It is that time of year where you want soup and you want butternut squash. One of my favorite soups is butternut squash soup. I created a recipe that does not require you have the one-kind-of-use kitchen gadget of an immersion blender. I have secretly wanted one so I could make this soup but am against single use kitchen gadgets since I only have 5 cabinets in my entire kitchen (but I have tons of windows)!!! I also wanted to make a soup that did not have dairy in it, I am dairy lover and can have it in anything but some of the people in my family who would like it do not so I wanted to create something tasty and dairy free. You can adapt this recipe easily to be vegan if you use veggie stock. [Read more...]
This weekend I went apple picking for the first time. Hard to believe right, environmental writer who is not celebrating a teenage birthday next month has never been apple picking! So in anticipation of my huge harvest of natures bounty I researched some of the best apple recipes from some of my favorite writers and chefs.
My favorite apple recipe is my apple oat crumble. I made if several months ago for my sisters-in-laws both of whom do not like chocolate (honestly I did not know those people existed but)… they said this was a good substitute and it is very easy to make.
This Apple Crisp Coleslaw looks amazing and is healthy.
In an effort to have some easy to eat food for my kids when they wake up in the morning I have been experimenting with Buttermilk Pancakes for the last few Sundays. My kids wake up hungry, sometimes because they did not eat that much dinner the night before or they are just starving. Our mornings are pretty hectic (whose isn’t right). Getting dressed, making lunches, and getting out the door on time is complicated thing to do. I needed something to give my kids immediately that I was not making the minute before they woke up. Pancakes were the solution that everyone seemed to love.
Every Sunday I make a large batch of pancakes and keep them in the fridge (or freezer). Each morning right before my kids get up I put a few in the toaster oven to warm them up a little bit, they are not as good when they are right out of the fridge. I am lucky they will just eat them, they have never had maple syrup so they do not know the other ways they can eat it.
Here is the recipe that worked out to be the favorite in our house. [Read more...]
I write about this topic a lot and I am also just as guilty as everyone else on this topic. Last week I had to throw out buffalo meat because I did not realize I had to cook it the day I purchased it (usually it has a few days because it is in a sealed container). That was $10 down the drain for no reason at all except my lack of attention.
The average American family of four tosses out more than 25 percent of the food they buy. That adds up to more than $1,600 a year per household (or more than $30 week).
Perishable food is obviously my biggest waste of food. Meat that I do not cook before it goes bad is a big culprit for me. I often make more than one meal at time on the weekend to save for the week. Sometimes I get busy and do not get to make everything I had planned. That is where it all starts to go wrong.
Planning is one of the major things I need to get better at. I need to make a meal plan and make sure my husband knows it. More often than not he is the one who ruins my meal plan because he will eat something for lunch that will make him not want to eat the planned meal. Since I try not to make different dinners for different family members it tends to derail our plans. I should still make the meal and just freeze it if I have to (sigh).
The other day we were having a party and I decided I was going to make homemade ranch dressing. Then I realized the next day we were going to barbecue so I decided to bring salad so I could make the dressing go farther. When I went to the grocery store I realized I had to purchase a huge container of buttermilk when the recipe only called for a small amount. So in order to make use of the extra buttermilk before it went bad I made buttermilk pancakes from scratch! They were delicious and I made a huge batch and we had them every morning for breakfast on our way to school. No waste and we got to have bunch of great things. All it took was a little planning and I wasted NOTHING.
Food and compostable paper make up 25.5 percent of single family garbage that goes to landfill.
One of the other items that tends to go bad in our house is bread. We do not eat a lot of bread, I do not like it and neither do my kids but we do like grilled cheeses so we have it in the house. A loaf of bread almost always gets half eaten before it goes moldy (because I buy real bread that does not have a lot/any preservatives in it). [Read more...]