Chocolate Avocado Pudding

Chocolate Avocado Pudding. 3 ingredients, and 5 minutes!  You only need avocados, maple syrup, cacao powder and a few minutes to spare to treat yourself to a sweet, smooth chocolate dessert.  An added bonus to this dessert, is that it is actually healthy and not full of artificial ingredients.  Vegan, gluten free and dairy free.

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Cauliflower Wings

Cauliflower Wings are the ultimate snack, appetizer, side dish, or maybe even meal.  Seriously, I never understood the appeal of chicken wings–they don’t even have that much meat on them and it is a lot of work to get that meat.  These wings however, are plump, juicy, seasoned to perfection and, you can eat the whole  thing!  Healthy, yummy and so addictive.  Vegan, gluten free and dairy free.

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Sweet Potato Apple Bake

Sweet Potato Apple Bake-For those of us who have been celebrating holidays for decades and making the food that is the center of the celebration, we have a basic drill that we go through, and usually prepare the same dishes each year. In some ways, the fact that the menu is predictable and set, is something that everyone looks forward to. As the years have gone by, we have focused more on healthy eating by choice, and of course, a gluten free diet by necessity. My mother’s sweet potatoes for Thanksgiving and Christmas were canned, loaded with butter and brown sugar, and amazing. I have used fresh sweet potatoes myself for many years, cut down on fat and sugar and have been very pleased with our sweet potato side dish.

Honestly, I didn’t really think that there were many variations on basic sweet potatoes, but oh, was I wrong. This sweet potato dish with apples, dates and topped with maple glazed pecans is not your mother’s sweet potato side dish. It is so delicious, it could almost be your holiday dessert. Vegan, gluten free and diary free.

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Grilled Vegetable Tart

This Grilled Vegetable Tart is a flavorful and nutritious meal, appetizer or snack.  Just add grilled vegetables which have been roasted in the oven to your homemade bread, and enhance the flavor with olive herb dip.  It so feels like a special treat and who doesn’t love the smell of fresh bread from the oven!  Vegan, gluten free, dairy free.

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Oatmeal Persimmon Bars

Oatmeal Persimmon Bars.  Persimmon is a delicious, juicy fruit that is only available October-February and if you haven’t tried this fabulous fruit, you must.  I use it in many fall recipes, and am always looking for more ways to incorporate this yummy and nutritious fruit into the menu.  Today, we are combining a traditional oat bar with persimmon to give it a touch of sweetness and juicy flavor.  Vegan, gluten free and dairy free.

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