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Cheesy Sauerkraut Egg Muffins

Gluten-free, Keto, Nut-free, Vegetarian

Read Time 3.8 minutes

cheesy vegetable egg muffins with kale and sauerkraut

These deliciously cheesy, vegetable egg muffins make for a quick and easy low-carb or keto breakfast idea. Packed with protein and colorful fermented cabbage, these egg muffins are full of important nutrients that will help you start off your day on the right foot. Not only that, but they’ll help you get out the door on time if you make them a day ahead. Just pop a few in the microwave to reheat and head off to work with a hot and healthy breakfast in hand!

You might be surprised to see sauerkraut as an ingredient in these egg muffins. I was a little skeptical about the idea of combining lacto-fermented cabbage with eggs too at first. But, inspired by a quiche recipe from Fermented Vegetables (affiliate link), I decided to give it a try with a few twists of my own. And I’m glad I did because as it turns out, fermented cabbage with kale and cheesy eggs is a match made in heaven. Who would have guessed?

I hope you will enjoy this tasty and time-saving breakfast!

Cheesy Sauerkraut Egg Muffin Recipe

Ingredients

12 eggs
1 cup of sauerkraut, drained
1 1/2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
2 cups frozen spinach or kale
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp salt

Preparation

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Mix ingredients together in a large bowl. Scoop into greased muffin tin.

Bake for 15 to 20 minutes until thoroughly cooked. How to tell when egg muffins are done? You can tell they are done when they start to brown and no longer jiggle in the middle if you move them!

Remove with a knife. If you’ve greased your pan well they should come out easily. Transfer to a wire rack. Serve hot.


How to Store Egg Muffins

These egg muffins, once cooked, should be either refrigerated or frozen. I like to store mine in a covered 9 by 11 baking dish. If you want to freeze them, you have a couple options. You can place them on a baking sheet, freeze them, and transfer them to a ziplock bag or you can layer them in a freezer safe container between layers of parchment paper. Either way will work.


How Long Do Egg Muffins Last?

Egg muffins will keep 3 to 4 days in the fridge after being cooked. In the freezer they will last 2 to 3 months. Trust your senses: if they look weird or smell weird, throw them out.


How to Reheat Egg Muffins

My favorite way to eat these egg muffins is fresh out of the oven! But, you can also reheat them in your toaster oven or microwave. The time it takes to reheat the egg muffins will depend on what you use to reheat them and whether or not your egg muffins are frozen.


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diy

How to Make No-Sew Fleece Liners for Cloth Diapers

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If you are a cloth diaper mama looking for a solution to overnight cloth diaper leaks or diaper rashes due to wetness or chafing, this tutorial for making do-it-yourself fleece liners is for you! These cheap and easy-to-make fleece liners were the solution to our daughter’s wet bedding and persistent diaper rashes. I hope they will prove just as helpful for you.


What is Fleece?

Fleece is a soft, warm material with a napped texture. While typically made from synthetic polyester fibers, fleece can also be made with natural fibers like bamboo or cotton, or even a blend of man-made and natural fibers. These fibers are woven together to make a lightweight fabric, which is then brushed to create the soft, fluffy texture that we are all familiar with.


What Kind of Fleece is Best for Cloth Diaper Liners?

With all the different types of fleece available, you might be wondering what kind of fleece is best for cloth diaper liners. Thin microfleece is the best choice for cloth diaper liners due to its ability to wick moisture away from the skin. This type of synthetic fabric is commonly used for performance athletic wear for this very reason.


What Kinds of Fleece Should I Avoid?

While polar fleece and natural-fiber fleece both have their place in the cloth diaper world, they should not be used for making stay-dry cloth diaper liners. Here’s why:

  • Polar fleece is a thicker variety of synthetic fleece typically used to make water-resistant outerwear. It should not be used for cloth diapers (unless you are making a water-resistant diaper cover), because unlike microfleece, it repels moisture. If you use thick polar fleece for cloth diaper liners, you will experience leaks.
  • I don’t recommend fleece made from natural fibers for making stay-dry liners. The reason for this is because natural fibers are great at absorbing and retaining moisture, but not for wicking moisture away from the skin. If you make your liners out of a natural fiber fleece, it will not solve your moisture problem and you will probably continue to deal with rashes.

