Any other dried fruits, nuts, or seeds you desire (optional)
Pulse dates in a food processor or blender until they form a soft dough. Add the dates into a bowl along with the cacao powder and dried cranberries. Mix everything together thoroughly, and then roll into bite-sized balls and enjoy!
First, boil a pot of water and cook the pasta according to the instructions on the package. Chop up the garlic, bell pepper, and onion and add it all into a pan along with the remaining ingredients (keep the noodles separate for now).
Cook on a low setting until the onions and bell peppers are soft. Then add in the pasta and cook for another 2-3 minutes.
Slice up your sweet potato into fries and place onto
on a baking sheet with parchment paper and bake in
oven at 425 degrees until lightly crispy on the outside.
To make the Hummus
In a food processor or blender, add in your chickpeas,
basil, garlic, tahini and nutritional yeast, lemon juice
and 1/2 cup of water and blend until smooth. Pour
into a bowl and use sweet potatoes to dip into the
With all the apples we’ve got in our apartment, I’ve been looking for ways to keep them around but also not rotten. One of my go-to projects this fall is cooking up mass amounts of applesauce. It’s a great way to prolong the life of our apple bounty, and heat the apartment too!
Simple and Delicious Applesauce Recipe:
4 Apples (peeled, cored and diced)*
¾ Cup Water
¼ Cup Sugar (White, Brown, None, etc to taste)
½ tsp Ground Cinnamon
*I have actually been doubling this recipe since we have so many apples, I’ve noticed it takes about 8 apples to fill a quart-sized mason jar.
Step 1- Cook all of these ingredients in a covered pot for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally until the apples are soft (If you are doubling the recipe they may need to cook a bit longer than 20 minutes).
Step 2- Allow the applesauce mixture to cool for 20 minutes, or until it stops letting off steam
Step 3- Sauce it! If you like your applesauce on the chunky end of the spectrum, I recommend mashing with a fork or wooden spoon. If you dig it smoother, a blender is a good way to go (pulse on low, then increase the speed as needed).
Step 4- Transfer to a jar or sealable container for storage.
Fall is upon us here in Albany! My first east coast fall has been full of cold days and finding things to make with all the apples we’ve picked! One of my favorites is a basic apple butter. It’s great for spreading on toast (or more apples!) and makes the apartment smell amazing.
Apple Butter Recipe:
5 Apples (cored, loosely peeled, and diced)
¼ tsp salt
1 ½ tsp ground cinnamon
¼ Cup maple syrup or brown sugar (to taste)
Fresh Ginger to taste
¼ tsp cloves (optional)
Step 1- mix all of these luscious ingredients together and cook it all in a covered pot until it has reduced (this will take about 1 to 2 hours).
Step 2- Allow the mixture to cool for about 15 minutes, or until the mixture stops steaming.