Homemade Cranberry Sauce – no sugar added!

Healthy Cranberry Sauce

Healthy Cranberry Sauce

I have made this Cranberry sauce for the last two Thanksgivings, and it has been a hit each time. It’s sweet, but not TOO sweet. That’s what the pie is for after dinner! Another bonus is that this recipe is SO simple. 2 ingredients..that’s it! So, without further adieu, here is my super simple and super healthy Cranberry Sauce recipe!

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In honor of Arrested Development…Chocolate Covered Bananas!

"I'd like a Gob, please."

“I’d like a Gob, please.”

In honor of Arrested Development season 4 starting on Netflix this weekend, I decided to make some Bluth Frozen Bananas! And man, they were tasty! No wonder there was “always money in the banana stand”.

There’s really not much of a “recipe”… but I felt they were delicious enough (and healthy enough) to warrant their own post.


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Birthday FRUIT “cake”!

 

FRUIT cake! yum!

I got the idea from pinterest to make a birthday cake for myself completely out of fruit!

 

It was pretty fun!  Although, you have to put it together just hours before the party so that the fruit doesn’t start looking weird. haha.

Well, there is no real “recipe” for this.  There are a myriad of different fruits you can use to decorate the outside, though the main part should probably always be a watermelon… just because they are so big.   Here is what I made mine with.

Real Fruit “Cake”

1 large watermelon
1 c. green grapes
2 oranges (cut up with the skin off)
1 lb. strawberries
4 kiwis
2 peaches

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Healthy Fruit Jigglers!

fun little orange juice jigglers

I made some awesome healthy fruit jigglers, and let me tell you… They are so much fun!  They jiggle hard-core and my kids think they are great!  This is a great healthy recipe and I actually got it right off the Knox Gelatine box.  I can’t believe I haven’t tried it until recently.  I have done a couple different varieties: 100% grapefruit juice and this time 100% orange juice.   Fairly plain for now while I am figuring it out, but I think it will be fun to mix up juices and add chopped fruit to it as well.   There are a lot of fun possibilities.

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Spinach Cubes! (and smoothie recipe)

spinach cubes!

Okay, so I am not the best at getting greens in my diet. (I know I’m not alone.  ahem, people!)   And, I like spinach alright in salads and stuff, but I can NEVER eat the whole bag of spinach from the store before it goes bad.  It goes bad so fast!  So… a little while back I had a bag of spinach in my fridge that was going bad.  I didn’t know what to do to use it and I HATE to waste.  BAM!  I came up with this ingenious idea!  I puree’d the spinach in my food processor with a little bit of water until it became a green paste (yeah, its creepy looking).

Then, I put the green goop in an ice cube tray and froze it.  The next morning, I had Spinach Cubes!!  I got the spinach cubes out of the tray and put them in a plastic ziploc bag and stuck them back in the freezer.  Easy, instant, serving size spinach!  I throw a couple cubes into my smoothies now and I can’t taste the difference, but I know I’m getting some green goodness!
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Easy Homemade Fruit Roll-ups!!

all rolled up and ready to go!

There’s just something about summer that makes me think of dried fruit. Probably because my mom would always buy huge cases of fruit in the summer from local farmers and then we would can and dehydrate the fruit.  This summer I have been making a lot of fruit strips.  The kids love them, and my husband likes to take them in his lunch for work.

My kids go crazy for fruit, and of course they LOVE fruit snacks and fruit roll ups.  I am not a fan of those and I don’t like to give them the kind from the store because generally they are full of sugar or fruit juice.  Not that fruit juice is horrible, but if I can make my own fruit roll ups at home without any added sugar or fruit juice?  Um, yeah!  awesome!
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Baking Tip – Silpats!! (and sweet potato chips!)

sweet potato chips!

Best invention ever!!!!  Okay, that might be a SLIGHT exaggeration, but I’m not sure…. because I LOVE MY SILPATS!!  I am so happy that I read about them when I was learning how to make sweet potato chips in the oven.   Before I found out about silpats, I was using parchment paper.

Now, that I have silpats, making my homemade potato chips is so much easier. I also use them for pretty much all my baking needs.  NOTHING sticks to the things! they are great!

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I didn’t buy chocolate!

it’s brown, but it’s not chocolate 🙂

You guys will not believe this.  I went to 2 stores and did NOT buy any form of chocolate or refined sugar!  I am so proud.

I still decided to indulge tonight.  It’s really funny that this is what I chose instead of chocolate. haha!  Trust me, I even surprised myself.

It’s weird.  I walked past the cheese section and I saw a bunch of different dips.  Artichoke dip, spinach dip, and BLACK BEAN DIP.  I saw that and remembered my awesome black bean dip recipe.  It is so easy and so tasty.

So, I bought some cream cheese at the store and came home and whipped it up.  It is SO delicious!  And hey, guess what?  No sugar! haha!
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Easy Microwave Apple “Cobbler”

easy apple cobbler

I created this one day out of my desperateness for a sweet treat. I think it turned out great! My boys love to eat it, too.

This is such an easy recipe. It’s one of my go-to dessert recipes when I want something sweeter than just plain fruit.

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Cucumber Salad – Yummy & Healthy Side dish!

 

yummy! cucumber salad

I love this salad! It is easy, quick, and VERY healthy! It is pretty filling as well, so it can actually pass as a main dish too, if you are looking for a light lunch. I like to have it for lunch a lot. It is light and crisp and doesn’t leave you feeling all gross and digest-y (new word i made up – when you’ve eaten too much and your body wants you to shut down completely so it can digest. lol!).
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