• Food Love,  Spirit

    Why I am Going Sugar Free

      I am a sugar addict. When I was in high school, I used to buy a twix bar every single day at the school snack bar. That’s when it all began. I was thin and in great shape, rowed on the crew team, ran for fun, took ballet classes and step aerobics in college…on the outside I looked like a healthy, fit young adult. But, I was an addict. I wasn’t able to buy a box of cookies and eat a couple, I ate the box. When my kids were little, I was a good mom who made sure they didn’t eat too much junk food – but I…

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    Indulge Yourself Brownies!

    This is a family favorite recipe that we enjoy making over the holidays….um, okay who are we kidding, we enjoy making this recipe ALL the time!  No holiday required! It is simple, because we start off with a box cake mix.  We have great success using the Cherrybrook chocolate cake mix and our favorite chocolate chips are the semi-sweet chocolate chips by Equal Exchange, although you may of course use any brand that you like. Ingredients: 1 box of chocolate cake mix 1 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips 1/4 cup of dark brown sugar 1 cup of chopped walnuts 1 stick of vegan butter 1/3 cup of soymilk   Recipe: First…

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    Simple Kale

    I don’t like kale.  And I eat ALL sorts of vegetables.  So, why this disdain for kale?  I’ve tried to “make good choices” and substitute kale instead of rice at my favorite fresh bowl place –  didn’t turn out like I thought.  I could barely get through all that chewing and texture, and the kids were the ones who had to tell their mom, ‘finish your vegetables!’  Yeah, they loved that one.  But I just couldn’t.  I do like kale chips, if that helps my case. So anyway, that’s the background story…now to present day.  My husband, who has never shopped for greens his entire life, suddenly comes home one…

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    Delicious Spanish Stuffed Peppers

    Here is a quick and simple recipe that was a HUGE hit with my family tonight!  Do you want to know the compliment I got from my husband last week?  “Your cooking is not as burnt as it used to be.”  Yup  🙂 I just smiled and agreed with him!  But the truth is, when you have little kids and you want to be reading them books or chasing them around the house playing tickle monster or helping with homework, or biking down the street on a gorgeous warm summer day…of course the dinner is going to sit neglected on the stove top and get burnt!! Geesh! But, our kids…

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    Butternut Squash Lasagne

    This lasagne is a favorite in my home!  Really it should be called the butternut squash sweet potato lasagne – but that is a mouthful! So, we shorten it. But in reality, it has an equal amount of both! Ingredients: 2 lbs cubed sweet potato 2 lbs frozen butternut squash 1 package of no-boil lasagne 1 large shallot 3 large cloves of garlic 1 bag of shredded cheese 1T cornstarch 6 cups of milk cinnamon, salt and pepper fresh rosemary The Filling: With regards to the sweet potato, I prepare it one of two ways.  Either stick three large sweet potatoes in the oven for a couple of hours to bake…

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    The Heavenly Smell of Cilantro

    If you haven’t used cilantro at home, go out and buy some!  It is a very fragrant herb that adds a punch of flavor.  A friend of mine recently shared that he doesn’t buy cilantro because it always goes bad before he gets a chance to use it all.   If that’s your excuse, you SHOULD go buy cilantro, because I will share an important tip on how to make your cilantro last.  I always store cilantro in a glass of water in the refrigerator.  Keep the little rubber band on, it just makes it easier.     It usually takes me about a week to finish the whole bunch, figuring…

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    Sunday Pancakes

    It’s a tradition in my house, Sunday morning pancakes.  There is something calm about Sunday mornings for me.  I savor the illusion of relaxing with my feet up, reading the Sunday morning paper, sipping on a hot cup of tea.  I say illusion, because, well, it just rarely happens that way! I try hard to make it happen, and at best I might get 20 minutes – but I’ll take it. Let’s be real, Sunday is just like every other day.  There is still feeding and cleaning and cooking and putting away and fighting and whining and talking back and wiping spills and walking the dog, and good moods and…

  • Food Love,  Spirit

    Hiding in the Pantry

    The funniest thing happened last night at my sister’s house.  My 9 year old niece calls out, “Hey, he is hiding in the pantry again!” I turn to see what she is talking about, and there, sheepishly, is my 3 year old nephew peeking his head out of the pantry.  My sister admitted that he does like to sneak into the pantry and eat things that he knows he is not supposed to.  “What! He is just like me!” I exclaimed.  She burst into laughter! It’s true.  Sometimes I stop in at my sister’s house if I have some time to kill before school pick-up time.  She lives near the…

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    Zucchini Tofu Tartine

    This is a delightfully quick and delicious lunch!  Seriously, it takes less than 10 minutes from start to finish and the kids LOVE it too.  The key here is not to be picky – just take out whatever vegetable you have in your fridge.  I’ve done this with eggplant, tomato, or red pepper instead of zucchini and it’s all good.  I just take a couple of slices of tofu, and sliced zucchini and throw them on to my griddle.  Spray them with olive oil and generously add turmeric and pepper to the tofu.  I use the Bragg’s Organic Sprinkle Seasoning on the vegetable slices.  While you are at it, might…

  • Food Love,  Homestead

    Berries – To Wash or Not to Wash

      My best friend and I were at the local farmer’s market buying fruit.  We bought lots of fresh organic berries, which the kids LOVE!  My instinct was to go home and wash them first, but my girlfriend commented, “Yeah, I don’t wash my berries.  I mean how much do you really get off of them from a quick rinse anyway?”  While I had always been a must wash fruit fanatic, her comment managed to make its way into my head – and it’s stayed there.  I find myself sometimes getting lazy about washing my berries.  Especially because I found that once raspberries are washed, they go bad right away.  You can’t…