Mom’s Taco Salad with a Twist!

My mom has been making a homemade taco salad since I was alive. I realized a few years ago that she had been making it for so long that some family members were excited to get a taste of it at a summer party for the first time in years (possibly decades). This is a... Continue Reading →

Katherine’s Thai Chili Recipe

I love finding delicious vegan recipes that can be used all year long...especially during Lent and other fasting days within the Orthodox calendar. My friend, Katherine, gave me this recipe that I had tried a couple of years ago after she had brought it to church during a Lenten "coffee hour." Ingredients: 1 large sweet... Continue Reading →

Homemade Vegetable Broth

This is literally one of my most favorite little ways of saving money. We make a lot of things with fresh veggies. I keep a large ziploc bag in the freezer and any time I have vegetable scraps I clean them and then put them in my veggie ziploc bag.   Examples of veggies that... Continue Reading →

Homemade Dill Pickles

Anyone that knows my mom, knows that she has a green thumb! In fact, every year she has huge tomato plants that self-plant from seeds from the year prior. It is incredible. Every year, she plants cucumbers and tomatoes. Those are her specialty. As much as she loves planting, watering, and harvesting, she often cannot... Continue Reading →

Over-the-Rainbow Minestrone

We are in day eleven of the Dormition Fast. I was originally hoping to blog about a vegan-friendly food item every day for the first fourteen days of August during this fasting cycle...As you can see, I am eleven days late. I have featured this Taste of Home third place winner as a great vegan/Lenten... Continue Reading →

Denise’s Zucchini Stew Recipe

Since being in the IUN Radiography Program in early 2000s, I was afforded the opportunity to meet some great people. This includes one of my x-ray mentors, as well as later on, a coworker, Denise. When I was first married in 2006, I found myself using the crock-pot more and more, since both TBF and... Continue Reading →

Best Zucchini Bread Recipe

Thank you to my neighbors, my dry-cleaning lady and my mom, because this year, I have had more zucchini than ever! After sauteing breaded zucchini slices and crock-potting zucchini stew,  I have been whipping up batches of mini-zucchini breads! I found this recipe online entitled "Mom's Zucchini Bread Recipe." Please note that I have made... Continue Reading →

Broccoli Cheese Rolls

Since my little "picky pants" (AKA the Honey Badger)  is constantly trying to exercise her toddler  authority, she insists on eating the same foods over and over again. I think her addiction to the yogurt, Noosa, is going to break the bank! So I am trying to think outside of the box. I don't typically... Continue Reading →

Shiitake Portobello Stew

This amazing Lenten stew is outrageously delicious (assuming you like mushrooms and dishes with a little kick). This recipe is found on page 163 of Dr. Joel Fuhrman's cookbook entitled, "Eat to Live Cookbook." This is a cookbook that compliments his main informational book called "Eat to Live," which is an awesome guide to help... Continue Reading →

Corn Chowder in Winter

Things have been so busy the last two weeks that I cannot believe that I haven't posted anything for 11 days! The Lenten Fast started last Sunday, March 13...and with this fast comes some new recipes to try! TBF takes his lunch to work almost everyday. If I don't have a plan for breakfast, lunch,... Continue Reading →

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