Where Can I Buy Fleece for Cloth Diaper Liners?

The good news is, you might not even need to buy any fabric! Take a look around your home. Do you have any old fleece blankets lying around? Fleece blankets, as long as they are thin, are an excellent choice for making stay-dry cloth diaper liners on a budget. You can also try asking your family and friends if they have any blankets they’d like to get rid of. That’s how I got this beauty here:

hibiscus print fleece blanket

If you can’t track down any free fleece, try a local sewing shop or craft store like JoAnn Fabrics or Michael’s. Some Walmarts even have a fabric section. Wherever you go, be sure to check the discount bin. The patterns might be crazy, but the deals will be great!


No-Sew Cloth Diaper Liner Pattern

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The great thing about these stay-dry liners is how easy they are to make! There is no sewing involved and all you need is a pair of scissors and a pattern to get started. I’ve got two pattern options for you. But, before you begin, be sure to wash and dry your fabric a couple times to eliminate the possibility of shrinkage.

Option 1: Basic Cloth Diaper Liner Pattern

This liner is very simple to make. It is great for stuffing inside pocket diapers. To get started, grab a diaper insert or a piece of standard junk mail and lay it on your fabric. This is your pattern. Carefully trace around your pattern with a marker. Then, cut around your pattern with scissors and, voilà! You’ve just made your first homemade cloth diaper liner. Repeat until you have enough liners.


Option 2: Winged Cloth Diaper Liner Pattern

This is my favorite variety of liner for our overnight cloth diaper arrangement because they stay put! (We use the large Thirsties covers with four of their hemp inserts for our overnight cloth diaper solution.) Though these liners take a little more effort and fabric to make, I think they’re worth it because the wings wrap around your inserts to help hold the liners in place. Or, if you don’t wrap the wings around your inserts, and instead lay it on top of your pocket diaper, it will provide you with extra coverage and moisture protection.

For this style of diaper liner, you will use your pocket diaper or other diaper cover for a pattern. I used one of our Kawaii diapers for a pattern and then trimmed the sides a little. To make this stay-put, stay-dry liner, all you need to do is lay your pattern on the fabric, trace around it, and cut it out. If you want, you can customize the fit by trimming where you see fit. Obviously less fabric means less bulk, but also less staying power, so keep that in mind when you trim. Additionally, if you have too much overhang, you create the potential for moisture to wick onto the fabrics outside of the diaper.


So there you have it. Now you’re an expert on how to make your own no-sew fleece liners for cloth diapers. Happy crafting!

crafts, diy

How to Make Felted Wool from Wool Sweaters

felted wool sweater

What is Felted Wool?

When the animal fibers found in yarn or wool are agitated through hot water or friction, the tiny scales which hold the fibers in place are separated, tangled and rearranged resulting in a dense, durable, and water-resistant fabric called felted or fulled wool. (To understand the difference between fulled, felted, and boiled wool, check out this great post from Pioneer Thinking.)

Here is an example of a sweater that I felted. You can see the transition from nicely knitted, well-ordered fibers to a thick mat of felted wool.


What Can Felted Wool be Used for?

Felted wool is a wonderful fabric that can be used to make a variety of crafts that are perfect for gifting and giving your home a cute, cozy feel. Felted wool can also be used to make practical things like felted wool dryer balls, hats, or mittens. You can even use it to make DIY wool diaper soakers or longies for folks who cloth diaper. (That was the reason that I originally decided to learn how to felt wool.)

Here are a couple of projects that I made:


Is It Difficult or Expensive to Make Felted Wool?

