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Keep the Halloween treats simple, nutritious and delicious with these pumpkin filled chocolates. Free of major allergens but full of flavor.

Easy Pumpkin Filled Chocolates

Keep the Halloween treats simple, nutritious and delicious with these pumpkin filled chocolates. Free of major allergens but full of flavor.

Keep the Halloween treats simple, nutritious and delicious with these pumpkin filled chocolates. Free of major allergens but full of flavor.

Halloween is just around the corner. Which means candy everywhere you turn.

Where We Stand.

I’m not one to tell my kids they can never have anything sweet. But I am one to shy away from most traditional processed candy.

We don’t do any food coloring.

NONE. Which eliminates pretty much all fruity candy.

I let my kids choose a couple chocolates as a special treat. But even if the ingredients aren’t too horrible I still think ethically the big name companies are not so great. And I’d prefer not to support them.

So I turn to my tried and true solution – I make my own!

Keep the Halloween treats simple, nutritious and delicious with these pumpkin filled chocolates. Free of major allergens but full of flavor.

Pumpkin Season!

This year I went with something festive – pumpkin filled chocolates!!

Delicious, melt-in-your-mouth chocolate (I use this brand because it is allergen free) filled with gooey, sweetened pumpkin…made with Perfect Supplements gelatin! Candy with good stuff in it? Yes, please.

These are a huge hit with my kids (especially my son that has been cocoa free for the last year and can now have it again…and my toddler that could care less about sweets but loves chocolate). We love to make them in fun shapes.

As an added bonus they are super easy to make. And if there happens to be either leftover pumpkin or chocolate they are great plain!

Keep the Halloween treats simple, nutritious and delicious with these pumpkin filled chocolates. Free of major allergens but full of flavor.

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Easy Pumpkin Filled Chocolates
Yields 20
A simple allergy friendly chocolate filled with gooey pumpkin.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 1/2 cups chocolate chunks or chocolate chips
  2. 1/2 cup pure pumpkin
  3. 1/8 tsp. cinnamon
  4. 1 Tbsp. maple syrup
  5. pinch unrefined sea salt
  6. 1 1/2 tsp. Perfect Supplements gelatin
Instructions
  1. Melt the chocolate over a double boiler.
  2. Fill the bottom of candy molds with half of the chocolate. Freeze to set while making the filling.
  3. Combine the pumpkin, cinnamon, syrup, salt and gelatin in a small saucepan.
  4. Let sit 1 minute.
  5. Heat over low - medium heat until the gelatin is dissolved (about 3 minutes).
  6. Add a small scoop of the pumpkin mixture to each chocolate mold. Freeze to set (about 3 minutes).
  7. Warm the remaining chocolate. Fill the candy molds to the top. Chill.
  8. When chocolate is solid remove the candy from the molds.
  9. Store in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
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Keep the Halloween treats simple, nutritious and delicious with these pumpkin filled chocolates. Free of major allergens but full of flavor.

Looking for a few other fun Halloween treats? Try these!

Pumpkin Pie Yogurt Gummies

Five Minute Salted Honey Chocolates

Chocolate Covered Toffee

Maple Candy

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How To Turn A Pork Roast Into Ham

Are you looking for a way to serve ham without worrying about nitrates, nitrites and fillers? Make your own! You can easily turn a pork roast into ham in your crockpot.

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I love ham. I mean love it.

No, not my ham!

You can imagine my sadness when my youngest had a reaction the last time I ate ham…which was months ago now.

Pork is not the problem.

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The problem is whatever is used for smoking/curing. Even something simple like beet sugar will cause a reaction.

So I haven’t had ham in a long time.

My solution.

Until I decided to make my own! You can turn a pork roast into ham right in your crockpot (this is my favorite one).

No fancy tools. No strange ingredients.

Really all you need is pork, salt and a sweetener.

I used a rolled pork roast. But any cut will work.

As easy as 1, 2, 3.

Cut some slits in the pork, put it in the crockpot and add the salt and sugar. Turn the crockpot on and you’re pretty much done.

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Your holiday ham really can be that simple. And you don’t have to worry about nitrates or nitrites or whether or not celery powder is better or worse.

