For some Thanksgiving is only about dinner, for others (such as myself) Thanksgiving is about the food all day long – including breakfast. Yes, I like to have a little different/special breakfast on Thanksgiving, maybe I am weird. Usually I like to make pumpkin waffles (I should post my recipe for that), but this Caramel Apple French Toast might beat out my pumpkin tradition. It is so good, and my husband is a huge fan – he is super weird and doesn’t like pumpkin waffles (what the what?).
This recipe is a refinement of a recipe that I have had for years. I switched out white bread for whole wheat bread, traded corn syrup for natural sweeteners, and significantly decreased the overall sugar (don’t worry, it is still insanely delicious). It is the perfect example of how healthier versions of your favorite foods still taste good.
If I were a cartoon character, the fantasy side of me hopes I would be considered a beautiful princess such as Elsa, Rapunzel, Aurora, etc. (all of my little girl’s icons)…but the reality is I would really be more like Cookie Monster. Not because I look like a blue hairy monster (although, sometimes I could compete with that look :), it’s more because I LOVE cookies, and hate wearing super fancy dresses. Cookies are my favorite type of treat. I have always said I would include fresh baked cookies with my “last” meal. Cookies have also always been a weakness of mine. I could pass on ice cream any day of the week, but I swear homemade or bakery style cookies call my name, asking me to eat them!
As you can imagine, with my love of cookies, I am not going to waste me time on a bad tasting cookie – healthy or not….and I have just found my new FAVORITE cookies. Seriously, these Salted Dark Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies are to.die.for (obviously not literally)!!! I made a batch of them, and am embarrassed to admit how many I ate – so I won’t :). They are also grain free, gluten free, vegan, paleo friendly, and free of refined sugar, and I promise you will have no idea. I know, I know it sounds way too good to be true, but I assure you it is true, and I wouldn’t lie to you.
Yesterday was exhausting! My little guy has been sick, and I was running on no sleep – such is the life of a mom with young kids. Anyways, right onto what I ate… remember to stop by Peas and Crayons for some healthy meals inspiration.
My new favorite breakfast. Scrambled eggs and an apple. It keeps me surprisingly full all morning long, and taste fabulous.
A Perfect Foods was my morning snack.
This is a recycled pictures (most of the pictures are), but I had a salad with grilled chicken and store bought poppyseed dressing (I am out of my homemade dressing, so I had to use what I had on hand).
Dinner was a couple of new recipes I have been working on. Whole Grains and Veggies Stuffing and Balsamic Glazed Pork Tenderloin. Both are super yummy (recipes coming soon)
My evening snack was a protein shake – Plant Fusion protein powder, cocoa powder, almond milk, stevia, and ice
If I had to choose a favorite squash, it would hands down be butternut squash. Acorn squash would be second, but nothing beats butternut squash – I simply love it, and Thanksgiving seems like the perfect excuse to serve up some delicious squash – is it not? Well, I think it is, but full disclosure…I serve up butternut squash all the time, I don’t need an excuse :).
Thanksgiving or not you have got to try this Roasted Butternut Squash and Cranberries recipe. The sweetness of the squash really comes out when it is roasted, and the tart cranberries, creamy goat cheese, and crunchy almonds come together for complete wedding bliss inside your mouth! Seriously, I think I hear wedding bells when I eat this squash :)! I have made this 3 times in the last 3 weeks, I seriously can’t get enough of it, and the leftovers are just as good the next day or two after.
Is anyone else trying to figure out how it is already the middle of Nov. and how Thanksgiving is next week? I know time goes by fast, but these past two weeks have gone by especially fast. It must be because we were out-of-town for a week, it has messed up my entire month :).
Since Thanksgiving is a week and a half away, it is time to start getting serious about narrowing down a dinner menu for the big feast….I would love to make all of the delicious dishes that I see on other food blogs and all over Pinterest, but that is just not practical, let alone possible…so I thought I would post some of my favorite healthy twists on the classic holiday dishes. Which is exactly what this post is. These super simple Mashed Sweet Potatoes are a tasty and much healthier alternative to traditional candied yams. They are even a more nutrient dense alternative to traditional mashed potatoes, if that is what you are looking for. They are also super simple to make, calling for only 4 ingredients, so you can spend your time on the most important part of Thanksgiving Dinner…the dessert!