Healthy Award Show Snacks

Healthy Award Show Snacks

The only thing that makes winter bearable are all the award shows that are on.  The Golden Globes, People’s Choice, and Screen Actors Guild shows are all past us, but we still have the Grammys and Oscars to look forward to!

The Grammys are actually this weekend. I never miss the show and have so many fond memories of the great performances.  It’s like watching the best concert of the year right from my home.  And with James Cordon hosting this year, I know it’s going to be better than ever.  I mean have you guys seen Carpool Karaoke?  OMG!  It’s the best.

Healthy Award Show Snacks

I have my favorites – Adele! Mike Posner! Lucas Graham! – that I will be cheering for all night long.  Luckily I have this handy ballot from SkinnyPop so I can keep track of all the awards I get right and many I will no doubt get wrong too.  Save the ballot and print it to play along while you watch the Grammys.

SkinnyPop Grammys Printable

I am not a huge snack person, but when I watch award shows and am in amped up party mode, seriously, award shows do something crazy to me, I enjoy a couple healthy snacks that I can feel good about eating and won’t leave me feeling stuffed and unable to sleep later.  I leave that to the songs stuck in my head.

Healthy Award Show Snacks

Snacks that are easy to prepare are paramount too.  I put together a vibrant spread full of colors and flavors that tons of nutrition.  I always have tons of fruit on hand, so it plays a prime role in my spread along with SkinnyPop Naturally Sweet popcorn which is always in my pantry, some crunchy walnuts and chewy, tart dried cherries.  Dried fruit is so underrated.

Of course you can mix up your snack platter with whatever fruit, nuts, and dried fruit you have on hand.  Whatever you choose, get excited for the Grammys with this fun ballot and your tasty, healthy snacks!

Healthy Award Show Snacks

Healthy Award Show Snacks

Spicy Balsamic Roasted Vegetables #SundaySupper

Balsamic Roasted Vegetables - vegan and gluten free

I cook most nights.  We’re talking like 29 out of 30.  In the summer it’s very slightly less, but still, that is a lot of meals to cook.  Eating out can be fun, but I really like the food I make.  It’s fresher, healthier, and I can control the quality of ingredients and what goes into my food.  That’s a big deal to me.

But I like to keep things fresh, change things up, and sometimes I can’t get to the grocery store to load up on fish or meat, which are super perishable.  While I try to stock up once a week to keep the refrigerator and freezer full, it’s still constantly challenging to not fall into a rut and to plan ahead.

Balsamic Roasted Vegetables - vegan and gluten free

Balsamic Roasted Vegetables - vegan and gluten free

While I do try to eat protein most nights of the week because it is obviously super important in our diets and I freely admit I do not eat near enough, meatless meals are great.  They allow me to prepare dinner quickly when I don’t have or want meat of fish or in the rare instance the meat or fish doesn’t turn out.

So this Sunday Supper’s theme might be holiday side dishes, but I often turn side dishes into a meal.  My secret?  Eggs.  Eggs can turn anything into a meal, are sooooo easy to make, and can be made in a variety of different ways for totally different experiences.

Balsamic Roasted Vegetables - vegan and gluten free

These Spicy Balsamic Roasted Vegetables are perfect for a side dish for any meal.  They are easy to prepare and super flavorful.  I love to get them super brown for all those complex, caramelized flavors to come out.  Plus, the vegetables you use are totally up to you.  I used onions, carrots, Brussels sprouts, and fennel, but potatoes, parsnips, beets, mushrooms, and more would be totally great.

The flavoring on the vegetables is simple and classic: olive oil, salt and pepper, red pepper, and balsamic.  You get the sweet, salty, spicy thing going and no one can turn that down.

Balsamic Roasted Vegetables with a soft boiled egg

More often than serving these as a strict side dish, I pair them with an egg or two, soft boiled is probably my favorite, and make a simple dinner.  This dish is that versatile and is something I have been making for years.  I hope you love it as much as I do!

