Freezer Friendly

For the busy week ahead, back to school nights, late night business meeting, week night sports running late? Or just a dish to make for a friend that may be in need……..this page is for you. Most of these dishes are freezer approved by me! I’m a huge freezer fan these days. Whenever I made something that has more than two servings of leftovers, I simply freeze it. I always make more than enough soup so I can freeze it. You never know when your going to get sick, and you want that homemade soup vs. canned! I freeze chili every time I make it, and sometimes I think it’s even better the second time around!

Granola and Yogurt Parfaits to go w/Ladera Granola

Granola and Yogurt Parfaits to go w/Ladera Granola

When Ladera Granola reached out to me a month or so ago to do a review on their product there was no way I was going to say no, one because I love helping people and two because I love love love granola! I know a lot of Granola's can be good for you but I've never really found one that was low enough in Fats to be satisfied with paying the $8-9 a package can sometimes cost. When I received my Granola in the mail I was excited to see what it was all about. It has an great sweet taste but not too sweet, I loved the texture, it wasn't too "bulky" and "chunky", just the right amount of almond for this Momma! So let's talk about Ladera Granola a bit, I actually found their story quite  fascinating. When I researched it online I was quite surprised that the founders were so young! Well maybe surprised isn't the word but I had that "Wow that's so awesome, you go guys" kind of feeling when I

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Broccoli, Mushroom & Rice Casserole for #SundaySupper

Broccoli, Mushroom & Rice Casserole for #SundaySupper

Soooooo Meatless Meals, I'm going to admit that I love meat, most of it, I've often thought about going the vegetarian route just to see if I could do it, my best friend actually did it for 3 weeks after the New Year and she said it wasn't as hard as she thought it would be, I cook a lot of chicken, I try to only have beef one night a week so that leaves 1-2 nights a week of meatless dishes. I could literally live on pasta but seeing as it's not the healthiest option in the world I continue to cook meat! I'm sure excited to see these dishes because since I'm hosting this event I've been looking at the titles and drooling over them all week! A lot of people I know are Vegetarians or Vegans, it's why I have a section on my blog for those recipes. When we invite friends over for a get together or a party I always make sure there is something on the menu for everyone. I respect everyone and

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Meatless Meals for #SundaySupper this week!

Meatless Meals for #SundaySupper this week!

Happy Thursday everyone! I'm pretty excited, so excited that I just had to tell you all about the #SundaySupper theme this week. Meatless Meals...... and I'm hosting! I have a hosted a few fun events in the past and when I saw this one still needed a host I thought why not I LOVE meatless dishes! We are talking a pretty talented group of foodies here my friends so this is one event you will NOT want to miss. I can only imagine what is to come of these mouth watering meatless dishes we have lined up for you! I'm getting my "Pinning" hand ready because I have a feeling I'm going to be pinning a lot of dishes to try in the upcoming weeks as we all gear to get fit and healthy for Spring or if you celebrate Lent, you'll want to mark your favorite dishes now so your prepared for those upcoming meatless Friday's. So please do come back this Sunday, the 9th and check out the direct links to

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Mardi Gras Recipes for #SundaySupper

Mardi Gras Recipes for #SundaySupper

Happy Sunday everyone! I don't know a lot about Mardi Gras to be honest with you. All I do know is that it's a carnival/party of some sort that is thrown most famously in New Orleans. I have often seen some crazy outfits, out of control people doing silly things but one thing is for sure, like most parties, it comes with great food!! I had to look up recipes most commonly celebrated with Mardi Gras I have to admit. I was surprised to discover that a lot of Mardi Gras food choices consist of Cajun or spicy foods! I was super excited to discover this because well we love a good kick in this home! Sooooooooooooo let's thank Leslie from La Cocina de Leslie for hosting this super fun event! I seriously can not wait to check out these recipes and Pin some of them to my new "MUST TRY" pinterest board! I actually made two things for this event but decided on the food one verses the beverage

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Mexican Veggie Medley

Mexican Veggie Medley

If you are looking for a great side dish to have with your enchilada's or Taco's this veggie dish is for you! It adds a kick to your everyday veggies and it can be made on the grill. If your just looking for a good side dish to have with your Steaks! I made this one day while craving something hot and spicy. Boy did this one hit the spot! I'm a big fan of zucchini and summer squash so while thinking of the perfect grilling side dish this one was created! I sat on my porch and chopped up the veggies while my daughter played in her little pool. Sorry for the bad pictures but it was thrown together at the last minute but good enough to share with you! [amd-zlrecipe-recipe:30]

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Featured Friday – Greatfun4kids

