Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Apple Nachos-The Perfectly Healthy Dessert





Don't these healthy apple nachos look fabulous? 
No processed sugar, oil-free, gluten-free, vegan, parve.. oh my!!



Rosh Hashnah, Jewish New Year

It is traditional to eat apples and honey and other sweet desserts made with apples on the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, which begins on this year on the evening of Sept 6, 2021 this year. However, according to the Hebrew calendar, we are actually celebrating the year 5,782 which dates back to Biblical days. 

Chocolate Fudge Sauce Made With Dates

I will be making this exciting super healthy and super tasty apple holiday dessert for our holiday dinner next week.

I've already mentioned in previous posts that my son, Jonathan, doesn't eat processed sugar, so I'm always on the lookout for a dessert he will eat. He inspires me and it's healthier for all of us. Remember the birthday (link) exotic fruit platter birthday and banana for candles? 

sliced apples
Apples and Honey Anyone? 

This simple recipe is sure to be a winner with the entire family. 
Apples are really good for us and the toppings make it fun to eat! How do I keep my apple slices from turning brown for 6 hours? 
I have a really simple method (not lemon juice).



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Apple nachos are very easy to make 
1. Slice the apples
2. Arrange on the plate
3. Drizzle with toppings of choice (see suggestions below)
5. Serve and enjoy

It's that easy

Topping and Drizzle Suggestions
1. Honey (maple syrup for vegans)
2. Homemade chocolate fudge drizzle (recipe below)
3. Slivered almonds
4. Shredded coconut 
5. Raisins
6. Dried cranberries
7. Cinnamon
8. Peanut butter drizzle sauce (recipe below)
9. Cinnamon caramel sauce (recipe below)


Sweet and Rich Chocolate Fudge Sauce 
(no added sugar)
This chocolate sauce is rich and chocolaty. It is very easy to make, has no added sugars, and is vegan, gluten-free, oil-free, and parve.  Use it to drizzle over apples or as a dip. 

Ingredients:
8-10 pitted dates
3/4 cup of nut milk 
2 tablespoons of unsweetened organic cocoa powder (I buy this one)

Very Easy Directions:
Combine dates and nut milk in a small bowl. Allow to soak for 15 minutes to soften up dates. Add the cocoa and the date mixture into a small blender such as a Nutribullet. Blend until smooth and pour (scrape) mixture into a very small saucepan. Heat on a low flame, whisking the entire time, until mixture begins to thicken. Remove from heat and spoon into a small glass ramekin. Use as a dip or drizzle some over the apple slices.  It makes a small ramekin but it is enough since it is very rich.

** if you like your sauce thinner, dilute with a tablespoon of nut milk at a time, but it will take away from the rich taste if you make it too thin. 




Peanut Butter Powder Sauce 
(some PB powder brands may contain sugar)

Ingredients: 
8-10 dates
3/4 cup of nut milk
2 tablespoons Peanut Butter Powder (I use this one- organic peanut butter powder - this brand does contain organic coconut sugar which I originally didn't realize. 

Directions: 
Soak the dates in the nut milk for 15 minutes. Add the dates and nut milk and the peanut butter powder to a small blender- I use this one.
Pour contents into a small saucepan and heat on low whisking for about 3-4 minutes. Spoon into a small glass ramekin and use as a dip or drizzle over the apple slices. 
** Disclaimer:  I just read the ingredients on the peanut butter powder and it does contain some organic coconut sugar which many people use and consider healthy- but be aware.  


Caramel Cinnamon Sauce
Ingredients: 
8-10  pitted dates
3/4 cup of nut milk 
1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon 
optional: 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla.

Directions:
Soak the dates in the nut milk for 15 minutes. Add the dates, nut milk, and cinnamon to a small blender such as a Nutribullet. Blend until smooth and creamy. Add to a very small saucepan. Turn heat to low and whisk for 3 minutes until thickens slightly. Spoon into a small glass ramekin and use as a dip or drizzle for the apple slices. 

In a hurry or don't mind eating sugar- use chocolate syrup, chocolate chips, caramel sauce from the store. 

Shofar, Kid, Jewish New Year, Shana Tova

This photo shows a boy blowing the Shofar (ram's horn). Prior to modern times and modern communication and clocks, the blowing of the Shofar was used to alert the community that the holiday was starting or ending. 

Today synagogues all over the world still blow the shofar on Rosh Hashanah. The loud blasts of the shofar symbolically awakens us to think about and reflect the beginning of our 10 days of self reflection and atonement for our behaviors in the coming New Year. 


My Notes: 

1. If making the sauce and it needs more liquid, add 1 tablespoon at a time of nut milk to thin it. However, be careful not to make the sauces too thin or they will begin to lose their rich taste.

2. You can sprinkle cinnamon on the apple slices 

3. These apple nachos can be made up to 3 hours in advance, covered, and refrigerated until ready to serve. ( I do suggest that you soak your apples according to the suggestion for at least 5 minutes to prevent browning of the apple slices. Apple Slices Wont Turn Brown With This Tip.





