69 posts tagged recipe

Latin Black Bean Soup – Meatless Monday

This Latin Black Bean Soup recipe makes the perfect accompaniment to dinner, especially for Meatless Mondays. Full of flavor with a little kick, it's easy to make and delicious to eat. My friend Sarah made this latin black bean soup once when we went to house for taco night. I fell in love with the flavor and since then have probably made it about 200 times. And for once that isn't an exaggeration. I have made it so many times that I no longer need to look at the recipe...it's that good! ... Continue Reading

Homemade Ricotta Cheese – Meatless Monday

In today's world there is such an emphasis on things being "quick", "easy", and "fast". This is especially true when it comes to food and meals. It's easy to get lost in the pre-packaged or ready-to-eat foods that we lose sight of the joy of cooking things ourselves. A few months ago, I decided to push myself to get "back to basics". Meaning that I wanted to try making some foods that ordinarily I would just purchase at the store. My reasoning for trying to make more things from scratch ... Continue Reading

Homemade Flavored Coffee Syrups

Homemade flavored coffee syrups are a healthier and easy way to jazz up your coffee without the added sugar! I remember when I was younger I never understood the appeal of coffee. I had tasted it on occasion and hated the taste! It was so bitter that the only way I could "drink" it was to add about 1/2 cup of milk and heaping spoonfuls of sugar. Once I hit my late 20's, my stomach just couldn't handle the milk or sugar anymore. By that point I had grown fond of the actual flavor of coffee ... Continue Reading

Post Holiday Healthy Lunch Idea

If you are anything like my family, then your holiday consisted of a carbohydrate filled feast. Which was followed up with leftover turkey sandwiches and endless amounts of pie. By Saturday, I felt like I was sweating mashed potatoes and was definitely ready for a healthy reset on Sunday. And by reset, I mean some vegetables and fruit in place of dinner rolls with butter. While I was creating our meal plan for the week, I knew I needed to incldue an easy, post holiday healthy lunch ... Continue Reading

Thyme Roasted Carrots Recipe

If you don't count appetizers or dessert, side dishes are the main attraction for me at any holiday meal. I find turkey and ham enjoyable, but I leave lots of room on my plate for the side dishes. I'm not gonna lie, carbohydrates are usually my side of choice at holidays. Hot rolls with butter, flavorful stuffing, and german spaetzle all find their way onto my plate at Thanksgiving. Cranberry sauce usually adds a bit of color, but other than that, my plate ends up being mostly beige. ... Continue Reading

Tomato White Bean Soup Recipe – Meatless Monday

This Tomato White Bean Soup recipe with Kale Pesto makes the perfect hearty, filling and delicious dinner.  One of my favorite dinners lately has been a nice, warm bowl of hearty soup with a green salad on the side. It's so simple but also filling and nourishing. There is just something about soup in the fall that makes me feel cozy. My family and I love creamy tomato soup. The only downside is that it often doesn't really leave you full and I find myself hungry again an hour after ... Continue Reading

Wild Blueberry Chutney with Creamy Brie

The perfect holiday appetizer, this Wild Blueberry Chutney with Creamy Brie is easy to make, delicious and packs a healthy punch.  Disclosure: By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by Wild Blueberries and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time. One of my favorite things about the holiday season is getting together with friends and family for festive celebrations. Mainly because where there are celebrations, ... Continue Reading

Mediterranean Nachos Recipe

I thought it was impossible to make nachos any tastier than they already are, until I had Mediterranean Nachos. Whole. New. Ballgame. It's been my goal recently to include more mediterranean style flavors into my family's meals. Mainly because of the health reasons (high in healthy fats, vegetables, whole grains, and fresh herbs and less saturated fat, refined carbohydrates, empty calories) but also because I just love the freshness of greek style dishes. I think I've been pretty good at ... Continue Reading

Mediterranean Plant Protein Power Bowl

One of my goals these past few months has been to try and increase my daily intake of vegetables. I tended to have vegetables with dinner but skipped the greens at breakfast and lunch. Salads are a quick, easy way to get extra veggies at lunch, but eating the same type of food day after day makes me super bored. Needless to say, I got excited when I found out my monthly challenge for The Recipe Redux group was to share a healthy plant protein power bowl. I love all foods you can serve in ... Continue Reading

Thai Peanut Hummus Dip

I made this Thai Peanut Hummus Dip that I found on Fooduzzi  for the first time about a month ago when we had some friends over for dinner. It was so simple to make and I liked the fact that I could make it in advance and then just pull it out when the guests arrived. There is nothing worse than being stuck in the kitchen scrambling to get stuff done when people start arriving. The hummus is so creamy and the peanut butter and other thai inspired ingredients give it a unique ... Continue Reading

Lighter Buffalo Chicken Sandwich

(Disclosure: I received free samples of Sabra Spreads mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by Sabra and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.) Even though I try to maintain a healthy lifestyle, I just love a good Buffalo Chicken Sandwich.  There is just something about a chicken sandwich smothered in hot sauce and blue cheese that says "come to mama". However, a typical buffalo chicken ... Continue Reading

Butternut Squash & Apple Soup

In about one more week, it will be my favorite "weather" time of year. When the season really starts to change here in Northern California. No longer warm but still sunny with just a hint of crispness in the air. When you need a light sweater in the mornings and can sense a definitely chill in the evenings. Perfect weather for scarfs, booties, wood burning in the fireplace, pumpkin everything and soup. I love soup in the fall! This Butternut Squash & Apple Soup is perfect for weeknight ... Continue Reading

Why We Love Lentils (and you should too)

Now you might be asking yourself if there are any foods that really do make you jump and yell? If you're asking yourself this question, you've never been at our house on pizza night. Pizza makes us wanna jump, jump (where my 90's teens at?). In all honesty, lentils are just not an exciting food. They are like the beige mini van of foods, kinda plain but super functional. However, we've been eating them for years and have found that they actually are pretty darn awesome. Flavor You ... Continue Reading

French Lentil Stew – Meatless Monday Recipe

We are still enjoying our Meatless Mondays over here at our house. It's been fun finding and trying new recipes each week. My favorite part has definitely been cutting back on our grocery bill each week by omitting meat in at least one meal.   Last week we tried a lentil stew recipe and it was so filling we didn't even need a side dish. I love meals that only use one pot to make and can be served in a single bowl. Mostly because it means less dishes to wash! I really, really ... Continue Reading