Cinnamon Apple Energy Bites with Organic Freeze Dried Fruit

This cinnamon apple energy bites recipe with organic freeze dried fruit has been sponsored by Homegrown Organic Farms.  All opinions are my own.I have lived in the south for about 20 years but still consider myself a New Englander at heart.  I choose walnuts over pecans and apples over peaches every time I can.  This time of year, apples are in season and I find myself eating them daily.  However, once we get into winter and spring, apples may be in the grocery store but they don't taste all that great anymore.  I'd rather eat NO apple than … [Read more...]

Easy Broccoli Quiche Recipe for a Simple Vegetarian Dinner Idea

This easy broccoli quiche recipe has been sponsored by Organic Valley. I received product to use for this vegetarian dinner idea but all opinions are my own.Every week, I sit down with Pinterest and a few cookbooks and try to come up with a few meatless dishes to serve throughout the week.  Vegetarian dinner ideas like this easy broccoli quiche recipe help cut down on our food budget and reduce our carbon footprint.  It is also a dinner my family really enjoys, which makes my life a whole lot easier!  Doesn't it look delicious? Eggs are a … [Read more...]

Easy Vegetarian Crockpot Chili Recipe

You know what I dislike about Monday?  Everything.  It seems to be the busiest day of the week and the one with the longest to do list.  It also seems to be the day I am MOST tired!  This vegetarian crockpot chili recipe was my solution to both of these problems.  I literally did nothing but open cans, jars, and packages and dump it into a crockpot.  Okay, there was some onion chopping and garlic mincing but that is really about it.  There was nothing to pre-cook and since I put it in the crockpot, I just ignored it for 5 hours while it … [Read more...]

Asian Quinoa Recipe with Broccoli and Tofu

My husband and I have been experimenting with more vegetarian recipes.  I realized that almost all of my vegetarian recipes involved cheese or pasta and I needed to branch out.  This Asian quinoa recipe is loaded with protein from both the tofu and the quinoa.  Fresh broccoli gives it a boost of color and the Asian inspired sauce provides a nice, bold flavor.  It was honestly very tasty and I am not a huge tofu fan.  This recipe served 4 people easily and I will definitely be making it again.This post contains affiliate links. If you make … [Read more...]

Fresh Broccoli Cheese Soup Recipe

This weekend I went to our local farmer's market and was surprised to find a local farmer still offering fresh broccoli.  He said this was his last batch until fall since the weather has been so warm already.  I grabbed a pound of it and came home to make this fresh broccoli cheese soup recipe.  Broccoli and cheddar go brilliantly together and this is an easy one pot meal that is nice and filling.  It's a great addition to your Meatless Monday recipe lineup as well!  Doesn't it look heavenly?This post contains affiliate links. If you make … [Read more...]

Applesauce Quick Bread Recipe and the Benefits of Healthy Snacking

This Applesauce Quick Bread Recipe and the Benefits of Healthy Snacking post has been sponsored by Musselman's applesauce but all opinions expressed here are my own.This applesauce quick bread recipe is the perfect after school snack for your hungry kids.  And the key to proper snacking is that you choose healthier, good for you options! Not too long ago, I read an article which suggested that snacking is unhealthy.  I started doing some research on why they would suggest such a thing. I found that 90 percent of the articles assumed … [Read more...]

German Cucumber Salad Recipe – Gurkensalat

My husband has a very strong German heritage so this weekend, we had friends and neighbors over for an Oktoberfest party.  This German cucumber salad recipe was the perfect side dish to go with our grilled Bratwurst and all the delicious side dishes provided by our guests.  All you need to do is slice up cucumbers and onions, add a simple oil and vinegar mix and stir in a ton of chopped, fresh dill.  The resulting Gurkensalat is full of flavor, nice and crunchy, and absolutely delicious! If you are looking for more Oktoberfest recipes, you … [Read more...]

Healthy Homemade Peanut Butter Fudge Recipe

I decided to make this homemade peanut butter fudge recipe because I have about 8 jars of peanut butter in my pantry.  Why? Because I am the type of person who stocks up on healthy food when I find a good deal.  I found a buy one get one free sale recently on natural peanut butter and I could probably make a years worth of PB&J sandwiches with it and never run out.  I have been scrolling through Pinterest looking at nut butter recipes for inspiration.  I found a paleo fudge recipe online that looked easy enough and decided to swap out the … [Read more...]

Creamy Broccoli Apple Salad Recipe

Yesterday I whipped up a huge batch of this creamy broccoli apple salad recipe and I plan on eating it for lunch every day this week.  The last few weeks have been rather chaotic and I need a serious break for a while.  We had a series of unplanned home repairs that created a huge mess as well as a giant expense.  Torn up wood floors, leaky dishwasher, leaky washing machine, and water dripping out of ceilings.  Seriously...I am ready to just ditch this house for a new one if things don't stop breaking.  Then, the day after we got everything … [Read more...]

