Healthy gluten free zucchini bread with chocolate chips
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Do you ever find yourself with a surplus of a specific food? And then trying so many different ways to use it cause you don’t want it to go to waste? Recently, I have somehow managed to keep acquiring zucchini. I don’t really mind cause zucchini is so versatile and there are many different things you can make with it. Sometimes, I will throw it in tomato sauce for my pasta to add some extra flavor and texture. Other times a simple saute in olive oil with some salt and pepper does the trick. It is also great in eggs, or shredded and thrown into pancakes. Mixing shredded zucchini into pancake batter is actually one of my 2 year olds favorite cooking tasks. And it is a great way to get her to eat some extra veggies too!

healthy gluten free zucchini bread with chocolate chips

Making gluten free zucchini bread is another great way to use up zucchini. And you can totally make more than one at the same time (if you have multiple pans) and freeze for later. When looking for a good recipe online, to use my surplus of zucchinis, I noticed a lot of zucchini bread recipes used a ton of sugar. While I like my gluten free zucchini bread to be a little sweet, I don’t want it to be a super sweet dessert. So I ended up taking my Gluten Free Banana Bread recipe and changed it up to make my gluten free zucchini bread. The first try wasn’t what I wanted (too sweet and over baked) but the second try hit the spot.

Healthy gluten free zucchini bread with chocolate chips

Gluten Free Zucchini Bread

Ingredients

  • Cooking spray
  • 1 1/2 Cups Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free All Purpose Baking Flour
  • 1/3 Cup Sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Allspice
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 Cup Shredded Zucchini
  • 1/2 Cup Applesauce
  • 1/2 Cup Full Fat or 2% Greek Yogurt
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1/3 Cup Dark Chocolate Chips (plus a few extra for sprinkling on top

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 9×5 inch loaf pan with cooking spray and set aside. Add flour, sugar, spices, salt, and baking soda to a large mixing bowl. Stir until uniform. Add wet ingredients (zucchini, applesauce, yogurt, egg, and vanilla extract) and mix together. Fold in 1/3 cup of chocolate chips.  Pour batter into loaf pan and sprinkle some extra chocolate chips over the top if desired. Bake in oven for 45-50 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool slightly before slicing and serving.

Healthy gluten free zucchini bread with chocolate chips
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This scalloped sweet potato casserole is made with only 5 ingredients. It is also vegan, dairy free, gluten free, and nut free so everyone shold be able to enjoy!
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Sweet potatoes are an essential part of any Thanksgiving feast. They are hearty, sweet, full of important nutrients and you can do a lot of different things with them. For Thanksgiving though, I prefer to either just roast them or do some sort of sweet potato casserole. Nothing too complicated, as I don’t want to cover them up with 1,000 different ingredients or spend hours in the kitchen on 1 side dish. Plus, I’d much rather also have time to make dessert. Any one else with me? So today, I want to share with you a simple, but elegant and tasty, scalloped sweet potato casserole recipe with only 5 ingredients.

I actually first made this scalloped sweet potato casserole last year when I wanted to make sure my almost 11 month old daughter had something that I knew she would and could eat at a Friendsgiving we went to. I love honey but since she wasn’t yet a year old we went with just a touch of maple syrup to lightly sweeten this casserole. In my pictures you can see I left the skin on the sweet potatoes but when I first made it for Friendsgiving I peeled it off because … babies.

Anyways, this scalloped sweet potato casserole is pretty easy and foolproof. Slicing the sweet potatoes took the longest amount of time and effort but once that was done it only took a few minutes to put together.

First, I rinsed and scrubbed all the sweet potatoes. If desired, you could peel them here, or be lazy like me and leave the skins on to save time. (My daughter who is now almost 2 still won’t eat the skins but I just peel them off the pieces on her plate when serving her)

Then, I sliced them up into circles with a mandolin. If you are need of one, this is the one I have: 

OXO 1155700 Good Grips V-Blade Mandoline Slicer, Set of 1 White (amazon affiliate link – I may receive a percentage of the sale at no cost to you)

 

 

 

This gluten free, dairy free, nut free, vegan, scalloped sweet potato casserole is so simple and only 5 ingredients

 

Next, I mixed the remained ingredients in a small mixing bowl.

Then, I sprayed a roasting pan with cooking spray and started laying down the sweet potato circles like shingles.

Free of the common allergens, this vegan scalloped sweet potato casserole is perfect for gatherings of friends and family

Then I brushed the sweet potatoes with the oil, syrup, and spices mixture.

 

This vegan scalloped sweet potato casserole is free from the most common allergens and is perfect for your next gathering of family and friends

Added another sweet potato layer and brushed with the liquid mixture. And then another layer and brushed until all the sweet potatoes were used. After brushing the top layer I drizzled whatever oil/syrup was left over the casserole.

Finally, I baked in the oven for about 45 minutes at 400 degrees.

These scalloped sweet potatoes are perfect for any family gathering or feast. Made with only 5 ingredients and free of the top allergens, anyone can enjoy them.

Just be aware that the top layer will be a little crispier and the bottom layer will be softer.

Remove from oven and enjoy!

