Wanderlust and Wellness https://wanderlustandwellness.org Simple yet elegant recipes for the everyday woman Tue, 25 Sep 2018 21:44:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 https://i1.wp.com/wanderlustandwellness.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/cropped-Logo-1.jpg?fit=32%2C32&ssl=1 Wanderlust and Wellness https://wanderlustandwellness.org 32 32 107578966 Creamy Tomato Tortellini Soup https://wanderlustandwellness.org/creamy-tomato-tortellini-soup/ https://wanderlustandwellness.org/creamy-tomato-tortellini-soup/#respond Tue, 25 Sep 2018 21:35:28 +0000 http://wanderlustandwellness.org/?p=5141 The weather is starting to finally cool down which means it’s time to enjoy all the rich and creamy soups like this creamy tomato tortellini soup. We’re finally seeing some much-desired cooler temperatures here in the Midwest and I couldn’t be happier. It’s that time of year when I’m ready for all things Fall, like...

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The weather is starting to finally cool down which means it’s time to enjoy all the rich and creamy soups like this creamy tomato tortellini soup.

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We’re finally seeing some much-desired cooler temperatures here in the Midwest and I couldn’t be happier. It’s that time of year when I’m ready for all things Fall, like soups, and warm drinks, bonfires, and all the plaid clothing. This creamy tomato tortellini soup is the perfect meal to welcome in this cooler weather. Made with fresh tortellini, cream, Italian sausage, spinach, and sun-dried tomatoes.

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A creamy tomato sauce is probably one of my favorite options for both pasta and soup, or in this case a soup with pasta! The fresh four-cheese tortellini is the perfect centerpiece for this soup, complemented by Italian sausage, fresh spinach, and sun-dried tomatoes, all blanketed in a velvety rich creamy tomato sauce. You’re going to want more than one bowl of this soup, I promise you that!

two bowls of creamy tomato tortellini soup

This is also a soup you can put together fairly quickly. In under 30 minutes, you’ll have this rich and creamy soup ready to serve. I served this soup with a freshly-sliced baguette and it was dee-licious. This is also a soup the whole family will love, with its rich but subtle flavors. Let me know how you liked it in the comments below, or share your own pictures of your creamy tomato tortellini soup on social media! Be sure to tag Wanderlust and Wellness or use the hashtag #wanderlustandwellness so I’ll be sure to see your own creations!

Creamy Tomato Tortellini Soup Recipe:

Creamy Tomato Tortellini Soup

Creamy tomato tortellini soup filled with fresh tortellini, cream, spinach, and sun-dried tomatoes. #soup #tortellini #tortellinisoup #creamytomatosoup

  • 1 pound ground sweet Italian sausage
  • 12 cups chicken broth ((96 oz))
  • 7 cups fresh cheese tortellini
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 3 oz sun-dried tomatoes
  • 2 cups fresh spinach
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp dried basil
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • Freshly grated parmesan cheese (optional)
  1. In a skillet, cook the sweet Italian sausage, drain, and set aside. 

  2. In a large stock pot or dutch oven, add the chicken broth and bring to a boil. Once boiling, add the tortellini and boil for 7 minutes. 

  3. Reduce heat to medium-low, add in the heavy cream, sun-dried tomatoes, spinach, cooked sweet Italian sausage, salt, basil, and tomato sauce. Stir to combine and simmer for 15 minutes. Make sure it does not continue to boil. If needed, reduce heat to low. 

  4. Serve soup and top with freshly grated parmesan, if preferred. 

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Dairy-Free Cinnamon Roll Coffee Creamer https://wanderlustandwellness.org/dairy-free-cinnamon-roll-coffee-creamer/ https://wanderlustandwellness.org/dairy-free-cinnamon-roll-coffee-creamer/#comments Fri, 14 Sep 2018 11:20:43 +0000 http://www.wanderlustandwellness.org/?p=1626 A rich and creamy dairy-free coffee creamer that tastes just like a cinnamon roll in your coffee cup! A cinnamon roll coffee creamer that’s dairy-free? Sign me up! This rich and creamy coffee creamer is bursting with cinnamon flavor. I’ll admit, I love my flavored lattes but unfortunately, my body doesn’t love them. I can...

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A rich and creamy dairy-free coffee creamer that tastes just like a cinnamon roll in your coffee cup!