To turn a pork roast into ham the important step is using lots of quality unrefined sea salt. Then adjust the sweetness to your liking.

If you want your ham really smokey you can also add a little liquid smoke (be sure to find one without coloring added).

As I write this I’m thinking about how tasty our homemade ham was. I might have eaten all of the leftovers myself. Though now I wish some had made it to the freezer so I could enjoy it again.

I guess that means I just need to make another!

Are you thinking about making a Christmas ham?

Save time and money by making it yourself this year! Just put it in the crockpot in the morning and spend your time focusing on delicious side dishes and desserts.

No crockpot? Or you’ve already filled it with something else? You can make ham in the oven too.

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Homemade Ham
Turn a pork roast into a delicious ham with a few simple ingredients and a crockpot.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 pork roast (cut and size of choice)
  2. 2 - 4 tsp. unrefined sea salt (adjust based on size of roast)
  3. 2 Tbsp. - 1/2 cup any combination of sweeteners (honey, maple syrup, organic cane sugar, organic brown cane sugar, molasses; adjust to taste)
Instructions
  1. Using a sharp knife cut slits in the pork roast all over.
  2. Place the pork in the crockpot.
  3. Add salt and flip the roast to make sure there is salt on all sides.
  4. Add the sweetener (start with a smaller amount and add more later if you want it sweeter).
  5. Cover and cook on HIGH for 4 hours, then turn to LOW for 5+ hours.
  6. Flip the roast 2 or 3 times during cooking to make sure all sides get coated with flavoring. You can also baste the roast with the juice in the crockpot, trying to get it into the slits in the meat.
  7. An hour before serving cut the roast into large chunks and coat with the juice in the crockpot.
Notes
  1. You can use a single sweetener like honey or cane sugar. Using a combination of liquid and dry sweeteners gives a good balance of flavor and creates a good "sauce."
  2. To make ham in the oven follow the same directions, baking the pork in a covered dish at 375*F for 2 hours, then turning the heat down to 325*F for 2 hours.
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Muffin Tin Mini Pumpkin Pot Pies

Turn Thanksgiving leftovers into a fun and delicious breakfast, lunch or dinner. Muffin tin mini pumpkin pot pies are perfect for the whole family.

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The Thanksgiving feast is over. You’re left with a little bit of this and a little bit of that.

There isn’t enough for a full meal. Or is there?

Combine those leftovers to create muffin tin mini pumpkin pot pies that the whole family will love. What kid doesn’t like pie for dinner?!

It only takes a half cup of pumpkin (or squash) to create a fun post-Thanksgiving brunch or lunch. The pumpkin replaces the traditional pot pie cream sauce.

Start with a simple crust (only 4 ingredients!) that you can quickly mix by hand. This is a great project for kids. They love to work with their hands and press the dough into the muffin cups.

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The filling is made with pumpkin or squash, vegetables and turkey. Don’t forget the real star of the show – turkey broth!! It is packed with vitamins, minerals and gelatin.

Prepare them all at once or in steps as you have time.

Muffin tin mini pumpkin pot pies are simple, versatile and delicious! Plus they are a great way to use Thanksgiving leftovers or to enjoy a taste of Thanksgiving any time of year.

Head over to Super Healthy kids where I show you how to make this fun dish that can be served for breakfast, lunch or dinner!

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Creamy Cranberry Jello

Looking for a kid-friendly spin on cranberry sauce? Try some creamy cranberry jello! It is packed with nutrients and kids will love the taste.

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I’ll be honest. I always skipped the cranberry sauce growing up.

Tart, gelatinous red stuff shaped like a can…not really my thing. I’m not even sure I ever actually tasted it!

It looked that bad to me.

Not much has changed.

Fast forward thirty years. I’m still not entirely sure I’ve ever tasted cranberry sauce. I honestly couldn’t tell you what it tastes like. Even though it sounds really good…assuming it’s not out of a can.

I’ve never made it or served it to my family (though this homemade version from Raising Generation Nourished sure looks good!)

