Posts Tagged ‘Tasty Tuesday’

Tasty Tuesday: Banana Chips

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

I have a friend going through a pretty strict elimination diet right now as she is trying to heal her body from some on-going health issues she has struggled with for a long time. It’s been hard on her but I commend her commitment to it; plus in a very short time she has had some incredible results!

I kept trying to come up with something I could make for her to 1) help expand her limited food choices a little bit and 2) help her discover new, exciting foods. However a vast majority of what I eat was on her no-no list. Bummer! I definitely like a challenge when it comes to alternative diets, conscious eating, and healthy ingredient substitution. After much thought I came up with something. Eureka!! Banana Chips to the rescue!

Banana chips are super easy to make. If you have a food dehydrator you could make them in there. I however don’t have one (crazy, I know…although I do like to keep things simple in the kitchen appliance department…well actually in life in general 🙂 ) You can easily make banana chips (and many other recipes that typically use a dehydrator) in your oven at a very low temp. I once borrowed a food dehydrator from a friend to experiment with to see if I wanted to invest in one; turns out I actually prefer the low temp oven method for most things.

Oh and if you plan to make a batch to give to a friend, you will probably need to hide them from your kids…just saying. I have learned that if I make something into “chips” (kale, sweet potatoes, apples, etc) my kids will automatically think it is an amazing and delicious snack…and devour it shortly after it comes out of the oven. This particular snack takes 3 hours to bake in the oven, so it is not exactly easy to whip out another batch if your kids happen to eat the first batch. In other words, you might consider doubling the recipe. 🙂


4 bananas, peeled

1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

sprinkle of cinnamon to taste


Preheat oven to 200 degrees.

Slice bananas into 1/4 inch thick discs. Sprinkle or brush banana slices with lemon juice. Sprinkle with cinnamon (optional).

Place banana slices onto parchment paper lined baking sheet. Bake for approximately 3 hours.

Remove banana slices and allow to cool. They will crisp/harden as they cool.

Viola! Homemade banana chips. Enjoy!!




Tasty Tuesday: Pizookie

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

Have you ever had a pizookie? My family only recently discovered the joy of pizookies! 🙂 What IS a pizookie you want to know? Well besides being a super fun word to say, it’s a cookie dessert that is shaped like a pizza…hence the name “Pizookie”.

When my kids learned about pizookies they of course wanted to try one. So after a little experimentation we came up with a homemade vegan version that got rave reviews from all three boys.

While this is by no means a healthy recipe, it’s certainly nice to have a few decadent dessert options in the ol’ recipe collection. Also *if* you are going to have a dessert, it’s usually much tastier and healthier when it’s homemade. Plus baking is just plain fun to do! 🙂


1/2 cup coconut oil (liquid, but not warm)

1 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup milk of choice (almond, coconut, rice, soy, etc)

1 tablespoon vanilla

2 cups of flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup vegan chocolate chips

vanilla ice cream of choice (we like this brand)


Preheat oven to 375. Cream together oil and sugar. Mix in milk and vanilla. Set aside. Mix dry ingredients together. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix thoroughly. Stir in chocolate chips. Transfer dough to lightly greased pie pan and bake for approximately 15 minutes. Another fun idea is to bake the dough in cupcake pans (lightly greased with no liner) for mini individual sized pizaookies. My boys LOVED these. Allow pizookie to cool slightly before serving but not too much. You  definitely want the vanilla ice cream to ooze over the warm pizookie while eating it. YUM!

Take that fancy restaurant pizaookie! Delicious, homemade pizookies for a fraction of the cost and with far less questionable ingredients. 🙂



Tasty Tuesday: Ginger Broth

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

We have had a bout of a yucky tummy bug through our house the past several days. Unfortunately I seem to have gotten it the worst. It’s definitely hard on a family when mama is sick. 🙁

Thankfully my hubby will quickly step up to the plate if and when needed. Such has been the case this go-around as he has somehow managed to escape this yucky bug. He has been truly awesome this past week and I needed to give him a public shout-out: Thanks honey! 🙂

I don’t get sick too often but whenever I do hubby makes me this very simple ginger broth. In addition to the delicious flavor, the ginger helps settle an upset tummy while the garlic boosts your immune system. Plus the Bragg’s Liquid Aminos helps keep up those electrolytes.

