Showing posts with label healthy. Show all posts
Showing posts with label healthy. Show all posts

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

skinny taco dip.

i found this on one of my pinterest endeavors. it was the perfect thing to make for dinner be-cause mother nature decided to bypass spring and it has been in the 80s non-stop for over a week. not that it's a bad thing. i'm just feeling a little pasty.  this is a light meal and everyone was busy playing outside and complaining that it was too hot to eat. which is kind of alarming - what are they going to say in july?! i had to remind them that they spent 3 good years in florida and floridians are no whimps when it comes to the weather.

it was also the perfect dinner because we had baseball practice the night i made it and for some reason when we have practices, things get all wonky in my house. i try to have all my to-do's completed before 3 so that when the boys come home i can focus on homework, making sure they do their chores, dinner, and then getting ready for practice, ect.

 if things would only go as planned. it never does and i am usually yelling so we're not late.

anyway, here's the recipe - which i made just a little different from the original.

1 large can of refried beans
1 8 oz. package of low fat cream cheese
8 oz. light sour cream
16 oz. jar of salsa
1 taco seasoning packet
chopped lettuce
diced tomato
shredded cheese
black olives
tortilla chips

i added the refried beans because i was making this as a meal instead of a dip. i've got hungry boys to keep full, you know!

spread the refried beans in the bottom of a 9 x 13. mix together cream cheese, sour cream, salsa, and taco seasoning until well blended and spread on top of refried beans. top with lettuce, cheese, tomato, and black olives. serve with chips.

you should eat this right away. or if you are saving the left overs (or if you are a good wife like me and put together a plate your working husband for later - leave off the lettuce, cheese, tomato, and olives until ready to serve. soggy lettuce and tomotoes are yuck.)

in other news...
photo by my mom
this little stink finally started saying "mama". i was beginning to doubt my place in his life when he started saying "lily" - the dog -  before me. and also dada, triston, bye bye, hey, hi, and bottle. and does it count that he only says it when he is pissed? i will take what i can get, i suppose. and since he just pulled an entire bag of pretzels out onto the floor..

that is my cue to go.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

a new snack.

whole wheat tortillas
low fat cream cheese
english cucumber, sliced and diced.

there are no pictures for this snack and i will tell you why: i made this snack on the brink of starvation and literally inhaled it in one bite. i know there are a few mommies out there who know what i'm talking about. and you might think it is because i am so busy that i didn't get a chance to eat, which is sometimes the case and i wish was the case all of the time, but this time it was one of those moments that i hate that i can't fit into the clothes i want so i tell myself at eight in the morning i am not eating at all for the whole day and then by 1 or 2 i'm just all crazed and start raiding the cabinets shoving everything in sight right into my mouth. now i don't do this every day, but there are definitely times...

and can we just stop a minute and talk about something. when i am at home all day i will think about food, like a lot. sometimes all day. and it is hard work to not stuff my face the entire day. now this past friday i was in indy - alone by myself- for several hours and didn't think about food one time. in fact, it was like 3 pm before i ever ate anything. what the heck is going on there, someone please explain this to me?

so anyway, this is supposed to be a healthy snack. i am kind of on the fence about that statement because really? cream cheese? even low fat cream cheese is kind of if-y in my book. anyway, slather up your tortilla with cream cheese, lay out your cucumber slices, and roll it up. it is actually really good.

not good enough for my kids, apparently, but good.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012


whole grain oats, a swirl of honey, strawberries, bananas, blueberries, and walnuts - as per my health magazine, which i love love love. now, if only i could adopt a healthy habits throughout the rest of the day...maybe I could lose this last 15 pounds. :(

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Diet Food

okay, so i am on a diet. a real live freaking diet. i went and bought an actual scale and spent 50 bones on food just for me. i even cleaned out my own little drawer in the refrigerator...this is mostly because little hands will snag my goods and in one of our daily hectic moments,  i will get all crazy and stuff my face with chocolate chips. steps.

