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Here is where you will find a wealth of recipes and creations.

I don’t include everyone for a reason- these are only recipes I stand behind 100% & would make again in a heartbeat, so feel free to click around! All recipes are user and printer friendly.

Dessert for Breakfast? Or Breakfast for Dessert?

Tree Hugger Waffles- Dairy free and high in protein, Tree Hugger Waffles are a hearty, energetic start to any day. (Dairy Free)

S’more Pancakes-As a special treat, extravagant S’more Pancakes are a best-loved recipe. (dairy free variation)

Grilled Chocolate Honey Wheat Sandwich- What a decadent breakfast treat! Inspired by What Einstein Told His Cook 2, this sandwich is somewhere in between sinful and healthy. (Hey, it’s whole wheat… and isn’t chocolate a superfood?) Vegan

Sweet Potato Turmeric Chocolate Chip Pancakes- Healthy and unique, this is a rich and exotic pancake recipe. (Dairy Free)

Rice Cooker Steel Cut Oats for one- No time in the morning? No problem. Throw it in the bowl and hit the switch. 20 minutes later you will smell delicious oatmeal ready for you to eat. (Vegan)

Rice Cooker Steel Cut Oats- Serves 4, 6, or 8. No matter how many overnight guests you have, you will always have a great pot of oatmeal ready for them in the morning. (Vegan)

Easter Bread French Toast- Don’t let that stale leftover Easter Bread go to waste! Enjoy it for days and days with this recipe. Adaptations for 1-4 servings. (Dairy Free)

Cinnamon Bun Raw Oatgurt- Have you ever made your own yogurt? How about vegan yogurt? That’s exactly what this recipe is for! Instead of dairy yogurt, this is probiotic packed oatgurt blended with chia seeds and cinnamon to round out the flavor. It tastes like spice cake batter! (Vegan, Raw)

Vegan Overnight Oats- Jealous that you miss out on the fun without dairy Greek yogurt? Try this coconut based creation and you may overcome it! This breakfast is ready for you when you wake up and is completely delicious. (Vegan)

Raw Cookie Dough Sundae- With healthy fats, whole grains, and no added sweeteners this decadent treat can almost pass as breakfast! (vegan, gluten free)

Chocolate Granola Pie- Let’s take something healthy like granola and make it so decadent and rich that kids will beg for it. The base to this pie is lightly sweetened homemade granola and the gooey topping is vegan banana chocolate chip pancake. Yes. (Vegan, gluten free variation)

El Dorado Granola- This granola is infused with coconut and turmeric to create a complex and delicious flavor. (Mostly Vegan/Contains Honey, Gluten Free)

Sweet Potato Turmeric Chocolate Chip Pancakes- Okay, I’m obsessed. The combination of turmeric and dark chocolate is just so perfect. Why do more people not do this!? I now combine them at every opportunity for a flavor-nutrition punch. (Dairy Free)

Dips, Spreads, and Appetizers

Caramelized Onion and Red Pepper Potato Hummus-Thick and creamy, the potato adds body to this slightly sweet hummus variation. (Vegan)

Cinnamon Orange Cranberry Sauce- With the sweetness of honey and flavor from orange zest and fresh orange juice, this cranberry sauce stands out. Cinnamon adds a warm finish to this side dish, spread, or rub. Consider using it in Cranberry Walnut Salmon or Orange Cranberry Brined Chicken. (Vegan)

Roasted Pepper and Garlic Paste- A spicy and delicious condiment for sandwiches or component of sauces. It’s simple, too! (Vegan)

Roasted Pepper, Garlic and Artichoke Hummus- Using the Roasted pepper and garlic paste, this hummus is a blend of tart and spicy but it still has that classic hummus flavor. (Vegan)

Zucchini Potato Pancakes- With fresh seasonal zucchini, these pancakes serve as delicious appetizers- especially in the tablespoon size! Place a dollop of sour cream on top and a sprinkle of chives an you’re set to serve. (Gluten free variation)

Garlic Scape Artichoke Hummus- Light and savory, this dip is perfect as a sandwich spread, on vegetables or pita chips. (Vegan, Gluten free)

Veggie Variations

Olive and Artichoke Bruchetta-This tomato based bruchetta has an old world feel with a complex, rich and divine taste. Use this recipe with bruchetta salmon, or to top crustini (Dairy free)

Sweet and Spicy Broccoli Rabe-The honey and red pepper flakes counter the pleasantly bitter broccoli rabe in this healthy side (Dairy free)

