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The Best Ways To Store Bananas
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Banana Strawberry Blueberry Smoothie
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Peach Cake With Vanilla Frosting
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The Best Pregnancy-Safe Teas and Morning Sickness Tea Recipe
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Easy Ciabatta Bread
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Grandmas Tuna and Chips Dip
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White Chocolate Toffee Recipe
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100 Cherry Tomato Recipes
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Cast Iron Chicken With Mint Chutney
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Scrambled Egg Ground Beef Casserole
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Cheddar Cheese Cauliflower Casserole
12
Chocolate Avocado Baby Muffins
13
Garden Cupcakes
14
Chocolate Carrot Strawberry Garden
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Little Debbie Cosmic Brownies Recipe
16
Slow Cooker Caramelized Onions
17
Lettuce Soup
18
Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream
19
Easy Indian Basmati Rice
20
Roasted Soybeans

The Best Ways To Store Bananas

How to Store Bananas!  These easy tips will prevent your bananas from turning brown!  Food storage tricks includes storing with other fruit, plastic wrap, banana trees, in fridge and how to freeze bananas!  Learn the best ways to store bananas and keep them green for longer!

If you guys know me, then you know I love bananas!   In fact, there’s a ongoing joke with my Instagram Stories because I’m often carrying a banana!  Bananas are my go to breakfast, and my favorite snack. I can’t get enough of them!

I’m picky about bananas though – they can’t be too green and they can’t be too brown.  Actually, they can’t be brown.  As soon as I see a brown spot on the banana peel (or worse the banana itself!) then I know it’s time to freeze these bananas (hello Banana Smoothie!) and buy new ones.

Using my tips below, learn the best ways to store bananas to keep them PERFECT longer!

The Best Ways to Store Bananas

Bananas. You can use potassium-rich fruit in so many ways and even enjoy it on its own. Bananas are, however, quite fickle. Doesn’t it seem like they’re green one moment and a brown mushy mess the next? Try these methods to store bananas and keep them fresh for when you want them.

How to Store Bananas!  These easy tips will prevent your bananas from turning brown!  Tricks includes storing with other fruit, plastic wrap, banana trees and how to freeze bananas!  Learn the best ways to store bananas and keep them green for longer!

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Banana Strawberry Blueberry Smoothie

HEALTHY, Dairy Free Banana Strawberry Blueberry Smoothie! This easy recipe uses fresh fruit to make a smoothie for breakfast, for kids and for weight loss! It’s dairy free and vegan.

Well, it’s been a hot week in New York City.  I’ve been pushing my daughter in the stroller, sweat rolling down my face, while mumbling how much I miss Winter.   Why is it that when it’s Winter, you can’t wait for Summer, but when it’s Summer, you’re like… nope, I want Winter again!  Too cold, too hot, it never ends!

What’s the perfect drink for a hot day? You want something refreshing, cold, and great tasting. Right? Well, this Banana Strawberry Blueberry Smoothie really hits the spot!

Full of summer-ripe fruits at their peak, it is sweet, nutritious, and hydrating. It’s great for breakfast, lunch or an afternoon snack when you need a boost of energy!

You can make a full batch and save some in the fridge for a snack later. You can take it with you for a quick and easy chilled meal on the go in a shaker bottle or wide-mouthed water bottle.   Skip dessert and have a smoothie instead! There’s really no wrong time to have a smoothie.

HEALTHY, Dairy Free Banana Strawberry Blueberry Smoothie! This easy recipe uses fresh fruit to make a smoothie for breakfast, for kids and for weight loss! It's dairy free and vegan.

Smoothie Nutrition

The great thing about smoothies, especially this one, is that they are hydrating and nutritious on those hot summer days. You get plenty of water from the fruit and added ice, plus all the naturally occurring nutrients.

This one 24oz. smoothie contains only 140 calories and has 150% of your daily requirement for vitamin C. It also has 34% of your daily potassium. And that’s just in one smoothie!

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Peach Cake With Vanilla Frosting

EASY to make Peach Cake with Vanilla Frosting recipe. The cake is so moist and made with fresh peaches inside and for decoration on top. This cake is made with two 8 inch cake pans layered together.  It’s the perfect cake for Summer peach season!

