Whole Grain Pumpkin Spice Waffles

Whole grain spiced pumpkin waffles that are crisp, fluffy and delicious! (gluten free) cookieandkate.com

It doesn’t feel like late October outside (72 degrees yesterday, can’t complain!) but it sure looks like fall. The trees are lit up in yellow, orange and red and leaves are swirling around in the streets. This year, like every year, I’m feeling conflicted about the falling leaves—simultaneously sad to see them go, but awe-struck by their blazing glory on the way down.

healthy pumpkin waffles ingredients

Sweaters and scarves and holiday cheer will be here before we know it. I partnered with Grain Foods Foundation to bring you these oat flour-based pumpkin waffles, which would be a fun breakfast to serve on Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas or any weekend from now until then.

These waffles freeze beautifully, too, so you might want to make a big batch and treat yourself to pumpkin waffles are busy weekday mornings. Just pop them in the toaster and you’re good to go!

Continue to the recipe »

No Noodle Pad Thai

A fresh, meatless, noodle-free spin on traditional pad Thai - cookieandkate.com

Do you remember your first bite of pad Thai? I don’t remember exactly when or where mine took place, but I vividly remember my omg-where-has-this-been-all-my-life reaction to the first bite. Hello, spicy peanutty goodness.

It happened sometime during college, as did so many other first food experiences. My super picky younger self had survived on granola bars, two-ingredient salads and pizza throughout high school. In college, my friends introduced me to all the cuisines I’d been missing out on in bland suburbia: Indian buffets! Pad Thai! Vegetarian sushi!

vegetable noodles

I’ve eaten my fair share of pad Thai in years since. I’ve never tried making it at home, though, so I couldn’t resist this fresh, vegetable “noodle” spin on pad Thai in David and Luise’s new cookbook, Green Kitchen Travels: Healthy Vegetarian Food Inspired by Our Adventures.

You may already be familiar with the couple’s blog, Green Kitchen Stories, which offers stunning, produce-driven recipes. David offered me a copy a while back, so I eagerly tore into the envelope when it finally landed on my doorstep. That’s when I had another omg-where-has-this-been-all-my-life reaction, but this time to a cookbook and its contents.

Continue to the recipe »

Honey-Sweetened Almond Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

Healthy, honey-sweetened, salted almond chocolate chip granola bars. Keep these bars on hand for traveling or whenever hunger strikes! - cookieandkate.com

I basically survived on granola bars in high school. Pre-packaged, too sweet, milk chocolate granola bars at lunch and before volleyball practice. Every day. Naturally, I’ve been pretty burnt out on granola bars for the past ten years.

Then my friend Sara (whom I met through the blog) texted me the ingredients list for a granola bar and requested that I recreate them. I trust Sara’s taste in granola bars and thought I’d better give these a shot, so I stopped at the nearest Kaldi’s Coffee shop to pick one up.

granola bar ingredients

I made it out to my car before peeling off the packaging. One bite and I was hooked. This granola bar was unlike any other granola bar I’d ever encountered. I tasted honey, sea salt, dark chocolate, oats and cinnamon all at once—each flavor teetered on the edge of overwhelming the others yet somehow the sum was perfectly balanced. I immediately added the ingredients listed on the back of the package to my grocery list and headed to the store.

Continue to the recipe »

12 Favorite Kale Salads (plus, how to make the best kale salad!)

12 totally delicious kale salad recipes, plus tips on how to make the best kale salad ever. cookieandkate.com

I counted up the number of beloved kale salad recipes on this blog the other day and came up with an even twelve. Kale salads are my favorite so I decided they deserve a dedicated post!

Why do I love kale salads so? Well, for one, dressed kale salads keep well in the refrigerator for a couple of days, unlike most salads made with more delicate greens. Since they store well, they are a great pack-for-lunch option.

How to chop kale salad

Secondly, kale salads are packed full of nutrients and fiber thanks to the kale and complementary produce. Did you know that just one cup of kale offers over two times the amount of Vitamin A you need in one day? It’s no wonder I feel like Wonder Woman after I eat a giant kale salad.

Last but not least, kale salads are perfect for when you’re in the mood for a big meal but don’t want to feel weighed down afterward. They’re especially great during the holidays—whether you’ve overindulged in cookies or just need a hearty option to offer vegetarians, kale salad is the answer.

Continue to the kale salads »

Caramelized Sweet Potato, Red Pepper and Feta Frittata

Sweet potato, red pepper and feta frittata — perfect for breakfast, brunch or breakfast for dinner! cookieandkate.com

This frittata concept has been lurking in the back of my mind for months. I’ve just been waiting for sweet potatoes and bell peppers to come around again. I try to eat seasonally so it really pains me to pass by red bell peppers (my loves!) at the grocery store during the off-seasons, when those peppers are flown in all the way from Chile or Holland.

sweet potato, cilantro and black beans

When I’m not too busy grumbling about self-imposed produce deprivation, I’ll admit that eating seasonally really is the way to go—I’m generally so busy getting my fill of cranberries in the winter that I don’t have time to miss blueberries, and I’m always scrambling to meet my butternut quota when spring rolls around, and oh, how I love those blood oranges in February that electrify dreary winter days. I appreciate them all the more thanks to their limited availability.

Continue to the recipe »

Homemade Pumpkin Chai Latte

Creamy pumpkin spice chai lattes made with real ingredients (only 90 calories!) - cookieandkate.com

I was sitting on the couch the other day while visions of pumpkin muffins, warm chai lattes and falling red leaves danced in my head. “Pumpkin chai lattes!” I exclaimed. “Why haven’t I had one of those?! Do those even exist?!” Sometimes inspiration strikes out of nowhere.

Then I consulted google, as food bloggers do in this situation, and yet again, I wasn’t the first person to come up with this brilliant concept. If you want one right now, you can order one at the Starbucks nearest you.

pumpkin chai latte ingredients

Regardless, I set out to create my own ideal pumpkin chai latte. I wanted a creamy, maple-sweetened latte made with real pumpkin and plenty of warming spices. I wanted a treat that I could enjoy in the morning (made with regular chai tea) or evening (made with decaffeinated chai rooibos tea). I wanted all that without a bazillion calories—not because I am a calorie counter, but because I don’t like to drink my calories.

Continue to the recipe »