Easy Eggplant Pasta

I love coming up with quick ways of using veggies.  Sometimes we have a leftover veggie, a random one in our CSA, or we see some cheap “seconds” at the farmer’s market that I can’t resist.  I created this recipe because we would always get one random eggplant in our CSA vegetable box! So maybe […]

Roasted Seaweed Snacks

  For years we have been buying roasted seaweed snacks, but then I learned you can make your own at home!  I love seaweed and so do my kids, and this is a really healthy snack.  If you have ever eaten plain seaweed sheets – the kind you would use to roll sushi with – […]

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 […]

Fried Tofu Cubes

  My kids are both vegetarian, so I look for creative meal ideas.  People often assume we eat a lot of tofu since we are vegetarian, but we actually do not.  However, we do like tofu, and after trying this recipe, my kids are a huge fan of this fried tofu!  It is pretty easy, […]

Chive Blossom Vinegar

  Every year, my chives come up bigger and better.  And every year, I get a beautiful crop of chive blossoms.  I always think about doing something with the blossoms, but forget to nab the blossoms before they wilt.  This year I decided to make chive blossom vinegar! All you need is: ~ white vinegar […]

Spinach & Artichoke Pasta

  I found this recipe over at Budget Bytes, and couldn’t resist the combination of artichokes and spinach on pasta!  This is an easy recipe and I had all the ingredients in my pantry, so it is something you can make when you need a quick meal.  I made a few variations on the original […]

Southwestern Pasta Salad

  This southwestern pasta salad is quick and easy to make.  Perfect for a hot summer day, and it is both vegetarian and vegan. Ingredients 1 box pasta (preferably rotini) 1/3 cup vegetable oil 1/4 cup lime juice 2 teaspoons ground cumin 1-1/2 cups corn (fresh or frozen, thawed) 1 cup diced green bell pepper […]

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 […]

Summer Grilling: BBQ Tofu

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by KC Masterpiece and DataRank; all opinions and recipes are my own. I am so excited about summer.  After a very long New England winter, we are thrilled about warmer weather and everything that comes with it.  Part of nice weather comes grilling – lots of it!  We grill all […]

Mandarin Orange & Cranberry Salad

This is a salad that my husband and I have been eating for a while and enjoy it with almost anything at any time of the year.  It would be a perfect side salad to bring to a potluck, or for picky salad eaters because of it’s fruit and freshness! Ingredients 1 head romaine lettuce, […]

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 […]

Chia Seed Pudding

For a long time now, I have wanted to try making chia pudding.  I love chia seeds, and although I have no trouble finding a use for these awesome seeds on a daily basis, pudding sounded interesting. Why make pudding with chia seeds?  Chia seeds are absolutely packed with all kinds of nutrients and benefits.  […]

“Apple Crisp” Oatmeal

  I picked a lot of apples this fall – several bags!  I promised myself that I would keep the apples carefully refrigerated, but around Thanksgiving time we ran out of fridge space and the apples ended up forgotten – and starting to overripen.  There is nothing better than a crisp apple, so I started […]

Tips For Eating More Vegetarian Food

Looking to add more plant-based foods into your life?  If so, you’re not alone.  A 2012 Harris Poll conducted by the Vegetarian Resource Group found that 47% of US adults eat at least one vegetarian meal a week. Here are some tips for doing so: Try more international foods. You’re likely to find plenty of […]

Pasta with Capers and Roasted Tomatoes

I love all the little tomatoes I get from my garden, but sometimes I end up with an abundance, and this is a great recipe to use up a lot of cherry tomatoes! Ingredients Approx. 1.5 pounds cherry tomatoes 3 fl oz jar of capers, drained 3/4 lb orecchiette, farfalle, rotini, etc. extra-virgin olive oil […]

Thai Vegetable Curry

I am a huge fan of Thai food, and after finding some curry paste at the grocery store, we decided to learn how to make our own.  This recipe is really easy to make, and it satisfies my cravings for Thai food! Ingredients Jasmine rice (4 servings) 2 cans Coconut milk Thai curry paste (we […]

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 […]

Pasta with Sauteed Tomatoes

  This is a great recipe for using tomatoes from the garden or farmer’s market, but it is also a nice year-round recipe for a fresh twist on a pasta dish.  You can have this “from garden to table” in a very short amount of time! Ingredients: 1 box angel hair or spaghetti 1-2 pints […]

Banana Kale Smoothie

  As my garden flourishes, I try to find creative ways to use kale.  It is easy to grow and loaded with antioxidants, iron, vitamin C, calcium, and other nutrients.  Sometimes I want something a little different from sautes and soups, and this smoothie is very easy to make.  There are so many variations you […]

Strawberry Kale Smoothie

  I am always looking for creative ways to use kale from the garden.  It is easy to grow and loaded with antioxidants, iron, vitamin C, calcium, and other nutrients.  This smoothie is very easy to make, and even my 6 year old loves it!  This is a nice change from savory kale recipes, and […]

Quinoa with Black Beans and Corn

  This is one of my favorite dishes, especially served cold in the summer!  You can tailor it to your tastes by using different vegetables. Ingredients: ~ 1 cup rinsed quinoa, 1/2 tsp. salt ~ 15 oz. can black beans, rinsed and drained ~ 4 ears corn, briefly steamed and stripped ~ 1/2 cup cilantro, […]

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 […]

Easy Asparagus (recipe)

  I get excited when I see fresh asparagus at the farmer’s market.  Here is a quick and easy recipe that doesn’t require many ingredients. For our family of four, we use about 1-2 bunches of asparagus at a time, and serve it as a side. It is recommended to store asparagus with the stems […]

Pilaf with Veggies for Kids (recipe)

  Pilaf is a staple in our household, and I am always looking for ways to incorporate some extra vegetables into our dishes.  This is an easy and fun recipe that can be modified to feed toddlers as well as the rest of the family. I start by using Kashi Pilaf, which is really convenient […]

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 […]

Kale Chips – A Nutritional Powerhouse & Frugal Recipe

I know this has to be a shocking change from my last few recipe posts, tee-hee! Really though, I’ve been doing my best to eat whole, nutrient packed foods during this pregnancy. Especially foods rich in iron, Vitamin C and Vitamin K. Kale is one of the healthiest veggies out there. It’s also known as […]

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 […]

Vegetarian Chili

This chili is simple, nutritious, filling, and SO SO yummy!  Really, you have to give it a try before snubbing your nose at something vegetarian. Ingredients 6-7 medium tomatoes (any medium to large variety) 2 jalapeno chilis, cored, seeded and diced 3 cloves garlic, diced 1 onion chopped 2 Tablespoons Extra Virgin olive oil 1 […]