It’s the middle of the Summer which means it’s peach season at the farmers market. I love juicy peaches!   I love them for breakfast. I love them for afternoon snacks.  I love making easy peach jam with them!  But I especially love them in this Peach Cake!

EASY to make Peach Cake with Vanilla Frosting recipe. The cake is so moist and made with fresh peaches inside and for decoration on top. This cake is made with two 8 inch cake pans layered together.  It's the perfect cake for Summer peach season!

Do you have a favorite Summer cake that your entire family looks forward to?  Or do you have fond memories of your Grandmother making the best peach cake?  This is one of those seasonal recipes that bring back instant memories for me.

This is a old fashioned, homemade peach cake recipe.   Imagine if you opened up your Grandma’s recipe box.  This cake recipe would be in there! 

EASY to make Peach Cake with Vanilla Frosting recipe. The cake is so moist and made with fresh peaches inside and for decoration on top. This cake is made with two 8 inch cake pans layered together.  It's the perfect cake for Summer peach season!

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The Best Pregnancy-Safe Teas and Morning Sickness Tea Recipe

The BEST pregnancy safe teas for Mothers, including a morning sickness tea recipe! This list includes nausea and stress relieving teas, from first trimester to labor! It also includes a list of teas to avoid! Pregnancy-safe teas can be a great option to increase your intake of fluids and small amounts of vitamins and minerals.

Pregnancy is a time when you want your health to be at it’s best. It’s important to get all the right nutrients and stay hydrated. However, our bodies don’t always make this an easy task during pregnancy. Pregnancy-safe tea can be a great option, no matter the stage of your pregnancy, to increase your intake of fluids and small amounts of vitamins and minerals.

The best pregnancy safe teas for Mothers, including a morning sickness tea recipe! This list includes nausea and stress relieving teas, from first trimester to labor! It also includes a list of teas to avoid! Pregnancy-safe teas can be a great option to increase your intake of fluids and small amounts of vitamins and minerals.

Types of Tea

Tea, officially, comes from the leaves of an evergreen shrub or tree called Camellia sinensis. Depending on how the leaves are processed after they are picked determines if they are Oolong, black, green, or white tea.

There are also red “teas” or Rooibos tea. Since this does not come from the Camellia sinensis plant, it is not a true tea, but rather an herbal infusion from the Aspalathus linearis plant. It’s also known as Red Bush tea since Rooibos means Red Bush.

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Easy Ciabatta Bread

Ciabatta bread recipe! This homemade bread is crusty and filled with holes! It’s easy to make in the bread machine. Serve it for sandwich, soup or a dinner side dish!

Do you love bread?  Of course you do! Who doesn’t love bread?  In this bread machine recipe I’m going to show you how to make a delicious loaf of Ciabatta bread!

What is Ciabatta bread?

Ciabatta bread is a Italian white bread, kinda like a French baguette, but more elongated and broad. It’s usually chewy in texture and filled with crumbly air holes. It’s perfect for dipping in soup, eating for a sandwich or just eating sliced with a little bit of butter!

Ciabatta bread recipe! This homemade bread is crusty and filled with holes! It's easy to make in the bread machine. Serve it for sandwich, soup or a dinner side dish!

Ciabatta bread machine recipe

This bread recipe is really easy to make because it’s made with a bread machine!  Load the ingredients into the pan of your bread machine, in whatever order your machine recommends.  Select the dough cycle and start it!

Ciabatta bread recipe! This homemade bread is crusty and filled with holes! It's easy to make in the bread machine. Serve it for sandwich, soup or a dinner side dish!

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Grandmas Tuna and Chips Dip

Grandmas Tuna and Chips Dip recipe, just like Grandma used to make it! This creamy tuna dip is made with Cream of Mushroom Soup and American cheese slices with crushed up potato chips on top! This is a classic Midwestern family recipe! This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Blue Harbor Fish Co.
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I call this Grandma’s Tuna and Chips Dip because I know your Grandma made this recipe. This is a classic Midwestern-style family dip recipe that everyone is absolutely going to love!  I can guarantee this bowl will be empty in no time at all!

Grandmas Tuna and Chips Dip recipe, just like Grandma used to make it! This creamy tuna dip is made with Cream of Mushroom Soup and American cheese slices with crushed up potato chips on top! This is a classic Midwestern family recipe!

