Pumpkin-Apple Pie

PUMPKIN-APPLE PIE 

Oooh, ya. You read that correctly. Pumpkin, and apple. Together in a pie. 

I’m all about fall this year, and I wasn’t waiting for Thanksgiving for pumpkin pie! Oh, but what was I to do with the extra apples I had purchased at the grocery store last week? 

Combine the two. Yep! That’s exactly what I did. This pie isn’t heavy on sugar at all, and is Acid Reflux friendly as long as you use a Fat-Free Evaporated Milk! (Of course, if you can’t tolerate any dairy, try subbing the evaporated for some almond or another non-dairy milk) And, this recipe isn’t sweet at all. However, if you do want a sweeter taste to this recipe, use 1/2 cup of sugar instead of 1/4 cup. 

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I can’t wait to go pumpkin and apple picking this year, I’m going to carve an awesome Jack O’Lantern, and make a ton of freshly baked apple recipes! Apple dumplings anyone? 

Anyway, Happy Wednesday friends! Read below for the Pumpkin-Apple Pie recipe and have yourself a little mid-week fall pick me up! (I’m not letting this heat kill my fall vibe!)

And if you’re feeling especially creative, grab some cookie stamps and decorate the pie crust! 

 

 

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I ended up with a little extra batter, so I poured it into a 6″ ramekin and made a mini one! 

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PUMPKIN-APPLE PIE

Ingredients:

1 can Libby’s Pumpkin

1/4 cup Granulated Sugar

2 tsp Cinnamon

1 tsp Ginger

1/2 tsp Ground Cloves

2 Eggs

1 can Evaporated Milk

3 small Red Apples

1/2 heaping tsp of Ground Nutmeg

1 tsp Vanilla extract 

1 Packaged Pie Dough (I usually prefer to make mine from scratch, but sometimes when you’re pressed for time, a pre-made has got to do!)

 

INSTRUCTIONS: PREHEAT OVEN TO 425°F

1.  Wash, core, peel, and cut your apples. 

2. In a large mixing bowl, mix the apples and pumpkin with the sugar and spices. 

3. Separately beat the eggs. 

4. Stir the pumpkin/apple mixture into the eggs and gradually add the milk. 

5. Pour into a 9″ pie pan ready prepped with the crust. 

6. Bake at 425°F for 15 minutes. Reduce the heat to 350°F and bake for 40-50 minutes. Pie is done when a toothpick inserted comes out clean. 

 

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“Creamy” Potato Vegetable Leek Soup *Dairy Free*

It’s been a while, but that’s only because I’ve been working on delicious recipes and making plans for the next big steps with the blog, on top of gathering recipes together for an E-CookBook which will include lots of acid reflux friendly comfort foods and treats!

I’m trying to include a lot of classic fall comfort foods like cream soups and pumpkin pie but without all the dairy and high-fat content that tends to aggravate Acid Reflux and GERD. I’m one hundred percent satisfied to say I’ve done exactly that with this recipe!

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love Potato Leek Soup, any creamy soup really. All the cream soups! You get it. Anyway, heavy cream is not an acid reflux sufferer’s best friend, and neither is a high onion content. (Note: Onions have a PH level of 5.5 to 6.5, and can trigger AF especially raw. However, cooking the onions may help to lessen the acid stimulation. Keep in mind to do what works for you. What works for me might not work for everyone else, I’m just sharing my tips and tricks that have helped me along the way so far.)  And, moving on…

I literally threw this together when I got home from work today. Just made it up off the top of my head, and I’m so glad I did because it came out amazing!! I was having dinner with my sister, and there were so many vegetables in the fridge that we picked up at our trip to the farmers market, so I put some of those in to get in some extra vitamins and good health benefits!