So when challenged by Stonyfield to recreate a holiday dish using yogurt I figured I should try to improve on the one Thanksgiving dish I never even bother making.

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I turned cranberry sauce into creamy cranberry jello!

Sweet success.

My kids love it.

A little sweet. A little tart. A little creamy. Perfect.

Creamy cranberry jello really couldn’t be any easier to make either.

Five ingredients. Five minutes of hands on time.

The cranberry comes from pure cranberry juice. The creaminess comes from Stonyfield Plain Greek yogurt or strained whole milk yogurt. And the jello comes from quality grass-fed gelatin.

I love the simplicity of this dish and that it is very kid-friendly. I also love that you can make it up to a couple days in advance. One less thing to think about the day of Thanksgiving or Christmas!

If your kids tend to be hesitant to try new foods and flavors like cranberry try using these fun Thanksgiving printables.

Thanksgiving-stickers

They can be printed out on a self-adhesive paper and placed on soup bowls, paper plates, napkins and glasses. Cute illustrations can sometimes motivate children to eat, but if that’s not enough, writing out funny rhymes or riddles about food can really do the trick.

They can also be used for labeling each dish so those with allergies know what’s safe.

Are you still finalizing your holiday meal plans?

Be sure to keep cranberries ON the menu this year. Nobody will pass them up in the form of creamy cranberry jello. Not even the kids!

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Creamy Cranberry Jello
Serves 8
A creamy, kid friendly twist on cranberry sauce.
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Ingredients
  1. 2 cups pure cranberry juice (NOT cranberry juice cocktail)
  2. 1 cup organic cane sugar
  3. 1/4 tsp. unrefined sea salt
  4. 1/2 cup Greek yogurt or 1 cup whole milk yogurt, strained
  5. 1 1/2 - 2 Tbsp. grass-fed gelatin
Instructions
  1. In a medium saucepan combine the juice, sugar, salt and yogurt. Whisk until combined.
  2. Add the gelatin while whisking to prevent clumping. Let sit one minute.
  3. Heat over medium heat, whisking frequently, until the sugar and gelatin are dissolved (about 3 minutes, mixture will be warm).
  4. Pour into a heat-safe serving dish.
  5. Refrigerate until firm.
  6. Serve cold.
Notes
  1. If you like your jello on the softer side use 1 1/2 Tbsp. of gelatin. If you like it firmer use 2 Tbsp. of gelatin.
  2. You can turn this into finger jello by using 2 1/2 - 3 Tbsp. of gelatin.
  3. You can add whole cranberries to the jello before refrigerating.
  4. You can replace half of the sugar with honey. You may need to increase the gelatin slightly.
  5. You can substitute coconut yogurt to make this dairy free.
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Looking for more delicious jello recipes for the holidays? Give these a try!

Candy Corn Finger Jello

Pear Lime Jello Salad

Strawberry Lemon Jello Salad

Cherry Rhubarb Jello

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Five Minute Salted Honey Chocolates | Just Take A Bite

Five Minute Salted Honey Chocolates

Got five minutes? Then you have enough time to make a melt-in-your-mouth allergen friendly treat! Salted honey chocolates are perfect for holidays, birthdays or any day.

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As we enter the holiday season with parties and family gatherings, goodies and sweets are everywhere. For most people that is exciting.

But if you have allergies you often have to go without.

I’ve got a five minute treat that just about anyone can enjoy. Salted honey chocolates are the perfect bite size treat for sharing with friends.

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Kids can even help make some and give them as teacher gifts.

Simple ingredients.

Raw cream style honey and unrefined sea salt are combined to create a gooey caramel filling that doesn’t require any cooking or dairy.

These chocolates remind me of Caramelo® candy bars. Sweet chocolate with soft caramel inside.

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Salted honey chocolates really only take five minutes of hands on time.

  1. Melt the allergen friendly chocolate chips over a double boiler.
  2. Pour melted chocolate in candy molds.
  3. Add honey.
  4. Sprinkle with mineral rich salt.
  5. Add more chocolate.
  6. Done.

Make it even easier.

No time to melt chocolate chips? Or you’re a busy mom with a baby in one arm and one kid around your ankle? I’ve got a solution.

