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...]

Meatless Monday Recipe: Caprese Salad with Orzo #sponsored

Meatless Monday Recipe: Caprese Salad with Orzo #sponsored

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 major grocery stores. If you can’t find it, you can substitute it for just about any small pasta shape that you have on hand. Feel free to prepare this dish ahead of time to help make dinnertime less chaotic!  Check out the recipe on the SC Johnson … [Read more...]

Easy Roasted Garden Salsa Recipe

Easy Roasted Garden Salsa Recipe

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 with cherry tomatoes and a very helpful reader suggested making a roasted garden salsa. Just toss cherry tomatoes, onion, garlic and jalapenos on a cookie sheet with some olive oil and seasoning and roast in the oven. Then chop with fresh cilantro … [Read more...]

Raw Food For Dummies Book Review

Raw Food For Dummies Book Review

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 carrot sticks and fruit every day or is it possible for raw food to be a bit more complex and interesting?  I received a copy of Raw Food for Dummies to review and have learned quite a bit about what it means to live a raw food diet and why we should … [Read more...]

Meatless Monday Recipe: Spinach and Artichoke Alfredo

Meatless Monday Recipe: Spinach and Artichoke Alfredo

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. This meatless Monday recipe isn't exactly low fat but it is delicious and manages to get spinach into my family when they don't really care for it any other way. For a bit of added protein, I used a soy based pasta from Crum Creek that I … [Read more...]

Pesto Macaroni and Cheese with Spinach #Recipe for #MeatlessMonday

Pesto Macaroni and Cheese with Spinach #Recipe for #MeatlessMonday

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 veggies to boost its health factor!     What is your favorite Meatless Monday meal? … [Read more...]