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Gluten-Free Lemon Poppy Seed Bread

Gluten-Free Lemon Poppy Seed Bread is a delicious treat. It also makes a wonderful gift. 

Gluten-Free Lemon Poppy Seed Bread, Great Christmas Gift

I have always loved to bake during the holidays. It is comforting when my kitchen is heavy with lingering scents of freshly made loaves of bread and pies. While I love traditional flavors like pumpkin, I also enjoy bringing unique dishes to the holiday parties. Ever been in the situation where there are 15 pumpkin pies at the office party?


Since going gluten-free last year (per doctor’s orders) it has been harder for me to enjoy baking.  However, this year its a bit easier. After some practice, I am able to approach the holidays armed with some of my favorite recipes modified to be full of gluten-free deliciousness. Here is one of my favorites.

Gluten-Free Lemon Poppy Seed Bread

Gluten-Free Lemon Poppy Seed Bread, Great Christmas Gift

Ingredients 

  • 1 ½ cups gluten-free flour baking blend (I often use Pamela’s or Bob Mills)
  • 1 ¼ cups sugar
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tbsp. poppy seeds
  • ¾ cup organic milk (can substitute a milk alternative if preferred)
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 large organic eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 heaping tbsp. freshly grated lemon zest

Lemon glaze:

  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice or concentrate from the bottle
  • ¼ tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tbsp. organic, unsalted butter (melted and slightly cooled)
  1. Grease and flour one 9 x 5 loaf pan with organic vegetable shortening and gluten-free flour. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Combine gluten-free flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, and poppy seeds. Stir until mixed well.
  3. In another bowl, beat together the milk, vegetable oil, eggs, vanilla, and lemon zest. Beat until thoroughly combined.
  4. Mix the wet and dry ingredients together and beat by hand or with a hand mixer for a full minute until no lumps remain.
  5. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 45 minutes or until knife comes out clean.
  6. Lemon glaze: Mix together all glaze ingredients and brush over warm bread from the oven.
  7. Cool loaf about 20 minutes before eating.

Looking for more holiday desserts? Try these 45+ Homemade Christmas Desserts

 

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Vegetarian Thanksgiving Recipes

Looking for vegetarian Thanksgiving recipes? These are delicious and perfect even for your non-vegetarian friends. 

Vegetarian Friendly Thanksgiving Recipes, Vegetarian Thanksgiving Recipes, Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes

No matter if you are vegetarian, flexitarian, or just trying to reduce your meat intake, these recipes are perfect for your Thanksgiving meal.


Many of these recipes are also vegan-friendly. None of them are short on flavor. Everything from main dishes to a tasty dessert is on this list.

Many are also gluten-free so everyone at your Thanksgiving meal will have something delicious to eat.

Vegetarian Thanksgiving Recipes

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Autumn Apples- Paleo Friendly Dessert

Looking for a great paleo and Whole30 friendly fall dessert? These apples are delicious, easy, and perfect for a healthy dessert.

Autumn apples, paleo dessert, whole30 dessert, healthy dessert

I’ve been a little crazy for ghee since I did my first Whole30 this year. I did another Whole30 in August and actually completed it. During that month I was on Instagram often, sharing pictures of my meals and gaining inspiration from other paleo foodies. I noticed almost all of them were using OMGhee and raving about it.


I placed my order for my first jar last week and received it this morning. Can I just say, WOW! I immediately opened my jar, feeling like a kid on Christmas morning, and had a little taste. Caramel. No joke, this is one of the best things I’ve ever put in my mouth. I started dreaming up ways to play on that delicious flavor.

Although in Oklahoma we don’t seem to get fall until October or sometime even November or December, the minute September hits I start obsessing over all things pumpkin and apple. As the days grow shorter these things come into season and are the freshest and best of the year. So there is my story and here is my recipe.

Autumn Apples

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Ingredients

Directions

  1. Cut your apples into bite-size chunks.
  2. Over medium heat melt your ghee and toss in your apples.
  3. Squeeze the lime juice onto the apples.
  4. Add your pumpkin spice and continue to cook the apples until soft. It only takes about 5 minutes. Now you enjoy. Easy (and delicious) as pie.

You can easily increase this recipe and serve it this Thanksgiving or at holiday parties. It’s a nice break from the usually unhealthy treats we find around the holidays.

Looking for more delicious apple recipes? Try these 35+ Apple Recipes

10+ Perfect Fall Pumpkin Recipes

Pumpkins are in season and it’s a great time to try some new pumpkin recipes. These are sure to make you excited about fall.

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It’s pumpkin season! Pumpkin is a very versatile ingredient. It can be used in savory and sweet dishes, and for any meal. It’s fun to try using it in many ways during fall.

