It's been a little while since I've posted about The Recipe ReDux, but if you've been following KISS in the Kitchen for a while, you've seen many a recipe that was a part of the Recipe ReDux. This monthly recipe challenge founded by registered dietitians has been an incredibly fun recipe collaboration to be a part of and after 8 sweet years, it's time to say goodbye. In honor of this 8th birthday, I'm sharing my top 8 Recipe ReDux recipe creations! Each recipe was part of a particular theme and you'll be able to find hundreds of other healthy and delicious recipes by checking out these past Recipe ReDux archives!
It's been so much fun participating in these monthly posts and I've experienced so much growth in both recipe development and food photography since first participating in The Recipe ReDux. I'm incredibly grateful for platforms like these that challenge dietitians and healthy food bloggers to create helpful and meaningful content for their readers. Thank you, The Recipe ReDux for this special opportunity!
It's officially smoothie weather! I blinked and we're at that time of the year (at least in Texas) where it's already warm in the mornings. Joy and I often go for a walk together in the morning and I've been taking a smoothie with me to knock out breakfast (#momlife) and to provide something refreshing amidst all the humidity.
I often like to switch up my smoothies with a unique ingredient or two. From beets to turmeric to lemon juice, I'm all about a slight twist to a classic recipe. It had been a couple years since my last beet smoothie recipe and my sister in law recently gave me some cooked beets she picked up at Costco. I like to use cooked beets in salads but then I always run out of other ways to use them so into smoothies they go!
KISS Tip: This recipe calls for cooked beets that are already prepared to make it quick and simple, but you can also buy beets fresh from the produce aisle and prepare them yourself (roasted, sauteed, steamed - any way you like!). Just make sure the stalks and leaves are still attached as this indicates freshness!
In case you're wondering, the beet flavor is only slightly detectable. I wouldn't say it's hidden but it's certainly not a strong flavor. The berry flavors to a greta job of offsetting the earthiness but you still get all that beet nutrition!
KISS Tip: The antioxidants in the beets are what give them their bright and vibrant color. By incorporating bright and colorful fruits and vegetables like beets in your diet, you are loading up on antioxidants and helping your body reduce the risk of disease and certain cancers.
Wishing everyone a wonderful Memorial Day weekend and lots of refreshing smoothies in the months to come!
KISS Berry Beet Smoothie
Time: 5 minutes
1 1/2 cups frozen berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries or blackberries)
1 medium beet
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 Medjool date
1.) Place all ingredients in a high-speed blender or Vitamix and blend until smooth. Enjoy!
Toss in a scoop of collagen, flax seeds or chia seeds for an extra nutrition boost!
I'm excited to partner with a2 milk for this post. As always, all opinions are my own, and I only partner with brands and products I genuinely love using in my own kitchen!
Calling all chocolate lovers, this one is for you. Nothing beats warm gooey chocolate... especially in a bread pudding. I've always loved bread pudding, but after going gluten-free, it's been way too long since I've had any! I was brainstorming what Valentine's Day dessert I wanted to make for my next Great Day SA (tune in on Feb 12th!) segment and it was definitely a lightbulb moment when I thought of TRIPLE chocolate bread pudding. Cocoa powder, chocolate chips and chocolate milk. This trio is nothing less than amazing.
The chocolate milk in this recipe isn't just regular ol' chocolate milk- it's A2 Chocolate milk. Here's the scoop on a2 milk because when I first heard the name, I wanted to know what made it different also. a2 Milk® is 100% real milk that is easier on digestion and may help some avoid discomfort. Ordinary cows’ milk naturally contains A1 and A2 protein types, a2 Milk® comes from cows that naturally produce only A2 protein. Published research suggests that a2 Milk® may help some people avoid stomach discomfort! In 2016 I had to make some major dietary changes, one of which involved giving up dairy. I'm happy to report I've been enjoying this a2 chocolate milk without any digestive issues! I'm also happy to report that this delicious and creamy treat contains no artificial sweeteners!
This recipe couldn't be any more simple! I grabbed a loaf of my favorite Canyon Gluten-Free Bread (the Hawaiian is my fav), cut the slices into squares then mixed all the wet ingredients and cocoa powder together and poured on top of the bread and chocolate chips. After a quick 30 minute sit in the fridge, it's ready to go in the oven!
KISS Tip: If your cocoa doesn't dissolve well into the liquid mixture, use an immersion blender to get the liquid a super smooth consistency! Don't have an immersion blender? Pour the mixture into a high speed blender for 30 seconds!
This recipe is definitely my new fav dessert - I even took it to a Super Bowl party! Can't wait to hear what all you chocolate fans think of this one!
KISS Gluten Free Triple Chocolate Bread Pudding
Time: 1 hour 40 min (15 min hands on, 30 minutes soak, 55 minute cook time)
1 loaf gluten-free bread (15 slices), cut into squares (I like Canyon Bakehouse)
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
2 cups chocolate milk
2 eggs, beaten
1/4 cup butter, melted
2/3 cup coconut sugar
2 Tbsp maple syrup
6 Tbsp cocoa powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
8 strawberries, if desired
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