Put a scoop of honey in a dish. Sprinkle it with salt. Dip chocolate chunks in the honey. Dessert is served.

Sanity is preserved.

Energy is restored.

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I actually enjoy this little treat when the chocolate is still melted. Put honey and salt in a dish. Pour some melted chocolate over top. Dig in with a spoon!

No flours. No baking. No allergens. Simple and oh so delicious.

Kids love to help.

Let your kids get in on the fun. It could get messy. But it will be a tasty mess! And your kids will cherish the time with you and memories made.

Even if you are making sweets, getting kids in the kitchen will teach them life skills and what real food is all about.

Salted honey chocolates are one of the rare treats my entire family can eat.

Well, I haven’t actually let my toddler have chocolate yet. But she isn’t allergic to it. And I would let her have a little spoon of salted honey.

Her favorite treat these days is a scoop of lard with a little honey and sea salt. Perfect for the little one.

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What are you waiting for? Grab some honey, chocolate and sea salt and get in the kitchen! Your after dinner snack or “mommy needs a break” fix is only five minutes away.

Just be sure to make a big batch. You’d be surprised how quickly they disappear! You may want to hide them in the back of the fridge.

Want to try your hand at another type of chocolate? You’ll love this chocolate covered toffee.

Five Minute Salted Honey Chocolates | Just Take A Bite| Salted creamy honey between layers of sweet chocolate

Five Minute Salted Honey Chocolates
Yields 12
An allergen friendly chocolate filled with raw honey and sea salt.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup Enjoy Life chocolate chunks (or other chocolate chip you tolerate)
  2. 2 Tbsp. raw cream style honey
  3. 1/2 tsp. unrefined sea salt
Instructions
  1. Melt the chocolate over a double boiler.
  2. Fill the candy molds 1/3 full with chocolate. Refrigerate 5 minutes to partially set.
  3. Put 1/2 tsp. honey in each mold.
  4. Sprinkle with a pinch of sea salt.
  5. Top the honey with melted chocolate, filling each mold.
  6. Chill until firm.
  7. Remove from molds.
  8. Store in the refrigerator.
Notes
  1. A glass bowl on top of a pan with 1 inch of water works well as a double boiler.
  2. You can dip chocolate chunks in salted honey for a quick version.
  3. Salted honey mixed with the melted chocolate is another way to enjoy this treat.
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Gluten Free Pumpkin Flax Granola Muffins

Can’t decide what to have for breakfast? Get your cereal and bread all in one with gluten free pumpkin flax granola muffins. They are the perfect way to start your day this fall.

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It’s no secret. I L-O-V-E granola. Really I love cereal of any kind.

But cereal is a rare commodity around here, only showing up on the breakfast menu when I have time to make some. Most cereal is just not healthy.

My kids enjoy my homemade granola. I make a kettle corn version that everyone goes crazy for.

But it sure is nice to get variety once in a while. And to give myself a break (it’s hard work cooking for a family with so many different allergies!)

So I was excited to try two products from Nature’s Path – Pumpkin flax granola and Cranberry Vanilla Qia.

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Big helpers.

Since I can’t have either my big kids gladly volunteered to be the taste testers!

Both kids really loved the Qia. It is a unique blend of seeds and dried fruit. We tried it in both milk and yogurt. Either way is great.  Just mix and let it sit for five minutes. Breakfast is served.

My oldest was the granola sampler (since my son is allergic to some of the ingredients). She gave it two thumbs up!

She even got an extra special treat one day with an Oh My Yog! yogurt and pumpkin flax granola in her lunch.

From a flavor standpoint both products are winners.

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My kids reviewed the taste. I reviewed the ingredients.

I was disappointed to see soy oil in the granola. We try to avoid all soy. I also am not sure what oat syrup solids are. It sounds a lot like corn syrup solids, just using a different grain.

I was hopeful as I read the ingredient list of the Qia cereal. Until I got to the last one – natural vanilla flavor.

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Natural flavor is my biggest pet peeve when it comes to “natural” products.

Natural flavor is pretty much the same thing as artificial flavor.

