Dark Chocolate Clusters {No-Bake}

Dark Chocolate Clusters

Dark chocolate clusters are what I make when I’m looking for a sweet treat but something that’s not too naughty. They are delicious and so easy to make using simple ingredients.

With these little clusters of bliss, you really only need two ingredients – nuts and chocolate. Whatever nuts you have on hand will do fine, although some work better than others. I use mainly walnuts with almonds and then top the dark chocolate with pumpkin seeds. One variation is to add dried cherries. Mmm.

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

Pumpkin pie smoothie is my favorite smoothie to make during fall. And pumpkin has been on my mind lately. A  l o t.

I love this smoothie so much that I always make it a point to stock up on cans of unsweetened pumpkin during the fall season so I can enjoy pumpkin pie smoothies year round, because once fall passes they no longer stock the shelves with this heavenly orange goodness.

With the Thanksgiving holiday coming up, I thought I’d share something I came across recently.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites

These Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites are delicious and addicting. Beware!

Who doesn’t love raw cookie dough? Something about the chewy, moist texture and pronounced flavors that make the dough too tempting … mmm.

I’m bringing the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites to an upcoming Holiday Cookie Exchange and I couldn’t be more excited. But I wanted to share them with you too because they’re not only delicious, they’re easy to make {no-bake} and use natural ingredients. What’s not to love?

Hope you enjoy them!

Trish’s Pick: Full Circle & Giveaway!

Full Circle Giveaway for Bay Area

Full Circle Giveaway for Bay Area friends begins today!

Organic produce just got a whole lot easier. Have you heard of FULL CIRCLE FARMS? In a nutshell, they’re an organic produce delivery company. They bring the best in farm-fresh, locally-sourced, and sustainably-grown fruits, veggies and all-natural artisan products directly to your door. Full Circle values organic and sustainable farming, transparency, and access to healthy food for everyone.

Trish’s Pick: Naturebox & Giveaway!

Naturebox Giveaway

Naturebox Giveaway begins today! One lucky winner has a box of delicious, healthy snacks coming their way!

Have you heard of Naturebox? In a nutshell, Naturebox is a company that creates nutritious snacks and sends them to you every month. It is their mission to help you and your family eat healthier and make healthy snacking more accessible. They are working to soon launch customized boxes for various dietary needs, preferences, and sizes depending on you or your family’s needs.

Fiesta Black Bean Quinoa Roll-Up Tacos

Fiesta Roll Up Tacos

Fiesta Black Bean Quinoa Roll-Up Tacos make a simple weeknight meal for the whole family.

I tried this dish out for one of my cooking classes and it was a hit. I needed something healthy, plant-based, and popular with the kids.

This yummy dish is simple and naturally delicious. I cut down on the fat that traditional tacos typically have by swapping ground beef for a spicy black bean quinoa mixture.

Romesco Sauce {Spicy Almond Sauce}

Romesco Sauce

Romesco sauce is a popular sauce originally from Spain made from red peppers. Have you ever tried it? If not, you must.

I had not tried romesco until I tasted it at a cafe I frequent. It was to die for. I must have sampled it three or four times before I finally gave in and asked the cook which ingredients made up this heavenly sauce. With a smirk he says to me, “secret ingredients.” I flashed a polite smile … grrrr. After begging the cook to tell one ingredient it contained, he finally told me it’s almond-based.

Creamy Avocado Pesto

Creamy Avocado Pesto
Avocado pesto is definitely a treat.

With basil and pine nuts, the avocado pesto lends itself to classic pesto flavors with a twist. The first part of the twist is it’s packed with fiber-boosting broccoli that you can’t even taste. Secondly, it’s oil free yet still rich and creamy thanks to the avocado, which brings all the flavors together and adds a wonderful silky green color and texture.

Cauliflower Crust Pizza

Cauliflower Crust Pizza

I adore pizza. As a born and bred Jersey girl, I’m used to a thin crust. But it’s actually pretty hard to find good thin crust pizza, even here in foodie-friendly San Francisco.  Although this recipe is not a traditional thin crust pizza, it is a thin, cheesy cauliflower crust pizza. And it’s delicious.

Crispy Parsnip Chips

Parsnip Chips

Parsnip chips or just plain parsnips were not part of my diet growing up. But as an Irish American lady, I do love my root vegetables. I’m happy to say parsnips are part of my diet now. And these starchy carbs provide a great source of energy for me before long runs or bike rides around the San Francisco Bay Area.

Simple Flourless Chocolate Cake

Flourless Chocolate Cake

I was sent home from the Napa conference at the Culinary Institute of America with a plethora of recipes. As I was paging through some materials from the Bean Institute and a couple of other bean associations, I came across a recipe similar to the one below – a chocolate cake based on chickpeas.

No-Bake Cherry Power Balls

No-Bake Cherry Power Balls

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