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A cinnamon roll coffee creamer that’s dairy-free? Sign me up! This rich and creamy coffee creamer is bursting with cinnamon flavor. I’ll admit, I love my flavored lattes but unfortunately, my body doesn’t love them. I can tolerate small amounts of dairy (with minor consequences), however, rich and creamy lattes and flavored coffee creamers just don’t seem to jive well with me. So for those of you who also cannot tolerate dairy well, this creamer is for you!

a jar of dairy-free cinnamon roll coffee creamer

Just like with my Paleo pumpkin coffee creamer, this dairy-free cinnamon roll coffee creamer uses coconut milk as the dairy replacement. Canned coconut milk is thick and creamy and makes the perfect coffee creamer. Add in cinnamon, vanilla, and organic cane sugar and you’ve got the a dairy-free cinnamon roll coffee creamer. Just store this away in a mason jar and you’ll have it there every morning for you hot coffee.

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For those of you who perhaps don’t need to be dairy-free, you can create this same delicious cinnamon roll coffee creamer with whole milk or heavy cream or a mixture of the two!

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Dairy-free Cinnamon Roll Coffee Creamer Recipe:

Dairy-Free Cinnamon Roll Coffee Creamer

This homemade dairy-free cinnamon roll coffee creamer is heavenly! #coffeecreamer #cinnamonroll #dairyfree #cinnamonrollcreamer

  • 2 cans coconut milk
  • 3 tbsp organic cane sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  1. In a small saucepan, combine all ingredients and warm over medium-low heat, stirring until well combined.
  2. Transfer to a mason jar and let cool.
  3. Once cooled, store in the refrigerator.

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Pumpkin Pie Chia Pudding https://wanderlustandwellness.org/pumpkin-pie-chia-pudding/ https://wanderlustandwellness.org/pumpkin-pie-chia-pudding/#respond Fri, 14 Sep 2018 08:29:33 +0000 http://wanderlustandwellness.org/?p=5092 Enjoy the flavors of pumpkin pie in this pumpkin pie chia pudding. I’m declaring the first leaf has fallen and it’s time for all things Autumn, which means pumpkin! This pumpkin pie chia pudding brings you all the flavors of pumpkin pie without all of the work. The pumpkin pudding layer tastes just like pumpkin...

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Enjoy the flavors of pumpkin pie in this pumpkin pie chia pudding.

three jars of pumpkin pie chia pudding with granola on top

I’m declaring the first leaf has fallen and it’s time for all things Autumn, which means pumpkin! This pumpkin pie chia pudding brings you all the flavors of pumpkin pie without all of the work. The pumpkin pudding layer tastes just like pumpkin pie, the granola topping mimics the crust and the vanilla chia pudding is just like the whipped cream topping!

two jars of pumpkin pie chia pudding

The pumpkin pie layer, made with pumpkin puree, tastes just like pumpkin pie filling. Next is the vanilla chia pudding. If you’ve never had chia pudding it’s very similar to tapioca pudding in terms of texture. The bottom layer is a cinnamon and raisin granola which mimics the crust of a homemade pumpkin pie. If the granola looks familiar, that’s because it’s the homemade cinnamon and raisin granola I posted earlier on the blog. It’s such a versatile granola and perfect for the Autumn season. Of course, you can either use this granola or your own, whichever you prefer.

one jar of pumpkin pie chia pudding

I mean, look at those layers! So, so good! What is your favorite pumpkin dessert?

Pumpkin Pie Chia Pudding Recipe:

Pumpkin Pie Chia Pudding

Enjoy the flavors of pumpkin pie without all of the work with this pumpkin pie chia pudding. #chiapudding #pumpkinpie #pumpkinchiapudding #fall #autumn #pumpkin

Pumpkin Pie Layer

  • 8 tbsp pumpkin puree
  • 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 cup canned coconut milk
  • 2 tbsp pure maple syrup

Vanilla Chia Pudding Layer

  • 2 cups canned coconut milk
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 3 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup chia seeds
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract

Granola

  • 2 cups Cinnamon & Raisin Granola (or granola of choice)
  1. In a small mixing bowl, combine the pumpkin pie layer ingredients and stir to combine. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. 

  2. In another small mixing bowl, combine the vanilla chia pudding layer ingredients and stir to combine. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. 