Featured Friday – Greatfun4kids

Oh Friday. Sweet Friday. Oh how I love you. Another Friday to introduce you to another awesome blog I've come across. Simone (pronounced "Simonne" as in "on", not "Simoane"as in "moan") writes over at Greatfun4kids! I don't really remember how I came about her blog but I do remember the reasons as to why I was drawn to it. Simonne has a great way of writing about life and the Roller Coaster of a ride it can be, which I can relate to.  She is Mother to three beautiful children and is married to her love. Click Here to read about her family. She lives in New Zealand, down by Australia. Simone loves to write, paint, read, travel, take photo's, drink coffee and planning parties for kiddo's. I admire her for her sense of planning parties, her philosophy about that is she is creating great memories for her family, and I happen to agree with her. I love making every little holiday or

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Vegan Banana Nut Bread

Vegan Banana Nut Bread

During the holidays I was seriously craving some Banana Bread. Like. Seriously. I also wanted to make a Vegan version for a friend of mine. Because she's a sweetheart and I like making things for my friends. I doubled this recipe and made two loaves, one for her and one for us, I need to make this again very soon because my daughter loved it and so did I. I ate it everyday until it was gone! Recipe From: Dairyfreecooking.about.com Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 1 hour Total Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes Ingredients: 2 cups all-purpose flour 3/4 cups white granulated sugar (I prefer unrefined cane sugar) 1/2 cup dark brown sugar, packed 3/4 t. baking soda 3/4 t. salt 3/4 t. cinnamon 1/2 cup plain soy milk or almond milk 1 t. apple cider vinegar 2 cups mashed banana, from about 4 large very ripe bananas 1/4 cup canola oil 2 T. maple syrup 1 t.

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Featured Friday – Small Wallet Big Appetite

Featured Friday – Small Wallet Big Appetite

It's that time of the week again!!! My favorite day!! I am Co-Hosting today with another #SundaySupper favorite of mine!! Laura from Small Wallet Big Appetite is here with me today! Laura is a wife and a busy mom of one who somehow squeezes in time to work freelance. She has many passions in her life; family, traveling and gardening to name a few. But second only to her family, is cooking. Laura's love for cooking started at a very early age. She remembers when she was about seven, waking up early, pushing a chair against the kitchen counter and making her parents a surprise breakfast. Now while she couldn't attest to how good it was it was, it was the start of her love for preparing meals for others. It is more than just enjoying the food itself, it is the anticipation of having someone take that first bite. I can agree with that Laura! I think that must be when you really know if you

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Featured Co-Host – Mama’s Blissful Bites

Featured Co-Host – Mama’s Blissful Bites

Favorite day of the week upon us again my friends!! I am more than excited to introduce today Featured Co-Host. Through this awesome journey of blogging and of course Featured Friday's I have met some amazing people along the way. Amber stood out to me a lot because she seems to have the same thoughts and aspirations as I do being a SAHM. Actually I could probably learn a thing or two from her because she seems to be that "Mom" I'm trying so hard to be. You know the one that cranks the music and has dance parties everyday with her kids, or builds tents to play in every room of the house, or even the importance of how important our Earth and environment is to us. Amber is the Momma, Wife, Blogger, Friend, Writer behind Mama's Blissful Bites!! Her site is still in the works of being revamped, yet another thing we share in common!! One of her new features she has is "Ask Mama" What an

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Momma’s Sweet Mash

Momma’s Sweet Mash

I named it this because I had sweet potatoes and some left over butternut squash in the house I wanted to use up, I actually like the taste better than sweet potatoes mashed alone or butternut squash alone (shhhh not yours mom!) The contrast was awesome! So if your wondering what the secret ingredient is outside of sweet potatoes mashed it's the butternut squash!! Ingredients: Serves: 4 3 Sweet Potatoes, Peeled & Cubed Quarter of a butternut squash, cubed 2 Tbsp of light butter 1 1/2 tbsp of ground cinnamon Skim Milk Preperation: I peeled and cut my sweet potatoes and the butternut squash into small cubes, the smaller they are the quicker it cooks! I use a steamer to cook mine. In a mixing bowl combine the steamed veggies with butter, cinnamon, and use your eye for the skim milk, it depends on how thick you like your mash! :) Wala!! Instant sweet goodness!!  

