I’m all about increasing our veggie consumption without having to try too hard, which is why I love this twist on Spaghetti and Meatballs!
Archives for February 2016
It’s no secret that I have some favorite go-to packaged real food snacks for when we’re out and about. It would, of course, be ideal if I could make all our food from scratch, but 1) that’s not exactly realistic, and 2) if there’s a decent store-bought alternative, why not?
This week my girls and I did something I’ve been wanting to do for a LONG time …plant our first vegetable garden at our new home! It has felt like a LONG six months since we last had access to our own homegrown vegetables (in our old backyard), and I was so ready to get back to it. After posting one of our pics on social media yesterday I got quite the mix of comments and thought the whole topic of winter vegetable gardens was worthy of a blog post. First of all, we live in Charlotte, NC. While our region is known for icky ice storms (including one just earlier this week) we’re fortunate enough to have a pretty mild winter with maybe only 1 to 2 sightings of snow each season. I know many people are still covered up in snow at the moment so I realize winter gardening doesn’t exactly work for everyone right now! But whether you live near me or have to wait another month or two to start here are the reasons I love growing my own vegetables this time of year. 8 Reasons I LOVE My Winter Vegetable Garden When people think of homegrown vegetables they likely picture big juicy tomatoes and vibrant bell peppers. While I love to have those crops thriving in my backyard all summer long, I have to say it’s hard to beat growing your very own lettuces and greens in the winter. Here are my reasons why: No cages. No big wiry cages to contend with when it comes to keeping your winter vegetables upright (which is usually necessary for tomato and pepper plants). No bugs. In general bugs are harder to come by in the winter, which means you’re less likely to find them nibbling on your veggie plants! No green thumb necessary. It’s honestly pretty hard to kill a lettuce plant that doesn’t need all that much from […]
I knew this recipe for Cream Biscuits was a hit when my daughter kept saying to me, “Why are these so good?” You gotta love a win like that in the kitchen! And not only are they good, but they are SO incredibly easy to make.
Even us die-hard real foodies love a “cheat” treat every now and then. And if it’s homemade from scratch (and includes chocolate!!) I am game. These molten lava cakes are perfect for Valentine’s Day or any other time of year you’re simply having a craving. Their naturally small size helps keep serving sizes in check, and this little video shows how simple this recipe really is. 4-Ingredient Molten Lava Cakes 4 from 7 votes Course: Dessert Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 8 minutes Total Time: 18 minutes Servings  (adjust to suit): 10 mini cakes Adapted from a recipe by Mark Bittman Print Ingredients 8 tablespoons butter, 1 stick 3/4 cup chocolate chips 2 eggs 2 egg yolks, discard or use egg whites elsewhere 2 tablespoons sugar Instructions Preheat oven to 450 degrees F and line a muffin pan with parchment paper muffin liners. Melt butter and chocolate chips together over low heat until smooth. Let cool slightly. In a large bowl whisk together the eggs and sugar. Stir in the melted chocolate mixture until well combined. Divide among 10 standard muffin cups and bake until cakes are puffed up, but still jiggly in the center – about 6 to 8 minutes. Turn out upside down onto a plate, garnish, and serve immediately. Recipe Notes Suggested garnishes: Fresh berries, powdered sugar, whipped cream and/or vanilla ice creamWe recommend organic ingredients when feasible.
It’s easy to get into an emotional rut this time of year since staying cooped up inside can often leave us not feeling our best. We already know how a real food diet can positively impact our overall health, and today our sponsor Stacy Paulsen with DiscoverNaturalSolutions.com is going to share how she believes essential oils can provide a quick and easy pick-me-up as well.
I used to not be much of a frozen food person until I learned how nutritious and inexpensive this option can be (especially in the winter!).
Just in time for the Super Bowl, I’ve got an easy and tasty appetizer recipe for you! This Breaded Shrimp doesn’t have to be for adults only, though. My kids used to always turn their noses up at shrimp until I made this recipe for them.
I am going to go a little off topic today to share some pics and details from our recent trip to South America!
The UN has declared 2016 to be the International Year of the Pulses. We are proud to be an ambassador of this issue, so you can look forward to a series of recipes. First up is Spinach Chana Dal, otherwise known as yellow lentils with spinach.