Roasted Broccoli & Kale Quinoa Salad – Great Grains!

Roasted Broccoli Kale Quinoa Salad

Here's a recipe that makes a fantastic main course salad but would also be an excellent match as a side salad with grilled meats.  This salad is loaded with things that are good for you and its easy to make. Give it a try! I adapted my version from one at EatingBirdFood (and she adapted hers too!) I used a little less water for cooking quinoa and a little less oil to create what you see below. Roasted Broccoli & Kale Quinoa Salad is great served warm right when you finish making it, at room temperature, or straight out of the fridge (if you have any left overs the next day) Perfect for packing in a lunchbox. ROASTED BROCCOLI & KALE QUINOA SALAD   Ingredients 1 cup quinoa (dry) 1 3/4 cup water (or vegetable broth) 1/2 pound broccoli cut into florets 1 medium … [Read more...]

10 Sweet Ideas for Easter Peeps

10 Sweet Ideas for Easter Peeps

There's something about those brightly colored, sugar coated marshmallow puffs called Peeps that make us smile. For generations, Peeps have been popping up every year around Easter time to adorn our baskets. They've always been a staple Easter candy in my home. What about yours?? Today I've gathered 10 Sweet Ideas for Easter Peeps that go beyond the basket. /1/ Peeps Cupcakes - These brightly colored cupcakes will gain the attention of every child, young and old.   /2/ Chocolate Bird's Nest Cookies - Chewy chocolate coconut macaroons are shaped into cute little bird's nests to create a one-of-a-kind treat for Easter.   /3/ Bunny Truffles - Did somebody say truffles? Oh my! These two treats are just screaming our name!!   /4/ Peeps Sunflower … [Read more...]

Michelle’s Flourless (Gluten-Free) Chocolate Cake Recipe {for Passover}

Chocolate Cake Recipe for Passover

Passover, the history-filled Jewish holiday that takes place in spring, is right around the corner. If you’re looking for a delicious dessert to share with your family and friends, your search has come to an end. Not only is my friend Michelle’s unique recipe rich and overflowing with chocolaty goodness, but it’s KOSHER, GLUTEN FREE, and with the addition of another special ingredient, HEALTHIER than any flourless chocolate cake that has passed your lips in the past. Made with finely chopped pecans instead of flour (making it gluten free!) this masterpiece is perfect for Passover. We used Earth’s Balance vegan shortening (or you can use pareve margarine), which keeps it kosher. And we added flaxseed, which is full of omega-3 essential fatty acids, lignans, and fiber, to keep it … [Read more...]

Spring Split Pea Soup Recipe

Spring Split Pea Soup

The colors of spring are poking through.  In the still chilly early days of the season, a hearty soup still makes a great meal or starter.  Split Pea soup brings the green of spring to your table and is a perfect way to use any leftover ham from a holiday meal. Even better, because peas do not require overnight soaking, you can be sitting down to a delicious bowl of soup in less than 90 minutes. This recipe is adapted slightly from this posting on Food.com.  The addition of milk (or a little heavy cream if that’s what is in your fridge) brightens the color. What you’ll need to make Spring Split Pea Soup: 1 tablespoon olive oil 2  small to medium onions, chopped salt ¼  - ½ tsp ground pepper red pepper flakes (optional) 4 cloves of garlic, chopped 1 bay leaf 1 … [Read more...]

Easy Tex-Mex Chicken {a Recipe}

Simple Chicken Recipe

My family eats the same old recipes every week. Spaghetti, tacos, chicken nuggets and pizza are often found on our dinner table. A couple of weeks ago I was desperate to find a new recipe. Our taste buds were craving something different than the norm! My initial search was for a simple chicken skillet dish.  When I found a how- to on making chicken breasts in the skillet on the stove top I began thinking on how to make it a bit more tasty. In my fridge I had salsa and in my pantry I had a can of each black beans and corn. From there, this yummy dish was created. Tex-Mex Chicken 2-4 chicken breasts, depending on family size 1-2 Tbls. butter 1-2 Tbls. EVOO seasoned salt pepper 1 cup of fresh salsa, I like to get the container from the produce section 3/4 cup of black … [Read more...]

Garlic Honey Mustard Slow Cooked Ham

Slow Cooker Ham Recipe

If your holiday house is anything like mine, then you run out of oven space very quickly.  That's what makes this recipe so great - whip out your trusty slow cooker and you can make a delicious Garlic Honey Mustard Slow Cooked Ham without so much as warming the oven! Garlic Honey Mustard Slow Cooked Ham Ingredients: 9-10 pound precooked spiral cut ham, bone in 2 cups honey 1 cup Dijon mustard 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce 2 tablespoons minced garlic (I use jarred) Garlic Honey Mustard Slow Cooked Ham Directions: Combine all ingredients except ham in your blender and pulse until well blended. Reserve one cup of glaze. Place ham in crock pot, flat side down. Slowly pour glaze over ham, making sure to get some between each spiral slice. Lift ham to get glaze … [Read more...]