I gotta admit, I’m not a pecan pie kinda girl.
Never have been. And it never will be even in my Top 5 of pies (which are as follows: blackberry, chocolate, pumpkin, key lime, and coconut).
However, living in a state that loves itself some pecans AND being married to a man who loves himself some pecan pie, I’ve been forced to warm up to the idea of pecan pie.
While I may have already offended 75% of y’all by sharing the fact that I don’t pursue pecan pie on dessert menus and at bakeries, let me at least defend myself:
So, as Thanksgiving approaches and I started wracking my little health foodie brain about desserts that may please y’alls palates, pecan pie inevitably came to mind.
And if I’ve gotta experiment and tinker and finagle in the kitchen with a dessert, it better be one I actually enjoy.
Then it struck me…
I like chocolate pie. I like coconut pie. What IF they got friendly with pecan pie….
And thus, German Chocolate Pecan Pie was born.
And what a gorgeous baby this one sure is (and that means something coming from someone who has a rather ridiculously adorable child…)
I’m confident this pie is EXACTLY what your Thanksgiving and Christmas dessert table needs.
I say Thanksgiving and Christmas because once you make it on Turkey Day your friends and family will be begging you to make it again for Christmas.
So let’s just go ahead and plan to make it for both holidays, cool?
Happy Pumpkin Tuesday, y’all!
And boy, oh boy, do I have a winner today.
Pumpkin flatbread (we’re calling it that cause it sounds faaaar more sophisticated to your holidays guests than pizza) topped with crunchy, salty, sweet, and smoky bits of joy.
Now, before you roll your eyes and think to yourself, “Michelle, I’m not stinkin Martha Stewart. I can’t pull off a show-stopping party stunner like that.”
You stop that negative talk right now. Because guess what?
You can pull off this flatbread without even breaking a sweat thanks to:
Yup, this make-ahead marvel will not only wow your guests tastebuds but it will keep everyone’s waistlines in check thanks to no gluten, no dairy, and no soy (yup, a lot of storebought pizza crusts sneak soy into them).
So come next week or even in weeks to come, rethink those traditional appetizers (I’m talking to you goopy, mayonnaise-loaded dip and sad bowl of cashews) with an impressive app that’s easy, healthy, and make-ahead friendly.
Oh, and it just so happens to be DELICIOUS!
Y'all-pumpkin+rosemary+bourbon+bacon+ brussel sprouts.
That’s a winner without even trying.
With Thanksgiving right around the corner, I’m trying to keep in mind that y’all may be in need of some healthier side dishes to throw on the table amidst Aunt Betty’s goopy green bean casserole and GramGram’s bacon mac and cheese.
Sure, I recommend embracing paleo imperfection and living a little on Thanksgiving and not sweating the calories or carbs or whatever.
But I know for many of y’all, if you go too wild and crazy on that cornbread stuffing, you’re gonna have serious repercussions within an hour of so after the plates are cleaned.
Which is why I’m kicking off my Festive Paleo Recipes for the Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year holidays.
That way, y’all have a repertoire of healthier items to make and share with your loved ones at these get togethers and gatherings that you know won’t make you feel like doodoo.
So I’m starting with one of my tried and true favorites that I’ve been serving at my house to Mr. HHT for years- Mashed Cauliflower.
4 simple ingredients. 100% effortless cooking.
Just what you need in your back pocket come holiday season.
While I’m not one for loads of desserts or treats to be laying around my house, I do know that the season of a little extra indulgence here and there is upon us…
Halloween, I’d argue, is the official kickoff…it’s a day where you celebrate it by eating free candy, for crying out loud!
If that’s not indulgent, I don’t know what is.
With that said, I’m bearing the cumbersome burden of sharing at least 1 Paleo and vegan (or vegan-adaptable) treat recipe a week from now until New Year’s so y’all have an arsenal of nutritionally redeeming recipes to tap into for those Thanksgiving lunches, tacky Christmas sweater parties, Christmas cookie swaps, and so on…
To today, I’ve got a kid-friendly treat that is
Yup, we’re recreating that fall favorite- the caramel apple- just in a healthier, bite-sized way today!
So sometimes, when I’m in the big city of Dallas, and sometimes= nearly always, I gotta hit up my old stomping grounds.
The Park Cities YMCA.
But, when I have the time, I go back to where I’ve spent many a Saturday morning or afternoon or, heck, even evening, Sprouts Farmer’s Market.
If you’ve never set foot in a Sprouts, I’m genuinely sorry for you. While they’re currently only open in 15 states in the southeast+southwest+west coast, they’re slowly expanding.
What’s it like in a Sprouts?
It’s kinda a mashup between Trader Joe’s (loads of seasonal produce and items+solid storebrand items) and Whole Foods (health food galore).
When I lived in Dallas, it was my weekly stock-up spot due to its reasonable prices and fantastic selection of meats, produce, dairy, and bulk bin selection.
Clearly, I pushed McNugget's limits in there, because he was wiped out by the end of our time in there...plus it was nearly his dinnertime
Curious if you have one near you? Head over to their location page to investigate by clicking here.
Got one nearby?
Then here’s what you gotta go toss in your card today!
Happy Pumpkin Tuesday, you love nugget!
No worries. Just because Halloween has come and gone does NOT mean Pumpkinpalooza 2017 has come to an end.
In fact, we’re gonna keep gettin our pumpkin on for the rest of November. Thanksgiving, after all, is a pumpkinrrific holiday, too.
So today we’re kicking off the week with a recipe that is going to put more moolah in your wallets while keeping your body fueled and taste buds giddy.
Yes, my friends, I have taken on the challenge of recreating one of my favorite fall snacks- the Pumpkin RX bar- for a fraction of the price while maintaining all of the pumpkin spice goodness you love about the store bought version.
Just like my homemade Mango RX bars I shared with y’all a few weeks ago, these require only a few wholesome ingredients and about 2 minutes of food processor action.
No sugar. No preservatives. No soy. No dairy. No gluten.
Just lean, mean, pumpkin fun.
Perfect for anyone who leads a Paleo OR vegan OR Whole 30 OR budgeted OR pumpkin-obsessed lifestyle!
Which, I imagine, is most of y'all...so let's get to it!
Healthy Happy Texan
I'm a Foodie, Fitness Instructor, and Follower of Christ. Add a passion for teaching others, dark chocolate, bacon, and dogs -- and that's me in a box.
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