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Kale and Black Bean Quesadillas

Kid Freindly Kale Recipe: Kale and Black Bean Quesadilla

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 … [Read more...]

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Meatless Monday Recipe: Vegetarian Pad Thai

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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 … [Read more...]

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Meatless Monday: Vegetarian Pot Pie

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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 … [Read more...]

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

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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 … [Read more...]

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Need Apple Recipes? Try this German Apple Pancake!

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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 … [Read more...]

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Meatless Monday Recipe: Caprese Salad with Orzo #sponsored

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This Meatless Monday post is sponsored by SC Johnson but all opinions expressed here are my own. With kids heading back to school this month, our schedule is a bit more hectic during the week, leaving us with less time to prepare dinner. This recipe for Caprese Salad with Orzo contains fresh tomatoes and basil, which are both plentiful in gardens throughout August. The inclusion of pine nuts and mozzarella cheese makes this a filling and well-balanced meatless dish. The orzo used in this recipe is a small, rice shaped pasta available in most … [Read more...]

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Easy Roasted Garden Salsa Recipe

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I love gardening and have learned over the last few years that there are some things I grow really well and some things I should just give up trying to grow. I have great luck with cherry tomatoes and hot peppers. Larger tomatoes never seem to grow as well for me...they end up with black spot or something eats them (other than ME!) before they get ripe. However, cherry tomatoes aren't quite as versatile as full sized tomatoes so I sometimes struggle to find things to do with them. I asked on my Facebook page recently about making homemade salsa … [Read more...]

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Raw Food For Dummies Book Review

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This review of Raw Food For Dummies is made possible with a review copy of the book.  All opinions expressed are my own. As I try to eat healthier I find myself interested in a number of different diet concepts.  Some people go for high protein, low carb diets.  Others choose to give up meat and/or animal based products.  Some will only eat light and low fat foods.  When I was on a trip a few months ago I met someone who was a raw vegan and the concept was fascinating...how does one go about living on a raw food diet?  Are you left eating … [Read more...]

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Meatless Monday Recipe: Spinach and Artichoke Alfredo

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This meatless Monday recipe was made possible by a product I received from Crum Creek for review but all opinions expressed are my own. If you haven't jumped onto the meatless Monday bandwagon I really think you should! Reducing our meat consumption is a great way to reduce our carbon footprint but it is also fun coming up with creative meatless recipes once a week. I must admit, most of my meatless Monday recipes tend to revolve around cheese. While I have a few vegan recipes, dairy is one of those food categories I am way too dependent on. … [Read more...]

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Pesto Macaroni and Cheese with Spinach #Recipe for #MeatlessMonday

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This pesto macaroni and cheese recipe is part of an ongoing collaboration with SC Johnson for which I am compensated.  All opinions expressed here are my own. Going meatless in my house is easy as long as one of the vegetarian options frequently offered includes macaroni and cheese. Although purchasing macaroni and cheese from a box is vegetarian, I prefer to make my own so I can control the ingredients in the dish. Come check out my recipe for pesto macaroni and cheese that uses whole wheat pasta, real cheese, fresh milk and even some green … [Read more...]

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Easy Gazpacho Soup Recipe with Naked Power Garden Tomato Kick #sponsored

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This easy gazpacho soup recipe is sponsored by Naked juices and Glam media but all opinions expressed are my own. It is relatively easy for me to get my family to eat more fruit.  A bowl of grapes on the table disappears in minutes.  The kids are always happy to drink smoothies with plenty of berries and bananas in them.  However, getting more vegetables into my family's diet is not as easy.  I do not want to eat carrot sticks for breakfast.  I am not as tempted to reach for vegetables as a snack, either.  I was recently asked to try out the … [Read more...]

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Meatless Monday #Recipe: Italian Brown Rice with Lentils #Scjgreenerchoices

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This meatless Monday recipe is sponsored by SC Johnson but all opinions expressed are my own. Coming up with a high-protein, meatless meal can be easy if you keep your pantry stocked with a few key ingredients. One item on my list of ‘must-have’ pantry staples is lentils. Including them in your diet provides protein and plenty of fiber and iron, as well. This recipe for Italian Brown Rice with Lentils is an easy, one-pot meal that requires little attention and offers plenty of nutrition!  Come check out the recipe on the SC Johnson Greener … [Read more...]

