Coconut Almond Peach Crumble

This end-of-summer peach crumble is free of refined sugars and is gluten-free! Great for those moments when you're trying to stay healthy but really want a sweet treat. 

One of the things I have a real love/hate relationship with in dieting is that I obviously hate having to give up indulgent desserts, but I also have a weird love for testing out new recipes that sort of cheat the system. I don't know that I'd go so far as to call this recipe 'healthy', however it's certainly a lightened up treat to satisfy that sweet craving, especially when there's an overabundance of drool-worthy, decadent desserts on social media this time of year.

Talk about feeling left out.

I had some peaches that were free-falling into use it or lose it territory (I HATE losing it), and so I thought it would be fun to play around with baking them up with a gluten-free topping. On a whim, I purchased almond flour a couple of weeks ago but hadn't really had a reason to use it. Well, I found a GREAT spot for it...right in this crumble! 

I also had some unsweetened coconut on hand which added a little oomph to the recipe, breaking up the almond flour in both taste and texture. I can't wait to try this recipe with fall fruits like apples...and maybe even a pumpkin crunch version? Stay tuned!

Coconut Almond Peach Crumble
*serves 4
3 peaches, very ripe, sliced
2 Tbsp pure maple syrup
3/4 C almond flour
1/8 C unsweetened shredded coconut
1/4 C butter, cold & cut into cubes
1 Tbsp baking sweetener (ex: Splenda baking blend)*
non-stick cooking spray
Greek yogurt & ground cinnamon, for topping

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a small baking dish with non-stick spray. Toss the sliced peaches in the baking dish with the maple syrup.

In a medium sized bowl, mix together the flour, coconut and sweetener (if desired). Cut the butter into the mixture, using a pastry cutter or 2 butter knives, until the butter is incorporated and crumbly. Sprinkle over the peaches.

Bake for 25-30 minutes, until browned and bubbly. Let cool slightly and serve with a scoop of Greek yogurt and a sprinkle of cinnamon (or ice cream! or whipped cream!)

Enjoy while it's warm! It also keeps in the refrigerator and reheats nicely in the microwave.

*I used Splenda baking blend which made the crumble topping very sweet (which I don't hate). For a less sweet version, which I'm sure would also be amazingly delicious, just use less or eliminate all together

All About Downtown Street Fair in Jersey City

Recapping our fun Saturday out at the All About Downtown Street Fair in Jersey City!

On Saturday, we had so much going on, including dr's appointments. a Verizon visit, ladies evening out (for me!) and the annual All About Downtown Street Fair in Jersey City! This is one of my favorite annual festivals. Put on by HSID, the fair spans for about 1/2 mile and includes just about every food and entertainment vendor in Jersey City. We hopped on the Path over to Grove Street and spent a couple of hours eating our way through the crowds. Here are some pics if you'd like to see!

I was obsessed with this stand selling homemade jewelry.

LITM had both fried mac & cheese, and rice balls with goat cheese. Since mixing and matching wasn't an option, I went with the rice balls. They were sooooo good. Also, I'm a rice ball snob.

While P and I devoured the rice balls, Shaun chose a taylor ham (pork roll!) and cheese pinwheel pastry from Grandma Downtown. Also amazing.

For you Stranger Things fans, we really got a kick out of this tee.

Need I say more? All the bacon. It looked and smelled amazing. Shaun went with a bacon-wrapped hot dog, which I happily shared.

Kath's Catering had one non-bacon item on the menu and it was an enormous cup of freshly cut watermelon for $5. We snapped one up for P and she devoured it. So refreshing.

It wouldn't be a JC street fair without Milk Sugar Love, the beloved JC creamery, serving up organic ice cream in the most incredible flavors. 

Penelope went with a cup of their vanilla bean (seriously, the best vanilla ice cream I've ever had!) while I couldn't say no to their Fruity Pebble Mac Daddy. It's an ice cream sandwich made with 2 fruity pebble macarons as the sandwich ends and filled with ice cream, then rolled in fruit pebbles. You guys. Even the man in the truck who sold it to me was excited for me, exclaiming 'Yes!' when I placed my order. And for scale:

There were even a few little rides set up for the kids. We ran into friends from our building, which was so fun for P to have a friend to ride with.

Tiny Greenhouse had some little crafts set up for the kiddos.

One of my favorite things about Jersey City is the art scene. Incredible murals are painted all over the city by local artists.

