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Healthy Apple Recipes for Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year)

This Sunday night begins the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. It’s a tradition to eat apples and honey on Rosh Hashanah as a way of wishing for a sweet new year.

In honor of the holiday, I asked some of my blogger friends to share their favorite healthy apple recipes. Even if you’re not celebrating the holiday this weekend, these recipes are all perfect for fall, when apples are in their peak season!



Apple Pie Blossom Cookies {Gluten Free + Vegan} from Kaila at Healthy Helper Blog.

Healthy Apple Recipe Roundup for Rosh Hashanah (The Jewish New Year) ll Vegan, Gluten-Free, and Paleo Apple Recipes! ll www.littlechefbigappetite.com

Healthy Apple Crisp {Dairy-Free + Paleo} from Elizabeth at The Clean Eating Couple.

Healthy Apple Recipe Roundup for Rosh Hashanah (The Jewish New Year) ll Vegan, Gluten-Free, and Paleo Apple Recipes! ll www.littlechefbigappetite.com

Apple Pie Quick Bread {Gluten-Free + Vegan} from Rebecca at Strength and Sunshine

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Apple Butter Muffins  {Vegan} from Dixya at Food Pleasure and Health

Healthy Apple Recipe Roundup for Rosh Hashanah (The Jewish New Year) ll Vegan, Gluten-Free, and Paleo Apple Recipes! ll www.littlechefbigappetite.com

No Bake Apple Peanut Butter Bars {Gluten-Free + Vegan} from Kelly at Eat the Gains

Healthy Apple Recipe Roundup for Rosh Hashanah (The Jewish New Year) ll Vegan, Gluten-Free, and Paleo Apple Recipes! ll www.littlechefbigappetite.com

Apples and Honey Smoothie from Nicole at Fitful Focus

Healthy Apple Recipe Roundup for Rosh Hashanah (The Jewish New Year) ll Vegan, Gluten-Free, and Paleo Apple Recipes! ll www.littlechefbigappetite.com

Whole Wheat Apple Honey Muffins made by me!

Healthy Apple Recipe Roundup for Rosh Hashanah (The Jewish New Year) ll Vegan, Gluten-Free, and Paleo Apple Recipes! ll www.littlechefbigappetite.com

Wishing a sweet New Year to anyone celebrating Rosh Hashanah! Have a great weekend.


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Loving Lately

What I Am Loving Lately – September 2016

Hi there! Happy Friday!

Who’s ready for the weekend? I know I am. I’m looking forward to some yummy home-cooked meals and relaxing on the couch with my favorite human and pup.
It’s time for my monthly post What I Am Loving Lately, where I round up my favorite things, both food-related and not! I hope you guys like these posts because I have a lot of fun sharing them with you.

Let’s get to it!



What I'm Loving Lately ll Honey Promo Code Finder ll www.littlechefbigappetite.com

Whenever I buy anything online I always google “xyz Promo Code” (the xyz being the name of the store). There are so many coupon and promo codes floating around out there, that usually I am bound to find something that works, even if it’s just 10% off or free shipping.

I read about Honey in a Buzzfeed article back in May, and I immediately installed it into my browser. Honey does the coupon and promo code searching for you, so you don’t have to spend time googling around. All you do is install it into your browser, and whenever you are about to check out of an online store, click on Honey and it will automatically begin searching for qualifying promo codes. If anything works it applies the code directly to your order. Magic!

Admittedly, there are some cases where it doesn’t pick up on a promo code that I know exists, but for the most part it’s awesome. Definitely get it if you’re a bargain shopper like me.


Lenny’s Deli

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I was recently invited in for a meal by the amazing team at Lenny’s Deli in Westwood, Los Angeles. Travis and I were so excited because we both LOVE deli food. Surprisingly, neither of us had heard of Lenny’s, but when I looked it up I saw that it’s a Los Angeles institution.

When we walked into Lenny’s, it was packed, so I immediately knew that we hit the deli jackpot! Travis and I ordered a bowl of matzoh ball soup, a hot pastrami sandwich on rye, and potato pancakes to share. In typical deli fashion, there was more than enough food for the both of us — the soup in particular was HUGE — and everything was delicious. The pastrami was lean, but so flavorful and the matzoh balls were the perfect texture. They also had a big bakery in the front of the store, but we were too full for dessert after our meal. Just another reason to go back soon!


Under Sink Organizer

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Recently, I’ve been on a rampage to organize every square inch of our apartment. I’ve always loved to organize (everything musttttttttt be put in its place!), but I think this time I’ve taken it to a new extreme (more on that in another post).

