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!The key to making this German Cucumber Salad … [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...]

Southwestern Pilaf Recipe with Creamy Taco Dressing

I am honored to be a member of the Stonyfield Clean Plate Club. I received product or coupons for creating this pilaf recipe post, but all opinions are my own.Summer is here (at least it feels like it here in Georgia!) and I have started looking for recipes that involve very little actual cooking.  Between trying to keep the house cool and running the kids back and forth to camps, it is nice to be able to just throw things together at the last minute.  Healthy dishes that include whole grains aren't always quick but if you make up … [Read more...]

Meatless Monday: Chunky Butternut Squash Soup

I am compensated for the posts I write for SC Johnson but all opinions expressed here are my own.Eating seasonally is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint but in the middle of winter, it is often hard to know what to eat. Cold weather is the perfect time for homemade soups and seasonal produce such as squash and root vegetables. Chunky butternut squash soup is not only delicious, but is also an eco-friendly alternative to the traditional chicken noodle soup option as it uses seasonally grown veggies!  Check out the recipe on the SC … [Read more...]

Creamy Tomato Soup with Basil

I was provided with one or more of the products shown in this post for review purposes but all opinions expressed are my own.Do you have a food that you crave when you are not feeling well, stressed out, or just want a bit of "yum" in an otherwise dreary day?  My comfort food has always been a grilled cheese sandwich with tomato soup.  In fact, I think I ate that meal almost every single day for my second pregnancy.  Other foods did not appeal to me at all but a gooey grilled cheese sandwich and a can of tomato soup hit the spot.  Well, … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]