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Mediterranean Grain Salad

Mediterranean Grain Salad

This sounds like an awesome summer salad. I can see myself making this and eating it all week for lunch!! Soooo since today was a daycare day I attempted this!! I couldn't find bulgar at the store, well I found the organic kind but wasn't spending $7 on  yet another bag of rice when I have 5 kinds at home! So I decided to make this with barley. The only difference was it needed to be cooked longer that's all. I can also see making this with brown rice. It was awesome, the cheese just really brought it all together, I'm now addicted to goat cheese I believe! :) Oh and I also doubled the recipe so I could have more for lunch this week! Ingredients 1/3 cup medium-grind bulgur Coarse salt and ground pepper 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved 1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped 1/2 small shallot, minced 1 tablespoon red-wine vinegar 2 teaspoons olive oil 1 ounce fresh goat cheese,

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Stuffed Acorn Squash w/Root Veggies & Chicken

Stuffed Acorn Squash w/Root Veggies & Chicken

This is by far the best restaurant meal I've ever had. So much so that I emailed the manager the very next day and asked for the recipe, she wrote back a few days later with the recipe! YUM!!! Ingredients: 1 ACORN SQUASH (PER 2 PEOPLE) 1/2 LB OF CHICKEN TENDERS HANDFUL OF  PEARL ONION, FROZEN 2 SMALL  DICED TURNIP, ROUGH CUT 1/2-1 LB  DICED BUTTERNUT SQUASH, ROUGH CUT 2 DICED CARROT, ROUGH CUT 1  DICED PARSNIPS, ROUGH CUT 1 CUP OIL 1 CUP of VEGGIE BROTH SALT PEPPER WHITE PEPPER THYME 1 CUP OF QUINOA PILAF (Recipe Here) 2 TBSP. OF MAPLE SYRUP  Directions: ACORN SQUASH, SLICED IN HALF, A TOP & A BOTTOM.  REMOVE GUTS.  TRIM BOTTOM TO MAKE FLAT.  SPRAY FLESH WITH 1/8 OZ PAN SPRAY.  SPRINKLE SALT &  PEPPER.  BAKE UNTIL FORK TENDER (I DID ONE HOUR) PEEL & DICE ALL VEG, MEDIUM DICE, ROUGH. MIX TOGETHER IN ROASTING PAN PEARL

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Vegan Irish Stew

Vegan Irish Stew

I got this recipe off of www.care2.com while looking for some yummy vegan recipes for St.Patty's Day :) To see my step-by-step directions for this recipe please click here: St. Patty's Day Food Reviews Are In! Ingredients: 3 Cups of Water 2 1/2 Cups Vegetable Broth 1 lbs Un-peeled Potatoes 1/2 lb Seitan or 8 oz of Chickpeas (if you don’t like fake meats) 3 Large Peeled Carrots 1 Medium Onions 1 Stalk Celery 2/3 Cup Barley 2 Tbls Soy Sauce 1 Tsp Thyme 1 Tsp Rosemary 1/2 Tsp Salt Black Pepper to Taste Directions: Cut all veggies into large stew like chunks, including potatoes. In a large pot combine water, vegetable broth, barley, onions, an salt.  Bring to a boil and cook at medium heat for about 20 minutes. Add in the potatoes and cook for another ten minutes. Next add the carrots, seiten (or chickpeas), celery, soy sauce and all spices and cook for another 20 minutes on a low

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Quinoa Breakfast Bars w/Blueberries

Quinoa Breakfast  Bars w/Blueberries

These cereal bars are pleasantly moist and chewy- much like an old fashioned oatmeal bar. And the best part? They freeze well- for an easy grab and go gluten-free breakfast. You supply the no whip caramel soy latte. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9-inch square cake pan with greased parchment.   Whisk together these dry ingredients:   1 cup quinoa flakes 1/2 cup sorghum flour 1/2 cup organic buckwheat flour 1/4 cup Bob's Red Mill Gluten-Free Cornmeal 1/4 cup tapioca starch or potato starch 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 3/4 teaspoon fine sea salt 1 1/4 teaspoon xanthan gum 1 teaspoon organic ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg   Add in and mix:   1 cup organic light brown sugar 1/3 cup light olive oil 2 organic free-range eggs, beaten; or Ener-G Egg Replacer for 2 eggs (equals 1/4 cup liquid) 1/2 cup rice, soy, hemp or nut milk 1/4 teaspoon

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The Best Vegan Baked Mac & Cheese

I found this recipe off a website from one of my usual websites. Looking through some of these sites of come to realize eating Gluten Free, Vegetarian or even Vegan is just plain hard! Maybe it's easier for you because you cook this way all the time, but each recipe looked to be so much work and was pages long...I chose this one because who doesn't like a good macarroni and cheese?!! This homemade cheesy uncheese sauce is creamy and delicious. And it's corn and soy-free, too. For more recipes check out www.glutenfreegoddess.blogspot.com.   For the casserole:   10 to 12 oz. dry penne or macaroni pasta, partially pre-cooked* - see below    For the sauce:   4 tablespoons light olive oil 4 tablespoons sweet rice flour 2 1/2 cups plain hemp, rice or nut milk 1 rounded tablespoon sesame tahini or almond butter 2 heaping tablespoons nutritional yeast 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard 1-2

