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Homemade Apple Butter

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Fall is here!!

Apple lovers REJOICE!! I made a trip to my local apple orchard and am so excited to be making delicious apple butter to share with friends and family this fall and for the holiday season.

Apple butter was one of my favorite spreads as a child, and I just can’t resist SPREADING ūüėȬ†the love with my loved ones.

BTW, it’s hard to make brown goop look appetizing but trust me, this is¬†DELICIOUS!!

This is a super easy recipe and process to making your own apple butter. I have removed the processed sugar and replaced it with honey (my own personal preference) but you can still use sugar if desired. If you choose not to water bath your recipe, it should last about a week refrigerated.

Give this delicious fall recipe a try and enjoy the awesome smells of fall throughout your house. Better than any candle can produce!

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Ingredients:

  • 10cups apples (peeled, cored & chunked) your favorite variety
  • 1/2 cup raw honey or 1/2 cup pure maple syrup (1 cup sugar if you prefer)
  • 1tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1‚ĀĄ2teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1‚ĀĄ2teaspoon allspice
  • 1‚ĀĄ23‚ĀĄ4teaspoon¬†ground cloves
  • dash of pure vanilla extract

 

Directions:

  • Place apples in crock pot; cook on high for 4-1/2 hours (covered).
  • After 4-1/2 hours stir and add remaining ingredients. Cook for another 4-1/2 hours with NO lid.
  • Using a hand mixer, mix to the desired consistency
  • Using a ladle, fill jars with 1/4 inch left at top. seal in jars. see sealing instructions below.
  • *Can seal in hot water bath¬†

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Vegetarian Zoodles with mushroom and feta.

Have you tried zoodles yet?

Zucchini noodles are a HUGE hit in our house, so I definitely think it‚Äôs worth giving them a shot if you haven‚Äôt tried them yet! They‚Äôre great to use in place of pasta for a lighter/fresher option (also perfect if you‚Äôre eating paleo or gluten-free). And with these fresh ingredients, I picked from the garden, you can’t go wrong!!

Zucchini, Basil, and tomato I got right from my back yard. Add a couple of store bought items and you have a delicious and economical lunch or dinner.

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Ingredients:

2  Zucchini

1  cup baby bella mushrooms

1/2 red onion

3-4 basil leaves

1/4 cup feta cheese

1 teaspoon olive oil

1 teaspoon chopped garlic

2 teaspoons “everything but the bagel” seasoning

salt and pepper to taste.

Directions:

  1. spiralize your zucchini ( there are many great spiralizers but I use a hand held) set aside
  2. saute onion, mushrooms, and garlic until onion starts to look clear
  3. add zoodles and let simmer for about 2-3 minutes. Stirring throughout. long enough for them to get warm but not mushy.
  4. add tomato about 1 minute into cooking noodles. (I’m¬†not a fan of a mushy tomato.)
  5. remove from stove add more “everything but the bagel” seasoning, feta, basil, salt, and pepper. It’s that simple!! Enjoy!

 

Vegetarian Tostada w/ spicy black beans and cilantro lime tomatoes

First, let me say, I am about 70/30 % vegetarian. I do occasionally eat meat ( filet!! YUMMMMMMM!!) but for the most part, I do not. ¬†This recipe just came from a Hodge¬†podge of ingredients I happened to have in my kitchen. I am always mixing and matching ingredients. Sometimes they are a HIT and sometimes… YUK. This one was delicious and super easy and would be delicious with shredded chicken.

Ingredients:

1 Ezekiel sprouted grain tortilla

1 14.5oz can of red gold Lime and cilantro diced tomatoes

1 can of spicy black beans

as much or as little spinach as you like

as much or as little Colby jack cheese as you like

Jalapeno, cilantro and sour cream as a topper ~ again, to taste

1/2 tsp everything but the bagel seasoning

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Directions:

  1. in a small sauce pan, on low, warm up beans and tomatoes together
  2.  toast tortilla in toaster oven or oven, until 1/2 to desired crispiness.
  3. add cheese to tortilla and put back in toaster until desired crispiness.
  4. remove tortilla from toaster add spinach, black beans & tomatoes, jalapeno, cilantro and sour cream.
  5. sprinkle everything but the bagel seasoning on top

Ezekiel avocado toast with spinach & tomato.

Who doesn’t¬†love creamy avocado, fresh tomatoes, and spinach from the garden?

This is a perfect breakfast for Meatless Monday.¬†It’s super quick to make before work and unbelievably tasty! I could have an avocado every day. (I practically do)

Do yourself a favor and get everything but the bagel seasoning. It’s so delicious and I now put it in just about everything. I’m obsessed!!You can find it at Trader Joe’s or online. You won’t be sorry.

If you are looking for other Meatless Monday ideas check out these fabulous recipes.

