2 Healthy Recipes + 1 Indulgent = 3 for the Win | Fresh Fridays, October 7

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Happy Friday Foodie Friends!

I am so grateful you join me each week, if you are new to The Fresh Cooky, welcome! This is my weekly newsletter with new recipes, featured recipes, what’s hot and a sneak peek into my life.

Today I am bringing two healthy recipes you will love and one that is great for a weekend treat this fall season, I hope you try them all!

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Plus it’s time for my monthly book review!

And as always, don’t forget to browse my homepage, I try and update it regularly with seasonal inspired recipes.

Healthy Dinner 1+

This is a family-friendly, ready in a jiffy, budget-wise, healthy and delicious meal! Oh and it’s all made in one skillet or tossed into a casserole dish!

And I forget to mention, it’s low-carb, gluten-free and full of flavor!

Skillet filled with ground beef and zucchini casserole.
Ground Beef and Zucchini Casserole

Healthy Dessert +2

Do you own an air fryer? It took me awhile to hop on this band wagon too, but I have fallen in love with mine. So I developed this tasty recipe for Air Fryer Apple Crisp — however; easy oven baked instructions too!

No refined sugar, low-carb and low-cal, individual servings, guilt-free — totally compatible for a chilly fall evening. Besides, your house will smell amazing!

Plus change one ingredient to make it gluten-free OR dairy-free! (Two ingredients if you want to do both 🙂 )

Air Fryer apple crisp individual serving on a plate.
Air Fryer Apple Crisp

Indulgent Recipe = 3

Because life is all about balance, my third recipe this week is a favorite and so simple to make because it all starts with a spice cake mix.

This pumpkin spice coffee cake whips up in minutes, tastes like it was completely from scratch and will once again make your house smell like autumn!

Slice of pumpkin coffee cake on a pretty plate with fork.
Pumpkin Spice Honey Bun Cake

I love watching what brings people to The Fresh Cooky, sometimes trends make me scratch my head, like Easy Refrigerator Pickled Red Onions, maybe gardens are bursting! Other times the trend makes total sense, like these Bavarian Pretzels (nom-nom).

Here are the top 5 unique recipes beyond my usual top 10!

October trending recipes from The Fresh Cooky for pinning.
  1. Colorado Green Chile | One reader said this about this pork green chile,
    I love green chile, grew up eating it and have tried a variety of recipes and spices. This was BY FAR the best I’ve ever made!! Used just a 14.5 can of diced tomatoes to keep the green chile flavor dominant. Absolutely delicious and my new go to recipe from now on. Thank you so much for posting!” Angela
  2. Cinnamon Crunch Scones | “These are hands down the absolute best scones I have EVER made. I just ate them all!” from Gabi a Pinterest reader
  3. Easy One Skillet Tamale Pie | “I was introduced to Tamale Pie when we moved to Texas and recently decided to make yours. IT WAS SO GOOD and comforting and exactly what I was hoping for it to be! My entire family loved this, too!” Erin
  4. Healthy Mongolian Beef | “Yummm, this was a hit! I’ll be making this often. So easy and followed recipe exactly. Eyeballed the oil and added a little more cornstarch but I’m not sure it mattered. Thanks for the awesome recipe!!” Amanda
  5. Graham Cracker Crumble | A what? This is one of those super easy, surprisingly tasty treats to sprinkle on yogurt, pancakes, ice cream, in place of a streusel topping on your favorite pie — or just enjoy for a fun afternoon snack! Pin for later!

Book Review

A few books I’ve read recently. I hope you enjoy browsing through and be sure to leave me your recommendations in the comments below as well!

  • Remarkably Bright Creatures: A Novel | 👍🏼 Liked it, very creative, with the narrator being an octopus! Fun story, bit of mystery with a happy ending.
  • If I Were You | 👍🏼👍🏼 I really liked this one, historical fiction set during WWII during the Blitz in London, following two young women, unlikely friends into post-war America.
  • A Shepherd’s Look at Psalm 23 | 👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼We read this with our church recently and I highly, highly recommend it for anyone. Beautifully written, insightful, informational and filled with hope and encouragement.
  • Jesus Stories: Awakening to Love through His Parables | 👍🏼👍🏼 My husband and I are reading this just before bed, we are only a few chapters in, but so far I’m loving it. A fun, unique look at the parables of Jesus from the book of Luke.

Weekly Inspiration

For those of you who have lost loved ones, or are just struggling in the day-to-day life on this earth, or need a little encouragement today — I love this song by The Afters — I cannot wait to hear my Lord say to me some day “Well Done, my beloved child, well done!”

With love and an increasingly grateful heart,

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About Kathleen Pope

Recipe Innovator | Food Photographer | Food Writer

Hi, I’m Kathleen Pope. Here at The Fresh Cooky you will find easy, mostly from-scratch, trusted recipes for all occasions. From speedy dinners to tasty desserts, with easy step-by-step instructions. I am here to help teach you how to make mouthwatering recipes without spending hours in the kitchen. Read more about Kathleen here.

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