Kale and Black Bean Quesadillas

Kale and Black Bean Quesadillas

This kale recipe has been sponsored by Nature's Greens but all opinions expressed here are my own. One of the ways I try to eat healthier is to include a rainbow of colors in my diet throughout the week.  I love colorful vegetables, whether it is purple cabbage, bright red tomatoes or deep green kale.  However, have you ever had your kid turn up their noses at something just because of it's color? "I can't eat that, mom.  It's GREEN!"  Getting KIDS on the whole 'eating healthy' bandwagon is not always as easy as telling them it is good for them!  Sometimes, getting kids to eat healthy means tricking them into it.  Like hiding zucchini in muffins or corn in fritters. Another good way to get kids to eat healthy is to give them their veggies in a dip-able form!  Sure, you can do the whole … [Read more...]

Meatless Monday Recipe: Vegetarian Pad Thai

Meatless Monday Recipe: Vegetarian Pad Thai

This meatless Monday recipe has been sponsored by SC Johnson but all opinions expressed here are my own. The standard American diet, when compared to other cultures, includes a lot of meat. That being said, expanding our taste palate to include recipes from other countries will help to not only reduce our meat consumption, but our carbon footprint as well. Leaving meat out of your diet helps reduce the amount of greenhouse gas emissions that are released into the earth. Next time you’re out shopping, visit the international aisle at your local grocery store to get a sense of the various foods and flavors offered across the nation. My personal favorite international cuisine is Thai.  Come check out my Vegetarian Pad Thai recipe on the SC Johnson Greener Choices blog if you want an easy … [Read more...]

Meatless Monday: Vegetarian Pot Pie

Meatless Monday: Vegetarian Pot Pie

I am compensated for the articles I write for the SC Johnson Greener Choices blog but all opinions expressed are my own. Growing up, one of my mom's favorite meals to make during the fall was chicken pot pie. Nowadays, most people associate pot pies with little, round, frozen things you buy at the grocery store, but they are actually very easy to make from scratch. By substituting an array of vegetables for the chicken in this dish, you have an easy Meatless Monday recipe that is both flavorful and filling. You can top the pot pie with a pie crust or use frozen puff pastries, depending on what you have on hand. This recipe for vegetarian pot pie will leave your house lingering with a delicious scent, bringing back memories of home cooked meals from long ago!  Come check out the recipe … [Read more...]

Easy Vegetarian Recipes: Pasta with Greens and Feta and a Nature’s Greens Contest!

Easy Vegetarian Recipes: Pasta with Greens and Feta and a Nature’s Greens Contest!

This post about easy vegetarian recipes has been  sponsored by Nature's Greens but all opinions expressed are my own. Reducing our meat consumption is a good choice both for our heath and to help reduce our carbon footprint.  However, just because we do not include meat in a meal does not mean we need to throw in artificial meat products.  I am not a big fan of overly processed foods, whether they are vegetarian or not.  While meat is a good source of iron and protein, it is easy to get these same nutrients all contained within easy vegetarian recipes.  Dark green leafy vegetables like kale, spinach, and collard greens are all incredibly high in iron.  Nuts and cheese are meat free alternatives for protein in your diet.  When I received a selection of greens from Nature's Greens to try … [Read more...]

Need Apple Recipes?  Try this German Apple Pancake!

Need Apple Recipes? Try this German Apple Pancake!

This apple recipes post was inspired by a product I received at no charge to review but all opinions expressed are my own. Fall is finally here and with it comes my favorite food: APPLES!  I grew up in New England so I am very picky about my apples...I don't want them mealy or overly sweet.  I want a nice, juicy McIntosh that is crisp and just a tad bit sweet.  Since we are heading into peak apple season I have been browsing through apple recipes on the Internet.  I am starting to see locally grown apples in my grocery store and while they aren't organic I figure only traveling an hour to get to my grocery store makes them low on the carbon footprint scale, right?  If you are looking for apple recipes don't just stick with pies!  You can make all sorts of things with apples from salads … [Read more...]