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
What is tasty, versatile, and part of the dairy group. It's yogurt! Grab it on the go for a healthy snack, use it as a mayonnaise substitute in salads, make a dip for fresh veggies, or use it in a fruity dessert. Yogurt is part of the dairy food group and can help you get… Continue reading Yogurt 5 Ways // Red Potato Salad
June is National Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Month. We all know that fruits and vegetables are a healthy part of a balanced diet. With growing season in full bloom, now is a great time to commit to eating fruits and veggies. The American Heart Association shares tips for using and shopping for seasonal produce: Fresh foods… Continue reading In Full Bloom // Marinated Vegetable Salad
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
Turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, oh my! Thanksgiving dinner often leaves lots of leftovers. In fact, I cook a little extra just so I can enjoy the leftovers! After a day or two, the novelty has usually worn off and I'm ready for something new. To prevent food waste, it's a good idea to have some… Continue reading Leftoverpallooza // Mashed Potato Turkey Bites 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?
When it comes to soul-satisfying comfort food that's rich in history and flavor, few dishes can match the hearty appeal of Chicken Creole. This classic Southern dish, born from a fusion of French, Spanish, African, and Caribbean influences, tantalizes the taste buds with its vibrant blend of spices, tender chicken, and a tomato-based sauce that's… Continue reading Chicken Creole: A Deep Dive into a Southern Classic
This time of year, I really miss fresh produce from my garden. It seems like a long time before my garden will be flourishing again. During these cold winter months it is as important as ever for us to get enough vegetables. Winter squash is a great vegetable to incorporate into your diet to make… Continue reading Cooking in Season // Butternut Squash