|" 'Tis the Season" Salad|
Thursday, December 25, 2014
Wednesday, December 24, 2014
|Chocolate Fudge Pie|
Sunday, December 21, 2014
|Peppermint Sugar Cookie Pinwheels|
I seriously thought I would have posted a basic sugar cookie recipe already, but I guess I overlooked that last year when posting all my different versions of the original: (Vegan Coconut sugar Cookies and Vegan Chocolate Sugar Cookies). So here is the most basic sugar cookie recipe that I like to use, of course embellished for a Christmas theme. Obviously you can use all white flour if you want lighter colored and textured cookies, but I love the hearty flavor and nutritional benefits of whole wheat and love giving cookies as a gift that are slightly unexpected and show people that even delicious treats can be healthy as well. Some would argue that a "healthy cookie" defeats the purpose of a treat, and while I totally understand that sentiment, sometimes it is nice to be able to indulge while knowing you aren't completely sabotaging yourself. But I honestly dare you to try these without completely falling in love with them because they are ridiculously good, and like all sugar cookies, they taste even better a couple of days after baking. So you can enjoy them throughout the entire holiday season.
Thursday, December 18, 2014
|Nutella Filled Cupcake|
Friday, December 12, 2014
Nothing smells more like Christmas to me than gingerbread. I suppose peppermint candy canes would be a close second and I will be featuring a recipe with candy canes soon, but the unmistakable aroma of gingerbread muffins, or cookies, baking in the oven is an all time favorite. I honestly thought I had posted this recipe last year since it is such a staple in my home. Better late than never!
As always, I use all organic whole wheat flour to add fiber and nutrients, but the real all stars in this recipe are all the spices. Cinnamon can help regulate blood sugar and reduce inflammation, ginger is a natural pain killer and can ease stomach upset, nutmeg is good for digestion and detoxification of the body and cloves are anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and nutrient dense. Combine those benefits with a tasty filling snack and you have a perfect holiday treat!