Balsamic Roasted Vegetables with a soft boiled egg

Balsamic Roasted Vegetables #SundaySupper

Serving Size: 4-6

Ingredients

2 large sweet onions, peeled and cut into thick wedges
1 bunch carrots, peeled, washed, and cut into matchsticks
1 large bulb fennel, cleaned and cut into large pieces
1 pound Brussels sprouts, trimmed of outer leaves
¼ cup olive oil
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
½ teaspoon kosher salt
¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Place onions, carrots, and fennel on a large nonstick baking sheet. Coat with oil, pepper, salt, and red pepper flakes. Roast for about 20 minutes, stirring halfway through.
  2. Add the Brussels sprouts and balsamic to the sheet with the other vegetables and roast for about an additional 20 minutes, stirring halfway through, until vegetables are tender and caramelized. Serve immediately or store in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 2 days. Reheat in the microwave about 1 minute.
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Don’t forget to check out the other Sunday Supper dishes!  Thank you to Caroline from Caroline’s Cooking for hosting!

Fruity Side Dishes

Other Side Dishes

Potato Side Dishes

Vegetable Side Dishes

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Cappuccino Overnight Oats #SundaySupper

Cappuccino Overnight Oats

I’ve been on the overnight oats bandwagon for quite some time now.  Despite all the recipes that I see on blogs, it was actually Mom’s hairdresser that finally got me to make a batch.

And now, they are my favorite quick and easy breakfast.  They are healthy, vegan, gluten free, and ready to go in the morning when I know I’ll busy and don’t want to spend tons of time thinking about what I’m having for breakfast or making it.

I always start with gluten free oats and almond or coconut milk, but from there, the sky is the limit.  Sometimes I add cinnamon or ginger.  Vanilla is a great go-to.  So is carob or cocoa powder.  Oh and dried fruit is fun too because it adds some sweetness and the fruit becomes so plump and juicy.

Cappuccino Overnight Oats

The sky is basically the limit with overnight oats and the different flavor possibilities.  So when this Sunday Supper’s theme was coffee and I didn’t want to bake something, I thought coffee would be a welcome addition to overnight oats.

And it is, but milk and sugar are musts because the bitterness is intensified by soaking overnight with the oats.  So if you love coffee, you will love these, and if not, maybe mix your oats with something different.

I am on a huge coffee kick, so I really enjoyed kick starting my morning with some caffeine and this healthy, hearty dish!

Cappuccino Overnight Oats

Cappuccino Overnight Oats #SundaySupper

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 2 servings

Ingredients

1 cup old fashioned rolled oats (gluten free if necessary)

½ cup brewed coffee, cold

½ cup almond or coconut milk

2 tablespoons maple syrup

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Instructions

In a medium bowl stir together oats, coffee, milk, syrup, and vanilla until well combined. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.

In the morning, divide into two bowls and add an additional ¼ - ½ cup coconut or almond milk to each bowl. Top with fruit and/or nuts and serve immediately.

Notes

Additional chilling time is necessary

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Don’t forget to check out the other Sunday Supper dishes!

Beverages

Breakfast

Dessert

Main

Sides

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Peach Blueberry Breakfast Bars

Peach Blueberry Breakfast Bars - vegan and gluten free

Have you ever been to the state fair in your state?  I hadn’t until this weekend.  The Michigan State Fair has a long history and was originally in Detroit.  After funding evaporated it disappeared for a bit until it was reinvigorated at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi.

I’ve been on a kick of doing everything I can this summer and Novi is not terribly far from home, so we headed to the state fair.  We weren’t sure if we would enjoy it, but we didn’t have anything else to do, so we went in with an open mind.

Once we found a parking spot, which was a but challenging and hilariously made Dad super impatient, we headed inside to get our wristbands and explore the indoor portion of the fair.

Peach Blueberry Breakfast Bars - vegan and gluten free

There were tons of vendor booths with locally made products and local business owners.  While a few of the vendors were a little too pushy in trying to sell their product or service, most of them were very nice and we picked up some local honey and some roasted lentils for snacking.  There was even a mini farmers’ market which was cute.

