of a salad. 
beet salad




Roasted Beet and Heirloom Tomato Salad


Yield: serves 6-8

Ingredients
  • 3 large washed and trimmed beets
  • 6 heirloom tomatoes in a variety of colors
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 1 shallot, peeled chopped
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • pinch freshly cracked pepper
  • 1 bunch micro greens (optional)
Cooking Directions
  1. To roast the beets, preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Drizzle beets with a splash of olive oil and wrap in foil. Be sure foil is completely sealed. Place beets on oven rack and roast until tender, about 40 minutes to 1 hour or more depending on size. Let cool and then slip the skins off and slice beets.
  2. Cut tomatoes into wedges and arrange with beet slices on a platter alone or over greens. Add cherry tomatoes to the platter.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the shallot, mustard, olive oil, vinegar, basil, salt, and pepper. Drizzle over the salad and garnish with additional basil leaves or micro greens.
*make ahead: This salad can be made an hour or so early and refrigerated. Keep in mind that micro greens will wilt and should be added just before serving.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Pumpkin and Chard Lasagna Recipe

This savory pumpkin and chard lasagna is a great make-ahead fall dinner. Seasoned with sage and nutmeg, this recipe is a fall must. I've included vegan and gluten-free options at the end of the recipe. 
pumpkin lasagna recipe

Last night we celebrated Yummy Hubby's birthday with an al fresco dinner party. I am excited to share all the party details soon, but wanted to post one of the recipes now. Many of our friends asked for it last night. 

Friday, October 17, 2014

Coconut Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins

A healthier recipe for whole wheat pumpkin muffins with coconut and chocolate chips. As usual, vegan and gluten-free options are at the end of the recipe. 

Pumpkin season is in full swing and we are loving it. We're visiting the pumpkin patch regularly - with Girl Scouts, schools, and for family hay rides. I'm currently covered in red sequins as I make my seven year old's requested costume: Peppermint Princess. She's all about the candy, apparently.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Cheerio Bars Recipe {School Snack Idea and Free Printable Notes}

A simple, no-bake, three ingredient recipe for healthy "cheerios" bars that are perfect for school snack served with a glass of milk. Plus a free printable of love notes for your kids. This post is sponsored by got milk? but the recipe, printable, and content is 100% mine. 
milk and cereal bars
This new year of longer school days (for my big girl, my little is still with me most of the time, thank goodness) has brought a lot of fun, but also new challenges. It seems like we are always on-the-go. Now that the kids are away from home more and have become more active with sports, packing them nutritious snacks has become more important to me than ever.  We can't just pop home to make smoothies after preschool lunch like we used to. Last week was my day to bring snack for our 1st grade class. The snack had to be gluten-free and nut-free, so I brought organic "O" bars made with gluten free O's and sunflower seed butter. The kids loved these one even asked me to give her mom the recipe. I prefer the taste of these with peanut butter, but if you're sending them to a nut-free school, seed butter is a great option. These cereal bars are perfect with a glass of cold Milk, which will add a boost of protein and vitamins to nourish growing kiddos. The bars are even delicious crumbled into the milk and eaten with a spoon. You can send milk to school in an insulated thermos or in milk boxes. 

free school lunch notes printable
To make your snack-packing a little more fun, I made some love notes! My kids watched me working on these in Photoshop and were excited to have them in their own snacks and lunches. Click here to print your copy.

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