They may start with different ingredients, but the end product is about the same. And they impact my children the same way.

Both make my kids C-R-A-Z-Y.

Preparation is key.

I also think that seeds and grains need to be properly prepared to avoid nutrient deficiencies and to aid in digestion. Eating all of these oats and seeds that haven’t been soaked can be hard on the gut. My son seemed to have a really hard time with the seeds and had some off tummy days.

So I did let my kids try both products. But they are not items I would let them have regularly.

Pumpkin flax granola is good for those times when you are traveling or for those days here and there when you really have no time at all to prepare breakfast.

It also makes a great addition to muffins! Especially if you can’t have eggs.

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Flax seed is a great egg substitute.

So I used the pumpkin flax flavor of the granola and bumped it up with real pumpkin and flax seeds to create gluten free egg free pumpkin flax granola muffins.

A little sprinkle of granola on top adds a nice crunch and burst of flavor.

Since I like to prepare my grains I used Stonyfield whole milk yogurt to soak the flour first. The yogurt not only breaks down the phytic acid, it also helps bind the muffins and give them a soft texture.

You can make the muffins with or without the granola added. I made some without for my son and he still loved them.

Pumpkin and flax are a great pair. Put them in a muffin and you have a great fall breakfast. Make a big batch to stock the freezer for easy weekday mornings.

Are you a cereal fan? Or do muffins top your list?

Why not put them together and enjoy some pumpkin flax granola muffins. Use pumpkin flax granola or your favorite homemade granola for a new twist on breakfast.

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Gluten Free Pumpkin Flax Granola Muffins
Serves 12
A gluten and egg free muffin with pumpkin flavor and crunchy granola.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup sorghum flour (or brown rice or whole wheat)
  2. 1/4 cup warm water
  3. 1/2 cup plain, whole milk yogurt
  4. 1 cup tapioca flour (or white rice or all purpose)
  5. 1/2 cup granola + 1/4 cup for topping
  6. 1/2 cup pureed pumpkin
  7. 2 Tbsp. ground flax seeds
  8. 1/3 cup organic cane sugar
  9. 1 tsp. baking soda
  10. 1/2 tsp. unrefined sea salt
  11. 3 Tbsp. whole milk
  12. Optional: 1/3 cup mini chocolate chips or dried fruit
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl combine the sorghum, water and yogurt. Cover and let sit 7-24 hours.
  2. Heat the oven to 350*F. Line a muffin pan with paper or silicon muffin cups.
  3. Add the flax seeds to the soaked flour. Let sit 5 minutes.
  4. Add the remaining ingredients (except granola for topping).
  5. Mix well.
  6. Fill muffin cups 3/4 full. Sprinkle granola on top of each muffin.
  7. Bake for 25 - 30 minutes.
Notes
  1. Squash or sweet potato can be used in place of the pumpkin.
  2. The muffins can be made without the granola.
  3. To make these dairy free replace the yogurt and milk with coconut milk or water.
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Easy Crockpot Mashed Potatoes

No need to stand at the stove making mashed potatoes at the last minute when hosting a holiday gathering. Let your crockpot do all the work! Crockpot mashed potatoes are easy to prepare and can stay warm and ready to serve whenever you need them.

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We are quickly approaching the holiday season. That means big meals and lots of great food.

If you’re like me you prefer to host rather than travel.

But that is a lot of work!

Now you can take one thing off of your last minute to-do list. Crockpot mashed potatoes let you prepare a staple side dish in advance and forget about it until dinner is served.

It really doesn’t get any easier.

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Head over to Super Healthy Kids to find out just how easy these crockpot mashed potatoes really are. Then add them to your Thanksgiving menu.

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Crockpot Candy Corn Potatoes and Carrots

Halloween isn’t limited to sweets. Candy corn potatoes and carrots is festive and healthy! You won’t have any problem getting your kids to eat vegetables when they look like dessert.

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I love fall.

I wish it could last longer. Mild temperatures. Beautiful colors. All things pumpkin.

Savoring the season.

I recently shared my candy corn finger jello recipe as a nod to fall and a tribute to my grandparents. In that same spirit I have another fun play on candy corn today. But this time it is savory!

