Category Archives: Recipes

Easy Vegetarian Skillet Tacos

Easy Vegetarian Skillet Tacos
We are on the tail end of hosting a delightful French exchange student.  While was only here for a week (her smoking habit aside), I'd love to keep her for a little longer.  Her enthusiasm for everything I cooked made me feel appreciated, which is something that doesn't come easy during "normal" parenting... During Aline's visit, I often found that we were rushed between school and social activities - but this lunch came together easily.  I used leftover chili from the batch I made last...

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Vegetarian Chili – Healthy and Kid Friendly

Vegetarian Chili – Healthy and Kid Friendly
When my kids were little, it was so easy for me to imagine what it would be like for the rest of their childhood.  I saw the mom that I wanted to be - how I would feed my family, and how we would eat our healthy meals around the table every night.  When I look back, it's hard not to laugh at how naive it all seemed.  Sure, I still make healthy meals.  But with our hectic schedules, we hardly eat together every night...let alone around the table.  This recipe for vegetarian chili is a nice...

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F is for Fig Jam - An Easy Recipe for Kids to Ma...

F is for Fig Jam – An Easy Recipe for Kids to Make
I am brand new to Periscope, so it thrills me whenever there is a live audience on the other end of my videos.  It's especially fun when they chime in with comments, ask questions, and tap the screen to give me some hearts! Last week, when I was talking about my Cook the Alphabet cooking curriculum for kids, they helped me to decide the featured ingredient for my Letter F lesson plan.  F is for Figs...so let's make Fig Jam! F is for Fig Jam I wanted to use ingredients that are readily available,...

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Skewered: Food On a Stick (At Home and In Nature...

Skewered: Food On a Stick (At Home and In Nature)
If you are on Facebook, you have seen the reminders of what you were doing 5 years ago on this day... I loved the reminder of the time I went on a birding adventure with my kids and a student teacher from my daughter's elementary school... It was glorious, and I saw 4 "life birds," which is bird-nerd-speak for "birds I have never seen before."  We saw a Merlin chasing after a Northern Harrier, got a show from a beautiful Ferruginous Hawk, saw a dancing display from the Sandhill Crane, and had...

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Ugly Dip – and Taking the Pulse Pledge

Ugly Dip – and Taking the Pulse Pledge
Raising children to be good eaters feels like nothing short of a miracle.  When our daughter was young, not only did she gag a lot when she was eating, but she was fussy - often refusing most foods that we offered her.  For the longest time, her diet consisted of fruit and "noodles with snow cheese." (What? Didn't you know that parmesan cheese looks like snow when it is being grated onto a mound of noodles?)  Anyway - fast forward 12 years and now I have a lovely 15 year old daughter who is expanding...

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Take 2: Cup of Noodles Revisited

Take 2: Cup of Noodles Revisited
After being unsatisfied with my last attempt at making my own version of "Cup of Noodles" from scratch, I went back to the drawing board.  My first version yielded gummy noodles and flavorless broth. This time, I took a suggestion from the plethora of Facebook comments I received, and tried organic vegetable Better than Bouillon.  I also used some organic Ramen noodles that I found at Cost Plus. I precooked the ramen noodles and stored them in the refrigerator briefly until cool.  I didn't...

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Bold Flavors – Asian Wild Rice Salad

Bold Flavors – Asian Wild Rice Salad
I'll be the first to admit, that I tend to be cautious in the flavor department, especially in my own kitchen.  It doesn't help that there are two kids in the house who tend to have taste buds that are apparently in transition all the time.  But my Rouxbe plant-based cooking course is helping me to push my boundaries and I am really loving the result (even if my kids aren't fully on board.) For the past several days, I have been learning about grains and how to use them in a variety of ways....

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Goodbye, Hamlet {A Dog Treat Recipe}

Goodbye, Hamlet {A Dog Treat Recipe}
I am a softie. A rescuer.  Maybe that's why students used to ask if they could eat lunch in my classroom.  It's certainly why I brought home Hamlet, a rescue dog, just two months before our adopted son came home from Guatemala.  I was yearning to nurture - and there was a delay in our adoption paperwork.  And so, just like that, Hamlet helped to fill the void. Suddenly, three nights ago, Hamlet collapsed and I rushed him to the emergency veterinary clinic.  I'll spare you the unpleasant...

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Bird Seed for Breakfast

Bird Seed for Breakfast
When my daughter came into the kitchen this morning, she started to giggle.  And then she asked me why I had bird seed on the counter.  "Isn't that what we used to feed the parakeets?" she asked.  Yep - I suppose millet IS a main ingredient in bird seed, but I tried to convince her that this was slightly different, since it was intended for people instead of our former avian friends. [caption id="attachment_5984" align="alignleft" width="260"] Coconut Millet, photo from Rouxbe.com[/caption] One...

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Make Your Own: Cup of Noodles

Make Your Own: Cup of Noodles
When I saw this version of homemade cup of noodles, I knew that I was going to have to give it a try.  I have become obsessed with using glass jars in the house - to store, to freeze, and to reuse all over again.  And the jars for this recipe were too cute to pass up.  Plus, I love how they look when they are packed and ready to grab from the refrigerator. I am trying to use as few unprocessed ingredients as possible, and am not thrilled with these little packages of concentrated vegetable...

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