Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Cilantro Lime Pilaf

Sometimes healthy foods are boring. It's true. But I really wanted to make a new healthy dish, and I really wanted it to be fun and delicious. Not only was I happy to eat this Cilantro Lime Pilaf, but my husband gave his approval as well. He likes his with hot sauce.
This pilaf has lots of flavor and is filling, made with lentils and Bulgar. The fresh cilantro and lime juice make this really tasty. I wrote about Bulgar in a past post, Bulgar Banana Parfait, if you want more information on it.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Pumpkin Oatmeal



Ever make a recipe and have leftover pumpkin puree? I freeze mine in ice cube trays to make into smoothies, shakes, and oatmeal, especially this time of year. This easy pumpkin oatmeal is hardy and delicious with lots of pumpkin flavor, brown sugar, and raisins. This breakfast is definitely inspired by pumpkin pie!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Glazed Applesauce Cookies


These sweet apple cookies with raisins are always fun to take to friends and events. I remember taking these to neighbors in Utah, and one neighbor asking for recipe because she, "love[s] the little raisins in them." I took these to a church event in Sacramento just a few weeks ago and was told "they taste like a trip to Apple Hill." Apple Hill is a group of ranches near Sacramento with lots of apple orchards and fun events. I was flattered that these cookies reminded her of such a neat place.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Garlic Ranch Pizza with Bacon



One of my favorite meals, this pizza really has 2 secrets: the tasty garlic Ranch sauce, and the bacon. This works either with a homemade pizza crust recipe or a store bought one. 

Friday, August 8, 2014

BLT Pasta

I hope everyone had a great summer. In Tucson where I grew up, the kids are already in school for the fall semester. What did you do over the summer?

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Jean Shorts in 15 Minutes



The night before we left for a family reunion in Oregon, I decided I needed to turn a pair of holey jeans into shorts for our trip. Luckily I knew how to do it quickly. In just 15 minutes I cut them off and put a hem that looks nice without having to sew all the way around.
Basically, you cut the jeans, zigzag the edges to finish them, fold them up twice, and then tack them in place with vertical lines (more detailed directions below).

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Strawberry Lime Smoothie

I love sweetening my smoothies with fruit alone, but that usually means using a banana. While I love bananas in smoothies, my husband, his sister, my niece, and lots of people I know really don't like everything to taste like a banana.
This smoothie has honey, which is a good, natural source of sugar, but you probably should accompany this smoothie with whole grains so the fiber can help you digest the sugar. (Fruit has natural sugar in it, but it also has fiber which helps you digest the sugar in it. Honey doesn't have fiber in it.) The strawberries I used were very sweet, which helped make a tasty smoothie.