healthy apple oat pancakes

healthy apple oat pancakes |

Sundays rhyme with pancakes. Okay, not really, but you get what I mean; there’s nothing like the smell of homemade pancakes filling up your kitchen on a Sunday morning. Although I have to admit that it’s hard to beat Aunt Jemima’s Original Pancake Mix, homemade pancake batter can be just as good and so much healthier by using nutritious ingredients, like fruits and oats instead of sugar and flour. Trust me and give these a try!

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roasted eggplant tomato and arugula gratin

roasted eggplant tomato and arugula gratin |

Whenever I’m craving cheesy pasta but want something lighter, I make a vegetable gratin. Less caloric (because there’s no pasta) but cheesy and full of flavor nonetheless, vegetable gratins make great lunches with a light salad or can also be served as a side dish for dinner. I stumbled upon a roasted eggplant gratin while browsing through Yotam Ottolenghi‘s website looking for something to cook with eggplants, and as usual, I fell in love with his recipe. I slightly adapted it according to my likings, but the bulk of it remains the same — roasted eggplants layered with an arugula pesto, fresh sliced tomatoes and mozzarella cheese. It’s delicious and so easy to make!

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healthier apple cinnamon bread

healthier apple cinnamon bread |

I can’t believe how quickly 2016 is passing by. It feels like yesterday that I was preparing our first Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year) dinner at home, cooking up a storm including this unbelievable roasted chicken dish and this apple crumble pie among tons of other things. It’s time to welcome the Jewish New Year once again, and although we won’t be hosting one of the celebratory dinners in our home this time, I still decided to bake something sweet with apples to enjoy for breakfast during the holidays with a warm cup of coffee or tea.

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spinach pesto and mozzarella pasta bake

spinach pesto and mozzarella pasta bake |

Creamy mac n cheese was one of my favorite meals as a kid, but now that I’m all grown up, I’m so much more careful about being healthy and nourishing my body with the best foods. I have to admit that I do cave into my cravings sometimes — as you can see by the amount of dessert recipes on the blog — and I do make creamy cheesy pasta bakes from time to time, but when I’m dying for pasta but want it to be nourishing, I make a lighter version instead.

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baba ganoush

baba ganoush |

I can’t believe that Summer is coming to an end and that we’re almost in September. Time has flown by so quickly this year; it feels like yesterday that I announced my pregnancy on the blog and now I’m already in my sixth month! Pregnancy has been such an amazing adventure so far and I’m still in awe about how beautiful and perfect nature is. The third trimester is around the corner and I couldn’t be more excited for it to be Winter — for the first time ever.

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roasted chicken with potatoes

roasted chicken with potatoes |

We had both of our families over for dinner last Friday night and I was craving chicken. I hadn’t made roasted chicken in a while — not since I made this version with artichokes and sun-dried tomatoes — so I wanted to try something new that would make everyone happy. Tons of ideas came to my mind, but when I asked Jon what type of roasted chicken he would like, he said: “with potatoes.” That sounded too common and nothing special, but I decided to give it a try anyways. The result was anything but common — the potatoes were golden and crispy on the outside, yet soft and so full of flavor on the inside. The chicken was moist, tender and juicy. The combination of both was just unbelievable. And guess what, the recipe couldn’t be easier!

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