anyway, some of the things i bought included fresh arugula and spinach leaves and pre-cooked chicken. by tyson. i actually kind of love it. i've bought it a few times since mr. nash-man has been born and it is really great for quick salads, quesadillas, throw-together pizza, ect.

so i made this really good salad by accident. i tossed arugula and spinach leaves together and served the above chicken on top, sprinkled with shredded parmesan, salt and pepper, and drizzled with a salad dressing i just made up on the spot. guess what? that salad dressing rocked and my simple salad turned into an awesome salad, just. like. that.

i poured a little olive oil in my dressing shaker, smashed up a clove of garlic, squeezed lemon juice in and seasoned with salt and pepper. i mixed it all together and ate that mother up!

now, if only i can stay away from those chocolate chips...

ps. my sis-in-law, danielle, started a cake blog! she lives in st. louis and is the most talented cake decorator i know. all her cakes are amazing and taste unbelievably good. check her out...

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Honey-Sesame Salmon

i've been really in to broiling fish lately. i don't know, it is just easier than the grill, maybe? anyway,  this doesn't look nearly as good as it tasted. it's a recipe from the dinnerRevolution cookbook, that I blogged about last week. if you like salmon it's just another way to prepare it. and it really was a quick and easy meal with few ingredients. in fact, 30 minutes prior, i was kind of freaking out about what to cook for dinner and suddenly i remembered i had all the ingredients on hand, thanks to my new asian friend. bonus: the kids liked it, too!

honey-sesame salmon

salt and pepper
1/4 c. sliced green onion
1 T sesame oil (i used olive)
1/4 c. honey
1/4 c. soy sauce
1 T. rice wine vinegar (i used rice vinegar)
1 T sesame seeds
5 salmon fillets

place salmon on aluminum foil over a broiling pan and sprinkle with salt and pepper; to taste. next, whisk all the ingredients together in a bowl and pour over each salmon fillet. let marinate for 15-20 minutes. broil for 10 minutes or until fish is flaky and just a little golden around the edges.

that's it! i served with sauteed zucchini, squash, and onion...throw together in a pan, add olive oil and garlic (and just a little red pepper flakes) and saute until soft (or slightly crunchy). and also, let it be known that my kids hate this side dish, but in the summer have a lot of squash and zucchini. and this year we even have our own, so we are really making it a lot. and if you were wondering, we totally make the kids eat it anyway because we are cruel like that.

Friday, July 1, 2011

vegan family meals: real food for everyone

"uhhh. miso?" was the expression of the day. i had been to several grocery stores in search of an ingredient needed for a recipe that i had committed to making a month earlier in reviewing ann gentry's new book, vegan family meals.

i understood the confused look, i didn't know what miso was either. one grocer asked me if it was a drink. honestly, i wasn't sure. all i knew was i needed 2 tablespoons of the stuff to finish off my shopping list so i could get to work preparing the vegan version of a nicoise salad.

finally, someone told me to try an asian grocery store. after looking through several listings in the phone book, i went to the closest one (still a 40-minute drive) and walked in, not knowing what to expect.

The woman behind the counter had a pleasant smile ready when i walked in her store. in her broken english, she asked me what i was looking for.

"miso?" i said, hopeful.

"ahh. miso. over here." she stated and with a quick whip of her hair, she darted to the refrigerator and just like that pulled out the mysterious grail i had been on the hunt for.

only, as i found out later, miso isn't so mysterious afterall. it's only fermented bean paste that is hugely popular in the asian food industry and i bet a regular at any major grocery chain in a bigger city. maybe not in southwestern indiana, but in more diverse places, surely.

let's go back. in late april, i was contacted by much and house public relations to do a review for a new cookbook. i am definitely not vegan, in all the sense that the word implies, but I do like to prepare more meatless meals in a week's time than not. so, i took the challenge.

the book is filled with all kinds of recipes with ingredients I can't even pronounce, things like tahini and tempeh, which is usually a turn-off for me. but, since I had committed to it, I decided to make the best of it and see what I am missing out on.

out of several recipes to choose to duplicate, i chose the nicoise salad. a traditional nicoise has a grilled tuna steak to top it off. In ann gentry's version, she uses tofu chevre, which is essentially a "tofu cheese".