There was a showcase of things that had won fair prizes from paintings to quilts to floral arrangements to baked goods.  I really enjoyed exploring the wonderful things people had made.  Of course, the animals made up a large portion of the indoor exhibit.  There were giant cows, tons of adorable goats, baaing sheep, and some pigs that we didn’t get a good look at.

We headed outside on what I am fairly certain was the nicest Labor Day weekend ever weather wise.  It was seriously perfect out – 80s, sunny, a gentle breeze.  We explored the numerous food stands with all the classic fair foods: hot dogs, fries, ice cream, cotton candy, funnel cake, roasted corn, before walking around the rides, games, and more animal exhibits with adorable bunnies and beautiful birds.

It was a lovely day and I really hope if you have the chance to explore a state fair near you, I really hope you go.  It’s such a fun, relaxing summer experience that really is quintessential.

Peach Blueberry Breakfast Bars - vegan and gluten free

You know what else is quintessentially summer?  These Peach Blueberry Breakfast Bars.  I made a purely peach version last summer, and I only improved them by adding blueberries.

These are vegan and gluten free and kind of healthy, loaded with oats and fruit and nuts.  And they are crazy delicious.  I want to sit down and eat the whole pan.  They have this almost fritter thing going for them with the glaze and gooey interior, but they are much, much healthier than fritters.

I’m not letting summer go and you shouldn’t either.  We have Peach Blueberry Breakfast Bars and fairs to keep things sunny!

Peach Blueberry Breakfast Bars - vegan and gluten free

Peach Blueberry Breakfast Bars

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 18 bars

Ingredients

Bars

3 cups old fashioned rolled oats (gluten free if necessary)

1 ½ cups gluten free flour or all-purpose flour

1 ½ cups packed light brown sugar

¼ teaspoon kosher salt

1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Scant 1 cup olive oil

1 cup walnuts

3 cups chopped peaches

1 ½ heaping cups blueberries, picked over

Glaze

3 cups confectioners’ sugar

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Juice of 1 lemon

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. oil a 9 by 13-inch baking pan.

In a large bowl, stir together oats, flour, sugar, salt, and cinnamon. Add the vanilla and oil and stir to combine. Add the walnuts, peaches with their juices, and blueberries and stir until the mixture is combined and no dry spots remain.

Pour into the prepared pan and bake for about 35 minutes until golden brown and mostly set on top.

Make the glaze. In a medium bowl, stir together sugar, vanilla, and lemon juice, adding more sugar or lemon juice as necessary until a drizzleable glaze is formed. Drizzle glaze evenly over hot bars.

Serve warm or store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. Bars may also be individually frozen, wrapped in parchment and foil, and placed in a zipper bag for up to 3 months. Thaw in the microwave for 30 – 60 seconds.

Notes

Recipe adapted from Nutmeg Nanny and How Sweet It Is

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Summer Fruit Crisp #SundaySupper

Summer Fruit Crisp - a vegan and gluten free dessert the whole family will love!

A couple weeks ago, we were having a normal summer day.  Mom and I spent some of the day chilling and watching a movie (A Hologram for the King with Tom Hanks if you are wondering, and it was rather good), then we made dinner and ate and as we were cleaning up the house seemed suddenly rather hot.

The air was running but upon further investigation, it was only the fan and not the actual unit that was running.  I’m not certain about this sequence of activities since I am unfamiliar with how an air conditioning unit works, but that’s what I’ve been told.

Summer Fruit Crisp - vegan and gluten free

It was around 8 o’clock at night and with temperatures in the 90s still, we weren’t really keen on spending the night without ac.  #firstworldproblems, I know.

So we got to Googling and phone booking.  Yes, we still have phone books in the house.  Mom called around five places and only one could come out.  You would think there would be more 24/7 service out there, although since this incident I’ve seen numerous commercials for such heating and cooling places.

