Summer Means Tomatoes: Quick and Easy Gazpacho

One of my favorite summer tomato dishes is gazpacho. Keeping a blender full of this summery soup in the refrigerator makes lunch a breeze. A few weeks ago I followed a recipe and wasn’t impressed with the results--too much garlic (never thought I would say that!), not zesty enough, not tomatoey enough. I decided I could do better, and I think I did. Bonus? You don’t even need to measure any ingredients. It’s more of a taste and adjust dish. ...more
I was just talking about gazpacho yesterday. We've been on almost back-to-back vacations so it ...more

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins Recipe!

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins1 1/2C whole wheat flour3/4 tsp salt1/2 tsp baking soda1 tsp cinnamon1/3 C evaporated cane juice1/2 C mini dark chocolate chunks1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce1/3 C coconut oil1 tsp apple cider vinegar1 1/2 tsp vanilla1 C zucchini grated...more

Summer Time Pasta

The other night, while enjoying another dinner of local fish and vegetables, I realized that I was beginning to miss winter’s yummy pasta dishes that my mom always makes.Pasta reminds me of warmth, comfort and love. These three adjectives also describes my grandmother who was coming over for dinner. Then I asked myself, why not make pasta with a summer flare for my grandmother and I? I ended up making this dish using celery for crunch, onions, and peppers for flavor and tofu for protein....more

Fun Idea for Kids: Learning Letters with Rice

My three and a half year old daughters have been interested in letters for awhile, but mostly to the extent that they know the letter that their name starts with and can point it out in a crowded sentence. They know  a couple handfuls of letters and specifically that mommy starts with “M” and Daddy starts with “D” and “M” and “W” are sometimes confusing. They don’t know all of their letters or the sounds they all make and have only recently started to really try and write....more

Roasted Blueberry Quinoa Salad

 What to do with a huge tub of blueberries sitting in my refrigerator? Last week I made a blueberry crisp, which was amazing. While it wasn’t full of too many unhealthy ingredients, I thought about trying to “healthify” it a little bit more. Then the healthy part of my brain nudged the unhealthy part of my brain and made me realize that I should just make something that is healthier than dessert to begin with....more

Boosting Mom’s Metabolism

Do You Ever Envy Your Kids Fast Metabolism?...more

Healthier Homemade Blueberry Nutrigrain Bars

Sure, Nutrigrain Bars sound healthy, but they’re loaded with sugar and a bunch of other things I can’t pronounce. And of course my kids love them. So I did some research on the internet to find a healthier homemade recipe for nutrigrain bars. I looked at recipe after recipe and was surprised that so many of them still used a lot of sugar and butter. After pulling from a ton of recipes, I think I came up with a pretty healthy version of my kids’ beloved nutrigrain bars. I even let them help me measure ingredients and run the blender....more
Bingo!!!  I have been searching all night for a recipe for these using ingredients I actually ...more