  3. Once the chia pudding has thickened, begin assembling your pudding parfaits. In 4 small jelly jars or similar, add 1/4 cup of granola to the bottom of each jar. Next, spoon the vanilla chia pudding into each jar, forming the next layer. Lastly, spoon the pumpkin pie puree into each jar for the top layer. Sprinkle with granola, serve and enjoy! 

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Apple Cider Sangria https://wanderlustandwellness.org/apple-cider-sangria/ https://wanderlustandwellness.org/apple-cider-sangria/#respond Thu, 13 Sep 2018 08:15:40 +0000 http://wanderlustandwellness.org/?p=5063 Snuggle up next a warm fire with this apple cider sangria, the perfect drink for Autumn. I don’t know about you, but I love Autumn! It is my absolute favorite season. As the temperatures cool down, there’s a crisp in the air, the trees turn beautiful shades of yellow, red, and orange, and there’s nothing...

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Snuggle up next a warm fire with this apple cider sangria, the perfect drink for Autumn.

a glass of apple cider sangria with a carafe in the background

I don’t know about you, but I love Autumn! It is my absolute favorite season. As the temperatures cool down, there’s a crisp in the air, the trees turn beautiful shades of yellow, red, and orange, and there’s nothing better than sitting next to a fire with a seasonal sangria in hand. This apple cider sangria is the perfect Autumn sangria!

someone pouring apple cider sangria from a carafe into a glass

Of course, I could drink sangria year round, but this apple cider sangria was created specifically for Autumn and has just a handful of ingredients. You’ll need a bottle of Pinot Grigio or any other semi-sweet white wine, apple cider, fresh apples and pears, a dash of club soda or sparkling water and a few cinnamon sticks. Combine all of the ingredients and then let it sit for at least 30 minutes to let the flavors meld together before serving.

two glasses of apple cider sangria

September is apple season here in the US, which is the perfect time for fresh apples and fresh apple cider. Here in the Midwest, there seems to be an apple festival in every town throughout September. Do you have apple festivals near you? There’s some nostalgia with the changing of the seasons, especially moving into Autumn. So many memories of seasonal festivals, apple orchards, pumpkin patches, it’s just my favorite time of year! What’s your favorite season?

a glass of apple cider sangria

Apple Cider Sangria Recipe:

Apple Cider Sangria

This apple cider sangria is the perfect seasonal drink. #sangria #apples #applecider #falldrinks

  • 1 bottle of Pinot Grigio (or any other semi-sweet white wine)
  • 2 cups apple cider
  • 1 cup club soda
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 green apple – sliced
  • 1/2 red apple – sliced
  • 1/2 red pear – sliced
  • 1/2 green pear – sliced
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  1. In a large pitcher or carafe, combine the Pinot Grigio, apple cider, club soda, and maple syrup. Stir to combine. 

  2. Core the apples and pears, cut in half, and then thinly slice length-wise. Add to the pitcher. 

  3. Add the cinnamon sticks to the pitcher and then place into the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before serving. 

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Savory Bacon Asiago Pastry Tart https://wanderlustandwellness.org/savory-bacon-asiago-pastry-tart/ https://wanderlustandwellness.org/savory-bacon-asiago-pastry-tart/#respond Wed, 12 Sep 2018 14:10:04 +0000 http://wanderlustandwellness.org/?p=5075 This savory bacon asiago pastry tart has a golden flaky crust with a sweet and savory filling, the perfect item to add to your next brunch. Where are my brunch fans?? I love brunch because it’s like the best of both worlds. You get sweet and savory foods, all in one sitting. If you’re into...

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This savory bacon asiago pastry tart has a golden flaky crust with a sweet and savory filling, the perfect item to add to your next brunch.

savory bacon asiago pastry tart cut into 6 large pieces

Where are my brunch fans?? I love brunch because it’s like the best of both worlds. You get sweet and savory foods, all in one sitting. If you’re into brunch, you’ll want to add this savory bacon asiago pastry tart to your menu. Or, just enjoy it on a slow weekend morning, whichever you prefer! Its golden flaky crust is a bread lovers dream, and the savory filling has just a tiny hint of sweet to it, giving you that sweet + savory combo.