Making felted wool is easy and, if done properly, cheap! I was able to felt four wool sweaters that I bought at Savers for $35 in a matter of hours. If I had taken the time to shop around at a few other local thrift shops, I probably could have saved even more! When you’re thrifting, look for sweaters, blankets, or skirts – the bigger the better!


What Supplies Do I Need to Make Felted Wool at Home?

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Honestly, you don’t need much to make felted wool. You should have:

  • Access to a washer and dryer
  • A mild laundry detergent (I used BioKleen, our favorite plant-based, non-toxic detergent)
  • An old pillow case
  • A hair tie, string, or a rubber band
  • A wool sweater, blanket, or skirt (more on this below)

What Types of Wool Work Best for Making Felted Wool?

This is important so don’t skip it! The type of wool sweater (or other item) that you purchase matters. Some wool sweaters are chemically treated so that you can wash them as you would your regular laundry, without the risk of ruining them. These will not work for felting.

The best material for felting is:

  • 100% lambswool, merino, cashmere, angora, alpaca, or a mix of these types of wool, although some people have been successful in felting with only 70%- 90% wool
  • dry clean only OR
  • hand wash in cold water only, lay flat to dry

When choosing a wool sweater to work with, you’ll want to consider the tightness of the knit and the thickness of the yarn. Your thrifted wool item will shrink and thicken considerably when felted, but it’s still a good idea to think about whether or not it will be a good fit for your project before you buy it. You probably don’t want to choose a thin cashmere sweater if you’re planning on making potholders!


Tutorial: How to Make Felted Wool

Begin by placing your wool item in an old pillowcase and tying off the end with an elastic or string. When you agitate the item in the washing machine, it will generate a lot of fuzz. The pillowcase will help contain the stray fibers and prevent them from damaging your washing machine.

Choose a load size that will fill your washer with just enough hot water to cover your pillow case(s). If your washer is mostly empty, throw in some old towels, tennis shoes, or dryer balls because your goal is to create as much friction as possible. If the sweater is just sloshing around in there, it won’t felt properly.

Next, select the longest, heaviest cycle your machine will allow. Add a small amount of mild detergent and start the washer.

When the wash cycle is complete, remove your wool garment from the pillowcase and throw it in the dryer on high heat until it is completely dry. This will lock the fibers into their new positions.

Repeat this cycle until material reaches desired texture. It may take a few times. For me, I was satisfied with how my sweaters looked after two trips through the washer and dryer.

When you feel that you are complete, remove any large fuzzballs that remain, being careful not to cut into the fabric.

gray felted wool with colorful buttons

And that’s it! You’ve just felted your first material. Happy crafting!

DIY and Crafts

How to Make Homemade Elderberry Syrup (or Juice) in the Instant Pot

mason jar filled with elderberry syrup near a lemon and ginger root

For thousands of years, the Sambucus plant (more commonly known as the elderberry) has played a role in folk medicine. Traditionally, the fruit of the black elderberry, Sambucus nigra L., has been used to treat a variety of conditions including influenza, infections and constipation (1).

Today, the elderberry plant is enjoying a surge in popularity, thanks to several studies citing its immune boosting properties and possible effectiveness for reducing the severity and duration of the common cold and flu (influenza) (2, 3, 4). While its efficacy is still a matter of some debate and further large-scale studies are needed (5), many people like to use elderberry syrup as both a preventative measure against, and a remedy for, seasonal colds and the flu.

I’ve been fascinated by the potential benefits of elderberries and elderberry syrup for a while now, but I put off making my own elderberry syrup because I thought that it was going to be difficult to make. Turns out, it’s actually pretty easy to make your own elderberry syrup at home and it takes very little time to whip up a batch of this sweet, immune-boosting syrup… especially when you’re using an Instant Pot! (If you don’t have an Instant Pot, don’t worry. You can make this elderberry syrup recipe on the stove-top too in about an hour.)


