November Recipe Roundup | Healthy Recipes from around the web

I own a lot of cookbooks. Fifty or sixty at last count.

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1 of my 3 shelves of cookbooks

Most of them don’t get opened very often. Why not?

  • many are from my pre-clean eating days (I prefer healthy recipes these days)
  • my children don’t appreciate ‘interesting’ food (where ‘interesting’ is their word for healthy)
  • ‘Pinning’ is more fun than scrap-booking
  • my Facebook and Twitter streams are filled with new healthy recipes daily

I often Instragram and Tweet my meals and snacks and of course, somebody always wants to know what the recipe I used was.

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Rather than try and respond in 140 characters or less, I thought I’d share some recent culinary successes with you here. The first three are healthy recipes from other bloggers. I’ve included links to their original posts, the substitutions I made (I’m all about the substitutions…), and some photos showing you what my version looked like.

The fourth is a healthy recipe of my own (you can find more of my culinary inventions on my Clean Eating Recipes page). Something warm and healthy to come home to, after a busy day out and about. Slow cookers are the best invention for busy moms!

1. Paleo pumpkin walnut muffins from Carrots and Cake (what a great blog name, don’t you think?) 

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I substituted real maple syrup for the honey (my cupboard was bare) and pumpkin seeds for the walnuts (I personally, am not that fond of walnuts and thought that roasted pumpkin seeds would be the perfect complement to the canned pumpkin)

These were fabulous! Moist and almost cup-cake like. Great with a little almond butter on top. The recipe made eleven muffins. Great for the freezer!

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2. Paleo pumpkin cookies from The Humble Foodie 

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I substituted unsweetened almond milk for the coconut milk (none in my pantry), pumpkin seeds for the walnuts (again; see above) and cranberries for the raisins (I love how festive-looking cranberries are). I am not opposed to adding chocolate chips to this recipe either… I also added 1/3 cup quinoa flakes (to up the protein content) and increased the almond milk to 1/3 cup to compensate for the extra dry ingredients.

To die for! I happily turned down my hubby’s home-made chocolate chip cookies (so sweet, they made my teeth hurt!) to munch on these. The recipe made 20 cookies and I froze most of them immediately upon cooling; it was a bad willpower day, what can I say.

3. Almond butter pancakes from Peanut Butter Fingers (another totally creative blog name!) 

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Shockingly, I made absolutely no substitutions to this recipe! There’s a first time for everything!

I love pancakes for breakfast and have been experimenting with a lot of different grain-free recipes. This one was perfect. They rose, were light and fluffy, cooked through without burning and had a wonderful mouth-feel. Great with a little greek yogurt or banana and Canadian 😉 maple syrup.

The recipe made 6, good size pancakes. I could only eat 2 in a sitting. The remainder froze well and still tasted great when reheated in the microwave.

4. Spicy chicken and veggie slow cooker stew  

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  •  4 organic, chicken/turkey Italian sausage
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 4 Tbsp dried Italian seasonings
  • 2 Tbsp EVOO
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cups of carrots, baby or chopped
  • 2 red, yellow, orange or green peppers
  • 12 white mushrooms
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 28 oz can low sodium tomatoes
  • 1 cup water


  1. Cut chicken breasts in large, bite size pieces. Sprinkle with Italian seasoning, turning to coat. Let sit for 1 hour.
  2. Remove casings from sausage and slice into 1 inch pieces.
  3. Heat oil over medium heat in a large saucepan.
  4. Add chicken and sausage pieces, stirring to brown. Approximately 5 minutes.
  5. Place poultry in the bottom of slow cooker.
  6. Return saucepan to burner and add all veggies, except for garlic. Saute for 6-8 minutes, until onions are soft and mushrooms are brown. Add garlic and stir for another 2 minutes.
  7. Add veggies to crock pot.
  8. Cover poultry and veggies with undrained, diced tomatoes and water.
  9. Replace cover on slow cooker and leave for 6-8 hours.
  10. Serve with a warm, crusty bread and a small green salad!

Have you tried any healthy recipes that you’ve recently found via blogs or Pinterest?

Please share! I love filling my Pinterest boards up with culinary projects!

