Asiago Sourdough Roast Beef Panini with Raw Blue Cheese and Arugula

Asiago Sourdough Roast Beef Panini with Raw Blue Cheese and Arugula | OUR NOURISHING ROOTS

This post is a part of Panini Week!

This sandwich always reminds me of Steve Martin whenever I make it.  “I haven’t had arugula in 6 weeks!”  If you know what that movie is based on the quote, withOUT clicking this link to cheat, then you get…bragging rights.

Or virtual brownies or something.  And I’ll think you’re really cool!

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Cocoa Almond Butter Sourdough Panini with Fresh Raspberries

Cocoa Almond Butter Panini with Fresh Raspberries | OUR NOURISHING ROOTS

This post is a part of Panini Week!

This panini is a glorious creation that tastes like indulging in a bed and breakfast-esque spread.  It’s all my favorite things together: sourdough, whole cane sugar, honey, almonds, raspberries, vanilla, and cocoa.  Plus, it’s just plain pretty!

Couple it with this homemade cocoa almond spread, and the combination of the sour bite from the bread and raspberries with the sweet chocolate is wonderful.  And like most sweets I make, it’s not too sweet.

Make this for a weekend breakfast, or for a breakfast-for-dinner dinner party.  I think it will be an elegant hit!

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Cocoa Almond Butter Spread: Easy “Nutella” You Can Make Without a Food Processor!

Cocoa Almond Butter Spread: Easy "Nutella" You Can Make WITHOUT a Food Processor | OUR NOURISHING ROOTS

Sometimes I just cannot be bothered to bust out my food processor, as much as I love this one, and make hazelnut butter, you know?

So I cheat.  Yep, I admit it!

I cheat and I make this quick, simple, yummy version of “nutella” that satisfies my chocolate craving just as well as the original ever did.  Plus it doesn’t make me want to restrain myself from reading the label and lamenting the fact that they are using vanillin instead of vanilla, among other things.

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Whole Grain Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie | OUR NOURISHING ROOTS

As I have gotten older, with my children are now in grade school, I tend to have less patience for “busy work”.  Dropping cookie dough onto sheets over and over?  Please!

Let’s streamline this process and cook the dough all at once.  You can do that in a glass or ceramic casserole pan, but I find that my cast iron skillet is a little more fun.  Cookie wedges, amirite?  Plus, when you make one big cookie your house doesn’t get so hot in the summer.  You’re welcome. [Read more…]

Traditional Poutine: Fries, Gravy, Cheese Curds, Oh My!

homemade real food poutine

Poutine is quite simple: fries, brown gravy, and cheese curds.  Simply delicious!  Poutine is comfort at it’s best, full of satisfying starches from the potatoes, a salty edge from the cheese curds, and velvety homemade gravy full of naturally occurring gelatin.

I think of poutine as one of those dishes that is a cross between bar food and an elegantly elevated dish.  But no matter how you classify it, it is full of nourishing fats if you use the best ingredients possible: grassfed cheese curds, homemade gravy with beef bone broth, and organic potatoes fried in coconut oil.

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Lemonade Gummy Fruit Snacks

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When I was on GAPS, I drank a lot of bone broth full of natural gelatin and soothing goodness.  And now that I don’t drink it quite as often, I try to incorporate as much grass-fed gelatin into my family’s diet as possible.  I was really glad to find that there is a powdered grass-fed gelatin from a brand I trust here.  It is a gelatin that is very easy to absorb, so all the nutrients are truly usable by your body.

And the best way to take this gelatin?  In a fruit snack of course!  I have seen a few recipes I really like, like these coconut pineapple gummies.  But ever since summer hit I have been dying to try and make lemonade gummies with grass-fed gelatin.  So yummy, and so healthy!  I have been making my honey-sweetened lemonade pretty regularly again, and so I tried it, and the result was glorious. [Read more…]

Texas Sheet Cake: Real Food Style



I have had a lot of trouble transitioning a handful of recipes over to real foodified versions, and they invariably contain powdered sugar in the original recipe.  For example, I have these lime cooler cookies that are to die for, but there is just no other way to make lime juice glaze without powdered sugar!  Honey is okay, but powdered sugar really makes them perfect.

But these aren’t lime coolers.  And even though the original recipe for Texas sheet cake calls for powdered sugar in the glaze, I am happy to say that my real foodified version of Texas sheet cake is not only bomb, but passed the approval of several high school aged kids that didn’t know they were eating unrefined-sugar and whole grain Texas sheet cake. In fact, all they said was “YUM!” and “What’s your website, again?”  I’ll take it!

So first of all, let me tell you why I love this chocolate dessert probably the best of all chocolate desserts, cakes or cookies anywhere.  Yep.  I love Texas sheet cake that much! [Read more…]

Homemade Cracker Jacks

homemade cracker jacks

This recipe was a sort of happy accident.  I was figuring out how to make this caramel corn and one of the early attempts yielded way too much caramel coating for the amount of popcorn.  So I added some peanuts, baked it, and then let it cool.  And when I tasted it, I realized: this tastes like cracker jacks!

Unlike my effort to figure out caramel chips (a dismal failure; I’m still working on that one!), this accidental cracker jack recipe is one I’m sure will be a big hit.  My kids love taking a bag to school in their lunch.  I love that the sugar is wholesome.  And I have even made a double batch and brought it to a party with great success!

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Naturally Sweetened Peanut Brittle

coconut sugar peanut brittleSweet and salty, crunchy and crisp.  Old-fashioned peanut brittle is one of my favorite treats to make at home with wholesome, natural sweeteners.  I love the buttery flavor, and deep amber color from the coconut sugar.  Peanuts, or maybe cashews if you prefer, give a salty and rich flavor to the brittle, as well as delectable texture.

If you look up a recipe for peanut brittle these days, the ingredients read something like this: sugar, corn syrup, butter, peanuts, salt.  I do not have much of an issue with them, until refined white sugar and corn syrup are in everything we eat.  If you are out, just eat a piece of “regular” peanut brittle.  But if you are at home, then it is time to take it up a notch with whole sugar.

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Happy & Healthy Holidays Online Class

Every holiday season I pull these recipes out and I make something that not only makes me feel good because it’s healthy and made with wholesome sweeteners and flours, but it’s delicious.  I strive to perfect my recipes here at Our Nourishing Roots, so that they are tried and true and really work.  I appreciate that that is what Jenny does as well, so I can trust that her recipes will turn out well and taste amazing.

I absolutely adore Nourished Kitchen.  Jenny is a beautiful writer and photographer, as well as an excellent chef.  She was there for me when I started my real food journey, providing clear instructions and gorgeous recipes to help me feel confident that I could embrace a traditional diet.

It’s no wonder that I am completely in love with her Happy & Healthy Holidays Online Class; I highly recommend it. This 10-class course is normally $149 but is being offered for 40% off through November 21st: only $89.  Plus, you get lifetime access to the videos, menus, and recipes.

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