Better Chocolate Cake

I love sweet treats for myself and the kids, but I try to make them as healthy as I can. Healthy doesn’t have to be boring! Always looking for new and healthier recipes to try, I came across a chocolate cake recipe in a recent issue of Mother Earth Living. I made some modifications and…

Perfect Potatoes

We love baked potatoes but don’t love the tedious process of poking, wrapping, baking, checking for doneness, and of course heating up the kitchen for an hour baking them. I wanted to prep potatoes for dinner, as well as enough for sending in with my husband for lunch. I prepared half a bag of russets…

Seasoned Anasazi Beans

I finally caved to peer pressure and ordered an Instant Pot. Here is the model I got – we are a family of six, so I opted to go with the 8 quart model. You can expect a ton of new recipes as I explore my new gadget! Note: I am not familiar with other…

Potato Soup For All Seasons

My husband and I have a running joke – after serving soup for dinner, he will eat his fill, compliment the food,  and then ask what’s for dinner. Soup is often relegated to the lowly position of side dish or appetizer  – Do you want soup or salad with your meal? – instead of main…

Bacon Kale Skillet

I am a fan of simple, one skillet meals – easy on prep and easy on cleanup. This dish certainly fits the bill. I used my largest cast iron skillet, and a smaller saucepan to prep the gravy. Very easy for cleanup. Bacon Kale Skillet 1 package Benevolent Bacon (Sweet Earth) or other vegan bacon…

Life and Fresh Salsa

This evening I made fresh salsa. I’ve made salsa before, and it is always a hit around here. I’m a firm believer in “fresh and homemade is always better.” It really isn’t that difficult – chop some tomatoes, peppers, onions, tweak it a little, and Boom! And yet, I can’t recall the last time before…

Berry Oatmeal Bars

I’ve been in another kitchen rut since our schedule has become more hectic. With four kids, having snacks on hand is an absolute must. It is too easy to lean on prepackaged snacks – crackers, graham crackers, granola bars, etc. In an attempt to stock the kitchen with grab-and-go snacks that aren’t processed, I modified…

Berry Muffins

Muffins are our go-to comfort breakfast around here. This is a basic recipe that can be modified with various berries or fruit. Berry Muffins 2 cups whole wheat flour 1/2 tsp baking soda 1 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp salt 3/4 cup sugar 1 egg equivalent (EnerG or “flax” egg) 2 – 3 cups frozen…