How to Make Homemade Elderberry Syrup (Vegan* or Vegetarian Recipe)

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Ingredients

2 cups filtered water (plus 1/2 cup of water if making on the stove top)
2/3 cup dried elderberries (preferably organic)
1/4 cup lemon juice (optional)
2 inch piece of ginger, grated (optional)
1 cup raw honey (or sugar if you are vegan or using for a child under 1 year of age)

Note: Children under 1 year of age should not consume honey in any form.

How to Make Vegan or Vegetarian Elderberry Syrup in the Instant Pot

Place water, dried elderberries, lemon juice, and ginger in the Instant Pot. Pressure cook on high for 9 minutes. Allow pressure to release naturally.

Pour the contents of the Instant Pot through a metal mesh strainer into a glass mason jar. Press down on the pulp with a spatula to extract all of the juice.

Allow the juice to cool to room temperature and mix in the honey or sugar. You may add more honey or sugar until the desired consistency is reached. Place a lid on the jar and refrigerate.

How to Make Vegan or Vegetarian Elderberry Syrup on the Stove

Place water, dried elderberries, lemon juice, and ginger in a pot on the stove. Add an additional 1/2 cup of water. Bring to a boil and simmer for 45 minutes.

Pour the mixture through a metal mesh strainer into a glass mason jar. Press down on the pulp with a spatula to extract all of the juice.

Allow the juice to cool to room temperature and mix in the honey or sugar. You may add more honey or sugar until the desired consistency is reached. Place a lid on the jar and refrigerate.

Note: To make elderberry juice, just use the honey or sugar to sweeten to taste. No need to put a whole cup in there!


Where to Buy Elderberries

While some people harvest their own elderberries, I feel most comfortable buying them online from a reputable source. It’s hard to beat the convenience of dried and packaged elderberries! I bought my whole dried wildcrafted sambucus nigra elderberries here.

While making your own elderberry syrup is certainly the cheapest way to go, you can also buy commercially prepared elderberry products such as syrups and gummies if you are not comfortable making your own, or if you don’t have the time or resources to do so.

Elderberry products are readily available online and are becoming increasingly more common in local health and grocery stores. I even saw Sambucol for sale recently at our local BJ’s Club store, attesting to its growing popularity!


How to Store Elderberry Syrup

You may keep the syrup in the fridge for about two weeks. For some, it might last even longer. But, if it starts to look, taste, or smell unpleasant, please play it safe and throw it out!

If you know that you will not be able to use all of it within that time frame, freeze it in small portions using an ice cube tray. Frozen, elderberry syrup will keep even longer.


How Much Elderberry Syrup Should I Take?

Disclaimer: I’m a mom, not a doctor! Please consult your personal qualified health practitioner before using any natural remedies. None of these statements have been evaluated or approved by the FDA and they are not intended to diagnose or treat any condition.

It’s best to consult a local herbalist or naturopath if you have questions about how much or how often you or your child should take elderberry syrup. But, in our family, we use the following serving sizes of elderberry syrup daily during cold and flu season as a preventative measure:

Children: 1/2 teaspoon
Adults: 1 teaspoon

During the flu, we take the daily dose of elderberry syrup every 2 to 3 hours, starting within 48 hours of the onset of flu symptoms.


Who Should Not Take Elderberry?

Please note: Elderberry is not recommended for people with autoimmune diseases due to its ability to stimulate the immune system (7). Its use is discouraged if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as appropriate studies have not been carried out (7). Finally, appropriate studies have not been conducted to determine the safety of taking elderberry for more than 12 weeks for adults and 10 days for children (7).


Food, Lifestyle

Misfits Market Initial Review

Updated February 26, 2020
Read Time: 6.6 minutes

I’m usually not the type of person influenced by internet advertising, especially if it is coming to me through social media! But I’ve got to admit, Misfits Market’s advertisements on Facebook for organic produce at up to 40% off grocery store prices caught my attention. As a frugal stay-at-home mama, I’m always looking for a good deal!

What is Misfits Market?

