lentils and couscous

I love cooking with couscous and lentils. Just in general. They are both quick, easy, and can be seasoned numerous ways. I often have a pre-made container of each in my fridge either to eat as-is, or to add to a new dish. This is a great dish for dinner in a hurry. And as usual for my dishes, is very kid friendly. Both kids loved it. All that's needed for this recipe is two small pots and a strainer. I love meals that don't require a million pots and pans, and that take less than 30 minutes to make. print recipe lentils and couscous ...more
This sounds so yummy! I am always looking for new ways to make my grains!more

fig scones

Fig scones are the outcome of my scone loving family combined with figs I forgot I had stating to get a bit soft. Use them or lose them. These turned out pretty well I guess, Jack ate two of them for breakfast! These are so easy to make. Seriously. Cut the tops off the figs and place them in the food processor. Pulse them briefly until they are almost fully pureed. I prefer them with a little chunkiness. Dump the fig into the mixing bowl with all the other ingredients and stir with a wooden spoon. ...more

pumpkin oatmeal

pumpkin oatmeal 0 Yes, I am aware that it is still only August, but like a lot of people, I LOVE fall and can't wait until it gets here. Snuggly clothes, pumpkin flavored everything, using the fireplace, lighting candles, drinking potfuls of tea apologetically... you get the drift. ...more

minestrone soup

Minestrone soup. Otherwise known as "let's toss in all the random produce I've got on hand" soup. Well, technically I put almost the same veggies in my soup every time, but I do tend to keep the same veggies around all the time. Whenever I have zucchinis and yellow squash around this is my go-to dish. I'm trying to branch out and use them for other meals, but this one is so good I still make it often. Start out by sauteing the onion and garlic in the olive oil with a big pinch of salt. Stir often to avoid burning. They should be soft and sweet smelling. ...more

spanish rice

I love Spanish rice. I really do. Before today when I made up my own recipe for it, I've NEVER had good luck making it myself. Either the rice is still a bit crunchy while everything is finished, or the rice won't absorb all the liquid and everything is soupy... really, I could continue. This recipe worked perfectly and I loved everything about it. It is fluffy, flavorful, sweet, savory, and spicy-ish. Heaven. I just ate this rice with some black beans, but it also worked perfectly in Jeff's burrito (which he inhaled before I could get a photo). ...more

10 minute chili

 This chili is my go-to meal when I've gotten distracted and forgotten to make dinner, when I'm short on time, or when I really need to go to the grocery store and all I have available is canned and frozen goods.It really does take only 10 minutes.  That time even includes opening the cans.  It's that easy.  And Good too.  I could easily eat this all the time.  If I have extra time I'll make some corn muffins to go with it, but they aren't necessary. ...more

raw cookie dough

I know for a fact that I'm not the only person in the world who loves raw cookie dough. Imagine you could eat raw cookie dough and not worry about eating raw eggs or gain 20 pounds in one sitting. Sound good? Imagine that your raw cookie dough is at least vaguely healthy and full of protein. Sweet. Enter in the raw cookie dough! Focus on the picture and not the ingredients. I'd seen a few similar recipes around, but when I tried them I thought the proportions tasted a bit off. This version makes the flavors blend together better and taste more like real cookie dough. ...more