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 simmered and … [Read more...]

Chicken and Potato Skillet Dinner Recipe

This Chicken and Potato Skillet Dinner Recipe has been sponsored, but all opinions expressed here are my own.The one thing I do not have a lot of right now is time. I have lists. I have deadlines. I have kids with colds. I do NOT, however, have a lot of free time. I'm sure you can totally understand where I'm coming from right now. If you are pressed for time and hate cleaning up a giant mess, a skillet dinner recipe is the perfect solution. Of course, I firmly believe that skillet should be a nice, solid cast iron but you can use any … [Read more...]

Creamy Pasta Recipe with Chicken and Roasted Red Peppers

When I hit the grocery store, I have a few key ideas in mind for feeding my family. I look for whole, fresh, and natural ingredients whenever I can but I also have to feed several hungry people on a limited budget. My solution to healthy eating on a dime is the addition of pasta, rice, or potatoes to just about every dinner I serve. When you are trying to feed hungry, athletic teenagers with an insanely high metabolism, you need plenty of carbs! This pasta recipe will go a long way towards feeding a hungry family but won't cost you a fortune to … [Read more...]

Easy Shepherd’s Pie Recipe with Leeks

I received product samples for this shepherd's pie recipe at no charge to facilitate this post. All opinions expressed here are my own.With the beginning of fall comes my desire to get back into the kitchen and cook more. The weather is cooler and I have a serious need for 'comfort food' when the days start getting shorter. Shepherd's pie just screams 'comfort food' in my mind. It is a British meat pie with a mashed potato 'crust'. It has gone through a number of variations over the years in terms of the type of meat used, whether there is … [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...]

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

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 quick  and … [Read more...]

Take Your Thanksgiving Turkey for a Dip with these Savory Brining Recipes

Quick: What’s the absolute last thing that comes to mind when you think about turkey? If you answered, “a day at the beach,” you’re right – but perhaps you shouldn’t be. It may seem strange, but when it comes to easy turkey recipes, there’s no better way to ensure a juicy, savory turkey than by treating that big bird to a long, relaxing salt-water soak. This year, dress up your Thanksgiving menu with one of these easy turkey brining recipes. Your turkey’s “day at the beach” will result in a flavorful, moist bird that’s sure to please all of … [Read more...]

Asian Fusion #Recipe: Top Your Own Thai Burrito

Growing up in New England, I was raised on rather bland flavors. While I love New England baked beans and a good pot roast, the flavors aren't really bold, spicy or exotic. When I moved to Houston my taste buds went into a bit of culture shock! All of a sudden I was eating stuffed jalapenos and alligator on a stick! Houston is also a melting pot of cultures, especially in the science community that we were in so we were introduced to a ton of Asian flavors as well. Last year I read a cookbook all about Asian Fusion which really intrigued me. … [Read more...]

Barilla Pasta #recipe and feeding the hungry: Farfalle with Zucchini, Carrots, Fennel, Marjoram & Parmigiano Cheese

Like many other overextended families, I find it hard some days to get dinner on the table and all 4 people actually sitting down to eat it. Our evenings are crammed full of homework, music lessons, tennis and several other activities but family mealtime is one thing that I am adamant about. Some days we eat at 4:30 and others we may eat at 7:00 but I like to have the whole family at the table every night...it is a way for my husband and I to stay connected to our children and for us to relax. My go to meal on a hectic night is almost always … [Read more...]