Summer Fruit Crisp - vegan and gluten free

So, the technician, who had finally been relaxing at home after a long day at work, got the call and arrived at our house around 10.  Within an hour, he had mercifully fixed the seventeen-year-old machine.  In fact, he seemed like a pretty smart guy.  He didn’t have the necessary part but managed to use other parts to make it work.  We ae very thankful to him.

Within a few hours, the house had cooled back down and life easily returned to normal.  What is so interesting to me, is that I love summer.  Love it!  If you know anything about me, you know this, but if you know me personally, you also know that I love air conditioning.  In fact, if you ever come over to my house, bring a jacket, you’ll probably need it.

Summer Fruit Crisp - vegan and gluten free

Of course, if you come over to my house, you’ll also be given dessert of some kind.  Like this Summer Fruit Crisp.  It’s every summer fruit I love packed into one gluten free, vegan dessert.  We’re talking peaches, nectarines, plums, blackberries, cherries, and blueberries.

Because I don’t want to say goodbye to summer desserts just like I don’t want to say goodbye to summer, I freeze desserts like this crisp regularly.  In fact, I freeze almost all of the desserts I make.  Most of the time they come out as good, if not better, than when they were fresh.  Only very, very rarely do I find one that just doesn’t make the trip to the deep freeze and back well.

Crisp is something you might not think to freeze, but you totally should.  I freeze it in plastic Glad containers.  It keeps for up to three or even four months.  When I am ready to eat it, I definitely enjoy sampling it cold, but I also really love placing it on a plate and warming it in the microwave.  A little ice cream on top doesn’t hurt either.

Summer Fruit Crisp - vegan and gluten free

A tip about freezers and why I think the things I freeze survive so well is that I keep my freezers (yes I have two), super-duper cold.  My upstairs freezer is set at -6 and the one downstairs is set on the coldest setting, which I think is even colder than -6.  This allows foods to freeze quickly and stay very frozen and therefore super tasty.

Don’t let summer go.  We can still eat Summer Fruit Crisp when it is snowing out!

Summer Fruit Crisp #SundaySupper

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes

Yield: 6 servings

Ingredients

Topping

1 cup old fashioned rolled oats (gluten free if necessary)

¾ cup oat flour (gluten free if necessary)

½ teaspoon kosher salt

¾ cup packed light brown sugar

¼ cup granulated sugar

1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

½ cup pecans

5-7 tablespoons melted coconut oil

Filling

6 cups mixed summer fruit (peaches, nectarines, cherries, plums, blueberries, and blackberries in any combination)

Juice from 1 lemon

2 tablespoons cornstarch

1/3 cup granulated sugar

Instructions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Make the topping. In a medium bowl, stir together oats, oat flour, salt, sugars, cinnamon, and pecans until mixed. Add 5 tablespoons of coconut oil and stir. Add additional oil 2 tablespoons at a time until all ingredients are coated and clumps form. Set aside.

Make the filling. In a large bowl, stir together fruit, lemon juice, cornstarch, and sugar.

Pour the fruit filling into an 8-inch square pan. Top evenly with the topping. Place on a lined baking sheet in case it bubbles over and bake for 30-40 minutes, until golden brown on top and the fruit is bubbling.

Serve immediately or refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 3 days. The crisp may also be frozen in plastic containers. Thaw at room temperature for about an hour or in the microwave for 1-2 minutes until warmed through.

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Don’t forget to check out the other Sunday Supper dishes!

Condiments

Main dishes

Sides

Snacks

Dessert

Beverage

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Homemade Cherry Popsicles #SundaySupper

Homemade Cherry Popsicles - vegan and gluten free

It occurred to me just a few days ago that I don’t ever really remember visiting an ice cream truck in my youth.

There were end of the year parties at school where one always appeared, though I can’t say for sure that I got a treat.  A couple of times a truck drove through our neighborhood, but I think I either just wanted to stay inside or missed the truck by the time my baby sitter or Mom and I grabbed some cash and made it out the door.

