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Learn the health and taste benefits of using a variety of oils.
Growing up, oil meant my Mom's basic vegetable oil she used for everything. Nowadays we are lucky to have the options of so many healthy oils to use for cooking and dipping - and even for our skin and hair. But with so many choices it's hard to know what to buy. It helps to know the benefits and uses of each type. Having a variety on hand is a great idea, since some are best on salads and others for high heat cooking. Below we'll explore nine of the most popular oils. Olive Oil - The Queen ... Continue Reading
Recipe for salmon, topped with spinach and feta for an extra burst of flavor.
We love to eat fish and I am always creating new fish dishes at home. I cook with salmon frequently and have a kitchen full of baked salmon recipes. Once I find a recipe that I like, I take note of the flavor combinations. I have always been a fan of salmon served with wilted spinach leaves topped with feta, and recently I made a topping out of salad. To my surprise it turned out nicely and was a big hit. So if you are in the mood for some salmon, give this recipe a shot. Spinach-Feta Topped ... Continue Reading
Opt for a staycation this year, spending your week at home with your family.
With Spring Break taking over March and April, many people are planning their destination of choice - opting for snow or sun or somewhere inbetween. But many families are talking about staying right at home, relaxing via a staycation instead. A few years ago I incorporated the staycation into a learning experience with my children. We expanded it over a summer, but you can easily tailor it down to a week for spring break. Get a Mental Picture The idea of a staycation is to explore a ... Continue Reading
Try this beef and broccoli recipe for a nutritious family dinner.
It's another of our Fake Out Take Out recipes. Piggy-backing off the Orange Chicken dish, this Beef and Broccoli stir fry is a staple at our house. All three of my kids love it for dinner and they often eat more broccoli than beef. Which is great, because broccoli is high in vitamin C, as well as dietary fiber. It also contains multiple nutrients with potent anti-cancer properties. This is another meal that takes less than 45 minutes to prepare and cook. Try it as a way to incorporate ... Continue Reading
Learn how you can substitute foods to trim down your favorite recipes.
I grew up in Tennessee, and as such, reveled in the traditional Southern diet – rich, delectable, and not always so healthy. After years of enjoying foods bathed in butter and cream, I couldn’t imagine a diet outside these confines. The prevailing thought was that food couldn’t possibly taste good if fat and sugar weren’t involved. It wasn’t until I adventured beyond these “necessary” ingredients that I discovered a whole new world of wonderful flavors – and ironically, ones ... Continue Reading
This red salmon is one of our new favorites – it’s simple, beautiful, and absolutely delicious.
I've been focused on trying to come up with new and exciting meals for my family. With the food prices going up, I have had to be creative with my recipes, while at the same time providing healthy, real (not processed) meals. This red salmon is one of our new favorites - it's simple, beautiful, and absolutely delicious. Ingredients: 1 can of Red Salmon (wild caught) 2 cups organic basmati rice 2 pounds of organic carrots 1 lemon 2 cloves of fresh garlic. (fresh garlic is so ... Continue Reading
Use batch cooking to save time and money in preparing recipes for your family.
Batch cooking is a great way to spend a little extra time to save a lot of time and money later. Once the food is prepared, all you need to do is prepare and serve later. And even better, there's less clean up. Here are a few batch cooking recipes I love to whip up: Pancakes I have never been that great at making pancakes. For some reason they never cooked inside but they were always brown on the outside - until I found this recipe. This recipes makes a ton of pancakes. Once they are cooled, I ... Continue Reading
Some ideas for recipes to make for your loved one this Valentine’s Day.
Valentine's Day is one of the busiest days of the year to eat out and rightfully so. However, this can make for a not-so-romantic dinner if you are packed in a crowded restaurant getting bumped by the waiter or feel like you are sharing a table with strangers. Why not try something different this year? Make a romantic meal for your loved one and fill it with LOVE. You do not have to be a Julia Child or Betty Crocker to make a delicious meal from the heart. It just takes a little planning and ... Continue Reading