Autumn is my favorite season. I love the subtle downturn in temperatures, though the air isn’t quite cold enough to prevent people from still wanting to be outdoors just yet. That smell in the air of something sharp, crisp, of leaves and chill.
The foliage- don’t even get me started. At least 20% of why I came back from Europe when I did. Sure, the leaves turn elsewhere around the world of course, but they don’t quite catch flame with the same vibrancy as here in New England. Leaf peppers are onto something (for those who haven’t heard that term, these are people who travel from all over the US during fall to revel in and spectate over the changing colors here in New England). I have yet to encounter anywhere else where the shades are as vivid as they are here. Guess I’ll have to do some more traveling to find such a place, or, just accept that back home is where it’s at in terms of autumn.
Autumn is the perfect time for thick books. A towering, layered, gripping plot, allowing it to suck you in and keep you hooked, blowing through the pages while (ideally) sitting in a cozy café, cuddling up on your couch in front of a roaring fire, or lounging in a park somewhere as red and orange leaves dance in the air above.
More awesomeness about autumn: the re-emergence of boots, scarves and wool coats (especially cute red ones- my top pick). A welcoming back of comfort foods- macaroni and cheese, butternut squash soup, carrot cake, pumpkin pie, stuffing, oh man. Don’t even get me started.
Speaking of carrot cake, this recipe is subtly spiced, fluffy and light, scrumptious to be sure. All while it’s wheat/gluten-free, and lower in sugar than usual carrot cakes. It’s also easy to whip together. Happy autumnal baking!
Happy healthy eating, with the upcoming warm weather, as well as in celebration of health in general, regardless of temperature or time of year! This one is homey, cheesy, delicious, and yet, it’s without any grains or gluten. It’s to-die-for-delicious though. Skeptical? Try it yourself. We make this one almost every week, it’s that good. It may just become a staple in your home too!
This umami inducing, oh-so-scrumptious and satisfying, totally-hits-the-spot entree is one on which you will soon be hooked. It’s also incredibly healthy, made with a base of quinoa (gluten/grain-free, as this is actually a seed), scallions, red cabbage, marinated tempeh, and then though not pictured, I recommend it topped with a fried egg. SO good, a cinch to make, and with flavors that pack a punch.
This chocolate cheesecake is the perfect guilt-free (or nearly ;-)) treat. Made with no added sugar (honey aside), its gluten free (sans crust), though is decadent and delicious. Swirled through with Greek yogurt and bittersweet chocolate. This is a cheesecake you can feel significantly better about eating, as opposed to the traditional versions (which are far more laden with sugar, usually with a gluten-based crust, and more fat).
Happy Monday, all! The perfect Monday treat: triple chocolate mousse. Though this is a version you can feel far less guilty on eating. Oh man, is this decadent and delectable. Dont take my word for it though. Try it out yourself, its a cinch to whip up.
Its gluten/grain-free, and with way less sugar than usual mousse recipes.
Dessert nachos! I realize this is a bit of a cheat recipe, given there arent really instructions needed. Still, I hadn’t considered this as a snack possibility until stumbling upon it online, then, like a light bulb, found myself delighted and excited by this new snack idea. Its surprisingly very satisfying.
And the topping ideas, despite my photo only showing one variety, are endless.
This one looks humble and unimpressive, but it is TASTY! Made with kale, zucchini, and lots of cheese. Yes, please. Its fluffy, light, cheesy, oh so satisfying and good. This one is gluten/grain free, and of course, sugar free. I use dairy-free milk, though the cheese of course has lactose. Thus, if you wish for a lactose-free quiche, I recommend either no cheese or vegan cheese.
Happy Wintery, Snowy Monday, my fellow dessert devotees,
Get excited for a roundup below of the most scrumptious, tastiest cakes you have ever sampled. All of which fall under at least one (though many fall under more) of the following tiers: grain-free, gluten-free, lactose-free, low in sugar, or sugar-free.
Cake you can actually feel semi good about eating! Though on tasting any of these, I have a sense you will feel awesome about eating them at that point 😉
Click the recipe name to be taken to how to make it!
Love oatmeal and/or peanut butter and chocolate chip cookies? You are in for a treat, my friend. These scrumptious snacks are gluten free, lactose free, and very low in sugar. They are also a piece of cake to make.
Ready to get glowing and lean with this green, flavorful, light, satisfying and scrumptious soup? Its an easy one to make (throw everything in a pot, let it simmer for a bit, then emulsify and you are good to go). Its also gluten/grain free, lactose free, sugar free, paleo, and vegan.