In case you haven’t seen Misfits Market on social media yet, let me share with you a little about the company. Misfits Market is a subscription service where you can buy certified organic, non-GMO fruits and vegetables at a reduced price. You can also purchase add-ons which are packaged food items like chocolate or Bob’s Red Mill gluten-free flour that might have slightly damaged packing or being going out of date in the next six weeks. Their goal is to end the cycle of food waste by rescuing food items that can’t be sold in grocery stores but are still good.

How does Misfits Markets work?

Misfits Market purchases “misfit” produce from farmers across the country at a discounted price. There’s nothing wrong with these oddball fruits and veggies – they just might be too small, too large, or too strangely shaped to be sold in regular grocery stores. This unique produce is then packaged and shipped to consumers via a subscription service.

Subscribers can choose from two sizes of shipments: the Mischief box (10-13 lbs of produce) and the Madness box (18-22 lbs of produce). Shipments are mailed in eco-friendly packaging and can arrive weekly or biweekly, according to the subscriber’s choice.

My First Experience with Misfits Market: An Initial Review

Disclaimer: I am not an affiliate of Misfits Market and I do not receive any compensation for this review.

If you have been following my blog, then you’ll know that I have been eagerly anticipating my first shipment of fresh organic veggies from Misfits Market for a while now. I thought that I would share the unboxing of my first box with you, so you can share in my excitement.

I was hoping my box from Misfits Market would arrive before I went grocery shopping today, but it didn’t. However, I made a point when I was shopping to only get the bare necessities (a.k.a. the snacks like 90% dark chocolate and aged cheddar cheese) so that I wouldn’t end up wasting food. I knew that I might have to change this week’s meal plan when it arrived.

And finally, around 4 p.m., it did! Here is my box as it arrived on my doorstep.

Unopened Misfits Market box on porch after delivery

When I first opened the box, I was a bit disappointed, because I thought that I had gotten a bunch of random vegetables that would be hard to meal plan with. However, after I laid it all out and sorted through it, I realized that the produce was carefully chosen so that it would be possible to make thoughtful, balanced meals.

Here are the fruits and veggies after I unpacked and sorted them.

array of organic fruits and vegetables on a table

In case you’re wondering what was in our box, we got:

2 acorn squash
2 broccoli heads
2 cauliflower heads
2 cucumbers
2 bunches of kale
4 limes
4 mangoes
6 apples
8 onions
10 red potatoes
35 mini peppers

The Pros of Misfits Market

Some things I like about our first box? Overall, I’d say it’s a good variety of quality, seasonal organic fruits and vegetables for a good price. They arrived quickly, in good condition, and in compostable, recyclable and reusable packaging which was pretty cool. (I cut up the compostable foam and it’s currently entertaining my little tot while I write this. Win!) I also like that we got some fruits and vegetables that we normally wouldn’t have purchased, like mangoes and mini peppers. It’s also fun to get produce by mail; not only do you get to anticipate the arrival of a package, but also you also get to dream about the organic goodness waiting inside! It’s a great little surprise.

The Cons of Misfits Market

One thing I didn’t like was that you can’t opt out of certain veggies or fruits unless you have an allergy, and even then it isn’t guaranteed that you won’t get those foods. Since we are trying a low FODMAP diet for the sake of my husband, we normally wouldn’t purchase onions, broccoli or cauliflower because they tend to be problematic for him. But now I’m going to have to find something to do with these veggies. Maybe they’ll just make their way into this week’s stir-fry and the baby and I will eat them! One other thing that will take some getting used to is planning meals around what arrives in the mail because it switches up the usual flow of things. But it will be a good opportunities to get my creative juices flowing.

My Conclusion

Will I reorder? Probably. It’s hard to get a good feel for a product or service until you try it for a while. So we’re going to test it out and see how it works for us. Stay tuned for an update!

What do you think about getting fruits and veggies by mail? Have you ordered from Misfits Market?