Pumpkin farms are a fun weekend activity for the family. You can pick your own pumpkins, decorate a few and turn a few into some of these delicious dishes.


When craving your pumpkins be sure to keep the insides to use for some of these recipes. It helps prevent food waste and saves you money. Pumpkins a really healthy fruit that’s great for the whole family, even the dog.

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Field Peas with Ham

Looking for a delicious recipe that is perfect for fall and winter nights? Try Field Peas with Ham. 

Field peas with ham, how to cook field peas, local Oklahoma farms, eat local

Recently, I picked up a few things from local producers, Cattle Tracks and Rowdy Stickhorse Wild Acres. Both are family farms here in Oklahoma. I wanted to introduce you to these great local farms and share with you a tasty dish I made with their products. I created Field Peas with Ham with Dried Field Peas from Cattle Tracks and Ham Hocks from Rowdy Stickhorse. Simple, tasty, and great for this winter that just won’t end.


I created Field Peas with Ham with Dried Field Peas from Cattle Tracks and Ham Hocks from Rowdy Stickhorse. Simple, tasty, and great for cold nights.

Cattle Tracks/John’s Farm 

A family owned farm in Fairview, Oklahoma. They are Certified organic, non-GMO project verified, Animal Welfare Approved farm. They offer beef, wheat, flour, seasonings, and beef jerky. They have numerous retail locations around the state. I order their products through both the Oklahoma Food Co0op and at the OSU-OKC Farmers Market on the 1st Saturday of the month. 

Rowdy Stickhorse Wild Acres

A certified naturally grown family farm located outside of Covington Oklahoma. They offer Beef, Pork, Lamb, Goat, Eggs, Bird Feed, Goats milk herbal products (Soaps, Creams, and Laundry Powder, etc.) I have also ordered from them through the Oklahoma Food Co-op and the Oklahoma Farm to Fork Market truck.

This truck is an old yellow school bus that travels the state of Oklahoma (on a schedule).  A group of Oklahoma farmers gathers together to bring you farm fresh, clean food directly from their farms to you. You can find everything from local meat, cheese, bakery items, fruits, vegetables, canned goods, and household items like laundry soap with goat’s milk. I usually pick up at Mercy’s Heart Hospital North on Memorial in Oklahoma City Thursday afternoons.

Cooking Peas and Beans

The field peas from Cattle Tracks/John’s Farm were a combination of organic Black-eyes, Victors, Chinese Reds, Red Rippers. With any dried bean or pea, soaking overnight in water is the preferred method to remove make them easier to digest. You could also do the rapid soak method of bringing the peas to a rapid boil for 3 minutes. Remove from heat, cover and let stand for 1 hour. 

Dried peas and beans can cause some to get a little gassy. I add a 2″ x 2″ square of dried kelp (seaweed) to all my beans and peas to help eliminate the “toot”. It doesn’t add any flavor to the dish and is removed before serving. You can pick it up at most large grocery stores or any Asian market. I get mine at Cao Nguyen on Military and NW 26th in Oklahoma City.

This dish, Field Peas with Ham is a simple and delicious dish I know you are going to enjoy. Serve it with cornbread, corn tortillas, or try something different with my Irish Soda Bread.

Field Peas with Ham

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Ingredients

  • 1 pound dried peas
  • 3 cups chicken broth + water to cover peas
  • 1 ham bone or 2 ham hocks
  • 2 Tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro or 1 Tablespoon dried cilantro
  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped (about 1/2 cup)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 2″x 2″ piece of dried kelp, optional
  • Garnish: freshly chopped cilantro, optional

Directions:

  1. Soak peas overnight.
  2. Drain peas and place them in a large Dutch oven. Add fresh water to cover them by 2″.
  3. Add all remaining ingredients
  4. Bring to a boil. Reduce to simmer, cover, and cook for 1 hour.
  5. Remove ham bone or ham hocks, kelp, and bay leaf. 
  6. Once the ham has cooled enough to work with, remove the meat and return to the peas.
  7. Spoon peas into individual serving bowls. Garnish with chopped cilantro if desired and serve.

For more great recipes and family related articles, be sure to check out my website, Little Family Adventure.

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35+ Delicious Apple Recipes

It’s apple season and a great time to try some new apple recipes. Try one of these delicious recipes today with some local apples. 

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It’s time for apples here in Oklahoma and much of the US. Trying some new apple recipes is a great way to support local apple farmers and to get in the mood for fall.


With so many types of apples, the number of things you can make with them is endless. Everything from sweet treats to savory dishes are perfect with apples.

Be sure to look for apples at your local farmers’ market. It’s a great time to support local farmers.

