Freeze It Fresh : Thai Salmon Chowder with Swiss Chard

Thai Salmon Chowder

One of our local grocers about this time of year brings in a load of fresh wild caught salmon at a ridiculously reasonable price.  We stock up our freezer with filets and make a big batch of this soup for the long winter ahead.   This recipe makes about 8 quarts of delicious creamy chowder, all gluten and dairy free.  I pack … Read More

Freeze It Fresh : Barley Red Lentil Soup with Kale

Barley Red Lentil Soup with Kale

Here is another healthy make ahead freezer meal in a bowl from our garden! This Barley Red Lentil Soup with Kale recipe makes 8 generous quarts of hearty soup at very little cost with great nutritional benefits. If you don’t have a garden you can purchase fresh veggies at your local Farmers Market. Making the most of what’s grown locally … Read More

Better Breakfasts : Garden Veggie Breakfast Burrito

Garden Veggie Breakfast Burrito

Friday is the one weekday I don’t rush out the door to work. I get to linger over my morning coffee. I get to spend more time in restful reflection. I get to play with our flowers and in the garden. This time is a perfect antidote after a busy week. It’s even better if I make it to SpokaneBarre … Read More

Freeze it Fresh : Savory “Whitewater” Veggie Burger

Savory "Whitewater" Veggie Burger

One of the benefits of living in the northwest very close to the Canadian border is that we get to take advantage of the variety of ski resorts within a 2 – 3 hour drive of our home, state-side and Canada side.  We have great ski vacation memories with family and friends, many of those involving food.  Are you not … Read More

26 meals in a day

26 meals

Last Sunday my daughter and I made 26 meals for the freezer.  A young mom of 2 and working part-time, she wanted to be better prepared for dinnertime. I’m always game for that, so we joined forces, rolled up our sleeves and got to work. What did we make?  Two tried and true recipes and 2 new recipes.  We prepared both previously posted recipes, Garden Vegetable Lasagne  using … Read More

Make Ahead Easy Kale and Sausage Souffle: Gluten and Dairy Free

Easy Kale and Sausage Souffle

In light of the most recent tragedy our country has suffered, I hesitate to post something as trivial as a recipe. I think how unfair when many are deeply suffering, that life goes on for others. Words fail me. I, like many of you, are deeply grieved for those who have lost their precious loved ones, young and old. With … Read More

Freeze It Fresh : Homemade Pumpkin / Buttercup Squash Puree

Pumpkin / Buttercup Squash Puree

Naturally sweet, affordable, healthy and convenient….homemade pumpkin puree is a treat to have on hand throughout the fall and winter.  It has much better flavor than the store-bought variety and you don’t have to deal with the can.  If you haven’t grown your own (we have plenty to share BTW), you can find some from your local farmers markets for the freshest … Read More

Breakfast Brown Rice Pudding 2.0

Breakfast Brown Rice Pudding

Cooler temperatures in the early morning hours call for warmer breakfasts. Here’s a make ahead breakfast that everyone will love and it sends the kids out the door with warm bellies and plenty of protein to carry them through to lunch time. It’s an updated version of the first Breakfast Brown Rice Pudding I posted on 09/30/2011. I assembled this … Read More

Freeze It Fresh : Garden Vegetable Lasagna

Garden Vegetable Lasagna

We’re trying some new ways to preserve the harvest this year. Our preference is to preserve as much nutritional value in our vegetables as possible. Garden greens are going into freezer main dishes and freezer soups. We’ve done some pickling and are also drying a mix of greens with onions, green peppers, celery tops and parsley, and pulsing them in the food processor … Read More

Freeze It Fresh: Polenta, Sausage and White Bean Bake

Polenta, Sausage and White Bean Bake

I am giddy with excitement over this new/reinvented, make ahead freezer meal! It’s all you’d want in a make ahead meal…comfort food status without the cheesy calories. It’s full of flavor and quick to assemble. Erin and I are putting our heads together to create several healthy make ahead meals for 2 households. She shared this white bean recipe with … Read More