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Thai Inspired Vegetable Soup

Have you ever eaten at a Noodles & Company? One recently opened in my area and I LOVE it! I really like this trend of fast food that’s NOT burgers or fried chicken.

Anyway, they have a Thai Curry Soup that is my absolute favorite! I don’t normally eat Thai. Wait…. that’s a total understatement. I never even knew Thai food existed until about 3 years ago when some new friends took me to a Thai/Indian restaurant. Long story short Thai inspired flavors are new to me and the Thai Curry Soup at Noodles & Company really sparked my interest. It seemed to have such complex flavor and depth. I never ate anything like it before. Read the rest of this post »»

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If you happened to stumble upon me, welcome! I’m still in the development stage you may experience some errors or interface changes. Right now I am using some of my older recipe ideas to test my navigation and such. I hope to be up and posting… Read the rest of this post »»

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Simple Pumpkin Spice Mini-Loaves

Update: Click here to see the toddler and I make these on video!

You will not believe how easy these are. I mean SUPER easy. Not only easy but everyone seems to like them! I’ve given them as gifts, brought them to parties and froze them for later use. This is, by far, my favorite “in a pinch” holiday dessert.

OH! and a QUOTE from the Husband, “Ohhhh that’s the stuff!” Needless to say, the toddler is a fan too! Read the rest of this post »»

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Roni’s “They don’t know what’s in there” Pizza Sauce

I have a fussy eater niece. I mean VERY fussy. I made a it my personnel mission to get some vegetables in her. Scouring my refrigerator for every veggie I had, I made a sauce for pizza, her favorite food.

This worked like a CHARM! My fussy eater niece had three slices and wanted more. Little did she know she was eating zucchini, broccoli AND spinach! ;~) Read the rest of this post »»

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Delicata Steak Fries

I am calling these Steak Fries because of there size but then again they would go nicely along a nice lean cut of beef.

They cook up fast and hold together nicely. Leaving the skin on creates a nice texture in and the toddler and I LOVE dipping them… Read the rest of this post »»

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Delicata Squash

I didn’t even know these little gems existed until a few weeks ago. My local grocery store started stocking the fall produce and I was excited for the change. In a huge bin of winter squash, I saw acorn, butternut, spaghetti and a cute little oblong squash about 3 inches in diameter and about 6-7 inches long. It was the Delicata.

I threw one in the cart not knowing what to expect. When I got home, I researched a bit and found out they are also known as sweet potato squash or Bohemian squash. According to most sites, they are sweet, almost creamy, and I even saw recipes online for Read the rest of this post »»

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Maryland-ish Crab Cakes

The husband is a HUGE crab cake fanatic. It’s about the only thing he orders when we go to a seafood restaurant. Actually, no, I’m lying, it IS the ONLY thing he orders.

This is my take on a Maryland Style Crab Cakes just for the husband. I replaced the yucky mayo and butter with oatmeal and yogurt. It may sound funny but both help the cake stay moist without adding extra fat. Read the rest of this post »»

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100% Whole Grain Pancakes

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Update x2: For a simpler whole grain pancake try my Quick Whole Grain Banana Pancakes

Another recipe of mine that has gone through many revisions. This is one of the Toddler’s favorite breakfasts and I love the fact that I can make a simple whole grain batter for just about anything. I’ve added blueberries, I’ve thinned it with a bit of skim milk and made pancake rolls with fresh berries and even used it in a waffle iron!

I love making these and freezing the leftovers. Just let them cool to room temperature and pop them in the freezer (I just use a ziploc bag). Then during the week throw one in the microwave for about 20-25 seconds. It’s a great quick breakfast!

I’ve also been able to save the uncooked batter in the fridge for a few days. Just add a bit more milk as the oatmeal tends to thicken when it sits. Read the rest of this post »»

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Meat Storage – Frozen Flat

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It may sound odd, but this is something I came up with when breastfeeding. Bear with me, it may make more sense in a minute.

While breastfeeding I would pump and store extra breast milk in the freezer. I tried all the crazy contraptions they had for storing milk but found they took too much room in the freezer and normally took too long to defrost. So I came up with what I called “the gift bag trick”. Read the rest of this post »»

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Simple Beef-A-Roni with Peas

Click here to see the toddler and I make Simple Beef-A-Roni with Peas in a video post

You come home from work, no plans for dinner and your in the mood for comfort food. What do you do? What DO you DO??

This may solve the problem! It only takes a few minutes to prepare (especially if you have ground beef frozen in 8 oz packages) and, if you have a small family, leftovers are great for lunch! Read the rest of this post »»

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100% Whole Wheat Banana Muffins

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I am really proud of this recipe. It is the result of a few experiments after reading Alton Brown’s I’m Just Here For More Food. Of course I didn’t follow all of his advice but following some of his techniques helped me prefect the muffins.

As you can see below, the toddler is a HUGE fan. He even liked all of my test batches! Read the rest of this post »»

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