Sweet Potato Crostini with Goat Cheese and Pomegranate

Assembled Sweet Potato Crostini with Goat Cheese and Pomegranate on a baking sheet lined with parchment paperAssembled Sweet Potato Crostini with Goat Cheese and Pomegranate on a baking sheet lined with parchment paperThis is one of those appetizers that is so gloriously simple, you can’t imagine it would be anything special. It’s more assembly than cooking, really. But once everything is together, it looks stunning and tastes incredible! It’s the spot-on right mix of flavors and textures. Bonus: it’s a completely healthy and balanced way to serve something fancy to friends at your next party.

A typical crostini or bruschetta appetizer features gloriously crunchy bread as a foundation. Here, I swap out the bread for slow-roasted sweet potato slices. They are roasted long enough to get crunchy and caramelized, making them the perfect base for a delicious appetizer.

Ingredients for Sweet Potato Crostini with Goat Cheese and Pomegranate on a grey background - sweet potatoes, goat cheese, honey, pomegranate arils, fresh rosemary, and seasonings Sweet potato slices in a clear glass bowl

On top of the sweet potato slices is the classic combo of creamy goat cheese, pomegranate arils, and honey. I tested this dish with goat cheese, blue cheese, and gorgonzola, and while the blue cheese and gorgonzola were both delicious, they totally overpowered anything else. It was screaming BLUEEEE CHEEESSEEE! But the goat cheese was mild enough to let the other flavors shine through while still adding a rich, decadent, creamy texture. This is also good news for people who struggle to digest cow’s milk dairy—goat’s milk has a protein structure that is closer to the structure of human milk, which means a lot of people digest it better than milk from other animals (my husband is one of those people!).

A small drizzle of local honey, a sprinkle of freshly cracked black pepper and sea salt, and a small bit of fresh rosemary, and boom! These beauties are ready for primetime. Read the post »

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Maple Rosemary Bar Nuts

Maple Rosemary Bar Nuts on a white backgroundMaple Rosemary Bar Nuts on a white background

This post was updated and republished for your enjoyment.

I’m a big believer in providing so many food options to my guests that they feel like they are eating 24/7.

If you couldn’t tell by the fact that I have an entire website full of recipes, food is my love language! So if you come to my house, you better bet I’m going to show you my love with a deluge of tasty treats.

Ingredients for Maple Rosemary Bar Nuts on a white background - various nuts, rosemary, melted butter, brown sugar, rosemary, and spices

That includes the obvious meals and appetizers, but it also means that I always have something “snacky” out when I have people over. Preferably multiple bowls of said snack in various spots throughout the house—I’d hate it if someone got the munchies between the couch and the kitchen and there wasn’t a snack available!

This minefield of snackage is especially important when alcohol is involved—you just can’t serve people booze without having something crunchy for them to nibble on (and hopefully help them avoid a hangover). Read the post »

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How to Make Instant Pot Coconut Yogurt

Overhead shot of a bowl of coconut yogurt topped with mixed berries, seeds, and drizzled with honey

The very first time I dabbled with the dairy-free lifestyle was back in 2014. When my daughter was born, she was pretty quickly diagnosed with a Milk and Soy Protein Intolerance (MSPI, for short), meaning that even the slightest bit of cheese or tofu eaten by me would come through my breastmilk and cause her incredible stomach upset. Thankfully, most babies grow out of MSPI relatively quickly—Juni was done with it by her six-month mark—and go on to happily eat grilled cheese sandwiches.

But that six months sans dairy really helped teach me something about my own body—it really functions better when I’m off the cow juice. Ever since I stopped eating dairy for Juni’s sake, I’ve been very careful to limit my own intake—and that meant I started experimenting with dairy-free alternatives to my favorite dairy products. That’s how I discovered the amazing versatility of cashew cream. And that’s why I started making my own dairy-free coconut milk yogurt in my Instant Pot.

Side angle shot of wooden spoon scooping coconut yogurt from an Instant Pot

Making yogurt in the Instant Pot (dairy-free or otherwise) is so incredibly fool-proof. If you’ve ever been intimidated by making your own yogurt before, the Instant Pot is your answer. It makes it so hands off and so simple—it’s honestly almost easier than just going to the store to buy premade coconut milk yogurt.

And my gosh, can you save some serious cash by making your own yogurt at home—especially the dairy-free stuff. At our local grocery store, a five-ounce cup of coconut milk yogurt runs about $1.99. You can make an entire quart—32 ounces worth—of coconut milk yogurt in the Instant Pot for less than $4. It’d cost you $12.74 to buy that much pre-made! And when you go through as much yogurt as we do, that adds up fast.

Another (huge) added benefit: you can control everything about your yogurt—the thickness, the tanginess, and most importantly to me, the probiotic levels. Most store-bought yogurts are barely fermented at all—some sources say that yogurt from the store can be fermented for as little as one hour! One hour does not get you much healthy bacteria, but you know what does? Using your Instant Pot to ferment for 24 hours or more. Yogurt that is fermented for 24 hours has more healthy probiotics per cup than any over-the-counter probiotic pill—we’re talking billions of good guys helping to keep your gut happy! And it’s way more delicious than popping a pill. Read the post »

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