As the summer draws closer I can’t help but think about our food bill. As a teacher the summer has always been a time when my family has really had to stick to a budget. Part of that means cutting down on food waste. Leftovers to the rescue!! Leftovers are a great way to cut your food bill and keep your budget. So, here are a couple of ideas on how to make use of those leftovers. It’s my Leftover Makeover. Continue reading “Leftover Makeover”
With Memorial Day right around the corner we thought it would be fun to mix it up a bit. Typically we serve hamburgers and hot dogs off the grill with accouterments on the side, so people can add whatever they want. But in the spirit of trying new things we decided to do a hot dog remix and made some international hot dogs. Continue reading “International Hot Dogs”
The past week has been a whirling dervish of activity. The babies turned 1 on Wednesday and I just couldn’t contain my excitement. So much so that I made green Ninja Turtle Mac n Cheese. Continue reading “Ninja Turtle Mac n Cheese”
Mother’s Day can get pretty hectic and this year we are juggling Mother’s Day as well as several birthdays. Of course, that’s not going to stop us from making this day as special as we can for our mothers. These 5 Tips for Mother’s Day Brunch should help it go off without a hitch. Continue reading “5 Tips for Mother’s Day Brunch”
It’s probably obvious that we love all types of food in this house. But lately I’ve been exploring more North African cuisine. As I’ve been diving into Moroccan cuisine, I’ve noticed several recipes with sweet potatoes and ras el hanout. That’s what inspired this Moroccan spiced sweet potato black bean burger. Continue reading “Moroccan Spiced Sweet Potato Black Bean Burger”
If you follow the blog you know that I am an advocate of using what I already have in the house. The other day I was looking for something sweet and I realized I had some frozen apricots left over from our Moroccan family dinner. Couscous can be served as either a savory or sweet dish. I’ve already made a savory dish so I decided it was time to try sweet. Presenting, my apricot raisin couscous cake.
General Tso’s is a mouth watering dish with a kick of heat. After several conversations I’ve decided to add more meatless (or at least those that have fish) dishes. It’s important to me that everyone who follows the blog is happy and feels included. Though, I used to incorporate vegetarian dishes via Meatless Mondays I seem to have moved away from it. But I promise this dish will make up for it. The sauce in this General Tso’s Tofu has layers of flavor. All I can say is that it tastes like another bowl (and another and another).
Sometimes it pays to be adventurous. One of the first dinners my dear friend from Costa Rica made for us was pastelon de platano maduro. Pastelón de platano de maduro is like a Costa Rican lasagna but you substitute the noodles out for bananas. When she first told me what she was making I was hesitant. But the mixture of the savory meat sauce with the sweet bananas is to die for.
What do you bring to a Thanksgiving brunch? Sweet potato pancakes. I’ve been mulling over this idea of Thanksgiving Brunch ever since we had brunch at my friends house the other weekend. The holidays can be a stressful time especially when there are so many family and friends to see. I remember when my husband and I were back and forth on the highway from afternoon until midnight trying to see all of our family during the holidays.
This holiday has been a wonderful time for me to experiment with some favorite comfort dishes. Have you ever wanted to spice up an old dish? One of my family’s favorites is lasagna. But I don’t make it as often as I’d like because it can be time consuming. Especially, when you are making most of it (minus the pasta) from scratch. Luckily, I came across a twist on this favorite comfort dish that makes it quick to make.