ICM, Giveaway and the Chocolate Mint Green Monster (AKA, the healthiest Shamrock Shake this side of the pacific)

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Happy Ingredient-Challenge Monday! As Shea and I announced last month, the 2nd Monday of every month is now dedicated to our ICM challenge! As mentioned this past Saturday, we have a lot in store for you this month. First, our featured ingredient for this month: Kale! Like I have said before, I love love love […]

Roasted Fennel Infused Strawberry-Lemon Bars

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Two weeks ago, Shea and I opened a challenge to our readers. Using our Ingredient Challenge Monday format, where we feature one whole-food ingredient and challenge our readers to join in on the creativity, we challenged each of you to use fennel in the most creative, most delicious way you could imagine. To open the […]

Maple-Glazed Roasted Fennel with Apples and Root Vegetables

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Just in case you missed the announcement last Friday over at Dixie Chik Cooks, Ingredient Challenge Mondays are back! Don’t remember Ingredient Challenge Mondays? Here’s are just some of my previous ICM entries…   What’s different this go-round?   Well, like we did in the final ICM challenges from before, this time we are including […]

Heathy Luncbox treat- Yellow Squash Vanilla Cupcakes. Ingredient-Challenge Monday

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This Ingredient-Challenge Monday, Shea and I have selected the beautiful Yellow Summer Squash as our challenge ingredient of choice. This versatile vegetable is far more than an ingredient for ratatouille, vegetable casseroles or just one more thing to fry… Yellow squash is rich in antioxidants, low in calories, mild in flavor and beautiful in color.  Why […]

Vegan Avocado Pistachio Pudding, Ingredient-Challenge Monday Recipe

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I spent this past week several hours away from home in work related training; away from my children, husband, phone and computer.  On Wednesday, in a panic, I realized we were approaching a challenge week and hadn’t even picked an ingredient! Thankfully, I was able to reach my Ingredient-Challenge Monday partner, Shea who had something […]

Ingredient-Challenge Recipe: Gazpacho

Gazpacho is a soup best served cold. In this nation-wide heat wave, this soup is a welcome change from the norm. When Shea and I agreed to use bell peppers as this week’s challenge ingredient, there were a number of recipes that came to mind. And while I hope to share my favorite grain-free stuffed […]

Cucumber, Mint and Watermelon Salad

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I love cucumbers,which is good since (as mentioned before) , my garden is overflowing with them this year.  When Food Network presented cucumbers as the next ingredient for their Summer Fest, I was elated to have another opportunity to share one of my family’s favorite ways to eat this delectable vegetable with you.  This Cucumber, […]

Organic Bread and Butter Pickles (Grain-Free, Refined Sugar-Free, Vegan), Ingredient Challenge Monday

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Summertime is a time filled with happy memories of childhood.  Family reunions out on the lake.  Working with grandpa in the garden. It was in the making of these memories that I learned to love home-grown fruits and vegetables. To favor small batch canning; and to know that with a little time and a lot […]

Zucchini Lasagna (GF/CF, Grain-Free, Soy-Free, Vegan Option Noted)

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I am blessed.  Truly, completely blessed.  My home is filled with amazing children who make me laugh and fill my world with reasons to celebrate every day.  I have a husband who works hard for us and would do anything he could to give his family all they need. In my home, I also have […]

Italian Seasoned Almond Ricotta Cheeze (Vegan)

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Several months ago, I posted a very flavorful recipe for Seasoned Almond Ricotta Cheeze which was inspired by Heidi from Adventures of a Gluten-Free Mom and Carrie from Ginger Lemon Girl.  This cheeze is still a favorite in my household, although I have taken time to tweak and refine this recipe to match a number […]

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