Yeah. tofu cheese. i was a little out of my league here, for sure. but, i gathered all the ingredients with the help of my newly found little asian market and started preparing the salad. and the tofu cheese.

the salad? awesome. it combines interesting flavors pulled from kalamata olives, capers, and fresh cherry tomatoes plus steamed new red potatoes and green beans all settled in between chopped butter lettuce. if you haven't tried butter lettuce, or boston lettuce as it is sometimes referred, you are missing out. the texture is different than your standard romaine. it's big thick leaves almost seem 'buttery'. and if you are a reader of my blog at all, you know i loves the butter.

the kicker, though, comes from ann's vinaigrette; a melding of minced shallot, fresh thyme, lemon juice, dijon mustard, and a big dose of ground pepper and sea salt. perfection, really, and i could only think of how many other types of salad it could be perfectly drizzled over.

but the tofu cheese? a big fat failure. even following the instructions on how to mix it properly with the garlic, miso, and olive oil, and then refrigerated, and rolled in black peppercorns and baked until warm....uhhhh, no. mine completely fell apart and was just weird. plus, it tasted like....well, probably how tofu is supposed to taste.

but that's the thing about this book. even though i didn't really enjoy the tofu part of the recipe, i loved the salad, and it's not really a salad i would have tried to make otherwise. it got me out of my comfort zone when it comes to ingredients, which i think is what a good cookbook should do. the tag line "real food for everyone" in the title is just that. real food for everyone, because if you don't prefer the freakin' tofu cheese, just leave it out and you still have a pretty rad salad. and you can say you at least attempted. plus, hello! my new favorite soup came out of this book: black-eyed pea and red pepper soup. seriously delicious. not to mention the desserts! summer blueberry crumble? definitely yes. and several smoothie recipes, too.

oh, and that asian market? while i was there i picked up several other items that i can't wait to try, which i also wouldn't have done otherwise. i mean, i didn't even know we had an asian market in our city. and the owner even got to me to consider trying the sushi she makes, right there in her store on the spot. i definitely wouldn't have done that otherwise, and i promised her i would try it next time i come back.

and if nothing else, i definitely know what miso is now.

check out celebrity chef ann gentry's blog.
Buy your copy (and read an excerpt) of vegan family meals: real food for everyone, here.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Black Bean Soup

I have been waiting weeks to make this. I don't know why it hasn't materialized other than the fact Travis thinks it sounds gross, so the one day I had time to make it he whisked us all out the door for Mexican. And I had a Chicken Fajita Taco Salad, which is just about the best food invention ever to come out of Mexico, and it trumps this soup any day of the week, so I wasn't sad.

I can assure you, though, the soup is not gross. Travis knows that, he has eaten it countless times. And it doesn't take a long time to make, either, I just have had some busy-ness going on lately and our dinners have maybe consisted of such novelties as frozen chicken pot pies and the like.

I know. But there is something about the winter that makes me buy those little .50 cent pies. And I confirmed with a friend--she buys them in the winter, too, so it is not just me.

I wanted to make the soup and post a picture, but since I haven't made it yet, and you should, here is the recipe that I received indirectly from Christy Astorga through a church compiled cookbook, so these are her directions, which I think suit the soup just fine:

1 T. olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
1 medium stalk celery, chopped
2 medium carrots, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 T. chili powder
1 T. ground cumin
1/4 t. pepper
3 14 oz. cans of chicken broth
4 15 oz. cans of black beans, drained and rinsed
1 15 oz. can of corn, drained
1 16 oz. jar of mild salsa

Saute onion, carrots, and garlic in oil for 5 minutes. Add chili powder, cumin, and pepper -  cook 1 minute more. Stir in broth, 2 cans of black beans, and the corn. Heat to boil. Put other 2 cans of black beans and salsa in a food processor or blender until smooth and then add rest of ingredients. Simmer 15 minutes. Serves 6.

