Homemade Fruit Snacks

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Homemade Fruit Snacks

These homemade fruit snacks are not just fun and delicious- they are also healthy. Made with unflavored gelatin (here’s why gelatin is healthy), 100% fruit juice and honey, they are a far better choice than commercial fruit snacks, and although their texture is a bit different, they are still delightful.

It’s difficult to tell how many fruit snacks this recipe is going to yield for you, because it depends on the mold you use. For me, it yielded 30 truffle-size gummies (using this mold) plus two bigger ones (filling 2 silicone muffin cups 1/4 full), so I would say about 12 servings.

I used 100% grape juice to make my fruit snacks. You can use any juice you like, of course.

Homemade Fruit Snacks
Prep and Cool time
Total time
Recipe type: Gluten-Free, Low-Carb, Primal/Paleo, Snacks
Yield: 12 servings
Ingredients

Instructions
  1. Place a silicone candy mold on a cookie sheet to keep it stable.
  2. In a small saucepan, add the juice and honey. Heat over medium-low heat, whisking to combine.
  3. Once heated, whisk in the gelatin, one tablespoon at a time, stirring constantly with a fork (you can use a whisk, but that would introduce more air into the mixture and allow foam to form on the finished product).
  4. Continue heating the mixture over medium-low heat until it is smooth and the gelatin has fully melted.
  5. Quickly pour the mixture into a glass measuring cup with a pouring spout, then pour it into the silicone molds. Refrigerate for 2 hours, until set.
  6. Pop the fruit snacks out of the molds. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
A tasty variation: pineapple fruit snacks
12 fl oz (2 small cans) 100% pineapple juice (I used Dole)
2 tablespoons honey
4.5 tablespoons gelatin

Nutrition Per Serving
Calories: 36; Fat: 0g; Saturated fat: 0g; Carbohydrates: 7g; Sugar: 7g; Sodium: 9mg; Fiber: 0g; Protein: 2g

Homemade Fruit Snacks

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Chocolate Banana Pudding

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Homemade Fruit Snacks

These homemade fruit snacks are not just fun and delicious- they are also healthy. Made with unflavored gelatin (here’s why gelatin is healthy), 100% fruit juice and honey, they are a far better choice than commercial fruit snacks, and although their texture is a bit different, they are still delightful.

It’s difficult to tell how many fruit snacks this recipe is going to yield for you, because it depends on the mold you use. For me, it yielded 30 truffle-size gummies (using this mold) plus two bigger ones (filling 2 silicone muffin cups 1/4 full), so I would say about 12 servings.

I used 100% grape juice to make my fruit snacks. You can use any juice you like, of course.

Homemade Fruit Snacks
Prep and Cool time
Total time
Recipe type: Gluten-Free, Low-Carb, Primal/Paleo, Snacks
Yield: 12 servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Place a silicone candy mold on a cookie sheet to keep it stable.
  2. In a small saucepan, add the juice and honey. Heat over medium-low heat, whisking to combine.
  3. Once heated, whisk in the gelatin, one tablespoon at a time, stirring constantly with a fork (you can use a whisk, but that would introduce more air into the mixture and allow foam to form on the finished product).
  4. Continue heating the mixture over medium-low heat until it is smooth and the gelatin has fully melted.
  5. Quickly pour the mixture into a glass measuring cup with a pouring spout, then pour it into the silicone molds. Refrigerate for 2 hours, until set.
  6. Pop the fruit snacks out of the molds. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
A tasty variation: pineapple fruit snacks
12 fl oz (2 small cans) 100% pineapple juice (I used Dole)
2 tablespoons honey
4.5 tablespoons gelatin
Nutrition Per Serving
Calories: 36; Fat: 0g; Saturated fat: 0g; Carbohydrates: 7g; Sugar: 7g; Sodium: 9mg; Fiber: 0g; Protein: 2g

Homemade Fruit Snacks

Egg, Sausage and Cheese Bake

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Egg, Sausage and Cheese Bake

I love bakes and casseroles. They’re not just a delicious comfort food, they are also easy to make, and leftover usually keep well and are even better the next day or two, reheated. Most casseroles are not very pretty to look at, but this egg, sausage and cheese bake is actually gorgeous, so I often serve it for brunch when we have friends over.