What is it about Grandmas?  How do they make the best recipes?   Is it the love and care that goes into a dish?  Or is it that they’re all amazing cooks?  I think it’s a mixture of both.  This dip recipe is no nonsense, it’s meant to be enjoyed over laughter and conversation.  And it’s delicious.  You guys, it’s really delicious!

Tuna Dip with Potato Chips

Let’s talk ingredients because well… this is a recipe!  This classic dip only calls for 7 ingredients and they’re basic.  In fact you probably already have everything.  That’s what makes Grandma recipes so special – their kitchen always has the right ingredients!

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White Chocolate Toffee Recipe

EASY White Chocolate Toffee Recipe with rainbow sprinkles! You’re going to love this sticky homemade candy that has a base of crushed up pecans. Cut into squares or break up into bark!  

Have you ever made a recipe that gets eaten so quickly you wonder “How did that happen”?  Yup, that’s what happened with me and this White Chocolate Toffee.  I had no idea it was going to be such a hit!    When I first made them I had no idea Matthew and I were going to be fighting each other for the last one – they’re that good! 

This easy to make toffee is made with 5 simple ingredients that you most likely already have in your kitchen! The ingredients are pecans, brown sugar, butter, white chocolate chips and sprinkles.   I love it because it’s a no bake dessert that also includes rainbow sprinkles – which is my favorite type of treat! 

EASY White Chocolate Toffee Recipe with rainbow sprinkles! You're going to love this sticky homemade candy that has a base of crushed up pecans. Cut into squares or break up into bark!

What is Toffee?

Toffee is a type of hard candy, made by boiling sugar and butter together.  If often has a nut based bottom and chocolate top.  For this recipe, we’re going to use pecans for the base and white chocolate for the top!  Lots of people confuse toffee and caramel, but toffee is more crunchy while caramel is more sticky!

EASY White Chocolate Toffee Recipe with rainbow sprinkles! You're going to love this sticky homemade candy that has a base of crushed up pecans. Cut into squares or break up into bark!

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100 Cherry Tomato Recipes

The BEST 100 Cherry Tomato Recipes!  This includes EASY to make appetizers, salads, pasta sauces, meat dishes and casseroles! Make sure to save this post for garden season!

It’s almost the start of tomato season – are you as excited as I am?  As you start picking cherry tomatoes by the basket, I wanted to share  my favorite cherry tomato recipes so you’re prepared!

Cherry Tomato Sauce

First, let’s start with my readers favorite recipes: cherry tomato sauce and slow cooker cherry tomatoes.  People can’t get enough of these 2!  Try these first… especially the sauce, it’s delicious! 

The Best Cherry Tomato Recipes

I broke then down into a few categories below: appetizers, basic dinner recipes, dinners with meat, salad and pasta recipes.  

Cherry Tomato Appetizers

Healthy Cherry Tomato Recipes

Caprese Salad Skewers

Cherry Tomato Relish

Vegetable Bowl Cheese Dip

Caprese Bites With Balsamic Drizzle

Greek Opa Dip

Balsamic Roasted Tomatoes

Greek Pita Nachos

Mini Caprese Bites

Cherry Tomato Mozzarella Salad With Toasted Pine Nuts

Goat Cheese Brushetta

Bacon and Boursin Stuffed Tomatoes

Antipasto Skewers

Guacamole Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes

Chip and Guacamole Bites

Tomato Tulips

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Cast Iron Chicken With Mint Chutney

Cast Iron Chicken With Mint Chutney – this is a full meal recipe with vegetables!  This dinner dish uses fresh mint on baked chicken breasts, along with carrots, potatoes and onions!  Your entire family will love this healthy one skillet pan meal!

Being a part of a Community Garden is lots of fun, especially when you get to share a overabundance of a vegetable that’s growing well.  A perk of being a Community Garden member is when you get gifted beautiful, fresh mint from a fellow gardener.   Is there anything better smelling than mint that’s just been picked? Yum!
fresh mint

So with a large pile of mint sitting in my kitchen, I wanted to come up with a recipe that would showcase it.  Of course you can dry mint for tea, but for this I wanted to make a dinner dish!   That’s how I came up with this Cast Iron Chicken With Mint Chutney recipe!
Cast Iron Chicken With Mint Chutney

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Scrambled Egg Ground Beef Casserole

KETO Scrambled Egg Ground Beef Casserole recipe that’s easy to make! This baked casserole is low carb and you can make ahead overnight if you’d like! It’s packed with vegetables and sprinkled with cheddar cheese!

