Category Archives: Dairy-Free

Roasted Garlic and Herb Flatbreads on the Grill

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Red Star Yeast.  As always, all opinions expressed are entirely my own.

Summer is here!  Huzzah!

I’ve not always been a summer person. I don’t love hot and humid weather.

This year, though, I’m embracing it. After a busy first year of preschool and trying to keep two young kiddos on a schedule every week, I’ve been enjoying a bit more flexibility.  

We’ve been playing on the playground, running in the yard, blowing bubbles, and splashing in the pool.

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Nuts and Seeds Granola with Flax and Hemp Hearts

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The waiting game…

Today is my due date.

It’s the date that we’ve had in the back of our minds for 9 months… The date the baby is supposed to be here. And, here we are. Waiting.

Babies are unpredictable creatures… I know that. But, I’m a planner. Those two things tend to be at odds. So, I’ve spent the past week keeping myself busy. I’ve cleaned and organized the freezer (including a detailed inventory and list of all the available freezer meals), cleaned out the pantry, baked, cooked, cleaned, and even decorated cookies (doesn’t everyone consider decorated cookies an essential for their hospital bag?).

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How I Cook: Balsamic Cider Glazed Salmon with Rosemary

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Hey, guess what!

I love to cook.

No, really… I love to cook.

You’re likely reading this thinking, “Ok, Jen… Good for you.” Or, perhaps, you’re even thinking, “It’s a good thing you like to cook, Jen… You’re a food blogger.”

Yup, I am. And, that’s why I’m finding it so amazing that I love to cook. Continue Reading

Roasted Applesauce

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I’m convinced that toddler’s are bottomless pits.

When the kiddo finds something that she likes to eat, she can just eat and eat and eat and… Well, you get the idea. One day last week, she ate 5 clementines with breakfast. Yes, five. She also had a pancake. She’s been known to devour pretzels like she hasn’t eaten in days.

Her favorite, though, happens to be those squeeze packets of flavored applesauce. It started as baby food.  We didn’t do a lot of pureed baby food, but there was a time when she wasn’t such a voracious eater. Squeeze packets of baby food (i.e. flavored applesauce) got us through. The thing is, she never dropped the habit. Continue Reading

Roasted Zucchini and Tomatillo Salsa Verde

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By this time of the summer, anyone who has a zucchini plant (or two… I never learn) in their garden is starting to get desperate for some creative ways to use zucchini. Sure, there are recipes for zucchini bread, sauteed zucchini with a bit of garlic and butter, zucchini ribbon salad, more zucchini bread, zucchini quesadillas, stuffed zucchini, grilled zucchini, and the list goes on… But, once they’ve all been made (twice), it’s time for something new.

Yesterday, I picked the first few tomatillos from our garden. I hadn’t intended to start picking the tomatillos yet, but the kiddo started grabbing a few off of the massive plant. I didn’t want them to go to waste, so I picked a few more of the larger ones and decided to make some roasted salsa.

While I was out there, I discovered 8 (yes, e-i-g-h-t) new zucchini on my plants. I’ve already had my share of raw zucchini ribbons, zucchini bread, and an assortment of other zucchini recipes. I’ve also frozen 16 cups shredded zucchini to use later in the year. So, I decided to try adding some zucchini to my salsa. It worked beautifully.

I roasted the zucchini and tomatillos with some jalapeños and poblanos (from the garden!) as well as some onion and garlic. The zucchini rounded out the salsa and added a touch of sweetness. It also helped stretch my few precious tomatillos into a generous batch of salsa for dipping! Continue Reading