Portobello Caps and Mozzarella Cheese

Portobello Caps and Mozzarella Cheese

As I gear up with writing and editing, I need these go-to quick and easy (and healthy) dishes more than ever.

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Carol Browne’s Lavender Biscuits

Straight from the oven, these are simply divine! Who would have thought that lavender worked so well in sweet biscuits, but it gives them a lovely fresh flavour.

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Butternut Squash and White Bean Soup

Made with seasonal ingredients like butternut squash, onions, and couscous. Seasoned with coriander, ginger, salt & pepper, thyme, parsley, and garlic. Add in some roasted pistachios, cannellini beans, and chickpeas.

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Lentil Spinach Soup

Today in the virtual kitchen we are serving a warm, healthy soup to help fight off the cold weather. This can be a vegetarian dish if you make it with vegetable stock rather than chicken stock. #Vegetarian #soup #cooking

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Sweet Potato and Ginger Soup

Ingredients:
3 cups chicken stock/vegetable stock
3 cups peeled and diced sweet potato
1/4 cup fresh ginger peeled and julienne cut  (ginger can be peeled by scraping it with the side of a spoon)
2 Tablespoons sugar
Salt/pepper to taste

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Honey Oat Muffins

Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups quick-cooking oats
1 cup flour
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
3 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 egg 2/3 cup milk
1/3 cup vegetable oil or any type
1/4 cup honey
1/2 cup raisins or dried cranberries, optional
1/2 cup chopped walnuts, optional

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Applesauce Oat Muffins

What could be nicer on a cold winter day than a breakfast that includes healthy, warm muffins? Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups quick-cooking oats 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 cup packed brown sugar 1 teaspoon baking powder 3/4 teaspoon baking soda 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 cup unsweetened applesauce 1/2 cup milk 3…

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Breene’s Vegetable Soup with Kale

This recipe was developed for the slow cooker or dutch oven by one of my beta readers (and sister-in-law) Breene. It is good for anyone who wants a nice, hot meal but doesn’t have a lot of time to cook! Vegetable Soup with Kale Ingredients: 6 cups chicken stock or vegetable stock 1 large onion…

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Loaded Spaghetti Squash

Ingredients: 1 large spaghetti squash 1 jar roasted red pepper drained and chopped 2 cups baby spinach or kale chopped 1 cup cooked chickpeas or pinto beans 1 to 1 1/2 cup homemade or bought marinara sauce/spaghetti sauce 1 teaspoon of each dried basil and dried oregano Shredded mozzarella cheese if desired Materials: 9 x…

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Butternut Squash & Cranberry Brown Rice

This is a healthy dish for the new year. It can be made with couscous or brown rice. Ingredients: 4 cups peeled and diced butternut squash 1 Tablespoon + 2 teaspoon olive oil, divided 1 teaspoon salt, divided 1 teaspoon ground black pepper, divided 5 oz. dried cranberries about 1 cup 2 cups water 2…

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Healthy Pumpkin Oat Bran Treats

This recipe can be used to make either muffins or bread. It is a healthier choice since it is made with egg whites instead of full eggs and applesauce instead of butter or oil. Ingredients: 2 1/2 cups flour 2 1/2 cups oat bran or 1 1/2 cups rolled oats 1 1/2 cups sugar 1…

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Apple Chutney

This recipe is from 2015. It is something my family looks forward to each year! Traditionally apple chutney is a savory sauce made from apples, brown sugar, vinegar, onions and various herbs and spices. It has a sweet and tart flavor that complements meat dishes such as roast chicken, beef, ham and pork chops. In…

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Vegan Pea Soup

I hope that you enjoy this post from 2015! Cooking for a family that has food allergies is challenging, primarily because those allergies may change over time (depending upon the degree of sensitivity). One food my family always enjoyed during the winter months was pea soup—until one member could no longer eat ham. So I…

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Cinnamon Crunch Chickpeas

Chickpeas (also called Garbanzo beans) are a good source of protein, carbohydrates, and fiber. They are featured in the Mediterranean diet. Ingredients: 1 can chickpeas 1/2 tablespoon olive oil 1 tablespoon honey 1 teaspoon cinnamon or allspice Materials: Measuring spoons Strainer Small baking sheet Parchment paper Bowl Metal bowl Paper towels Directions: 1.  Preheat oven 375°. …

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Veggie Beef and Barley Soup

  This soup helps create a warm and cozy meal on a cold winter day. When it simmers in the Dutch oven it fills the house with enticing aromas that will have your family clamoring for dinner! Ingredients: 2 1/3 cups water 1 cup pearl barley 2 Tablespoons olive oil 1 onion chopped 5 carrots…

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Healthy Raspberry Muffins with Yogurt

Until I started posting these recipes on my blog, I never realized how many muffins my family eats!  This is another favorite recipe that is nice to serve after the over-indulgence of Thanksgiving. This is a somewhat healthy treat. The muffins have less sugar, relying on the raspberries to add the sweetness. The yogurt mades the…

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Healthy Banana Bread

Adding chia seeds to this banana bread makes this an even healthier treat. Ingredients: 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar 2 egg whites 2 Tablespoon vanilla extract 2 cups bananas (about 3) 1 cup applesauce, unsweetened 3 cups flour 2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts (optional) 1/2 cup raisins…

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Zucchini and Potato Bake

This is a family favorite and a healthy fall dish.  I hope you enjoy! Ingredients: 2 medium zucchini, (peeled if you prefer) quartered and cut into large pieces 4 medium potatoes peeled and cut into large chunks 1 medium red bell pepper seeded and chopped 1 garlic clove sliced 1/2 cup dry bread crumbs 1/4 cup…

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Lakeside Pumpkin Bread by Sharon Ledwith

Fellow author Sharon Ledwith joins me in the virtual kitchen today with a perfect fall recipe. Take it away Sharon! When we lived in cottage country, we’d visit the local bakery in Baysville, a small, tourist town five minutes south of us. The smell of fresh baking does something to a body. Sometimes it takes…

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Walnut Raisin Spice Muffins

My family is fond of muffins and I am happy to oblige with different recipes throughout the year.  This one is perfect for fall Ingredients: 1 3/4 cups flour 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves 2 eggs 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoon brown sugar 1/4…

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Blueberry Spice Muffins

These are so good I had a hard time “saving” one for a photo! Ingredients: 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 cup sugar 2-1/2 teaspoons baking powder 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1 egg, lightly beaten 3/4 cup milk 1/3 cup butter or margarine, melted 1-1/4 cups fresh or frozen…

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Free Holiday Recipe Book!

Let’s Get This Cookbook Party Started! Who doesn’t love the holidays? You get to bond with family and friends, shop till you drop for that perfect gift, decorate the house to your heart’s desire, plan a meal worthy of gracing your table, and attend all those fabulous parties. Wait…hope I didn’t exhaust you already? Yes,…

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Creamy Cucumber Salad

This creamy cucumber salad is a family favorite. “Fresh” is the key word for this recipe. I love using vegetables and herbs I grow in my own garden, but you can also find flavorful produce at a local farm stand or farmer’s market. Ingredients:  1/4 cup plain yogurt 2 tablespoons fresh dill 1 tablespoon fresh…

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Mediterranean Couscous Salad

A good way to use the cherry tomatoes from the garden.  My cherry tomato fruit bowl:  blueberry, black cherry, lemon drop, and sungold. Ingredients 2 cups chicken broth 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic 1 1/3 cups couscous 1/2 cup chopped green onion (scallion) 1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley 2 cups chopped peeled cucumber 3 tablespoons chopped…

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