 

Scalloped Sweet Potato Casserole

Ingredients
8 Sweet Potatoes (about 6 pounds)
1/3 Cup Olive Oil
1/3 Cup Pure Maple Syrup
1 Tablespoon Cinnamon
1 Teaspoon Allspice

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
2. Rinse off and scrub sweet potatoes well. Peel if desired but not necessary.
3. Slice sweet potatoes into 1/4 inch circles with a mandolin.
4. Mix remaining ingredients together in a small mixing bowl.
5. Spray a deep roasting pan with cooking spray and start lining the bottom with potato circles, overlapping like shingles.
6. After you put down the first sweet potato layer use a brush to brush oil and syrup mixture.
7. Continue adding layers and brushing. If you have extra oil mixture at the end just drizzle it over the top after brushing.
8. Cook in oven for 45-60 minutes or until potatoes reach desired softness – keep in mind the potatoes on the bottom will get softer than those on the top.
9. Allow to cool slightly and enjoy!

 

This scalloped sweet potato casserole is free of the common allergens, vegan, and made with only 5 ingredients

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Healthy Dietitian Approved Recipes for Beginner Cooks

One thing I hear all the time is that people don’t know how or what to cook. I hear this from clients, family, friends, and random people at the grocery store (sometimes I can’t help but overhear other peoples conversations…especially when it is about something that peaks my interest like all things food related). If you are one of those people that doesn’t know how or what to cook, or maybe you just want some super simple recipes because you are busy with other things and don’t have time to think, let alone meal plan, don’t worry…I gotcha.

In order to make you the best list of no hassle recipes for beginner cooks, I asked a few dietitian blogger friends for their easiest recipes…and added a few of my own too. So check out all these yummy recipes and let me know what you make!

 

Breakfast Recipes

Dietitian approved recipes for beginner cooks

5 Minute Egg Bake by Muscle and Manna

Ham and Cheese Egg Muffins for Back to School by Jessica Ivey

5 Ingredient Healthy Egg Muffins by Hungry Hobby

Italian Flatbread Breakfast Panini by Amy Gorin

Wild Blueberry Peanut Butter Smoothie by Amy Gorin

Pumpkin Waffles by Peggy Korody

No Added Sugar Banana Raisin Oatmeal Cups by Elizabeth Ward

Easy Homemade Granola by Crumb, Ink

 

Pasta

Dietitian approved recipes for beginner cooks

Gluten Free Pasta Salad with Tomatoes, Basil, & Fresh Ricotta by E.A. Stewart

Greek Tortellini Salad by How to Eat

Three Cheese Tortellini with Pesto Shrimp and Asparagus by Kara Lydon, The Foodie Dietitian

20 Minute Dinner: Kale, Chicken & Hummus Spaghetti by Edwina Clark

 

Sheet Pan Dinners

Dietitian approved recipes for beginner cooks

Sheet Pan Gnocchi and Vegetables by How to Eat

Maple Dijon Salmon by Avocado Grove Nutrition

Caprese Cod by Avocado Grove Nutrition

20 Minute Sheet Pan Shrimp Dinner by C It Nutritionally

 

Slow Cooker/Instant Pot

Slow Cooker Chicken Chili Verde by Ashley Munro

6 Ingredient Honey Soy Slow Cooker Chicken by Jennifer Hunt at Healthy Inspiration

Instant Pot Chicken and Sweet Potato Chili by Jessica Ivey

 

Entrees/Bowls

Dietitian approved recipes for beginner cooks

Classic Turkey Meatballs by Triad to Wellness

Parmesan Dijon Chicken by Katie Cavuto

Easy Grilled Fish by Foods with Judes

5 Ingredient Healthy Kale and Quinoa Bowl by Kara Lydon, The Foodie Dietitian

Bulgur Wheat with Cherries, Almonds & Green Beans – A Formula Meal by Chef Catherine Brown

Spicy Turkey Tostadas by Jessica Ivey

Smokey Chickpeas with Spinach by Marisa Moore

One Pot Wonder: Chicken, Kale and Rice Soup by Edwina Clark

20 Minute Thai Chicken Red Curry  by Edwina Clark

Easy Stuffed Mushrooms by Delicious and Nutritious Eating

Easy Lentils by Alix Turoff

Make Ahead Beans and Greens Quesadilla by Holley Grainger

Vegetarian Rice & Bean Casserole by Jenna Braddock

Avocado Chicken Salad by Delicious and Nutritious Eating

 

Sides

Dietitian approved recipes for beginner cooks

7 Ingredient Peach, Avocado and Feta Salad by Edwina Clark

Roasted Lemon Pepper Asparagus by Amy Gorin

Roasted Roma Tomatoes with Feta and Basil by Jennifer Hunt at Healthy Inspiration

Baked Sweet Potato Fries by Alyssa Lavy

Healthier Red Skin Potato Salad by Delicious and Nutritious Eating

 

Appetizers

Dietitian approved recipes for beginner cooks

Healthier Spinach Artichoke Dip by Delicious and Nutritious Eating

Fiesta Lime Black Bean Salsa by Muscle and Manna

Baked Brie with Pecans and Pears by Delicious and Nutritious Eating

 

Dessert

Dietitian approved recipes for beginner cooks

Vegan Chocolate Avocado Pudding by Marisa Moore

Easy Chocolate Chip Banana Oat Muffins by Triad to Wellness

One Bowl Healthier Banana Bread by Mitten Dietitian

Spiced Peach and Berry Fruit Bake by Delicious and Nutritious Eating

 

Miscellaneous

Baked Plantain Chips by Delicious and Nutritious Eating

Kale-in It Pesto by Crumb, Ink

BBQ Roasted Chickpeas by Nutrition Hungry

 

Healthy Dietitian Approved Recipes for Beginner Cooks

Don’t forget to pin this list so you can work your way through these delicious recipes for beginner cooks!

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