Garden Tomato Herb Salad-Utilize summer’s gifts with this refreshing salad (Dairy free)

Bourbon Mashed Sweet Potatoes- Boozy and sweet, this side is soothing to all the senses. Best enjoyed surrounded by family and a cold winter’s day. (Vegan)

Tri-Color Crashed Potatoes- Colorful and fun, these will impress kids and guests alike. With olive oil, potatoes, and salt it’s hard to go wrong. (Vegan)

Sherry Mushrooms and Shallots- This is the perfect topper for a burger or side dish with a protein. I love the flavors of rich sherry and meaty portabella together, and the shallots add a delicate caramel sweetness.

Roasted Local New Potatoes- Looking for an easy starch side dish? You found it! The mini onions get extremely crunchy and sweet, and the potatoes become brown and flavorful. Rosemary continues the winter produce theme and brings all the flavors together. (Vegan)

Seaweed Inspired Salad- This salad has all the flavors of wakame salad at about 1/10th of the price. It also includes chick peas for some protein. Great for pot luck dinners! (Vegan, Gluten free)

Great Grains and Seeds

Flaw-free Barley- This method of barley cookery is perfect. You will be left with pleasantly chewy, extremely flavorful, light and even fluffy grains. Don’t count barley out unless you’ve tried it this way. (Vegan)

Dressed Up Dinner Rolls- With a few easy steps turn boring dinner rolls into something delectable. (Vegan)

Soups, Stews and more Spoonable Things

Vegan Lentil Chili-Hearty, sweet, spicy and delicious this nutritious chili hits the spot on a cool day. (Vegan)

Vegan Chicken Soup-Vegan doesn’t have to mean giving up the comforts of a warm, chunky bowl of chicken soup. Try this recipe and prepare to reminisce! (Vegan)

The Main Event

Chana Masala- This is my simple method to cook chick peas in authentic Indian spices and a tomato “gravy”. Bonus: Everything comes from the pantry. (Vegan)

Curried Butternut Dal- This satisfying, spicy Indian meal is made easy with step-by-step instruction. Nutritious and inexpensive! (Vegan)

Vegetable Dal Masala- A simmered dish of eggplant, bell peppers, parsnips, portabella mushrooms, tomatoes and lentils. This is an easy “fix it and forget it” dish, packed with super foods. The leftovers are the best part. (Vegan)

Pumpkin Sweet Potato Chickpea Curry- This comforting, spicy dish involves unique spices for an easy warming nutritious meal.  Inexpensive and quick, this is a perfect exotic weeknight meal. (Vegan)

Mae’s Red Sauce- To go over anything you would eat for dinner! I love this chunky sauce and I could eat it by itself. Try it with a hearty whole wheat spaghetti for a perfect meal. (Vegan)

Artichoke and Caper Tomato Sauce- This recipe is full of chunky goodness- the candy like tomatoes, the rich artichoke hearts, and the bright and salty capers. It makes a beautiful sauce for grilled calamari, scallops, linguine, or a pizza. (Vegan)

Salmon and Hummus Pita Quesadilla- Oozing with hummus and filled with the warm flavors of cinnamon and caraway, this sandwich hits the spot. The toasty, crunchy exterior and warm filling makes for an easy but delectable way to use leftover salmon. Try this with Bruchetta Salmon or Cranberry Walnut Salmon. (Dairy-free)

Vegan Lentil & Black Bean Chia Burgers- with roasted red pepper and broccoli . The outside of the burgers is crunchy, the inside is soft and tender. If you’re craving summer, give these a go! (Vegan)

La Pasta Affilata e Dolce- This pasta has sharp flavors from the onion and vinegar, and sweet flavors from the goldenized garlic, fresh tomatoes, and nutty almonds. It’s a Mediterranean recipe; a cross between Italian and Spanish. Affilata refers to the type of knife used to cut the onions, duh! ;-) (Vegan)

Black Bean Veggie Burgers- Good enough to eat cold all day long, these burgers will ave you addicted! (Vegan, Gluten free)

Garden Pasta with Spinach and Cece al Forno- Baked ziti is not a dish I remember fondly, but these marinara sauce-baked chick peas reminded me of the times baked ziti tasted amazing. The quinoa pasta and spinach make this a complete meal with plenty of protein, vitamins, and flavor. (Vegan, Gluten free)