Sides

Roasted Butternut Squash

Autoimmune Paleo (AIP)*, Dairy-free, Egg-free, Gluten-free, Nut-free, Paleo, Vegan, Whole30

roasted and cubed butternut squash with cinnamon

Looking for a new way to enjoy butternut squash? This is it!

Roasted butternut squash with warming spices like cinnamon and nutmeg is a simple, healthy and flavorful side dish that your whole family will enjoy. (Seriously, even our picky toddler loved it!) This dish is quick and easy to prepare and very versatile – it pairs well with just about anything from beef to black beans! We’ve even thrown it into a vegetarian chili with great results.

Can’t get enough butternut in your life? Check out my Roasted Butternut Squash and Apple Soup!

How to Make Roasted Butternut Squash with Cinnamon and Nutmeg

Ingredients

1 butternut squash, peeled and cubed
avocado oil
ground cinnamon
ground nutmeg*
salt

*To make this AIP compliant, substitute ground nutmeg with mace

Preparation

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Arrange cubed butternut on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, toss with avocado oil. Sprinkle with cinnamon, nutmeg (or mace), and salt to taste.

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes until tender.


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Entrées

Green Bean and Potato Casserole with Melted Brie

Egg-free, Gluten-free, Nut-free, Vegetarian

green bean and potato casserole with melted brie

This simple casserole is the ultimate comfort food. After all, what could be possibly be better than a plate full of warm potatoes and tender green beans, smothered in creamy melted brie?

Not much. Or at least I can’t think of anything at the moment!

This tasty casserole is simple to make, easy to prepare ahead of time and freezes well. I think you’ll want to include it as a regular on your weekly rotation. Enjoy!

How to Make Green Bean and Potato Casserole with Melted Brie

Ingredients

1/3 cup filtered water
2.5-3 lbs russet potatoes, cubed
1 onion, chopped
8 oz. baby bella mushrooms, chopped
6 cloves garlic, chopped
4 cups frozen green beans
1 lb brie, cut into 1x1x0.5 inch pieces
avocado oil
salt
pepper

Preparation

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Pour 1/3 cup of water into the bottom of a 9 x 11 casserole dish. Cover with potatoes and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Saute onions, mushrooms and garlic in avocado oil over medium heat until the onions begin to turn translucent. Remove from the pan and spread evenly over potatoes.

Layer green beans on top of the onions. Drizzle with avocado oil, salt, and pepper.

Place slices of brie evenly over the top of the casserole.

Bake for 50 minutes or until the potatoes are tender. If the rinds of the brie start to burn, cover with aluminum foil.


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Entrées

Beef-Sauerkraut Skillet

Autoimmune Paleo (AIP), Dairy-free, Egg-free, Gluten-free, Ketogenic, Nut-free, Paleo

beef sauerkraut skillet

Looking for an easy way to get more fermented foods in your diet? If you’re not, you should be! Fermented foods like sauerkraut have a number of health benefits. For instance, fermented foods:

  • Provide us with beneficial bacteria (probiotics)
  • Increase the bioavailability of nutrients in food, like iron
  • Contain or enhance important vitamins like vitamin C, B12, and folate
  • Support the immune system
  • Improve digestion

    Source: Shockey, Kirsten, and Christopher Shockey. Fermented Vegetables: Creative Recipes for Fermenting 64 Vegetables and Herbs in Krauts, Kimchis, Brined Pickles, Chutneys, Relishes & Pastes. Storey Publishing, 2014, p 21.

But, if the nutritional benefits of sauerkraut aren’t enough to entice you to incorporate more of it into your life, the taste will. It’s delicious! Especially when paired with ground beef, onions, and apples. This easy, one pan meal brings together these sweet and savory flavors for your whole family to enjoy.

How to Make Beef-Sauerkraut Skillet

Ingredients

1 lb ground beef
1 red onion, chopped
1 bell pepper, diced
2 apple, diced (optional)
3 cups sauerkraut
2 tsp apple cider vinegar
2 bay leaves
1 tsp ground black pepper
1 tsp dried oregano

Preparation

Cook the ground beef, onion, pepper, and apples over medium heat until the meat is browned and the apples, onion and pepper are tender. Be sure to stir occasionally.