After being sick of bottles and cleaning supplies being thrown all over the place under our kitchen sink, I purchased this under the sink organizer from Amazon. The assembly was very easy (and this is coming from someone who dreads assembling anything), and it’s seriously helped reduce clutter under our sink. I love that you can move the shelves around to fit your specific sink, since everyone’s plumbing is different.

(Am I officially 80 years old because I get excited about sink organizers…?)



What I'm Loving Lately ll Peanut Butter Barnana ll www.littlechefbigappetite.com

I am embarrassed to tell you how many packages of Barnanas I’ve gone through in the last two months. I’m so obsessed. Each bag contains small pieces of dehydrated bananas coated in various delicious flavors.

The peanut butter and coffee flavors are my favorites! If you love the combination of banana and peanut butter, you will love the PB Barnanas! I usually have 1-2 of these after a savory meal, and it always hits the spot and curbs my need for any other dessert. I buy the bulk pack on Amazon (#SomeoneHelpMe), but you can also find them at Whole Foods.


Sword and Scale

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I am so late to the podcast game. After getting hooked on Serial (about 10 months after everyone else), I set out to find other similar crime podcasts. I’ve always enjoyed crime books, movies and TV shows, so my taste in podcasts is no different.

I came across Sword and Scale and loved it after one episode. Admittedly, some of the topics are too gruesome for my taste (we’re talking about people doing some pretty horrible things), so I skip over those ones. Each episode follows the story of a crime, some you’ve heard of and others you haven’t, and they use real interviews and clips to explain the details of the case. Also, the narrator, Mike Boudet, has a fabulous voice that I could listen to all day.

If you’re into true crime, I highly recommend this one. Unless of course, you’ve been listening to it for years, and again I am just way behind the times.


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Appetizer Gluten-Free Side Dishes

Honey-Mustard Green Beans with Pecans

When the weather is warm, Travis and I try to use our grill as much as possible. We don’t have air conditioning in our apartment, so if the temperature goes above 80 degrees, the thought of turning on the oven or stove sounds dreadful. (Although, admittedly we live by the ocean so it’s rare that it ever gets too hot around here).

If Travis is grilling outside, I typically make a quick side-dish indoors and I am always pleased if it requires less than 10 minutes of oven or stovetop time.

I’d put these Honey Mustard Green Beans with Pecans in the arena of perfect BBQ side-dishes: easy, healthy, and quick.

Honey-Mustard Green Beans with Pecans Recipe - Little Chef Big Appetite

This recipe came out a desire to throw together something healthy using ingredients I already had on hand, and I’ll bet you have them in your pantry as well. These green beans are ultra-easy to make, even the most novice of cooks should be just fine (just don’t burn the pecans!)

Honey-Mustard Green Beans with Pecans Recipe - Little Chef Big Appetite

Try these Honey-Mustard Green Beans alongside a burger, grilled chicken or fish – they really go with anything!


Honey-Mustard Green Beans with Pecans Recipe
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Serves: 2-3
  • ¼ cup pecans
  • ¾ pounds green beans, trimmed
  • 2 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • ½ teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • kosher salt and black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
  1. Heat oven to 375° F. Spread the pecans on a baking sheet and toast in oven, tossing once, until fragrant, 6 to 8 minutes. Be careful not to burn the pecans, check regularly. Let cool, then chop.
  2. Steam the green beans until tender, about 6 minutes; let cool. While beans are steaming, whisk together the olive oil, honey, and mustard and season with a pinch each salt and pepper. Toss the green beans with the dressing and sprinkle with the toasted pecans. You can either refrigerate for a few hours or serve immediately. Just before serving, toss with the red wine vinegar.
Recipe adapted from Real Simple Magazine

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Tips and Tricks

Greek Yogurt Face Mask

You see a lot of Greek Yogurt on here, don’t you? I just love the stuff. It is so healthy and packed with protein, so it keeps you full for a long time. I use Greek Yogurt in my kitchen in so many ways.

Recently around here you’ve seen it served with my delicious Cardamom Granola.

How to Make a Homemade Greek Yogurt Facemask

And also in my yummy Curried Yogurt Dip!


But did you know that Greek Yogurt actually makes a fantastic face mask!?

I am sure you’ve seen body washes in the drug store that boast “yogurt” as a main ingredient. That’s because the lactic acid in the yogurt can do wonders for moisturizing and exfoliating the skin. The zinc also has anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce swelling and redness from acne or irritation.