Wet and Wild Recipes form the Sea

Shrimp and Sundried Tomato over Farfalle-This pasta dish is light, refreshing, healthy and quick. (Dairy free)

Scallop Dakota Pizza (to view step by step recipe with photos, click here) This is my favorite pizza of all time. With a seedy, grainy crust and a roasted red pepper sauce, the sweet scallops have the perfect platform to shine. Cooked quickly, the scallops have a tender texture. This recipe is healthy and dairy free. (Dairy free variation)

Bruchetta Salmon Salmon in this application is a rich treat with the bruchetta topping.  The seared outside and rare inside yield a pallete-pleasing seafood treat. (Dairy free)

Double Scallop Spaghetti with Heirloom Tomatoes-It’s hard to believe this restaurant rich pasta dish is light and nutritious. With herbs, heirloom tomatoes and hazelnuts it’s impressive enough for a Sunday dinner yet quick enough for a weeknight meal. (Dairy free)

Lobster Raviolis- step by step recipe with pictures-This dairy free ravioli features rich, buttery lobster in traditional homemade ravioli dough. The sauce is a chunky tomato vodka sauce, relying on soy yogurt for its creamy characteristic. (Dairy Free)

Updated Fra Diablo- With veggies, whole grains and lean protein this satisfying traditional meal is transformed. Light, spicy and suprisingly inexpecive! (Dairy Free)

Cranberry Walnut Salmon- Sweet, light and delicious are the first three words that come to mind when you taste this dish. The walnuts add a perfect texture while the cranberry, orange and ginger amplify the flavors of fresh salmon. (Dairy free)

Honey Shrimp, Wild Rice and Wilted Spinach- This makes a complete weeknight meal. The rice cooks while the shrimp brine and then the rest comes together in just minutes! (Dairy free)

Killer Clam Sauce with Whole Grain Linguine- In a hurry or on a budget? No problem! This recipe has you covered- it comes out to be $1.65/ serving, is packed with protein and iron, and is delicious. What more could you ask for? (Dairy free)

Land Loving Protein

Olive Salsissa Picante-Quick, hearty and healthy, chicken sausage is the feature of this dish. The olives and spicy peppers add depth and complexity. (Dairy free)

Balsamique Pulet avec Fromage-For a decadent treat, this simple chicken and pasta dish features melt-y cheese and a sweet tart balsamic sauce.

Orange and Cranberry Brined Chicken- Whole chicken is always impressive for guests. The cranberry orange brine adds a bright flavor and keeps the poultry moist. (Dairy free)

Greek Chicken- Simply marinated, grilled and served this Greek inspired chicken is great with a side of tzatiki sauce and a sprinkle of parsley. (Gluten free)

Hot (or not) from the Oven: Baked Goods or Unbaked Treats

Blueberry Cinnamon Crunch Muffins-Muffins are a warm treat, especially fresh from the oven. The cinnamon granola topping complements warm, sweet blueberries. (Dairy free)

Kamut Pear and Walnut Bars-These fruit, nut and grain bars are a perfect pick me up. With just 120 calories, they are a perfect between meal treat. Completely natural and vegan

Banana Coconut Gelato- Step by step recipe with pictures-This vegan and soy-free gelato is a decadent island dessert. It’s rich and creamy without any dairy!

Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Brownies- Rich and indulgent, without being too heavy. Elegant yet quick, they create a perfect last minute dessert! (Dairy free)

Vegan Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies- This is my ultimate chocolate chip cookie recipe, tasting better than the original. With a cold glass of almond milk, these warm cookies leave nothing to be desired. (vegan)

Double Chocolate Banana Bread- Packed with 5 bananas and 2 kinds of chocolate, this bread is moist and full of flavor! (Dairy-free)

Deep in Chocolate Figgy Cashew Truffles- Inspired by Katie’s fudge babies, these vegan delicious chocolate dipped truffles are both decadent and elegant. Try this variation today! (Vegan)

Sicilian Semolina Piattos-This is a recipe based off of Australian ANZAC cookies. Soft in the center and crispy on the edges with notes of sweet caramel and nutty coconut, these are my favorite cookies. (Dairy-free)

Dark Chocolate Mousse- Surprisingly vegan, this chocolate mousse is spiked with a little brandy and a lot of dark chocolate. It’s simple to make and will surely impress guests. (Vegan)

