Whole Bowl Knockoff : The Winter Lunchbox

Whole Bowl Knockoff

Eating healthier seems to be on everyone’s New Year’s resolution list.  That could be a challenge especially if you’re in the habit of brown bagging and you have a gluten and dairy intolerance.  There are great lunch options beyond meat and cheese sandwiches.  Homemade soups, salads, hummus and gluten free crackers and these meal in a bowl concoctions provide plant … Read More

Summer Food For Winter Meals

Summer Food For Winter Meals

Saving money on groceries is only a small part of the reason I like to put summer food up for winter meals. Why not take advantage of the local fresh produce while it’s at its peak?  It offers the best flavor and nutritional benefits at a reasonable price.  Plus you are eating foods grown in the region you live which … 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

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

Main Dish Salads : Peanut Noodle Vegetable Salad (Gluten and Dairy Free)

Peanut Noodle Vegetable Salad

This is an ideal season for this delicious salad. Make it for graduation parties, BBQ’s, and picnics. The yummy flavor and vibrant colors make it an excellent choice for a special occasion, but it’s also great to stock the fridge when you’re expecting company for the weekend. Serve it as a meal in a bowl or a side dish, and … 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

Cooking Class : Whole Meal Salads & Gluten Free Artisan Bread Class

Whole Meal Salads & Gluten Free Artisan Bread

While it’s still snowing in several parts of our country (and in our city) let’s dream about soon to be spring and then… summer! Our long days of summer in the northwest are beautiful…not too hot, clear and sunny.   We squeeze in as much outdoor time as possible.  I like to have whole meal salads on hand any time … Read More

Meal In A Bowl : Thick Tuscan Bean and Kale Soup

Thick Tuscan Bean and Kale Soup

Let’s press pause from all of the holiday food chatter and talk healthy and clean.  I crave simple nourishing food after a big holiday meal.  How about you? I made some crusty “croutons” with some left over artisan herb bread; a good beginning to Ribollita or Thick Tuscan Bean and Kale Soup.  Ribollita simply means “reboiled”.  It’s usually cooked and allowed … Read More

Roasted Vegetable Mac N’ Cheese

Roasted Vegetable Mac N' Cheese

Too often in the midst of a busy schedule, I loose perspective that each day is a precious gift . That’s why when our daughter asked if we’d watch our 2 grandchildren so they could celebrate their 10th wedding anniversary, we didn’t hesitate. With a cooking class to teach and make ahead meals on my to do list for the same … 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