Candy corn potatoes and carrots is a fun and healthy side dish. You can modify it to meet your dietary needs too.

Change it up.

The base recipe uses white potatoes, sweet potatoes and carrots. But if you don’t want to use roots or don’t like quite that much starch (or have a crazy sensitivity/allergy to them like my daughter) then you can use pumpkin or squash (yellow/orange) and cauliflower (white)!

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Take your time.

The preparation for candy corn potatoes and carrots is so simple because the crockpot does most of the work for you. Toss all of the veggies in the crockpot. Once they are cooked you simply puree and layer them.

The entire dish can be prepared in advance and just warmed before you eat. The warming can even be done in the crockpot!
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Pick your flavor.

I love how versatile the flavor of this dish is. Add any seasoning, spices or even sweeteners you like.

My kids love a little brown sugar on their carrots and sweet potatoes. So I added just a touch to the bottom layers. But if you like things really savory adding salt, pepper and herbs would be just as delicious. Or you can find a happy medium by adding a pinch of cinnamon.

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Go ahead and choose which color to put in which layer. I like the dark to light effect. But you can go with the traditional candy corn yellow, orange, white scheme too.

Fun holiday dinner.

Are you wondering what to serve for dinner on Halloween? How about roast beef paired with candy corn vegetables and candy corn finger jello?! Your kids will love it. Plus they’ll fill up on nourishing foods and won’t crave a bunch of sweets later (can I get an Amen?!).

You could even turn this into a one pot meal by adding seasoned ground beef, chicken or turkey between each layer. Candy corn casserole!

Surprise the kids with some Halloween fun before the trick-or-treating begins. Candy corn potatoes and carrots (or squash and cauliflower) is a healthy way to enjoy the holiday.

Do you have any creative Halloween traditions or treats?

If not, start one with a festive dinner your kids will request year after year that includes candy corn potatoes and carrots.

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Crockpot Candy Corn Potatoes and Carrots
Serves 6
A fun, fall side dish filled with vegetables.
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Ingredients
  1. Orange layer: 3-5 sweet potatoes OR 1 orange flesh squash (pumpkin, butternut, kabocha)
  2. Yellow layer: 6-8 large yellow carrots OR 1 yellow flesh squash (acorn, spaghetti)
  3. White layer: 3-4 white potatoes OR 1 head cauliflower
  4. unrefined sea salt to taste
  5. water, broth or milk (enough to puree)
  6. optional: brown cane sugar, maple syrup, honey, herbs, cinnamon, spices
Instructions
  1. Peel and cut vegetables into large chunks.
  2. Place the vegetables in glass containers with a small amount of water or broth. Place the containers directly into the crockpot.
  3. Add about 1/2 inch of water to the bottom of the crockpot.
  4. Cook on high about 3 hours, until vegetables are tender.
  5. Remove containers from the crockpot.
  6. Add salt and any sweetener, herbs or spices and puree with an immersion blender (or in a blender). Add water, broth or milk if needed.
  7. Layer the vegetables in desired order in a see-through oven safe dish.
  8. Serve immediately or place in the crockpot on warm or cover and store in the refrigerator until ready to heat (in a 350*F oven for about 20 minutes).
Notes
  1. If using squash it can be roasted whole in the crockpot or oven, then cut open and the flesh scooped out. You can keep it as is or puree it at this point.
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Candy corn finger jello is the perfect Halloween treat. It has bright colors and fruit flavor without anything artificial.

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I’ve never been that crazy about  Halloween.

Don’t get me wrong, getting dressed up is fun. Spending time with friends is great.

Of course as a kid the candy is the real star of the show.

An adult perspective.

But on the whole it’s more of a hassle than anything, especially as a parent. Scrambling to find a costume (I’m cheap and just get creative with what we have on hand…anybody with me?). Spending half the week’s grocery budget on junk food for the neighborhood. Not my cup of tea.

But there is one part of Halloween and fall in general that I have always loved.

Candy corn.

I liked the taste. But more than that it reminded me of my grandparents. They lived on a farm and always kept a chicken feeder on the kitchen table to feed their little chicks – their grandchildren!

