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Classic Moscow Mule With Fresh Ginger Simple Syrup

Although Moscow Mules are meant to be enjoyed ice cold, there is something inherently comforting about the warm, spicy notes of ginger found in this classic cocktail.

Although Moscow Mules are meant to be enjoyed ice cold, there is something inherently comforting about the warm, spicy notes of ginger found in this classic cocktail.Note: This post contains Amazon affiliate links.

Traditionally, Moscow Mules are served in beautiful copper mugs that are both appealing and functional. Unfortunately, this popular metal may be unhealthy if ingested in significant amounts. As a result, most copper mugs sold today are lined with a non-reactive metal; here’s a set that’s linked with nickel. However, if you have the more traditional, unlined versions, avoid serving hot or acidic liquids in them to avoid any issues. 


This is a classic Moscow Mule recipe that uses vodka, lime juice, ginger beer, ginger simple syrup and fresh mint. This ginger beer is excellent for this classic Moscow Mule recipe (non-alcoholic version included, too!).

Although Moscow Mules are meant to be enjoyed ice cold, there is something inherently comforting about the warm, spicy notes of ginger found in this classic cocktail.

Enjoy!

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Classic Moscow Mule With Fresh Ginger Simple Syrup
 
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Cuisine: Classic Moscow Mule With Fresh Ginger Simple Syrup
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 2 oz. premium vodka (for non-alcoholic version, substitute tonic water or club soda)
  • 2 T. fresh lime juice
  • Ginger beer (enough to top off mug)
  • 2 t. ginger simple syrup*, or to taste
  • Fresh mint sprigs, to garnish
  • Lime wedges, to garnish
  • Ice cubes
  • Ginger Simple Syrup
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½ c. water
  • ½ c. white sugar
  • 3” fresh ginger, peeled and cut into small pieces
Instructions
  1. To make the ginger simple syrup, add water and sugar to a medium saucepan. Peel a 3” piece of fresh ginger and chop into small pieces and add to the pan.

  2. Note: The smaller you cut each piece of ginger, the more surface area you will expose to the boiling sugar mixture. This will give your simple syrup a stronger ginger flavor.

  3. Bring mixture to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool.

  4. Fill copper mugs with ice cubes and add vodka and lime juice. Top with ginger beer and a drizzle of simple syrup. Stir to combine.

  5. Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint and a wedge of lime and serve immediately.

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Although Moscow Mules are meant to be enjoyed ice cold, there is something inherently comforting about the warm, spicy notes of ginger found in this classic cocktail.Although Moscow Mules are meant to be enjoyed ice cold, there is something inherently comforting about the warm, spicy notes of ginger found in this classic cocktail.

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Dutch Oven White Bean, Spicy Sausage and Kale Soup

This delicious Dutch Oven White Bean, Spicy Sausage and Kale Soup is pure comfort food for the fall and winter seasons.

This delicious Dutch Oven White Bean, Spicy Sausage and Kale Soup is pure comfort food for the fall and winter seasons.

It’s turned chilly here and that means flavorful comfort food like this cannellini bean, spicy sausage and kale soup that will warm me up! I love to pull out my dutch oven and make something that will make the house smell yummy as well as make enough for leftovers. 

This delicious Dutch Oven White Bean, Spicy Sausage and Kale Soup is pure comfort food for the fall and winter seasons.Note: This post contains affiliate links.

This soup is it! It’s zesty and delicious and I love that it’s made in a single pot for easy clean up. It freezes well so you can make larger batches for even easier weekday meals. If you don’t like spicy sausage, just substitute it for a milder sausage. I like the spicy, though, because it helps flavor the cannellini beans. You can always add more herbs, too, for a really zesty flavor. 

This delicious Dutch Oven White Bean, Spicy Sausage and Kale Soup is pure comfort food for the fall and winter seasons.

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Dutch Oven White Bean, Spicy Sausage and Kale Soup
 
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Dutch Oven White Bean, Spicy Sausage and Kale Soup
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Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
  • 3 T. olive oil
  • 2 stalks celery, cleaned and finely chopped
  • 2 large carrots, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 small white onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 pound bulk spicy pork sausage, crumbled
  • 3 c. chicken or vegetable stock
  • 2 t. oregano, dried
  • 2 t. rosemary, dried
  • 1 t. crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 cans (15 oz.) cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can (15 oz.) cannellini beans, pureed with liquid from can
  • 3 large kale leaves, tough stems removed and cut into bite-sized pieces
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Garnish
¼ c. fresh parsley, chopped
  • Parmesan cheese, shaved
Instructions
  1. In dutch oven, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add celery, carrots, onions, and garlic to pan and sauté until tender.

  2. Add crumbled bulk pork sausage to skillet and cook until no longer pink inside. Carefully drain excess fat before adding chicken or vegetable stock. Bring to a boil, and then reduce heat to medium-low. Add oregano, rosemary and crushed red pepper flakes.

  3. Add whole and pureed white beans to skillet. Cover and simmer for 20-25 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add kale and simmer another 15-20 minutes. If soup is too thick, add more stock to thin. If it is too thin, continue cooking until desired consistency is reached.

  4. Garnish with chopped fresh parsley and shaved Parmesan cheese and serve with crusty Italian bread.

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Easy Pear Crisp (Gluten-Free , Paleo and Vegan)

This Easy Pear Crisp is the perfect dessert for fall. Spiced with cinnamon, ginger and vanilla, it’s also a  gluten-free, paleo and vegan option for those looking for a healthy harvest dessert.