Homemade Cherry Popsicles - vegan and gluten free

I have a feeling I’m not really missing out on a whole lot despite how good the treats look whenever ice cream truck desserts are the topic on TV or the internet.  A lot of things like that sound much better than they actually are.

And so instead of being all mopey about how I have never experienced an ice cream truck, I made my own ice cream truck worthy treat.  In fact, these Homemade Cherry Popsicles are way better than any store bought or truck bought treat out there.

I’m not going to say they are easy to make, as they do involve pitting nine cups of cherries.  A feat I completed in about twenty minutes.  I’m a machine when it comes to pitting cherries by hand, no pitter required.

Homemade Cherry Popsicles - vegan and gluten free

Nor are these typical popsicles.  They are so full of cherries and I didn’t puree them for a long time that they have texture.  They are hearty instead of the flavored water that is most popsicles.  These are satisfying and rather healthy, perfect for lounging by the pool or an after dinner treat.

Vegan and gluten free, the cherry flavor is the star here as it should be.  I was so surprised and impressed that the lemon juice really balanced the flavor and added some needed tartness.  Don’t skimp on that fresh lemon juice.

As I continue enjoying summer life, I’m definitely going to be making more of these popsicles and you have to check them out too!

Homemade Cherry Popsicles - vegan and gluten free

Homemade Cherry Popsicles #SundaySupper

Prep Time: 40 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes

Yield: Varies depending on mold size

Ingredients

4 cups sweet cherries, stemmed and pitted

5 cups sour cherries, stemmed and pitted

½ cup granulated sugar

1 cup milk (I used almond coconut blend, use what you love)

3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

Instructions

In a large sauce pan over medium high heat, combine sweet and sour cherries and sugar. Cover with a lid and cook about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until cherries are soft and have released their juice.

Remove the lid and continue cooking for an additional 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the juice has reduced.

Pour mixture into a large bowl, cover with plastic, and refrigerate until chilled, at least two hours and up to overnight.

Once mixture is chilled, place it in a blender with the milk and lemon juice and puree until smooth. Depending on the size and power of your blender you may need to do this in multiple batches.

Pour blended mixture into popsicle molds. I used Dixie cups and plastic spoons, but actual popsicle molds will work great. Freeze overnight so they are firm. Popsicles may be stored in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Notes

Recipe adapted from Tasting Table

Additional chilling time is necessary

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Don’t forget to check out the other Sunday Supper dishes!

Appetizers

Desserts

Main Dish

Snacks

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Triple Berry Crisp

Triple Berry Crisp - Vegan and gluten free, this is the quintessential summer dessert or breakfast!

Regrets.  Whether we like to admit it or not, we all have them.  Some of us (me) have more than others.  They are the what ifs of life.  The torturous thoughts that taunt us as we contemplate what may have happened, may have been different, may have changed had we just done one teeny tiny thing differently.

They keep us awake at night, invade our dreams, and sometimes make us cry.  They drive us crazy, making our minds spin as we run different scenarios trying to come up with different outcomes.

Perhaps the worst part of regret is that until we invent that time machine, there is literally nothing we can do about our past mistakes.  No matter how much we think about them, how many times we go over what we did and could have done instead, no matter how hard we wish we could make another choice, we can’t.  It’s as simple as that, we can’t change the past.

Triple Berry Crisp

 

Triple Berry Crisp

And sometimes that is a very hard pill to swallow.  Last week was one of ups and downs for me.  I had a wonderful dinner out with friends (more about that on Fashion Friday) and went shopping with Mom.  But in the midst of these wonderful things, one of which ranks in one of the best nights of my life, I have two terrible regrets.

The first is losing my evil eye ear cuff at dinner.  Yes, it was probably bound to be lost or break sooner or later.  A tiny, dainty gold cuff bent in and out of shape to fit around my ear, but I can’t stop going over the ways I went wrong with it that night.  I shouldn’t have worn it.  I should have put it on better.  I should have noticed it hanging in my hair.  I should have looked at the pictures of me better.  Mom should have noticed it.  I should have looked for it sooner.  On and on and on.

