Tag Archives: simple

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

Chorizo and Roasted Poblano Egg Casserole

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One glimpse and I was hooked. Poblano peppers, spicy chorizo, and cheese… Gooey melted cheese.

I saw these Chorizo Stuffed Poblano Peppers (from the always lovely Brandy over at Nutmeg Nanny) on Facebook one evening. I was doing my usual evening scroll through the News Feed before settling in for the evening.

I scrolled past them. Then, I stopped. And, I went back and looked at them again.  I went to bed craving smoky chorizo and poblano peppers. And cheese.

By the next morning, the usual routine overtook my cravings. The kiddo and I made smoothies for breakfast. We went to the park and played on the swings. The day progressed as it typically does. There were fun moments playing together in the yard with a tantrum or two scattered in there to keep things interesting. But, when the afternoon rolled around, I was thinking about stuffed poblano peppers again.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

Homemade Naan with Grilled Vegetables and Tzatziki with Anolon Advanced Bronze Cookware

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

I was recently given a chance to test-drive some of the Anolon Advanced Bronze hard-anodozed nonstick cookware and develop a recipe that’s perfect for summertime on the go. The cookware is durable (you can even use metal tools!) and I found that it heated evenly and yielded great results.

When it comes to summer recipes on the go, I like to keep things simple. I prefer food that can be made ahead of time and assembled when it’s time to eat.  I used the 11-inch covered deep round grill pan to make both homemade naan and grilled veggies. Topped with a homemade tzatziki sauce and crumbled feta cheese, the simple homemade ingredients transform into a flavorful summer meal on the go. It’s especially good for an afternoon at the pool or a family picnic!Continue Reading

Chocolate Cherry Granola

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Sometimes I find that the actual writing of a blog post is the hardest part. This week, that is certainly the case.

I made this granola earlier in the week… I even managed to find the time to take some photos (hooray for nap time!), and got them processed and ready to go.

Since then, however, I’ve barely had a moment to even think about writing a few sentences and sharing the recipe. I’ve got a little girl who doesn’t want to sleep and wants to be held all day (which, while sweet, isn’t very practical when I’m trying to get things done!). And, I’ve also got a few other projects going on this week. It’s all good stuff, but sometimes I find that sitting down to write falls through the cracks.Continue Reading