1. Whole Wheat Pumpkin Cinnamon Muffins

    Whole Wheat Pumpkin Cinnamon Muffins by Fashionable Hostess

    The month of October can be a serious sugar high. Between the return of the Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte and the endless Halloween candy, it can be a dangerously slippery slope as we head into the Holiday season. Searching for ways to get my fill of that yummy pumpkin flavor without nearly all of the guilt, I was on the prowl for ways to incorporate pumpkin in a healthy and hearty way. I was thrilled when I found the recipe for Whole Wheat Pumpkin Muffins on the site Natural Chow.

    What I love about the recipe is that it calls for whole wheat flour, which means the end product is the perfect mix of fiber and nutrients. The whole grains make it a great swap from my usual sugary cereals. Muffins are the perfect baked good to serve at a Holiday brunch {especially when served alongside fancy jelly} plus they are travel-friendly {I love to pack them in a Ziploc for my husband to take to work or in my kids’ diaper bag for an afternoon snack}. 

    So no matter your endeavor, I highly recommend this nutritious whole grain recipe to kick start your day during this beautiful Fall season!

    Whole Wheat Pumpkin Muffin Ingredients (Yields 12 muffins):
    • 1 1/2 cups organic whole wheat flour
    • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    • 1 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 2 large eggs
    • 1/2 cup pure agave
    • 1/3 cup melted coconut oil
    • 1 cup pumpkin puree

    Instructions:

    1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray muffin pan with Coconut Oil or PAM.
    2. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, spices, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
    3. In a medium bowl, combine the eggs, agave, and melted coconut oil. Add to the dry ingredients and mix together until well combined. Fold in the pumpkin puree.
    4. Pour the batter into the muffin pan so it’s evenly distributed. Bake until golden brown and a toothpick comes clean, about 18 – 20 minutes. Serve!

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  2. Roasted Chicken with Pumpkin Spice Marinade

    Roasted Chicken with Pumpkin Spice MarinadeRoasted Chicken with Pumpkin Spice Marinade 2 Yesterday I shared a glimpse into my second week of the Cooking Planit and Colavita Eat Fresh Challenge, and to say the least, I have been a busy bee in the kitchen! Today I wanted to share my favorite recipe from this week’s endeavors because we always think of indulging in pumpkin when it comes to pies and sweets, but finding it in an entree is quite unique! Also, major bonus points for being incredibly easy to make; literally you take all of the ingredients, mix them together in a bowl, and then bake. Gotta love idiot proof recipes! Plus, could it be better timing with Halloween right around the corner; this is the perfect entree to serve guests in the month of October! Hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we did!! Roasted Chicken with Pumpkin Spice Marinade Recipe Ingredients:

    • Chicken Breasts — 4 Large
    • Black Pepper  to taste
    • Kosher Salt  to taste
    • Cayenne Pepper — 1⁄4 Teaspoon
    • Ground Ginger — 1⁄2 Teaspoon
    • Nutmeg — 1⁄4 Teaspoon
    • Pumpkin Puree, Canned — 3 Tablespoons
    • Smoked Paprika — 1 Teaspoon
    • Garlic Cloves  8 diced {I used half}
    • Apple Cider Vinegar — 2 Tablespoons
    • Colavita Extra Virgin Olive Oil — 1⁄3 Cup
    • Honey — 2 Tablespoons
    • Garnish: Fresh Parsley

    Directions:

    1. Rinse the chicken breasts with cold water and season them with salt and pepper.
    2. Place all the listed ingredients in a large bowl and mix with a whisk to combine.
    3. Place the chicken breasts in the marinade bowl and toss to coat them evenly with the mixture. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Can be left overnight.
    4. Set your oven to broil.
    5. Place the marinated chicken breasts in an oven-proof dish, skin side up. Roast under the broiler for [7 minutes], then, using tongs, flip the breasts skin side down and roast for 7 more. Decrease the oven heat to 400° F, flip the breasts again, and roast for 30-40 minutes or until a thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the meat reads 165 °F.
    6. Garnish the pumpkin-spice-roasted chicken with fresh parsley and serve immediately.

    Recipe from Cooking Planit {see here}.

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  3. Brie with Figs and Agave

    Brie with Figs and Agave by FashionableHostess.com

    I needed to whip up a no fuss Vegetarian-friendly appetizer to serve for my last dinner party, and since I am newly obsessed with Figs, I was pumped to throw this recipe together. All this recipe requires is 3 simple ingredients… a Brie (can be round or a slice), a pack of fresh washed Figs (halved or quartered) and Agave syrup. You can slightly bake the brie prior to preparing {in this instance I didn’t have time and it was still yummy!}; preheat the oven to 350 and cook for 5-10 minutes. Make sure to take it out right before it begins to ooze, so keep an eye out! Then top the Brie with your Figs and drizzle on the Agave. Serve with a knife and spoon so guests can slice their piece and then use the spoon to pick up any Figs that may have rolled off. I made the mistake of serving my dish on my gorgeous wooden cutting board and the Agave ended up dripping everywhere, so if you don’t want too much of a mess I recommend something with an edge! Enjoy!

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