Food

How To Quickly Slice a Watermelon

posted by Andrea | 07/9/2019 | 19 comments

Today I’m sharing a new-to-me, SUPER simple, extremely quick way to slice up a watermelon… and it’s so much easier for my kids to eat!

Tell me I’m not the only one who had never thought to cut a watermelon this way before!?!?

Kids in the Kitchen: Homemade Ice Cream in 5 Minutes!

posted by Andrea | 06/26/2019 | 12 comments

Want to do something REALLY fun and SUPER simple with your kids or grandkids this summer? Make homemade ice cream! 

It only takes a few minutes (plus freeze time), it requires no special equipment, and our kids say it tastes like Culver’s Custard — which is a HUUUUGE compliment! 

5 Tips to Make the Most of Your Freezer Space

posted by Andrea | 06/20/2019 | 10 comments

When it comes to feeding my family, I consider my freezer to be as valuable as my oven since at least some part of almost every single meal we eat comes from the freezer!

No matter what size freezer you have, there are definitely ways you can maximize and make the most of your freezer space. I’m sharing 5 tips in today’s post!

Homemade Slow Cooker Refried Beans

posted by Andrea | 06/19/2019 | 25 comments

Although I was originally intimidated by the seemingly long process of soaking, draining, rinsing, and slow cooking dried beans, I quickly realized it only requires a few minutes of hands-on work for a HUGE amount of homemade refried beans!

In my opinion, they taste significantly better than canned beans, and they freeze really well!

My 100% Whole Grain Dough Recipe + Printable!

posted by Andrea | 06/14/2019 | 35 comments

After months of experimenting, tweaking, testing, baking, and eating SO MUCH whole grain bread, I’m FINALLY ready to share my recipe on the blog!

I’ve successfully made this exact recipe week after week for several months now… and my family gives it 2 thumbs up! I’ve also created a FREE printable recipe (with or without photos) that you may save, download, or print — consider it my birthday gift to you!!!

Southwest Spaghetti Squash Casserole

posted by Andrea | 06/11/2019 | 11 comments

Today’s recipe for Southwest Spaghetti Squash Casserole is one of our favorites. Since I almost always have a container of roasted, shredded spaghetti squash in the fridge, and several containers of cooked black beans and meats in the freezer, it only takes me a few minutes to have this casserole ready for the oven.

It’s perfect for busy afternoons and evenings because it doesn’t require any side dishes — just some chips, salsa, and guacamole! 

Delicious (Make-Ahead) Layered Lettuce Salad

posted by Andrea | 06/5/2019 | 30 comments

Today I’m sharing the revamped (and healthified) recipe for our family’s Favorite Make-Ahead Layered Lettuce Salad (yes, our kids will actually eat small amounts of this salad!)

Not only can this salad be made ahead and enjoyed for days (without getting soggy), it can also be made from pretty much any salad-type ingredients you have in the house — oh, and it tastes amazing too!

Our Favorite Easy At-Home Lunches

posted by Andrea | 05/30/2019 | 33 comments

Since summer is just around the corner (YAY!) and kids will be home for lunches again, I thought it might be good timing to share some of our favorite EASY at-home lunches.

Our lunch options are much more limited than our dinner options, but we still have enough variety ready to go each day that we don’t get bored or feel like we’re eating the same things day after day.

10 Of Our Recent Meals From the Freezer

posted by Andrea | 05/28/2019 | 10 comments

I recently shared some of our freezer meals creations on Facebook, and many of you asked me to share a list of the meals we were ACTUALLY eating (with links to the recipes). So that’s what I’m doing today! 

These 10 meals are all ones I’ve made for our family in the last 2 weeks, pulling most (if not all) of the ingredients directly from our freezer for fairly quick and easy week night meals — perfect for this busy time of year! 

Our Updated Pantry + How I Store Our Bulk Food

posted by Andrea | 05/23/2019 | 21 comments

Over the past 18 months, my cooking style has drastically changed and as a result, we’re buying most of our pantry staples in bulk.

I feel like I finally have a really good storage solution for all our bulk pantry staples — which is what I’m sharing today, complete with my first-ever chalkboard label project!

Rhubarb Crisp

posted by Andrea | 05/21/2019 | 12 comments

Looking for a new rhubarb recipe?

The tart, tangy rhubarb and sweet crunchy (whole grain) topping in my Rhubarb Crisp pair perfectly with creamy vanilla ice cream as the ultimate springtime dessert! 

My Favorite Canning Supplies

posted by Andrea | 05/13/2019 | 11 comments

As our children get older, as our vegetable garden gets larger, and as I have more “free time” for activities I enjoy, I hope to increase the types and quantities of food I preserve each year. 

And since we’re entering the time of year when canning and preserving are becoming hot topics of conversation again, I thought it might be perfect timing to share some of MY favorite canning resources (the ones I’ve used year after year for as long as I can remember). 

15 Non-Yeast Bread Ways We Eat Whole Grains Every Day

posted by Andrea | 05/9/2019 | 11 comments

When it comes to eating whole grains, the first thing almost anyone (myself included) thinks of is… yeast breads! However, yeast breads are often fairly time-consuming for the average home cook with 832 other things to do each day. 

If you aren’t big on the idea of baking your own breads but still desire to incorporate more whole grains in your diet each day, you will LOVE my list of 15 non-yeast bread ways our family eats whole grains EVERY day!

How I Store and Reheat Roasted Vegetables

posted by Andrea | 05/7/2019 | 29 comments

If you love the idea of serving roasted veggies with your meals throughout the week but don’t have the time to roast them every weeknight, I would highly suggest roasting large quantities at a time and reheating them throughout the week. 

This system has worked well for our family over the past 2 years… I have a feeling it will work well for many of you too! 

Chipotle Pulled Pork Enchiladas

posted by Andrea | 05/2/2019 | 10 comments

If you’re looking for a fantastic make ahead freezer meal to add to your weekly meal plans, give these Chipotle Pulled Pork Enchiladas a try. 

I make several dozen at a time and freeze the rest for a quick week-night meal that EVERYONE in our family enjoys!

How to Substitute Whole Grain Flour in Almost Any Recipe

posted by Andrea | 04/25/2019 | 11 comments

For the last 5+ months, I’ve been cooking, baking, and eating whole grains every single day. 

I won’t bore you with too many details… but I WILL share a super simple way to substitute whole grain flour for all purpose in almost any of your favorite recipes — giving you more fiber and more nutrients with very little hassle or extra effort on your part! 

5 Ways We Help Our Kids Try (and like) New Foods

posted by Andrea | 04/23/2019 | 27 comments

I would NOT say our kids are super adventurous eaters, but I wouldn’t say they are overly picky either. Of course, there are times when we do “force” our children to try something… but there are many other times when we are so impressed by their food choices… it seems our hard work is actually paying off!

If you’re struggling to get your children to try (and like) new foods, here are 5 relatively simple (yet effective) tips that have worked for us over the years.

Whole Grain Banana Bread

posted by Andrea | 04/17/2019 | 22 comments

As I’ve been integrating more whole grains into our daily diet, I’ve started the process of “making over” MANY of my favorite recipes. 

This banana bread recipe was the very first quick bread / muffin recipe I made over — and after pulling several successful loaves of 100% whole grain banana bread from my oven these past few months, I believe I’m FINALLY ready to share my recipe on the blog!