A Cooking Surprise I have been surprised many times in my kitchen. Like when I rehydrated dried shitake mushrooms for the first time or when I cooked a whole eggplant on the gas burner of my stove. Or, when I put a whole, frozen turkey breast into my crock pot and came home 8 hours later to the most moist and tasty turkey breast I've ever eaten. Cooking is funny when you try new things - that's for sure. Turkey Breast in the Crock Pot Recipe 1 Frozen solid turkey breast This is a one-ingredient recipe. All you do is place the frozen turkey breast into the crock pot or slow … [Read more...] about Turkey Breast in the Crock Pot & How to Use the Leftovers
Fresh Vegetables - How to Buy Them It's smart to buy a nice variety of fresh vegetables for good nutrition and colorful meals and snacks, right? Right. And, it's even smarter to use up your fresh vegetables before they rot, right. Right. Well, did you ever look into your vegetable crisper drawer and think...how will I use that Bell pepper, corn-on-the-cob, asparagus, fresh herb, or kale? My thinking was along those lines the other day when I took a look. But, worry no more, because there are sneaky ways to waste less and enjoy more as you store your fresh vegetables. And, to avoid plastic … [Read more...] about Fresh Vegetables & How to Store Them
A Big Pot of Soup A big pot of homemade vegetable soup is like a big hug from someone you love. It warms you up, fills you up and keeps you coming back for more. Not only that. Homemade vegetable soup is a tasty mixture of fresh flavors and healthy nutrition, and there's no limit to what you can cut, shred or chop and add into your tasty soup broth. Some vegetables I like in my homemade vegetable soup are onions, garlic, celery, Bell peppers, carrots, canned tomatoes, chickpeas, cabbage, zucchini, turnips, and parsley. Mmm...it's so good! My Homemade Soup & Easy Meals blog gives you … [Read more...] about A Big Pot of Soup & Batch-Cooking Recipe Tips
Tangy Carrot Salad is a Versatile Side Dish This twist on plain old carrots is a dish I make often as a cold and colorful side. The flavor and nutrition is simply hard to beat. Last month, I made brunch for some good friends and the menu was this: my Easy Egg Frittata (you've got to try it), Tangy Carrot Salad (recipe right here - below), Lucy's Homemade Whole Wheat Bread (my friend Lucy makes the best), and my Healthy Pumpkin Pie (you make it in the blender)! Tangy Carrot Salad Recipe Makes 6 servings 4 large Carrots ½ … [Read more...] about Tangy Carrot Salad Recipe
Local Dietitians' Night Out! Every 4-6 weeks, our local dietitians group gets out together for education, networking and fun! This month, we met at a YMCA to listen to a panel of local farmers and gardening experts talk about the local agriculture scene. Not only that -- we took home the most beautiful, locally grown, hydroponic lettuce I've ever seen! Local Agriculture in Triad North Carolina Our education/experience panel the other night consisted of 2 farmers who supply local, community feeding programs and the food bank with a variety of fresh vegetables. In the winter, thanks to … [Read more...] about Local Dietitians, Learning From Local Farmers & Lettuce
Meatloaf is Comfort Food I have been eating meatloaf all my life and I bet you have, too. Lately I've gotten creative and have tried some new ingredients in my meatloaf as a way to lighten up this classic comfort food. Fresh and dried herbs and spices are normally fun to add to meatloaf, and using oatmeal instead of bread crumbs is a neat way to add a whole grain to the recipe. The meatloaf in this picture at the left has an entire 10 oz package of thawed and drained, frozen spinach in it, too. Tasty? You bet it is! Easy Spinach & Herb Meatloaf Recipe 1 pound lean ground beef 1 … [Read more...] about Meatloaf for Dinner!