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Slow Cooker Sweet and Smoky Corn and Pinto Bean Stew

This smoky, sweet stew has endless variations.  It can be served over rice, inside of a tortilla, or simply in a bowl topped with Cheddar cheese or crushed tortilla chips.  Now that I’ve learned that there’s no need to soak dry beans before cooking them, I’m going to be making them a lot more often instead of using canned beans.  Serve it with Apple Cheddar Cornbread.
Slow Cooker Sweet and Smoky Corn and Pinto Bean Stew
Prep Time: 10 minutes    Cook Time: 6 hours    Total Time: 6 hours and 10 minutes
16 oz. dry pinto beans, rinsed 16 oz. frozen roasted corn, or use regular frozen corn kernels 1 yellow onion, diced 2 medium white or sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped into 1-inch pieces (about 3 cups) 1/2 lb. smoked ham or soy chorizo, chopped 16 oz. medium or spicy salsa 6 cups water 1 Tbsp. smoked paprika 1 tsp. minced garlic, (about 2 cloves) (can use Dorot frozen garlic) 1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, with a little of the sauce...

Italian Shotgun Wedding Soup (Easy Italian Wedding Soup recipe)

Everyone loves Italian Wedding Soup, but the thought of making both the meatballs and the soup on a harried weeknight is a little daunting.  So I love this shortcut Italian Wedding Soup recipe that uses flavorful sausage instead of the meatballs, while still using the fresh vegetables that makes this soup so nourishing.  This is also excellent with 15 oz. diced tomatoes stirred in with the broth. Scramble recipe tester Amy Stanley said, “We all gave it 5 stars.  A perfect balance.” Serve it with garlic bread.
Italian Shotgun Wedding Soup
Prep + Cook Time: 30 minutes

1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil 1/2 - 1 yellow onion, finely chopped (1 cup) 3 carrots, halved (or quartered if large) and finely chopped (about 1 cup) 2 stalks celery, thinly sliced (1 cup) 12 oz. pre-cooked Italian turkey, chicken or meatless sausage (use wheat/gluten-free if needed), sliced into 1/2-inch slices 1 tsp. Italian seasoning blend, or more to taste 10 cups...
  Jun 25, 2015   Recipes

Spinach and Mushroom Whole Wheat Crepes

I’m a little intimidated by making crepes. They are so delicate that they break easily and are hard to manipulate. Yet I love the way they taste and their texture enough that I decided to give them a try at home.  I’ll admit, they weren’t all pretty, but when one fell apart, I just topped it with a little of the filling and they still tasted good.  Scramble recipe tester Elana Berzon-Ezzel said, “These were EXTREMELEY easy to make! I was worried the kids wouldn't eat it because they don't like mushrooms or cooked spinach, but they ate it up.” If you have any leftover batter, cook them up plain and serve them drizzled with fresh lemon juice and topped with powdered sugar for dessert or filled with Nutella or jam.  Serve with roasted sweet potatoes or fresh sliced strawberries.

Spinach and Mushroom Whole Wheat CrepesPrep + Cook = 30 minutesMakes 8 servings crepes1 cup nonfat or 1% milk 3/4 cup water 2 eggs 3 1/2 Tbsp. butter 1/2 tsp. salt 1 cup...
  May 15, 2015   Family Dinner, Healthy Snacks, Recipes

Sabra Hummus Coupon: Celebrate National Hummus Day and Dip Life to The Fullest!

I’m a little obsessed with Hummus!  Yep, I’m not afraid to admit it.  (I could be fixated on worse, right??)
I so thoroughly enjoy the savory Mediterranean dip composed primarily of chickpeas, tahini, oil and garlic, that I find ways to eat it all the time.  Sometimes, I spread it on the inside of a sandwich or wrap, other times I dip cut up veggies or whole grain crackers into it and yet other times, I eat it by the spoonful (but I definitely don’t double dip)! 
Over the years, I’ve also come up with super-popular recipes that incorporate this creamy, protein-rich dip into them, including Mediterranean 7-Layer Dinner Dip and these Warm Eggplant Pita Sandwiches with Hummus

In Honor of National Hummus Day (May 21st) I have created some brand new family-friendly, delicious and healthy recipes using Sabra hummus.  May 21st only: Get a coupon to save on Sabra hummus here (More details below).

