OK, confession time. I have never bought barley before. I never even gave it a second look. I mean what do you do with it? Side dish? Stuffing? I’m sure it would work but the only way I’ve ever eaten it was in beef barley soup. Even then I wasn’t that impressed. But I figured I’d give it a try. I’m tired of brown rice. It’s time to mix it up a bit.
Last weekend the Little Guy and I had a BLAST experimenting with some Vitalicious mixes. The idea. . . marble together the brownie mix with the banana nut muffin mix. The result… DELICIOUS! Not only did the husband and the toddler think so but I brought half of the cake to work and it was DEVOURED by my co-workers. Read the rest of this post
Scallops were on sale! Scallops were on sale! I love when scallops are on sale! :) I rarely buy them but they are by far, my favorite seafood. There just so delicate, sweet and easy to prepare. Grilled, seared, baked, scampi-ed, kabob-ed, you name it they cook up fast and absorb flavors easily.
Last night I decided to bake my bay scallops. It was an easy, fast way to cook them up evenly and perfectly. I paired them with simple brown rice and peas that were flavored with a bit of lemon, thyme and rosemary. Read the rest of this post
Sorry I’ve been MIA this week. I’ve been feeling a bit overwhelmed and simply sticking with tried and true family meals. No time to experiment which actually gave me the idea to post a simple recipe. I hope it inspires you to remember some of those not to popular vegetables like Brussels Sprouts. :)
Little guy, friends and I make an old favorite of ours, 100% Whole Wheat Banana Muffins. As I say in the video, this is one of the first recipes I posted here on GreenLiteBites. It’s a completely homemade, whole grain, sugarless, muffin that’s high in fiber and low fat. Plus it’s super easy and pretty fast. Even with juggling a 4 year old, batman and power rangers I get the batter completed in 20 minutes while recording. Not too bad. :) Read the rest of this post
Sometimes things don’t go according to plan but they still work out, like this idea for a Chicken, Kale and Sweet Pepper Wrap. Originally I was thinking I’d use the kale leaves for the wrap itself but once I pulled out the ingredients I realized it just wasn’t going to work. Thankfully I had some tortillas on hand so I decided to put the kale IN the wrap. It worked out great! I loved the combo of salty bacon, sweet peppers and slightly bitter kale. Read the rest of this post
I’m not feeling too well so I’m going to keep the banter short tonight but I had to share this quick side dish I whipped up tonight.
Here’s the story… We picked up a cooked rotisserie chicken and I wanted a quick side. This is what I came up with mostly because I didn’t want to make a separate veggie and starch. Shockingly BOTH the husband and the little guy LOVED it. I got unsolicited compliments and they totally cleaned their plates. Read the rest of this post
This is really a recipe reboot. Almost 2 years ago I whipped up my first ever batch of Quick Whole Grain Banana Pancakes. Since then we’ve made them a billion times. No. Really. I’m not exaggerating at all! OK, maybe I am. A little. But seriously.. this is one of our morning go to’s and it’s quick enough to do on a workday. The leftovers (if there are any) are easily thrown in the freezer and popped in the microwave for an even quicker breakfast when you are on the run.
I have been tasked with bringing a crockpot mini-meal to my friends bridal shower next week. One problem… I never made a crockpot mini-meal! And I can’t just follow a standard recipe. You should know me by now. ;)
So I decided to use my unsuspecting extended family over Easter weekend as guinea pigs and I whipped up an idea I had for a few weeks. Thankfully Mom was here to make some suggestions. The result was a hit and I’ll be eating the leftovers for lunch over the next few days. :) Read the rest of this post
We got a little festive today and revisited an old favorite of ours, Yelatin. It’s what we call the combination of jell-o (gelatin) and yogurt. We first experimented with it for St. Patricks day and then had fun mixing colors in a fun mold. This year we tried some new egg molds Grandma gave us with much success!
We made two colors but here’s the basic recipe… Read the rest of this post
This may be our most fun video yet and I don’t mean fun to watch. I mean fun to record! You may get bored of the toddler and I (the video runs about 20 minutes) but we were having a blast! I hope to give you some ideas on a fun way to involve your kids in the kitchen. Read the rest of this post
I miss baking. :( With my full time job I haven’t had time experiment like I used to. So when the little guy asked to make muffins the other day I hit the pantry, used a mix and put my own spin on it to appease the “from scratch” gene my mom passed on.
We used another VitaMix from Vitalicious. This time the BlueBran. Alone it’s good but not my favorite. It’s super sweet with a very bran texture which is fine but I thought adding a little chocolate would make it even better. I’m happy to say I was right. ;) Read the rest of this post