Vanilla Extract Substitute – Toasted Vanilla Powder

Need a vanilla extract substitute? Vanilla Powder is the perfect thing. This Toasted Vanilla Powder is easy to make and makes a great homemade gift as well. Just use 1/4 - 1/2 tsp vanilla powder for each tsp of vanilla in your recipes that call for vanilla.

Having easy substitutes for kitchen staples is one of the best ways I know to save money on your grocery budget. I already use Powdered Egg Replacer, DIY Powdered Sugar, Easiest Coconut Milk, Easiest Almond Milk, Rice Milk, Coffee Substitute and more. But a vanilla extract substitute is something that I have only used straight vanilla beans for in the past (without really knowing what I was doing ...Read The Full Post

Our Family’s Favorite Spice Blend – Chat Masala

Like making your own spice blends? This Chat Masala Indian Seasoning Blend is our favorite spice mix - hands down. It goes great on almost anything from meats to beans and rice to veggies, salads and pastas. And the recipe was a mistake that turned out GREAT!

I just love making homemade seasoning blends like my Taco Seasoning, Best Basic Chili Powder, Cinnamon Sugar, Dorito Seasoning, Herbes de Provence, and Vegetable Broth Mix. But this one, Chat Masala is hands down our family's favorite. In fact, I haven't made it for a long long time, since we had a bunch of spices given to use that I wanted to use up, and my husband has been begging for it for ...Read The Full Post

Easy Pumpkin Custard – paleo, low carb, vegan option

Love Pumpkin Everything? This Easy Pumpkin Custard is Low Carb, Paleo, Vegan, and AIP Friendly. Loaded with great nutrition, it's the perfect Pumpkin Pie flavor for all kinds of special diets. I have to make multiple batches because my kids devour this in no time! (well, I help a little :).)

I love pumpkin.  I mean, really.  I've already got Pumpkin Snickerdoodles, Soft Pumpkin Cookies, Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice, Dairy free Pumpkin Spice Creamer, and a roundup of Healthy Pumpkin Recipes on my site, and I've got a Pumpkin Chia Pudding that I need to share.  But I am really excited to share this Pumpkin Custard Recipe with you today. I saw this recipe a few weeks ago, and was ...Read The Full Post

Spicy Olive Hummus

Spicy Olive Hummus Recipe - Easy to make and great as a dip for veggies and chips, or as a spread on flatbreads, wraps, or sandwiches.

{Whenever we make hummus I have to make a HUGE amount because of how much we love it.  I have a Savory Hummus and Pizza Dip / Pizza Hummus recipe that we already adore, but now I am thrilled to have Debra Worth of Worth Cooking's recipe for Spicy Olive Hummus since we are big olive fans too -- what a treat! I can't wait to dip our Green Bean Chips or Focaccia Flax Bread in this!} As far as I am ...Read The Full Post

Make Your Own Probiotics – Easy Homemade Sauerkraut

Did you know that Fermented Foods like Sauerkraut is a great way to get the health benefits of probiotics? You can easily make this Super Easy Sauerkraut at home and have your own homemade probiotics for a fraction of the cost that buying supplements would be. Healthier wallet - healthier you!

Though this is health blog, you might have noticed that I don't have fermented foods on my blog, but that is going to be changing. Probiotics are super important for good gut health, but they can be pricey. Fermented foods are a great way to get good bacteria into your gut, and this easy homemade sauerkraut recipe is just the thing to empower you to do this yourself. I've been meaning to make some ...Read The Full Post

Can’t Stop Eating ‘Em Crispy Green Bean Chips

Crispy Green Bean Chips

I love finding ways to get more veggies into my kids--they can dip veggies into this dairy free pizza dip, dairy free ranch dip, or savory hummus, and they also love these kale chips and easy sun dried tomatoes for snacking on. However, now we have a new favorite in our household, these Crispy Green Bean Crisps. Veggie Chips are all the rage among "healthy snack seekers" but they are pretty ...Read The Full Post

Stop Your Garlic from Rotting – Easy Homemade Granulated Garlic

Easy Homemade Granulated Garlic - Tired of garlic going bad on you? Use this simple method to make granulated garlic and stop wasting money and food!

{Making your own kitchen staples is one of the best ways I know to save money on whole foods, and this homemade granulated garlic is a case in point.  I already make my own Easiest Coconut Milk, Easiest Almond Milk, Aluminum & Corn-free Baking Powder, Easy Vegan Condensed Milk, Powdered Sugar Substitute and Liquid Stevia Drops, but granulated garlic is one thing that I have not made yet.  I ...Read The Full Post

Allergy-Free Ranch Dressing – dairy, egg, and nut free

Homemade Ranch Dressing Recipe - dairy-free

{I've been making my own salad dressings for years--either the Moroccan Vinaigrette, this "5 Way" Salad Dressing, or our 5 Ingredient Salad Dressing are always on our table. However, I haven't perfected a ranch dressing recipe yet - mainly due to our food allergies.  Thanks to Debra Worth from Worth Cooking, I've got a recipe now :).  Plus, her Balsamic Cherry Dressing is calling my name ...Read The Full Post

“Temaki” – Easy Grain-Free Sushi

Easy Grain-free sushi recipe - Make this temaki sushi - great for a family dinner or for a large party

{Our family loves ethnic foods.  And some of our favorites are on this blog - Pakistani Kima (ground beef curry), Moroccan Carrots, Moroccan Vinaigrette and Chat Masala, my version an Indian spice that goes great with almost anything. I lived in Japan for a year and sushi was one of the foods I was treated to frequently.  I'm thrilled that now to have a grain-free sushi recipe that fits ...Read The Full Post

Easy Chocolate Avocado Truffles with a Kick – paleo & vegan

Looking for a healthy sweet treat? This Chocolate Truffle Recipe is full of healthy ingredients like avocado, and is sugar free and dairy free too. They come together in a flash and are decadent enough for gift giving (if you don't eat them all yourself!)

I'm so excited to share this chocolate truffle recipe with you all today.  It's easy and sooo delicious - even my "I don't like chocolate" hubby was swooning over them. Plus it's a super easy dessert so you can pull it together quickly to bless your family, someone you love, or just make an indulgence for yourself. I do. I have 3 truffle recipes on my blog already. But that clearly ...Read The Full Post