Berry Vanilla Baked Oatmeal

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Baked oatmeal is an easy, make-ahead breakfast that can be flavored all sorts of ways. I have a blueberry banana baked oatmeal recipe in my book, Conquering Your Kitchen. It’s one of my favorite recipes in the book. Not everyone loves bananas like I do, though. Without the banana in my baked oatmeal, a substitute is needed to boost the flavor. This month’s Recipe Redux challenge calls for recipes that use spirits and extracts, and vanilla extract is the perfect substitute here. Adding vanilla is a great way to flavor recipes without adding extra sugar. I like to make my own vanilla extract. The homemade version is a lot less expensive than the grocery store kind, and it makes a great … [Read more...]

Carrot Zucchini Bread

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  The volume of carrots and zucchini that I’ve been bringing home from my farm share is getting to be overwhelming. My kids are especially hesitant around zucchini, so when in doubt, I bake it into a snack. Chocolate zucchini muffins are a popular option. This carrot zucchini bread is another delicious snack recipe full of veggie goodness. The cinnamon adds a great flavor. I use a cup and a half of each grated vegetable, but you could easily add a little more zucchini, carrots, or a combination. This bread freezes well, so I put the cooled second loaf right in the freezer and save it for a week when I'm short on time. [amd-zlrecipe-recipe:127]   Carrot … [Read more...]

Mango Salad Dressing

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Lettuce comes fast and furious from my farm share this time of year, so we eat a lot of salad. It’s great for me because a big, loaded salad is just about my favorite kind of meal. The kids, on the other hand. . . They’re pretty good about salad, but they were happier about it when I used to buy store-bought dressing. Ranch was their favorite, and they liked Italian too. After I started scrutinizing ingredient labels a few years ago, store-bought salad dressings were among the first things to go. Lengthy ingredient lists with thickeners and other additives don’t make the real food cut. I’ve worked hard to come up with homemade salad dressings that my children would like. There have … [Read more...]

Chia Seed Blueberry Muffins

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Have you heard? It’s all about chia seeds these days. They’re full of full of fiber, protein, omega-3 fatty acids, and calcium. I love chia pudding, which is thickened by the reaction between the chia seeds and the liquid. I also like to throw a tablespoon of these seeds into my smoothies. Chia seeds can be added to baked goods, too. These Chia Seed Blueberry Muffins are a delicious snack. This recipe is a great example of how chia seeds add texture to baked goods. You’ll barely notice they’re there, but they add the slightest crunch to the muffins. This fruity snack freezes well, so put some away for a busy day and you’ll be so happy to find them waiting in your … [Read more...]

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

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My new book, Conquering Your Kitchen, is now available on Amazon. I’m so excited to share this cookbook and guide with you. It walks you through everything you need to know to plan meals, shop, and cook real food with confidence. The book includes 80 easy, delicious recipes, and all of them take 30 minutes or less of hands-on preparation time. Who wants to spend more time than that in the kitchen? I know I don’t. :) This Mediterranean Quinoa Salad is one of my favorite new recipes from the book. It brings together the flavors of a traditional Greek salad. Quinoa adds whole grain protein to the dish, so it can be served on its own for a light lunch or dinner. This salad is a great … [Read more...]

Strawberry Spinach Salad

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This simple strawberry spinach salad is a delicious way to eat your greens. We get a lot of spinach from our farm share, and it’s in season alongside strawberries. I try to wash my spinach right when I get home from the farm, then I store it to maximize its shelf life. My kids don’t always go for the healthy food I put on the table, but this salad is a hit with them. The strawberries and the sweet, creamy dressing distract them from the fact that they’re eating a mouthful of spinach. You can improvise with different add-ins like almonds, avocado, and scallions. This basic version is delicious on its own, though. [amd-zlrecipe-recipe:121] Strawberry Spinach Salad Price Breakdown This … [Read more...]

Strawberry Granola Bar Recipe

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Granola bars are among the most convenient snack foods out there. Unfortunately, most packaged granola bars are full of added sugar, which makes them more of a dessert in my book. Snacks should give you energy and make you feel full until your next meal. Highly sweetened processed snacks just don’t do that. This strawberry granola bar recipe provides whole grains, protein, and fiber. It’s just sweet enough, and some of the sweetness comes from the natural sugars in the banana and the strawberries. This is a great recipe for a family that’s just starting to transition away from processed food. It doesn’t taste too different from the snacks you’d buy at the store, but it lacks the … [Read more...]

Stacked Watermelon Salad

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Nothing says summer like a sweet, dripping slice of watermelon at a backyard party. Everyone in my family loves watermelon, which is a good thing because we get a lot of it in our farm share. I mean a LOT. I come home from the farm with a cute little melon week after week during the summer. Eventually we get tired of eating it by the slice, so I get creative. I make agua fresca for a refreshing drink, and I also love to make watermelon salad. This stacked salad highlights the delicious watermelon by pairing it with savory flavors. Feta cheese is a perfect complement to the sweet fruit, and balsamic vinegar brings it all together. When shopping for feta, I recommend buying it in one piece … [Read more...]

Blueberry Scones

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These blueberry scones are a delicious treat that’s just sweet enough. They’re bursting with blueberries and full of whole grains. You can serve them with tea or send them off in a school lunchbox as a snack. A little butter on a warm scone is one of life’s simple pleasures. My husband doesn’t typically like scones because he thinks they’re too dry. This version is soft and tender, so it passes his texture test. This healthy snack or dessert recipe is a great way to use fresh blueberries, but it works well with frozen berries too. If you want to serve these scones for dessert, sprinkle the tops with a little maple sugar before baking, or drizzle with maple syrup after … [Read more...]

Easy Homemade Berry Sauce

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This easy berry sauce is my favorite topping for pancakes. I love the fruity flavor even more than plain maple syrup. Topping your weekend breakfast with berry sauce is a great way to add fruit to the meal and cut back on the amount of added sugar. It makes a beautiful presentation as well. This berry sauce is also a delicious addition to plain yogurt. You can even use it as a topping for fish or as a fruity salad dressing. Just mix it with a little olive oil and salt to dress a salad. If you have more berries than you can handle after a berry-picking excursion, this is the perfect recipe to make. It freezes well, and you can warm it up on the stove when you’re ready to use … [Read more...]