When I was growing up you knew exactly what it meant when Mom said “we’re having spaghetti for dinner” or as I pronounced it “Pa-sketti” It wasn’t anything fancy like pasta with pesto, a carbonara a long cooking bolognese or served with lemon and toasted walnuts, it was a classic rich red sauce coating every bite of a spaghetti noodle. My mom would take a simple jarred sauce and jazz it up with a myriad of ingredients, especially cooked ground turkey or beef.
With summer right upon us I’m moving back to using my slow cooker more and more as there’s nothing worse then turning on a hot stove when it’s already sizzling hot outside. Never made spaghetti in a crock pot? Now is the time to start especially since it cuts down on the amount of pots you need to wash. Crock Pot Spaghetti is the total jam and if you’re busy and wanting an easy summertime dish this is for you!
Even better then the ease of making this dish, though, is the rich sauce that clings to every last...
What’s a mom to do when she’s got a bounty of summer vegetables like sweet onions, kale, mushrooms and bell peppers? Turn it into irresistible Veggie Calzones of course!
Ask anyone their top five foods and I’m willing to bet that pizza is on their list. There’s just something about it that feels heart warming and a special treat no matter the time of day or year. But fold that delicious pizza dough over homemade pizza sauce, cheese and veggies and you’ve got a Veggie Calzone that’s perfect for picking up and munching.
This is a really fun recipe to make as a family too. Just roll out the dough and after you’ve caramelized the onions, mushrooms and bell peppers, let the kids add the herbs, cheese and tomato sauce before scooping on top of individual pizza rounds. You can all work together to turn the hand pies into half moons, crimping the edges and then baking them till golden.
Here’s a little tip: if your family has an aversion to one of the vegetables in the recipe...
What’s a classic side to serve with spaghetti and a salad? In our house and at family dinners growing up if the Garlic Bread was missing, it just wasn’t dinner. All of the kids would huddle around the buffet table just waiting for the warm garlic bread to come out of the oven and placed in big baskets. I’m pretty sure my brother John’s plate had 6 pieces of bread and a minuscule amount of salad and spaghetti, but how could you possibly resist something that smells and tastes so delicious.
To make this recipe all you need is really good quality french or Italian bread (this is the time to spend a dollar more for a good artisan loaf), smeared with butter, garlic and herbs, wrapped up in a piece of foil and baked to a golden perfection. It’s not only tasty on it’s own, but the perfect sponge for the remaining salad dressing and tomato sauce on your plate.
Watch this Garlic Bread Video for tips on how to make one of my family’s tried and true recipes and something that...
If you love the classic combination of peanut butter and jelly this Strawberry Sunflower Smoothie is right up your alley!
Ever since Kenya declared his commitment to being a vegetarian I’ve tried to ensure he still gets enough protein in his body. By adding sunflower butter (also known as sun butter) to this smoothie he gets a protein packed punch that provides a great start to his day or serves as a nutritious after school snack.
You can certainly use a nut butter in this recipe such as almond, peanut, soy or cashew, but there’s something we love about using sunflower butter (which also makes this smoothie a great nut-free option for those with allergies). I find that sunflower butter tastes just like peanut butter, but with a slightly earthier taste to it. When mixed with fresh strawberries and milk this drink is a major treat which tastes more like a decadent milkshake than a healthy smoothie!
If you stop for a moment to think about all of the foods that go to waste in your fridge on a weekly basis it can be incredibly frustrating, if not downright sad (as a country we shamefully waste almost 40% of our food supply). There’s nothing I hate more than tossing into the composter or garbage food which could have been easily frozen and consumed weeks, if not months, later had only I frozen them before their expiration.
Fortunately, over the years I have learned to become a model freezer. It means that anytime I’m feeling lazy or haven’t been to the grocery in a while I can simply open my freezer door and put together breakfast, lunch or dinner from what’s inside. Fruits, veggies, broths, soups, stews, sauces, pancakes, waffles….the list is endless!
Watch this short How to Freeze Foods Video for a ton of tips on how to freeze everything from fresh foods, to nuts, cookies and more. Not only will you be able to salvage so much of your food and have it on hand for a later...