Easy Homemade Tomato Soup Recipe with Grilled Cheese Croutons

This easy homemade tomato soup recipe topped with grilled cheese croutons is the perfect comfort food for a cold, winter day. This post has been sponsored but all opinions are my own.When I was asked to create my favorite comfort food recipe for a project with Cabot cheese, I knew I wanted to make some type of grilled cheese sandwich...all warm and gooey!  Of course, you can't have a grilled cheese sandwich without a tasty bowl of tomato soup.  The two just go together like peanut butter and jelly, right?  When I was young, my soup came … [Read more...]

Spicy Roasted Chickpeas Snack Recipe with Rosemary and Garlic

This spicy roasted chickpeas snack recipe is my new solution to snack time guilt.  No more ‘hangry’ mom who is irritable because she is trying to avoid snacking.  No more gazing longingly at my husband while he inhales food during our pre-bedtime TV session.  Nope.  Now, I am going to happily make this roasted chickpeas snack recipe several times a week to I can snack without guilt. Chickpeas (otherwise known as garbanzo beans) are loaded with flavor.  But, who wants to sit around eating beans out of a can, right?  Beans are loaded with protein … [Read more...]

Spicy Thai Peanut Sauce Recipe

Up until a few years ago, I really didn't have much experience with Thai food.  After discovering an amazing Thai restaurant right near my house, however, I am not sure how I ever survived without some of these delicious flavors!  My favorite flavor combination of all time is Thai peanut sauce.  The combination of sesame oil, peanut butter, and soy sauce just makes my mouth incredibly happy. The thing I love most about this Thai peanut sauce recipe is that it can be used to grill chicken, pour over salads, as a dip, or as a sauce for your … [Read more...]

Avocado Cilantro Crema Recipe

Several years ago, my husband and I were out exploring a new farm to table restaurant.  They had Pommes Frites on the menu which I had never heard of before.  You know what Pommes Frites are?  Basically it is a fancy word for French fries.  The amazing thing about these Pommes Frites was not that I had never seen a French fry before.  What really amazed me was that you could choose from dozens of dipping sauces for them!  And only one of those was a type of ketchup!  Yes, they served French Fries with things other than ketchup to dip them in!  … [Read more...]

Vegetarian Burrito Bowl Recipe and Earth Fare Shopping Experience

This Vegetarian Burrito Bowl Recipe has been sponsored by Earth Fare but all opinions expressed here are my own.I have a tendency to spend way too much money when I go to the grocery store.  I am feeding a house full of very active and very hungry individuals and it shows in my grocery budget.  We enjoy good food...plenty of organic, local, and high quality foods make it into my cart every week.  One way I cut back on the cost of our meals is to serve vegetarian options a few times a week.  Meat can be incredibly expensive, especially when … [Read more...]

Watermelon Salad Recipe with Basil and Feta

Eating seasonally is something I try to do whenever possible.  It is healthier for us, reduces our carbon footprint, and saves a ton of money.  It isn't always possible in the middle of winter but during the peak of summer, finding seasonal and local produce is incredibly easy.  On our last trip to Sprouts Farmer's Market, my daughter grabbed a gigantic watermelon that cost only a few dollars.  We were both happy about that and now I have a ton of watermelon to use up this week.  This is not particularly difficult in my house.  Just leave a … [Read more...]

Roasted Beet Salad with Blue Cheese and Walnuts

A few days ago I was writing a gardening post called 5 Plants for an Early Spring Garden.  I found a beautiful stock photo of beets to use in the post and have been craving them ever since!  When I was growing up, beets were strictly a canned food item and we didn't eat them very often.  I remember they were always rather bland and I had honestly never seen one with a stem and leaves still on them.  As a gardener, I have not had too much luck growing my own beets yet.  I keep trying but the heat here in Georgia makes keeping the soil  … [Read more...]

Easy Spring Roll Recipe with Soy Ginger Dipping Sauce and a #NaturallyFresh Giveaway

This post is part of the blogger program by Naturally Fresh® and The Motherhood, who compensated me for my time and the development of this recipe. Opinions, experiences and photos shared here are my own, and I hope you enjoy them.I imagine a lot of people decided a few weeks ago that they were going to start eating healthier.  With the new year comes a renewed determination to be as healthy as possible.  Then, a month later we are invited to a huge football game party only to be tempted with fattening fried foods and snacks … [Read more...]

Zucchini Carrot Slaw and a Zucchini Recipe Collection

This zucchini recipe collection has been sponsored by Foodie.com but all opinions expressed here are my own.For years I have been struggling to grow zucchini and squash in my garden with almost no luck at all.  Every year the dreaded squash bugs have destroyed my plants before I can actually get any zucchini from them.  This year, I tried using 2 different organic approved pesticides in my garden out of sheer desperation and it seems like it may be working!  I have managed to pick about 6 yellow squash so far this season and … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]