Crispy Sesame Green Bean Fries

Last week when I was out getting groceries I came across some green beans.  Honestly, I don’t usually buy green beans all that often but these beans were so bright and beautiful that I had to buy a couple of handfuls.  Of course, I had not planned on using green beans in anything so there they sat day after day in my fridge.  By the 3rd day I was getting pretty sick of them staring back at me and mocking me for not using them.  We were...

 

Crispy Taco Salad

I can remember the exact moment I had my first bite of taco salad.  I was 16 years old and was working part-time at Target.  It was employee appreciation day and there was a potluck going on.  I put a scoop of salad on my plate along with some other goodies and sat down to eat.  I tried one bite of that salad and lost interest in all the other things I had gotten.  I went back for seconds and I’m pretty sure I had thirds.  That began...

 

Kid Approved Tortilla Soup

Every time I suggest eating soup to my grandchildren they look at me horrified like I just suggested eating worms or bugs. What kid doesn’t eat soup? I grew up on Campbell’s chicken noodle, vegetable beef, and alphabet soup. Not that I would give them canned soup but I was sure I could make something they liked. So, like with most children, it helps to get them involved in the cooking process. I started with telling them we were going...

 

Cheesy Pizza Donuts

A couple of weeks ago when I was thinking of recipe ideas for this weeks “Kids Week”, I asked Caleb and Keegan what their favorite food was.  Keegan proclaimed “Pizza!” and Caleb thought for a moment before deciding on “Chocolate Donuts”.  I jokingly told them we should combine the two and make a pizza donut and their eyes lit up.  How hard could it be, right? Not so easy as it turns out.  It took awhile to...

 

Garden Vegetable Lentil Soup

This soup is perfect cause it’s fast and fresh and can be made with just about any vegetables you have on hand. The flavor is amazingly deep and rich. Done in under 30 minutes it’s perfect for a fast week night meal served with some crusty warm bread on the side. Kristy Ingredients: 2 tbsp olive oil 1/2 medium onion, diced 1 large carrot, diced 1 stalk celery, diced 1 tsp sea salt or to taste 2 cloves garlic, minced 2 tsp thyme 1 tsp...

 

Gluten and Grain Free Pizza

Did you know that the Super Bowl is one of the Top 5 biggest pizza selling days of the year?!  Pizza Hut alone will sell over 2 million pizzas this Sunday.  Eating healthy doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a good pizza and boy oh boy is this one amazing pizza!  Aside from the bonus of being gluten free AND grain free this pizza crust is so flavorful and has a great crunch to it.  I may or may not have eaten half of the crust by itself!...

 

Chipotle Chili Carnitas

 Sometimes I find inspiration for recipes in the weirdest places.  A couple of months ago I was standing in line at the grocery store and ended up having a conversation with the cashier about vegan restaurants in our area.  She mentioned that there was a place in LA (sadly, it’s now closed) that served a taco with jackfruit which reminded her of pulled pork.  I’ve tried my fair share of faux meat products and I honestly can’t...

 

Pho Noodle Bowl

There’s this restaurant on the corner where I get my hair cut called Pho House. The aroma that comes from that place is killer. I feel like I am being put under a spell and drawn towards the doors to go in and eat whatever is creating that lovely smell. I mentioned this to my hair dresser and she asked me if I’ve ever had a pho noodle bowl? She said you have to try it. The broth is unlike anything else you have ever tasted. Unfortunately...

 

Roasted Tomato and Quinoa Soup

I did it again. I got carried away at the market and bought more than I should have. This time it was cherry tomatoes. But they were on special and they had this nice tray of testers and those beautiful little red nuggets were so sweet and juicy. How could I resist? My favorite thing for using extra tomatoes is to roast them in a little olive oil and then use them in a bean salad but it was cold and damp out and I wanted a nice warm soup so here...

 

Sweet Potato Quinoa Burgers

I have a family of picky eaters.  They are not only picky but VERY suspicious of new things.  I made these burgers a few months ago and they all liked them.  Recently I made them again.  Normally I’m pretty much left alone in the kitchen but this last time everyone was around and when I got out the standard orange sweet potatoes I got “the look” from each of them.  You know the “the look”.  It’s the I-don’t-eat-weird-colored-foods-and-even-if-it-tastes-good-I’m-going-to-pretend-I-don’t-like-it...