9 Ways to Reduce Food Waste #NoFoodWasted

NO FOOD WASTEDWith Earth Day coming up this week it is time to tackle to hard topic of food waste. I have written about this topic many times but even I am not perfect. I forget about things I have purchased and had to throw them out before. These are my 9 tips for reducing your food waste significantly.

Menu planning: Some people are able to hang a pretty sign up in their kitchen and map out their entire plan for eating for the week… people who can do that do it already. I am not that person and so are most people. I do a form of menu planning though, I decide [Read more…]

Recipe: Slow Cooker Vegetarian Mexican Orzo

Slow Cooker Vegetarian Mexican OrzoThis is a great recipe that you can have cook all day or create faster in only a few hours with your slow cooker. I am a huge fan of mexican flavors in my vegetarian dishes and this year I am have been looking to mix up my vegetarian lunches with something warm… this bitter cold does not lend itself to nice green salads everyday.

While I made this recipe with some canned ingredients for those of you who like me try to avoid canned foods you can substitute the canned items with freshly prepared versions of the ingredients.

This recipe freezes well and can stay in the fridge for a few days. I find it best to put it in individual mason jars to have it ready to grab on my way out the door. [Read more…]

Recipe: Honey Walnut Muffins

Recipe Honey Walnut MuffinsI am trying to create more healthy foods that my kids will eat so you are going to see some more recipes here of things I dream up and try on them. This week I thought I would try to make a healthy muffin that they might eat for breakfast. I wanted it to have no added sugar but obviously like everyone else my kids love sweets. This recipe is not overly sweet so if you are used to very sweet muffins you may want to tweak this recipe a bit. [Read more…]

Meatless Monday Recipe: Tabouli Salad

Meatless Monday Tabouli SaladWe all have favorite dishes our grandparents or other family members made. I have a few favorites from my childhood family get togethers. My grandmother made tabouli which was basically a parsley salad and is something I started seeing at speciality stores and Whole Foods a few year ago but it always bothered me how white it was, meaning it had more wheat in it than parsley. My grandmother always made it green with a hint of wheat. [Read more…]

Recipe: Butternut Squash Soup (Simple and Dairy-Free)

Butternut squash soupIt 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…]