Meyer Lemon Bars with Pistachio Ginger Crust

Meyer lemon season is coming to an end soon, so let’s take advantage and squeeze out every bit of fragrant lemony-ness we can.  Pistachios and ginger pair extremely well with lemon, and are the prominent flavors in the buttery crust of these bars.  The filling uses both the juice and zest to get the most Meyer lemon flavor.  A simple glaze of confectioners’ sugar and more Meyer lemon juice tops it all off, along with a dusting of chopped pistachios to give it a salty crunchy balance.  And don’t worry.  We’ve got gluten free and whole wheat variations covered.  So go ahead, raise a glass (or lemon bar) to another citrus season.

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Pomegranate Popcorn Balls

Trick or treat!  Halloween is right around the corner, and while there are plenty of gory and ghoulish recipes out there for all your festive needs; I’m going the subtle route and tricking taste buds with these inconspicuous looking popcorn balls.  You’d never guess from looking at them, but the marshmallow is made with pomegranate molasses, and offers just as much tartness as it does sweetness.  Add to that some salted sunflower seeds and popcorn, and you have all the elements of the perfect treat: sweet, salty, tangy, chewy and crunchy.

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Cardamom Chocolate Chip Lentil Cookies

More back-to-school/lunchbox ideas with these unusual but delicious cookies.  An after school snack (or afternoon coffee break!) of chocolate chip cookies is both iconic and nostalgic.  Who doesn’t want a cookie or three to look forward to and get them through the rest of the day?  My daughter always wants a sweet treat in her lunchbox, so I use it as a way to sneak in some healthy goodness.  Cookies are a great vehicle to “hide” healthy ingredients in.  While these have butter, sugar and chocolate chips (because I want them to actually taste good!!), they are also full of whole wheat pastry flour, oats, almond meal and an extra dose of protein from pureed lentils, which I promise you can’t taste.  And if gluten-free or nut allergies are a concern, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with substitute ideas at the bottom of the recipe.

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