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Roasted Sweet & Sour Chickpeas

Roasted Sweet & Sour Chickpeas

I got this recipe from another FB page I belong to for kiddo friendly recipes. I LOVE chickpeas these days and I can't wait to try these as a snack!! Plus I'm secretly hoping to get my daughter to love them too! Ingredients: 1 can (14 oz) chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained 2 teaspoons olive oil 1 teaspoon cinnamon or your spice(s) of choice 1 1/2 teaspoons brown sugar 1/4 teaspoon salt Directions: Place chickpeas on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a Silpat. Bake at 450 F for 30 minutes. (You didn't miss anything here.  You don't oil or season them until after they are done.  In fact, for an extra healthy treat, try them when they get out of the oven before even adding the oil.  They are enjoyable all on their own.) Transfer chickpeas to a bowl and mix thoroughly with the rest of the ingredients. Enjoy hot, or bring to room

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Quinoa-Stuffed Peppers

Quinoa-Stuffed Peppers

I got this from a few ladies from a group I belong to on FB, it's a great group that is always willing to pass out a recipe or answer a question!! Stay tuned for pictures! Ingredients: 1 medium onion, finely chopped (1 cup) 2 Tbs. olive oil 2 ribs celery, finely chopped (1/2 cup) 1 Tbs. ground cumin 2 cloves garlic, minced (2 tsp.) 1 10-oz. pkg. frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry 2 15-oz. cans diced tomatoes, drained, liquid reserved 1 15-oz. can black beans, rinsed and drained 3/4 cup quinoa 3 large carrots, grated (1 1/2 cups) 1 1/2 cups grated reduced-fat pepper Jack cheese, divided 4 large red bell peppers, halved lengthwise, ribs removed Directions: 1. Heat oil in saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and celery, and cook 5 minutes, or until soft. Add cumin and garlic, and sauté 1 minute. Stir in spinach and drained tomatoes. Cook 5 minutes, or

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Momma’s Chili

Momma’s Chili

I was in search for a Gluten free Chilli for my cousin's party this weekend and I couldn't find everything I wanted so I ended up just making my own up!! My hubby loved it, now I have to pass it onto my cousin to see if it's ALL gluten-free, I served it with Baked Blue Corn Chips. I loooove making Chilli! Ingredients: 1 lb. of Ground Turkey Breast 1 Onion, diced 1 Can of Chickpeas (rinsed & drained) 1 Can of Diced Tomatoes (I used the one with chilli's) 1 Can of Cannelli Beans (rinsed & drained) 1 Can of Gluten Free Black Bean Soup 2 Tbsp. of Chilli Powder Cayenne Pepper to taste 1 Sm. Can of Tomato Sauce (Optional) 2 Tbsp. of Parmesan Cheese Handful of your favorite Tortilla Chip Directions: Cook ground turkey breast and onion in a stove top pan. Meanwhile, add all of the remaining ingredients to a Crock Pot. After the turkey and onion are cooked

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Mexican Style Beef-GF

Mexican Style Beef-GF

This sounds like an awesome Mexican dish, serving it over rice and mixing some broccoli in it...YUM!! or make it a taco!! Another Gluten free beauty and a Crock-It Dish, can't get any easier!! I tried this a few wks back, I slacked on the spice of it and wished I didn't because it needed more so definetly follow the recipe!! I served mine over Broccoli! Ingredients 1 (4 pound) chuck roast 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon ground black pepper 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 large onion, chopped 1 1/4 cups diced green chile pepper 1 teaspoon chili powder 1 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper 1 (5 ounce) bottle hot pepper sauce 1 teaspoon garlic powder Directions Trim the roast of any excess fat, and season with salt and pepper. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Place meat in hot skillet, and brown meat quickly on all sides. Transfer the roast to a slow

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Honey Glazed Ham

Honey Glazed Ham

I tried Ham in the crockpot last week and I swear I will never cook Ham any other way again! That's how awesome it was!! I didn't do a whole ham though I only did a piece of the Ham so this time I want to try a whole Ham!! How easy does this sound? I plan on serving it with some kind of potato and fresh steamed carrots with brown sugar! This is also a Gluten Free item, I got this recipe from a mom who has a child that has a Gluten allergy so I thought that was worth mentioning. This is also a Gluten Free Dish. To see my step-by-step directions for this recipe please click here: Ham Dinner w/my Boo! Ingredients: 5-7 pound bone-in ham 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar 1/4 cup honey 1/4 cup butter, melted 1 teaspoon gluten free Worcestershire sauce 1 tablespoon brown sugar 2 teaspoons ground thyme The Directions: Use a 6-quart slow cooker. Unwrap ham, and discard flavor

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