Slow Cooker Carrot Soup

This is one of our favorite soups.  Sometimes my kids really like it, sometimes not.  I adapted this recipe to the slow cooker for a quick weeknight meal with bread machine bread or rice.  This also makes a great side dish for roasted meat. Slow Cooker Carrot Soup 2 tbsp olive oil 1 onion, chopped... Read more »

Roasted Vegetable Lasagna

We went with comfort food for Sunday dinner this week.  The lasagna is packed with vegetables, the tomato sauce is very versatile and both recipes freeze well. I pre-made the tomato sauce this morning to reduce the cooking time. Roasted Vegetable Lasagna 1-2 eggplants sliced lengthwise 3-4 zucchini sliced lengthwise 3 tbsp olive oil 1/2... Read more »

Basic Meat Sauce and Baked Pasta

One of my favorite kid-friendly recipes is tomato sauce.  You can add meat or not, and include whatever vegetables you happen to have around the house.  It also freezes well, so I can usually get at least two dinners out of each batch.   Pasta sauce can be used as a foundation for any number... Read more »

More (Healthier) Muffins!

This weather makes me want to bake, so I’ve decided to replenish our muffin supply.  The best cook I know was kind enough to pass along this amazing muffin recipe to me.  I am sharing it with her permission. I added a cup of chopped, frozen strawberries.  (We picked them at a local organic farm... Read more »


I was inspired to make pancakes by this article: I basically followed the recipe in the link, but everyone was very anti-banana this morning.  (I have no idea why — they all ate bananas while I was making the pancakes!) We pick blueberries at local farms every summer, and I wash and freeze them.... Read more »

An Alternative to Processed Lunch Meat

My husband likes lunch meat, particularly turkey. Today when I saw that he had added deli turkey to my grocery list, I decided to come up with an alternative. I bought a whole, organic turkey breast, and roasted and sliced it. The total time to make this was about 2½ hours, but hands on time... Read more »

Whole Wheat Muffins

As requested, here are two good recipes for whole wheat muffins I have had success with in the past. Both are great to make with kids and easy enough to throw together by yourself in the evening after the kids go to bed.  The second recipe only requires one bowl. We get a lot of... Read more »

A Warm Meal for a Frigid Day

On this insanely cold evening, I made a meal that filled the house with rich, warm smells – chicken with paprika and onions, roasted Brussels sprouts and cauliflower and sautéed kale. The whole meal took about 2 hours to prepare, so this isn’t the quickest thing to make, but the sides (especially the kale) are... Read more »

A Hearty Winter Soup

I gave my husband and kids a choice between lentil soup or cauliflower soup for dinner tonight. They (including the kids) overwhelmingly chose lentil! Lentil soup is one of my favorite easy, one-pot winter dinners. It is hearty, filling and a great chili alternative. A little bit of bacon adds depth of flavor and makes... Read more »

Veggie Friendly Kids

Happy New Year! I have decided to write a blog because my kids really like veggies (and other relatively healthy food). I know there are a lot of other kids out there who also love veggies and, okay, a lot of it probably is a personality thing, but I really want to share what I... Read more »