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.

 

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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Butternut squash is a great fall and winter staple. There are so many things you can do with it, such as making a flavorful soup or just roasting it with your favorite spices. It is fairly low in calories and fat, full of potassium (great for blood pressure), vitamin a (good for vision) and fiber (can help get those sluggish bowels moving). Also, it does not spoil as quickly as some other veggies, so you don’t have to worry as much about it going bad before you have a chance to use it. The only thing that bothers me about butternut squash is cutting it up….I am not best with knives. However, I have found that poking some holes in it and putting it in the microwave a few minutes does help soften it up so it is easier to cut. You can then continue to cook however way you like after you have the squash slightly softened and cut up.

I love little mini breads topped with deliciousness, so a few weeks ago I decided to make an appetizer that was a seasonal take on bruschetta. Instead of a tomato basil topping, I decided to make a kale and butternut squash topping. And I also added some goat cheese because cheese is delicious and of course adds a little calcium that most of us don’t get enough of. For my recipe I used Udi’s gluten free french baguettes but if you don’t need to make it gluten free you can always just use any other baguette type bread…preferably one that contains some whole grains.

Gluten Free Butternut Squash Crostini

Butternut Squash Crostini

Ingredients
3 Udis Gluten Free French baguettes (freezer section)
1 T Olive Oil + extra for brushing on bread
1 Butternut squash peeled and diced ~6 cups
4 Cups Chopped Fresh Kale
1 Teaspoon Ground Sage
1/4 Teaspoon Salt
1/4 Teaspoon Pepper
1/4 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar
6 oz Goat Cheese

Directions
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Slice baguettes into 1/2 inch slices after bringing frozen baguettes to room temperature. Brush 1 side of each piece with olive oil, using a pastry or silicone brush. Put slices oil side down on a parchment lined baking sheet. Cook for about 5 min on top rack of oven or until bread appears lightly toasted around edges. You may have to make in batches. Remove from oven and turn oven down to 400 degrees.
Add butternut squash and kale to a large glass baking dish. Mix in apple cider vinegar, 1 tablespoon olive oil, salt, pepper and sage. The kale may look like an excessive amount but it will bake down. Stir until evenly coated. Bake in oven for 35 minutes in lower rack or until butternut squash is cooked through (if you bake on top rack, kale may burn a little). Top olive oil side of bread pieces with a thin layer of goat cheese and butternut squash mixture just prior to serving.
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December is here and I know many of you will be going to holiday parties so I thought this would be a perfect time to post an easy recipe that you could bring to a party or have at your own party if you are hosting. When going to a cocktail party or bringing a dish to someone’s home, I like to try and keep things as simple as possible. By that, I mean if I am hosting, I don’t like making a huge mess in the kitchen before people come over. Alternatively, when I am bringing a dish to someone’s home, I don’t want to have to worry about serving it with forks, plates etc. Cookies work out well for this and I know a lot of people like to bring and make cookies around the holidays, so if that is your preference check out my Whole Grain Buckwheat (or Oatmeal) Cookies. If you are interested in a different type of bite sized dessert, read on to hear about my Mini Pumpkin Cheesecakes….

 

Mini Pumpkin Cheesecakes

 

So I found this recipe for mini cheesecakes made in cupcake tins here awhile ago and thought it was a great idea (already in perfect portion sizes and no serving, plate or fork necessary!). However, my husband is not really a cheesecake fan so I was waiting for the perfect opportunity to make and bring them somewhere. A few weeks ago we went to a “Friendsgiving” and I jumped at the chance to make them with a few slight adjustments to make them more thanksgiving themed. So basically instead of vanilla wafers for the crust, I used gluten free gingersnaps, removed the cottage cheese and added pumpkin puree, and added a few pumpkin pie spices to the batter. Adding the pumpkin puree did make the batter a little more liquidy, so I did have to cook it for a little longer, but the texture still turned out good and cheesecakey. Also, have I mentioned before that pumpkin is super good for you? Lots of vitamin A, fiber and low in calories 🙂

 

Mini Pumpkin Cheesecakes

(Makes 30)

 

Ingredients

30 Cupcake/Muffin Liners

30 Gluten Free Gingersnap Cookies

16 Ounces of Neufchatel Cheese (or Reduced Fat Cream Cheese)

1 Cup Pumpkin Puree

4 Large Eggs

1/2 Cup Sugar

1/2 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon

1/4 Teaspoon Nutmeg

1/4 Teaspoon Allspice

2 Teaspoons Vanilla Extract

 

Directions

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F and place rack in center of the oven. Place cupcake/muffin liners into cupcake tin and add 1 gingersnap cookie to each liner. Mix all remaining ingredients together with a mixer until smooth. Add 2 teaspoons batter to each liner and bake in oven for ~20 minutes or until cheesecakes are firm in the center. Allow to cool and refrigerate until ready to serve. If desired, you can top with whipped cream immediately before serving or make a crunchy pecan topping. To make a pecan topping you can simply sauté a 1/2 cup chopped pecans with 2 teaspoons maple syrup and 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon over medium heat for approximately 2 minutes or until topping is warm and fragrant. Sprinkle a few pieces on the top of each mini cheesecake.

 

Gluten Free Mini Pumpkin Cheesecakes

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