Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Casserole Recipe (with Applesauce & Pecans)

Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Casserole Recipe (with Applesauce & Pecans)

Sweet potatoes are a staple around here. Breakfast, lunch or dinner, we eat them at least a few times a week. They are a great source of vitamin C, calcium, potassium and more. They are low glycemic index which means they don't affect blood sugar the way their white potato cousins do. Plus, combined with some grass-fed butter, cinnamon, nuts or other toppings, they can actually taste like a … [Read more...]

Homemade Granola Bars Recipe – chocolate & peanut butter

homemade peanut butter granola bar

Around here, grab-n-go foods are important. They provide us with options when we are out and about - because they feed our hunger and keep us from stopping for fast food. Grab-n-go foods are also important when we get up late and don't want to skip breakfast, and (often more importantly), my kids like them.In today's food culture, organic options are available for many of our favorite … [Read more...]

Eggnog Peppermint Cheesecake Recipe

eggnog cheesecake

Our organic lifestyle My family and I have been on a mostly organic diet for over a year now. Removing artificial ingredients and preservatives from our diets have gone a long way towards improving our health and making us feel better. Combine organic foods with clean eating and I cook more from scratch and I have even started baking.I spent so many years eating fast food and processed food … [Read more...]

Clean Eating Pumpkin Cookies Recipe

Homemade Pumpkin Cookies

When I was younger my mom used to make homemade pumpkin cookies this time of year. They were awesome. The recipe, I guess, was handed down through the family, and the other day she sent it to me.Now, being me, I had to tinker with it because I wasn't going to use sugar and I wanted to use whole wheat flour. I wasn't actually optimistic but the end result shocked me - they turned out awesome! … [Read more...]

Gluten-Free Pumpkin Oatmeal Bars with Chocolate & Peanut Butter

pumpkin oatmeal bars

In my quest to make as much as I can for my family from scratch, I have been looking for granola bar options that are gluten-free and easy to make.  I also had an itch to make something with pumpkin. As far as on-hand ingredients go when you aim to have a gluten-free treat, oatmeal is an easy, affordable option. Oatmeal+pumpkin+some other fun stuff = Gluten-Free Pumpkin Oatmeal Bars with Peanut … [Read more...]

Clean Eating Gluten-Free Chicken Tenders

gluten-free-chicken-tenders

I am currently reading a book about living gluten-free and although we haven't adopted the lifestyle fully yet, I have been trying to create recipes that are gluten-free for dinner time.  Eventually we will work our way up to the rest of the meals.The other day I knew I wanted to make some sort of chicken tenders type meal with "breading" that was clean and gluten-free.I am proud to say I … [Read more...]

Homemade Watermelon Popsicles

homemade watermelon popsicle

Yesterday I posted a recipe for homemade fruit popsicles made with strawberries and blueberries.They were delish!That same day we also made some watermelon popsicles and they too tasted amazing!It tastes as yummy as it looks. [easyrecipe id="43430" n="0"] We actually had a little bit of mixture left over so we poured it into plastics cups we had and put straws in for sticks.  A … [Read more...]

Homemade fruit popsicles

clean-eating-popsicles

For most things, eating organic poses an availability problem.  At least it does if you are looking for convenience.  While there are a few organic choices for some convenience foods, generally we find that if we want something, we have to make it ourselves.The longer we lead this lifestyle, the more I realize that some things really aren't that hard.Harder than grabbing a box of something … [Read more...]

100 Calorie Homemade Hot or Iced Cocoa Recipe

clean-eating-hot-cocoa

This morning it was 50 degrees out and my daughter was supposed to meet at the park for preschool for a special picnic lunch.  We had 90+ degree temps last weekend and now we are freezing.As I packed a lunch for us, I immediately had the urge for hot chocolate knowing I was going to sit outside in the cold and wind, so I did what I always do when I have a bright idea and need to implement … [Read more...]

Garlic & Herb Penne Pasta with Sausage

garlic-herb-pasta

I'm a big fan of all-in-one style dinners.  I like to be able to cook everything, toss it together and serve.  It makes it easier to deal with the kids claiming they don't want a particular item (say...veggies) because it's all mixed in, they have no choice.I'm the type of cook who looks at what is in the fridge, freezer and pantry and scours the web for a recipe, then I modify based upon our … [Read more...]

Bacon and Alfredo Pasta Recipe

bacon-alfredo

Clean and healthy eating doesn't mean low fat and no flavor.In fact, you can even have bacon on occasion.Yes.I said the 'B' word.BACON.And I don't mean fake bacon made from an imposter animal that is nothing even remotely like a pig.I mean thick, yummy pork bacon....this is starting to sound like a dog treat commercial.This recipe is very much for the bacon lover … [Read more...]

Quick and Easy Bean & Cheese Dip

organic-bean-dip

The other day my daughter and I were hungry for lunch and for some reason neither of us wanted a traditional lunch.  We wandered around opening cabinets and opening the fridge and the only thing we could agree upon was a can of organic refried beans.Beans.The magical fruit.But what to do with those beans?We also discovered a bag of organic corn tortilla chips.  Ok, refried beans … [Read more...]