A Cake For All Seasons- Half is vanilla, half is chocolate. Half is gluten free, half is vegan. Half is stuffed with chocolate mousse, half with a peanut butter frosting. This cake satisfies all and is fun to make!! (Vegan, Dairy free, Gluten free)

Easter Bread- A treat I make with my Grandma each year; this large recipe makes 5-7 loaves of rich, traditional bread. (Dairy free)

Apricot Filled Pretzel Crunch Muffins- Utilizing Cook’s Mission secret ingredients of pretzels and apricots, this muffin achieves a light texture with a gooey sweet apricot filling. The pretzels add just the right amount of crunch to the top! (Vegan)

Moo-less Sundae- This is my take on Gena’s Banana Whip. This version is a banana tahini icec ream with all kinds of fun toppings: bittersweet chocolate sauce, graham cracker crumble, and “hippie sprinkles” (Vegan)

Cherry Caramel Vodka Sauce- With caramelized sugar, fresh cherries and crisp vodka this syrup is the perfect topping to a decadent dessert. Try it with Dark Chocolate Mousse (Vegan)

Dark Chocolate Dipped Vanilla Bean Marshmallows- Homemade marshmallows will impress anyone, but with the flecks of vanilla and the unique toppings, these are in a league of their own. (Dairy free)

Dark Chocolate Frozen Banana Pops- Perfect for summer. So delicious bananas are smothered in dark chocolate are frozen to create a refreshing and indulging treat. (Vegan, Gluten Free)

Fresh Berry Tarts- Simple to prepare with fresh flavors, these tarts are adaptable and highlight natures bounty. The base is wanton wrappers and overall this is an inexpensive, simple, yet impressive recipe.

Strawberry Fruit Leather- A simple and delicious way to preserve the summer bounty. One ingredient! (Vegan, Gluten free)

Raw Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls- Yes. I said it. This tastes like the real thing (I’m not joking!) but is vegan, gluten free and can be made raw. Kids love, I love, adults love. We’re all happy. (Gluten free, Vegan)

Decadent Vanilla Bean Honey- This infused honey is delicious on so many things. It tastes like caramel! (Dairy free, Gluten Free)

Saratoga Peanut Butter Recipes

“The Saratoga”- A classic, perfect and chewy peanut butter cookie. Nutty, tender and just sweet enough this is the official cookie of Saratoga, and of Saratoga Peanut Butter Co.! (dairy-free)

Monkey Boy Bread- Moist banana bread is taken to a whole new level with Saratoga Peanut Butter Co.’s “Monkey Boy” peanut butter! (dairy-free)

Gingerbread Buttercup Pie- Comforting and holiday spiced, this pie is made with buttercup or kabocha squash and “Catch Me If You Can” peanut butter. The nuttiness of the peanut butter complements the buttery squash flavors, and the recipe is both vegan and cholesterol free! (Try it with pumpkin, too!) (Vegan)

Gingerbread Boys- Everything from the chewy body to the silky icing of these cookies is infused with Saratoga Peanut Butter’s “Catch Me if You Can” peanut butter. These adorable holiday cookies have a new twist! (Dairy free variation)

Saratoga Jingles- With Chillin’ Chocolate peanut butter and pillows of melted chocolate, these cookies are sure to be a favorite on the holiday tray.

Cinnamon Date Blizantines- Creamy white chocolate meets cinnamon and sweet dates in this delicious cookie. Stock up on Blizzard Butter and make some today!

Chewy Peanut Butter Cups- Based on a recipe by Jessica from “How Sweet,” these are essentially chewy chocolate cookies filled with a melted chocolate peanut butter surprise. The texture is both different and delicious.

Peanut Butter Stuffed French Toast- Big slices of French bread oozing with Saratoga Peanut Butter… How could that be bad? There are so many takes on this recipe- experiment and see which one you like the best!

The Best Granola Bars- Have you been looking for a winning granola bar recipe? You found it! I make a batch of these every week; they’re probably thr peanut butter recipe I am most proud of. (Vegan variation; contains honey)

Chocolate Granola Pie- Let’s take something healthy like granola and make it so decadent and rich that kids will beg for it. The base to this pie is lightly sweetened homemade granola and the gooey topping is vegan banana chocolate chip pancake. Yes. (Vegan, gluten free variation)

Man’s Best Friend Eats Too!

Leftover Egg Yolk Dog Treats- Instead of throwing away your leftover yolks, why not feed them to your best buddy? These are adorable and perfect for a gift for your pooch.

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