savory bacon asiago pastry tart

Of course, bacon is the start of the show in this savory breakfast tart. The filling is topped with all the bacon your bacon-loving heart could ever want! Underneath the bacon is fresh spinach, and underneath that is the savory asiago filling made with cream cheese, asiago cheese, thyme, and a hint of maple syrup. Bake for 20-25 minutes and then enjoy! If you’re feeding a large crowd you can definitely cut the pastry tart into smaller pieces.

someone holding up one piece of the savory bacon asiago pastry tart

Baking time on this pastry tart is going to be 25-30 minutes. I like my pastry tart almost overcooked, so it’s super crispy and flaky, but you like yours not so flaky you can reduce the cooking time down just a bit. I would start checking it at the 25-minute mark and watch it from there, regardless of the package directions. You could also get super creative and add in additional toppings like kale instead of spinach, or caramelized onions. As with all of my recipes, I encourage you to get creative in the kitchen and make it your own if your taste buds desire!

Savory Bacon Asiago Pastry Tart Recipe:

Savory Bacon Asiago Pastry Tart

Add this savory bacon asiago pastry tart to your next brunch menu! With its golden flaky crust and sweet and savory filling, it will definitely be a crowd pleaser. #breakfasttart #pastrytart #bacon #asiago #brunch

  • 1 sheet puff pastry
  • 8 oz cream cheese – softened
  • 1/4 cup asiago cheese – grated
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 2 cups fresh baby spinach
  • 1 pound bacon – cooked
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. 

  2. Cook the bacon. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to cool. Once cooled, crumble into small pieces. 

  3. While the bacon is cooking, combine the cream cheese, asiago cheese, thyme, salt, pepper, and maple syrup in a large mixing bowl and stir until well combined. 

  4. Grease a large flat baking sheet, then roll out the puff pastry dough onto the baking sheet. Using your hands, spread the puff pastry dough out until you have a large rectangle about 9 x 13 inches. Next, using your fingers fold over the edges of the puff pastry all the way around, about 1/4 of an inch, to make a crust edge. 

  5. Spread the cheese filling over the entire bottom of the puff pastry dough up to the folded edges. 

  6. Next, top with fresh baby spinach, then top with the bacon pieces. 

  7. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until risen and golden brown. 

  8. Remove from oven, let cool, then cut and serve. Top with additional grated asiago cheese if preferred. 

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Homemade Cinnamon and Raisin Granola https://wanderlustandwellness.org/homemade-cinnamon-and-raisin-granola/ https://wanderlustandwellness.org/homemade-cinnamon-and-raisin-granola/#respond Mon, 10 Sep 2018 13:17:18 +0000 http://wanderlustandwellness.org/?p=5049 Autumn is just around the corner and I’m craving all the seasonal foods, like this homemade cinnamon and raisin granola. Perfect for topping yogurt, chia parfaits, or just to eat alone as an afternoon snack. First things first, this is a nut-free granola. If you’ve followed my recipes for a while, you’ll know that I...

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Autumn is just around the corner and I’m craving all the seasonal foods, like this homemade cinnamon and raisin granola. Perfect for topping yogurt, chia parfaits, or just to eat alone as an afternoon snack.

a pan of homemade cinnamon and raisin granola with a jar of granola sitting next to it

First things first, this is a nut-free granola. If you’ve followed my recipes for a while, you’ll know that I have a severe nut allergy. This means that most traditional granola is a big nada for me, so I started making my own a few years ago. With granola, you can get as creative as you want when it comes to what all goes into your granola. This cinnamon and raisin granola is simplistic, yet perfect for topping your favorite yogurt or building a delicious parfait.

a jar of homemade cinnamon and raisin granola

To make this homemade cinnamon and raisin granola, you simply need to add all of the ingredients to a large mixing bowl, lay it out flat onto a baking sheet, and bake. Super simple, and so much cheaper than buying premade granola from the store. It’s simply a matter of adding the oats, plus any additional items like seeds, nuts (not for me), or dried fruits, spices, oil, and your sweetener of choice. With this granola, I used maple syrup, which is my preferred sweetener.

a sheet pan with homemade cinnamon and raisin granola with a spoon

I used this homemade cinnamon and raisin granola in a recent pumpkin chia pudding parfait (which I’ll be sharing the recipe soon!), and it was delicious. My kids like to eat the granola as an easy snack, too. It’s so versatile. I’ll even eat it in a bowl with milk, or heat it up with milk and let the oats cook, so good as the temperatures start to cool down this season. How do you like to eat your granola? Comment below and let me know!

