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…]

Recipe: Buttermilk Pancakes

Buttermilk Pancakes recipeIn 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…]