Category Archives: Vegetables, Salads & Sides

Filled with roasted chickpeas, cucumbers, olives, and artichoke hearts, this Mediterranean Salad is sure to be a favorite. Spring is in the air, and salad for dinner is one of my favorite things to transition to this time of year. I LOVE all things Mediterranean in flavor, and this salad is one of my all-time favorites. The roasted chickpeas add enough fiber/protein that you can serve this as-is for a main dish (though the addition of some grilled chicken or shrimp would be delicious), which makes it one of my favorite meatless hearty salads. You can also serve this as Continue Reading →

Mediterranean Salad with Roasted Chickpeas

Life gets busy, but that doesn’t mean that daily salads are out of your grasp – prep a salad in a jar in advance, and you’ll eat well all week long! Salad in a jar is one of my favorite things, and I wanted to revisit them for you today. A few years ago, I wrote a big old post about how to make salad in a jar that contained all the basic how tos, tip, tricks, and recipes. Today I want to share some of those ideas again, along with some more recipes to add to our growing collection. Continue Reading →

6 Simple Salad in a Jar Recipes

Five Ingredient Sides will save you time on Thanksgiving – and there are 8 easy recipes for them here! Bonus: everything is easily made vegan/gluten-free. So I know that I set you up with all kinds of pie recipes this week, and I had so much fun making them, but I didn’t forget about the rest of the holiday dinner! I feel like we need something healthy after all that dessert, don’t you? I have created 8 different healthy side dish recipes for you today, and all of the recipes have FIVE ingredients or less. How’s that for awesome!? The beauty of Continue Reading →

Five Ingredient Sides for Thanksgiving

This Asian Chicken Salad with Peanut Lime Dressing is a healthy and colorful way to eat the rainbow. Few things are more exciting to me than a meal that is healthy, quick, and so colorful! This Asian Chicken Salad with Peanut Lime Dressing is going to become a quick favorite in your house because it fits the bill for all of those things. This would be a perfect main dish salad for any busy weekend. You could also serve it as a side if main dish salads aren’t your jam. I made a big pot of simple fried rice (with lots Continue Reading →

Asian Chicken Salad with Peanut Lime Dressing

Today I’m partnering with California Avocados and I’m so excited! I very literally am the one who contacted them and asked if they’d like to work together. I am an avocado lover and I know that California Avocados are in season right now, so it only make sense that we meet in the middle to bring you all one easy, healthy, party-perfect Grilled Corn and Avocado Salad. This. Is. Summer! I adore avocados for so many reasons. I love that they have over 20 vitamins and minerals, including those great B vitamins (help fight infection/disease), folate (used for cell repair), and Continue Reading →

Grilled Corn and Avocado Salad

I feel like salads are like smoothies. You can make a million and one different combinations, but it’s so easy to get into a rut and make the same one over and over again. I’m here today with a gorgeous, colorful, healthy salad recipe to get you out of your salad rut and to get you excited for dinner (or lunch!) I was going for a whole rainbow of colors, and it turned out just perfect. There’s a phrase that bounces around the internet that goes something like “eat the rainbow,” and I’ve always really liked it. I think if Continue Reading →

Rainbow Salad with Honey Mustard Dressing

Few things are more perfect than crusty pieces of bread topped with delicious things. Bruschetta, crostini, tiny crunchy toasts – no matter what you call them, they are delicious! Today I’m working with Sabra again (pinch me! I love working with with this great company!), and I have dreamed up the most delicious crostinis ever – Mexican guacamole bruschetta! This is going to be the talked about appetizer or dish at your 4th of July cookout. Make it! This simple but perfect finger-food is buttered baguettes, grilled to perfection, grilled blistered sweet corn, Sabra’s new Veggie Fusions South-Western Guacamole, a Continue Reading →

Mexican Guacamole Bruschetta

Zucchini boats are one of my favorite summer dishes when zuchinni is little, tender, and just coming out of the garden. I make this dish with all kinds of things like a rice and hamburger mixture, taco ingredients, and even pizza ingredients. Today I’m sharing the simplest way to make a zucchini boat. It also happens to be one of my favorites. This simple side is sure to please just about any crowd, and you can’t beat how it practically makes itself. Just be sure to find nice young, tender, and not too big zucchini. Super huge zucchini are inevitable Continue Reading →

