29 September 2014

Smell good, Feel Good. (Recipe included)

It's Autumn. My favorite time of the year. I love whipping out my boots, scarves and starting the layered look that will be on me for at least 6 months. Of course as a food lover, I equally love all my warm and full flavored, sweet and savory foods.

This summer I developed a brand new allergen, now making over 15+ foods that my body wants to freak out about. #darnfoodallergies

While giving up coffee was a big blow to my normal daily 6 AM and 10 PM routine, it is an even bigger blow to my pour a cup of hot coffee and take a walk in the cool autumn night walks routine. While green tea and honey are ok, my appetite for something better is starting to kick in.

As I glanced around a new market we've opened in Atlanta and saw the selections of organic produce, I started to 'invent' some new warm fall recipes.

The nice part of this recipe is that while I am working in my busy day, I can take a 10 minute break (sometimes) and whip this up, pop it in the oven and set the "bake time" button timer that stops when it reaches it's time.

Cinnamon Baked Apples & Pears

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes


2 large firm apples
2 large pears
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup maple syrup
10  large pitted dates (remove pits) cut into quarters
1/4 cup finely toasted, puffed quinoa
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground clove
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons of soy, dairy free earth balance


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Cut apples & pears in halves  (remove core with a small pairing knife)
Sprinkle with apple cider vinegar
Place apples in glass baking dish
Mix other ingredients into a large mixing cup and pour over top of apples
Place foil over the apples

Bake for 35 minutes

Remove and serve in small serving bowls as a dessert or sweet side dish goes great with chicken or pork.

This cold day treat that makes the house smell good and is totally gluten free, wheat free, dairy free, egg free, nut free, peanut free, soy free... but to the non-allergic, don't tell anyone. Just make it up and let them enjoy the flavor.

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