I love to cook! So what happens when a regular person like me tries to make recipes from television, magazines, and the Internet? Sometimes it works. Sometimes it doesn't. I like to take recipes, whether it's something new or an old favorite, and either replicate them or make them my own. Follow along with me and see what I can cook up!
Ever Evolving Food Blog
Hello Everyone! I have had this blog for years now, and as my personal life has changed, so have my tastes and eating habits...for the better!! I am now a fully plant-based eater, so my newer recipes will reflect this lifestyle and way of eating.
All of my old recipes will remain on my food blog, of course, so there will be a mixture of the old and the new for everyone to look through and choose. You can always play around with any recipe out there and make it your own, whether it's plant-based or not. There are always other options!
Thanks SO much for following! Happy Eating!
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Here is another cute, healthy treat I found on the Internet. It's amazing what kind of art you can make with fruits and veggies. This is something you could have your kids help with that would be fun AND nutritious. My students at school have been loving the creations, and my son has been giving me pointers as I am creating these little masterpieces. Ha ha! FUN!!
What you'll need:
A large dinner plate
1 large carrot sliced thinly
2 kiwis, peeled and sliced
2 small bananas, peeled and sliced
*Tip: Cut the bananas last so they don't turn brown.
This is a great way to get kids to eat. I saw this on idea on the Internet and thought I'd see what I could come up with myself. It was funny because after I made it, I thought it looked really good and almost made one for myself. I have OCD, so I don't like my food to touch (just like a lot of kids), so I can most definitely see the appeal of this colorful, fun, healthy way to serve a meal to small kids. I would have added something besides the gummies in that one compartment, but I was saving my kiwi for another project. Other than those, it's pretty healthy!
Things you might want to include: granola (I used peanut butter.) celery low-fat cheese apple Annie's organic Bunnies crackers low-sodium, lean turkey sausage strawberries nuts goldfish crackers roasted coconut chips sugar snap peas pineapple grapes low-sodium turkey jerky carrots kiwi banana orange slices
Directions: 1. Boil the egg for 20 minutes, peel, and slice in half. Let cool. 2. Slice the cheese stick in half, length-wise, then make two slits to make the branches. Be careful or they'll break. 3. Arrange the grapes around the tree branches to look like leaves. 4. Cut two triangles of cheese for the bird beaks. 5. Place one peppercorn on each egg half for the eyes.
Nutritional Info: 1 brown egg 70 calories 5 g fat 1 g carbohydrates 6 g protein 195 mg cholesterol 65 mg sodium
1 Horizon organic Colby cheese stick 110 calories 9 g fat 1 g carbohydrates 7 g protein 30 mg cholesterol 170 mg sodium
1/2 cup green grapes 52 calories 0 g fat 13.5 g carbohydrates 0.5 g protein 0 mg cholesterol 1.5 mg sodium
To start off the New Year, a lot of people eat black-eyed peas in some fashion or another. This recipe was given to me by my friend, Brandy. She served it at her New Year's Day Cookout, and it was fabulous!!! It is loaded with Vitamin C, protein, iron, and potassium. Yum!!!
1 (16 oz) bag of frozen black-eyed peas
1/4 cup chopped, fresh cilantro
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
2 Tbsp grape seed oil
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup diced red bell pepper
1/3 cup diced red onion
1 cup diced pineapple
2 cups lightly steamed, chopped kale
*makes 5 cups
1. Prepare black-eyed peas according to the directions on the package. Simmer only until al dente, drain, and let cool for 1 hour.
2. Whisk together cilantro and next 5 ingredients in a large bowl.
3. Add cooked black-eyed peas, bell pepper, and red onion, tossing to coat.
4. Cover and chill for 8 hours..
5. Add pineapple and kale into the mixture just before serving.