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Leeks have a PH level of 6.0-8.0 which is fantastic because 7.0 is neutral standing ground. Also fantastic because I adore leeks, and I’m getting pretty tired of having to give up foods I adore. Lucky for me, leeks don’t have to be one of them! And neither does a cozy cream soup. This isn’t a thick cream soup either. It has a very light, slightly creamy texture to it, but it isn’t New England Clam Chowder thick by any means. But subbing almond milk for the heavy cream does just the right amount.

 

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Don’t believe me? The recipe is below, go see for yourself! Happy Fall Cooking friends!

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“CREAMY” POTATO VEGETABLE LEEK SOUP *Dairy Free*

INGREDIENTS:

1 Tbsp Olive Oil

5 Medium Russett Potatoes

1 Large Leek

4 Medium Carrots

2 Celery Stalks (with leaves)

Sea Salt/Pepper to taste

1 tsp dry Parsley and dry Basil

1/2 tsp Tumeric

1/4 tsp Curry

2 Cups Almond Milk (Plain)

32 oz Vegetable Broth (1 Box)

 

INSTRUCTIONS: 

  1. Heat the olive oil in a large pot. Saute the potatoes, carrots, leeks, and celery.
  2. Add the seasonings, and stir until the veggies are coated.
  3. Pour the vegetable broth into the pot and simmer for 10 minutes.
  4. Add the almond milk, and stir until combined.
  5. Put a top on the pot and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve this nice and warm, and enjoy!

 

 

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1/2 Dozen Smores Cookies

FALL IS HERE!!!!!!!!!

Summer is great. Really, it is. But I just am very sick and tired of being hot. I don’t like winter so don’t get me wrong, I’m not thrilled about the season change, but I’d rather be chilly and cozy than sweaty and sticky! LOL 

I’m super excited that it’s finally starting to cool down, and I can finally cozy up to a firepit in some sweats! And what better to do that with than S’mores, right? Or, how about, S’mores….in a cookie. 

Yep! I thought you might like that. And you know how so many amazing cookie recipes make a BIG batch, like 32 cookies? And you’re like….wtf am I going to do with 32 cookies? Well, this cookie dough makes only 6 cookies, which is perfect for small gatherings. In our case only about 5 people, but I never mind a leftover cookie. 😉 

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These are too good, marshmallow all gooey in the middle and all! Head on down below to check the recipe out and make them for your next fire pit night! 

1/2 Dozen S’mores Cookies

Ingredients:

2/3 Cup All-Purpose Flour

1/2 tsp Baking Soda

1/4 Cup Imperial Vegetable Oil (I used the baking sticks)

1/3 Cup Brown Sugar

2 Tbsp  white Granulated Sugar

1/2 tsp Vanilla extract

1 Egg Yolk

1/2 Cup Hershey’s S’more Baking Pieces

3 large Marshmallows, each cut in half 

 

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INSTRUCTIONS: PREHEAT OVEN TO 350°F 

1. Mix the flour and baking soda together in a small bowl. 

2. Beat vegetable oil, brown sugar, and sugar for 1 minute in a slightly larger bowl. 

3. Stir in flour until completely mixed, and fold in the S’mores baking pieces. 

4. On a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, drop the cookie dough on by the spoonful. Flatten them out and place a half of marshmallow right in the center. Bake in the oven for 12 minutes and enjoy warm! 

 

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Happy Fall, and until next time, Happy Fall Baking! 🙂 

 

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Neufchatel Cheese Spread (In a Pepper bowl!)

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So this isn’t a new recipe per say, it’s a different version of my Vegetable Neufchatel Cheese Dip, but more fun!

I love the fact that you can turn fruits and vegetables into serving bowls, and that’s exactly what I did when I discovered I had a yellow pepper sitting in my fridge that I had nothing to do with!

I took the inside and the seeds out of the pepper, and filled it with the Veggie Cheese dip…which can also double as a spread, so I’m thinking I need to work on the name of this recipe a little. (I’m open to any creative suggestions!)

Anyway, you can click here for the original recipe, and you can honestly use another vegetable for the bowl if peppers aren’t your thing. After sharing some crackers and cheese dip with some friends, I simply chopped the pepper up and mixed it in with the remaining dip I had left over.

