Apple Carrot Muffins. GF. Vegan.

Apple Carrot Muffins. GF. Vegan.

Apple Carrot Muffins. GF. Vegan.

Shocker…. We got more snow!  I promise to limit my sarcastic comments.  In between snow blowing and shoveling… I whipped up a batch of these apple carrot muffins.  My father is super type A about keeping up with the snow – I mean the minute the blacktop of our driveway is covered – we are back out there again.  Limited kitchen time.  More outdoor time.  Well, I’m glad I’m getting some form of exercise because running or getting to my gym isn’t happening.  In fact, my gym actually closed early today.

Forties and fifties are coming next week… I’m holding out major hope here. Longest winter ever.
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Chocolate PB Banana Protein Ice Cream. Vegan.

Chocolate Banana Vegan Ice Cream.

Chocolate Banana Vegan Ice Cream.

Yep.  You “knead” this.  Chocolate banana and avocado (wait, what?????) ice cream.  Totally vegan.  Gluten free.  And yes it has an avocado in it.  Super healthy.  Totally creamy.  Actually my 16 year old had her wisdom teeth extracted last Friday and she came home from school asking for this over anything else.  YAY!  Way better than processed ice creams.  No funky ingredients you can’t pronounce.  Protein packed.  So good.  Period. End of story!
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Cashew Cream Tomato Soup. Vegan.

Cashew Cream Tomato Soup.

Cashew Cream Tomato Soup.

Oh boy it’s snowing WAIT sleeting again. I’m typing this recipe up on Sunday.  The snow started around 9am and now it’s sleeting. I’m guessing a school delay tomorrow.  This is good because my poor oldest had her wisdom teeth out and is quite swollen.  I’m sure sleeping in will be beneficial.

It’s March… so much for coming in like a lamb…. hopefully it leaves that way because it certainly came in like a lion. I know so many friends training in this weather are so tired of it.  Let’s face it, who isn’t tired of this already?  But it’s March and I’m hopeful for some warm 40 or dare-i-dream 50 degree days.  It looks like 40 degrees this weekend and pray it holds out to be true!   But for now, we dine on soup… mainly to keep us warm and sustained.  This recipe is a bit of a departure from Angela Liddon’s original tomato soup recipe.
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Seed and Nut Cinnamon Tea Granola. Vegan. Gluten free.

Super seed and nut granola.  Vegan. Gluten free.

Super seed and nut granola. Vegan. Gluten free.

Seed & Nut Cinnamon Tea Granola. Vegan. Gluten free.

I go through major cravings for granola.  Training hard, this is the perfect carb-loading & caffine for me.  It’s a great way to start the day, grab a handful for a snack or let’s face it – if you don’t have to cook for anyone and you get a day off – dinner!  This recipe is super flexible – add what nuts, seeds and tea you love and omit the ones you don’t or you don’t have readily available.  I pair this up with some cashew milk and some blueberries and I’m one happy camper.  Tons of protein, healthy fats and vitamins.  Minimal sugar and oil make this recipe even better.  I package this up and give it as gifts too.  Who doesn’t love a homemade gift?
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Almond Butter Banana Protein Ice Cream. Vegan. Gluten Free.

Almond Butter Banana Protein Ice Cream.  Vegan. Gluten Free.

Almond Butter Banana Protein Ice Cream. Vegan. Gluten Free.

Many frozen bananas + a 16 year old post wisdom teeth removal equals this recipe.  Only my daughter would be eating like a champ post surgery.  She’s dairy and gluten free and I don’t like chemical-laden frozen ice cream ingredients so I created this little dish for her.  Plus I have about 20 frozen bananas in my freezer at all times for my smoothies (I get very ripe bananas on sale, peel and freeze immediately)  I added some protein so it would help fill her up and let her stomach handle the pain meds/antibiotics a bit better.  This treat is easy to whip up and tastes so good.  You do need a powerful blender to make this recipe like a Vitamix.

Easy prep ahead and store in a tupperware container in the freezer.  This recipe made about 4 good sized servings and cost me about $3.00 or less.  No preservatives or ingredients you can’t pronounce.  It was so good she ate all of it.  I did sneak a sample before she devoured.  Happy Friday!
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Raw Meyer Lemon Mini Tarts. Vegan. Gluten Free.

