It Just Keeps Snowing + Slow Cooker Barley & Bean Soup

Too cold to think about anything BUT a warming bowl of soup? Try my meatless yet oh-so hearty (and healthy) slow cooker Barley & Bean Soup.

Barley & Bean Soup via

It’s been a wild few days here in New England. With 20 inches of snow on the ground and more in the forecast, I’ve been cooking up some nutritious new soup recipes for my resident snow blowers, Tim (crazy dad removing snow from roof) and Simon (helpful teen making sure crazy dad doesn’t fall off ladder).

Snow blowing in New England

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Chicken Veggie Stir Fry + a GIVEAWAY for The Pre-Diabetes Diet Plan {Podcast #260}

Chicken and Veggie Stir Fry

Eating for overall good health and diabetes prevention just got a whole lot easier with this family-pleasing recipe for Chicken Veggie Stir Fry.   Over 80 million Americans of all ages have prediabetes, which puts them at risk for developing type 2 diabetes—a disease that can lead to blindness, kidney failure, and blood vessel damage. [more]

Smoky Salmon Tacos with Greek Yogurt Sauce – Recipe Redux Challenge

Smoky Salmon Tacos with Greek Yogurt Sauce via #fish #seafood #tacos

Family dinners don’t have to be bland or boring. Add a subtle smoky twist to your next make-your-own taco night by using my secret flavor booster: chili chipotle powder.  Sunday dinners at my house often revolve around some sort of fish taco recipe. This weekend Josh was home from college, so I wanted to make something satisfying, nourishing, [more]

Nachos for Two — For Lunch, Snack, or a Tailgate Party

Nachos for Two topped with guacamole via #tailgate #snack #avocados

We created these easy Nachos for Two topped with guacamole, cilantro, and black beans for a fast and healthy Meal Makeover Mom lunch this week, but you can also serve it as an after-school nosh for the kids or a party snack while you’re watching football (in which case, you may want to double or triple the [more]

Recipe Inspiration from Yotam Ottolenghi and an Ottolenghi-Themed Dinner Party {Podcast #259}

Cookbooks by Yotam Ottolenghi via

Are you the kind of home cook who makes meals on the fly, or do you look for inspiration from cookbooks, food bloggers, and celebrity chefs. On this week’s Cooking with the Moms radio podcast, Liz reveals her favorite chef and cookbook author, Yotam Ottolenghi. With four cookbooks under his apron strings—Plenty, Plenty More, Ottolenghi, and [more]

Happy Birthday Regan + a Recipe for Citrus Blueberry Blast

Citrus Blueberry Blast via #cocktail #elderflower

This colorful, fruity cocktail is made with vodka and elderflower liqueur and  then mixed together with muddled orange and lemon slices, blueberries, and mint. Our Citrus Blueberry Blast is refreshing, gorgeous to look at, and we created it for a very special occasion! We went well outside our usual Meal Makeover Mom culinary comfort zone when we [more]

How to Make Homemade Tamales

Homemade Tamales via

Tamales. I had enjoyed them in Mexican restaurants but never considered making homemade tamales for myself… until my friend, Catherine, invited me over for a tamale-making gathering at her house. Tamales are packets of corn dough with a savory or sweet filling. They are usually wrapped in corn husks or banana leaves and steamed.  Tamale [more]

Corny Bean Bell Pepper Boats are Fun for Kids to Eat

Corny Bean Bell Pepper Boats via

Red, orange, green, and yellow bell peppers remind us of colorful Christmas tree ornaments, so use that to your advantage this holiday season to introduce your family to nutrient-packed peppers. Rich in vitamins C and A, peppers are versatile, crunchy, and filled with big flavors. You can slice them and serve with our Rainbow Veggie [more]

Sausage and Mushroom Breakfast Strata for Your Next Brunch

Sausage and Mushroom Breakfast Strata via

This lightened-up Overnight Sausage and Mushroom Breakfast Strata will hit the spot for breakfast or brunch. The English muffins add a fun, playful twist for kids.  Every month, we participate in the Recipe Redux blogger cooking challenge, and this month’s assignment was to“grab your nearest cookbook and ReDux the recipe on page 42 or 142.” Recipe Redux [more]

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