Do you guys know about Joe’s Special?  It’s a dish that started in San Francisco in the 1920s that consisted of eggs, ground beef, spinach and garlic.   A few places make their own version, including a Brooklyn based restaurant that my husband fell in love with.  I wanted to try a modern spin on it, removing the spinach and replacing it with green beans and peppers. The result is a delicious Scrambled Egg and Ground Beef Casserole!

Scrambled Egg and Ground Beef Casserole

Keto Casserole Recipe

This casserole is keto friendly and low carb, something I’ve been requested to make more of from my readers since I posted my Cauliflower Casserole recipe!  It’s made with eggs and ground beef to be high in protein, and a homemade cream of mushroom soup that’s made with almond milk.  Did I mention there’s shredded cheese on top to make it extra delicious?  

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Cheddar Cheese Cauliflower Casserole

BAKED Cheddar Cheese Cauliflower Casserole recipe! It’s vegetarian and loaded with cauliflower and corn! This easy to make low carb, keto casserole can be either a side dish or a main dish!  

I love Spring because it’s the start of cauliflower season in the garden.  Do you love cauliflower?  What’s your favorite way to eat it?  I love it raw as a snack, roasted as a side dish, and covered in cheese like it is in this Cheddar Cheese Cauliflower Casserole!

BAKED Cheddar Cheese Cauliflower Casserole recipe! It's vegetarian and loaded with cauliflower and corn! This easy to make low carb, keto casserole can be either a side dish or a main dish!  

Let’s talk Cauliflower Nutrition

Cauliflower is a great vegetable to add to your menu.  Not only is it only 29 calories per 1 cup, but it’s packed with vitamin C, Vitamin K, Vitamin E and B complex vitamins!

It’s low in carbs, is a great source of protein and provides calcium, potassium and iron to your daily diet!

What’s not to love about cauliflower?

Now ok, I get it, we’re taking healthy cauliflower and we’re adding cheese on top.   And you’re absolutely right we are because it’s delicious!  This casserole makes both a great side dish, as well as a main course. 

We often have this for dinner with nothing else because it’s so filling (did I mention that it’s really good too?)!

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Chocolate Avocado Baby Muffins

CHOCOLATE AVOCADO Muffins – baby led weaning recipe! These muffins are so moist and creamy because we use avocado and yogurt in them!

Do you know what I love currently about motherhood? We’re starting to snack together!  Looking for a treat that we could both share together I made these Chocolate Avocado Baby Muffins which are a complete hit!

They’re perfect for breakfast and perfect for a snack!  After she finishes her dinner at night, sometimes we both sit down and eat a muffin together!  So these are great for parents, babies, toddlers or just anyone who is seeking a healthy muffin!

chocolate avocado muffins recipe

Baby Led Weaning Muffin Recipe

These are healthier than usual muffins because we aren’t using any oil or butter.  Instead we’re making them moist and creamy with avocado and yogurt.  Remember my avocado brownies? Yup, super creamy!  So are these muffins!  
avocado and cocoa powder

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Garden Cupcakes

The best flower and vegetable garden cupcakes! You will love these easy ideas for fun cupcakes! Perfect for a birthday or enchanted tea party!

Gardeners love their vegetables – but we also love our sweets! Enjoy this collection of pretty garden cupcakes!

Flower and Vegetable Garden Cupcakes!

Aren’t these succulent garden cupcakes beautiful?  Wouldn’t they look extra great with cupcake liners that look like fences?  Check out Jin Cho’s Instagram page for more beautiful creations!
Succulent Garden Cupcakes

Sometimes I wish my house plants looked this good! They use icing tip 352, 21 and 102 to get the leaves! Get the DIY step by step instructions here!
Cactus Cupcakes

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Chocolate Carrot Strawberry Garden

EDIBLE Chocolate Carrot Strawberry GARDEN is the perfect DIY Mother’s day gift from kids! This simple craft uses chocolate cookies for dirt and chocolate covered strawberries for carrots! Place a few craft rabbits in the dirt and you have a beautiful edible vegetable garden! Great for toddlers,  preschoolers and older children to make for Mothers and Grandmas who love to garden!