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Meatless Instant Pot Recipes

The Instant Pot isn’t just for cooking meat. It’s great for meatless meals as well. Whether you are a vegetarian or reducing your meat intake by taking part in Meatless Monday, the Instant Pot can help.

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Reducing your meat intake can help reduce your impact on the planet and can also be better for your health. One popular way to do this is with Meatless Monday.It’s a great way to make sure you are reducing your meat intake without too much effort.


If you are new to Meatless Monday or a vegetarian lifestyle you are likely on the hunt for some delicious recipes that will make sure you don’t miss the meat.

Don’t worry you don’t have to eat salads everyday and you can make these delicious meals quickly and easily with the Instant Pot. A lot of people like to use their Instant Pot because it cooks meat quickly but it’s not just for meat. It’s great for cooking grains faster, veggies, and more.

What is the Instant Pot?

The Instant Pot is an electric pressure cooker as well as a slow cooker, rice cooker, yogurt maker, steamer, and you can even saute in it. It can take the place of a lot of appliances making it a great space saver. People even make cheesecakes in it! They are for sale on Amazon and if you watch they go on sale pretty often.

There is somewhat of a learning curve but there is a lot of great info out there, one place you can ask questions and find great info is the Instant Pot Fan Club group on Facebook.

Meatless Instant Pot Recipes

Now for some great recipes you will want to try in your Instant Pot. Even your meat loving friends are sure to love these recipes. Many of these recipes are also vegan friendly.

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How to Actually Get Kids to Eat Healthy Food

It can be a struggle to feed kids healthy food, especially picky eaters. It is possible though, even on a budget. 

How to get kids to eat healthy food

How do you get kids to actually eat healthy food? Can we feed kids 100% organic and homemade food all the time? That’s not always attainable, especially in Oklahoma where good food can be hard to get. My goal is to make more things from scratch, learn to make better choices, and feed my kids as well as I can with the time and money available. The more organic, the better of course.


Are you a picky eater? Is your child? I sure used to be. The only vegetables I liked were french fries and corn. Don’t forget ketchup too. Those are not the makings of a healthy diet. I eat such a great variety of fruits and vegetables now, people are amazed. My daycare kids eat a great variety as well.

The best way to learn to like new things is to figure out how you like them. Usually, we don’t like a vegetable because we tried it when it wasn’t cooked well. Soggy, overcooked broccoli tastes awful and so does canned asparagus. There are ways you can make fruits and veggies taste amazing. The secret is to learn to cook them well and find out which way tastes good to you.

If you are wondering if I can help you with your picky child, believe me, I can. I have cared for 82 kids over the past 23 years in my home daycare, and I have met some of the world’s pickiest kids. It takes some work and creativity, but you CAN change at least some of the eating habits of any child. (and your husband too, believe it or not!) You CAN be a nutrition hero! Check out Little Sprouts Learning to see more about raising healthy kids.

How to Actually Get Kids to Eat Healthy Food!

Start early teaching kids to eat healthy

The earlier you begin to try to help your child enjoy healthy choices, the easier it will be. I remember changing our diet drastically from all processed food to home cooked, whole foods when my daughter was around the age 8 or 9. She was so upset, she asked for prayer about it at church. The changes we made gave her a much better life, but had we started earlier, it would have been much easier on her.

She is 24 now and on her own. Her diet is surprisingly healthy for a young woman who is just learning to cook for herself. I’m super proud of her for so many reasons, but it’s cool to see her see the importance of real, nourishing foods.

If you can begin making wholesome foods when your child is an infant, that’s great. Forget the jarred food and whip up easy-peasy baby food of your own. It’s super easy to bake a winter squash or sweet potato and toss it in the blender with a little water or chicken stock to thin it out. You can also buy bags of frozen peas or green beans, cook them up, and blend them with a bit of the cooking water.

No matter what age your kids are, it’s not too late. Try to introduce healthy foods to them anyway. Over time, they will get used to it. My husband and I learned new eating habits in our 30s. You can do it too.

How to get kids to eat healthy food

Be a good role model to get kids to eat healthy

Your kids are not going to want a heaping plate of broccoli if you are across the table making gagging noises and faces like a 2-year-old. If you are having a big mac and fries, they aren’t going to want the broccoli either. You have to learn to enjoy healthy foods yourself to entice your precious little ones on the path to health.

How to Actually Get Kids to Eat Healthy Food!

If you want even more tips on how to go from a nutrition zero to a nutrition hero, check out my new e-book, Zero to Hero Nutrition: How to Actually Get Kids to Eat Healthy Food. It will show you how to transition your family’s diet in manageable steps. Using my menus, shopping lists and cooking instructions, you can transform your family’s diet.

