There’s almost nothing I like better than apple crisp. It’s been a favorite since childhood, which I will happily eat any time of day or night, as a dessert, breakfast, or snack. Plus – it’s so easy, even the little chefs of the house can practically make it themselves!
Traditional apple crisp is OMmmazing, though I’m also a big fan of tangy, so I try to work this flavor profile in wherever I can.
What better twist on an age-old classic than to toss in fresh cranberries, and even a little citrus? Continue reading
On a chilly day (and most any day ;), I love a good, hearty soup. Unless you’re from the South, you may come across black-eyed peas only around New Year’s, when it’s traditionally eaten for good luck. For vegetarians and others looking to eat a healthier diet, even then, you may associate these fiber-rich, protein-packed beans with ham hocks and sausage, as they are typically served… so they may not be in your usual repertoire at all.
However, these beans are amazing little fellas with an earthy, savory flavor all their own, which taste great in a tomato-based, hearty stew. This super-healthy recipe is vegan and gluten-free, though vegetarian sausage can be added to give that down-home flavor you may have in mind around this lucky legume. This soup reminds me of all the comforts and smells of my grandmother’s house, yet in a recipe I created for a more earth-friendly Aquarian lifestyle. Grab yer okry and let’s get choppin’! Continue reading
We eat whole foods as much as possible, in the European slow-cooking, slow-eating countryside style, preparing most meals from scratch with a minimum of packaged convenience items, and a sprinkling of favorite indulgences. Dinner is when this really comes to bear, since we have a real chance to sit down, share, and *linger* – my main term for all things “slow living.”
I make heavy use of my slow cooker year-round in the process… so much so, I’m considering just keeping that gargantuan beast on my counter at all times as a practical measure. ;) Continue reading
Muffins are the handiest treats around! They’re quick and relatively fool-proof – and so easy to make healthy and wholesome without tons of sugar like you might find in packaged or bakery varieties. I love to stock extra muffins in the freezer for quick grab-and-go breakfasts and snacks, too.
This cranberry banana oat recipe is mildly sweet, and makes a light-tasting muffin that’s gluten-free. It’s also a great way to use overripe bananas, which are always in rotating stock at our house. I love using ingredients that are naturally abundant and in season, so I threw in some cranberries for Fall flair. Continue reading
Fall is in full swing now with crisp weather and falling leaves, and the soup is definitely on here at our house. We just can’t get enough of it – whether light, hearty, creamy, or brothy…. We’ll take it any way, any day! ;)
This is a great recipe when you want something warm, savory, and nutritious, but you need it quick. And it’s perfect for those in the family who may not typically go in for the veggies… they’re here in force, though blend seamlessly into the rich potato base to get around those picky eaters. Mighty O asks for seconds and even sometimes thirds on this one! Continue reading