Homemade Cinnamon and Raisin Granola

Homemade Cinnamon and Raisin Granola

Homemade cinnamon and raisin granola, perfect for topping yogurt, chia parfaits, or just to eat alone as an afternoon snack. #granola #snack #cinnamon #raisin #homemadegranola

  • 4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup raw pumpkin seeds
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
  • 2 tsp cardamom
  • 1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. 

  2. In a large mixing bowl, add all ingredients and stir to combine. Use your hands if needed to get all of the ingredients mixed well together. 

  3. Transfer the granola mixture to a baking sheet and spread out until the entire pan is covered. 

  4. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until golden brown. 

  5. Let fully cool, then store in an airtight container. 

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Roasted Acorn Squash with Maple Aioli https://wanderlustandwellness.org/roasted-acorn-squash-with-maple-aioli/ https://wanderlustandwellness.org/roasted-acorn-squash-with-maple-aioli/#respond Thu, 06 Sep 2018 08:19:55 +0000 http://wanderlustandwellness.org/?p=5035 Winter squash season is almost here and this roasted acorn squash, seasoned with cinnamon, and served with a maple aioli is the perfect simple side dish. Winter squash varieties have recently become some of my favorite vegetables (well, technically a fruit but eaten as a vegetable). Their mild flavors make them versatile and palatable. If...

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Winter squash season is almost here and this roasted acorn squash, seasoned with cinnamon, and served with a maple aioli is the perfect simple side dish.

3 acorn squash and 2 butternut squash

Winter squash varieties have recently become some of my favorite vegetables (well, technically a fruit but eaten as a vegetable). Their mild flavors make them versatile and palatable. If you’re looking for additional ways to incorporate more nutritious foods into you or your family’s diet, try these winter squash varieties. Acorn squash has some really incredible nutritional benefits, too. It’s loaded with Vitamin C and A, thiamin, and B-family vitamins, as well as several minerals. The roasted acorn squash in this recipe is the perfect side dish for the autumn or winter season. Seasoned with a bit of cinnamon and served with a sweet and salty aioli, mmmm so good!

roasted acorn squash on a baking sheet, drizzled with maple aioli

The great part about acorn squash is that you technically don’t need to remove the waxy skin from the outside. As it bakes, the skin becomes soft and edible. Plus, that gorgeous green color looks so good next to the orange flesh. Food should look pretty, too, right?? The flesh of the acorn squash has a hint of sweetness to it, which pairs well with the cinnamon spice. To prepare the squash for baking, you’ll simply cut the squash in half horizontally, scoop out the seeds, then begin to cut slices from each half, which should give you nice rings to work with. I opted to cut the full rings in half, as you can see in the pictures. Then, simply drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with cinnamon and bake for 30 minutes.

roasted acorn squash on a baking sheet, drizzled with maple aioli

For the aioli, it’s a simple mixture of mayo, maple syrup, salt, and cayenne pepper. It’s a nice sweet + salty dipping sauce with just a hint of heat. You can drizzle the aioli across the baked rings if you’re serving as a side dish, or you can use as a dipping sauce if you’re serving them as a snack.

Roasted Acorn Squash with Maple Aioli Recipe:

Roasted Acorn Squash with Maple Aioli

Roasted acorn squash, seasoned with cinnamon, and served with a maple aioli is the perfect simple side dish or snack this season. #acornsquash #wintersquash #sidedish #snack #aioli #roastedsquash

  • 2 acorn squash
  • 1 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup mayo
  • 1 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. 

  2. Using a sharp knife, cut each acorn squash horizontally. Use a spoon to scoop out the seeds and scrape the sides smooth of each half. 

  3. Next, begin slicing each half horizontally into 1/4 in. rings. Cut rings in half again, if preferred. Line onto a baking sheet. 

  4. Drizzle the cut squash pieces with olive oil, then sprinkle with cinnamon. Place the baking sheet into the oven and bake for 30 minutes. 

  5. While the squash is baking, begin mixing your aioli. In a small mixing bowl, combine the mayo, maple syrup, salt, and cayenne pepper. Stir to combine, then cover and place into the refrigerator until ready to serve. 

