Welcome. I grew up in large family in the Midwest, and so did my husband, Joe. Many of my favorite recipes are from the farms that our grandparents grew up on and were passed on to us by our mothers as we blended the cooking history of our two families when we raised our children. I was concerned about cooking healthy meals for our family and it has become a hobby to research different recipes and try to eat healthier meals. I often substitute low-fat options in the recipes that used to call for butter and heavy cream. There is a lot of truth in the saying “You are what you eat” and I want to eat healthy foods so that we can enjoy “good health”.
One of my favorite times of the day was when we would all sit down together in the evening as a family for “dinner time”. It seems nostalgic, but I can almost hear the dinner bell ring as we called the kids to the table. They are grown now. Joe is retired and we are cooking for two. He joins me in the kitchen and we like to cook together.
Eating healthy to me does not mean huge, tasteless portions of food (but I do like to have leftovers for the next day). I want to share with you some of my favorite ways to eat light and healthy, but I will still sneak in a piece of homemade pie every once in awhile (a skill that my Mom passed on to me when she taught me how to make rhubarb pie). I hope that you find something good to eat.
I was intrigued and drawn to this recipe when I read it. My daughter had brought it over to us and it was as delicious as it was intriguing. I had never had raw sweet corn. It is a great summer salad and when the cherry tomatoes ripen on the vine, it is a perfect time . . . → Read More: Salsa Salad – Mostly From The Garden
Curry & mango have an intense flavor when combined for this salad. The flavors will be enhanced even more the next day if you have any left overs after dinner. It also makes a great luncheon salad and can be served on bread like a chicken or tuna salad sandwich. You can vary . . . → Read More: Curry Chicken Salad With Mango and Broccoli
There is nothing better than a nice cool salad that can serve as dinner during the long hot dog days of summer. I usually make this salad using a large chicken breast left from the grill the night before. The real maple syrup and vinegar combine for a nice sweet & sour flavor.
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I have never tasted another coffee cake recipe quite like this one. I got the recipe from a Greek man that I worked with at the University when I was young. It is an unusual recipe, very wholesome and filling, and without sounding too sexist, it is “manly”. Maybe that is because I associate it with . . . → Read More: Whole Wheat Coffee Cake Recipe
My garden is producing spinach and arugula at an alarming rate! My refrigerator is full
of food storage bags filled with fresh produce, grown organically and pesticide free. I was thinking this morning that I needed to do something different.
My husband is getting tired of the same old salads. Why not make a pesto and just
combine both . . . → Read More: Arugula, Spinach, and Basil Pesto
I don’t often have buttermilk around in the refrigerator unless I am baking something special. If I have leftover milk, I will usually make some buttermilk scones or buttermilk pancakes. Both are good for a delicious breakfast treat. It reminds me of having a special Sunday morning breakfast as a child, a welcome . . . → Read More: My Favorite Buttermilk Pancakes
I have a kale soup recipe and I have another sweet potato soup with curry, but this recipe combines the kale and the sweet potatoes into a healthy vegetable soup recipe of its own. You can also puree this soup if you want and I think it helps blend the flavors of it into a . . . → Read More: Sweet Potato Soup Recipe With Kale, Cumin, and Lemon
Have I told you how much I like to make soup? Now that asparagus is in season and I have a new immersion blender, this soup seemed perfect for me to try. It did not disappoint. I have another asparagus soup recipe with brown rice that is also delicious. Try them both and let me know . . . → Read More: Cream Of Asparagus Soup Recipe – Another Green Soup
I didn’t grow up eating orzo. I had to look it up to see what it was when I first read a recipe in a magazine with orzo pasta in it.
Also known as risoni, orzo is Italian for barley. Today, it is a wheat pasta slightly larger than rice. Commonly used . . . → Read More: An Easy Orzo Salad Is One Of My Favorite Orzo Recipes
When we were in college, there was a column in the newspaper called “Cheap But Edible”. We were newly married and in school so this appealed to us. We have made this recipe for years. We made it for our kids when they were growing up and it is still a classic. . . . → Read More: Fettuccine Using A Great Canned Tuna Recipe