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 loaded with … [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 have tons of baby … [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 them it is good for them! … [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 the grains … [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, bread … [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...]

Easy Snack Recipe: Pizza Biscuits

I am pretty sure I hear the words "I'm hungry" out of my children at least 47 times a day. Normally they are sidetracked with school and assorted after school activities but over Christmas break there is nothing for them to to but argue with each other and eat. At over six feet tall already, my 14 year old son can eat a bag of Goldfish crackers in one sitting. I decided I needed to make a more filling snack or start buying stock in the snack cracker companies. I started looking for an easy snack recipe that wouldn't take too long to make and … [Read more...]

Fight a Cold Naturally with Spicy Lemongrass Soup and Kleenex! #KleenexTarget

This discussion on how to fight a cold naturally is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign withPollinate Media Group™ and Kleenex but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #KleenexTarget  http://cmp.ly/3/8vNxcOFor the last 14 years I have been working as a pharmacy technician at our local pharmacy. I am pretty sure that in those 14 years I have seen about 12  million people suffering from colds and flu. Inevitably they ask me "What can I take to get rid of this cold?". Well, I hate to tell you this but there is NO magic pill to … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

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. … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

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

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 new … [Read more...]

Meatless Monday Recipe: Rosemary, Potato and Feta Frittata #SCJgreenerchoices #spon

This meatless Monday recipe is sponsored by SC Johnson but all opinions expressed are my own.Eggs are not only one of my favorite protein sources, but a preferred meal in my house as well. This recipe for Rosemary, Potato and Feta Frittata is easy to make, requires only one pan and makes a filling breakfast, brunch and even dinner. Serve it with a small salad or a bowl of fresh fruit for a well-balanced, meatless meal. Check out the recipe on the SC Johnson Greener Choices Blog and let me know what you think!  Disclaimer:  I … [Read more...]

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

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...]

Cheesy Quinoa Cakes Recipe

My husband and I have jumped on the newest food trend...Quinoa! Have you tried this stuff yet? Quinoa is a very versatile and nutritious grain that cooks fairly quickly and has a very nice flavor. You can get it in white, red or black but usually I see the white. I even found it organic at Krogers which I was pretty impressed with. Since all things taste better (in my opinion) when you add cheese, I decided to take my beloved quinoa and get cheesy with it. If you decide to try out this recipe, make sure you use a non stick pan and plenty of … [Read more...]

Corn and Black Bean Quesadillas

Corn and black bean quesadillas are cheese tortillas filled with a mixture of black beans, corn, onion, and bell pepper or salsa.  They are really cheesy, a little bit spicy, and oh so delicious! It's a great addition to your Meatless Monday menu!Vegetarian Quesadillas are Delicious! Summer is here and with it comes tons of fresh choices when it comes to produce! Farmers markets have become very popular in the last 10 years and they are a great way to find fruits and vegetables that have been grown close to where you … [Read more...]