Zucchini Boats with Tomatoes and Fresh Mozzarella

When you make and blog about 9 staple salad dressing you should know how to make, you suddenly have a fridge full of dressing, which means you need to make some perfect salads to use up that dressing. That’s why we eat salad, right? To have a medium with which to eat salad dressing? This Rainbow Grilled Chicken Salad is a simple delicious meal that can be the host to just about any of the dressings I love. If you need a serving suggestion, I’d try this salad with the honey mustard, ranch, or blue cheese. Grilled chicken salads are one Continue Reading →

Rainbow Grilled Chicken Salad

A few months ago I discovered the best/simplest/easiest way to incorporate more vegetables in our day and I have to to tell you about it. I feel like I do a pretty good job at feeding my family healthy food while retaining a good balance. My kids are well rounded when it comes to food and I really like that. They love fresh peas and tomatoes from the garden and they love when we make cookies together. Sometimes though I think I’m the only one eating the vegetables that I make for dinner and the rest of the family is filling Continue Reading →

The Life Changing Magic of the Veggie Box

I have made this amazing Quick and Easy Sweet Potato Curry no less than 6 times in the last month. It takes about 5 minutes to put together, another 30 minutes to cook, I have everything on hand most of the time, and it is DELICIOUS!!! I literally can’t wait for you to make this and tell me how much it has changed your life; you are going to love it. I also love that this is a perfect meatless meal, trust me on this one, you aren’t going to miss the meat! There’s something magical when you mix a little Continue Reading →

Quick and Easy Sweet Potato Curry (meatless)

Salads aren’t just for summer, and I’m here to tell you all about how to make a beautiful, healthy, hearty winter green salad. Yep, you can use seasonal ingredients and make a gorgeous salad even when daylight is in short supply. This Simple Hearty Winter Green Salad is the perfect dish to bring to your last parties, dinners, and get-togethers. It’s also going be a big hit in your own home when January rolls around and you are ready to eat your veggies again. Let’s chat about what makes this winter green salad great: The greens. Dark leafy greens are in Continue Reading →

Simple Hearty Winter Green Salad

Bean dip is my jam. I love the stuff. My mom has been whipping up her amazing bean dip to take to parties and family functions for as long as I can remember, and I find myself making it again and again. It’s super easy, it travels well, and who doesn’t like a creamy cheesy bean dip?! Appetizers and finger foods are in high demand this time of year and I’ve got just the recipe for you today. There are two secrets for making a truly amazing bean dip. First, you season and then whip the beans. Whip ’em, whip Continue Reading →

Not Yo Mama’s Bean Dip

I’m still enjoying family and I’m sure eating way too much, so I thought a nice vegetable post would be just the thing we need to finish out the holiday weekend. Simple Roasted Beets is just about the only beet recipe you need in your life (except for maybe pickled beets, those are good too). So many people tell me that beets taste like dirt to them, but I think you’ll change your mind after you have them roasted with a little olive oil and kosher salt. The simplest things are often the best. Who am I kidding?! I’ve been Continue Reading →

Simple Roasted Beets

Brussels sprouts: you either love them or you hate them, but I’m here to convince you to love them. Let’s address something I just learned though. Did you know that the little vegetable I’m referring to is actually Brussels sprouts with an “s” on the end of Brussels? I literally just learned this a week ago and my mind is still blown. How have I lived 30 years assuming they were called Brussel sprouts sans an s? Did you know this?! Surely I’m not the only one who’s been calling these by the wrong name for years. Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Continue Reading →

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Cranberries, Bacon, and Maple

Don’t let the cooler weather make you feel like salad season was put away with your swimming suit and beach towels. This Fall Salad with Maple Candied Pecans, Bacon, Apples, and Shaved Brussels Sprouts is perfect all fall and winter long. This fall salad is filling and just perfect for the main dish at lunch. The apples and nuts are crunchy and sweet, bacon is never ever bad on a salad, and those shaved Brussels sprouts are my favorite. Raw Brussels sprouts taste like a mild crunchy cabbage. They are really pretty in the salad and add a fun unexpected Continue Reading →

Fall Salad with Maple Candied Pecans, Bacon, Apples, and Shaved Brussels Sprouts

Oh summer produce, how I love thee! If you ask me, eating healthy in the summer is just plain easy because everything is so fresh and delicious. Today is this month’s Eat Seasonal post which I love (and hope you do too!), so sit back and enjoy a plethora of amazing looking seasonal dishes from some crazy talented bloggers. My recipe today is for Fresh Corn Salad. You will LOVE how easy this simple side is. Just mix a little honey and lime juice in the bottom of the bowl, add your veggies, toss in the spinach, season with a Continue Reading →