But, there is no need to go out and buy a fancy yogurt wash, when you can make your own Greek Yogurt face mask at home. And all you need is just three simple ingredients! I have sensitive skin, but because the ingredients in this mask are all-natural, they don’t irritate my skin at all.


Greek Yogurt Face Mask

How to Make a Homemade Greek Yogurt Facemask

Simply combine 1 Tablespoon of Greek Yogurt, 1 teaspoon of honey and a squeeze of lemon (optional for extra exfoliation) in a small bowl or dish. Using your fingertips or a brush, apply the mixture to your face and leave on for 15 minutes. Afterwards, rinse off the face mask with warm water and pat dry with a washcloth.

That’s it! My face feels so clean and soft afterwards.


What is your favorite way to use Greek Yogurt? Have you tried it on your skin before? 


Honey Sesame Almonds

People often ask me about the name “Little Chef Big Appetite.”  How little are you really? And if you’re so little, how much do you really eat?

Well guys, it isn’t just a cutesy blog name. I am 5 feet tall (not an inch more or less), and I am quite “small-boned,” I guess you could say. I can totally still shop in the kids section, but in order to look like a proper 23-year-old I try to avoid this at all costs. (Except when it comes to things like Hunter rain boots and adorable Crew Cuts ballet flats — these things are adorable AND half the price in mini-size).

Travis Winkler and Rachel Pattison

My appetite, on the other hand, does not match my stature. I am constantly hungry. Travis likes to tell me there is a fat kid stuck inside of me, and well, he isn’t too far off from the truth.

Rachel Pattison

I just get so stinkin’ hungry all the time. To prevent this (and the inevitable crankiness that could ensue otherwise) I eat about 5-6 small meals and snacks a day. That standard 3 meals a day just does not cut it for this girl.

I am constantly on the lookout for healthy snacks I can add into my rotation, especially ones I can easily bring to work.

Honey Sesame Almonds

Currently, my snacks consist of fruit with nut butters, Greek yogurt, nuts, and homemade granola bars/protein bars.

Honey Sesame Almonds

I grow tired eating the same things all the time, so I like to change it up whenever I can.

I get a lot of inspiration for homemade snacks from the Trader Joe’s packaged nuts and trail mixes. Have you been down that incredible aisle with trail mixes galore? Oh man, that stuff is yuuuuuummy.

Honey Sesame Almonds

I especially love their Honey Sesame Almonds — so addicting.

So, I set out to recreate them at home, but this time make them a bit healthier.

Honey Sesame Almonds

For this recipe, I wanted to use a heck of a lot less sugar and no butter or oil.

I based these almonds off of my Spiced Roasted Almonds (have you tried those yet? That recipe is a real winner).

This time I just kept it really simple. This recipe calls for FOUR ingredients. FOUR – you got that!?

Honey Sesame Almonds

A homemade nut mix you can make yourself in a matter of 15 minutes. It doesn’t get easier than this, guys.

Let’s snack healthy, deliciously, and often. We’ll all be happier that way.

Honey Sesame Almonds Recipe


Honey Sesame Almonds
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Serves: 4-5
  • 1 cup raw almonds (not salted)
  • ⅛ cup raw honey
  • 1 Tablespoon brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ⅛ cup sesame seeds (more or less to taste)
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Spread the almonds on the baking sheet in a single layer and roast in the oven for 10 minutes, until the almonds begin to smell toasty. Remove right away because they can burn quickly at this point.
  2. While the almonds are roasting in the oven heat a small saucepan over low heat and add the honey, brown sugar and salt. Stir constantly for about 1 minute. The mixture should become thinner. Pour the honey mixture over the almonds while the almonds are still on the parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Use a spoon to stir the almonds around so they are coated on all sides with the honey.
  3. You can coat with the sesame seeds in one of two ways. Either pour the seeds over the almonds directly on the baking sheet and stir the almonds around to coat. Or, put the sesame seeds in a bowl and in small batches pour the almonds in the bowl and toss around to coat.
  4. When the almonds are coated with the seeds, return them to the oven to roast for another 7 minutes. Remove the baking sheet from the oven and allow the almonds to cool completely before storing them in an airtight container.

Gluten-Free Snacks

Spiced Roasted Almonds

Spiced Roasted Almonds Recipe

I hate how quickly retailers try to make us forget summer. The stores were filled with Halloween decorations weeks ago and soon they will be shoving those out to make room for the holiday decorations. Before we know it, all we will see is red and pink for Valentine’s Day. Can we SLOW IT DOWN PEOPLE?

