Have you ever found yourself with a bag of lentils? Did you know what to do with it? Do you even know what lentils are? Lentils are part of the legume family, like beans and peas. They are high in fiber and low in fat, which makes them a great add-in for many meals. There… Continue reading Cooking with Lentils // Cheesy Lentil and Bean Casserole
Pumpkins, pumpkins everywhere. The classic fall vegetable is in full abundance. But what exactly do you do with pumpkins besides carve them? The options are as bountiful as a pumpkin harvest! Check out these Top Ten Ways to Enjoy Pumpkins. Many of these recipes call for pumpkin puree. Making your own is really easy! Preheat… Continue reading Not Just for Carving! // Top Ten Ways to Enjoy Pumpkin
September is Family Mealtime Month. It is a great time of year to reflect on your family mealtime routine. You might remember this post from last year. Give it a read. It is a great reminder of all the benefits family mealtime can bring. It is also a great motivator to get you on board… Continue reading Ready…Set…DINNER! // Family Mealtime Month
Do you ever wish you could slow it all down? Life seems to get busier and busier by the minute, as we try to meet the demands of work, school, children, and many other responsibilities. You can use a slow cooker to reduce time spent in the kitchen preparing meals. Quick preparation and slow cooking… Continue reading Slow It Down // Slow Cooker Roast Beef Dinner and More!
Cabbage Patch Stew is one of my favorite recipes. It is hearty and flavorful with just a hint of sweetness. To make Cabbage Patch Stew, start by gathering your ingredients. You need: 1/2 lb. lean ground beef 1 large onion 1 cup celery 2 cups shredded cabbage 1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce 2 tsp. chili powder 1… Continue reading Let’s Create! // Cabbage Patch Stew
Whole grains are an important part of any diet. To understand the term "whole grain", you need to understand the anatomy of a grain. The Whole Grains Council tells us that a grain kernel consists of three parts, the bran, the germ, and the endosperm. A whole grain has all three parts of the kernel… Continue reading Going Grain // A Guide to Cooking Whole Grains
Did you see our Weekly Menu Plan blog post last month? It talks about the steps you take to plan your dinner menu for the week using your local grocery store ads. If you missed it, or just need a review, click here. Then come on back and see what I'm planning this week! Remember that… Continue reading Weekly Menu Plan // What’s On Your List?
One of the best ways to save money on your grocery bill is to utilize current grocery store ads. Start by comparing ads from different grocery stores in your area, making a list of sale items. Next, take an inventory of your pantry, refrigerator and freezer and make a list of what you already have on… Continue reading Weekly Menu Plan // What’s on Your List?
Although they may be mini, these lasagna cups pack a tasty punch. They are quick and easy to make for a flavorful Italian style dinner. Start by heating some olive oil in a skillet. The recipe calls for Italian sausage links, however, ground beef or ground turkey would make a great substitution. If you choose… Continue reading Let’s Make ’em Mini // Mini Lasagna Cups
Summer is winding down which means tomato season is here. There is nothing quite like a fresh tomato ripe off the vine. There are literally hundreds of tomato varieties. The most common types of tomatoes in our area are Roma, Beefsteak, and Cherry or Grape tomatoes. Roma tomatoes are great to eat by themselves or in… Continue reading Cooking In Season // Tomatoes