  6. Once the squash is done baking, remove from oven. Drizzle with aioli or serve with aioli on the side. 

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Cherry Clafoutis https://wanderlustandwellness.org/cherry-clafoutis/ https://wanderlustandwellness.org/cherry-clafoutis/#comments Mon, 03 Sep 2018 21:46:31 +0000 http://wanderlustandwellness.org/?p=5011 Soaking up the last few days of summer cherry season with this cherry clafoutis, a French dessert classic. Fresh summer cherries remind me of my childhood. Growing up, the neighbor across the street had cherry trees in her backyard and my sister and I would sneak over and pick handfuls to eat. I say sneak,...

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Soaking up the last few days of summer cherry season with this cherry clafoutis, a French dessert classic.

cherry clafoutis

Fresh summer cherries remind me of my childhood. Growing up, the neighbor across the street had cherry trees in her backyard and my sister and I would sneak over and pick handfuls to eat. I say sneak, but she didn’t mind us enjoying the fresh cherries from her tree. Cherries are such a seasonal fruit. These days you can almost get any fruit any time of year, but not cherries. They’re pretty perishable and you just don’t find them year round like you do other fruits.

fresh Washington cherries

I’d never actually heard of a clafoutis dessert until reading up on Julia Childs. Her famed cherry clafoutis dessert caught my eye and I was instantly intrigued. Clafoutis is a baked French dessert, that’s then covered with a custard or flan-like batter. By outward appearances and name alone, it seems like such an elegant dessert. The more I researched this dish the more I realized how simple, yet elegant, it really was. Clafoutis typically uses cherries, however, you can use other fruits as well. You’ll start by greasing a pie plate and dusting it with sugar. Then, you’ll line the pie plate with pitted, fresh cherries.

fresh cherries lining the bottom of a pie plate

The next step is to mix together the clafoutis batter and then pour over the cherries. Now, I’m not one to be super detailed with my baking steps. Sometimes I don’t mix my dry ingredients, sometimes I don’t let my eggs get to room temperature, but with this batter, I learned that you need to be very specific in the way you mix the dry and wet ingredients. So, pay attention when you jump down the recipe on the detailed mixing instructions.

two pieces of cherry clafoutis on a plate with homemade whipped cream

The end result is a delicious sweet custard that engulfs the fresh cherries. I also added on some homemade whipped cream with pure almond extract, which makes the cherry flavor explode! During my research of clafoutis, I read that traditional French cherry clafoutis actually leaves the pits inside the cherries. The reasoning behind this is because the pits of the cherries emit a sort of almond-like flavor when baked, mimicking almond extract. However, I opted to pit my cherries and bring in almond extract into the homemade whipped cream.

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The tagline for Wanderlust and Wellness is simple yet elegant eats for the home cook, and this cherry clafoutis is a perfect representation of a simple yet elegant eat!

Cherry Clafoutis Recipe:

Cherry Clafoutis

Enjoy summer cherry season with this classic French dessert, a cherry clafoutis. #dessert #cherry #clafoutis #Frenchcuisine

  • 3 cups fresh sweet dark cherries
  • 3 tbsp sugar – divided (for pie plate and garnishing)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt

Homemade Whipped Cream

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3 tbsp powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp pure almond extract
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. 

  2. Generously grease a 9 in. pie plate. Sprinkle the bottom with 2 tbsp. of sugar. 

  3. Pit the fresh cherries and line the bottom of the pie plate with the pitted cherries. 

  4. In a mixing bowl, add the two eggs and one egg yolk and whisk. 

  5. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, sugar, and salt and using your hand, mix to combine. 

  6. In a separate bowl, whisk together the milk, heavy cream, and vanilla. 

  7. Starting with the dry ingredients, add about 1/3 of the mixture to the whisked eggs and whisk to combine. Then, add half of the milk mixture, whisking to combine. Add another 1/3 of the dry ingredients and whisk. Add the remaining milk mixture and whisk. End with the last portion of the dry ingredients and whisk to combine. By doing this you shouldn’t have any clumps of dry ingredients within your mixture and you should have a smooth batter. 

  8. Pour the batter over the cherries. Sprinkle with 1 tbsp. of sugar and place in the oven to bake for 45 minutes. 

  9. While the cherry clafoutis is baking, mix the homemade whipped cream. In a small bowl, add the heavy cream, powdered sugar, and almond extract. Mix on low with a hand mixer until the cream becomes stiff and resembles whipped cream. Cover with plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator until ready to serve. 