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Meatless Monday Recipe: Creamy Pasta Primavera #SCJGreenerChoices

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Pasta is a staple ingredient in my house. It’s a perfect, inexpensive solution to my children’s riveting appetites. The best thing about pasta is its versatility and ability to satisfy even the largest appetite. There are also tons of meatless ways to prepare a pasta dish such as my Creamy Pasta Primavera over on the SC Johnson Greener Choices blog.  Come check out the recipe and let me know how you like it! Disclaimer:  I have been compensated for the articles I write for SC Johnson but all opinions expressed are mine and mine alone. … [Read more...]

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Quick and Healthy Meal Idea: Mult-Grain Garden Salad #LoveEveryMinute

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As a work from home mom you would think I have all the time in the world to create a healthy lunch for myself, right?  Well, not really!  Between errands, housework, my job and everything else that needs to get done I am lucky to find time to grab anything to eat at all.  I am always looking for a quick and healthy meal idea to add to my repertoire.  I try to stock my fridge and pantry with healthy options so I don't end up eating cookies for lunch.  Even ORGANIC cookies don't really make a healthy lunch!  If you, too, are looking for a … [Read more...]

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Zucchini and Parmesan Crescents Recipe

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I absolutely love zucchini.  I can't seem to grow it in my garden to save my life but thankfully it is incredibly abundant during the summer farmer's markets.  My children and husband, however, dislike zucchini immensely.  It drives me NUTS and I am constantly trying to find ways to sneak zucchini into my meals without a huge amount of complaining.  Who doesn't like zucchini, right?  Anyhow, I make a crab puff using pie crust and decided to see if I could create a zucchini puff instead.  I made a few variations but my husband absolutely loved … [Read more...]

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Black Bean and Tortilla Soup Recipe #SCJgreenerchoices

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One of my New Year’s resolutions is to reduce the amount of meat my family and I eat. Cutting meat out of your diet, even just one day a week, can reduce your carbon footprint. A warm bowl of soup on a cold night is always much appreciated in my house and you can’t go wrong with this easy Black Bean Tortilla Soup recipe.  Come check out the recipe on the SC Johnson Greener Choices blog and let me know what YOUR favorite meatless recipe is!   Disclaimer:  I have been compensated for the articles I write for SC Johnson but all … [Read more...]

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Vegetarian Recipe: Figgy Blue Sandwich and a Cookbook #Giveaway!

Figgy Blue Sandwich vegetarian recipe

I am a huge fan of blue cheese and when I came across this recipe in The I Love Trader Joe's Vegetarian Cookbook: 150 Delicious and Healthy Recipes Using Foods from the World's Greatest Grocery Store I knew I just had to try it.  The combination of flavors sounded very unique and I am always looking for creative ways to add vegetarian meals into my diet.  You can read my review of this cookbook HERE and if you continue reading you will find not only a delicious recipe but a chance to win this cookbook for yourself!  It is filled with creative … [Read more...]

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Have too many eggs? Make kaiserschmarrns!

Apple Cinnamon Kaiserchmarn

I bet you are wondering what in the world a kaiserschmarrn is, huh? Well, the simple answer is somewhere between a crepe and a pancake. The origins are somewhere in the Austrian/German/Hungarian/Bavarian region. There are a ton of recipes and variations, I got this one from a girl I used to work with that was from Germany. It is quite often thought of as a desert but we eat ours for breakfast. Or, as we often like to do, breakfast for dinner! Here is our recipe...it is my daughter's favorite food of all time! I find you get one kaiserschmarrn … [Read more...]

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Is being a vegetarian better for the environment?

Is being a vegetarian better for the environment?

Sometimes I ask myself "Is being a vegetarian better for the environment?" My son has decided to give up meat for Lent. I guess all mommy's ranting and raving about the evils of the traditional feed lot grown animals made more of an impression than I thought. Since I was concerned about protein intake I had a few requirements...I told him I would like him to eat seafood once a week and he had to be open to alternative sources of protein. Thankfully, he is not a picky eater and agreed to these terms. As a family, we have not ALL given up … [Read more...]