Raw Meyer Lemon Tart.  Vegan. Gluten Free.

Raw Meyer Lemon Tart. Vegan. Gluten Free.

My pride and joy of gardening is my little Meyer Lemon tree that my husband bought me two years ago.  We move it outside in the summer and inside, into our sunroom, in the winter.  It produced about 11 lemons this year and as we approach the end of the season I wanted to make something special with them.  My daughter is a huge key lime pie fan so I thought I take a tart departure from that and make these for her.  Tomorrow she is having her wisdom teeth out so I wanted to make a special treat that she can enjoy this evening.

These are completely vegan and gluten free.  Packed with protein and flavor.  The weather may not be sunny and warm but these will take you to a warm tropical locale on your palate.  I hope you enjoy these as much as we do.

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Banana Peanut Butter blondies. Vegan. Gluten free.

Banana blondies.  Vegan.  Gluten free.

Banana blondies. Vegan. Gluten free.

Think of these as a banana peanut butter bread crossed with a blondie. They are super moist. Protein-packed, gluten and dairy free! They are a bit more delicate but so incredibly delicious. Perfect on-the-go breakfast, snack or dessert. My girls love these after school. Plus the protein keeps you filled till dinner.

You can also make these a bit more decadent by adding chocolate chips to the batter before baking.

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Spicy Lentil and Chickpea Veggie Soup.

Spicy Lentil and Chickpea Veggie Soup.

Spicy Lentil and Chickpea Veggie Soup by Knead to Cook.

It’s Monday again. How does your week look?  Are you optimistic or want to crawl back under the blankets?

My mind feels good but my body is having a disconnect.  More about that later.  This week is exciting and nerve-wracking all rolled up in just a few short days.  My oldest daughter receives her second varsity letter tomorrow night for swimming, very proud.  But on the flip side she is having her wisdom teeth extracted on Friday so that leaves me nervous.  Oh and add that shiny new driver’s permit to the mix and I’m concluding that I will be out of my comfort zone for a bit.  She’s learning and will be a great driver but she’s our first child to teach to drive.  I’m learning the men in my life (husband and father) have great patience with her.  Me,  I need to meditate more as my type A personality is emerging more and evidently making her nervous.  Yeah, you’re driving is making ME nervous too.  So we’re equal. Ha ha.

Today is a rest day so I’ve been working in the kitchen today.  I made a big pot of this soup and some vegan/gf coconut blondies I’ll be sharing this week.  This soup is perfect for these bone-chilling days.  Freezes great.  Packed with protein and vitamins.  Turmeric for recovery.  Packed with flavor!
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Sweet and Spicy Roasted Marcona Almonds.

Sweet and Spicy Roasted Marcona Almonds.

Sweet and Spicy Roasted Marcona Almonds.

Boy it’s been a long week.  The weather has been brutally cold. My girls actually had a delay today due to subzero temps.  My daughter celebrated her sweet 16 yesterday and she got her driving permit first thing this morning (thanks for the school delay). Exciting and a nervous time for everyone involved.  She got a 100%!  Reflecting a lot this week and trying to get my mind around where the past 16 years have gone and praying for the future.

Today I came home after school drop-off and I’m trying to plan out my long run this weekend.  One day it’s going to be snowy and colder and one day is warmer but rainy.  Ha.  I’m leaning towards Sunday.  In my plotting, I wanted to make a good snack that I can grab on my rest day that is full of protein, flavor and will give me some much needed carb-loading action.  These came out great!  Seriously addictive.  I had to walk away from them or I would eat them all.  I hope you give these a try.  Perfect alone, for a gift, atop oatmeal, salads or your favorite banana ice cream sundae.
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Oatmeal Banana Pancakes. Vegan. Gluten Free.

Oatmeal Banana Pancakes.  Vegan. Gluten Free.

Oatmeal Banana Pancakes. Vegan. Gluten Free.

These were our President’s Day sleepover breakfast.  Pancakes are always requested and well-received by our guests.  It’s also my chance to sneak in some good, healthy ingredients to fuel my family.  This recipe makes a nice big batch so you will have extras to refrigerate for easy morning breakfasts on-the-go.  Love these for the weekend too or perfect if you’re hosting a brunch.

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