This edible garden craft is TOO CUTE!  I was feeling crafty (and hungry) so I put together this chocolate covered strawberry treat that resembles a carrot vegetable garden – with rabbits and and all!  This is such a fun Spring project and would make the best Mother’s Day gift from kids!
Mother's Day Garden Craft Gift

Gift For Mothers who Love Gardening

This Chocolate Carrot Strawberry Garden won’t take long to make at all! From start to finish you can have this made in 15 minutes.  And of course the best part is helping eat those chocolate covered strawberries that are coated in chocolate cookies! YUM!
Chocolate Covered Cookie Strawberries

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Little Debbie Cosmic Brownies Recipe

HOMEMADE Copycat Little Debbie Cosmic Brownies – just like you remember as a kid! Each brownie is 150 calories! This easy to make recipe includes a rich chocolate fudge frosting and rainbow sprinkles on top! Make this brownie dessert to share with your family! 

These chocolate brownies covered in rainbow sprinkles bring back memories!  I have fond memories of picking out the weekly grocery store snack when I was a kid, most often reaching for a box of Little Debbie Cosmic Brownies!  What wasn’t to love about these brownies?  They were chocolate! They were soft! They had rainbow sprinkles! They had “Cosmic” in the title! They were so cool!

Little Debbie Cosmic Brownie Sprinkles

Whenever I’m in the grocery store now and I walk by the display of Little Debbie pastries, my eyes always dart to quickly find the Cosmic Brownies.  I usually smile quickly and move along.  This time though, I decided I was going to make my favorite childhood brownies!  Enjoy these Homemade Copycat Little Debbie Cosmic Brownies!

Little Debbie Copycat Brownie Recipe

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Slow Cooker Caramelized Onions

DELICIOUS Slow Cooker Caramelized Onions that are easy to make in your Crockpot! This 4 ingredient recipe is the best and will have melt in your mouth onions ready for your favorite dish in 5 hours! Serve them with soups, casseroles, grilled cheese sandwiches, salads, chicken, pasta, burgers, pizza and more – seriously, you can add them to almost anything!

These Slow Cooker Caramelized Onions came at a perfect time since we just planted our onion seeds for Spring, and I was able to use the remaining 3 pounds of last years onions for this recipe.    It’s always magical when the timing works out perfect and you can go from harvest to seed without much waiting in between.    

DELICIOUS Slow Cooker Caramelized Onions that are easy to make in your Crockpot! This 4 ingredient recipe is the best and will have melt in your mouth onions ready for your favorite dish in 5 hours! Serve them with soups, casseroles, sandwiches, salads, chicken, pasta, burgers, pizza and more - seriously, you can add them to almost anything!

These Slow Cooker Caramelized Onions are what dreams are made out of.   By slow cooking them we’re bringing out the natural sweetness of the onions as the sugar caramelizes.   What starts as a full crockpot of onions is going to turn into a much smaller amount as they melt down.  

Slow Cooker Caramelized Onions Recipe

What you’re left with (besides an amazing smelling house that is going to make your neighbors jealous) is savory, sweet onions that are ready for you to add anywhere – soups, casseroles, sandwiches, salads, pasta, pizza – seriously, you can add them to anything!   My husband came home and he started to immediately swoon upon the first smell of these sweet onions.   On the first bite, his knees buckled and I had to catch him!  The man loves his onions.      

DELICIOUS Slow Cooker Caramelized Onions that are easy to make in your Crockpot! This 4 ingredient recipe is the best and will have melt in your mouth onions ready for your favorite dish in 5 hours! Serve them with soups, casseroles, sandwiches, salads, chicken, pasta, burgers, pizza and more - seriously, you can add them to almost anything!

This recipe will be for sure one that will stick around with us for years to come after we pick our garden onions.  I hope you give it a taste – I think you’ll be really happy you did!

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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 in under 30 minutes! 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 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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