Back to me. I like a chunkier soup so I don't process my salsa and black beans completely smooth and I always add a little kick - cayenne or crushed red pepper to the veggies as they are saute-ing. As for garnish, we top our soup with tortilla chips, shredded cheese, and sour cream. Oh, and you can sub the chicken broth for vegetable broth if vegetarianism is your thing. It's good either way.


I will be gone for an undisclosed amount of time. My Christmas present came a little early and I will be moving all my earthly belongings into our new house starting tonight. Let's see...this makes move number 13 in 8 years. But, this move is permanent since it seems we are signing pretty much everything but the kitchen sink (and maybe that, too) in the bazillion forms that are necessary, so I am calling move number 13 the *lucky move number 13. I was born on the 13th after all, on a Friday no less. (That last one might not be true).

And if you want to know something that is even WEIRDer, we moved from Brown County back to Evansville exactly one year to the day: Decemeber 18. It's a pretty rad story full of modern-day miracles and amazing blessings if you ask me. I will write it for you sometime because stories like that should be shared, right?

So the next time I write on this little pet blog of mine, I will be sitting next to a roaring fire in OUR fireplace looking out OUR window into OUR backyard contemplating the Spring and what we are going to plant in OUR already dedicated raised beds, among other some such things that go along with owning a home.

Merry CHRISTmas!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Red Beans and Rice

Why yes. That is a huge butt in the background. Classy.

I didn't grow up on beans. My mom fixed beans maybe a couple times of year, you know the white ones with ham and cornbread. Delish. But, I didn't have them all the time. A wasted childhood.

I know I've said this before, but I really love beans. We eat them a lot around here because they are healthy, cheap, and easy. Did I mention cheap? And healthy? and easy? It's a win-win.

One of my besties introduced me to red beans and rice a few years ago, and I am supposing this was a regular for her family because she is a Southern Girl. And from my time living in the South--Southern Girls know how to eat. (and by that I do not mean she is obese, she is just no stranger to cabbage, beans, okra, bacon, ect. pretty much everything that is smiled on by God.)

My first introduction to red beans and rice actually came to me in a song lyric. "Baby Got Back" by Sir Mix Alot. (...and if you are any one of my friends from high school, I know you are dying right now. Maybe from embarrassment...have you watched our prom video lately?)

"Red beans and rice didn't miss got back" (L.A. face with an Oakland Booty).

So maybe my first inclination was that I was not going to eat red beans and rice because heavy people eat red beans and rice and I don't want to get heavy. I know that is shallow, but come on, I was 16.

And I was so wrong...because red beans and rice is seriously like the best food on the planet. Manna from heaven....wrong kind of analogy, but it is good either way. My middle child even asked for it for his birthday dinner one year and he had the choice OF ANYTHING.

So, you be the judge. And google the video to 'Baby Got Back' while your at it.

1 lb. dried dark red beans
1 lb. smoked sausage links
1 onion, chopped
1-2 cloves of garlic, minced
salt and pepper
white rice

Put all ingredients in crock pot (except the rice) and put in enough water to cover the beans. You have to watch them though and maybe add a couple cups of water half-way through. Cover crock pot, turn on high and let cook for 6-8 hours.

When ready to eat, just boil white rice. Serve beans and sausage over white rice. You can add a green vegetable if you wish, but it really is enough by itself. Sometimes, if I am feeling all domestic-y I will make home-made skillet cornbread, but usually I just stick with Jiffy.

Also, you should 2 year old destroyed a library book yesterday. Destroyed it beyond repair and I was left once again wondering what was going on in that little two-year-old head of his. Just exactly what was he thinking? If anyone can actually answer that, we need to talk. Luckily, is hooking me up with a new copy for $1.96. Now I just have to convince the library ladies, who I am pretty sure are supporters of Travis, that my family does not consist of heathens. Think they'll believe me? And do you think they'll still vote for Travis if they don't?

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Slowcooker Sausage and Bean Soup

Isn't this scene beautiful?! I so wish I were there.

