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Kid and baby friendly! A favorite treat of mine, gluten free if you get quality oats, and oh so easy!

For one serving:

1)Two apples sliced and coated in cinnamon. Take the apple peels and core, and simmer in a small water bath, covered.
2)While extracting the would-be-wasted apple juice, take half a cup of oatmeal and half a cup of any kind of flour (I use stone ground whole wheat) and add a few tbsps of hemp hearts, flax seed or other favorite “sprinkles”. If not avoiding sugar- add one tbsp of coconut sugar.
3)Now strain out the apple juice over the dry mixture, pour about 3 tbsp of coconut oil and mix until moist. Add more coconut oil as needed. Spread evenly over apples.

Bake at 350 until edges brown and apples are bubbling and soft. (20min or so)
Serve with plain yogurt or coconut cream!

It was really nice to be able to enjoy a dessert from the same bowl with my 9 month old. If they are any bigger than that, I’d double the batch to 4-5 apples.

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Easy Sweet Potato Pasta Sauce (Vegan)

This is one of my many random ideas I made up and fell in love with. I have some in my fridge right now! It is the simplest sauce and is perfect for kids since you can hide beans and all kind of veggies in it. Pick up some organic sweet potatoes and try it.. yams can work too but aren’t quite as delicious I find. You need that extra natural sweetness. I highly suggest the gluten free Ancient Traditions pasta from Costco. It’s white looking as well so, again, a good kid-friendly transition to healthier options. Enjoy!

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What you will need for a 4-5 person family (and where from):
2-3 good sized organic sweet potatoes (Choices/Extra Foods)
your favorite spices (I like Costco’s organic spice, mineral salt and cayenne)
2 cans of organic tomato sauce (cheapest at Costco)
1 can of organic chick peas or any white bean should work, optional (Choices sale)
optional: other veg in your fridge such as spinach, grated carrots, frozen peas, leafy greens, zucchini, cauliflower or fresh tomatoes
one bag of your favorite healthy pasta or spaghetti squash as a base (Costco has three inexpensive organic kinds including gluten free)

To make:

1. Peel and steam your sweet potatoes. Get out your blender while this is going on.
2. Drain and rinse your beans. Put in blender. Boil water for pasta and prep any other sides you wish to have (steamed chard in our case)
3. Add squash and some tomato sauce to puree well in blender, until smooth.

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4. Add pasta and veg sides to their pots and cook to desired consistency.

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5. Pour sauce from blender into pan (use water to get it all out of the blender if you need) and add the other can of tomato sauce. Add spices or just salt and pepper. Add any vegetables you want to mix in like spinach. We love cayenne or homemade ground up jalepenos for a little heat! Keep on low heat until sides are ready.

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***Variations include non-vegan options like adding sour cream, whole milk or butter to the sauce to make it richer ***
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Plate and garnish with grated veg or if you love cheese, vegan or raw organic cheese work perfectly too! Then tell your family it took you hours of slave-work to make it and reap in the compliments! It really is that simple.

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