While it may be something of the past now, it always seemed to me that every family had that one dish that drew the family together. Something warm, hearty and comforting, a dish that young and old enjoyed and that really didn’t take much effort to prepare.
This was our first year canning peaches, and it couldn’t have been easier. The peaches have held their sweetness, shape, and texture quite well, much to my husband’s delight, as peaches are his favorite fruit.
We did freeze some peach slices, but it is my understanding that canning preserves their natural sweetness better than freezing them. This recipe is easy, and creates a light syrup that does not overwhelm the peaches’ natural flavor.
One of the final preparations I did before the birth of our second child was to put some pre-made smoothie packs in the freezer. They are great for an easy breakfast, or a wholesome snack when I’m busy taking care of my newborn and toddler!
Smoothie packs are so easy to make, and I love how versatile they are! You simply pre-portion out your fruits and greens, pop them in the freezer, and when the day comes to have one, you just dump them in the blender and turn it on! Continue reading “Smoothie Freezer Packs”
Blueberry season is under way here in Connecticut, eagerly awaited by my husband and I. We nearly made it the full year without running out of blueberry jam, finishing the last jar up only about a month ago.
This year, we picked at a different local farm, enjoying the trip as part of our last family-weekend before our new baby arrives.
In addition to canning more jam, as well as some whole berries in syrup, we froze some of the blueberries, made smoothie packs, and I made two trays of this delicious peach & blueberry crisp. Continue reading “Peach & Blueberry Breakfast Crisp”
Summer is well underway, and since I live in New England, I have the added bonus of humidity, the one thing that takes a hot summer day from “ok, this is hot” to “this is unbearable” in no time at all.
This means loading up on lots of cool drinks and icy snacks to break the heat and keep cool. Since my family and I seriously limit out processed food intake, a lot of our summer snacks are cheaper and healthier if made at home!
One go-to snack that is beyond easy to make are these Mango Lassi bites. Ever had a delicious mango lassi from your local Indian restaurant? If not, you’re missing out! Lassis are yogurt-based drinks, typically loaded with fresh fruit, and some include additives like spices or honey. Continue reading “Mango Lassi Bites”
I love hummus — on crackers, toast, or fresh cut vegetables like peppers, carrots, celery – you name it, I’ll eat it! One of my favorite ways to add hummus to my diet is by including it in wraps and sandwiches.
I love recipes that are filling, fresh. and delicious… and that came from absolutely nowhere. This recipe is another that I whipped up one night when I only had a few items left in the fridge to cook with – a tomato, half a zucchini, some onion, chicken thighs, and bag of quinoa in the pantry. Continue reading “Tomato & Zucchini Quinoa Bowl (Vegan Option)”
While I am not vegetarian or vegan, I do stick to a whole foods, plant based diet. I try to consume as little commercial meat as possible, with no beef at all, and since our wild game options are somewhat limited, I frequently eat vegetarian and vegan meals.
This recipe is one of my favorites. It is an extremely versatile, base recipe that can be customized anyway you would like. My only issue with it is that the bites turn out so good, my husband and I eat them all faster than I can make them!