Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Kickstart Your Health Green Smoothie Challenge Approaches..............

Last Call for Green Smoothie Challengers....

This amazing event starts Sept. 1st! 

Don't Miss it!

Enjoy Delicious Kid-approved green smoothie recipes

Lose excess weight

Reduce cravings for unhealthy food  and sugar

Have a great time interacting and sharing with other green smoothie challengers in the member area!!!

I spent weeks designing this amazing program as a nice detox before cooler weather hits!  I've spent my summer days indulging in my delicious ice cream sandwich recipes, cookies and other fun summer foods.  As the summer comes to a close I realize I need to take some time away from the focus on food and get away from the sugar addiction.

The program is planned for you from the grocery list, to the recipes and motivation.  All you have to do is wake up, print off your recipes and start your day. 

Join with us in the Green Smoothie Challenger member group and share your experience, your green smoothie recipes and have support from other cleansers.

It will be a fun event you don't want to miss out on!

Only $5

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Grilled Vegetable and Almond Cheese Panini Sandwich Recipe

Grilled Vegetable and Almond Herbed Cream Cheese Panini Recipe

I created a delicious herbed almond and cashew cream cheese to make a rich spread for this delicious Italian style grilled vegetable panini.  The vegetables are marinated in a delicious, oil-free Italian dressing for a short time and then grilled in this delicious sandwich.

I created this recipe one night when I could not decide what to make for dinner, it was a hot and muggy evening and I simply did not feel like a heavy dinner.  This little gem of a recipe was created out of my need for a quick, simple, light summer dinner!

My kids are DIE-HARD peanut butter and jam sandwich lovers and therefore they were the ones I worried may not be to thrilled with my new creation.  My daughter is a picky eater, sure she'll eat spinach out of the garden but she has her own style of being picky.

I had a need to use the vegetables from the garden, every year the whining starts about this time because my family gets sick of eating zucchini in everything!  Well......this time I got them all to eat the zucchini and beg for more!  Hurray!  I call that  a success.

This recipe can be either gluten free or made with regular whole wheat bread.   The photo is of whole wheat bread, my daughter and I used brown rice tortillas and grilled it like a vegetable quesadilla and it was fabulous!!

Recipes now found at:

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Vegan Gluten Free Ice Cream Sandwiches

Vegan Gluten Free Ice Cream Sandwiches

These vegan ice cream sandwiches are were a HUGE hit with my family.  The best part about these ice cream sandwiches is you DO NOT need an ice cream maker.  A good blender or food processor will make this delicious ice cream and then you just spoon it in between these amazing gluten free chocolate chip cookies.

I am not responsible for any weight gain that occurs from making these ice cream sandwiches because I can guarantee you will eat too many.  I unfortunately did.

Oil Free, Low Fat Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Absolutely amazing!!  These are perfect for ice cream sandwiches or eat them on their own.

**This can be made with whole wheat pastry flour for those who are not gluten free.

You can add more soymilk if needed but do so slowly, if you add too much you will get runny ice cream.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Delicious Healthy Donut Recipe

Mouthwatering Healthy Donuts

I wasn't sure what to expect when I tested the first donut but much to my surprise it was very moist, light, soft and delicious!  These donuts are much more delicate and soft than the cake donuts you buy at the store, they are almost melt in your mouth soft and yet the perfect texture.

This was a recipe my daughter has been BEGGING me to make.  She has been craving gluten free donuts.  I have tested a few recipes with so-so results and then finally...... WOW!!!   These donuts are AMAZING!  I purchased a donut pan just for this recipe and luckily, it was worth it.  I certainly was not going to make fried donuts so baking was the only option and without a donut pan you have to make dough which is too thick and the donuts come out heavy.  With a donut pan you make a batter to pour in and the donuts come out heavenly.

Most vegan donut recipes are a little heavier than I like but this vegan donut recipe is absolutely light and fluffy.  I like my donuts to be very light and moist and this recipe certainly delivers on that point.  I hope you enjoy them as much as we did.

Recipe is featured in the Wellness Weekend Recipe Contest, Check out all the great entries:

DietDessertnDogs Wellness Weekend Event!

*** There is a recipe for both Gluten Free Donuts and Regular Donuts so Something for everyone!

Gluten Free Cake Donuts

Soft, moist and delicious!

Top with chocolate frosting or brush with coconut oil and then dip in cinnamon and sugar.

Regular Cake Donut Recipe

Top with chocolate frosting or dip in coconut oil and then cinnamon and sugar.

I hope you enjoy the donuts, we LOVED Them!!  My kids devoured them and they are much healthier than traditional style donuts and yet every bit as yummy!
Don't Miss Next Weeks Post:
Oil-Free Chewy Chocolate Chips Cookies &
Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich Recipe

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Vegetable Soba Stir Fry Recipe

Vegetable Soba Stir Fry Recipe

Delicious stir fry featuring a variety of fresh veggies tossed in a Sesame sauce with a hint of heat.  My family cannot handle heat at all!  They cannot stand spicy, not even garlic so I unfortunately have to really tone down the Mexican and spicy Asian food.  My family LOVED this dish because I made it very mild, however, you can certainly turn up the heat by adding more red pepper sauce.

It is very versatile so you can adjust it based on your own taste, you can skip the mushrooms and add tempeh, tofu, sunburgers or you can switch up the veggies and use cauliflower or broccoli, whatever you have on hand.  You certainly are not limited to the veggies I have used,  you can use whatever veggies you like.

