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Simple Homemade Coconut Milk

For those of you that are allergic to nuts and dairy, but still want milk for your cereal or coffee, coconut milk is a tasty option to try. Making your own coconut milk is super easy, and requires only 2 ingredients to make it – UNSWEETNED SHREDDED COCONUT AND WATER, plus a touch of vanilla to sweeten it a bit!

2-Ingredient Chocolate Mousse with Coconut Sugar Whipped Cream

This chocolate mousse is one of our favorite desserts, and we actually call this Zoe’s mousse because she’s the one who makes it all of the time. Well, actually Zoe’s the one who originally found this recipe years ago in a William-Sonoma kids cookbook. I first featured this chocolate mousse recipe back in 2012 (wow, so many years ago) in a series I was starting up called, “cooking with kids.” It was a series where Zoe and her peeps would make a kid friendly recipe, take photos and then  write and put the post together. We did 2 posts in the series, one featuring this chocolate mousse and another one featuring, easy 2-ingredient homemade dark magic shell. After that, Zoe got busy with life and school, and the series sort of ended. I would love to bring the series back, because I would love to have more recipes on the blog that kids can make on their own (with parent supervision of course).

Quick and easy guacamole

Quick and Easy Guacamole

I’ve recently taught a few small cooking classes/demos and come to the realization that a lot of my local readers and friends are on the lookout for simple, tasty, easy, no-fuss recipes to add to their repertoire. Recipes that I think are simple and not exactly blog post worthy, are really what most people want to make, and have time to make. I’ve always assumed that everyone had a go-to guacamole recipe, knew how to make brown rice, or de-stem kale, but I’ve come to realize that not everyone knows these things, and most of the time will not admit it.

The best oven baked crispy chicken

The Best Oven Baked Crispy Chicken

These drumsticks/thighs are finger licking awesome, not good, but awesome and that’s why I’m calling them the best oven baked crispy chicken!  If you’re a fan of chicken, then you need to make this ASAP!

Weeknight black beans

Quick and Tasty Weeknight Beans

We’re BIG fans of Taco Tuesday in my house, but Taco Tuesday doesn’t have to be on Tuesday, we like burritos, tacos and burrito bowls any night of the week. Since I discovered the best, tastiest and easiest way to cook up brown rice, I find that we’re eating a lot of burrito bowls and burritos, as they’re the perfect thing to whip up on those busy weeknights, and they also make great lunches to pack up for the kiddos.

The best gluten free brownies

The Best Gluten-Free Brownies

I know it’s a bit presumptuous to call these “THE BEST GLUTEN-FREE BROWNIES,” but to be honest, they’re the best I’ve tasted, and they also happen to be a gluten-free version of my favorite brownie ever, so you might say that I’m a bit biased, but I’m a bit of brownie and chocolate cake addict, so I happen to know a thing or two about chocolate desserts, and I know tasty brownie when I try one. If you like fudgey, chocolaty and rich brownies, then you’re going to LOVE these!

Fall roasted vegetables on a baking sheet

Fall Roasted Vegetables

It finally feels like fall around here and I have to tell you that I’m happy about that. Fall is my favorite time of the year. It’s a cozy time filled with soups, stews, savory chicken dishes, big bowls of steel cut oats, and of course fall roasted veggies! Yes, I’m someone who gets excited by butternut squash, acorn squash, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower and sweet potatoes! I simply adore roasted vegetables. They get all caramelized and crispy on the outside, and stay soft and tender on the inside. Roasting vegetables brings out the natural sweetness in vegetables. The sweet potatoes and squash get a bit sweeter, and the red onion sweetens considerably (especially when you use coconut oil to roast it up) and it’s bitter and pungent flavor dissipates. If you have picky eaters who are not fans of vegetables, try roasting some up and I bet they’ll be fans!

Easy baked brown rice

Easy Oven Baked Brown Rice

First off I want you to know that my kids are totally obsessed with this rice, like licking their plates clean obsessed. It’s 6:00 am on Friday and I’m baking them a fresh batch for their lunches and pairing it with some leftover chicken thighs and mushrooms.

Gluten free healthy cookie bites

Gluten-Free Healthy Cookie Bites

School is just around the corner and I’m all about having healthy snacks in the house for the kids and their friends to chow down on after school. I don’t know about you, but my kids come home from school ravenous and immediately ask me, “Mom, what can I have for snack?” I often just tell them to open the fridge or pantry and have a go at it. If I’m home I may make them up a smoothie, or some popcorn (well, now thankfully they’re old enough make up their own smoothies and popcorn). Most afternoons though we’re running from one activity to another, so I like to have an easy and healthy grab-and-go snack, like these gluten-free cookie bites, instead of stuffing their hands with something like goldfish.

Guilt free dark chocolate chip cookies

Guilt-Free Dark Chocolate Chip Cookie Bites

Just try and keep your hands out of the cookie jar with these bad boys. These little cookie bites, even though they’re on the healthier side, are super addicting. I shouldn’t really be calling them a cookie, as they are a take on the classic Cliff Kid’s ZBAR, so they’re more of an energy bar in cookie form. Maybe I should just call them cute little energy cookie bites!

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