Fresh Corn Salad

This month’s #eatseasonal post is a good one! There are SO many delicious recipes brought to the table by some of my favorite bloggers, and I know you are going to love them too. My recipe is a Simple Santa Fe Rice with Cilantro and Garlic. Garlic and herbs are both abundant in the spring and the two are highlighted so nicely in this simple rice dish. You don’t have to use cilantro if you don’t want to. Basil, parsley, and oregano are all really good in this. The rice is so flavorful that you can serve it as a Continue Reading →

Simple Santa Fe Rice with Cilantro and Garlic

Good morning! We had an exciting weekend with our chicks hatching in our incubator! I’m planning on taking pictures and telling you all about their birth story soon. They are the cutest little fluff balls this side of the Mississippi, though I might be a little biased. While you are waiting for a chick post, you can enjoy this fabulous Chopped Asian Peanut Salad with Homemade Peanut Dressing. This salad is super versatile and would be awesome with the addition of Chow Mein noodles (you know, those “fried worms” as my dad used to call them), mandarin orange pieces and Continue Reading →

Chopped Asian Peanut Salad with Homemade Peanut Dressing

We just found some asparagus ferns along our fence row! Do you know that that means? We have wild asparagus growing on our farm!!! Nothing quite says spring like tender, crisp asparagus. In season during the spring and early summer, asparagus is easy to find at the farmers market, can be harvested wild if you know where to look (ask all your favorite older folks in town if they know where it grows), and can be grown at home. Bear in mind that it has a tendency to spread, so if you grow it on your farm, put it somewhere Continue Reading →

7 Ways to Keep and Cook Asparagus

Spring has sprung in lots of locations and if you are like me, you are thinking about all the delicious things that you’ll be planting and harvesting soon. Swiss chard is on my list to plant this week, it’s a great cold hardy vegetable (here’s a post I wrote about vegetables that don’t mind a little cold). So in honor of spring I thought I’d share 6 Ways to Use Swiss Chard. I wrote this article for Hobby Farm’s Magazine’s blog today. You can visit the whole article there. I love working with Hobby Farms and their website is a Continue Reading →

6 Ways to Use Swiss Chard

Asparagus is in season in California right now which means I can get it pretty cheap since we aren’t all that far from the Sunshine State. I have been loving having a seasonal vegetable to cook with! It’s been so very long. Welcome spring. I bought a 3 pound bag at Costco for $3.99 last week and it was beautiful tender asparagus. The only problem? I had 3 whole pounds of it. So I did some research to figure out how to store fresh asparagus the best. I bought the asparagus on Thursday, stored it properly on Friday, and just Continue Reading →

How to Store Fresh Asparagus

Roasted Cauliflower with Lemon Vinaigrette sounds way fancier than it actually is. This simple recipe takes about 10 minutes to prep, 15 minutes to cook, and tastes like a dream. It’s so easy to be stuck in a vegetable side dish rut, but this recipe my friends, is here to save you from that. Roasting is one of my all-time favorite ways to cook just about any vegetable, but cauliflower is the true roasted vegetable star in my book. It is so very good. I use roasted cauliflower as “noodles” when I want to enjoy a rich alfredo sauce or Continue Reading →

Roasted Cauliflower with Lemon Vinaigrette #eatseasonal

Be still my salad loving heart. Berry Spinach Salad with Citrus Poppy Seed Dressing is a keeper, friends. I call this salad “girl food,” which means it’s just the perfect dish to make when you are having your best friend over for a playdate. Feed the kids quesadillas or PB&J, send them out to play or get out the train tracks, and then hide in the kitchen to scarf this down with your favorite free therapist. That’s what best friends are, right?! I’ve been dreaming of this salad for weeks and finally made it, took pictures, and then had a Continue Reading →

Berry Spinach Salad with Citrus Poppy Seed Dressing

Pomegranate Mango Salsa has me drooling over here! My friend Emily from One Lovely Life is here today sharing an amazing, fresh, and healthy recipe. Take it away, Emily! I love this time of year! Fresh starts, healthy food, and so many beautiful things to eat! I can’t get enough of pomegranate these days. Knowing that the season winds down at the end of this month makes me all the more eager to fit in pomegranate any way I can. This season, I’ve been adding it to my favorite savory dishes (like this rice), and it’s been so fun to learn Continue Reading →

