24.9.14

Whole Grain Dijon Mustard Salmon Filets on a CousCous-Lentil Medley




The salmon fillets steam right on top of this flavorful couscous and lentil medley saving you time and the extra heat from the oven. It's crazy simple and takes about 20 minutes total but the fresh herbs, shallots, white wine and whole grain Dijon mustard will make it look like you slaved in the kitchen for an hour.  Shhhhh, our little secret.







19.9.14

Lamb Keema with Potatoes




Lamb Keema is a very popular dish in Persia and Indian countries.  It's a very simple weeknight meal and the spices and ingredients are easily interchangeable. This is the recipe we have been making for years and every single one of my children loves it which is nothing short of a miracle!








I wish you could smell this dish, it's aromas are breathtaking. It may not look very pretty but the flavors of the spices and chili gives it so much depth. Balanced out with whole yogurt which adds a bit of creamy sweetness to this Indian dish and you have yourself a winner.



17.9.14

Ultimate Halloween Roundup



Halloween is my favorite "Holiday".  Partly because the weather finally dips into the double digits here in Phoenix but mostly for the creepy fun costumes, decor and parties. We have a chili 'cook off' every year and have friends over to sit around the fire pit. The kids love making crafts to hang all over the house and turning our front yard into a cemetery.










15.9.14

Mabel's Labels Ultimate Back to School Pack Give Away!



Would you believe that my 8 year old got into a very upsetting 'altercation' with 3 other 8 year olds last year over a  20 cent mechanical pencil? Truth. I ended up in the principals office to discuss the whole incident (why do I get nervous going to the principals office at 39 years old?) Apparently, another child swore it was his pencil and tried to pry it out of my son's hands who had a death grip on it and 2 other children got involved and my son ended up crying under a picnic table with a bloody nose..... and the pencil still being protected underneath him.










7.9.14

Black Bean, Butternut Squash & Millet Stuffed Poblano Peppers with Ancho-Guajillo Chile Sauce #SundaySupper




Do you love authentic chile Rellenos but don't want to make a production out of making them yourself? These {vegetarian} stuffed poblano chiles are seriously simple and insanely good. I've cut the preparation time in half with a few tricks I've picked up over the years and can't wait to share the recipe with you. 







28.8.14

Roasted Summer Veggies with a Poached Egg, a 3 Olive Tapenade and Smoked Gouda with Bacon




Don't let the title fool you, this is a no brainer, super fast weeknight supper. 


I get asked quite often for ideas on simple, non-boring dinner solutions. Well, this is one of those meals. A new favorite in our home, this dinner can be easily modified to include your favorite veggies that you have on hand through out the seasons. If you've not tried a poached egg over veggies you're in for a treat. A simple olive and roasted pepper tapenade brings it all together with flare.















22.8.14

Chocolate Cherry Chunk Bars #RecipeRedux



Question, what do you feed a mob of hungry kids at 3:17 p.m. after "working really hard all day long at school"?

Answer:  Home made Chocolate Cherry Chunk Bars served with a big glass of ice cold milk and sealed with a kiss.  Love mom.







19.8.14

Pulled Pork Tacos Slow Cooked in Oatmeal Stout Beer and Simmered in a Roasted Rhubarb Sauce



Looking for a no fuss, weekday dish that's also worthy of a Sunday supper? These slow cooked pork carnitas are sweet and tangy and exploding with flavor. Coming home to the smell of a roast that has been slowly simmering in a dark, oatmeal stout is the best way to end your day! Finish them off by simmering the shredded meat in a simple roasted rhubarb BBQ sauce.




17.8.14

Peanut Butter and Jelly Popcorn #SundaySupper



Here's the thing. I'm a procrastinator, through and through. I'd like to blame it on the kids but I'm pretty sure I've been this way since, well puberty I think. I mean, don't get me wrong, the chaos, constant interruptions, fighting, yelling and occasional minor civil war in the family room don't help matters any but I'm a procrastinator nonetheless. Which is why I'm making, photographing and writing this post and 7:37 on a Saturday evening.






14.8.14

#SundaySupper Preview for Back to School Breakfasts, Snacks and Beyond!



Summer is still in full swing here in Phoenix. Az. but it's time to peel the kids away from their digital doo dads and send them off to school nonetheless.  After a summer of endless snacking and laziness most days regardless of my best efforts to entertain the munchkins with museum trips and library visits it's time to get back into some sort of a semblance of routine. Easier said than done I might add.


Planning ahead is important when dealing with back to school breakfasts, lunches and snacks, something I'm not exactly good at. Don't get me wrong, I Pin a TON of really great ideas when it comes to packing a perfect lunch box but I still seem to struggle with the whole variety thing. Healthy snacks on the other hand are totally my stronger suit.




9.8.14

Tart Cherry and Vanilla Yogurt Breakfast Cakes {Recipe Redux}



Get out of your boring breakfast rut with these deliciously healthy Tart Cherry and Vanilla Yogurt Individual Breakfast Cakes. Served Piping hot who can resist warm tart cherries in a healthy, whole grain cake? This cake is moist and delicious, sweetened naturally with creamy vanilla yogurt and 
 a bit of brown sugar. 





5.8.14

Introducing "Beyond Broccoli" starting with Cauliflower Chipotle Cheddar Poppers {guest post for Cupcakes and Kale Chips}



For about a year now I've been meaning/thinking about/procrastinating on putting together a page called Beyond Broccoli in an effort to help people try and experiment with different veggies. I'm excited to say I finally managed to pull it together over the last week or so! If you've ever been intimidated or confused about what to do with a vegetable you've never tried before I hope you will visit my new page "Beyond Broccoli" for a categorized list of all of my favorite veggie recipes on Simply Healthy Family. There are seasonal charts for your convenience. 










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