  10. At the 45 minute mark, test the center of the clafoutis with a knife to ensure it’s done, with the knife coming out clean. If not, continue baking in 5 min. increments until the knife comes out clean from the center. 

  11. When done, remove the pie plate from the oven and place onto a cooling rack to cool. Cool for at least 15 minutes. Serve warm with the homemade whipped cream. 

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Chicken Lo Mein https://wanderlustandwellness.org/chicken-lo-mein/ https://wanderlustandwellness.org/chicken-lo-mein/#respond Mon, 27 Aug 2018 18:56:41 +0000 http://wanderlustandwellness.org/?p=4975 School is back in session which means sports and activities are in full swing and dinner is a challenge. Try this chicken lo mein dinner option that will feed a hungry crowd and be cheaper on your wallet than ordering take-out. I don’t know about you, but when our schedules get hectic, the first thing...

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School is back in session which means sports and activities are in full swing and dinner is a challenge. Try this chicken lo mein dinner option that will feed a hungry crowd and be cheaper on your wallet than ordering take-out.

two bowls of chicken lo mein

I don’t know about you, but when our schedules get hectic, the first thing that goes out the window is cooking at home. It’s just so much easier to eat out, drive-thru, or have food delivered. Who feels me?? But, we’ve been working on being super mindful about what we’re spending our money on. When I sat down to look at our monthly budget, I was shocked by the amount of money we spend weekly on eating out. Crazy! Plus, there’s just something about cooking a meal at home and having everyone gather around the table to enjoy it. Call me old school, but I’m all in favor of less consumerism and more authentic time together. Now, whether or not eating out less is on your family’s agenda, this chicken lo mein is super easy (notice a trend here lately), will feed a large crowd (hello teenage boys), and tastes just as good as any take-out!

bowl of chicken lo mean with chopsticks

If you don’t have a large family, this recipe would be perfect for meal prepping for the week. It easily contains 6-8 servings, so if it’s just you or a few, that’s leftover dinner and possibly some lunches for the week. I don’t meal prep much, mostly because our family is so large I’m doing good just to keep us all fed every week! But if I did, this would definitely be a go-to recipe.

lo mein noodles being picked up with chop sticks

This chicken lo mein recipe includes a variety of fresh vegetables, but feel free to make it your own and add whatever fresh veggies your family will enjoy. I find that if I embed vegetables into dishes like this, my kids tend to eat them more vs. on their own. Are my teens the only anti-vegetable kids out there?? Somedays it sure feels like it. Regardless, I hope your family enjoys this chicken lo mein as much as mine did. The pan was empty in minutes!

Chicken Lo Mein Recipe:

Chicken Lo Mein

This chicken lo mein recipe will feed a hungry crowd and tastes as good as any take-out! #chinesefood #lomein #familydinner #onepot

  • 1 14 oz package lo mein noodles
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 6 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 7 tbsp liquid aminos – divided (soy sauce if preferred)
  • 2 tbsp raw honey
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 cup broccoli florets
  • 2 red peppers
  • 1 cup snow peas
  • 2 cups chopped cabbage
  • 2 green onions – diced
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds
  1. Boil the lo mein noodles according to package directions, drain and set aside. 

  2. Before starting the chicken, while the noodles are cooking, prepare your vegetables. Cut the broccoli florets free from the stems. Cut the red peppers into thin, julienned strips. Thinly shred the cabbage, and dice the green onion from the top down to just before the root. Set all vegetables aside until ready to use. 

  3. In a small saucepan, combine 6 tablespoons of liquid aminos, honey, sesame oil, and red pepper flakes. Heat over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally. 

  4. In a large skillet, (high-walled preferable), melt the coconut oil over medium heat. Add the garlic, ginger, salt, and pepper. Stir to combine with the oil, then add the chicken thighs and cook until done, turning occasionally. Remove chicken from skillet, transferring to a plate, and set aside. 

  5. Add 1 tbsp. of the liquid aminos to the skillet. Add in the red pepper, broccoli, and snow peas. Cook until softened. Then add in the cabbage and green onion. Cook until softened. 

