Harmony Stew

Harmony Stew

I was watching a rerun of Alton Brown’s “Good Eats” and saw again a story he told of the 3 Sisters, corn, beans and squash. The 3 are grown together so the corn stalk can grow tall for the beans to climb up and in the process the beans support the corns stalk from being blown over. The squash grows on the ground around them to keep out the weeds and to keep the soil moist. Wouldn’t it be nice if all the world worked in such...

 
Homemade Whipped Cream

Homemade Whipped Cream

Every year at Thanksgiving my family and I go around the dinner table and list the things we are thankful for.  What’s at the top of my husband’s list this year?  His loving wife, adorable kids, wonderful mother-in-law?  Nope, whipped cream.  See, every year at Thanksgiving we have apple pie (although this year we are doubling up and having Chocolate Pecan Pie too!) and my husband can not eat pie without whipped cream.  Since we...

 
Sweet Potato and Squash Casserole

Sweet Potato and Squash Casserole

I don’t want to offend anyone’s holiday traditions but I have never understood sweet potato casserole as a side dish. Maybe as a dessert but how can anything that sweet be a side dish? I do love sweet potatoes so I don’t want to leave them out of the festivities so I made this toned down version of the classic casserole which I think is even better. The crumble crust adds texture to the soft creaminess of the filling and a hint...

 
Chocolate Pecan Pie

Chocolate Pecan Pie

It’s been almost 3 months since my family switched to a plant based diet.  This will be our first Thanksgiving where we don’t sit down to stuff ourselves with turkey and more importantly - leftover turkey sandwiches.  I’ve always believed that with good, wholesome ingredients you can make incredible tasting food.  So even though we won’t be eating turkey this Thanksgiving I can honestly say that we won’t be...

 
Perfect Pie Crust

Perfect Pie Crust

Do you love pie?  My husband does.  He’s constantly asking me to make him pie.  Since this is our first Thanksgiving with everyone in my family eating only a plant based diet my Mom (Kristy) and I decided that we would not only make him a pie but make a pie that is to die for!  But you can’t make a pie without a pie crust!  If you’ve never made your own pie crust before don’t worry - it’s really easy.  The...

 
Herbed Pumpkin Dinner Rolls

Herbed Pumpkin Dinner Rolls

I have often been accused of wanting to put pumpkin into everything. I have to say that it’s probably true. Why not? Pumpkin is the best. It’s low in calorie, high in fiber and full of nutrients. It tastes great with cinnamon and other spices but is neutral enough to sneak into other things so those vegetable haters you might have in your family won’t even notice. Other than the slight color difference you may not even notice the...

 
Green Bean Casserole

Green Bean Casserole

I don’t think I’ve ever had a Thanksgiving dinner without Green Bean Casserole.  Now I may or may not be the person that eats all the fried onions off the casserole before dinner even starts.  I also might be the person who picks the pecans off the pie.  But getting back on track, this green bean casserole is delicious and you won’t find any cans of unhealthy soup in this recipe.  I hope you enjoy this Thanksgiving staple as...

 

Homemade Croutons and Breadcrumbs

“I like the things I like, I’m very sure of that. I needn’t ever change because I’m happy where I’m at.”  This is a line from one of my kids favorite books - Picky Mrs. Pickle.  Mrs. Pickle likes what she likes and doesn’t bother to try new things until her niece makes her an offer she can’t refuse.  When Mrs. Pickles finally tries new things she realized that her favorite things aren’t...

 

Vegetable Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

Stuffed cabbage rolls are one of those dishes that take a little time to prepare but once it’s put together you can pop it in the oven and move on to the next item on your agenda while it bubbles away. The finished product is so rewarding too. Soft bundles of filling in tender cabbage leaves. Tomato-y sauce oozing all over it. Mmm good comfort food. Nutritious and filling, you might want to make a double batch. They are so low in fat and calories...

 
Protein Pancakes

Protein Pancakes

We love pancakes around my house and not just for breakfast. Sometimes Caleb and Keegan will ask for them for lunch and I’ve even been known to eat leftovers cold from the refrigerator with a little peanut butter for dinner. Pancakes aren’t the most nutritional food in the recipe box and while I would add yummy things like pumpkin or applesauce, etc. the kids prefer them plain. That led me to making them with a couple of ingredients to...