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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Roasted Rainbow Brussels Sprouts Made With Palm Oil

This dish is so pretty and healthy

  Now that the weather is cold, I have been working out at the gym more. My favorite machine to use at the gym is the elliptical machine as is works out my whole body and feels like running to me. I like that this exercise machine has a TV connected to it so I can watch the Cooking Channel as I get my workout in. Lately, The Pioneer Woman has been the show that I have been watching as I get my miles and minutes in. I have been enjoying her holiday recipes for inspiration on what to cook. The week before Thanksgiving, she was making a Brussel sprout dish that looked so delicious so I knew that I had to create this recipe as I love Brussel sprouts. Her dish was also so pretty with the different colors. I looked up The Pioneer Woman's recipe on her website when I got home from the gym and then made some modifications to the recipe. I substituted palm oil for the olive oil and it gave the dish a nice buttery taste as well as extra health benefits. I made these Brussel Sprouts for Thanksgiving and they were so delicious. I think Brussel sprouts are my favorite vegetable. My husband loves when I make Maple Roasted Brussels sprouts for dinner.

Palm oil comes from the fruit of the oil palm tree

  I discovered palm oil at a conference that I went to last month and I really loved the way it tasted on popcorn. So I have been experimenting with the oil in my cooking and baking. Palm oil has a nice orange color to it so while it makes my popcorn beautiful it did not work in my chocolate chip cookie recipe that well. The cookies tasted great but I did not care for the orange color that they had. So for now, I will just be using palm oil in recipes other than baked goods. I really like the buttery taste that the palm oil gives to my food and the health benefits are pretty amazing too. Palm oil has a natural source of Carotenoids & Vitamin E as well as fatty acids and other important fat-soluble micronutrients. I have found that palm oil is great for sauteing and when I make eggs.

I learned a new way to make a balsamic glaze

 Watching the Pioneer Woman has had other benefits as I learned a new way to make a balsamic glaze that does not involve me getting a second-degree burn. The last time I a reduced balsamic vinegar to a glaze, I splatter a drop on my thumb when I tried to pour it into a bowl. That drop formed a nice blister that hurt so much and took 2 weeks to heal. So I like the recipe from the Pioneer Woman's website as she uses plum or peach preserves along with brown sugar and the balsamic vinegar. This results in a glaze that does not harden so I can let it cool down and avoid burning myself.

Cutting the butternut squash is so simple

Step 1: cut off the ends

 Step 2: cut the squash in half and scoop out the seeds

Step 3: peel off the skin, cut the squash into strips, and cut into chunks.

Then peel and cut the onion into pieces. 

Slice off the ends of the Brussels Sprouts and then slice in half.

Roasted Rainbow Brussels Sprouts 


1-1/2 pound Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved
1 whole small butternut squash, peeled and cubed
1 whole large red onions, peeled and cut into wedges
2 tablespoons palm oil
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1/4 balsamic glaze- see recipe below

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.

1. Place the vegetables in a bowl with the palm oil and stir them to coat well with the oil. Stir in the salt, pepper, and rosemary.
2. Spread the vegetables on an oiled baking sheet or one that is covered with a silicone sheet.
3. Roast for 25 minutes or until slightly brown.
4. Remove from the oven and place in serving bowl and sprinkle the dried cranberries on top. Drizzle the balsamic glaze over the veggies.
  Serve immediately for best flavor.

Balsamic Glaze
1 cup balsamic vinegar
1 jar (15 Ounces) peach preserves
2 tablespoons brown sugar

In a blender, puree the balsamic vinegar, peach preserves, and brown sugar until smooth. Pour into small to medium saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Turn the heat to simmer and cook until the mixture has reduced by half. It should be fairly thick and will thicken further as it cools. Remove from heat and pour into a heatproof bowl. Drizzle about half or more depending on your preference, of the glaze over the Brussels Sprouts. The rest of the glaze can be stored in the fridge after it cools down. To use the glaze in another dish it may need to be warmed up. This glaze is also wonderful on pizza or a sandwich. The Pioneer Woman used it over tomatoes, basil, and mozzarella cheese.

Monday, December 10, 2018

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Disclosure: This Post has been sponsored by Savings.com. However, all opinions expressed are my own.

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Saturday, December 8, 2018

Dairy Free Chocolate Pretzel Pie

This pie is so creamy and chocolate!