Pomegranate Mango Salsa

There’s a dark-eyed, dark-haired, petite old woman who lives just outside of my town. Her name is Afton. Afton is a kind soul who grew up here in Southern Utah but spent most of her married life traveling the world while her husband became a doctor through the Army. Afton is one of those people who is always so glad to see you and makes you feel so welcome and loved that you secretly know, no matter what anyone else says, you are her favorite person in the world. I adore Afton and miss her other half, Tony, very much. A Continue Reading →

Dixie Salad

I worked with Emily from One Lovely Life today to bring you a really fun ingredient spotlight on pumpkin. Since chances are good you’ll be downing a piece or two of pumpkin pie this weekend, you might as well know a little bit about them! And if you happen to remember a few of the facts and bust them out at the dinner table you might just impress your great Aunt Sue. Who doesn’t love some good trivia?! I know I’m a sucker for it. Basics Pumpkin is a member of the same family as squash. I mentioned this with Continue Reading →

Ingredient Spotlight: Pumpkin

20 stellar potato side dishes are just the kind of thing you need to get your heart and belly excited for Thanksgiving and holiday meals. The humble potato may be a simple tuber, but it’s amazingly versatile in the kitchen. This post is the proof! And let’s not forget the ever popular sweet potato. Enjoy gazing through all of these glorious starchy carb-filled recipes and save some room for dessert! Pie coming next week :) Do tell, are you on team marshmallow when it comes to sweet potato casserole or on team no way? I’m on team marshmallow! 1. Tex Continue Reading →

20 Stellar Potato Side Dishes

Have you ever tried to cook a pumpkin to use in a recipe instead of buying canned pumpkin from the store? I always think that it sounds like a fun idea but I rarely do it. A few years ago I cooked a small pumpkin in the oven and what didn’t stick to the pan tasted too roasted to enjoy in sweet dishes. My quest for a better option started early this year when I decided to plant sugar pumpkins in my garden. They grew well and now I have about a dozen sitting on my porch! Sugar, sweet, or pie Continue Reading →

The Best and Easiest Way to Cook a Pumpkin

Pickle lovers unite! You will fall off your chair when you read this recipe and see just how easy it is to pickle banana peppers at home. No need to can, just pour the brine over the prepared peppers and stick them in the fridge. The best part? They last for months. I love all things pickles and pickled banana peppers top my list. They are excellent on sandwiches, including hot grilled ham and cheese, perfect for salads, and I’d be a fibbing if I said I didn’t eat them straight out of the jar late at night. They are Continue Reading →

Quick and Easy Refrigerator Pickled Banana Peppers

I’m excited to announce a new type of post here on Bless this Mess. I’m going to call them Ingredient Spotlights. I love food, especially real food, so I thought highlighting different ingredients once in a while would be a fun way yo give you a little knowledge and excitement about some everyday foods that you might have a question or two about. I love learning little tidbits of information that are new to me. And in following yesterday’s lemonade post, I thought citrus would be a great place to start! Enjoy, and if you have an ingredient spotlight request, Continue Reading →

Ingredient Spotlight: Citrus

Zucchini is the one and only garden vegetable that I’m glad to see freeze at the end of the year. My frugal soul can’t waste a single one and I think my plants take the challenge to heart. I love the stuff, but after a few months of eating it every way I can think of, it starts to lose its charm. If you are new to gardening start with zucchini, it’s nearly impossible to kill and produces like you can’t believe. I know I won’t be the only one drowning in zucchini in the next couple of weeks, so Continue Reading →

18 Zucchini Recipes – because there really is such a thing as too many zucchini!

Hello again, Bless This Mess readers! I’m so excited to be sharing one of our new favorite meals with you today: Think Greek Quinoa Salad! Quinoa is one of those great high-protein grains that can keep you full for hours. It can be a touch strong on its own sometimes, but it’s just divine with a great dressing. This lemon-oregano dressing is just the ticket. The quinoa will absorb all that goodness and the flavor will pull everything together. This is an excellent salad to make ahead of time. It gets more delicious with a few hours under its belt, Continue Reading →

Think Greek Quinoa Salad

Few things could make Monday better than the recipe for Pioneer Woman’s Perfect Potatoes au Gratin. They are very literally perfect; cheesy, starchy, potato-laden heaven. Not only are they delicious, they are easy too. You don’t even have to peel the potatoes! These are a perfect side for any grilled meat and are one of my favorite dishes to take to pot-lucks and family dinners. It’s a recipe that you need in your archive, and if eating gluten free is an issue for you or a family member I have instructions on how to make this dish gluten free in Continue Reading →

