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Lettuce Soup
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Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream
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Easy Indian Basmati Rice
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Roasted Soybeans
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Crock Pot Corned Beef Brisket with Vegetables
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Buttered Rice and Cabbage
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Parsley Parmesan Pasta
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Vegetable Bowl Monterey Jack Cheese Dip
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Sweet Potato Baby Led Weaning Cookies

Lettuce Soup

CREAMY Lettuce Soup is a delicious, healthy recipe that uses 1 head of lettuce.  Combined with heavy cream, chicken broth and spices, this is a great way to add lettuce to your diet! I love using Bibb lettuce in this recipe but Romaine and Iceberg work good too! Who knew cooked lettuce could taste so yummy for dinner – even kids love it!

Hi,

Do you want to come in?

I’m going to make us some soup.  It will be delicious.

Oh, what kind of soup you ask?

*LOCKS DOOR, REALLY QUICK*

Lettuce soup.

Creamy Lettuce Soup is a delicious, healthy recipe that uses 1 head of lettuce. Combined with heavy cream, chicken broth and spices, this is a great way to add lettuce to your diet! I love using Bibb lettuce in this recipe but Romaine and Iceberg work good too! Who knew cooked lettuce could taste so yummy for dinner - even kids love it!

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream

AWARD WINNING Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream recipe! This homemade recipe is made in the ice cream maker and is for chocolate lovers! It’s my family’s favorite Summer ice cream!

We got a Cuisinart ice cream maker a few weeks ago and it’s changed our Summer!

Having a ice cream maker is a great idea. And by great idea I mean a deliciously bad idea.  Its like you can make ice cream whenever you want.  Which means if you happen to keep all the supplies on hand you can eat ice cream every single day.  Delicious, totally.  Dangerous, totally.

low carb chocolate ice cream recipe

But I like to live on the wild side… when it comes to ice cream.  I live so wild that I checked out 2 ice cream recipe cookbooks from the library and I got a 10 cent fee because one was a day late back.  See.  I’m a wild child.

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Easy Indian Basmati Rice

Learn how to cook PERFECT Indian Basmati Rice! This easy recipe uses basmati rice and fragrant spices to create authentic tasting Indian rice. Pair it with roasted vegetables to make a healthy, vegan meal for dinner!

I love Indian food.  The problem is that I don’t have any experience with Indian cooking, or traditional Indian spices so I was always scared to try cooking it in my own kitchen.  Instead I forked over the money for Indian take-out, wishing I could make my own!   Finally,  I decided I was going to learn how to make basmati rice, Indian style.  

easy Indian Basmati Rice Recipe

How authentic is this recipe?  It tastes so much like our favorite Indian restaurant that Matthew thought I bought it from there!  And here’s the best part – it’s so easy to make! You can be a total Indian food cooking newbie and totally nail this basmati rice recipe!  

Let’s talk rice first because not all rice is created equal.  Indian rice calls for basmati (baz-mah-tee) rice which is a long grain rice that’s more expensive than typical plain white rice.   You will find various brands of it in your local grocery store but here’s the one I use.  Basmati rice is my favorite, not just because of the taste but the smell – it smells amazing!

Nutritionally, white and basmati rice have pretty much the same calorie content as basmati rice is about 200 calories per 1 cup cooked rice.
How to cook basmati rice

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Roasted Soybeans

Salted Roasted Soybeans recipe using fresh soybeans.  This baked recipe is so easy to make! These are perfect for healthy snacking! 

A few years ago I learned how easy it is to grow soybeans in your garden.  They tend to be one of those plants where you plant a seed, don’t do much else and suddenly you have beans galore to pick.    

Soybean recipes

Soybeans can be used in many recipes, including fresh edamame,  pesto for pasta/dip.   For this harvest I wanted to use some of our soybeans for a roasted healthy snack, something where I can throw a bunch in a bag and enjoy at my desk at work or a road trip.     I love guilt free snacking so I love these Roasted Salted Soybeans. 

Roasted Salted Soybeans recipe using fresh soybeans. These are perfect for healthy snacking!

Roasted Salted Soybeans recipe using fresh soybeans. These are perfect for healthy snacking!

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Crock Pot Corned Beef Brisket with Vegetables

DELICIOUS CROCK POT Corned Beef Brisket with Vegetables recipe!  This slow cooker recipe cooks a 4 pound corned beef brisket with cabbage, carrots, potatoes and onion to create a amazing dinner! Use the leftovers the next day for the best BBQ sandwiches!

When it was my first time buying brisket many years ago, I didn’t know where to look for it at – with the meats on the shelf? Behind a refrigerated door?Is it at the meat counter?  And what does it look like?  I had no idea. So after a google image search and phone in hand, there I found it in the meat department on the top shelf all the way to the left.  
My first thought- yikes, that is expensive.
Raw Corned Beef Brisket in Grocery Store

My second thought – they had point cut and flat cut.  What is the difference?  Again… to Google I went in the meat department.  Point cut has more fat content but is more tastier.  Flat cut is less fat, less tender.  Also to note Flat cut is about twice the price (twice the yikes).  

Best type of meat for Brisket

So when I saw a reviewer saying “If you want taste, go with the Point Cut” that was it. I wanted the flavor and texture,  I wasn’t about to take that away for less fat.   If this is a special meal you have a few times a year, do the point cut – just do it.  

