All eggs are not created equal. By now, it is well known in the real food community that pastured chicken eggs are more nutrient-dense and healthy than their conventional counterparts. And, if you’re willing to stray further off the beaten track, chickens aren’t the only birds that lay delicious and healthy eggs. Quail, duck, and goose eggs are all popular alternatives to the chicken, offering variety and different nutritional benefits. [by Jenny Cutler]
Combining almonds and chocolate was one of my many culinary dreams last fall. This combination of cocoa, nuts, and coconut is sure to please everyone. Use for easy snacks, desserts, or breakfasts. Relish this crunchy, grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free delight, and/or enjoy gifting to others! [by Jenna Ettlich]
In the world of muffins, quick breads, pancakes, and waffles, I vary our whole-grain flours and use many that are gluten-free. After quite a bit of reading, finessing, adjusting, and trying, I achieved gluten-free muffin success! My family was excited (and surprised!) when I finally served these chocolate chip banana muffins which didn’t crumble all over their plates, taste bitter, or compromise nutrition. I know you too will enjoy these delicious muffins! [by Jenna Ettlich]
Every Fall I start hunting for pumpkin recipes. After moving to the United States from Australia, I was amazed to find pumpkin so frequently used as a dessert food! Growing up we only ate it roasted or in soup. Pumpkin pie was new and exciting. I loved it. It didn’t take me long to catch on and I quickly moved from pumpkin pie to pumpkin bread and pumpkin cookies, and even pumpkin lattes. A few health challenges this year have resulted in the need to avoid gluten. So, I’ve had to hunt for gluten-free pumpkin recipes. The following pumpkin pancakes are one of my happy discoveries. These pumpkin pancakes have the signature fall flavor of cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg and are well suited to breakfast or an afternoon snack. [by Stacy Karen]
Wool blankets, cozy slippers, candles, and pumpkin all walk hand in hand when autumn rolls around up here in the north. Days might be labeled gray, cold, and miserable by some, but when you have a long winter season fast approaching, we think it’s best to take a cue from the leaves and keep our speech beautiful. A rainy and dreary day becomes a cozy candle kind of day perfect for warm drinks and pumpkin muffins. Isn’t so much of life colored by our perspective? Keep things cozy this fall and winter with creative colorful words and tasty nourishing pumpkins treats! [by Erin Vander Lugt]
In our homeschool, one of my seven-year-old daughter’s favorite classes is Cooking Class. Yes, it is a big official name for an activity that most of the time is merely her helping me make dinner. But she feels important and we DO do special cooking projects as well. Last week, she and I sat down and made a list of what foods tend to grow in autumn. She then matched up her favorite recipes with that food list and we chose five to share with you. [by Kresha Faber]
Ladies and gentlemen, it’s time to finish up our three-part series on Real Food Sports Nutrition. If you engage in an activity that works up a sweat and a craving for real food and drink, you’ve come to the right place! Is there a nutrient-dense snack bar that will refuel our loved ones during recreational or physically demanding events? Could there be more than one? Yes and yes. You can make and package your own portable snack bars with few ingredients and little time! [by Jenna Ettlich]
I have an unabashed, unadulterated, unrelenting love affair with sourdough. Once I discovered its great versatility, I started using it in everything. So in my ever-curious desire to come up with new sourdough recipes, I discovered these peanut butter and jelly sourdough pancakes. They’re very simple and they’re actually a great way to pack a PB&J sandwich to go: just use the pancakes as the bread, spread your favorite jelly or jam in between, and you’ve got a fairly tidy little sandwich. Enjoy!