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Green Smoothie: Almond Butter and “Jelly”

Spinach and grapes are packed with antioxidants and phytonutrients— so this green smoothie is super healthy and yummy. No added sugar or water needed– this is a sweet take on a child’s classic sandwich filled with fresh fruit and leafy greens. Grapes are a low glycemic index fruit, so it has a better blood sugar […]

POSTED BY ON August 30, 2012         |           Comments { 13 }
coconut granola

Coconut Granola Recipe

There aren’t many things that make a home smell better than baking granola. Cinnamon, vanilla, maple syrup baking together into a heavenly bliss— oh it’s incredible. So good, I can never go back to the box now that I’ve made it from scratch. SO. MUCH. BETTER. And this recipe uses real maple syrup and unrefined […]

POSTED BY ON August 9, 2012         |           Comments { 74 }
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5-Color Balsamic Pasta : Pure Italian Freshness

Written by contributor Marieke Beeler of M for Mommy. This Balsamic Pasta is the ultimate summer dish, enjoyable year-round.  It can be served at room temperature, so it’s perfect for a warm summer evening.  With fresh “garden” ingredients it is healthy, light and delicious.  The basil and tomatoes add freshness to the dish, while the […]

POSTED BY ON August 6, 2012         |           Comments { 0 }

A plant-based diet: a better wife, mother and human being

Being a green smoothie advocate, I eliminated meat from my diet and have been searching for vegan-friendly recipes. I stumbled upon Lindsey’s site and fell in love with her beautifully photographed gluten-free and vegan recipes. So I asked Lindsey of Cafe Johnsonia to share her awesome journey towards a plant-based diet. Don’t miss her awesome […]

POSTED BY ON July 10, 2012         |           Comments { 5 }
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Blackberry Lemonade Popsicles

Written by contributor Marieke Beeler of M for Mommy. With the temperatures on the rise and summer vacation in full swing, it is time to bust out the molds and find a good popsicle recipe.  After all, there are few things more fun than making, enjoying…and possibly wearing popsicles with your little one on a […]

POSTED BY ON July 9, 2012         |           Comments { 4 }
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Green smoothie : Strawberry, banana, blueberry

I’ve made this green smoothie almost every day for the past year. I guess I am kinda like my dad— when you find something that works, why change it up? It only has five ingredients (and one being water), doesn’t take much food prep, and tastes very yummy (seriously). My kids even ask for it!

POSTED BY ON July 6, 2012         |           Comments { 6 }

Super Easy Strawberry Jam Recipe

Love the idea of homemade jam, but haven’t made the jump to actually doing it? Well, this super easy strawberry jam recipe is for you. It’s basic, really fast and tastes incredible. We picked 57 pounds of strawberries (yes, 57 pounds) and filled our freezer with pints of this jam. It tastes great on toast, pancakes, […]

POSTED BY ON June 25, 2012         |           Comments { 2 }
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Fresh Lemonade with Lime & Mint

Written by contributor Marieke Beeler of M for Mommy. We’re pretty much a soda-free house.  For parties we might have a few cans of soda in the fridge to serve to guests, but between my husband and myself, the number of sodas consumed over a year, can be counted on one hand.  So, this lemonade […]

POSTED BY ON May 31, 2012         |           Comments { 2 }

Pork Chops with Bacon and Thyme

Written by contributor Marieke Beeler of M for Mommy. These pork chops with bacon and thyme are packed with flavor and my kids, who are funny with tougher types of meat, can’t resist them.  Score! Here’s the deal: I’m married to a Texan.  And though he certainly is not the “cowboy type”, he does like […]

POSTED BY ON May 17, 2012         |           Comments { 0 }

Strawberry Bellini : Freshness for Mother’s Day

Written by contributor Marieke Beeler of M for Mommy. If you’re a mom, you may want to consider sharing this post with your spouse.  If you’re a dad, surprise mom with this drink for breakfast (or brunch if she gets to sleep in) on Sunday.  This Fresh Strawberry Bellini is a great alternative to the […]

POSTED BY ON May 10, 2012         |           Comments { 6 }
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Fresh Broccoli and Cheese Soup with Croutons

Written by contributor Marieke Beeler of M for Mommy. This Broccoli and Cheese Soup with Croutons is absolutely divine. I have to admit: I am not a soup person. My husband is. That’s where we differ. As a soup person he confirms that this is, indeed, a delicious soup. As a non-soup person, I confirm: this […]

POSTED BY ON May 3, 2012         |           Comments { 0 }

Kid-Friendly Cinco de Mayo Recipes

Cinco de Mayo is a fun excuse to spice up your meal plan for the week. Celebrate this year with some kid-friendly vegetarian dishes that are super yummy and fun to make. Tostada Salad: For a fresh, lighter meal this Cino de Mayo, make a tostada salad!

POSTED BY ON April 30, 2012         |           Comments { 2 }
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Hanging Herb Garden: A DIY Project

Written by contributor Marieke Beeler of M for Mommy. It’s spring! And just like every year in spring, I uttered the same words this year: “It’d be nice to have my own herb garden.” When I was browsing around on Pinterest, I came across this picture of the perfect hanging herb garden. It was my […]

POSTED BY ON April 26, 2012         |           Comments { 3 }
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Spring Lunch: An indoor picnic

Written by contributor Marieke Beeler of M for Mommy. With Earth Day on April 22 and spring weather arriving in many parts of the world; it’s time to get outside.  And what better way to be outside than to have a picnic?  A local park, the zoo, local gardens, or simply your back yard are great […]

POSTED BY ON April 19, 2012         |           Comments { 6 }

Dutch Pancakes : The whole wheat version

Written by contributor Marieke Beeler of M for Mommy. I was born and raised in The Netherlands.  And, like many countries, the Dutch have their own version of pancakes. These Dutch whole wheat pancakes are the healthier version of the traditional Dutch pancakes. Instead of regular flour, I used organic whole wheat flour and added […]

POSTED BY ON April 12, 2012         |           Comments { 4 }