When I was a kid, I would BEG my mom for fruit rollups. They ranked right up there with Capri Sun for me. Being in a “controlled income” household both were considered ‘special’ treats for our lunch boxes.
What is it about a flat, paper thin “slice” of “fruit”? I loved those sweet sheets of sugary goodness, wrapping them around my index finger and making it last for hours (was I the only one that would eat them this way?) I just wanted them to last longer!
Well, I found away to re-live those childhood memories without all the added sugar and it’s name is fruit leather. Read the rest of this post
This is an oldy for me. One of those meals I make different every time. Sometimes I use canned beans, sometimes dry. Sometimes I sauté the veggies sometimes I roast them. I thought I’d share how I made it this weekend to give you some ideas. It’s one of those recipes you can take and make your own.
The husband is not a chili man so I get tons of leftovers that I freeze for work lunches. I use cheap plastic containers and freeze! Then when I bring to work, I don’t bother putting them in the fridge, by lunch they are almost defrosted. I pop them in the microwave and viola! Lunch! Read the rest of this post
I’ve been toying with the idea of a video post for some time and today I took the leap. No Laughing! ;~P
Use this technique to make Butternut Squash Fries!
Disclaimer: By watching this video you agree that I am NOT responsible for any injuries… Read the rest of this post
All right, this is the simplest “recipe” ever. It truly is more of an idea. If you never tried butternut squash, it is a good first recipe to try. It’s easy and gives you an idea of the taste and texture of butternut.
Now I don’t want you to except potato type fries. Butternut has a slightly sweet nutty taste, it’s mild but there. These are good with just salt but if you want to make a sweet treat cinnamon and nutmeg would be good too. Read the rest of this post
Update: Click here to see a video of the toddler and I making our morning omelets!
I LOVE having breakfast with the toddler, it truly is my favorite time of day and I’m not even a morning person!
When the toddler became a toddler, I introduced eggs into his diet. I read up on toddler nutrition on more then a few sites and concluded eggs were an easy way to get in some good stuff including protein, choline, folate, iron and zinc. Read the rest of this post
All right, this will be my last leftover turkey dish, I promise! It’s just that I have all the turkey and I love coming up with new ways to use it. Geek, I know, I told you that, right? ;~)
So I avoided the ‘what’s for dinner’ question like the plague tonight. This just isn’t the husband’s kind of meal. Couscous, spinach, peppers, these things weren’t even in his vocabulary a few months ago! He finally saw the peppers and said, “oh, stuffed peppers”. Notice the lowercase “oh”. It’s isn’t an excited, OH! More like a disappointing “aw, crap!” Read the rest of this post
Do you know what Couscous is? Wait, let’s back up, do you know how to pronounce Koos-Koos? Well I’ll be honest, I was a Couscous virgin until tonight. I heard great things, versatile, light, fluffy, easy, you name it, it was said about couscous.… Read the rest of this post
Need help cutting sweet potatoes into fries? Click here!
I was a sweet potato late comer. For some reason, as a child I thought I didn’t like them. I didn’t even try them until I was pregnant. Looking for nutritious foods, I read up on the good old sweet potato. Full of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, high in fiber, low in calories what more can you ask for?
I mostly eat my sweet potatoes one of two ways, straight up baked or like below. When I bake them, I eat them plain, skin and all, with just a bit of salt and pepper. I find the flesh of the potato super moist and just perfect. Read the rest of this post
We are smack dab in the middle of baking season and I have a ton of ideas for “greenlitebites” but I always struggle with sweetener options. Do I just suck it up and use sugar? There has to be a better option, no?
First, let’s talk about sugar. Once upon a time, I was a low carb fanatic. I counted carbohydrates like a lunatic. Known as the carb guru to my friends, I lost a lot of weight and learned a lot about my body (it should be known I gained it all back). I since eased on the carb counting but going through that stage helped me learn refined white sugar is not good for me. I’ve always heard the rumors about children having a sugar rush child or even people having a sugar addition but according to Nancy Appleton, Ph.D there are 146 Reasons Why Sugar Is Ruining Your Health. Read the rest of this post
I’m a HUGE dark meat turkey fan. I know, I know, it’s not as lean as the white stuff but it’s SO delicious and just as good for you nutritiously. Plus what are you going to do, throw it away?!?
As I was cooking this tonight, the husband walked by the kitchen and says, “Ohhhh that looks good! I can’t wait for dinner!”. He NEVER says anything like that unless I’m making a classic meat and potato type of meal. Even the toddler was a huge fan, asking for seconds, “more noodles, pweas!” It puts a smile on my face just thinking about it. Read the rest of this post
I know there is a difference between stock and broth. I know there is probably a “correct” was of making it. I’ve seen boatloads of recipes and ideas online and I figured I’d share my own.
I have to start by saying I did not cook thanksgiving dinner this year. I went to the in-laws. However, the in-laws aren’t big on cooking so they graciously donated the turkey bones to me! YAY! (ok, I seriously crossed the line into food geek-ness, I’m excited about a turkey carcass) Read the rest of this post
This one is for all the mommies with toddlers. I wanted something light for lunch and the toddler was hungry after a long morning running errands.
You can really use any cracker toppings you like. I just happen to be partial to turkey pepperoni, ham and cheese. This would probably be really good under the broiler for a second or two to melt the cheese but the toddler isn’t a fan hot foods yet. Read the rest of this post