Pioneer Woman’s Perfect Potatoes au Gratin

The best blender salsa recipe using canned tomatoes, fresh onion, cilantro, and peppers. While I’m waiting anxiously for my tomatoes to ripen I’ve been making and eating this salsa like it’s my job. This is my very favorite quick and easy blender salsa recipe that uses canned tomatoes. Canned tomatoes are such a great option in cooking when the garden ones aren’t quiet ready because they were actually picked and processed when the tomatoes were ripe. They win over those mealy store-bought tomatoes any day, especially in salsa. This salsa is perfect for all things party because it makes a Continue Reading →

The best Blender Salsa ever

We are big fans of the Fancy Nancy books at our house. Fancy Nancy is a little girl who loves new adventures and using extra fancy words in her books. In a few of the books Fancy Nancy and her family eat “al fresco, which is fancy for outdoors”. Somewhere along the way, my kids picked up the term “al fresco” and now it’s part of their normal vocabulary. On many warm afternoons they ask if we can eat dinner al fresco and on more nights than not I indulge. I love eating outside as much as I love hearing Continue Reading →

Pasta Salad for a Party

A few days before we left for Kentucky the folks from the California Avocado Commission sent me some gorgeous avocados in the mail. There was no way that I was going to let those beauties go bad while we were at my mom’s and I just couldn’t bring myself to give them away so we packed them across the country with us… the obvious solution right?! We made all kinds of guacamole and avocado toast at my mom’s and loved every minute of it. Thomas and I are huge avocado lovers and these were just perfect. Avocados are in season right Continue Reading →

Pico + Guac = Pico de Guaco

I’ve been in Kentucky and Indiana this last week visiting my parents, some of my siblings, and grandparents! The trip was awesome (expect a post about it soon), but I sure missed you guys! Here’s a delicious post about veggies for you to enjoy while I catch up on emails, unpack, and catch up on sleep.   Do you eat seasonally? Right now beets, peas (sugar snap and snow peas), brussel sprouts, and asparagus are in season. They are cheap, taste great, and the quality is excellent all because they are spring vegetables. And the best way to enjoy these? Just roast Continue Reading →

Roasted Spring Vegetables

My love of veggies knows no end. Today I have a tribute to one of my favorite spring vegetables – asparagus. These 15 Asparagus Recipes have been collected with love from some of my favorites blogging friends, just for you. And if you aren’t into recipes there are also buying, storing, and freezing asparagus tips at the bottom of the post. Best sure to check them out. This weekend is always such a fun one filled with family and friends and of course, food. If you are planning on bringing a dish over to grandma’s then this is a great Continue Reading →

Asparagus Recipes for Spring

Today’s recipe for homemade fruit on the bottom yogurt cups is so much fun. When I’m prepping healthy things on Monday to eat all week long, I’ll make a batch of these, 6 salads in a jar, my favorite fruit dip, and some honey cinnamon granola. If I have these few things done and ready for the week then eating well is so much easier. I often find that I’m super hungry after being out and busy and if I don’t have something done and ready to eat then I don’t make the best choices. And prepping it all ahead Continue Reading →

Homemade Fruit on the Bottom Yogurt Cups

Cornbread is one of my favorite additions to a meal. It takes about 5 minutes to get prepped and into the oven and my family loves it! Today I’m sharing one of my all time favorite whole grain cornbread recipes that comes from the cookbook King Arthur Flour Whole Grain Baking. It uses honey for the sweetener and real butter for the oil which I love, and it always comes out great. It’s light and fluffy, moist while still being a little crumbly, and I dare say it’s good for you. There’s really no need to buy a cornbread mix from Continue Reading →

Whole Grain Cornbread

Healthy Black Bean Dip – it’s a recipe that you need in your life and one that I’ve been holding out on you for months… years almost! I’ve been making this recipe for a long long time and I’ve even had these pictures taken and edited for months. It just happened to get pushed to the bottom of the queue and forgotten about. Friends, I’m so glad that this recipe made it back to the top again! These beans are so quick and easy, healthy, full of fiber, and just stinkin’ delicious. We love these beans and I have some Continue Reading →

Healthy Black Bean Dip

Healthy is so in right now at my house! I am knee-deep in a really fun and well thought out 8 week health challenge and I am loving it! It isn’t uncommon for me to be super healthy for a full two weeks at a time (no sugar, no white flour… that really does cut out a ton of foods!), but 8 weeks is a lot lot longer! So I’ve had to plan, prepare, and add a few new tricks to my plan. And you know what, it’s working. I’m a week in and I’ve lost 4 pounds. It’s all Continue Reading →

