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Restaurant-Style *Honey* Mustard Dipping Sauce {The Healthier Version!}

Before going gluten free do you want to know my favorite hangout spot with friends? Red Robin!  It is was like the ultimate social restaurant!

I absolutely loved that place! 

I mean, I was already a vegetarian so it wasn't like I could order much there in the first place ("ummm can I have your double stacked veggie bakon cheeze burger", but irregardless of the fact that I could not order much, I just loved their steak-cut fries with their perfect honey mustard sauce!


I mean, if you have tasted their honey mustard sauce, then you understand what I mean, those fries with ketchup just did not do it for me ... when I discovered that sauce it was *game over*! 

Nevertheless, food reform came, and Red Robin vanished off the scene of my life.

I know, but it was not that tough you see. Here is why.

Since that time, my super sweet hubby wanted to still treat me every now and then with something still reminiscent of Red Robin, but healthier.

So, he would affectionately work in the kitchen to make me something similar to include baked steak fries with homemade and delicious honey mustard! 

(sighs) yep! He is a keeper!

And that delicious honey mustard sauce he made for me is what I want to share with you!

Here is my healthy version of Red Robin honey mustard sauce.

I mean, I suppose you could debate as to whether it taste closer to Apple Bees, Outback Steak House, or maybe none of those, but either way it much healthier and very delicious!

Can you tell from the pic that I love it with gluten free pretzels too? 

1/4 cup of vegan mayo, you may use Vegenaise or my vegan mayo recipe
1 tbsp yellow mustard
1 tbsp vegan honey alternative  (e.g. organic agave) or local honey
1 1/2 tsp dijon mustard, I would use Annie's or Organicville
1 1/2  tsp fresh lemon juice

Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl. 

Whisk them together until smooth!

Refrigerate in an empty bottle or other container until ready to use.

p.s. some say it taste better after refrigeration!


Mango Pineapple Parfait with Blueberries and Pecans

On my Instagram page (@sweetnsavorylife) I have this seemingly unshakeable habit of posting pictures of my yummy creations without recipes.

I know, I know.

Let me just say for the record  that it is never my intention to not prepare a recipe. While I love the fact that you see my creations (and my hubby's creations) and you "ooh" and "ahh" over them, I want to give you recipes.

My Instagram isn't just my cellular Pinterest (LOL), it is there in efforts to engage my community there and my community here and to inspire.

So I will work on that.

I suppose however that this is good for me because the more I share with you on Instagram, the more incentive I have to post recipes here too! YAY!


Here is another really good treat!

I know that it has gotten a bit chilly, but let's talk about making breakfast fun!

As a little *insider* on me, I LOVE breakfast. But! Under one condition...

It has to include fruit!

See, my husband being that he is caribbean can go without fruit for breakfast, but it is an absolutely must for me or it can't be breakfast. I need fruit in the morning - I am not sure why...

So, while I recognize it's apple and pomegranate season mostly, I do still manage to find stores here with a few fresh berries and some good frozen fruit to get by. And for this recipe, that is all you will need!

Just have a look at these berries!

Sheer deliciousness!

Well, if you feel like me and need your fruit fix in the a.m., here is one recipes to perhaps get you moving on your sweet and savory morning!

It's real simple, so check it out!

2 very ripe bananas
1 cups frozen mango chunks
1 cup frozen pineapple chunks
1 cup (8oz) coconut almond milk

Toppings (at whatever quantity)
Coconut (garnish only)

Blend the 2 bananas, mango and pineapple chunks, and coconut almond milk until smooth on high power. 

Disperse smoothie mix evenly into some pretty glasses, or bowls :)

Add as a layer bananas, then blueberries, followed by pecans, and coconut flakes for pretty garnish!

Enjoy your morning parfait with a spoon!