Triple Berry Crisp

More than missing it terribly and feeling horrible that I lost it, there is nothing I can do.

The other is a favorite dress.  The prettiest dress I’ve ever owned or probably could imagine owning.  It had a torn seam, so I took it to be repaired, but somehow they pressed on it too hard and caused some of the structure of the dress to mar the fabric.  This wasn’t really my fault.  There’s not much I could have done differently, but I’m still sad.  I’m still trying to think of ways to fix it.

Triple Berry Crisp

And these are just my regrets from the past week … imagine in we started tackling the past years :0

One thing I don’t regret is making this Triple Berry Crisp.  It’s vegan, gluten free, and oh so delicious.  The peak of the season berries are juicy and sweet while that crisp topping is just irresistible.  Plus, this crisp is just as good cold from the refrigerator as it is hot from the oven.

Triple Berry Crisp is a comforting summer dessert or a fun breakfast.  Either way, add some ice cream, you won’t regret it!

Triple Berry Crisp

Triple Berry Crisp

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 5 minutes

Yield: 6-8 servings

Ingredients

Filling

2 cups strawberries, hulled and quartered

2 cups blueberries

2 cups blackberries

2 tablespoons cornstarch

½ cup granulated sugar

Topping

1 cup old fashioned rolled oats (gluten free, if necessary)

¾ cup oat flour (gluten free, if necessary

½ teaspoon kosher salt

¾ cup packed light brown sugar

¼ cup granulated sugar

¾ cup pecans

7 tablespoons olive oil

Instructions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Make the filling. In an 8 inch square pan, stir together berries, cornstarch, and sugar.

Make the topping. In a large bowl, stir together oats, oat flour, salt, sugars, and pecans until combined. Add the oil and stir until clumps form.

Pour the topping over the berries in the pan. Smooth into an even layer. Place pan on a baking sheet in case the crisp bubbles over.

Bake for 40-50 minutes until golden brown on top and juices are bubbling. Serve immediately or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Crisp may also be frozen in airtight containers for up to 3 months. Thaw in the microwave in 30 second increments until warm.

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Vegan and Gluten Free Peach Coconut Crumb Bars

Vegan and Gluten Free Peach Coconut Crumb Bars

Can you tell I’m obsessed with peaches?  Here on the blog you’ll find tons of them.  From this peach cake which I make every summer to peach granola bars, peach crumb bars, peach oatmeal bars, peach breakfast bars.  I’m sensing a pattern.

I don’t know why, but I just love peaches.  Nectarines are cool too, but peaches are the star in my kitchen.  They are juicy and flavorful and summer in a tangible form.  I buy more peaches than I probably should, but when I see them at the store or Costco, I just can’t resist.

Vegan and Gluten Free Peach Coconut Crumb Bars

I eat at least one every single day in the summer, more if I can.  And then I bake with them.  I try to keep coming up with new and exciting peach recipes for you and these Peach Coconut Crumb Bars are going to be a huge hit with you.

They are a bit messy, but messy food tastes good.  These bars are easy to make, vegan and gluten free, and perfect to share with friends or bring to a party.

Vegan and Gluten Free Peach Coconut Crumb Bars

The base is pretty sturdy with the juicy filling where vanilla bean paste really makes those peaches shine, and then the sandy topping adds fun texture and flavor, especially since I added some flaked coconut to the topping.

While these aren’t quite health food, they fit most dietary concerns and are full of nutrition.  Whether you eat these for breakfast, snack, or dessert, be sure to make the most of peach season with Peach Coconut Crumb Bars.

Vegan and Gluten Free Peach Coconut Crumb Bars

Vegan and Gluten Free Peach Coconut Crumb Bars

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: 24 bars

Ingredients

3 cups old fashioned oats (gluten free if necessary)

1 ½, plus 2 tablespoons cups all-purpose gluten free flour mix (I love Bob’s Red Mill)

½ cup packed light brown sugar

½ cup, plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar

½ teaspoon baking powder

1 1/3 cups coconut oil, room temperature

5 cups peaches, peeled and diced

2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste

1 cup flaked unsweetened coconut

Instructions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Oil a 9 by 13 inch baking pan.