3 Ingredient Healthy Fruit Dip

Salad in a jar – have you heard of it?! I’ve seen it a million times on pinterest but didn’t really get excited about it until recently. You guys, this info might just change your life! What is the appeal of having a salad in a jar you might ask? Well let me tell you friends! Not only does it last forever (the lettuce literally stays nice and crisp for well over a week), but the prep work is done and you have healthy eating right at your fingertips. Prepping a bunch of these one day and eating on them Continue Reading →

Salad in a Jar – How to

Quesadillas that will knock your socks off and a chance to win an i-pad mini equal a pretty great day in my book! First up those quesadillas… I’m guest posting today over at Lil’ Luna with some amazing Black Bean and Corn Quesadillas. They are the after effects of making those oh-so-tasty stuffed bell peppers a few weeks ago. You guys, they are amazing! A little more prep than your average cheese and tortilla concoction, but so worth the effort. The recipe won’t be showing up here, so if you want it, pop over to Lil’ Luna and get it. Continue Reading →

Amazing Quesadillas and an i-pad Mini Giveaway!

Sometimes life gives you lemons and so you make lemonade. And other times life gives you way too many bell peppers, and then what do you do?! We had a HUGE garden this year and before I knew it, it froze! Most of my plants died last week in the freeze and so that meant I had lots and lots of things that needed picking right away. We picked about 10 gallons of green peppers which turned into about 4 gallons of chopped green peppers in the freezer! That’s a lot of green peppers. No garden you say, no worries! Continue Reading →

How to save green peppers – the best and easiest way!

Happy Tuesday! If you are like me you spent yesterday doing all kinds of fun family things and now your house is trashed… holidays are a catch twenty-two aren’t they? Have an awesome day of fun and relaxing but then you have to make up for it the following day times ten. This is such a great pasta dish that comes together in a snap, so plan on it for tonight so that you don’t have to think about dinner or take too long getting it ready. Garden vegetable pasta is just what you need. This pasta is all things Continue Reading →

Garden Vegetable Pasta

Having a huge garden is awesome when the tilling, planting, weeding, watering, weeding, and more weeding start to mean gobs of fresh vegetables for me to use. It seems like such a labor of love for months and then all of the sudden you are rewarded for your hard work. That reward is beginning for me and I couldn’t be more excited. I’m currently harvesting green beans by the gallon, basil, zucchini, yellow summer squash, and cucumbers. I’m just chomping at the bit for tomatoes, peppers, and sweet corn to ripen. Here’s what we had for dinner last night: sautéed Continue Reading →

Quick Pickled Cucumbers – Refrigerator Pickles

Eating Clean isn’t rocket science, it’s planning! If you want to feed your family well but aren’t sure where to start, this is the post for you. I have a whole food approach to eating that the whole family will love, no health food store needed. This meal plan is something that I cycle through. We try to eat by my 80/20 rule (more on that at the bottom of the post) but when I feel like we are getting lazy or have had too many treats and cheat meals (read long weekends, holidays, vacations,and birthday parties) then I’ll stick to Continue Reading →

Eating Clean Meal Plan: Spring/Summer Menu

Did you read the title and laugh at me today?! How to bake a potato doesn’t seem like rocket science, I know, but I just started baking them a new way and I am in love. So of course I had to share it with you all! I grew up with a mom who would bake a potato in the oven with foil wrapped all around it, or if she were in a hurry she’d throw it in the microwave. Baking potatoes in the oven without foil was a completely foreign concept to me until a few years ago. I heard of the Continue Reading →

How to bake a potato – ditch the foil

Mmmm. Tater chips. I’d be a liar if I said I didn’t love a good potato chip as much as the rest of the world. Lots of you know that eating clean is important to me and something I try to do more often than not (about 80% of the time actually…) And when it comes to healthy eating potato chips aren’t the first thing that come to mind. Let me revamp your thinking on that. When I was presented with the chance to blog about Kettle Brand Chips I thought about it for a while. I like potato chips Continue Reading →

Loaded Baked Potato Dip with Kettle Brand Chips

I’m a bit behind on this post but I thought I’d better get it up before asparagus  is totally out of season. The week before we moved Bountiful Baskets (a food co-op group and I participate in sometimes) had a great deal on asparagus – 28 pounds for $27. I split the case with a friend, gave a few pounds away, and ended up with around 10 pounds of fresh tender asparagus to use myself. I knew I would only cook and eat a few pounds during pre-moving week so I opted to freeze the rest. Freezing asparagus is a Continue Reading →

Freezing Asparagus: How to