So I have this cookbook that I bought last year called, "Family Feasts for $75 a Week" by Mary Ostyn. I've only used a few of the recipes, but they are pretty decent. And she gives lots of money saving tips, which is awesome.

I tried a recipe tonight that I have been eyeing for some time. It turned out good. A really comfortable soup for a chilly day. (or a busy day!)

1 lb. dried white beans
14 oz. can crushed tomatoes or 2 c. fresh cut tomatoes (I used fresh)
1 T. salt
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 T. dried sage
2 T. olive oil
1 lb. smoked sausage links, cut into discs
8 c. water

Put all ingredients into crock pot and stir well, mixing everything up. Turn on HIGH and leave alone for 6-8 hours.

That's all!

Next time I think I will add some spinach leaves and serve with cornbread.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

We interrupt this [not so] regularly scheduled food blog... talk about something that has been on my mind today.

First, any other moms out there feeling like everybody needs something from you ALL THE TIME?  Sometimes at the end of the day, I feel like there is nothing left. Seriously, kids are draining.
(I know, have another! Feeling uneasy about this now.)
Second, my second born was a total monster today. I canceled soccer practice for him because he was so bad. And by bad, I mean he was throwing food on the floor at dinner and refused to pick it up until I physically made him all the while he was laughing hysterically...until I popped him on the bottom. That is just one example, it would take days to list on the shenanigans he was up to today.

Third, in the midst of playing my metaphorical violin, my third born brings me one of my favorite pairs of shoes that someone (and I am suspecting number 2) broke. Ripped the strap right off of one side. And of course no one is talking.

So everybody had to go to bed at 5:56 p.m. I am going to finish the kitchen, finish the laundry, pick up all the crap that is strewn about, and eat a giant bowl of plain salted popcorn all by myself.

Heaven, help.

In the meantime, I added this to my recipes list. Looks perfect for fall!

Monday, August 23, 2010

A Suggestion: Sausage and Cabbage

This could easily be my most favorite meal. It is simple, it is delicious, and it is healthy. And it's a suggestion because it's kind of self-explanation instead of an actual recipe. I usually pair it with black-eyed peas and cornbread and I won't lie: my kids hate it.

Good thing I am one of those parents who make them eat it anyway. I don't make it very often because of this small inconvenience. And they've come around from crying to actually kind-of sort-of eating it so....I win.

Head of cabbage, chopped
Smoked sausage, cut into 1/2 in. chunks
Salt & Pepper

Set your stove on medium-high heat. Place the sausage into a deep pot (with a lid!) and put cabbage in on top. Place lid on and let cook for a few minutes. Use a fork or spatula and "toss" the cabbage and sausage, so the sausage doesn't burn on the bottom. Do this a few times, until cabbage is completely soft. Generously season with salt and pepper and you've got yourself a meal. Hopefully your kids like it more than mine!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Squash and Corn Chowder

A good way to use squash. That was what I was looking for when I came across the recipe in Cooking Light. We had more than we could eat and I really hate it when perfectly good produce goes bad because we didn't have time to eat all of it.

So I planned to make this and invited my in-laws over. My sister-in-law and her husband opted out. Can you guess why? Well, they said it was because they had to visit his parents, but I am guessing it was because I said I was serving Squash and Corn Chowder.

But, they missed out because this Chowder was really good. Really. And if you find yourself with an over-abundance of squash (or not), you should make this, too. I served it with homemade Bruschetta. A perfect combination.

Here's the recipe from Cooking Light.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Seriously Awesome Bruschetta with a Side of Surprise

I got this recipe from Cooking Light. Ever read it? It is the best...but since my last day of work is today, I won't be able to snag them from the gym anymore. A subscription is in the works.