The book includes meal plans, recipes, and everything you need to be successful in changing your family’s diet along with information about why you need to make the changes. You can feed your kids healthy food without going broke or spending 24 hours a day in the kitchen. Pick up your copy of Zero to Hero Nutrition: How to Actually Get Kids to Eat Healthy Food today and find out how to bring more nutrition to your family and be a nutrition hero for them and you!

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How to Reduce Food Waste

Food waste is a big problem that is costing us a lot of money and is bad for our planet. There are some easy ways to reduce this waste and save money.

Reduce food waste, save money, go green

In the US, 30-40% of the food supply is wasted! That’s more than 20 pounds of food per person, per month. Not only does that waste contribute to pollution, it also is wasting us a lot of money.


Things like meal planning, labeling and dating leftovers, planning your shopping trips, and even once a month grocery shopping can help prevent food waste.

There are so many other great tips to help you reduce food waste. Below are some bloggers’ top tips. They are sure to help you stop the food waste and save money.

Top Tips for Reducing Food Waste

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We’ve all had lettuce go bad. Sometimes it seems like the day after you bring it home it’s already going bad. Victoria at A Modern Homestead used to deal with this issue but not anymore. She learned a tip that can help keep lettuce fresh for up to 5 weeks.

Reduce food waste, save money, go green

Merissa at Little House Living shares a lot of great tips for helping make your produce last. Produce is something that gets wasted a lot because of improper storage so be sure you are storing your’s correctly

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It’s never fun to be craving guacamole and go to the fridge and find it brown and gross. Paula at Dinner with the Rollos find the secret to keeping guacamole green longer and it’s simple!

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No one likes a soft apple but don’t throw them out just yet. Habiba from Craftify My Life has an apple sauce recipe for using up old apples.

Reduce food waste, save money, go green

All food waste is bad but there is something extra sad about throwing away desserts that have gone bad. Thankfully Jennifer at The Jenny Evolution has tips on freezing cookies and desserts.

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You don’t even have to waste your citrus peels. They are great for cleaning your garbage disposal. Over on Retro Housewife Goes Green you can learn how to deep clean your garbage disposal with citrus peels.

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You can also use lemons that are past their prime for cleaning. Bren at Bren Did has 15 all-natural homemade lemon cleaning products that are perfect for those lemons you need to use up.

Reduce food waste, save money, go green

Another way to prevent wasting lemons and limes is by juicing them and freezing the juice. Kalyn at Kalyn’s Kitchen shares how to properly freeze fresh lemon and lime juice. She also has great tips for freezing fresh basil.

Reduce food waste, save money, go green

Did you know you can also freeze kiwi? Stock up when they are in season and freeze them for smoothies later. Pam at Sidewalk Shoes shares an easy way to freeze kiwi.

Reduce food waste, save money, go green

Garlic scapes are a food that is often wasted before we can ever end up with it. They are often cut off to allow the garlic bulb to grow larger. If you garden or can find some at a farmers’ market Ellen at Confessions of an Overworked Mom has some tips for preserving garlic scapes.

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What about once you have cut fresh fruit, can you still keep it fresh? Yes, there are ways to prolong the life of cut fresh fruit as well. Kim at Two Kids and a Coupon has great tips for keeping cut fruit fresh.

Reduce food waste, save money, go green

Did you know you can also freeze milk? Spoiled milk isn’t something any of us want to deal with so Victoria at A Modern Homestead shares how you can freeze milk and thaw it perfectly.

Reduce food waste, save money, go green

If you have chickens or just don’t always get around to eating all of your eggs, you may be wondering what you can do to avoid wasting them. Karrie at Happy Money Saver shares how you can freeze eggs.

When Food Does Go Bad

Even following the above tips you will likely end up with some food that is forgotten. For non-animal products the best way to deal with this is by composting. It helps keep more food waste out of the landfill and creates useful compost that can be used in food or flower gardens.

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Natural Red, White, and Blue Recipes

It’s almost 4th of July. It’s a great time to spend with friends and family, and of course eat some delicious food. These red, white, and blue recipes are not only delicious but are natural and dye-free. You don’t have to feel as guilty with these treats!

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It’s fun to make red,white, and blue themed food for patriotic holidays and parties but that often means a lot of artificial dyes. Artificial dyes have been linked to behavioral issues in children and a host of other health concerns.


You can still have fun themed treats without all of the dyes. These treats use natural dyes and ingredients that are naturally red, white, and blue. They are perfect for any patriotic parties like 4th of July, Memorial Day, etc…

Natural Red, White, and Blue Recipes

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Encourage healthy eating habits for your kids by teaching them how to cook. The Kids Cook Real Food eCourse can help your kids learn the skills they need to eat and cook healthy food.