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Buttered Rice and Cabbage

20 MINUTE Buttered Rice and Cabbage dinner! This is one of my favorite weeknight recipes that uses sauteed cabbage and peas! It’s a healthy, easy vegetarian meal my entire family loves! You can even use instant rice to make it even more simple!

This Buttered Rice and Cabbage is an easy comforting meal filled with healthy vegetables that I hope you’ll love as much as I do.   Right now kids are going back to school, creating havoc on the Fall schedule.  There’s school, sports, activities, homework and there’s also you! Don’t forget to take care of you!  I wanted to create a recipe that would be ready in 20 minutes that is still wholesome with fresh ingredients – a meal you’ll feel good about serving the family. 
Buttered Rice and Cabbage

The main vegetables in this recipe are cabbage and peas, 2 things that we have in abundance right now in the garden.   I’ve always liked cabbage, but this Summer I turned into a real cabbage lover.  I can’t get enough of it, especially sauteed and buttered!  Yum.

  Our sugar snap peas are coming to a end this season, what’s left is those monster peas that are busting through the pods.  
Fresh Sugar Snap Pea

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Parsley Parmesan Pasta

PARSLEY PARMESAN PASTA takes 15 minutes to make! This healthy meal using fresh parsley costs less than $4! Blend the parsley with other simple ingredients to make a nut free pesto sauce and then pour on top of pasta! It’s delicious and easy to make!

The answer to the question “What the heck do I make with a bunch of parsley” I was asking myself while standing in the kitchen is this recipe!  You’ve been there.  You buy fresh parsley because you need 1 tablespoon for a recipe and then the rest sits in the refrigerator.  Well I’m here to help you out!  You want to make this Parsley Parmesan Pasta!

PARSLEY PARMESAN PASTA takes 15 minutes to make! This healthy meal using fresh parsley costs less than $4! Blend the parsley with other simple ingredients to make a nut free pesto sauce and then pour on top of pasta! It's delicious and easy to make!

This delicious pasta meal takes less than 15 minutes to make so it’s easy!  It’s a budget friendly meal costing less than $4.00.  And oh yeah, it’s delicious.  Like really really really delicious! 

PARSLEY PARMESAN PASTA takes 15 minutes to make! This healthy meal using fresh parsley costs less than $4! Blend the parsley with other simple ingredients to make a nut free pesto sauce and then pour on top of pasta! It's delicious and easy to make!

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Vegetable Bowl Monterey Jack Cheese Dip

PRETTIEST Cheese Dip ever! MEXICAN Vegetable Bowl MONTEREY JACK Cheese Dip! This easy dip recipe is made with grated Monterey Jack cheese and Mexican spices! Cover the top with chopped up vegetables to make the most beautiful homemade dip! This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Mission®. All opinions are entirely my own.

Cheese lovers, this dip is calling your name! This Vegetable Bowl Monterey Jack Cheese Dip is made with Monterey Jack cheese, which is perfect for 2 reasons.  First, Monterey Jack cheese melts beautifully, it’s one of the best melting cheeses in my opinion, so it makes a perfect cheese for dip.  Secondly, when you add a little seasoning and spice, it’s a great cheese to use for Mexican inspired dishes, like this cheese dip!
PRETTIEST Cheese Dip ever! MEXICAN Vegetable Bowl MONTEREY JACK Cheese Dip! This easy dip recipe is made with grated monterey jack cheese and Mexican spices! Cover the top with chopped up vegetables to make the most beautiful homemade dip!

I got to thinking about what makes the perfect dip.  It needs to be cheesy, creamy and full of flavor.  But it also needs to have perfect partners in crime, in this case Mission Organics® Blue Corn Tortilla Chips and vegetables!  Instead of putting the vegetables on the side, I decided to include them in the dip to make a Vegetable Bowl Cheese Dip! 
Cherry Tomatoes and Cheese Dip

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Sweet Potato Baby Led Weaning Cookies

HOMEMADE COOKIES recipe for baby led weaning and soothing a teething baby! These healthy Sweet Potato cookies are made with mashed sweet potato, banana, baby cereal and oatmeal!   My favorite part is that these cookies are so delicious we can share them together! 

Can you believe Enceladus just turned 8 months?  How time flies!  With month 7 came her craving for finger food!  No Mom, she doesn’t want to be fed with a spoon, she wants to feed herself!  I admit, it does get a little messy when she feeds herself but it’s lots of fun to watch!  And honestly, nothing warms my heart more than to know she loves Mama’s cooking (she’s a big fan of my mashed cauliflower potatoes!). 

Homemade Teething Baby Cookies

Life has been filled with happy moments of “first foods”.  The messy first time she ate watermelon, the slippery first time she ate avocado, the sour face lemon taste, the happy face of tasting jam on toast,  etc.    Sweet potatoes have been a favorite of hers for a few months, but I had to figure out a way to serve them in a way that she could feed herself since she prefers finger foods over purees nowadays.  

HOMEMADE COOKIES recipe for baby led weaning and soothing a teething baby! These Sweet Potato cookies are made with mashed sweet potato, banana, baby cereal and oatmeal!   My favorite part is that these cookies are so delicious we can share them together! 

I felt like her breakfast choices were lacking so I got to thinking in how I could incorporate sweet potatoes in breakfast or a snack. I came up with these soft and yummy Sweet Potato Banana Cookies, perfect for baby led weaning eating adventures!  

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