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Psst….this is great on bagels too! 

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Until next time, happy cheese spread making! And remember, use Neufchatel cheese instead of regular cream cheese. It has 1/3 the fat and helps cut back on the acid reflux symptoms greatly!

Eggplant and Tomatillos Roasted in Cooking Sherry

Happy Monday!

I had such an eventful weekend, I did some fall and Halloween shopping with one of my girlfriends Saturday (we spent 7 hours doing this…I can’t remember the last time I tolerated that long of a shopping trip! lol) and then on Sunday I relaxed during the day and had a cooking/baking fest with my sister during the evening! Needless to say, I’m exhausted and could probably use an extra hour of sleep, but if I did that, who would tell you how to make Eggplant and Tomatillos roasted in Cooking Sherry? (Remember, I never said I didn’t like cooking with alcohol, I just don’t like drinking it and acting a fool. (Everyone else can, but I’ll stick to sipping my tea LOL)

Anyway, as you know, I’ve been trying to eat healthier foods with lower PH levels to help heal my Acid Reflux and GERD. Not that it’s ever fully healed of course, but changing my diet has made a ton of difference.

I’ve learned that 7.0 is a neutral PH level and that if the PH level of a fruit or vegetable is between 4.0 and 7.0, it’s usually a safe zone for AF and GERD. (USUALLY. Again, I do not claim to be an expert on AF or GERD, I am merely someone who suffers from the diseases and I’m only sharing tips and tricks that I’ve learned that have helped me personally. What works for me, might not work for you).

Imagine my excitement as a tomato lover (who can no longer eat them in abundance), when I found out that tomatillos have a PH level of 6.0! And, the Farmer’s Market had a whole huge pack of 10 for $1.00! (Living the broke bitch life, I was sold!)

Eggplant also has a PH level of 6.0, so I decided to try and roast the two vegetables together and see what came of it. I found a bottle of cooking Sherry at the grocery store, bought a bunch of fresh herbs, and got to work! See ingredients and instructions below:

Ingredients:

2 tbsp ov/water for pan

1/3 cup sherry

10 tomatillos

1 ep

4 sprigs fresh parsley

2 tsp dry thyme

1 tsp italian seasoning

pinch sea salt

Blueberry Fig Tart

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Aren’t the inside of figs soooo pretty?

 

TWO posts in one Monday?! You bet!

 

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I don’t care if it’s still a billion degrees out, I’m wearing my brand new fuzzy moccasins and experimenting with all the fall inspired recipes! I can’t stop snacking on these Honey-Maple and Thyme Roasted Carrots that were inspired by a roasted carrots recipe I found in The Easy Acid Refulx Cookbook by Karen Frazier.

As I’ve told you, I learned the lower the ph reading of the food you’re consuming, the less acidic it is. Figs have a ph of 4.6, so they’re right in the middle which my stomach can tolerate. Blueberries have a ph between 4.5 and 5.5, so they’re a less acidic fruit as well.

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Figs and blueberry seemed like such a great combination, so I picked some up at the Farmer’s Market Sunday and made a Fig and Blueberry Tart. We know I love fruit tarts and making them with juicy, fresh summer fruits; so of course, I thought, why not make a fall inspired one? Blueberries are still plump and in season, and the figs are at their ripest right now!

This recipe is super simple and healthy-ish. The figs and blueberries are sweet on their own, so you don’t really need to add any sugar. I didn’t. But, if you do, I suggest using only 1/4 Cup. You don’t want this to be too, too sweet! Ginger and ground cloves give it a warm touch that reminds you fall is right around the corner! And of course, I added an oatmeal crumble topping to throw a few grams of fiber in there!

Check out the recipe below!

