18.12.14

Stuffed Aubergines {Baby Eggplant} in Coconut Curry Sauce



This sauce is so thick and creamy and slightly sweet you'll want to slurp up every last drop and then lick the bowl clean. I'm not ashamed.....  





2.12.14

Hot and Sour Soup with Shrimp



Nothing makes you feel better on a cold and crummy day than a bowl of piping hot soup. O.K. maybe a hug helps too, but soup is the best. Take this hot and sour soup for instance, tons of good for you veggies and a sweet and tangy broth you'll want to slurp up every last drop of. 







22.11.14

Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream with Gingersnap Crust Sprinkles




This simple and healthy ice cream is dairy free, super low in sugar and takes about 2 minutes to blend up ~ no churner needed. It is completely adaptable to your tastes by adding extras of your choice, chocolate chunk pumpkin ice cream anyone???






13.11.14

Butternut Squash and Chickpea Curry



This simple, vegetarian green curry is healthy, delicious and has just the right amount of spices to warm your body up. It's mild and slightly sweet taste makes this a family favorite.








It's been so hard for me to be indoors, especially sitting at a computer lately. The weather has finally cooled down to the 60's in the mornings and evenings (still in the 90's during the day) here in Phoenix and this is the time of year most of us Zonies are active outdoors. Hiking, biking, going to the park and Fall baseball for the boys which has been taking up most of my evenings.  So forgive my lack of posting more than once a week because if I'm not doing one of the aforementioned activities your sure to find me sitting on a patio somewhere sipping on a cup of coffee or a glass of wine. 


I hope that doesn't get a big, virtual snowball thrown at me from my Canadian or East coast friends!

5.11.14

Simply Healthy Family's Favorite Fall Recipe Roundup {say that 10 timesfast!}



Here's what's happening right now. I decided to stop blogging because

a.)   I keep comparing myself to other bloggers even though I firmly believe in not comparing myself to anyone, ever and therefor am making myself depressed, crazy and then just plain pissed followed by a general annoyance for no good reason. (I do however believe in random, run-on-sentences) and

b.)   I've become overwhelmingly consumed by guilt from spending too much time on the computer editing, writing and researching for my blog and not enough time with my children. No matter how many times I tell myself that a little bit of "me time" is a good thing I still feel guilty every time I'm sitting here and the kids are running around the house like banshees.


Then,  I had a day off, the weather dropped  20+ degrees into down right awesome here in Phoenix, I had a nap, then a glass or two of wine and  got over myself.  Onward and upward,  all things in moderation et cetera, et cetera.......




Lastly and coincidently, my 3 younger children have been playing very nicely together for 4 hours straight. No one is under the influence of medication or bribery, no one has incidentally knocked out someones tooth and no one has cried, died or gotten on anyone's nerves for FOUR HOURS STRAIGHT.  I'm going to go with my positive self and not think about the calm before the storm that will hit full force right around bedtime. Happy thoughts.





So in an effort to remind myself why I do what I do in this silly blogging world I compiled my very favorite Fall Foods to share with you. I usually don't do 'round ups' but looking through my favorite recipes and flavors, Fall is always on the top of the list. Every time.





I hope you stick with me and more importantly have tried or at least saved a recipe or two from my humble little place here. Any thoughts or suggestions are always appreciated. What would you like to see more of here at Simply Healthy Family? What are your favorite Fall foods? Do you ever experience "Mom Guilt"? How do you cope?





Fall Favorites from Simply Healthy Family
for football parties, fall picnics and fire pit gatherings. 










22.10.14

Ethiopian Ground Nut Wat (Stew) #RecipeRedux



While I'm a big fan of Mexican food and the spices and flavors that go with it I also love trying new flavors and foods from all parts of the World. You definitely will get out of your 'comfort zone' of cooking with this very flavorful stew from Ethiopia. Roasted veggies are slowly simmered in a thick and creamy sauce of almond butter and 'exotic' yet not hard to find spices. In fact, you probably already have most of them somewhere in the back of your spice cabinet!






21.10.14

Pumpkin and Apple Spiced Granola




Would you believe that I've never made my own home made granola before this? I'm not sure why, I never really thought it would be difficult or time consuming and it's definitely not. It was just a matter of gathering the ingredients and throwing them in a bowl, mixing, baking on low heat and then voila, warm, cinnamon apple and pumpkin granola for breakfast served with some Greek plain yogurt. 


Simple. Delicious. Fall flavors, Check.








19.10.14

Hunters Stew #SundaySupper




This stew has all the flavors you need to keep cozy and warm on the coldest of nights. You can easily substitute your favorite fall or winter veggies in this stew and be enjoying every spoonful of the rich, savory broth in about 30 minutes. 









12.10.14

Winter Fruit, Yogurt and Marmalade Pasta Salad



Today for lunch I had this sweet and super tangy fruit salad along with a few pieces of white cheese. I have to say I feel like I splurged a bit but in reality it took all of 10 minutes to make and was a very simple and healthy treat  lunch. 









“By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by the National Pasta Association and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.”






Did you know that cous cous is actually a pasta? Similar to orzo, another small pasta that resembles rice, it is in fact pasta. Traditional cous cous is very small and delicate and cooks up in just a few minutes. Israeli cous cous is a bit bigger and resembles small pearls and also cooks up in just a few minutes.  I like to to use Israeli cous cous, which is a bit sturdier as a base for grilled salmon and as a side dish tossed with chopped veggies and olive oil or fruits, nuts and yogurt. 







10.10.14

Chicken Poblano Chowder





When I imagine a perfect Autumn day it would be one with me sitting on the porch with my woven slippers on, one foot tucked underneath me while watching the leaves tremble off of the enormous shade trees, colors so pretty they make your heart flutter. A crisp breeze would be playing all around me making wisps of my hair fly off my neck and having me pull my favorite quilt tighter against my body. Of course under these circumstances I would need a bowl of hot soup hearty enough to satisfy both tummy and soul. Sometimes, only a bowl of home made soup will do.










Alas, I don't have a porch, there are no trees worthy of such marvel and my quilt is still packed away in the closet. Fall in the Sonoran dessert leaves much to the imagination. Luckily however, I do have soup. And Fall Ball, there's always that. Tonight is little man #3's third baseball game against their 'rivals' who has rivals at 8 years old?




8.10.14

Toasted Ravioli Caprese #RecipeRedux #NationalPastaMonth



Finger size, four cheese ravioli's dipped in buttermilk and coated with Italian bread crumbs then baked to a  golden, crispy perfection. Throw them on little toothpicks along with Heirloom cherry tomatoes, fresh mozzarella balls and a basil leaf for a unique and delicious party favor. 





“By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by the National Pasta Association and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.”








7.10.14

Mushroom and Eggplant Stroganoff #RecipeRedux #NationalPastaMonth




I sort of feel like a vegetarian version of Beef Stroganoff is some sort of unforgivable sin in some ways. However, I just so happen to much prefer this vegetarian version to the beef one, again, sinful. I have to tell you though, sinful or not this mushroom and eggplant stroganoff is incredibly delicious and so stinking easy that you just might not miss the beef. 

I cross my heart!





“By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by the National Pasta Association and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.”










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