Avocado Toast

  As a vegetarian family, we eat avocados pretty often, but usually as guacamole or in homemade sushi.  For some time now I have heard of using mashed avocado on bread, but never gave it a try.. and I have been missing out!  This is so easy, so healthy, and a great way to use […]

Tomato Mint Bites

Homemade bread with Feta spread, Tomatoes, and Mint This is a recipe inspired by growing fresh veggies in the garden and trips to the farmer’s market.  If you are looking for an easy way to use fresh-picked items, this recipe is a quick way to go from farm to table!  It is refreshing and absolutely […]

Garlic & Onion Green Beans

This is a side dish we make a lot in our house.  It is easy to prepare, and the kids love it.  My daughter actually thought the coating had cheese in it!  I normally don’t use a lot of dried spices (as I prefer fresh), but in this case it works really well. Ingredients ~ […]

Cucumber Dill Salad

This cucumber dill salad is a healthy, refreshing side that is easy to make.  This is a nice side dish in the summer when I want something cool, and it is a low-calorie option.  I like this salad on the salty side, without much sugar at all, which makes it reminiscent of pickles. Ingredients 4 […]

Southwest Corn Bake

  I love tamales, so it’s no surprise that I fell in love with this recipe.  This is simple, easy to make, and I think the leftovers are pretty good too!  A can of green chilies isn’t spicy enough for me, so I add an extra kick of spice when I made this corn bake. […]

Green Fruit Salad

  Holidays can be full of sugary treats, often loaded with food dyes.  If you are looking for an easy way to create a green, yet healthy snack, green fruit salad is a perfect food to make.  No added sugar, no artificial food dyes, just fruit!  This is a great treat for St. Patrick’s day, […]

Quick Sauteed Spinach

It is so easy to prepare fresh spinach, and it makes a quick and healthy side.  Packed with iron and other great nutrients, spinach has so much to offer and is delicious too!  This is a versatile side dish and you can use different ingredients for different flavors.  Since it only takes a few minutes […]

Mashed Cauliflower

Mashed cauliflower is a simple side to prepare, and an easy way to use cauliflower.  It can be a low-carb alternative to mashed potatoes. Ingredients 1 head cauliflower, washed and cut into florets 1 tablespoon butter 1 clove garlic, minced 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese 2 tablespoons cream cheese salt & pepper to taste Directions […]

Roasted Cauliflower

  This is a quick cauliflower dish that the whole family can enjoy.  You can simply roast the cauliflower and keep this a vegan dish, or add cheese at the end.  You can also be creative with the spices and cheeses you use, and try a different combination each time! Ingredients 1 head of cauliflower […]

Basmati Rice Recipe

  This is my favorite recipe for Indian Style Basmati rice.  We double the recipe and freeze our leftovers, which go wonderfully with all kinds of Indian dishes, from dal to chana masala (which also freeze well).  I freeze in serving-size containers so that I can heat them up for a quick lunch or dinner.  […]

Gobble those Greens from your Garden – Sauteed Kale

I fell in love with Kale when I was expecting my third child, and trying to increase my vitamin K intake. Until that point, the majority of my experience with greens was frozen/microwaved spinach that was mushy, soggy and bitter. Yuk. No wonder Popeye swallowed it in one gulp! I loved Kale so much that […]

Roasted Brussels Sprouts & Broccoli – My Favorite Veggie Recipe!

I’ve been making my version of a roasted broccoli recipe for a while. I love it so much, I have been known to eat it for lunch, all by itself! When I saw a recipe for roasted brussels sprouts, I know I had to combine the two! You will need: a bunch of broccoli (I […]

Grills are for More Than Just Meat!

I love grilling season! Our 10-year old, cheap grill may be a little rusty, but it’s still kicking, and I’m always excited when it’s time to fire it up! Since it’s so old, hubby just uses whatever temp he needs to in order to get an even flame all the way across! Burgers, hot dogs, […]

No Pressure Cooker, Please! (+ Recipe)

Guest post by Angie Mielke, PhD, Co-Founder, Sticky Fingers Cooking School for Kids and Licensed Clinical Psychologist The day is winding down, dinner is almost done, and you are counting the minutes until the relief unit arrives. After all the hustle bustle of the days events, getting the kids bellies nutritionally full before bedtime, hopefully helping […]

What to do with green tomatoes…

This year I waited until the last possible moment to pick the tomatoes from the garden.  I wanted to let them ripen as much as possible, but needed to protect them from the frost.  Unfortunately, this year I had LOTS of tomatoes come on late in the season and not ripen very quickly.  Now I […]

Grandma’s Applesauce

.. This is truly the BEST applesauce ever, and it’s so easy to make!  It was started by my husband’s Grandmother, and passed along as time went by.  I’ve made my own tweaks here and there, but the basics are accredited to Grandma Anderson.  We love you Grandma! .. Ingredients 6 large granny smith apples, […]

Tomato & Cheese Salad

There is nothing like fresh-from-the-garden tomatoes!  I really enjoy the pure taste of them, so in this dish, I kept the ingredients simple. Ingredients 1/2 cup Grape/Oblong tomatoes cut in half or thirds 1/2 cup cubed fresh mozzarella cheese Salt and pepper to taste 1-2 Tablespoon Newman’s Own Balsamic Vinaigrette (or any dressing that’s light […]

Double the Pesto, Double the Yum

Another Double Feature Sunday edition… with pesto!  The first recipe I got from Southern Living and the other from one of Giada’s cooking shows. Remember to sign up for the giveaway…this is the last week for a chance to win spices from Spice Station. Photo by New Wave Gurl (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) ASPARAGUS PESTO Ingredients: […]

Crock Pot Zucchini

Photo by Vanessa / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 Zucchini is nutritious, and this recipe from Kingston Girl makes it easy to make and extremely delicious. Ingredients: 2 lbs zucchini (unpeeled), sliced 2 vegetable bouillon cubes 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder 2 Tbsp dried onion flakes 2 teaspoon dried parsley flakes 1/4 teaspoon leaf oregano 1 cup V-8 […]

Mini Turkey-Bacon & Cheddar Meatloaves

This can be a part of a meal, or finger food! Cooking Time: Approx. 25 minutes (oven and microwaved used) Ingredients 1 lb. lean ground beef (thawed) 1 beaten egg 6 oz. can of tomato sauce 1 T minced onion 1 T dried celery 1.5 tsp Italian seasoning 1/3 cup Quaker (1-minute) instant oatmeal 6-8 […]