When I first saw a tutorial for DIY corn chips I believed with my whole-sodium loving heart that they couldn’t taste as good as the bagged variety. There was no way. One day we had a surplus of corn tortillas and no corn chips, so I grudgingly gave it a go. Not only were they beyond easy, but they tasted great. (Not to mention, according to Rachel Brandeis of the American Dietetic Association, we consume up to 50% less calories, sodium, and fat when we make food ourselves.) These crispy babies will cure any bag-addicts that may be reading.
Do you want to know how to make the tasty black bean hummus pictured above? Don’t Panic. Just head over to LiveWell Colorado’s mom blog. This dip sounds snooty, but it had both Middle E and Little A licking their plates clean.
I have made these about a dozen times and they are always a hit. When I showed the plate pictured above to Middle E he said, “I want that for breakfast!” They use whole wheat flour, so if you’re ready to give this whole grain a try, now is the time to do it! The color will be dark brown from the cocoa powder no matter what flour you use. Continue reading →
As a long-time vegetarian, there is no greater staple in my diet than beans. Black beans in particular are very high in protein, fiber, folate, and antioxidants, along with numerous vitamins and minerals. To my daughter’s delight, I was feeding her pureed black beans at six months of age! They pair well with brown rice and vegetables and can be used in everything from soups and salads to quesadillas and burritos. Continue reading →
Bland. Boring. Too Expensive. Have you ever used these excuses when dodging vegetables? It’s okay, most of us grew up eating microwaved canned green beans. After choking those down, it doesn’t matter how loudly the federal government scolds us to get our 5-a-Day. They even tell us that veggies help reduce our risk of cancer and diabetes. But we still aren’t getting the recommended green stuff. No one wants to give up the pleasure they get from their favorite junk, especially if it means peeling something.
Prior to this post I didn’t even know the correct spelling of Brussels Sprouts. There is truly a sneaky “s” on the end of Brussel. Talk about vegetable ignorance. I am officially humbled.
We recently received Brussels sprouts through our food-coop, Bountiful Baskets. It was great to be forced into eating this vegetable that I usually avoid. I don’t even know if my local grocery stores sell fresh ones and my Hunky Husband isn’t fond of them. Continue reading →