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Book Review: Isa Does It

by heather
This is currently my favorite cookbook. Isa Does It: Amazingly Easy, Wildly Delicious Vegan Recipes for Every Day of the Week makes vegan cooking a tangible reality, not something that only movie stars with personal chefs enjoy. She has many delicious recipes with, tips and tricks to make preparation easy, like how to shop, how to plan and the best way to chop tempeh. This book (and her previous two books) helped make me familiar with previously obscure ingredients such as nutritional yeast and Read more [...]

What I’ve Been Up To: April

by heather
Dyed easter eggs with Kool-aid. We found that lemonade is pretty weak in the color department, pineapple gives a much better spring-time yellow. Mix 1 packet of Kool-aid with 2/3 cup water per bowl. No stinky vinegar required and the colors came out great. Most of the fam and I got sick, that pretty much sucked away a week of my life. Lots of homework. Almost done with the semester... I started making an 'I Spy' quilt for my kids. When I can't focus on homework anymore I switch to working Read more [...]

Vegan French Dip Sandwiches

by heather
This recipe has been an evolving experiment that started with a funeral or three. My husband's grandmother, affectionately known as 'Super Grandma' passed away, two weeks after 'Super Grandpa' had died. Awhile later my mother-in-law's only brother who had been living there also passed away. After the last funeral we went to the house and began going through their belongings. In a cupboard someone found an ancient bottle of Burgundy. Super Grandma loved to golf and would often win fancy bottles of Read more [...]

Food Storage Friday: Pumpkin Coconut Curry

by heather
When I tell my friends that I spend about $250 each month on groceries for our family of five I get various skeptical responses. People assume that we live off of Top Ramen and potatoes, or that I spend all of my time gardening and baking. (My kids would actually eat Ramen noodles every day if I let them, but I generally trying to push things like sandwiches and produce. Also, our gardening attempts have all been epic failures and I only bake a few times each month.) We actually eat a variety of Read more [...]

Book Review: Queen of Common Cents: Over 1001 Tips & Facts To Save Time and Money

by heather
Queen of Common Cents: Over 1001 Tips and Facts to Save Time and Money by Michelle Snow RN, MSPH, MSHR, PhD When I saw this book I noticed that the author is a registered nurse and has a Master's degree in Public Health, plus several other letters after her name and thought 'She's a nurse, she's probably really know what she is talking about." I felt like I identified with her. We're both LDS moms, we're both nurses and we're both trying to help people save time and money. So I bought it. As Read more [...]

Food Storage Friday: Orange Blueberry Bread

by heather
I found this recipe on A Bountiful Kitchen when looking for a good blueberry muffin recipe. I tried a few and this was my favorite. It is a little time consuming to do on a regular basis, read: this recipe creates a whole lot of dirty dishes but they do make delicious muffins. Or bread. After the first time I just started pouring the batter into bread pans because it was easier and it worked. And of course I made several changes, like using more food storage ingredients, because that's how I roll. Read more [...]

Food Storage Friday: Red Bean Burgers

by heather
As I have mentioned before my husband is a vegetarian (I'm more of a flexitarian). So I'm often experimenting with different ways of preparing meatless protein. One of the best (and cheapest) sources of plant-based protein is beans. (If you haven't noticed yet, we eat a lot of beans at my house.) Recently I tried out this recipe; they were pretty tasty, and packed with a whole lot of protein and fiber.  Although I think that I liked the Pinto Bean Burgers a little more, it was good to try something Read more [...]

A Few Tricks for Healthy & Delicious Waffles

by heather
We love waffles. It's one of the few things that everyone here eats and doesn't bother my breast-feeding infant with reflux, plus it's a quick, easy and low-cost meal. Here are a few tips that I have found to make them healthier and tastier.Add a heaping tablespoon of ground flax seed to the batter. It help you get your Omega-3's, some extra fiber and protein and you can't taste it. I also throw a tablespoon of wheat germ into the batter for extra Vitamin E and fiber and no one can taste that either.Substituting Read more [...]

Food Storage Friday: Reuben Pinto Burgers

by heather
I found this recipe in the newspaper last Sunday. My burgers don't look as pretty, but they were very tasty, and really that's all that matters. (Ok, they are healthier than a standard burger, and I suppose that matters for something too.) If you are not fan of sauerkraut, you can easily change the toppings to make it whatever burger tickles your fancy. Reuben Pinto Burgers Food Storage Ingredients: 2 cans (15.5 oz)  pinto beans, liquid drained, 1 can mashed with a fork 1 can (14.5) sauerkraut, Read more [...]

Green Chiles

by heather
So last week, a few hours after delivering Miss Cindy Lou-Who, I got online to order a Bountiful Basket (which btw was an awesome basket). One of the extras they had available was a 30 lb bag of Hatch green chiles. I love green chiles and my in-laws really love green chiles so I thought I would split a bag with them. My husband got up early Saturday morning to fetch our produce and I mumbled  "Don't forget our 30 lb bag of green chiles". He thought I said 3 lb bag of green chiles because there is Read more [...]

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