Healthy Pumpkin Pie Bites

Brittany McKinley, Iowa Farm Bureau, Wellness Specialist II


2 tbsp. coconut flour

2 tbsp. protein powder

1/2 c. pumpkin puree

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice

1 tbsp. sugar free maple syrup

2 tsp. Stevia in the Raw

Instructions: Mix coconut flour, protein powder, pumpkin puree, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice and Stevia in a large bowl until well combined. Add maple syrup. Slowly add water until a doughy paste forms. Roll into balls and store in the refrigerator. Super simple! Feels like a treat without a crazy amount of sugar and calories.

Fall Harvest Farmers Cheese Grain Bowl


2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and diced

12 oz. Brussels sprouts, halved

1 can chickpeas, drained, rinsed and patted dry

1 tsp. kosher salt

1/4 tsp. chili powder

3 tbsp. olive oil

3 c. quinoa, cooked according to package

6 oz. farmer’s cheese, crumbled

Maple dijon dressing

Toppings: Cilantro, radishes, diced avocado

Instructions: Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Combine sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts and chickpeas in a large bowl. Sprinkle with salt and chili powder, and drizzle with olive oil. Toss until combined. Spread mixture evenly across two large rimmed baking sheets.

Place baking sheets in preheated oven, and roast vegetables, turning occasionally, until they are golden, about 30 minutes. Meanwhile, prepare dressing as directed. To serve, divide cooked quinoa evenly between four bowls. Add a layer of sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts and chickpea mixture. Top each bowl with 1/5 oz. of crumbled Farmer’s cheese. Garnish with cilantro, radishes and diced avocado as desired, then drizzle with maple dijon dressing. Serve immediately 

Cabbage Soup

Marilyn Strothman, Henry County


1 c. celery, chopped

1 medium head cabbage, chopped

1 c. onion, chopped + 1 small onion, diced, keep divided

2 large cans tomato sauce

2 lbs. hamburger

1 c. ketchup

1/2 c. brown sugar

Instructions: Heat a large pot to medium high, and add the celery, cabbage, 1 c. onion and tomato sauce. Add enough water to cover; add salt and pepper to taste. Cook until tender. In a separate pan, sauté one small onion and hamburger. Drain and add to cabbage mixture. Cook 10 minutes at a simmer. Add ketchup and brown sugar, and stir until combined. Enjoy!

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