Easy Pear Crisp

This easy pear crisp couldn’t be more simple to make. It’s a healthy fall dessert that is laced with the flavors of autumn: cinnamon, ginger and vanilla. It’s also a delicious option for those looking for a gluten-free, paleo and/or vegan treat for the fall and winter holidays.

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I use gluten-free oats for the base of the crisp, but if this isn’t a concern for you, just use your favorite traditional oats. Along with coconut oil, maple syrup, walnuts and spices, this crisp topping comes together super quickly. It’s hard not to munch on it while throwing it together ~ so good!

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I used 8 pears. I believe they were Bartlett pears. Over the years, I’ve used various varieties, and even mixed varieties, so use your favorite or try something new! I just peeled, cored, sliced, and then spiced them. I put them in a lightly-greased baking dish (I used coconut oil), added the topping, and baked.

Easy Pear Crisp

Of course, I served it with some coconut milk ice cream. Totally up to you!

It’s delicious served warm, but will keep in the refrigerator for a few days. Equally good cold!

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Easy Pear Crisp (Gluten-Free , Paleo and Vegan)
 
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Easy Pear Crisp (Gluten-Free , Paleo and Vegan)
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Serves: 6-8
Ingredients
  • 8 pears, peeled, cored and sliced
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • teaspoon vanilla bean powder or vanilla bean paste
  • (optional) 1 tablespoons coconut sugar OR swerve
  • For the topping
  • 1 cup gluten-free oats
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • ¼ cup coconut oil, melted
  • ¾ cup walnuts, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF.

  2. Lightly grease an 8x8” (or similarly sized) baking dish with coconut oil and set aside.

  3. In a medium bowl, combine the pears, cinnamon, ginger, vanilla extract and coconut sugar (optional). Stir to combine and coat all of the fruit evenly. Pour all of the fruit filling into prepared baking dish.

  4. In a separate bowl, combine oats and coconut oil. Add cinnamon, ginger and vanilla extract and stir to combine. Add maple syrup and walnuts; stir to combine.

  5. Cover the fruit evenly with the topping. Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove foil and bake for another 10 minutes to let the top brown.

  6. Let cool slightly before serving warm. Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

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This Easy Pear Crisp is the perfect dessert for fall. Spiced with cinnamon, ginger and vanilla, it's also a  gluten-free, paleo and vegan option for those looking for a healthy harvest dessert.This Easy Pear Crisp is the perfect dessert for fall. Spiced with cinnamon, ginger and vanilla, it's also a  gluten-free, paleo and vegan option for those looking for a healthy harvest dessert.This Easy Pear Crisp is the perfect dessert for fall. Spiced with cinnamon, ginger and vanilla, it's also a  gluten-free, paleo and vegan option for those looking for a healthy harvest dessert.

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Almond Butter and Banana Protein Smoothie

This Almond Butter and Banana Protein Smoothie is healthy, paleo and gluten-free.

This Almond Butter and Banana Protein Smoothie is healthy, paleo and gluten-free.Note: This post contains affiliate links for Amazon.

So, my Almond Butter and Banana Protein Smoothie is crazy easy, healthy, vegan, and gluten-free. It pretty much has it all. I always have these ingredients on hand for a smoothie. It’s quick, easy, and nutritious. Plus, it’s the foundation for most of my smoothie variations such as my Gingerbread Protein Smoothie, my Blueberry Pineapple Protein Smoothie, and my Apple Cinnamon Protein Smoothie.

To make this smoothie, I use unsweetened almond milk, although coconut milk (from a carton) is great, too. Frozen bananas really add the sweetness, so I don’t add extra sweetener. You could add in a few pitted dates, or a dollop of maple syrup, if you prefer it a little more sweet. Totally up to you.

This Almond Butter and Banana Protein Smoothie is healthy, paleo and gluten-free.

Along with frozen bananas, another staple I keep on hand for my smoothies is almond butter. I love the kind that you grind yourself in the stores. I always pick up a large carton at Whole Foods, The Fresh Market, or my local organic food store. As a back up, I keep a jar of Barney Butter Bare Smooth Almond Butter in my pantry, just in case!

One of my go-to protein powders is JJ Virgin’s Plant-Based All-In-One Protein Powder in vanilla. I love it! It’s gluten-free, paleo, and has no refined sugar or artificial junk in it.  I’ve used it for years and I’m never without this stuff. Check it out:

My other go-to for delicious smoothies is a high-powered blender, such as a Vitamix, which will be able to handle frozen and large chunks more elegantly than a blender with less sturdy blades.

 

This Almond Butter and Banana Protein Smoothie is healthy, paleo and gluten-free.

I hope you add this healthy almond butter and banana protein smoothie to your rotation!

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Almond Butter And Banana Protein Smoothie
 
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Almond Butter And Banana Protein Smoothie
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Serves: 1 serving
Ingredients
  • 1½ cups unsweetend almond milk (or coconut milk from a carton)
  • 1 whole large frozen organic banana (or more for additional thickness)
  • 2 scoops vanilla protein powder (or what your favorite protein brand recommends for 1 serving)
  • 1½ Tablespoons unsalted, unsweetened almond butter
  • Optional: 1-2 pitted dates for additional sweetness
  • Optional: dash of ground cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Note: This smoothie yields the best consistency if blended in stages.

  2. In a high-powdered blender, add almond milk, protein powder, and blend until combined.

  3. Add in almond butter frozen banana and blend well.{br]
  4. Pour into glass and enjoy!

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