While making it your house will be filled with yummy smells. Upon drinking it you will be filled with warmth and comfort. In fact I am enjoying a cup at this very moment as I type this out to share with you.


2 cups of water

1 inch slice of fresh ginger, peeled and sliced

1 clove of garlic, peeled and cut in half

1.5 tablespoons of Bragg’s Liquid Aminos


Add all ingredients in a small pot and boil for 6 to 8 minutes.



Tasty Tuesday: Breakfast Pumpkin Smoothie

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

People often ask me what I eat for breakfast before going on a run. One of my current favorites breakfasts has been a Pumpkin Smoothie*. It’s hearty enough to fuel a long run, but goes down quick and easy. While it’s vegan and gluten-free, it’s certainly not lacking in nutrients or flavor. Check it out!



1 cup of almond milk

1/4 cup rolled oats

2 tablespoons chia seed gel (basically chia seeds soaked in water; awesome fuel for any activity!)

1/2 cup canned pumpkin

1/2 frozen banana (I pre-peel bananas, cut them in half, and place in small baggies to freeze. They are ready to pop in a smoothie straight from the freezer)

2 dates, pitted

1 tablepoon maple syrup

generous sprinkle of cinnamon

dash of giner and nutmeg

3 ice cubes


Soak oats in almond milk for at least 1 hour in the refrigerator. (Quick Tip: I usually soak mine right before bed time so they are ready to right when I wake up). Add all ingredients into blender and blend on high until creamy and smooth.

YUM! I really look forward to waking up to this smoothie. It’s sooo good!!


*Adapted from Oh She Glows 

Tasty Tuesday: Fun Kid’s Recipe Gets a Healthy Makeover

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

Lately my boys (especially my 6 year old) have been enjoying the Nate the Great book series. At the end of each book are fun facts and activities related to the story. Jeremiah asked me if we could make these Octopus Pops he found in the back of one of his Nate the Great books.

Looking at the instructions I was not too eager to make them…the ingredients were juice and candy sugar and sugar. But then I thought I bet I could come up with a healthier version. So here’s what we did instead.

In place of buying fruit juice at the store we juiced 3 organic apples in our juicer.

That was simple. It was the 8 octopus arms I was unsure of how to make. I looked for organic gummy worms at our local health store. While they did actually sell some, they were very expensive and full of sugar just the same. Plus they were too short and stubby to work well for this project. Then I found these

and decided they would make perfect arms for our octopus pops! They are made of fruit and veggies with no added sugar or dyes. Plus they were only .39cents each AND were on sale “buy one, get one free”.  Total score!

The instructions are super easy:

1. Pour juice in small paper cups

2. Place 8 fruit strips in each cup, lining them around the edge

3. Place in freezer

4. After a few hours, put a popsicle stick in each cup

5. When frozen solid, remove from freezer, tear off cup, and viola…Octopus Pops!

We had fun making them together (well except for the part where the kids opened the freezer like every 5 minutes to check if they were done…that wasn’t too much fun) and of course the boys enjoyed eating them.

This project got me thinking about a few popular kids treats that could definitely use makeovers. One that immediately came to mind was “Dirt Cups“.  I am sure you know the ones I am talking about…they are made with pudding, whip cream, crushed cookies, and gummy worms….eewww! Just thinking about consuming all of that makes my tummy hurt. I definitely think I can do a Dirt Cup makeover using healthier ingredients. Actually one of the main ingredients I have in mind is mashed potatoes…yep, I am serious! I am going to play with it this week and hopefully have it ready to share by next week.

In the meantime hopefully my kidlets enjoy being my taste testers. 🙂

What recipes have you given a healthy makeover? Or what recipes would you like to see made over? Would love to hear from you! 🙂