1 baguette
2-3 large tomatoes (garden tomatoes are the best!)
6 t. good quality olive oil
4 t. balsamic vinegar
salt & pepper
raw garlic cloves

Cut the baguette into thin slices and place in oven at 425 until toasted (about 8-10 minutes). Meanwhile, dice your tomatoes and place in bowl. Add oil and vinegar and toss well. The original recipe called for 2 T. chopped fresh basil, but I used dried. Just a few's hard to measure seasonings exactly. Salt and pepper, and stir to meld all the flavor together. Cover bowl and set in fridge. Once the baguette toasts have slightly cooled, rub your raw garlic clove over the top of one side.

When you are ready to serve, spoon tomato mixture on to the garlic side of the toast.Seriously awesome. My guests even thought it was fancy.  Yum!

As for the surprise...check out this fantastical cloud I saw hovering directly over the West side Wal-Mart.

It was so striking that I thought of the Second Coming, which is just...weird. But if Christ was going to return to Earth on a cloud, it would have look like that one.

I came out 30 minutes later and it had turned a most spectacular shade of pink.

But, then I quickly squashed the idea of Christ returning on this cloud...I mean, it was over Wal-Mart. (joke. joke. it was a joke...Christ loves the people from Wal-Mart, too...)

And just because it is fun, I will share this picture (even though I look hefty and hot).

We blew up 250 balloons at the Posey County Fair to hand out to children so their parents would read CLOWERS for PROSECUTOR and want to vote for Travis.

I hope it worked. Those balloons took FOREVER to blow up. It was a lot of fun though, as we looked out across the arena during the Demolition Derby, the first thing we could see were red and blue balloons bopping around. The kids loved it.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Summer Lovin': Zucchini Squash Pasta Toss

It's nearly August. People who have gardens are surely seeing their harvest's bounty by now.

We haven't been so lucky in the garden department. Last year, it was too shady. This year, we moved June 1st. I wanted to at least do a window pane herb garden, but I was consumed with spur-of-the-moment moving/campaigning details. You know.

But, we are lucky enough to have family members that have big beautiful gardens that like to share....and hopefully they will share their gardening tips when we finally buy our own house.

So we've had an abundance of asparagus, blackberries, sweet corn, squash, cucumbers, zucchini, and now...tomatoes!

But, I have to admit...when you've eaten squash 3 days in a gets a little boring. And don't even ask what my boys have to say about it.

All this week I am going to feature recipes that include fresh garden vegetables. First up...

Zucchini Squash Pasta Toss

1 pound squash, chopped
1 pound zucchini, chopped
1 onion, chopped
fresh garlic, minced
16 oz. whole-wheat pasta (I used spaghetti)
freshly shredded Parmesan
olive oil
fresh ground pepper and salt

Add oil to a saute pan and throw in the garlic. Saute for just a minute then add the squash, zucchini, and onion. Saute vegetables until tender. Meanwhile, boil pasta until done. Place in large bowl. When the vegetables are done, pour into bowl with pasta (including any the juice!) and toss well with tongs so that the vegetables are evenly distributed throughout the pasta. Top with freshly ground black pepper and salt. Put desired amount into individual bowls or plates and top with chopped tomato, parsley, and shredded parm. This is fabulous with garlic bread! Yum Yum!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

A Sick One In The House.

Oh me. It never fails...if we've got big plans, something is going to happen. Right? Last week was the Posey County Fair, a hot spot for candidates, including Travis Clowers for Posey County Prosecutor. :)

Travis planned to be at the fair every night. For the most part, I had planned for the kids and myself to be by his side.

On Monday afternoon, the first day of the fair, Bryce comes meandering in to my lap. I picked him up and felt the heat. You know you are a mother when no thermometer is needed to check for a fever. But, we checked anyway and it came in at 101.4.

So Travis went to the fair solo and met with his many supporters. I stayed home and played nurse to  a kid who bounced off the walls and wowed a 3-person audience (that would be me, Trison, and Jackson) with some sweet dance moves. If I didn't know otherwise, this kid was not sick.

Until dusk. As soon as the sun went down Bryce's fever shot up to 104.2. I, the mother who stays calm in all situations, began to worry. I doubled up on the meds and got him in a cool bath. The fever came down and he rocketed out of bed in the morning like usual.