Warm Garlic Hummus Flatbread Rollups Prep + Cook = 15 minutes 4...
  Mar 23, 2015   Family Dinner, Healthy Snacks, Recipes

Award-Winning Recipes from Kids Who Cook Real Food

I recently wrote about some amazingly creative 11 to 14 year olds who participated in the Real Food for Kids cooking Contest.  The dishes the kids made were so innovative, well put together and most importantly, delicious that I had to share the recipes here.  Each of these dishes are things that I would be happy to serve my family.AvoFu   Me Caitlin Nguyen - age 14 Time: 35 minutes Servings: 2Ingredients: 1 package of extra firm organic tofu Salt Pepper 1 ripened avocado 1 lemon for 2 tablespoons of lemon juice 4 slices of tomato ¼ of a red onion 2 slices of organic whole wheat flax seed bread 2 slices of reduced fat provolone 1 tablespoon of Dijon mustard 1 ½ tablespoons of honey ¼ teaspoon parsley flakes PepperInstructions for Tofu Fries: 1. Preheat the oven to broil. 2. Open the package of tofu and drain out the water within the container. 3. Layout one washcloth...
  Mar 10, 2015   Everyday Environmental, Recipes

Is It Spring Yet? Just 2 More Days!

Buh bye, winter! You only get two more days to torture us, right?If you live in the Midwest or Eastern US, I imagine you are as sick of this nasty season as I am.  This was the winter of snow storms, ice storms, and school, meeting and flight cancellations.  It was brutally cold, of course, but it was also slippery and crunchy.  Every morning I take a hike in the woods with our dogs unless there’s a dangerous or torrential storm.  I bless my Yaktrax for keeping me upright as we tromped through snow and ice.  I walk in nature in no small part because of the peace and quiet I enjoy before a day that is too often chaotic.  But this year, with layers of snow and ice underfoot, it was so loud and brittle in the woods that I couldn’t hear my walking partners talk, or if I was walking alone, I’d have to stop at times just to enjoy a moment of silence.If you try to eat seasonally, aren’t you getting tired of eating...

Double Recipes to Freeze and Make Weeknight Dinners Go More Smoothly

Your freezer can be your best friend when it comes to planning meals for a busy week ahead.  When I know I’m going to have an especially hectic week or just a day during the week that I’ll be going non-stop, I will pull an already prepared meal out of the freezer.  I get hugely (almost weirdly) excited about defrosting a meal that I’ve already made and packed away.  Although at some earlier point I had put effort into preparing the meal, I almost feel like I’m “cheating” when I serve it because the only work I’ve done on that day is warming it up.The easiest way to fill your freezer with homemade meals is to double recipes to freeze when you are cooking for your family and freeze one batch for a future dinner.  Generally recipes that freeze well include casseroles, soups, meats and egg dishes.  On the other hand, I don’t think that fish, potatoes, or recipes with creamy sauces lend themselves well to freezing and defrosting.10 Scramble recipes that...
  Feb 10, 2015   Family Dinner, Picky Eaters, Recipes

Upgraded Kids Food: Make Healthier Kids’ Menu Options at Home

Upgraded kids food is always a good thing.  Want to treat your kids to healthier versions of their favorite kids’ menu items without spending a fortune on dinner out? Try these options at home instead:Tortilla Pepperoni Pizzas Miraculous Macaroni and Cheese Crunchy Chicken Fingers Grilled Cheese Melts with Brie and Baby Spinach Zesty Southwestern Burgers with Cilantro SlawLearn more about the national movement for healthier restaurant food for kids including the simplest solution.

Menu for Homemade Valentine’s Day Dinner

Staying in on Valentine's Day? Need a menu for homemade Valentine's Day dinner? Here is a beautiful and easy 3-course meal to serve to your special Valentine(s).APPETIZER Grapefruit margaritas Delicious, tart and pink! Even if it's cold outside, just shake the ingredients together and feel the warmth.2 servings2 oz. tequila 2 oz. orange liqueur 1 lime, juice only 1 grapefruit, juice only 2 slices jalepeno (optional)Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and serve on the rocks.MAINSalmon with Maple Soy Glaze This sweet, caramelized salmon recipe is heart-healthy. Serve it with steamed brown or white rice with fresh parsley and with an Asian cucumber salad.6 servings1/4 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce (use wheat/gluten-free if needed)
1/4 cup pure maple syrup 1/4 tsp. ground ginger or 1 tsp. minced fresh 2 lb. salmon fillet, preferably wild salmon(Start the rice first, if...
  Jan 15, 2015   Everyday Environmental, Recipes

Avoid Food Waste: Salvage SupperClub Recipes

If you cringe at the idea of wasted food, check out two recipes that you'll likely embrace.  Not only are they delicious and full of healthy ingredients, but also they will use up every last bit of the carrots and the kale you may have languishing in your fridge.  These recipes come from holistic chef Celia Lam who works magic with ingredients that might otherwise go to waste.  She is the culinary braun behind the Salvage SupperClub.  After preparing these tasty recipes, you'll likely think twice before tossing produce that you assumed was no longer good to eat.  What a scrumptious way to avoid wasted food!Roasted Carrot Hummus Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 30 minutes Total Time: 40 minutes Yield: 6 servingsIngredients: • 4 medium carrots (keep peels intact, if organic) • 2 cloves garlic, peeled • 2 Tbsp olive oil + additional to drizzle • 1 ½ cup chickpeas, cooked (or 1 can of chickpeas) • 3 Tbsp tahini • 1 lemon,...