Homemade “Mall-Style” Pretzels

March 2, 2015  |  Bites, Cheese, Dessert, Easy, Family, Snacks, Sweets  |  40 Comments

I did it, I finally succumbed to working with yeast for these homemade, mall-style pretzels. You know, those soft chewy kinds from Auntie Anne’s or Wetzel’s Pretzels that your kids always bug you to buy for them? Yep, crisp on the outside and chewy and warm on the inside.

Homemade Pretzels | Real Food by Dad

You can finish them anyway you want, but for my family, I did what you see here: the traditional salted kind for the boys and a cheesy Asiago one with jalapenos.

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Fruit Popsicles

February 26, 2015  |  Dessert, Easy, Fruit, Juice, Natural, Party, Popsicles, Sweets  |  30 Comments

Popsicles never get old in my house. Nope—not even during winter. In fact, if you open our freezer, it’s pretty much 60% full of popsicles and ice cream. The former being something that I’m always stocking with homemade batches. Can you tell we live in Southern California?

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The latest batch you see here are whole fruit pops filled out with some Bai5 drinks. My new favorite. An all-natural, five-calorie drink that packs some serious taste and comes in a wide variety of flavors.

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Balsamic Kale & Chicken Sausage Pizza

February 25, 2015  |  Cheese, Chicken, Dinner, Family, Lunch, Pizza, Sausage, Savory, Vegetables  |  41 Comments

We love pizza in my home and this Balsamic Kale & Chicken Sausage Pizza is no exception. It’s full of flavor and the crust, well the crust – it has pureed chickpeas, coconut oil and dry ranch dressing in it. Needless to say, it’s tender, chewy, delicious and—pssst . . .  healthy!

Balsamic Kale & Chicken Sausage Pizza | Real Food by Dad

That’s always a plus, especially when I have this on hand to offset our sometimes not-so-healthy meals. In my house, finding balance rules. To help me along with that, I have an army of healthy recipes, tricks and ideas, so when I can add to that stockpile for variation, I do it. My latest addition is from Kelly Pfeiffer’s new book Superfoods at Every Meal.

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