Black Bean Pasta Salad

Black Bean Pasta Salad

This is a simple pasta salad that pairs well with many dishes or is wonderful on its own.  Noodles, black beans, and feta cheese come together to create a delicious black bean pasta salad.  This is a salad that is sure to please everyone, all three of my kids like it so that says a […]

Gluten-Free Almond Joy Oatmeal Cookies

Gluten-Free Almond Joy Oatmeal Cookies

I am always experimenting with new gluten-free recipes that the entire family can enjoy.  I like making sweets and enjoy it even more if the sweets are made without processed ingredients and include minimally refined ingredients, which fits this recipe.  These gluten-free almond joy oatmeal cookies are delicious, soft, chewy, and loaded with texture.  You know you […]

How to Cook Frozen Chicken in 10 Minutes (Instant Pot)

How to Cook Frozen Chicken Breasts in the Instant Pot in 10 Minutes!

I have been raving about how much I love my Instant Pot.   Seriously, if I could only keep one of my kitchen gadgets (and I have a lot) I would choose my electric pressure cooker AKA my Instant Pot.  I cook dry beans to perfection in 55 minutes, a whole chicken in 20, a whole […]

Light & Fluffy Gluten-Free Pancakes

Delicious Gluten-Free Pancakes (Quick & Easy!)

My kids love homemade pancakes.  My fluffy whole wheat pancakes were a very common breakfast item until I realized that Audrey needed to eat gluten-free.   Making gluten-free pancakes for my family was very much trial and error.  There were many more batches that they wouldn’t even touch than there were ones that they would tolerate. […]

Southwest Salad

Southwest Salad With Creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing

I have been on a southwest kick in the kitchen lately, beans and hot peppers have been a staple.   I enjoy making a large salad at the beginning of the week so that I can eat on it throughout the week and this is my third week throwing together a southwest salad.  I have […]

Homemade Dog Treats (Earth Mamas World)

Homemade Dog Treats

Ava asked if we could make our dog, Laika, homemade dog treats.  I thought that making homemade dog treats was a brilliant idea!  I am not sure why I never thought about making homemade pet food.  I make so many homemade items from homemade velvetta cheese to homemade hand sanitizer but never homemade pet food.  I have made such […]

Carrot Zucchini Bars

Carrot And Zucchini Bars With Cream Cheese Frosting

I scored a really good deal on organic zucchini this week and wanted to make a new sweet tooth recipe that I could use the zucchini in.  I headed to Pinterest and quickly found a recipe for carrot and zucchini bars.    The original recipe comes from RealMomKitchen (you should definitely check her out, she has lots of […]

Kale Chips

Crispy Crunchy Kale Chips

I have been hearing so many positive health benefits of kale and have been looking for ways to add it to my families diet.  If you haven’t already heard here are some of the health benefits of kale.  Kale is low in calorie, high in fiber, and has zero fat.   One cup of kale has only […]

Banana Bread with Greek Yogurt

Banana Bread Using Greek Yogurt

My kids love banana bread and banana muffins.  I am always trying out new banana bread recipes (whole wheat banana bread, almond flour banana bread) .  This week I had 6 super ripe bananas on the counter and a tub of greek yogurt in the fridge.  Time to create a new recipe! I have been using […]

Breadcrumb Crusted Chicken

Breadcrumb Crusted Chicken With Mashed Cauliflower & Potatoes

Now that Shane has gone back to work and it is only the kids and I for dinner I resort to mostly ‘kid friendly’ recipes.   This is a meal that we eat at least weekly while Shane is away for work:  Breadcrumb crusted chicken served, mashed potatoes (with cauliflower mixed in) gravy, and green beans. […]

Jerk Mahi Mahi With Caribbean Slaw

Jerk Mahi Mahi With Carribean Cole Slaw

We have been loving having Shane, AKA daddy, home for three weeks.  We had a summer blast while he was home.  We practically lived in the pool, went on field trips, and simply enjoyed being together as a family.  All good things must come to an end I guess and it was time for him […]

Cheesy Baked Ziti

Cheesy Baked Ziti

My husband is home for two weeks (yay!!!).  He requested that I make an Italian dish one night for dinner.  I used to make Italian foods all of the time but have limited them to special occasions…and “daddy” being home is certainly a special occasion.  I decided to go all the way and make my […]

Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken Sandwiches

Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken Sandwiches (w/ Homemade BBQ Sauce)

I am currently eliminating pork from our diet……shhhh don’t tell the kids or my husband.  Alex’s one meal request this week was BBQ sandwiches and potato salad.  Typically I make BBQ pork sandwiches but today I switched it up and made slow cooker BBQ chicken sandwiches.  I also replaced the store-bought BBQ sauce with homemade […]

Blackened Mahi W/ Cilantro Lime Quinoa

Blackened Mahi With Cilantro Lime Quinoa

A friend recently shared his catch of mahi with us that he caught offshore  I was excited to cook (and eat) the wild caught fresh fish.  I knew that I wanted to blacken it because this is my favorite way to eat fish right behind sushi!  I typically make a cucumber salad or cabbage slaw as a […]