Archive for December, 2011

Crusted Butternut Squash with Rosemary

Crusted Butternut Squash with Rosemary

Appetizers & Sides

I don't know about you but for years I would see the different varieties of squash in the grocery stores and just walk by.  Occasionally I would put one in my cart thinking I would find a recipe  only for it to sit on my counter top for months.   I would look at it from time to time and think "what am I going to do with that?"   They never seemed to mold or get soft but  before I knew it it was summer again and the squash, embarrassing as it is, was still on my countertop.   I would toss it in the trash with a pang on guilt and think, next year.   Well,  now I have a little…

Mixed Green Salad with Pomegranates and Mushrooms

Mixed Green Salad with Pomegranates and Mushrooms

Salad & Soup

We eat a big salad as our dinner at least a couple nights a week.   You might think that is pretty boring, but there are so many ingredients you can add to a salad to keep it flavor packed and filling.    Pomegranates are so colorful and flavor packed and add a nice texture to salads.  They are one of the healthiest things to eat, in their natural form.   I am not talking about pomegranate flavored jelly beans that are marketed to us as healthy, but the actual fruit.  This super fruit is packed with anti-oxidants and is high in vitamin C and potassium. The first time I saw a pomegranate, I didn't really know how I was going to get…

Minty Beet Dip

Minty Beet Dip

Appetizers & Sides

I loooove beets.   I started eating them about 4 years ago when I saw them at the farmers market.   They are so sweet and delicious.  At first I mostly roasted them but now I take raw beets and grate them onto salad, juice them,  and I am soon going to try a recipe where you slice a really thin slice of beet and make raviolis out of it.  You'll hear about it when I give this a try:)   Beets, especially in their raw state, have many health benefits as they provide anti- inflammatory and antioxidant support and are an excellent source of folate.   The red pigment in beets are also thought to protect against the development of cancerous cells. …

Lemon Cookies

Lemon Cookies

Baked Goods,Snacks & Sweets

  Do you ever see a recipe and you just have to try it immediately?!?  Well,  that how it was for me when I saw this recipe.   I changed a lot of the ingredients, of course, but they came out so yummy!  For the fat, I used melted coconut oil and for the flour I used a mix of whole wheat pastry and almond flour.  I like to experiment with various flours and almond flour is packed with nutrients.  I also used 2 different types of sugar but you don't have to.   I try to use more natural and nutrient dense ingredients when I can. [amd-zlrecipe-recipe:49]      

Spicy Black Bean Soup

Spicy Black Bean Soup

Salad & Soup

Eric and I were  engaged in 2004 and married in July of 2005.  My Aunt Nancie threw me a beautiful bridal shower a few months before my wedding and had all the guests bring 2 recipes that she added to a recipe book .   It was such a wonderful gift and one that I use often.  I have stuffed many recipes into the book over the years and it's overflowing a bit at this point.   One of the recipes was from a family friend, Jackie Miller, and I have made this soup often.   This is the first time I made it using dried black beans that I soaked and cooked, as opposed the canned black beans and I really think…

Phyllo Dough Burritos with Sweet Potatoes, Garbanzo Beans and Onions

Phyllo Dough Burritos with Sweet Potatoes, Garbanzo Beans and Onions

Lunch & Dinner

*These are not Gluten Free but you can use a GF tortilla instead of Phyllo. The other night I remembered I had some phyllo still in the fridge from the day before that had to be used.  I decided to make phyllo burritos that I had made before from the book, "eat, Drink and Be Vegan."   I took the concept of a phyllo burrito but added different ingredients.   It  makes for a cripsy and light burrito and a nice change from a corn or flour one.    You can really use what ever veggies you have in your fridge.   I usually use three staples - onion, sweet potatoes, and red or yellow peppers.   However I was out of red peppers and…

Morning Smoothie with Mint

Morning Smoothie with Mint

Breakfast,Kid Friendly

I haven't made smoothies in at least a month but as I was thinking of ways to get more healthy food into my kids diets.   I remembered how much they like smoothies and they are easy to sneak greens into.   My son is quite picky and has probably a half dozen staple foods he likes.  Broccoli seems to have just fallen off the list but I am going to work hard to get it back!   He likes his broccoli and edamame with soy sauce (shoyu or tamari) but I might just have to sprinkle some chocolate sauce on it for the time being.  Kidding...but  what is a mama to do?? Make smoothies! So here is what I made…