Chai Tea Spiced Apple Muffins (Vegan)

One of the most requested foods my oldest son asks me to bake when he comes home from college to visit is a big batch of muffins. From pumpkin muffins to blueberry muffins to banana chocolate chip muffins, I’m always happy to oblige my son!  With limited cooking skills, he’s very grateful – at least I think that’s him saying “thank you” with his mouth stuffed full of my newest muffin Vegan Chai Tea Spiced Apple MuffinsVegan Chai Apple Muffins

These are perfect to make ahead for quick breakfasts and snacks, plus they freeze fabulously – so of course extra were made to send back to college. Read on to get the full recipe and the cookbook that inspired these easy vegan muffins.  Continue reading

Cookbook Giveaway | Lighten Up, America!

Golly gee, I was just talking about my favorite healthy cookbooks in honor of National Cookbook Month and then a new one  (plus a second copy to give away) shows up at my doorstep — Cooking Light Lighten Up, America!  I can already tell this collection of regional American recipes is going to be well-worn in no time thanks to the quirky style and healthy spin author Allison Fishman Task puts on so many of my family’s favorite dishes – and new recipe ideas!
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Filled with more than 150 recipes with easy-to-follow instructions, helpful healthy tips and beautiful photography that captures every drool-worthiness morsel, this cookbook also exudes the spirit of foodie adventure that can only come from road-tripping from one American food festival to the next.  Keep reading on and find out how you can win my giveaway for a copy of Lighten Up, America!

But, here are the Amazon links if you can’t wait to win!

With so many recipes, I devised a simple plan to start my cooking plan of attack!  In each of the chapters, I’ve picked one recipe that speaks to me in some way – whether childhood memories, a favorite flavor crave, or just because the photo looks so inviting.

Lighter American Breakfasts: 

tex mex migas

Tex-Mex Migas are a breakfast staple in my hometown of Austin, Texas. Good for lunch too!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lighter American Lunches:

Shrimp Po'Boy

Shrimp Po’Boys loaded with pan-sautéed gulf shrimp (rather than fried) make this New Orleans classic my new best friend.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lighter American Main Dishes:

Another popular dish in Austin (and one more way to use my 75 lbs of Hatch Green Chile), these Chile Rellenos are actually quickly pan-fried for crunch and then baked in the oven – saving loads of fat and calories!

Another popular dish in Austin (and one more way to use my 75 lbs of Hatch Green Chile), these Chile Rellenos are actually quickly pan-fried for crunch and then baked in the oven – saving loads of fat and calories!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lighter American Side Dishes: 

Not a fan of this veggie until I tried them roasted! Add bacon and it's better - am I right?!

Not a fan of this veggie until I tried them roasted! Add bacon and it’s better – am I right?!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lighter American Desserts:

I'm totally making this Triple Chocolate Cake for my husband’s birthday.

I’m totally making this Triple Chocolate Cake for my husband’s birthday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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