Chicken Posole Salad (I skipped making the actual dressing this time. Instead I drizzled olive oil and added a pinch of salt to each plated salad then served it with a thick wedge of lime. Still deliciously good!)
Bratwurst with veg and fruit - Dad's dinner of choice when he's in charge
Mongolian Beef over Cauliflower Rice - my mother-in-law gave me a spice-of-the-month gift and my first set of spices arrived! Included with the spices was a recipe card for this meal (the recipe I made is very similiar to the link). It was my first try at making cauliflower rice, and it was good! Having a food processor would have made things easier. I had to put the cauliflower in my vitamix in batches. But it was otherwise a quick and easy meal that everyone enjoyed.
Slow Cooker Chicken Curry - this was the first time I'd tried this recipe, though I've made other yummy crockpot chicken curries before. We got home later than expected, so the dish was cooking much longer than the recipe said, but it still turned out great. I liked the leftovers even better.
Beef and Barley Garden Stew - one of my favorite use-whatever-random-veggies-I-can-find recipes. Start with sautéing ground beef and chopped onions, add some garlic, throw in a bunch of chopped tomatoes or a couple cans of undrained diced tomatoes, then finish with some broth and whatever chopped veggies sound good to you. Season to taste. I also like to add about 1/2 cup of barley to make the finished product thick and more stew-like. This pot included potatoes, turnip, carrot, parsnip, cabbage, and celeriac.
Roasted Sweet Potato and Beet, Feta, and Arugula Salad with homemade vinaigrette - my contribution to our community group dinner.
Greek Pasta Chicken Salad - I use some of this dressing to marinate the chicken. I mix the cooked chicken with cooked penne pasta, chunked cucumbers and tomatoes, sliced kalamata olives, crumbled feta cheese, and toss it with more of the dressing. My family devours this! And my son was thrilled when he realized that the entire meal, which I serve in one large bowl, has something included from every food group!
Pizza and salad
Date-night in: Swiss Chard Tacos with spiced black beans while kids ate leftover pasta salad
Blueberry Oatmeal Breakfast Bars - a new breakfast that we all enjoyed in the morning, and as a snack the next few days. I made several changes from the original recipe that are reflected below:
2 ripe bananas
1/3 cup maple syrup
1 Tbsp vegetable oil
2 Tbsp coconut oil (not melted)
2 tsp vanilla extract
4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1 heaping scoop plant-based protein powder
2 tsp cinnamon
3/4 tsp salt
1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
6 Tbsp chia seeds
1/2 tsp cinnamon
4 Tbsp maple syrup
juice of one lemon
2 cups blueberries (fresh or frozen)
1/2 cup sliced almonds (or any kind of chopped nut)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 8x11 baking pan with parchment paper and lightly grease.
In a large mixing bowl, combine the banana, maple syrup, oils and vanilla. Using electric or hand mixer, mix until smooth. Add in the oats, protein powder, cinnamon and salt and mix until well combined. Mixture will be wet. Transfer the mixture to the pan. Smooth it out with a spatula and press it down evenly. Bake for 10 minutes.
While bottom layer is baking, in the same mixing bowl, combine all the ingredients for the topping layer until well combined.
After first layer is done baking, remove pan from oven. Pour topping layer over and spread it out evenly, pressing it down into the base layer. Bake for an additional 15 minutes. Allow the bars to cool and set for 15-20 minutes before slicing into square servings. Store in refrigerator.
I am the wife of an amazing man, mother of three precious children, and enjoy filling our home with good food for all to enjoy! I love trying new recipes and am especially excited when I find something packed with whole foods that everyone loves. I try to be aware of the nutritional value of what we eat, but won't shy away from a good dessert every now and then. I hope you enjoy this site and find a few new things to try out for yourself. Leave a comment and let me know what you think!