Food

Our Updated Pantry + How I Store Our Bulk Food

posted by Andrea | 05/23/2019 | 19 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 | 8 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 | 20 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! 

Loaded Kale Salad… One We Actually Want to Eat!

posted by Andrea | 04/10/2019 | 30 comments

For a long time, Dave and I could NOT get excited about eating kale — no matter how I cooked or prepared it. Then about a year ago, I finally figured out a way to eat AND enjoy kale… all thanks to this delicious “Loaded Kale Salad” (as I call it!)

If you want to like kale but haven’t found a favorite recipe, give this delicious salad a try!

Monster Cookies

posted by Andrea | 04/4/2019 | 30 comments

Our family loves almost any type of cookie, but Monster Cookies are our all-time favorites — probably because they combine all our favorite things into one cookie (chocolate chips, M&M’s, peanut butter, and oatmeal!)

This recipe makes 12 dozen LARGE cookies — it’s a biggie, one might even say it’s a “monstrous batch” of cookies! 🙂

Hearty Whole Grain Oat Pancakes

posted by Andrea | 03/27/2019 | 19 comments

Pancakes were the very first food I made Dave, the morning after our wedding — they have been a favorite food of ours ever since.

I’ve “healthified” my pancake recipes quite a bit over the last several years; most recently with the addition of freshly ground grains! Today, I’m sharing our family’s top favorite — whole grain oat pancakes (and no, you don’t need to grind your own grain to make them!) 

Homemade BBQ sauce

posted by Andrea | 03/20/2019 | 11 comments

Although West Michigan is still fairly cold, I thought a recipe for homemade BBQ sauce would be the perfect way to kick off spring here on the blog! 

The recipe is SO simple and extremely tasty — you might never buy store bought BBQ sauce again!

Cookie Crumb Truffles (my favorite way to use up stale baked goods)

posted by Andrea | 03/13/2019 | 10 comments

During my eat-from-the-pantry challenge last year, I used up various qualities of stale cookies, crackers, pretzels, cereals, bars, and brownies no one apparently wanted to eat anymore.

Miraculously, after mixing these stale crumbs with cream cheese and dipping them in chocolate, they were everyone’s new favorite treat! I’m sharing the simple “recipe” in today’s post!

Overnight French Toast Casserole

posted by Andrea | 03/6/2019 | 19 comments

My year-long bread-baking journey has had a rocky start so far — resulting in lots of stale, hard, dense, bread. However, I will not waste those ingredients (or my time). Instead, I make lots of yummy whole grain french toast casseroles!

If you’re looking for a great way to use up stale bread, buns, or rolls, try this recipe!! 

Beef and Barley Stew With a Kick!

posted by Andrea | 02/27/2019 | 7 comments

Beef and Barley is such a classic soup recipe, I’m surprised I haven’t shared it on my blog before.

It’s one of our favorite soups/stews — perfect for cold weather (especially with the extra “heat” from the spices!)

Sweet Potato Black Bean Tacos

posted by Andrea | 02/19/2019 | 12 comments

Today’s recipe for Sweet Potato Black Bean Tacos is one of those yummy meals that tastes just as good for leftovers as it does fresh-from-the-oven, which is probably why I make it at least once or twice a month!

It is a vegetarian dish — but you could easily add cooked ground beef or cooked shredded chicken if you want some meat. However, with the black beans and mushrooms (and cheese), our family doesn’t even miss the meat.

Cheesy Sausage and Quinoa Balls

posted by Andrea | 02/14/2019 | 18 comments

In an attempt to use up some leftover cooked quinoa we had in the fridge, I combined ground sausage and the cooked quinoa together… and added a little cheese (because who doesn’t love cheese!) 

The results were FANTASTIC!