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Sunday, August 29, 2021

Middle Eastern Zucchini with Lemon and Dried Mint

Middle Eastern lemon zucchini


This simple sliced zucchini side dish has a surprisingly robust flavor when cooked the Middle Eastern way with garlic, lemon, and dried mint. 

Saturday, August 28, 2021

Watermelon, Cucumber, Tomato, and Mint salad

watermelon tomato salad with mint


When temperatures start to rise to over 90 degrees, you will welcome this refreshing watermelon, cucumber, and tomato salad seasoned with chopped scallions and freshly chopped mint-  it is sweet, savory delicious and takes advantage of end of summer produce.

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Zucchini Noodles, Spinach, and Salsa - an easy side dish



zucchini noodles and spinach

Looking for ways to eat more healthy green vegetables?
 

Chow down on this easy vegetable side dish. made with zucchini and baby spinach. It is low in calories and tastes spicy and amazing. 

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Fresh Carrot Cake Bars




These are interesting and unusual fresh carrot "cake" bars.
They do not require cooking, just freezing. 

Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Wellness Wednesday - Great Tips From Women's Magazines

I love reading the women's magazines- such as the ones stacked at the checkout counter at supermarkets. Headlines such as "Easiest Detox Ever",  "Drop 10 Pounds in 10 Days", "New Virus Fighter",  "Bye Bye Stress", and The Vitamin that turns flab into firm" surely attract my attention. 

I usually end up buying the magazine. Now I'm sharing some of the great ideas.

Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Quickest Red Lentil Soup Ever




It looks like an exotic feast, but it was one of the quickest and easiest soups I ever made. Nourishing, delicious, and filling, you'll love this plant-based easy soup. 

Saturday, August 7, 2021

Arulgula, Spinach, and Strawberry Salad


Summer is the perfect time to enjoy flavorful healthy greens and sweet produce. I've made this beautiful arugula, baby spinach, and strawberry salad with an option of including some colorful chopped mango or sliced almonds.

Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Easy Vegan Parmesan "Cheese"

Food, Plate, Spaghetti, Pasta, Dish

I'm excited about this easy 4 ingredient plant-based vegan Parmesan "cheese".  It's delicious and has the look and texture of the real thing. 

Great for anyone who is vegan, dairy-free, kosher or if you are looking to cut down on sources of unwanted animal fat.

Monday, August 2, 2021

A Peek At My Week in July/August

I'm Watching:     Made In Heaven on Amazon Prime


A series set in current day India. Deals with women's rights, gay rights, and the evolving rights in general in a closed society for those who have the courage to challenge the norms. The story is based on two unrelated individuals who open a bridal planning agency called, Made in Heaven for the wealthy which takes us into the lives of all kind of individuals, both the clients and the staff. Strictly fiction, but interesting and exciting. I'm enjoying it. 



I'm Reading : 

97 Orchid Street : An Edible History of Five Immigrant Families in One New York Tenement. 

It's a historical fiction based on the lives of a German, Italian, Irish, Orthodox Jewish and Reform (From Russian and Germany) who live on 97 Orchid Street in NYC from 1863-1935. Though their food we learn about their lives and the struggles to readjust to life as new immigrants in America. 

I found this on Wik
"The Lower East Side Tenement Museum, located at 97 and 103 Orchard Street in the Lower East Side neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City, is a National Historic Site. The Museum's two historical tenement buildings were home to an estimated 15,000 people, from over 20 nations, between 1863 and 2011"

97 Orchard Street: An Edible History of Five Immigrant Families in One New York Tenement

The Flowers In My Yard :
Since we are spending more time on our deck and less time out this summer due to Covid, we decided to surround ourselves in beautiful summer flowers. This is a sampling of some of our hanging baskets and planted flowers. 

hanging basket of summer flowers

  
field of black eyed Susans

hanging basket of red flowers

  
What I'm Cooking : 

You may not normally think soup this time of year, but there are many summer soups which are either chilled or take advantage of the seasonal corn, tomatoes, and zucchini. I eat soup any time of the year, but it's a good time to FREEZE soup to take advantage of the summer crops. 

Corn LIme Soup at www.realfoodblogger.com

This week I made Mexican Zucchini Corn lime Soup ( P151 of my cookbook) or a similar soup you can find on my blog for (link) chilled zucchini corn lime soup and a Cucumber Grape Mint Gazpacho (P.163 in my Soups Cookbook) which I haven't put anything like it on my blog- yet. If you want the recipe, leave me a note in the comments. 

Notes: 

1. All of my recipes on my blog from 2021 have now graduated from vegetarian to vegan.

2. All of my recipes have always been and are still gluten-free

3. My recipes are whole food plant-based and easy using normal ingredients.

4. My recipes are low fat 

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