Make the crust. In a large bowl, stir together oats, 1 ½ cups flour, brown sugar, ½ cup granulated sugar, and baking powder. Add coconut oil and work into the dry ingredients using forks or fingers until well combined and mixture resembles sand.

Pour 2/3 of the crust mixture into the prepared pan and press firmly into the pan. Bake for about 13 minutes, until light golden brown.

While the crust is baking, make the topping. In a medium bowl, stir together peaches, remaining 2 tablespoons flour, remaining 2 tablespoons sugar, and vanilla bean paste.

Once the crust is out of the oven, pour the filling over it. Add the coconut to the remaining crust mixture and stir to combine. Sprinkle over the filling and bake an additional approximately 30 minutes until golden brown on top.

Cool completely in pan. Once cool, cut into bars and serve or store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 4 days. Bars may also be frozen, wrapped in parchment and foil and placed in a zipper bag for up to 3 months. Thaw at room temperature about an hour or in the microwave about 30 seconds.

Notes

Recipe adapted from Texanerin Baking

http://piesandplots.net/vegan-and-gluten-free-peach-coconut-crumb-bars/

Classic Homemade Guacamole #SundaySupper

Classic Homemade Guacamole

Thursday I was about to start my exercise when I realized I hadn’t taped my toes.  It might sound strange, but it’s part of my routine and it helps keep my feet looking and feeling good.

I paused the end of All Star Academy, went to do the tape, and came back to the TV which was no longer on.  The screen went black and an ominous red light blinked over and over on the base.  This was not good.

After being advised to unplug it by a salesman at a local electronics shop, we did that.  And while I have wanted a new TV for awhile, I hoped the unplug would reset it because I didn’t want a new TV right then.

Classic Homemade Guacamole

Alas, that was what happened, when the TV continued to refuse to turn on.  After hooking TiVo up to another TV to allow it to continue to work it’s magic, it was time to research a new TV.

See, we are TV people.  Yes, I like to go out and get dressed up.  Dinner out, shopping, concerts, high heels, makeup.  I love it all.  But there is literally nothing better to me than coming home at the end of the day and watching TV.  I love it.  I’m obsessed with it.  It is happiness and an escape.

Classic Homemade Guacamole

I found a couple viable options that I presented to Mom along with an OLED TV that presents the latest technology.  I didn’t think we’d spring for it, but since we were in the market, I thought I’d mention it.

We headed to the electronics shop to discuss options, and pretty soon it was easy to see the only real option was the OLED 4K beauty.  And it would be delivered the next day.

After struggling to watch American Idol, Grey’s Anatomy, and Scandal on a little tiny TV, Friday our new screen was delivered.  Yes, not much more than 24 hours later, we were back in action.  Priorities, people.

It’s sleek and big and shiny and the picture is so clear.  And it’s weird.

I’m not complaining, I love it.  But there’s something about the technology that makes everything look … different.

It’s hard to explain unless you’ve watched an OLED 4K TV, but it almost feels like you are no longer watching TV but instead in the room with James Bond or Jimmy Fallon (that’s what we’ve watched so far).  It’s kind of freaky and taking some getting used to.  Once we are used to it, though, we will have forever been spoiled.

Classic Homemade Guacamole

By now, I bet I’ve got you all wanting to watch TV.  But before you do, whip up a batch of my Classic Homemade Guacamole.  It’s the perfect TV watching companion.

I often eat this healthy, gluten free, vegan dip for dinner with a few tortilla chips.  It’s loaded with vegetables – avocado, onion, herbs, garlic, tomatoes, and I even added some cucumber for a fresh crunch.  Pepper and Sriracha add that kick.  I also like to serve it with a bit of cheese; I recently became obsessed with manchego.

So let’s eat guacamole and watch some TV!