For some reason I was more into this tradition than any of my siblings or cousins. If my grandparents knew I was coming they were sure to stock it with candy corn for me. I ran to it first thing when I entered the house to check and have a little chicken feed.

My days of visiting the farm are coming to an end as my grandmother passed away earlier this year and my grandfather is in hospice. But when I do get there the chicken feeder is still sitting there on the table as soon as I walk in the door.

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A new tradition.

I am honored that it will soon be the centerpiece of my own table! I can carry on the tradition of feeding my kids and someday grandkids just like little chicks.

But in a different way.

My candy corn will not come out of a bag. It will not have artificial flavors and food coloring.

Instead it will be full of nourishing gelatin!

Want to see how I made this fun treat? Head over to Kitchen Stewardship! I’ll show you just how easy and healthy candy corn finger jello is.

If you’re looking for more holiday treats check out these great real food dessert books:

Naturally Sweetened Sweets - A Community Cookbook

Smart Sweets

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No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake Cups

Looking for an easy, prep ahead fall breakfast? These no bake pumpkin cheesecake cups are great for kids and adults. Plus they are packed with nutrition.

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One of my favorite foods is cheesecake. It comes in a close second behind ice cream. Yes, I love my creamy dairy desserts!

However, I don’t have time to make cheesecake very often. So I came up with a cheater version for fall.

Pumpkin cheesecake cups do require about two minutes of heating to dissolve the gelatin. But there is no baking involved. All of the prep work takes about five minutes of hands on time. In fact pumpkin cheesecake cups are so easy to prepare that even your kids can make them!

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Nutrition first.

Pumpkin is a superstar when it comes to vitamins. So any way I can add it to our diet is a bonus. Then you add yogurt with probiotics and healthy fat.

Don’t forget about the gelatin! This will help aid digestion and boost the protein content.

I love that I can make a batch of pumpkin cheesecake cups before bed and breakfast is ready in the morning. So when I have a child wake up at 6 am and tell me he’s starving we don’t have a mini crisis (i.e. meltdown).

Pumpkin cheesecake cups also work really well for school lunches. Kids see it as a treat. I see it as a source of protein and vegetables. A win for everyone.

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Perfect any time of day.

Of course you can always serve these for dessert too. Make a big batch for a crowd. Add some crumbled gluten free pumpkin spice graham crackers to individual cups to mimic crust. You’ll get rave reviews and be able to sit and enjoy some with your guests!

This recipe makes enough for two cheesecake cups. It can easily be scaled up to make as many servings as you need. They will stay good in the refrigerator for up to a week so you can make a batch to enjoy all week long. Though I can guarantee they won’t last very long!

If you like your cheesecake really soft you can reduce the gelatin about 1/2 tsp. If you like it super firm you can increase the gelatin about 1/2 tsp. Adjust it to make your ideal cheesecake.

Are you enjoying all things pumpkin right now?

Add these no bake pumpkin cheesecake cups to your list of must try treats!

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No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake Cups
Serves 2
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Ingredients
  1. 3/4 cup plain greek yogurt or strained whole milk yogurt
  2. 1/4 cup pureed pumpkin
  3. 1/4 cup honey
  4. 3 tsp. grass-fed gelatin
  5. 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  6. 2 homemade graham crackers or 1 store-bought graham cracker
Instructions
  1. Strain whole milk yogurt for one hour (it takes about 1 1/2 cups of yogurt to get 3/4 cups thick yogurt).
  2. Crush graham crackers and place in the bottom of two small containers (1/2 pint jars work well)
  3. Combine the yogurt, pumpkin, honey, cinnamon and gelatin in a small saucepan.
  4. Let sit one minute.
  5. Heat on low-med until the gelatin is dissolved and the mixture is liquid, about 2-3 minutes.
  6. Pour the mixture over the graham crackers and chill until set.
Notes
  1. Pumpkin cheesecake cups will stay good in the refrigerator for up to a week.
  2. Squash can be used in place of the pumpkin.
  3. Coconut milk yogurt can be used in place of the dairy yogurt.
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