Category Archives: vegetables

Cooking 101: 3 Simple Winter Squash Recipes

Acorn squash can be baked (as shown), steamed, slow cooked, boiled. Read more about this nutritious food.

Acorn squash can be baked (as shown), steamed, slow cooked, boiled. Read more about this nutritious food.

by donR  November 17, 2015

If you search for winter squash recipes you can find plenty of suggestions on the web. In our last post we interviewed a master gardener to get  few tricks for preparing nutritious squash. I was satisfied with that until I met Richard and Nancy while picking apples for a Cook-In. It was there that I heard another way to prepare winter squash.  They own Apple Creek Orchards in Ferndale, Washington, recognized by redtri.com  as one of the best apple orchards for families near Seattle. Continue reading

Green Salad In Your Meal Plan: 10 Final Thoughts

Green salads contain many micronutrients. Add whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds for even more variety.

Green salads contain many micro-nutrients. Add whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds variety.

by  donR  October 6, 2015

Should you include green salads every day in your meal plan? It depends on what you and your needs for optimal body function. Dark green leafy green salads are rich in vitamins and minerals, some of which can be toxic  or interfere with medicines if you eat too much. It also depends on whether the dressing contains oil or water needed for digestion. EEEK!, it’s complicated. But, here are some general guidelines for you and your family to consider: Continue reading

Best Recipe Search Engine?: Sunshine Carrots

by donR  05 11 2015

The recipe for Sunshine Carrots was  found in the Greater Boston Food Bank data base

The recipe for Sunshine Carrots was found in the Greater Boston Food Bank data base

Click ‘N Cook, the Greater Boston Food Bank recipe data base, may not be the best* but I find myself using it more and more.  Simply put a check mark by a few ingredients hiding in your pantry and they will recommend simple, tasty recipes using those ingredients. Plus, the recipes tend to favor the use of whole foods like the recipe for Sunshine Carrots.  Continue reading

Easy One Skillet Meal from Planned-Overs

A tasty and healthy meal from planned--overs and food from the pantry

A tasty and healthy meal from planned–overs and food from the pantry

by donR  5/1/20l5

Serve soft or hard tacos one night then create  this simple, nutritious, one skillet meal on the second day. Cook once for several meals to save time, energy and avoid a trip to the grocer.

Nutritious?  This meal was made with whole foods except the dab of whipped cream and Better Than Bouillon® flavoring. Read More….

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A Well-Stocked Pantry; Part 3

Does your family meal plan include enough vegetables and fruit?

Does your family meal plan include enough vegetables and fruit?

The USDA recommends that 50% of our dinner plate be filled with vegetables and fruit. But can you guess what percentage of the average grocery bill goes towards fruit and veggies?  Americans spend only about 14% according to a Huffington Post Article.  In this third part of the “Stocking Your Pantry” series, we’ll give you some ideas about what veggies to always have in your pantry (food storage areas). Continue reading

A Ten Dollar Meal: Shepherd’s Pie

Shepard's pie is great for using planned-overs.

Shepherd’s pie is great for using planned-overs.

Shepherd’s pie is a comfort food that originated in Great Britain. Since the English elite confiscated all the grain, the commoners resorted to using potatoes as a food staple. The Irish cooked meat and vegetables together with wine and Worcestershire sauce then put that in a pot lined (or not) with mashed potatoes. After covering the meat with potatoes it was baked ’till done. Continue reading

Mom Says “Eat Your veggies.” Are they ready yet?

Mom Says, “Eat Your veggies.” Are they ready yet?

pic of cut vegetables

Plan to wash, cut and blanch veggies ahead of time. It saves time and energy when cooking dinner.

Yes, prepping fresh vegetables takes time and energy but The USDA recommends that 1/2 of your plate be filled with them. Some of us take pleasure in working with veggies and others are looking for ways to make it simpler. Usually we wash, cut and cook vegetables while assembling the rest of the meal which can be hectic sometimes. but, if you just prepare them ahead of time or include them in your total meal plan you can simplify cooking for dinner. Here are five ideas for including veggies in your plan. Continue reading