Add the remaining ingredients. Heat over medium, stirring occasionally, until the sauerkraut is hot. Serve and enjoy.


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Shockey, Kirsten, and Christopher Shockey. Fermented Vegetables: Creative Recipes for Fermenting 64 Vegetables and Herbs in Krauts, Kimchis, Brined Pickles, Chutneys, Relishes & Pastes. Storey Publishing, 2014, p 21.

Entrées, Food

Rainbow Vegetable Slow-Cooker Pot-Roast

Autoimmune Paleo (AIP)*, Dairy-free, Egg-Free, Gluten-Free, Ketogenic, Paleo

picture of a potroast with onions and carrots

This dish is not only a feast for the palate, but also for the eyes! It features a wide variety of textures and colors and, if you plan it right, this dish will showcase every color of the rainbow (minus blue) making it a fun meal for kids and adults alike.

This recipe is great for busy weeknights or days when you’re feeling lazy and don’t want to cook. All you need to do is spend 15 to 20 minutes of prep work in the morning and come home in the evening to enjoy a hot, satisfying, and healthy meal.

Enjoy!


How to Make Rainbow Vegetable Slow-Cooker Pot-Roast

Ingredients

2 lb chuck roast
2 TBS avocado oil
8 rainbow carrots, chopped in 3 inch lengths and quartered
2 bell peppers, chopped
1 red onion, chopped
2 large tomatoes, diced
1 can diced tomatoes
2 limes, juiced
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
1 TBS apple cider vinegar
2 tsp black pepper
2 tsp powdered garlic
1.5 tsp salt (more to taste)
1 tsp dried basil
1 tsp dried tarragon
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp dried thyme

Preparation

Place the carrots in your slow cooker.

Add avocado oil to a large skillet on medium-high heat. Cook the roast on all sides until it is golden brown. This should take 8-10 minutes. Then remove the roast and place it on its bed of carrots in the slow cooker.

Saute the onions and peppers until the onions begin to turn translucent, about 4 minutes. Then, them add to the slow cooker.

Add the remaining ingredients and cook on low for 8 hours. When the meat comes apart easily with a fork, it’s ready!


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Desserts

Banana-Nut Bread

Dairy-free, Gluten-free, Nut-free*

sliced loaf of banana nut bread

Our family was recently invited over to a short-notice dinner at my dad’s house. Not wanting to show up without a dish to pass, I scanned the kitchen looking for ideas. When I spied some aging bananas on the counter, I decided they would be perfect for a gluten-free banana bread!

This banana bread is a wonderful treat for breakfast (or dessert) because it’s fluffy, it’s moist and it’s generously spiced. To top it off, it’s got way less sugar than your average banana bread so don’t feel too bad if you indulge in an extra slice…or two.


How to Make Gluten-Free Banana-Nut Bread

Ingredients

2 cups Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free 1:1 Baking Flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
2 eggs, beaten
4 ripe bananas, mashed
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup avocado oil
1/2 cup walnut, chopped
1/2 cup dried fruit of choice, such as raisins, cranberries, or chopped figs (optional)

Preparation

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour (1) 9x5x3-inch or (2) 7.5×3.5×2-inch loaf pans.

Combine dry ingredients (minus sugar, nuts, and fruit) in a large mixing bowl.

In a small bowl, stir together eggs,banana, sugar, and oil.

Mix wet ingredients with the dry ingredients until just barely combined. It’s okay if the batter is lumpy.

Stir in walnuts and dried fruit, if applicable.

Pour into loaf pan(s) and bake 55 to 60 mins (for the larger pan) or 40 to 45 minutes (for the two smaller pans). When an inserted toothpick comes out clean, the bread is done!

Tip: Cover with foil in the last 15 minutes if it looks like the top of the bread is getting too brown.


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