Seasonal posts and recipes
This recipe is the perfect excuse to tie cabbage into your diet (in case you needed one:). Rich in phytonutrient antioxidants, this is one “cool” season leafy vegetable and in coleslaw, it truly makes for a delicious spring and summer side dish. The recipe happened one afternoon when we were asked to bring coleslaw to a neighborhood fish fry. Let me tell you, it was a little bit intimidating making this dish for native southerners and we are by no means coleslaw experts. Let’s face it, the earliest memories I had of coleslaw from childhood were that of the side dish that came along with your 3 piece meal at Kentucky Fried Chicken. I’m quite confident, nothing about that meal was good for me nutritionally.
Well, the good news, we’ve been asked to bring this dish again, and again as a dish to pass the following two times after that! It is the exact recipe that we came up with that day and I promise, you won’t have to question whether the ingredients are real.
Who knew our northern roots could make coleslaw taste delicious for the southern palate? Anyhow, we hope you enjoy it as much as we, and well, our neighbors do:).
Tis’ the month for green and since little man doesn’t so much prefer mint (and there are already thousands of Shamrock Shake adaptations out there), we’re bringing you a simple, sweet and powerful festive green smoothie to incorporate into your diet this month. It is amazingly kid friendly as well. We created this smoothie one day before P’s basketball game and he slurped it down like it was his job. It is honestly soo easy, and soo yum. Plus, it can be thrown together in a matter of seconds, blend it up and serve. You most likely already have many of these ingredients in your home right now and your littles will love it too!
In an attempt to replicate the famous tradtional Pinterest inspired turkey cookies made with chocolate sandwich cookies, I was on a mission to find some clean ingredients and also replicate the adorable treats in gluten free fashion. I knew right away that our favorite gluten free JoJo’s from Trader Joe’s would be my cookie base and that Justin’s mini dark chocolate peanut butter cups would become our turkey body. Then, after a little searching, I was able to find the rest of our yummy kid-approved ingredients, including delicious frosting (ie the “glue” that holds it all together, and the candy corn feathers).
If you haven’t given Simple Mills organic frosting a try yet, you’re totally missing out on some amazing frosting! It has way less sugar than conventional store-bought frosting, not to mention the fact that it has clean ingredients so you don’t have to worry about the negative effects of genetically modified ingredients and chemicals disrupting your body. Win, win! It tastes delicious too, is certified gluten free and even dairy free! We were also able to hunt down some gluten free, non-gmo candy corn at Whole Foods and again, we love it for all of the same reasons we love anything organic. The taste replicates the old candy corn I remember from childhood. For food coloring, we love to use Watkin’s natural dye which uses natural clean ingredients to color frosting. Say goodbye to red40 and yellow5. It’s a little pricier, but so worth it!
Now, are you ready to learn how to assemble these adorable kid-friendly cookies? Let’s get started….
While the cookies are drying together, you can mix your yellow and orange frosting next. (Use red and yellow to mix orange, you won’t need much)
We love to use Watkin’s no artificial dye food coloring. You can find it on Amazon or if you’re lucky enough…we found it at our local Target. Using either a frosting decorator tip or a ziploc plastic baggie with the corner cut out, add the beak with orange and the feet and eyes to the cookies with yellow. Tah-dah! The littles will gobble them up and you’ll free great knowing these treats are chemical and dye free. Win, win.
“Just the top”. 🙂
So, we all know that the best part of the muffin is the top, right? Well, in our pod, the best part about pineapple upside down cake has always been the top.
Since I’m personally not the biggest pineapple upside down cake fan out there, this recipe was created to satisfy other sweet teeth in the pod, not to mention any names (hehe) and for our family, that ALWAYS devours this cake! 🙂 So sweet and so yum, served warm or even cooled, it’s certainly a hit.
Have you noticed they make muffin pans to to make muffin “tops”? Precisely why we said, why not attempt a pineapple upside down, cake top?