 

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BLUEBERRY FIG TART:

INGREDIENTS:

1 Pie Crust (from scratch, or refrigerated)

9 fresh Figs, quartered and sliced

1 Cup fresh Blueberries

Juice from 1/4 of a lemon

1/4 Cup Sugar (Optional)

3 Tbsp All-Purpose Flour

1/2 tsp Cinnamon

1/2 tsp Nutmeg

1/4 tsp Ground Ginger

1/4 tsp Ground Cloves

1 Tbsp Unsalted Butter

 

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INSTRUCTIONS: PREHEAT OVEN TO 350°F, Prep a 9″ pie pan with crust 

  1. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine the sugar (if using), flour, and spices.
  2. Have your fruits washed and prepared, then toss the figs and blueberries in the flour/spices mix.
  3. Pour the mixture into the pie crust, and plop the tablespoon of butter on top.
  4. Bake for 45 minutes. Best served warm.

 

 

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Until next time, Happy Baking! 

 

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Spinach, Kale, and Pea Breakfast Fritatta

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I’m a morning person. I always have been. I used to pretend that I wasn’t, but I was. Totally am. lol I can’t sleep past 8, even on the weekends, and that’s pushing it. I just can’t wake up at 9 or 10 in the morning and say that I did all that I could with my day.

Anyway, for the longest time, I couldn’t eat breakfast. I would maybe munch on some fruit during break time at work which rolled around at 10 but sometimes I would just go until lunch time without eating anything.

I was always nauseous when I woke up, and on many occasions, I would even vomit. Sometimes not even food, just bile. When I finally went to my gastro and got an endoscopy, I was told on top of Acid Reflux, I had GERD and a hiatial hernia. Soooo awesome. (NOT)

I was definitely in denial for a while, I mean I love hamburgers. And fries. High-fat products like this are the worst for acid reflux, of course, the milkshake is included in that as well. My favorite meal. Gone. Turkey burgers are not the same, don’t do it. Don’t say it. (Insert disgusted emoji face here)

But alas, my condition was worsening, and let’s face it, AF and GERD only get worse if you don’t treat them properly. Which brings me to this recipe! As I started changing my habits dietary and lifestyle, I began to notice subtle changes. I wasn’t nauseous in the morning anymore, I hadn’t thrown up in a while, and one morning discovered….my stomach…grumbling? Was I actually hungry in the morning instead of hanging my head over a toilet vomiting? The answer was yes. And I was so happy!

The first thing I did was leap for a box of Rice Krispie cereal with strawberries and blueberries. This was just a treat for me, I love cereal as a snack, but not as a power booster for my mornings.

This though, this Spinach Kale, and Pea Fritatta. Now, this is a breakfast I can start my morning with. You have the spinach, which is an excellent source of Fiber, along with some Vitamin C, E, and Calcium. With the kale, you have Iron and other great supplements like Potassium and Vitamin B6. Peas are very low in saturated fat and are great sources of fiber.

 

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I found a recipe for a Spinach Fritatta in The Easy Acid Reflux Cookbook by Karen Frazier and as usual, put my own spin on it. Scroll below for the Spinach Kale, and Pea Breakfast Fritatta I came up with!

 

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INGREDIENTS:

2 tsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil

8 oz (1 bag) of fresh Spinach

1/2 Cup fresh Kale

1 Cup Peas (fresh, or frozen works too)

1/s tsp Sea Salt

1 tsp Nutmeg

6 eggs, beaten

2 Tbsp water

INSTRUCTIONS: PREHEAT OVEN TO 375°F

  1. Heat the olive oil in a skillet(oven proof if you have it. If not, you can transfer the frittata to a baking dish later) on medium heat.
  2. Add the spinach, kale, peas, salt, and nutmeg. Cook for about 2 minutes making sure everything is spread evenly over the bottom of the pan.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs and water. Add to the skillet and cook for another 2-3 minutes.
  4. At this time, if your skillet is not ovenproof, transfer the frittata to a 9″ pie pan. Bake in the oven for another 8 to 10 minutes. Serve warm for a healthy breakfast or dinner!

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