I have been craving lettuce wraps, specifically the popular appetizer from a big chain restaurant. Alas, we don’t have many chain restaurants around our area which makes going to one a treat. I know its kind of the reverse of normal people. However, it does come in handy when implementing a “clean” diet. Anyhow, I decided to make up my own lettuce wrap recipe. My daughter’s first word when she took a bite was “yummy!”
Homemade Sweetened Condensed Milk
So, in the past, before I decided to “clean” up my diet, I used the old canned sweetened condensed milk in my recipes, but…now I know better. So I did a bunch of research and some homework and figured out an excellent substitution. Yes, you’ll think its weird, but it works. And – it works…
Chai Tea Latte
I made my favorite today, Chai Tea Latte. I’m a confessed addict of the Chai Tea Latte. My family can attest to it. In preschool last year, my 4 year old’s classroom did a Mother’s Day activity where the teachers asked the kids questions about their Moms. Aside from being 5 years old, 50 pounds…
I was SO craving something warm and cozy today since its 50 degrees and rainy outside. So I popped a pumpkin in the oven to roast to make some pumpkin puree early this morning.
First, I washed the pumpkin really well. I love my potato brush for stuff like this. Then, I quartered the medium sized pumpkin and scraped the seeds and stringy stuff away. You can cut the stem off first if you want, but I didn’t. I put the seeds in a bowl to save for later. Then I put the pumpkin in the oven at 350 degrees F and roasted for about 45 minutes. They weren’t quite as fork tender as I wanted so I put them in for another 10-15 minutes. Then I scraped the meat out and into my food processor bowl. I just got a composter so I’m excited to be able put my scraps in there – in went the pumpkin skins.
Black Bean Soup with Fresh Pumpkin
I had so much fun with this soup. I have made traditional black bean soup a few times but with Autumn arriving with force this year I was in the mood to do something pumpkin. I live in a fairly small town but am usually impressed with the produce and food selection at our local grocery store. I do have a Whole Foods that isn’t too far away (about 30 miles) but it was rainy and foggy, and there was no way I was driving over the mountain.
Not Your Grandma’s Brownies
Secretly, we were so incredibly skeptical of these brownies. We bought a 100% cacao dark chocolate bar and felt so good for being “clean.” Then we both took a bite….OH MY. Bleh. It was terrible. So, we decided to cut it with an organic 60% cacao chocolate bar. You still get all the benefits and…
Frozen Fruit Skewers
When we were first dreaming up this recipe we were trying to come up with a healthy fun dessert kids would love. We wanted it to be sweet….but we still wanted it to be healthy. In the past both Sara and myself had eaten fruit skewers in various forms…so we thought hey….why not freeze them!…
Ultimate Clean Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies
Today is one of the first days where it actually feels like fall. There is a crispness in the air and the leaves are starting to change colors here in the Virginia Mountains where Sara lives. This type is weather typically puts us in a baking mood. Personally I, Jessica, in the past would…
This afternoon we decided to try our hand at making kale chips. They are such a healthy alternative to traditional snack food and something we hadn’t tried before!