This delicious cake top is fun to serve at Easter, like we did, or any time of the year really. And if you’re not so fond of the cake “top” idea…well, I’ve included the recipe for the traditional version too. And, shh.. this tasty cake is gluten AND dairy free!
Pineapple lovers, enjoy this sweet dessert 🙂
Fudge is the perfect treat, and we think, definitely one of the the BEST Valentine’s Day treats!! It can be made with just a few simple ingredients too. This Rocky Road Fudge is a delicious combination of chewy and crunchy, sweet and salty, all rolled into one bite. This recipe is not by any means a 3 whole peas original, but rather one we are recommending, because, well, it just tastes SO good.
We really loved the idea of jello brand’s rocky road fudge recipe, so in an effort to make the fudge more “clean” for our palates, we made it with organic ghee (rather than butter), nongmo gluten free chocolate, organic peanuts and even swapped out the Kraft marshmallows with Elyon brand mini mallows. Use organic powdered sugar too if possible and you’ve almost got yourself an organic fudge! If by chance you have a peanut allergy (or follow a more paleo like diet), do not get discouraged! If you tolerate tree nuts, why not swap out the legume for almonds? Yum! Or you could just omit the nuts altogether, problem solved. No one should go without this tasty fudge. If ghee doesn’t agree with our dairy free readers, try Earth Balance buttery sticks. 🙂
For once, this gluten free recipe adaptation doesn’t even need to be modified in terms of measurements or quantities, it’s already naturally gluten free with the right chocolate, so you don’t even have to add in extra ingredients in order to make it taste as good as the “gluten filled kind” either (haha). We find it super easy to follow!
Chop up these fudge bites and gift them for a loved one in a cute box with red yarn or string, or even gift some for a neighbor, friend, or your child’s teacher! If you eat them yourself, well, we won’t even tell:). Oh, and don’t forget the coconut milk to wash it all down, you’re gonna need it!!! So sweet!!
With “heart day” right around the corner, you can quickly get the recipe over at JelloRecipes.com and start cooking today. After all, “I really regret making this”, said No. One. Ever.
We were SUPER tempted to omit the jello brand instant chocolate pudding altogether (in effort to ditch the chemicals), or at least swap it out for organic chocolate pudding, however we caved when our Whole Foods was out of it. Nooo! (Once in a great while, for a holiday treat, we’ll do that….not good, I know.)
Enjoy chocolate lovers!
We found our festive picks at Target one day and also noted some on Amazon….
They also sell the cutest heart shaped re-usable muffin liners
This mushroom shrimp bisque is officially being added to our top favorite, seasonal soups for sure! We enjoy it with fresh, local shrimp, however if you don’t have that luxury….well, you can still make the soup using store bought, wild caught, non-gmo canned! Who will know? 🙂 Pair it on a brisk winter day with your favorite gluten free crackers or rolls and you’ve got yourself a nutritional dinner!
Although it is best to first look over ingredients with this one (just in case it finds you running to the store for a few special ingredients that you may not always have on hand), once you’ve got the ingredients, you will find that this tasty soup is simple, surprisingly fast to make (applause) AND soo satisfying! We love quick!
These salted caramel “elf cheesecakes” are delightfully yum. Since I’ve personally never been a huge traditional cake fan, cheesecake was often my dessert of choice, second to ice cream of course. Now that I don’t eat dairy so often anymore, well, these sweet treats are often of the non-dairy form these days, or simply a dessert that I treat myself to in moderation only. If you are strictly dairy free, try substituting the cream cheese with daiya cream cheese or another dairy free cream cheese substitution (i.e. soy based cream cheese if you tolerate soy of course) and using a non dairy butter when making your graham crust.
Now, lets get ready to make something fun to eat this holiday season, or well, for whatever your sweet, salty reason 🙂 We’re sure to be ringing in the New Year with these delights, now you can too. The recipe prep itself really doesn’t take too long as you’ll read in the recipe however please note that including refrigeration time, it does take a total of 3 hours and 5 min. Don’t let that discourage you however, it’s SO worth it and we got a lot done while waiting for them to cool in the fridge as they set.