They could not even tell it was dairy-free.

 My family loves chocolate pie and every year that is what I make at Thanksgiving instead of pumpkin pie. My family already enjoys pumpkin pie in October as that is what my teen wants for his birthday instead of cake. This chocolate pie tradition started back in 2013 when I made this creamy mint chocolate pie. This year things were different as I discovered that a milk allergy was the cause of my severe asthma symptoms so that meant that I was not able to make my families favorite pie. I really wanted to but I knew that I could not resist tasting it. I made that mistake when I made a buttercream frosting last month for my other son's birthday and I coughed all night. So I had to find a recipe for a dairy-free chocolate pie that my family and I could enjoy. I came across several online that were gluten-free and dairy-free but I can have wheat so there was no need to make it gluten-free. So I made some modifications and made a delicious pie that my family enjoyed. They could not even tell it was dairy-free. This is a pie that vegan lovers will enjoy.

Pretzels and chocolate come together for an amazing taste!

 My delicious creamy chocolate pie has a crust that is made from crushed pretzels. The salt in the pretzels just add wonderful flavor to the chocolate pie, think salted chocolate! I used dairy-free chocolate chips along with coconut milk and that gave this pie amazing flavor. Who knew that coconut milk could turn dark chocolate chips into dairy-free milk chocolate chips. The chocolate chips that I used were from Enjoy Life. I wanted to use Nestle Toll House Simply Delicious Morsels but they are hard to find in the stores. I have only seen them once at Target but that store is far away from my house. The Nestle Toll House chips are my favorite and I need to stock up on them next time I find them. These chocolate chips are allergy friendly and made for people who follow a vegan diet. You can even make this delicious pie gluten-free by using gluten-free pretzels.

You will have a hard time believing this creamy chocolate pie is dairy free

  This creamy chocolate pie did take a while to make but it was so worth it. I have already made this pie two times as my family loves it. I so thought that it being dairy-free would keep them from eating the chocolate pie but nope, once the pie is made it is gone in two days after everyone eats 2 slices. This pie also tastes great with dairy-free whip topping. For Thanksgiving, I was able to find a coconut whip topping in a spray can made by Silk but when I went back to the store after the holidays, the store had none left. So I only put regular whip topping on individual pieces of pie instead of the whole pie. My family has already requested that I make this pie at Christmas and I will be doing just that but will have to use coconut milk for the almond milk as my daughter has a nut allergy. I may also add a peppermint taste to this pie with pure peppermint extract. I am glad that my daughter lives on her own as her nut allergy and my milk allergy can be challenging when we eat out.

Chocolate and salt make an amazing taste-think salted chocolate

Dairy Free Chocolate Pretzel Pie

3 1/2 cups pretzels crushed into small pieces
1/4 cup brown sugar
6 tablespoons vegan butter, melted

1/3 cup dairy-free chocolate chips
2 teaspoons coconut oil

1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/2 cup sugar
pinch of salt
1 (13.5oz) canned (not boxed) coconut milk
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
2/3 cup dairy-free chocolate chips
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tablespoon vegan butter


1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Lightly grease a 9-inch pie pan with cooking spray.
2. Place the pretzels in a large bowl and crush into small pieces with a potato masher. Pour into a bowl and add the brown sugar and vegan butter. Stir to combine.
3. Pour into the prepared pan and press into an even layer. Bake for 10-12 minutes until toasted. Let cool for 15-20 minutes before filling with the ganache.

Melt the chocolate and coconut oil together in the microwave at 50% power for 30-45 seconds, stopping to stir every 15 seconds. Stir until totally smooth. Pour and spread over the bottom of the prepared crust. Let it set slightly before adding the pudding, about 30 minutes.

1. In a heavy-bottomed saucepan, whisk together the cocoa powder, cornstarch, sugar, and pinch of salt. Over medium heat while whisking, add the coconut milk and almond milk. Whisk until totally smooth. Continue to whisk until the mixture comes to a gentle boil. One the mixture bubbles continue to whisk and cook for another 2 minutes until thick. Remove from the heat and stir in the chocolate chips, vanilla, and vegan butter. Set the pan aside and let it cool to room temperature.

2. Pour the pudding into the crust. Smooth, then refrigerate until set, about 2 hours or up to 12 hours.

Top with dairy-free whip topping if desired and or additional pretzels.

Friday, December 7, 2018

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