Classic Homemade Guacamole #SundaySupper

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 2 servings as meal, 4 as an appetizer

Ingredients

2 large ripe Haas avocadoes, diced

½ red onion, finely diced

4 garlic cloves, minced

½ bunch flat leaf parsley, leaves only

½ bunch cilantro, leaves only

1 large tomato, diced

½ English cucumber, peeled, diced

1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1 teaspoon Sriracha

Tortilla chips for serving

Instructions

In a medium bowl, mix together avocadoes, onion, garlic, parsley, cilantro, tomato, and cucumber. Mix as much you like. I prefer my guacamole to have a bit of texture. Season with pepper and Sriracha.

Serve immediately with chips and more cucumber slices. I also just eat it like a salad.

http://piesandplots.net/classic-homemade-guacamole-sundaysupper/

Don’t forget to check out the other Sunday Supper dishes!

Pinky Appetizers

Manual Mains

Digit Desserts

Plus Bite-sized Pavlovas and More Finger Food Recipes from Sunday Supper Movement

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Carrot Ribbon and Orange Salad #SundaySupper

Carrot Ribbon and Orange Salad - a healthy, vegan, gluten free side dish

I think I might be part bunny I like carrots so much :0  They are such a great and versatile food.  I roast them, puree them into soup, bake with them, and make lots and lots of salads with them.

Salads are one of my favorite foods.  I know, you’re thinking that’s so boring, but it’s not.

I never make a regular boring salad with lettuce and bottled dressing.  My salads having different homemade dressings with a variety of vinegars or citrus juice.  Sometimes I use a green like kale, but a lot of times, I skip greens altogether in favor of showcasing different vegetables.

Carrot Ribbon and Orange Salad

And fruit.  A salad is always made better with a hint of natural sweetness from fruit.  Apples, pears, berries, and even frozen cherries, warmed in the microwave.  Fruit is my soulmate, which is good, because I don’t really think there’s a guy out there who is …

This Carrot Ribbon and Orange Salad is one of my favorites, especially this time of year.  It features great winter produce: carrots, onions, fennel, and oranges.  Plus it has a vibrant vinaigrette that makes it a great companion to heavier meats.

Carrot Ribbon and Orange Salad

Another thing that is great about this salad is that it takes what sometimes can be an overly crunchy carrot and turns it into these ribbons that have more of a crisp texture.  It’s really one of my favorite things to do with carrots.  Plus, this salad is healthy, vegan, and gluten free – score!

So celebrate salads, carrots, and the rest of the root vegetables with my Sunday Supper buddies and the recipes below.

Carrot Ribbon and Orange Salad

Carrot Ribbon and Orange Salad

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 4 small or 2 large servings

Ingredients

3 large carrots, washed and peeled

1 large onion, sliced

1 fennel bulb, cored and sliced

2 large oranges, peeled and separated into segments

¼ cup apple cider vinegar

3 tablespoons olive oil

1 teaspoon grainy mustard

1 tablespoon pure maple syrup

1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

½ teaspoon kosher salt

Instructions

Use a vegetable peeler to create ribbons with the carrots into a large bowl. It’s just like peeling them! When the carrot gets very thin, chop it and add it to the salad or snack on it. Mix carrot ribbons with onion, fennel, and oranges.

In a small bowl, whisk together vinegar, oil, mustard, maple syrup, pepper, and salt until emulsified. Pour over salad and toss to coat. Serve immediately or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

http://piesandplots.net/carrot-ribbon-and-orange-salad-sundaysupper/

Don’t forget to check out the other Sunday Supper dishes!

Appetizers

Breakfast

Main

Sides

Desserts

Sunday Supper MovementJoin the #SundaySupper conversation on twitter on Sunday! We tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world. Our weekly chat starts at 7:00 pm ET. Follow the #SundaySupper hashtag and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat. To get more great Sunday Supper Recipes, visit our website or check out our Pinterest board.Would you like to join the Sunday Supper Movement? It’s easy. You can sign up by clicking here: Sunday Supper Movement

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