Archive for the ‘Healthier Eating’ Category

Autumn Fennel Slaw

Friday, October 24th, 2014

This week we received fennel, red pears and apples in our baskets. I decided to try a more autumnal version of fresh fennel slaw by making an apple cider vinaigrette to dress it. It came together rather quickly and only needed to rest for 30 minutes for the flavors to meld. I would imagine this would be a wonderful side dish to roasted pork loin, pork chop or to top a pulled pork sandwich.

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Adventure into making raisins

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

The making of raisins is a wonderful journey. For me there is no better way to show my love for family and friends then by cooking for them.  These raisins are just another way for me to do that. I first started by doing a vinegar water wash of the grapes with a good rinse and dry. Then let the grapes sit on the trays for a hour so they don’t add moisture to the dehydrator. The hardest part was making sure the little stems were removed on all of the grapes. What I did find is that after drying if you missed any they stood out and you could remove them at that time. Each dehydrator is different so times will be to. Mine took 48 hours on at 145 degrees and 14 hours at 125 degrees. Every few hours I rotated the trays and stirred around the grapes on each tray.
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Citrus Chicken Fajita Marinade

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014


I love the bright and fresh citrus that we get in the wintertime from Bountiful Baskets but sometimes my counter fills up faster than I get them used. I was inspired to use the citrus to make a flavorful marinade for the fajitas on my meal plan for this week.  The resulting chicken is moist and flavorful and it comes together super easily. (more…)

Getting Your Kids (And Yourself) to Eat More Vegetables!

Monday, January 13th, 2014


I look into those bright beautiful blue eyes and I want nothing more than for this perfect child to grow up healthy, strong and with more opportunities than I would have ever dreamt. I want him to have a life of carefree nights filled with laughter and all the joys this life has to offer. I don’t want him to grow up just like me….I want him to be better than me. I want for him what every parent wants for their child.
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Zuppa Bountifulla

Saturday, December 7th, 2013

 

This recipe was modeled after Zuppa Toscana, from Olive Garden. I wanted to lower the fat and salt content of this recipe, make it lactose free, and use more nutritious ingredients. Changing the original potatoes to white yams, gives this soup a completely different flavor than the original. I also add additional veggies, more garlic, more spice, less water, and use low sodium broth.
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Pear-Lime Water Infusion

Monday, October 21st, 2013

Infusing fruit flavors into water is one trick I use it make water just a little more fun. Our bodies need to replenish water that is lost due to perspiration, through regular trips to the bathroom, and even through breathing. Dehydration, even mild, can be the cause for fatigue, dry skin, headaches, The amount of water differs for each person but following the simple, 8-8 rule… Eight glasses of eight ounce fluids is a great idea.
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Eclectic Eggplant

Monday, October 7th, 2013

Comfort food can be healthy. I admit, I love ground beef. I could use it in a hundred dishes and each one is different and homey and just yummy to me. I can’t even explain why other than possibly it wasn’t something we had much growing up? Maybe it’s like my Kraft Mac and Cheese obsession; it’s something I love because we didn’t buy a lot of boxed foods growing up. Any time I think “comfort food” I immediately think mac and cheese, rice and ground beef.
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Eat the Rainbow

Friday, September 20th, 2013

For generations moms have compelled, bribed, and forced their children to eat their veggies. What we moms seem to forget is that kids are made to play and there is nothing more fun to play with than food. SO- if you are trying to get your family to enjoy “Eating the Rainbow” find a way to turn this goal into a game. Here are some ideas to help you.
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After School Snacks

Monday, September 2nd, 2013

If your kids (especially the teen set) are anything like mine, they have one thought when they walk through the door after school…food. They cannot be compelled to share tales of their day, prepare for evening activities, or certainly start on homework until the growling stomachs that have been functioning on the brink of starvation since lunch are satisfied. Led by their empty guts and parched throats the newly returned scholars begin a systematic search of the kitchen cupboards, fridge, and freezer pulling out just about anything crunchy, sugary, salty, or wet.
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What’s in the Bento box?

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

Now that school has started I’m back to making lunches for the kids because let’s face it cafeteria food is…well cafeteria food!  My children have never been picky eaters because we’ve never dumbed down their food.  What we eat they eat!  This ol’ gal doesn’t do multiple meals.  Because of that our kids are much more open to trying things most of their contemporaries won’t touch and quite honestly it makes my life much easier.  I do have to be honest with you though.  Our food philosophy has created borderline food snobs, but hey, worse things could happen ya know?!
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