  6. Add the noodles and the chicken to the vegetables in the skillet. If the noodles are sticky, add a little sesame oil to break them up before adding to the skillet. Stir to combine all of the ingredients. 

  7. Just before serving, pour the sauce over the noodle mixture, stirring to coat everything well. Top with sesame seeds and serve. 

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Easy Taco Pizza https://wanderlustandwellness.org/easy-taco-pizza/ https://wanderlustandwellness.org/easy-taco-pizza/#respond Mon, 20 Aug 2018 23:00:18 +0000 http://wanderlustandwellness.org/?p=4956 A super quick and easy taco pizza recipe, perfect for weeknight dinners or weekend fun! Sometimes, homemade pizzas can be ‘meh’ when it comes to flavor, would you agree? They’re really hit or miss, so when I’m able to create a homemade pizza recipe that’s A+ on flavor, I’m definitely going to share it with...

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A super quick and easy taco pizza recipe, perfect for weeknight dinners or weekend fun!

homemade taco pizza

Sometimes, homemade pizzas can be ‘meh’ when it comes to flavor, would you agree? They’re really hit or miss, so when I’m able to create a homemade pizza recipe that’s A+ on flavor, I’m definitely going to share it with you guys! There’s a local pizza shop that serves its taco pizza with crushed up nacho cheese tortilla chips (like Doritos) and I just LOVE that extra added crunch on the pizza. Tell me, what’s your favorite taco pizza? Chips or no chips?

homemade taco pizza cut into slices

One thing I like about this pizza is the crescent roll crust! I know, I know, it’s not really the best in terms of ‘healthy’, but remember, I’m all about balance and one of my guilty pleasures is crescent rolls. And did you know that crescent rolls also come in crescent roll sheets?? Yep! That means all you have to do is roll them out, form a little crust, and voila you have your pizza crust. You’ll find that I used a lot of store-bought ingredients vs. homemade because sometimes life is busy and that calls for quick meals that the family will eat. Life’s too short to feel guilty about the quality of your food ingredients 24/7. Balance, right?

homemade taco pizza slices

As always, get creative! Add extra ingredients even if they’re not included in my recipe. Add sour cream if that’s your jam, or maybe some jalapeños or olives. I went with what my family will eat, so don’t be afraid to do the same for your version! The best part of it all is you’ll have pizza on the table ready to devour in under 30 minutes!

Easy Taco Pizza Recipe

Easy Taco Pizza

Another quick and easy dinner option with this easy taco pizza. #pizza #tacopizza #quickdinner #wanderlustandwellness #easydinner #homemade

  • 2 cans crescent roll sheets
  • 1 can refried beans
  • 1 pound ground hamburger
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • 1 can chipotle chiles in adobo sauce
  • 2 1/2 cups shredded Mexican blend cheese
  • 2 cups lettuce – chopped
  • 2 roma tomatoes – chopped
  • 1 cup taco sauce
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 bag Doritos nacho cheese chips
  • salsa (optional)
  • sour cream (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to temperature listed on canned crescent roll sheets. Grease a large, flat baking sheet. Roll out one sheet of crescent dough. Then roll out the second sheet, laying it next to the first sheet. Pinch together the center to make one large sheet of dough. Using your hands, gently roll up the edges of the dough around the outside edges to form a small crust. 

  2. Bake the crescent dough crust according to package directions. While the dough is baking, cook the hamburger, salt, and pepper in a large skillet. Drain the grease, then return the cooked hamburger to the pan, adding the taco seasoning per package directions. 

  3. In a small saucepan, add the can of refried beans plus 1 tablespoon of the adobo sauce from the canned chipotle chiles. Stir to combine and heat over medium-low heat until warm. 

  4. When the dough is finished baking, remove from oven and set aside. 

  5. To start assembling your taco pizza. Spread a layer of the beans across the entire cooked pizza crust. Next, add a layer of taco sauce. Then, add a layer of the cooked seasoned hamburger meat. Place back into the oven and cook for an additional 5 minutes. 

  6. Remove pizza from oven and top with the shredded cheese. Place the pizza into the oven under the broil setting just until the cheese is melted. Remove from oven and let cool for a few minutes. 

  7. Crush the Doritos, then sprinkle on top of the entire pizza. Add the chopped lettuce and tomatoes and any other topping you would like. Drizzle with additional taco sauce or salsa and serve. 


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