Asian Roasted Broccoli & Red Peppers

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Happy Monday everyone! What kind of food blogger am I blogging Asian inspired vegetables on Cinco de Mayo?! Oops. If it makes it any better we did have Mexican food for dinner. Well I spoke too soon about it being almost summer because it was in the 50s/60s and rainy all weekend. We really didn't do anything but had a quick trip to the library and lots of home-time for lounging. Don't you love how all the kids know about kale these days? Who ever started that kale chip trend was a genius. Now whenever I roast broccoli my kids will say "mmm, it smells like kale". They do love kale … [Read more...]


Purple Potato Salad

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It looks like delivery subscription services are my thing- I've always loved getting fun mail. So in addition to Stitch Fix, my new obsession is getting my weekly CSA box. It's so fun seeing all these beautiful organic veggies (and some fruit) at my door each week. I also love the challenge of finding out ways to use them. The neat thing is that they send you an email of what is being delivered and they give you enough time to go into the system to make changes. I don't see the need for ever doing that since I like all veggies and really love the variety so far, but it's nice knowing … [Read more...]


Hasselback Potatoes with Garlic and Herbs

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Hi friends! I ended up with a short blogging week last week because my mother-in-law was visiting. You would think I would get more done with family in town but I prefer to take the time off rather than hide out in my office trying to catch up. It was great having her, but now I am back to business! Hassleback potatoes, did you know that is what they're called? These accordion-like spuds were named after the Stockholm restaurant that first served them, Restaurant Hasslebacken. I have been wanting to try these for ages, I'm sure you've seen them all over the blogosphere. I have seen them in … [Read more...]


Thanksgiving Leftover Potato Pancakes

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Hi friends! Just stopping by quickly to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you have a relaxing long weekend (hopefully most of you don't have to work) and eat lots of yummy food. I also wanted to share a recipe that you can use with your leftovers on Friday. Great for breakfast, lunch or dinner- Thanksgiving Leftover Potato Pancakes! I was lucky to have my mom visit from Texas last week for a quick visit. I wasn't sure if the kids and I would have plans for Thanksgiving (turns out we do), but she offered to help me cook Thanksgiving dinner. We figured if we stuck to the basics it … [Read more...]


Cheesy Brown Rice Gratin with Zucchini and Eggplant

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I wouldn't say rice is my favorite grain; I do love it with Asian food but it doesn't make a very regular appearance in my weekly menus. A couple years ago my kids tried the traditional cheesy broccoli rice casserole during the Holidays and loved it. When I saw this dish, Cheesy Brown Rice Gratin with Zucchini and Eggplant, in Cooking Light I thought it looked like a tasty, healthier variation. It calls for brown rice instead of white, no processed cheese sauce, just a little good quality parmesan cheese for flavor and 2 pounds of eggplant and zucchini. When I first saw the bread … [Read more...]


Lemon & Garlic Rainbow Swiss Chard

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Hope all you mothers had a wonderful relaxing Mother's Day! Mine was perfect- the best gift you can give a mom is sleep so I got to sleep in for a change, then went to mass, followed by a homemade brunch and lots of relaxing down time. Just what I wanted to do! First thing my husband said when he saw this rainbow swiss chard I picked up at Pike's Place market...."did they dye that?". Shocking the the answer is no, right? Rainbow chard  is just a mix of the other colored varieties as opposed to being a variety unto itself. Swiss chard is a nutritional superstar with it's … [Read more...]


Corn and Tomato Salad & Meal Planning

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I am sort of addicted to this salad. I was trying to come up with a side dish last week when I thought we were out of all vegetables. I found a few sweet peppers, tomatoes and shallots in the drawer of my fridge and I always have frozen corn in the freezer. I think most people have had some version of this salad and often you'll see something similar in a salsa form. I haven't made a corn salad since last summer and this one is a little different because I omitted the black beans and added the sweet peppers and shallots. It's such an easy, super side that goes well with a variety of … [Read more...]


Creamy Dill Cucumber Salad

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Have I ever mentioned I am a magazine junkie? Well it's true. Over the last couple years I was good and cut back to two cooking magazines. Then I don't know what happened- actually I do. This crazy discount magazine site sent me emails about all the sales they were having I picked up a couple of subscriptions for $3.99 (for a whole year!). I could pass up those deals. Another discount site offered  5 magazine subscriptions for the year for only $19.95. Seriously? I couldn't even buy those magazines at the full retail price one time for that value! I take stuff to our local consignment shop on … [Read more...]


Polenta Bruschetta and Meal Planning

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I hope you all had a great weekend! I know after my last post you are all waiting in suspense to find out the results of my foot's xray and I am happy to say that I do not have a fracture and am half way through my rest period!  It was actually a good weekend to skip the long group run as it was chilly, rainy and the kids had early soccer games. I am so curious if I will feel ready to run at the end of this week. I guess we will see!? So the recipe for today- polenta bruschetta. I'll have to admit I am pretty indifferent about polenta. I have had it before where I loved it, but more times … [Read more...]


Spaghetti Squash Au Gratin

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Who doesn't love that cheesy creamy hash brown casserole that usually makes an appearance around the holidays?  If you are trying to avoid potatoes, this is a great substitute...Spaghetti Squash Au Gratin. It's lower in fat, calories and carbs. What more could you ask for? Oh and it tastes good too! I used plain Greek yogurt in place of the sour cream which adds about triple the amount of protein and subbed spaghetti squash for the hash browns. There is a recipe similar floating around Pinterest, but the one I saw used sour cream and hardly any cheese. If calories weren't a concern I'd … [Read more...]