We closed out the day with some cotton candy to go. If you follow me on snapchat (rkcannon), you may have seen P talking all about it.

It was such a fun afternoon and I just really love doing things around our city. We headed home to rest and shower up, because Mama had a big night out with the ladies that evening! Thanks to everyone who participated in the All About Downtown Street Fair and for making it so awesome!





5-Ingredient Swedish Meatballs

These super simple Swedish meatballs are made with only 5 ingredients! They are incredibly easy, low carb, Dukan-diet friendly and gluten free (just check your meatball ingredients!)...oh, and seriously delicious!

We eat a hella lot of meatballs in our house. One of my favorite dishes in life is my mom's spaghetti and meatballs. Now that I've been eating lower carb/sugar, I've cut out pasta (crying), but have really relied on meatballs as a staple in our nightly meals. They are so versatile and so we've eaten everything from meatballs doused in tomato sauce and topped with ricotta and parmesean cheese to turkey honey garlic meatballs as an afternoon snack.

We recently spent an afternoon at Ikea designing and procuring elements for a new wall unit in our living area, and the only way I got my family to indulge me on this one was with the promise of a stop to the Ikea cafe followed by the classic exit fro-yo (the best). For lunch, I had a plate of Swedish meatballs and they were sooooo good. I ended up buying a bag of frozen meatballs to take home for a future dinner. 

I whipped these up pretty quickly for a weeknight dinner. They are low in carbs, gluten-free (just check your meatball ingredients!), and can also be low in fat. These are going to be a new staple in our house!

5-ingredient Swedish Meatballs
20 meatballs, frozen
1 14oz can low-sodium beef broth
2 Tbsp cornstarch
1/4 C water
1 Tbsp plain Greek yogurt
salt, pepper & parsley to taste

Cook your meatballs according to package directions. I baked mine on a foil-lined tray for 15 minutes @ 450 degrees. 

In a skillet over medium heat, bring the beef broth to a boil. Separately, make a slurry with the cornstarch and water by mixing them together to dissolve the cornstarch. Whisk into the broth and continue whisking until incorporated and thickened. Lower the heat. Whisk in the Greek yogurt. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Toss with the meatballs. Sprinkle with parsley. Enjoy!

*I do not count water, salt or pepper as ingredients in this dish

TV I'm Loving Lately

Every now and then I love sharing what we're digging on TV. It's my favorite medium, and one of my ultimate favorite past-times. Here's what we've been watching this summer!

Stranger Things
This is the kind of show that I want to barrel through because I just NEED to know what happens next, but I also feel the need to savor each episode and not rush things because it's going to leave a wide gaping hole once it's over. We are 4 episodes in and I'm wondering how I'll make it through our weekend away without getting to watch. The acting is stellar (welcome back Winona Ryder! Eleven, can I take you home with me to hang?). Part goonies, part gremlins, part Fringe, full love letter to the 80s, I highly recommend this one, though it's not for the faint of heart.

Mr. Robot
This is our other summer show obsession. I've had real fomo about not having watched this last summer when it was touted as the show of the summer, So one night as we were surfing through the myriad of tv options, we decided to give it a go. Another instantly binge worthy show. It's super dark, very weird and quite disturbing at times, and I not-so-secretly love those kinds of shows. Rami Malek is just so amazing in his nuance and um, hi - Christian Slater! Another early 90s star comeback!!! Still a heartthrob at 47. Just sayin'. Also: Coney Island is like a third star of the show and it's glorious.

best pic from the olympics. 

best pic from the olympics. 

Rio Olympics
This really took up a lot of our August. We watched intently every evening, though I have to say my favorite were the swimming events. I still love gymnastics - also special side note - Laurie Hernandez is from my hometown! - but I just really got into the swimming. Perhaps because summer and swimming go hand-in-hand, or because I was also a varsity swimmer in high school, OR because I was so into P learning to swim this summer, I was totally riveted by Katie, Michael and the rest.

Match Game
Yep. We've been watching this all summer as our fall-asleep-to-in-bed go to show. It's just funny enough and at times they have some great celebrity guests - my favorites are Titus Burgess (why can't he just be a series reg?) and Rosie O'Donnell. I just love her. Plus, Alec Baldwin hosts and he knows he's too good for it, and yet he's still funny and charming and I'm just a big fan. Also realizing my love for older men.

What are you loving on TV these days? Next up on our list are The Night Of and getting back into Ray Donovan!