Hey there!

I hope you had a wonderful weekend and are starting off another great week.

This weekend was a big one for me. I was blessed to celebrate my 30th birthday with an abundance of good friends and family. We spent the day snowshoeing and enjoying some sunshine out in the wilderness. The evening was enjoyed with even more friends and maybe a little wine ;)

It’s exciting as the years go by and I don’t find myself missing those “normal” treats that pop up at most celebrations. Yes, I’m talking about sugary cake and treats. I no longer associate my birthday with cake. I don’t want it. I don’t need it. My focus was on laughter, friends, games, and yes a few glasses of wine. That’s my moderation. That’s my choice. I LOVE being in control and seeing these wins continue to come up in my own life. It really is a journey!

Today, I wanted to share something different with you – other than my weekend celebration details. 

Every few weeks I normally send you a new creation from my kitchen. This week I wanted to share with you a few of my current favorite sugar-free recipes that aren’t my own.

I’ll be the first to admit that creating new recipes isn’t my strongest skill. I’m not a trained chef. I love to cook and sometimes I’ll stumble upon a successful new creation, but it’s rare. There is a whole network of very talented cooks and taste creators on the internet and I am always blown away by their creativity. So, here are my favorite recipes and go-to websites that I hope you love!

#1) Sorghum Buddha Bowl – Alive Magazine

My most recent discovery and my absolute obsession right now. This bowl is simply amazing. If you’ve never had Sorghum before, you’re going to love it! I discovered it last year and now it is one of my favorite grains. It’s gluten-free and incredibly versatile! This is the brand that I find in my store. 

Mark my words, sorghum is the next quinoa. So load up now, before prices go up! 

RECIPE NOTES:

  • For a true sugar-free bowl, leave out the raisins.
  • I also omit the roasted red peppers from my recipe simply because I never have them around the house and the recipe is still delicious!
  • Spinach works well if you can’t find arugula.

#2) Cauli-power Alfredo – Oh She Glows

Do you struggle with getting your kids (or your husband) to eat vegetables? Are you wanting to cut back on the amount of dairy you eat but, like me, don’t want to give up the joy of a good alfredo sauce?

This recipe just blew me away the first time my husband made it for me. This is one sauce recipe that you can eat guilt free. Loaded with cauliflower, garlic, and nutritional yeast, I swear you’ll think it’s regular alfredo sauce.

RECIPE NOTES:

  • To make this recipe truly sugar-free, you’ll need to swap the pasta noodles for something whole grain or, better yet, serve the sauce over a bed of zucchini noodles or brown rice!
  • Every recipe I find I ask myself “how can I add more vegetables”? I encourage you to up the nutritional content of this meal but tossing in some green peas (for protein), broccoli, cherry tomatoes, mushrooms, asparagus, or any other vegetable of your choice. Of course, you could always add some organic chicken in the mix too.

#3) Peanut Dipping Sauce – Cookie & Kate

This dipping sauce is my absolute go-to whenever I make thai salad or rice wraps (recipe in my e-cookbook). 

You can easily thin down the sauce by adding a bit more water if you’re planning to use it for a salad dressing.

IMPORTANT: Omit the honey/agave because it is completely unnecessary in this sauce. I’ve never made it with added sugar and it is still mouth-wateringly delicious. This is a perfect example of finding a recipe online and adapting it to be sugar-free without it affecting the taste of the sauce. You can do this with most recipes you find online. Just leave out the sugar!

#4) Minimalist Baker

This is a site that I use often for finding new recipes. There are so many recipes I love from her so I knew I had to share this link. Just ignore the “sweets” section and you should be OK!

A reminder about a lot of these sites and recipes, when they say “sugar-free” it often always (99%) of the time means that they are using some sort of artificial sweetener to create a sweet taste. Be cautious here as that is not the real solution for finding true #sugarfreedom.

I hope that you’re feeling more inspired to hit the kitchen and nourish your body with real whole foods!

Happy Cooking,

Dani

P.S. Have you purchased your Break Free From Sugar E-Cookbook yet? With over 35 delicious sugar-free recipes, you’ll be blown away at how easy and mouth-watering it can be to eat real foods. You don’t need fake sauces and sugar to add flavour! Let me prove it to you ;)