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...

 

Sweet Potato Quinoa Polenta

I really like baked polenta or even more, polenta made on a grill pan (see notes). It’s such a nice alternative to the usual bread roll or biscuit. I especially like this polenta because it’s made from quinoa so it’s a good protein source that can go from a side to the main course. Add to that, sweet potato and now your talking! You can even substitute the chili powder for cinnamon and a little nutmeg for a tasty breakfast drizzled...

 

Sunflower Seed Spread

My dad used to grow sunflowers to watch the birds come and feed on the seeds. Sunflower seeds aren’t just good for the birds they are good for us too, providing significant amounts of Vitamin E, Magnesium and Selenium.  This spread is bursting with bright flavors and it’s really versatile too. The sun dried tomatoes and roasted red pepper give it a slightly sweet flavor that goes so well with the nutty taste of the sunflower seeds....

 

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...

 

Guilt Free Banana-licious Ice Cream

This is one of the coolest things I’ve come across. Maybe I’m the last person on the planet to try it but just in case I’m not I’ll share my “discovery” with you all. I like kitchen gadgets. I like shopping on the internet. That equals a lot of catalogs in the mail. I received one recently that had an appliance where you put in frozen bananas and they come out like soft serve ice cream. Yeah, sure they do. I wasn’t...

 

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...

 

Cinnamon Raisin Braids

This recipe is a favorite of my granddaughter Keegan. Of course anything with bread, honey and cinnamon is a favorite of hers. My kind of girl! Keegan is also very fond of braiding since she learned how practicing on her Barbies so it was only a matter of time before braiding carried over into other things. I was making this dough one morning when Keegan was here with me helping in the kitchen. I was starting to roll out the dough and she asked if...

 

Cauliflower Egg Salad Sandwich Spread

I have always been a huge fan of egg salad sandwiches. This spread won’t make you exclaim “OMG, I can’t believe this isn’t really made out of eggs”, but it is reminiscent of egg salad. The dressing is creamy and tangy just like in an egg salad spread and the cauliflower rice makes a healthy and surprisingly good substitute for those high cholesterol eggs that would normally be used. It’s great on whole grain bread...

 

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...