Mexican Fiesta Skillet

Cucumber Quinoa Salad with Feta

Banana Split Chia Bowl

Ingredients:

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1/3 avocado sliced thin, lengthwise

2 yellow sugar cherry tomatoes cut in half

1 red cherry tomato cut in half

3 baby spinach leaves

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salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Toast bread to desired darkness
  2. arrange veggies whichever way makes you feel good. I like to eat pretty food.
  3. sprinkle with everything but the bagel seasoning
  4. ENJOY!

Banana Split Chia Bowl

Avocado Feta Spinach Salad

Salads are so good for you and super easy to make but the best part for me is to try and make them pretty. Here are some nutrition facts about some of the ingredients.

Avocado is considered one of the healthiest foods on the planet as it contains in excess of 25 essential nutrients, including vitamin A, B, C, E, & K, copper, iron, phosphorus, magnesium, and potassium. Avocado also contains fiber, protein, and several beneficial phytochemicals such as beta-sitosterol, glutathione and lutein, which may protect against various disease and illness.Image result for images of goji berries

Goji Berries¬†have similar¬†benefits you get from eating other berries, goji berries are loaded with beta-carotene (a pigment found in plants and fruits) which helps promote healthy skin. They have also been known to help boost the immune system and protect the eyes ‚ÄĒ talk about a super fruit. And like other berries, goji berries are also an excellent source of vitamin C and can reduce tough cold symptoms.

Goji berries are an excellent source of antioxidants because of their oxygen radical absorbance capacity (ORAC) value.

As a plus, goji berries are low in calories, fat-free and are packed with fiber ‚ÄĒ which also helps you manage weight and go the bathroom on a regular basis.

Mangoes contain a high amount of the carotenoid compound beta-carotene.

Mangoes are a low-fat, low-calorie, cholesterol-free source of a variety of nutrients, especially vitamin A, vitamin C, dietary fiber and antioxidant compounds. If your diet includes rich sources of these nutrients regularly, you may be less likely to develop many serious medical conditions.

Originally cultivated in India, mangoes are now more widely eaten than any other fruit in the world, according to Fruits & Veggies More Matters. In the United States, ripe mangoes are typically consumed raw, dried or cooked in chutneys or pies.

 

 Ingredients:

All ingredients are approx. Its a SALAD not a baked good. ūüôā Just have fun!

1-2 handfuls of  spinach

1/3 mango

1-2 baby carrots, chopped or sliced

2-4 cherry tomatoes cut in half

1-2 teaspoon red onion

2-3 teaspoons goji berries

1 tbsp feta or to taste

1/3 tsp of chia seeds

cilantro for garnish

For the dressing:

1/2 a lemon juiced

2 tbsp olive oil

Himalayan salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. put all ingredients into your favorite bowl and arrange however you please
  2. whisk all ingredients for dressing in a mixing bowl and pour over salad
  3. ENJOY!

 

Breakfast skillet with Spinach, mushrooms and eggs.

If you are a follower of this blog, my ¬†Facebook or Instagram page you will notice that I love to have eggs, spinach, and mushrooms for breakfast. I have several recipes that feature all these three ingredients¬†together, I think they all taste great together. The texture and flavors of each of these awesome and nutritious ingredients all combine to produce¬†a delicious breakfast dish and it’s easy¬†and pretty too.

Now, depending on how big your skillet is and the number of people you want to serve this to Рyou can make up to 5 eggs/5 servings at one time. Since we are only a family of 3, more often than not, we use 4 eggs for 4 servings.

While Spinach is my favorite greens to use Рfeel free to use Kale or Swiss Chard or watercress if you like.

 

Ingredients:

4 -6 baby bella mushrooms, sliced 1/3‚ÄĚ thick
3-4 Tbsp unsalted pasture raised butter, divided
2 Tbsp olive oil, divided
2-4 handfuls of  baby spinach
3 cloves garlic, minced finely
2-4 eggs

Goat cheese or feta
Salt and fresh black pepper to taste

 

Directions:

1. Over medium heat, melt 2 Tbsp butter and 1 Tbsp olive oil in a large skillet.
2. Sauté the mushrooms. Make sure not to crowd the pan so the mushrooms crisp up evenly.
3. Sauté for 4 minutes, flipping the mushrooms halfway through and seasoning with salt and fresh black pepper, to taste. Remove from the pan and set aside.
4. Add more butter and olive oil as needed for the spinach and garlic. Season with salt and pepper and saute until the spinach is wilted. about 1 minute.
6. Add the mushrooms back into the pan and create pockets for the eggs. Crack an egg into each pocket and cover immediately with the lid.
7. Let the eggs cook for 2 1/2 ‚Äď 3 minutes. Do not lift that lid! This ensures the egg whites cook from the top as well as the bottom. Remove from heat, and season with salt and pepper.
8. Crumble goat cheese or feta over top and serve with toasted bread.

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