Coffee lovers rejoice! Go get a freshly brewed cup of your favorite organic coffee ready because it’s about to transform into holiday cheer! We are so excited to present to you our newest……………….. Peppermint Mocha Coffee Creamer! Our creamer is dairy free, sugar free, nut free and so delicious!!
Every holiday I pass by the creative flavors of store bought coffee creamers that advertise “gluten free”. Wouldn’t it just be so great now, if they were also chemical and sugar free so I wouldn’t have to pass them up? It was time to make our own fun.
This creamer recipe is not super sweet (which is one thing I LOVE about it), so if that is what you are looking for, you may find it lacking, however it DOES deliver a yummy chocolate, peppermint twist on traditional, organic coffee in a much healthier way!
Had so much fun crafting this one that I decided how great it would be to gift it for neighbors, coworkers, friends, or teachers. With an inexpensive jar from Target, mission accomplished!
With just a few simple ingredients, this creamer can be adapted to your liking, and pictured below are the favorite key ingredients we like to use:
We even enjoyed topping our brew off with crushed, organic TruJoy candy canes sprinkled about and added some So-Delicious non-dairy coco-whip!
You’ll find, even our gingerbread cookies couldn’t resist the temptation and dove in for a dip.
Wishing you all a Happy Holiday!!
xo, 3 whole peas
Need I say more? I absolutely LOVED mint chip ice cream growing up! I could’ve eaten it for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Then, around the holidays I fell in love with peppermint chip ice cream when it hit the market. With its bits of pepper-minty candy cane heavenly crunch in each bite, I was sold. Yum-my!
Now I’m older, wiser and know that those ice creams are full of chemicals and basically all things I don’t eat on a daily basis anymore. So…this healthy, clean organic smoothie is inspired by that food passion. P likes to call it the “Grinch Smoothie” however call it what you will, there’s nothing mean about it. This cheer is dangerously, deliciously good! Nothing artificial, nothing hidden, no sugar, just clean, real ingredients.
I also adapted the drink to make P a mint “f-oreo” (fake oreo) blizzard treat (oh the days of the DQ blizzard- another old weakness of mine), by simply eliminating the spinach and substituting Mi-Del gluten free candy cane creme cookies instead of the chocolate chips. This gave it more of an “ice-cream” dessert milk-shake feel for the gluten free kid, rather than a smoothie feel.
So, did I show you our cool, festive gluten free finds at Whole Foods this past week? That’s where we found the Mi-Del cookies and the TruJoy organic, certified gf candy canes for the recipe!
Now you may ask, is this recipe a dessert, a smoothie? We couldn’t decide…just go make one! Oh, and, if you don’t already have a peeled, ripe banana in your freezer, go freeze one now!! You’ll be so glad you did 🙂
Banana- aid in digestion, pre-biotic, potassium; not to mention a million other reasons these are good for you
Coconut Milk-highly nutritious, rich in fiber, vitamins C, E, B1, B3, B5 and B6 and minerals including iron, selenium, sodium, calcium, magnesium and phosphorous
Mint- aids in digestion, reduces bloating
If you make this drink recipe, don’t forget to snap a photo and tag #3wholepeas on Twitter or Instagram. We’d love to see your creation!
Luck of the Irish….
This smoothie also makes for a very festive St. Patrick’s Day Smoothie, yum!
If you enjoy pecan pie, yet are looking for a healthier option this holiday season, we find these pecan bars to be a yummy treat! The delicious bars have way less sugar and “bad stuff”, not to mention all the chemicals that the classic pecan pie recipe does. Treat your body to something tasty and real this holiday season….shh…they’re sugar and corn syrup free!
As it’s tradition in my family to have pecan pie at our Thanksgiving feast, we made these decadent bars for the first time just this past Thanksgiving and thought they would really do well as a re-do at Christmas time for sure! Holiday party, family dinner, work party? We’ve got dessert covered! Now go ahead, dive in!