It was over. Not another symptom showed itself. I called it a fluke and went on about the week like normal. Went to the fair and geared up to send the kids to Mamaw's for the weekend so Travis and I could hit the campaign trail hard. (Plus, I really wanted some fair food that I didn't have to share. Know what I mean?!)

Friday came and as much as I tried and wanted to deny it: Jackson was sick. We went through the motions with ibuprofen and cool wash cloths, and saint of a mother still offered to take the boys. She called the next day to say that Jackson had a rough night, but was mysteriously better, and Triston was being awfully quiet and wouldn't eat any cake at Great-Grandma Wilson's.

Strike number 3.

So we skipped church Sunday morning and picked up our little sickies first thing. We came home and somehow among all the crying, whining, and fits, managed to make some kickin' chicken noodle soup. Actually, Travis made it. It's kind of his specialty.

But the next day: All was better. We're calling it the 12-hour mystery virus. And if you find yourself or your kid with the same thing, make this:

Chicken Noodle Soup

2-3 chicken breasts
1-2 cartons of chicken broth
1 c. carrots, chopped
1 c. celery, chopped
1 c. onion, chopped
1/2 can of peas, drained
egg noodles
salt & pepper
red pepper flakes

Boil the chicken in enough water to cover and one to two cartons of broth.  When the chicken is done, cut into tiny pieces and set aside. While the broth is still at a rolling boil, add the vegetables, and seasonings. Place lid on pot and let boil until vegetables are tender, about 20 minutes. Add egg noodles and let boil until just done, 5-10 minutes. Add the chicken back in the pot and let simmer for as long as you'd like. Enjoy...and get better soon!

Chicken Noodle Soup on Foodista

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Summer Lovin: Pear Gorgonzola Salad With a Balsamic Vinegarette.

Let me tell you a story. This morning, I woke up (after only 3 hours of sleep that I sacrificed in the name of Edward Cullen...Eclipse premiere at midnight...which was amazing, in case you wanted to know) I was exhausted, but, as you know, your kids never care for this detail. And when you choose to watch a movie such as Twilight at the crazy fan midnight showing, neither does your husband. I digress.

So I woke up. I put a cartoon on for Bryce and let Triston and Jackson play a PBSKids game on the computer. Curious George, their favorite. I started to do my normal mom-routine - picking up from the night before, opening all the blinds, making beds, holding my skin up on my face in their mirror trying to conceal the bags under my eyes, ect. I made breakfast for the boys and called for them to come eat it at the table. At this point, 45 minutes had passed since the time we woke up, maybe 20 since I had checked on the kids. Triston  and Jackson came running to the table when I called, but Bryce was not trailing them, like usual.

"Bryce"? I called. No answer. I went into the living room, no Bryce. I checked in my room, the bathrooms - no Bryce. I immediately checked all the doors, they were all locked. I ran down to the basement,  no Bryce. I started calling for him more urgently, looking under beds and in closets. Triston and Jackson started to worry and joined me. I ran outside, even though there was absolutely no way he could have gotten out, and I ran to the pond. It was still. I ran back inside around the house screaming his name at this point. NO BRYCE.

This kid was no where to be found. He wasn't anywhere.Triston stopped me in my tracks and told me we needed to pray, so we did. In my panicked state, I grabbed the phone and dialed 9-1-1. I told the operator that my 2-year-old was missing, that I couldn't find him anywhere. She took my name and address as I walked back into the living room, my eyes darting in every corner.

I scanned across the room and stopped. I looked back to a recliner that sits caddy corner agaist a wall. There is thismuch space between the side of the chair and the wall. And I saw a tuft of hair sticking up over the left arm. I ripped the chair away from the wall and there he was. WITH A WHOLE TRAY OF ICE CUBES THAT HE SNAGGED OUT OF THE FREEZER, happily sucking and munching on them, away.

"I found him!" I shouted at the operator. I gave my apologies and appreciation and got off the phone. I kneeled down and asked Bryce, "Did you know we were looking for you?"