Egg, Sausage and Cheese Bake
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Recipe type: Entree, Gluten-Free, Low-Carb, Primal
Yield: 6 servings
Ingredients
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 lb. Italian pork sausage (I used the Whole Foods brand)
  • 1 lb. frozen spinach, whole leaves
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper, divided
  • 8 large eggs
  • ½ cup shredded Monterey Jack (or cheddar) cheese
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Grease a 2-quart casserole dish with 1 teaspoon olive oil.
  2. Heat a large, deep skillet over medium-high heat. Add the frozen spinach and cook, stirring often and breaking it up, until it’s defrosted. Allow to slightly cool, then place the spinach in a clean kitchen towel and squeeze out as much liquid as you can.
  3. Wipe the skillet clean and add a teaspoon of olive oil. Add the sausage and cook, stirring and breaking it up, until browned, about 5 minutes.
  4. Add the drained spinach, tomatoes, garlic, ¼ teaspoon kosher salt and ⅛ teaspoon black pepper to the skillet. Mix everything to combine.
  5. Transfer the mixture to the prepared baking dish.
  6. Whisk the eggs with the remaining salt and pepper. Pour on top of the sausage mixture. Sprinkle the cheese on top.
  7. Bake until eggs are set and cheese is browned, about 30 minutes. Allow to rest 10 minutes before serving.
Nutrition Per Serving
Serving size: ⅙ casserole; Calories: 367; Fat: 26g; Saturated fat: 13g; Carbohydrates: 7g; Sugar: 1g; Sodium: 958mg; Fiber: 2g; Protein: 24g

Egg, Sausage and Cheese Bake

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Enchilada Casserole

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Egg, Sausage and Cheese Bake

I love bakes and casseroles. They’re not just a delicious comfort food, they are also easy to make, and leftover usually keep well and are even better the next day or two, reheated. Most casseroles are not very pretty to look at, but this egg, sausage and cheese bake is actually gorgeous, so I often serve it for brunch when we have friends over.

Egg, Sausage and Cheese Bake
Prep and Cool time
Total time
Recipe type: Entree, Gluten-Free, Low-Carb, Primal
Yield: 6 servings
Ingredients
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 lb. Italian pork sausage (I used the Whole Foods brand)
  • 1 lb. frozen spinach, whole leaves
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper, divided
  • 8 large eggs
  • ½ cup shredded Monterey Jack (or cheddar) cheese
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Grease a 2-quart casserole dish with 1 teaspoon olive oil.
  2. Heat a large, deep skillet over medium-high heat. Add the frozen spinach and cook, stirring often and breaking it up, until it’s defrosted. Allow to slightly cool, then place the spinach in a clean kitchen towel and squeeze out as much liquid as you can.
  3. Wipe the skillet clean and add a teaspoon of olive oil. Add the sausage and cook, stirring and breaking it up, until browned, about 5 minutes.
  4. Add the drained spinach, tomatoes, garlic, ¼ teaspoon kosher salt and ⅛ teaspoon black pepper to the skillet. Mix everything to combine.
  5. Transfer the mixture to the prepared baking dish.
  6. Whisk the eggs with the remaining salt and pepper. Pour on top of the sausage mixture. Sprinkle the cheese on top.
  7. Bake until eggs are set and cheese is browned, about 30 minutes. Allow to rest 10 minutes before serving.
Nutrition Per Serving
Serving size: ⅙ casserole; Calories: 367; Fat: 26g; Saturated fat: 13g; Carbohydrates: 7g; Sugar: 1g; Sodium: 958mg; Fiber: 2g; Protein: 24g

Egg, Sausage and Cheese Bake

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Bacon Burgers

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Burger Recipe

Adding bacon to your burger mix makes the burgers incredibly juicy and flavorful. Toppings can include smoked cheddar cheese (my personal favorite), a fried egg, bacon and avocado. These delicious burgers make a filling, tasty meal – no bun needed.

Bacon Burgers
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Recipe type: Entree, Gluten-Free, Low-Carb, Primal/Paleo
Yield: 4 burgers
Ingredients
  • 4 oz (1/2 package) bacon
  • 1 lb. lean ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red peppers
  • ½ teaspoon dried sage
  • ½ cup chopped parsley (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil (great for high-heat cooking)
  • Your choice of toppings
Instructions
  1. Cut the bacon into pieces and freeze for 20 minutes to make it easier to process.
  2. Process the bacon in food processor until finely ground. Mix into the beef with the remaining ingredients, except for the oil.
  3. Form into four, ¾-inch-thick patties.
  4. Heat a large, heavy, broiler-safe skillet over medium-high heat, 3-4 minutes. Add the burgers.
  5. Cook 4 minutes per side.
  6. If topping with cheese, top each burger with a slice of smoked cheddar and broil just until cheese is melted, about 1 minute.
Nutrition does not include toppings.

