My children love any food that can be put into a wrap or eaten like a taco. This amazingly includes Asian Style Lettuce Wraps. Lettuce Wraps Wash and dry 8 large lettuce leaves – we prefer red leaf lettuce. … Continue reading →
There are few things that I have found that do not have an increased flavor when cooked in brown butter. Brown butter definitely takes a normally very healthy vegetable and make it a bit less healthy but the incredible flavor … Continue reading →
Some people put grapes in their chicken salad. Some people add apples. We add MANGO! We also cut the mayonnaise and add avocado to increase the vitamins and nutrients provided. I don’t know I would go so far as to … Continue reading →
We are sharing half a cow with some of our family members. Lessons from sharing this cow . . . Everyone wants the ox tail. No one else wants soup bones. There is such a thing as too much steak. … Continue reading →
You know that one meal that everyone in the house loves but you hardly ever make because you don’t ever remember it when you get around to meal planning? That meal is this one for us. This meal brings together … Continue reading →
Yes, I know that you can simply pick up a jar of peanut butter from the store. Yes, I know that it is even possible to get a jar that doesn’t have any additional sugar, salt or oil. Yes, I … Continue reading →
Mother Nature can’t seem to make up her mind here. We go from nearly 80* to 35* literally overnight. That said, we keep flipping back and forth from our more spring type meals to our hearty winter ones. This is … Continue reading →
Ever have a night that you don’t feel much like cooking or one where you had a late/big lunch and aren’t really hungry or even a night where you’re too busy to even think about dinner until right the moment … Continue reading →
Meal planning sounds scary but with a little time and a lot of grace it can become one of the best things you can do for your family. Meal planning promotes healthier eating, is budget friendly and eliminates the “What’s for dinner?” stress. The video below is how we got started and our recommendations for you as you start on your meal planning journey.
Saturday morning at our house is pancake morning. Little did we realize that reading Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs to our oldest child when he was two would be the end of Saturday morning variety. No book should ever start … Continue reading →
Some days are just busy and on these days I always seem to want pizza. My regular pizza dough recipe takes 3.5 hours to make so pulling it off on a busy day just isn’t going to happen. So, I … Continue reading →
Sometimes we all need to stretch our money just a little bit further. This recipe is a hit, much cheaper than take out and uses up some of those odds and ends. Combine 1 1/2 cups white rice and 3 … Continue reading →
Around our house this dinner is affectionately called Barf Beetley Soup thanks to a very confused two year-old nearly four years ago. I promise you as gross as the nickname sounds the soup truly is a delicious family favorite. Bonus to the deliciousness is the fact that the crock pot does all the work for you!
Beef Barley Soup
Into a crock pot place 1 1/2 pounds of beef roast pieces (also known as stew meat), 1 teaspoon salt, 2 teaspoons pepper, 2 teaspoons garlic powder, 1 teaspoon thyme, 1 carton (30 oz) beef stock, 1 carton (30 oz) chicken stock, 6 stalks for chopped celery, 6 chopped carrots, 1/2 onion diced, 1/2 cup dried parsley, 1 cup barley and 1 bay leaf.
Cook on low for 7-8 hours.
Beef Barley Soup. Photo Credit to the 1 year-old Freeform Foodie.
Apparently ’tis the season for cauliflower around our house. Please don’t let this white underutilized vegetable scare you away from this recipe. We have served this soup with rave reviews to picky eaters who wouldn’t touch a cauliflower with a 10 foot pole.
“Baked Potato” Soup
Thinly slice two large potatoes.
Add potatoes to a pot with 2 cups of milk and 1 teaspoon of salt.
Bring to a boil.
While waiting for the pot to boil, chop 1/2 head of cauliflower into bite sized pieces and slice one bunch of green onions – separating the whites and the greens.
Once boiling, add cauliflower and onion whites to the pot.
Boil approximately 12 minutes until cauliflower and potatoes are soft.
Add additional 1 cup of milk or add 1 cup heavy cream if you prefer a richer soup.
Move the soup off of the heat.
Use an immersion blender to puree the soup.
Serve with onion greens as a garnish.*
*Additional toppings we sometimes use include shredded cheese, sour cream and the very occasional crumbled bacon.
Baked Potato Soup. Photo credit to the one year-old Freeform Foodie.