This is one of those recipes that is simple, easy, and FAST!!  I've noticed a lot of women are looking for cheap easy meals and this certainly fits the bill.  The best part about this recipe though is that it tastes like something you just picked up from a Chinese restaurant on the way home!

My daughter was BEGGING for this last night for dinner and I couldn't remember when I made it so I couldn't find the recipe.  She will be thrilled to know that while digging through last months creations I FOUND IT!  You can bet this is what we will be having for dinner tonight! 

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do.

***Note the recipe calls for soba noodles, however, to make it a gluten free noodle stir fry we used rice noodles instead.

Vegetable Soba Stir Fry Recipe

Friday, August 5, 2011

Oil-Free Vegan Gluten Free Fudgy Brownie Recipe....

Oooooo The Fudgy Goodness
Oil-Free Vegan Gluten Free Fudgy Brownie

Okay.....I am being a FOOD TEASE!!!

Why do I say I am being a food tease?

Okay, just don't get mad......  I did not write the recipe down for these brownies!!!!

WHY?  Why in the world would I not write the recipe down?

I have no idea, I just thought I was going to whip up a delicious vegan, gluten free brownie recipe for my family for Sunday dessert.  I wasn't expecting much out of these brownies except....A GREAT CHOCOLATE FIX!  Well, much to my surpise my creation consisting of......a little bit of this......... a dash of that.......... and a dump of this turned out to be a delicious, fudgy vegan gluten free brownie with no oil to boot!

Here is where my loyal readers come in......

Who wants the recipe?  Anyone?

If you want me to recreate this delicious brownie recipe and post it here, comment and let me know that you want the recipe.

If I receive 10 comments and 10 new blog followers by Aug. 15th I will get to work recreating this amazing brownie recipe!

Ready.....Set.....Post your comments!

I Tested this recipe on Saturday night and Sunday, on Sunday night I finally got the recipe exactly the way I wanted it.
Thank you so much for your participation and your support!
Here is the recipe.......
Vegan Gluten Free Fudgy Brownie Recipe

I took a photo of the final recipe, my husband said this was the absolute BEST of the three brownie recipes I created so I think you will enjoy it.  I must warn you, this is a FUDGY brownie so if you are a fan of cakey brownies this probably isn't the best recipe for you.  However I do have a recipe just for those who like cakey brownies so I haven't left you out.  Click Here: Gluten Free Cakey Brownie Recipe

Fudgy Gluten Free Vegan Brownies

DELICIOUS! Perfect fudgy brownies.

***Note:  You can certainly leave out the chocolate chips to lower the fat content if desired.

***For those of you who are not gluten free:  You can use oat flour or regular whole wheat pastry flour in these brownies and they should turn out delicious!

*** Very Important:  Brownies will be VERY fudgy when they come out of the oven. They will firm up as they cool. If you don't mind the doughy, fudgy consistency you can serve them hot, but if you want them to firm up you will need to let them cool off before serving.

Thank you so much for your participation, I hope you enjoy the brownies!!!
The Chef,

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Homemade Potato Chip Recipe & Vegan Gluten Free Sloppy Joes

Vegan & Gluten Free Sloppy Joe Recipe

Delicious vegan, gluten free sloppy joes with a smokey BBQ twist and amazing homemade potato chips with creamy chip dip.  The ULTIMATE vegan BBQ food!

This was my recipe creation for our family Sunday BBQ.  I decided to create a little bit of a twist on the traditional sloppy joe.  This BBQ sauce is not your typical sloppy joe sauce.  I created a very rich, smokey sauce and it turned out absolutely delicious!  It is not as sweet as most BBQ sauce recipes, it has just enough sweetness to give the perfect flavor without being overly sweet.

When I realized that this sauce is not your typical sloppy joe flavor I worried a bit because my mom wanted sloppy joes for the BBQ because she was craving them.  I warned her that I was so excited in my recipe creation mode that I didn't even think about the fact that this is NOT traditional sloppy joe sauce.

Lucky for me........My smokey BBQ sauce was a hit!  Everyone loved the deep, rich smokey flavor.

Whew....Leave it up to me to worry and stress about my new recipe creation and if everyone will enjoy what I have created.  It can be hard when you create something, you constantly worry if it will be well received.   Creating recipes is my passion, but I also LOVE to create food that people enjoy.

My greatest joy is bringing joy to others through my food.

Smokey Mountain BBQ Sauce

**Please be aware that this is not traditional sloppy joe BBQ sauce, it has a different flavor.  See below if you want a traditional BBQ sauce for sloppy joes.

Amazing, rich barbeque sauce!

Sloppy Joes

Excellent flavor and texture

Traditional BBQ sauce

For those of you who want a traditional BBQ sauce for your sloppy joes here is the recipe.  This is a sweeter recipe that will give you a more traditional sloppy joe experience.

Homemade low fat potato chip Recipe

These were a hit at our summer BBQ!

Shake all ingredients in a freezer bag, place on baking sheets, do not let the chips touch or overlap. Bake 450 for 15-20 minutes. Watch carefully, depending on how thick or thin they are cut they will cook faster or slower. Half way through pull them out and using a spatula scrape them off the pan.

**Oil free version, omit oil and bake on parchment paper or a silpat.

Delicious Potato Chip Dip

This chip dip was amazing!  I created this recipe for my family because they love my grandmas creamy chip dip.  Give it a try next time to breakout the potato chips or the homemade potato chips at your BBQ!  Enjoy!