Nutrition Per Serving
Serving size: 1 burger; Calories: 370; Fat: 29g; Carbohydrates: 0g; Sugar: 0g; Sodium: 630mg; Fiber: 0g; Protein: 24g

Burger Recipe

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Burger Recipe

Adding bacon to your burger mix makes the burgers incredibly juicy and flavorful. Toppings can include smoked cheddar cheese (my personal favorite), a fried egg, bacon and avocado. These delicious burgers make a filling, tasty meal – no bun needed.

Bacon Burgers
Prep and Cool time
Total time
Recipe type: Entree, Gluten-Free, Low-Carb, Primal/Paleo
Yield: 4 burgers
Ingredients
  • 4 oz (1/2 package) bacon
  • 1 lb. lean ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red peppers
  • ½ teaspoon dried sage
  • ½ cup chopped parsley (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil (great for high-heat cooking)
  • Your choice of toppings
Instructions
  1. Cut the bacon into pieces and freeze for 20 minutes to make it easier to process.
  2. Process the bacon in food processor until finely ground. Mix into the beef with the remaining ingredients, except for the oil.
  3. Form into four, ¾-inch-thick patties.
  4. Heat a large, heavy, broiler-safe skillet over medium-high heat, 3-4 minutes. Add the burgers.
  5. Cook 4 minutes per side.
  6. If topping with cheese, top each burger with a slice of smoked cheddar and broil just until cheese is melted, about 1 minute.
Nutrition does not include toppings.
Nutrition Per Serving
Serving size: 1 burger; Calories: 370; Fat: 29g; Carbohydrates: 0g; Sugar: 0g; Sodium: 630mg; Fiber: 0g; Protein: 24g

Burger Recipe

 

Jalapeño Poppers

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Jalapeno Poppers

These jalapeño poppers are so pretty and festive. They are incredibly delicious, but they are also quite spicy, so serve them only to people who can handle spicy food.

Jalapeño Poppers
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Recipe type: Appetizer, Gluten-Free, Low-Carb, Primal
Yield: 12 servings
Ingredients
  • Olive oil spray (Whole Foods offers one with no additives)
  • 4 oz smoked cheddar
  • 12 medium jalapeño peppers, halved lengthwise and seeded
  • 12 bacon slices, halved crosswise
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil and fit it with a wire rack. Lightly spray the rack with olive oil.
  2. Cut the cheddar into 24 strips and use them to stuff the jalapeño halves.
  3. Wrap the bacon pieces around the jalapeños. Arrange, cheese side up, on the wire rack. Lightly spray the jalapenos with olive oil.
  4. Bake until cheese is melted and lightly browned and bacon is crisp, about 25 minutes. Serve immediately.
Nutrition Per Serving
Serving size: 2 jalapeño halves; Calories: 72; Fat: 5g; Carbohydrates: 1g; Sugar: 0g; Sodium: 204mg; Fiber: 0g; Protein: 4g

Jalapeno Poppers

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Guacamole Deviled Eggs
Chicken Liver Mousse

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Jalapeno Poppers

These jalapeño poppers are so pretty and festive. They are incredibly delicious, but they are also quite spicy, so serve them only to people who can handle spicy food.

Jalapeño Poppers
Prep and Cool time
Total time
Recipe type: Appetizer, Gluten-Free, Low-Carb, Primal
Yield: 12 servings
Ingredients
  • Olive oil spray (Whole Foods offers one with no additives)
  • 4 oz smoked cheddar
  • 12 medium jalapeño peppers, halved lengthwise and seeded
  • 12 bacon slices, halved crosswise
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil and fit it with a wire rack. Lightly spray the rack with olive oil.
  2. Cut the cheddar into 24 strips and use them to stuff the jalapeño halves.
  3. Wrap the bacon pieces around the jalapeños. Arrange, cheese side up, on the wire rack. Lightly spray the jalapenos with olive oil.
  4. Bake until cheese is melted and lightly browned and bacon is crisp, about 25 minutes. Serve immediately.
Nutrition Per Serving
Serving size: 2 jalapeño halves; Calories: 72; Fat: 5g; Carbohydrates: 1g; Sugar: 0g; Sodium: 204mg; Fiber: 0g; Protein: 4g

Jalapeno Poppers

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Guacamole Deviled Eggs
Chicken Liver Mousse

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