"MMM-Hmmm," he sang out. "Me eating ice cubes!" What could I do? I was so relieved, I just let him finish off the tray. And then I promptly said a prayer of thanks.
 The End.

Now, if that didn't give you heartburn....try this salad. I liked it when I made it. I did, but I didn't think I loved it. However, I have thought about this salad every single day, since. That sounds like love to me, don't you think? It's really very good.

Pear Gongorzola Salad.

2 Hearts of Romaine, washed and chopped
Handful of fresh Spinach, washed and torn
4 ripe pears, skinned, cored, and chopped
almond slices or slivers
Gorgonzola Cheese (I think Bleu or Feta would work just fine)

Toast the almonds in butter over medium heat until browned. Set aside. Place romaine, spinach, and pears in large bowl, tossing until combined. Sprinkle toasted almonds and Gorgonzola over top and combine. Make this Balsamic Vinegarette from Emeril. It's simple and sassy. I decreased the oil to 1/2 cup and I didn't add the sugar. Just pour over salad and toss to coat.
 And don't loose your kids in the house and call 9-1-1, like me.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Super Easy Best Ever Black Bean Chili.

This is just about the most delicious thing I have ever put in my mouth. It is an adaptation of a recipe that I copied off a food blog that is no more. I know it is good, and not just me who thinks this, for two reasons. 1) I brought it to work with me one day and I had to write the recipe out THREE times because everyone thought it smelled so good and then they went home and made it and TOLD me how good it is and how awesome I am. 2) The kids eat every last drop in their bowl and ask for seconds.

1 28 oz. can diced tomatoes
2 cans of black beans
1 onion, chopped
chili powder
1 can of corn
salt & pep
olive oil

Sautee the chopped onion in a little oil over medium-high heat in a stock pot. Add a little garlic, salt and pepper, cumin, and chili powder. Cook till soft. Here's the thing. I don't measure my seasoning. I add a little here and there until it tastes good. I will say, though, cumin can be too strong if you add too much, so I would start out slow. We like spice, so we add a lot of chili powder, but add however much of these seasonings that will suit you or your family.


Add the tomatoes, black beans, and corn. Add a little water if you need too or add another can of tomatoes. Or even another can of corn. There are no rules here!  Let simmer for as long as you'd like then spoon this bad boy into a bowl and eat it up.

We top it off with a piece of Jiffy Cornbread (Gasp!) and sour cream. Or sometimes I use tortilla chips.


Wednesday, July 22, 2009

My Favorite Breakfast

Steel-Cut Oats, Honey, Banana, Cinnamon, Crumbled Raw Pecan

Love it!

Homemade Tomato Soup

I made this on a whim. It turned out really good.

Canned tomatoes (I used canned garden tomatoes, about 28 oz.)
1 can of chicken broth (you could use vegetable broth also)
cayenne pepper
olive oil

*I guess-timate a lot. Use your own discretion when measuring. Also, make sure you add enough sugar to counter-act the acidity of the tomatoes!

Saute a little garlic and onion in olive oil until tender. In a blender, combine tomatoes, broth, sauteed garlic and onion, and rest of ingredients. Puree until smooth and pour into pot. Bring to a rolling boil and serve with grilled cheese. I added a dollop of sour cream to top the soup.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Lentil Casserole

I love love love this. It was so stinkin' good. I can't wait to make it again! I found the recipe from here--but I doubled the recipe. If I could cook meatless meal this good all the time, I would be a vegetarian for sure.

1 c. lentils

1 c. long grain rice

28 oz. can of diced tomatoes, undrained

3 c. chicken broth or water

2-3 garlic cloves, minced

1 tsp. oregano

1 tsp. basil

1 tsp. salt (although I had to add more)

pepper to taste

shredded cheddar

Mix all ingredients together in a 9 x 13 baking dish. Cover and bake at 350 for 45-55 minutes. Pull out of oven and top with cheese. Place back into oven until cheese fully melts. Although this recipe is awesome, it's not as filling as I thought it would be. Next time I will make a few sides to go along with it. A green salad and homemade whole wheat bread sounds good.

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