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Slow Cooker Steak with Mushrooms and Onions

I love the little cookbooks at the cash register of the grocery store. I don’t care whose cookbooks they are – Taste of Home, Everyday Food, Pillsbury, Campbell’s. They’re usually a couple of dollars, and most of the time, they’re packed with yummy recipes that use normal ingredients. Over the last couple of months, I have only allowed myself to buy the cookbook if it features low fat or low calorie foods. It’s not as hard as you might think. On Valentine’s Day, I picked up Prevention magazine’s Slow Cooker Recipe Book. After I bought it and brought it home, … Read more

Slow Cooker Potato Chowder

I love this potato chowder. Year round, we eat it at least once a month. To make our mornings easier, we prepare our potato chowed the night before we want to eat it. We do all of the dicing, chopping, and mixing, and then put the mixture into the removable crock for our largest Crock Pot. Joe puts the crock in the fridge or out on the porch (when it’s cold enough). In the morning, all he needs to do is set the crock in the Crock Pot and turn it on. When we all get home, we put the … Read more

Garden Lasagna Recipe

When I was a freshman in college, the cafeteria in the student union building served the most magnificent garden lasagna. The cafeteria was shut down during a renovation of the building, and it reopened as a fast food taco place. Or something. I don’t exactly remember. The point is that I love vegetable lasagna. I don’t care what you call it; I love lasagna with vegetables stuck into the layers. Depending on what veggies I have on hand, I may substitute different kinds of vegetables for the carrots or squash. In my personal opinion, the more veggies, the better! Print … Read more

Cajun Style Beans and Rice

I spent 10 years of my life as a vegetarian. I loved being a vegetarian. Even today, I sometimes feel like an icky traitor for eating meat. I’m aware that I’m weird. Just play along. I feel a special allegiance to meatless cuisine, and we eat meatless meals often around here. On and off over the last 12 years, Joe and I have eaten this beans and rice recipe for supper pretty often. We go in spurts, and we’ll eat it weekly for months and months and then put it away because we’re sick of it, and then get it … Read more

Homemade Hummus and Other Healthy Dips

Grace likes to dip her foods into all kinds of sauces and pastes. Do all kids like that? I like to dip my food into crazy sauces, too, so I’m not sure if it’s a family thing or a kid thing. Some dips we’ve tried recently: A strawberry or raspberry dipping sauce Ranch dressing mixed up with a handful of cooked white beans that have been pureed Spinach chopped finely and blended with a basil-based pesto Low fat sour cream mixed with salsa Hummus Hummus is very easy to make at home. It is just like my falafels. Grace’s Kitchen … Read more

Black Bean and Roasted Red Pepper Soup

We eat a lot of soup. Soup is easy to prepare, and it can usually cook all day in the Crock Pot. Plus, it’s usually healthy and can include lots of great, fresh, whole foods. Or, if you’re so inclined, you can use soup to hide a lot of great, fresh whole foods from picky eaters. Chef Jill Houk from Sara Lee made this soup for us at the Sara Lee Back to School Nutrition Summit. I loved it. I loooooved it. I loved it so much that I might just make it tomorrow. It was that good. And, it … Read more