My 4 year old has an addiction – Mario Cart. We have to closely monitor/ration the minutes of the day that he is allowed to play, and it works as a wonderful motivational tool. For example: “If you make your bed, put your dirty clothes in the hamper, set the table, etc., you may play Mario Cart for 20 minutes.” What I didn’t expect was the way Mario Cart would encourage my kid to eat his mushrooms. He loves mushrooms. When I cut them up for a recipe, he is always begging to snack on a few mushroom slices from the cutting board. I credit him for naming this recipe – the first time I placed them on the table in front of him, he joyfully exclaimed, “You should call them LUIGI mushrooms!” Continue reading
This recipe could not be easier. All you need is coconut oil, chocolate chips, and the nuts of your choice. Heat 1-2 cups dark chocolate chips and 1 tablespoon coconut oil in a microwave safe bowl at 30 second intervals, stirring between, until melted. Mix in 3-4 cups of nuts of your choice. (I used blanched, sliced almonds and chopped walnuts.) Spoon small mounds of the mixture onto parchment paper or wax paper, allow to cool/set, and enjoy!
Variations: add shredded coconut, a sprinkle of sea salt, a dash of vanilla extract or cinnamon… get creative!
ETA: One of my students mentioned adding raisins or coffee beans. I’ll have to try this next time!
This is a variation of a recipe I used to make years ago… long before going organic, gluten-free, paleo… before I had kids or was even married! I think this may have been the first time I’ve ever made anything like it for the kids. The good news is, everybody loved it! Continue reading
I finally did it. I found a local grass-fed beef supplier. It felt a little like I was joining ”the mob” as I asked my friend about it: (Hushed tones) “Hey!” ”Yeah?” ”I hear you’ve got… you know… connections.” ”Uh… whatever could you be talking about? What kind of person do you think I…” “You know… BEEF connections.” ”Well, who wants to know?” ”I dunno… I heard you know a guy.” ”Okay, yeah. I know a guy. What’s it worth to ya?” Continue reading
I tried to find a creative title for this recipe. I even asked my husband (the “king of puns”) for help. The best thing he could come up with was “A C4 Salad – Exploding with Flavor!” The title refers to (A)vocado, (C)hicken, (C)abbage, (C)ilantro, and (C)ucumber. Yeah, I wasn’t loving it. Continue reading
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Turkey. Cranberries. Apples. Does anything shout, “Welcome to November!” louder than these ingredients? And this is a crockpot recipe that is oh-so-easy to assemble for those busy days when you need to throw something together that will be ready when you come home from work (or the not-so-busy days when you’d just rather be curled up on the couch with a good book and not running around in the kitchen!) Continue reading
I was having a particularly lovely afternoon with L, my just-turned-4 year old, after I came home from work yesterday. We snuggled together on the recliner, read books, and had some great one-on-one conversation. The topic turned to recipes, and he started coming up with ideas of things for us to make together. Continue reading
Do you ever come home from work and think, “How in the world am I going to make an entire dinner? I’m hungry NOW!” With a little planning and a few easy ingredients, you can have something ready in just a few minutes. I’ve been buying meat in bulk lately and freezing the extra, because the stores around here like to “bundle” for cheaper prices. I knew yesterday that I would want tonight to be a steak night, so I threw a huge sirloin in the meat drawer of the fridge before going to bed last night. Continue reading
I’ve been in a bit of a rut lately. It’s not an unhappy rut… just one lacking in blog-worthy creativity. I am finishing week 4 of P90X this weekend, and it has been a BLAST this time around, because I have anywhere from 3 to 7 college students joining me every day to work out with me. Granted, they are all more than a dozen years younger than I am, and can frequently kick my bootie, but it makes the whole experience SO much more fun!