Here in LA it is still summer weather (well, that’s nothing new) and I would like to hold onto that for a little while longer.

That being said, I will make no arguments about starting to incorporate fall flavors back into my diet. It is times like this that I DO wish I was back on the East coast. What I would do for a freshly baked cider doughnut from Honey Pot Farms right now. Mmmmmhmmmmm.

Spiced Roasted Almonds Recipe

One of my favorite holiday treats are spiced nuts. The truth is, however, that most of the ones you’ll buy in the store or the amazing ones from street vendors (you know are LOADED with sugar. This isn’t really a terrible thing. I mean, hey, they taste delicious, right?

But….they could be healthier.

Spiced Roasted Almonds Recipe

So, I bring you my version.

Spiced Roasted Almonds Recipe

There is no butter or oil added here. I am really tryin’ to help you out people, but trust me, you won’t even taste the difference.

Spiced Roasted Almonds Recipe

These suckers will have you hooked. They are a great snack if you’re on the go. I have a baggie filled with them in my desk drawer at work.

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I also think they would be a great homemade gift for the holidays. The recipe can easily be doubled to make a big batch to share (or keep them all to yourself…I won’t tell).

Spiced Roasted Almonds Recipe

The end result is a slightly sweet, spiced and toasty almond. Now be careful not to eat them all in one go…


Spiced Roasted Almonds
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Serves: 6-8
  • 1.5 - 2 cups raw almonds (do not use salted)
  • 2 Tablespoons raw honey (agave may be okay here)
  • ¾ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon ground cardamom
  • scant ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • pinch of cayenne (optional)
  • Sea Salt
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spray the parchment paper with cooking spray. Spread the almonds on the baking sheet. Toast in the upper rack of the oven for 10 minutes.
  2. While the almonds are in the oven mix together the nutmeg through the pepper in a small bowl. When the almonds are done toasting, remove the baking sheet from the oven and pour the honey over the almonds (do this right on the baking sheet). Use a spoon or spatula to coat the almonds well on all sides. Then sprinkle the spice mixture over the almonds and mix again to thoroughly coat. Take a big pinch of sea salt and sprinkle over the almonds.
  3. Return the almonds to the oven for another 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and right away use a spatula to remove the almonds from the parchment paper to a plate or container to cool (or else your almonds will be glued to the parchment paper - you've been warned). You will notice that a lot of the honey and spice mixture will be stuck to your spatula and on the parchment paper - this is fine. There is plenty on the almonds already, I assure you.
  4. Let cool for 20 minutes and then store in air tight jars or plastic bags.

Side Dishes

Glazed Carrots with Honey and Thyme

These Glazed Carrots with Honey and Thyme are the perfect side dish to poultry or fish. They’re gluten-free, vegetarian, and dairy-free optional.

Honey Glazed Carrots with Thyme // www.littlechefbigappetite.com

We all need a quick go-to side dish that we can whip up in no time. For me, it’s these Glazed Carrots with Honey and Thyme. My favorite part about this recipe is that you can get it on the table in under 15 minutes, but it still tastes impressive.

Honey Glazed Carrots with Thyme // www.littlechefbigappetite.com

All you need to do is simmer sliced carrots in chicken or vegetable broth with a squeeze of honey and pinch of salt. Then stir in some lemon juice and fresh thyme and you have yourself a delicious and healthy side dish in no time!

Sounds easy, right? Now go ahead and try it and let me know what you think!


Glazed Carrots with Honey and Thyme
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Serves: 4
  • 1 lb. carrots peeled and sliced ¼ in thick on the bias
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 3 Tablespoons honey
  • ½ cup low-sodium chicken broth (vegetable broth works fine too, if you prefer)
  • 1 Tablespoon unsalted butter, cut into 4 pieces
  • 2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon fresh thyme
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  1. In a 12 in. skillet bring the carrots, chicken broth, salt, and 1T of honey to a boil. Cover, and reduce to a simmer until the carrots are soft (about 5 minutes).
  2. Uncover and bring to a boil again until the sauce has reduced to about 2 Tablespoons (about 2 minutes).
  3. Add the butter and remaining 2 tablespoons of honey and stir until all ingredients are well dispersed.
  4. Off the heat, add the lemon juice and thyme. Season with salt and pepper and serve immediately.
*Recipe from America’s Test Kitchen: Family Cookbook