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  1. and this is the one place we diverge.
    I one one cookbook and look to the NET 🙂 for all other info…
    MIz recently posted…MIZFIT SKIRT GIVEAWAY!My Profile

    • Yes, I do own a lot of cookbooks, but NONE of them are currently being used. Isn’t the net great?
      (Perhaps I need to de-clutter those shelves in my kitchen…)

  2. Thanks for including our Paleo Pumpkin Cookies in your recipe round up! I love seeing people adjust recipes for their own taste and now I’m eager to try adding pumpkin seeds. It’s good to hear someone else has a shelf of cookbooks they barely touch in favor of blogs, message boards, and online resources. Even if I know there’s probably a recipe in one of my cookbooks, I almost always turn to the internet first. It’s so helpful to see people’s comments and feedback on a recipe, which you can get online and not in a cookbook. Anyway, long-winded comment, but thanks for sharing the recipe and I look forward to reading your blog!
    Alicia @ Humble Foodie recently posted…Brown Bag Tuesday: Broiled Salmon and Butternut Squash RisottoMy Profile

    • You’re welcome! And thanks for creating such a great cookie. I am always on the lookout for a healthier cookie to have with my afternoon coffee.

      My poor cookbooks are dusty and lonely. The internet has really revolutionized the way I search for new recipes to try!

  3. OK – will be checking this out further later.. 😉 Love what I saw though!!!! I actually look for recipes with stats so I know exactly what I am dding in to my meal program. I have always had to watch but so more important with the friggin age hormones! 😉

    Looks yummy though!
    Jody – Fit at 54 recently posted…Thoughts on Turning 55 TomorrowMy Profile

    • Morning Jody! Yes, I like to see the nutritional content on recipes as well. Sometimes I calculate for myself. This time I didn’t. And you could definitely eat those cookies for you weekend cookie treat! Low carb, low sugar, high flavour!

  4. YUMMERS! These all look amazing! Consider yourself bookmarked! I definitely want to try these 🙂
    Krysten Siba Bishop (@darwinianfail) recently posted…#WIAW – My Very 1st Nutrition AssessmentMy Profile

  5. I have the same problem – lots of cookbooks but I’m so addicted to blogging and Pinterest that they rerely get used anymore.

    Last night I make my own version of Zandra’s PB-Pumpkin Protein Pie. It’s on my WIAW today. SO good! You’d never know it’s good for you. 🙂
    Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table recently posted…What I Ate Without a Plan + NuttZo WinnerMy Profile

    • Ooh, heading on over to see! I’m still in a pumpkin-induced delirium! Always happens in the fall…

  6. Lots of great recipes you tried out! I will have to try some of these!
    Kierston recently posted…Body Maintenance!My Profile

  7. you have a great list here! I love using pinterest to find recipes too! It is so much fun to pin things anddddd cookbooks just take up too much space!
    Danielle @ Itsaharleyyylife recently posted…ShowerPill. So Fresh So Clean.My Profile

    • I’m almost (almost, I said), ready to give up my physical cookbooks. Space is very tight in my kitchen and I could use those shelves for my new crockpot and blender!

  8. And I thought my 5-10 cookbooks were a lot. Yikes. I started using recipe apps on my ipad. Not as fun as going from a book — and less forgiving for dirty hands, but I have found some great ones that I might have missed otherwise.
    Pavement Runner recently posted…Running Up and Down CaliforniaMy Profile

    • Yes! The ipad is great for the kitchen. I don’t worry about spilling things on it like I do about my lap top. For me, it’s just so much easier to organize things virtually than physically…

  9. Haha, I just started buying cookbooks! Of course, they’re mostly virtual, so my shelves are only cluttered with design books!
    Mila @ Tales From The Kitch recently posted…Tech difficulties, pizza minis, and a little Farro salad.My Profile

  10. The pancakes sound so good! And I wonder if I can make a vegan version of pumpkin muffins 🙂
    Jill @ Fitness, Health and Happiness recently posted…Top 5 Things I’m Loving Right NowMy Profile

  11. I have a ridiculous number of cookbooks too but hardly ever use them now. I still love having them but wished that I had more time to dive deeply into them. Thanks for sharing all the recipes! They look yummy!
    Christine @ Love, Life, Surf recently posted…Out of the waterMy Profile

  12. Pinterest is way better than a cookbook. I love being able to pull out a recipe while I’m at the store from one of my boards.

    My kids think that interesting food is awful too. Sigh. recently posted…Healthy LivingMy Profile