Take the Pledge to #ShopWithYourHeart for Farm Animals

The majority of families buy meat, eggs, or dairy on a regular basis.  The general public has so much more buying power than people probably even realize.   By buying welfare-certified animal products, or more plant-based products, you send a strong message to food companies that you care about the treatment of farm animals.  I always like to […]

Easy Cheesy Pasta with Peas

  My kids love pasta, and they love this cheesy pasta recipe!  The peas are a cute addition, and because the pasta tastes so good, they have no problem eating their peas! Ingredients 3 cups uncooked pasta 1 cup frozen peas 3 tablespoons butter 2 tablespoons flour 1 cup milk (lowfat) 1/2 cup shredded or […]

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 […]

Palak Paneer

  I love Indian food, and my favorite Indian dish is Palak Paneer.  It is a mixture of pureed spinach with cubes of fried cheese, and it goes great with some naan bread or basmati rice.  After eating and enjoying this dish for many years, I wanted to try making my own, especially since it […]

Matcha Green Tea Chia Pudding

    I love chia seeds, and I love matcha green tea powder too.  In an attempt to find a way to use my matcha powder, I realized it would go perfectly in chia seed pudding!  I have made a vanilla and chocolate version before, and a matcha version sounded like a great way to […]

Fig & Gorgonzola Puff Pastries

  I am not usually a fan of sweet and savory flavors, and this is also the kind of appetizer that looks like a lot of work.  I was pleasantly surprised when we made these puff pastries and I fell in love with them!  They are easy enough to make, and they are incredibly delicious! […]

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, […]

Lemon, Goat Cheese & Asparagus Pasta

    I love asparagus and goat cheese, and the idea of both on pasta was something I had to try.  This recipe is easy enough to prepare, and the result is a tasty, unique pasta dish. Ingredients 1 lb rotini or other pasta of your choice 1 lb asparagus 1/4 cup olive oil 1 […]

Arugula & Smoked Mozzarella Pizza

I absolutely love arugula, and smoked mozzarella cheese.. and white pizzas!  When I saw this recipe, I knew I absolutely had to try it!  I especially love this in the summer when I get fresh organic arugula from the farmer’s market or when I pick fresh tomatoes from the garden.  For this pizza, we used […]

Zucchini Fritters

  We love zucchini in our household, and if you are looking for creative ways to use zucchini (especially if you have a garden full of them!), zucchini fritters are a great way to go!  These are easy to make, and chances are you probably have the ingredients on hand to prepare the zucchini.  This […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Greek Dip

    This is a delicious, versatile dip that is easy to make.  I love the herbs and it really goes well with lots of different things.  You can use it as a veggie dip or with a thinly sliced baguette, to crackers and more.  This Greek Dip is easy to prepare for parties and […]

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, […]

Apple Bread

  This yummy apple bread is a treat you can make year-round.  You can make it in the fall when there is a surplus of apples from apple-picking, or in the spring when store-bought apples tend to be overripe – or any other time of year!  I love this bread by itself, just as much […]

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 […]

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.  […]

Casino Veggies

Years ago we found a great recipe for cooking veggies, called Casino Veggies.  Many years later this is one of our favorite way to prepare veggies, and the whole family enjoys this recipe.  You can tailor it to your tastes, depending on what vegetables and seasonings you choose. Ingredients Vegetables – any combination of zucchini, […]

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 […]

Mango Lassi

We have often enjoyed a mango lassi as a treat when we eat at Indian Restaurants, but it is very easy to make at home.  My kids love this drink and so we decided we would make our own. Ingredients 1/2 cup plain yogurt 1/2 cup milk 1/2 cup mango optional: sugar or other sweetener […]

French Onion Soup

This French Onion Soup is easy to make, and while my husband makes a traditional version, I make a vegetarian version.  You can freeze and refrigerate many of the ingredients so that you have them on hand to make this recipe with less prep time. Preparing the Croutons The first step to this recipe is […]