Semi-Homemade Rhubarb Peach Ginger Cake

As the temperature and humidity rise, rhubarb is taking its final bow. However, if you’re like me, your plants are still hanging on. Go out and pick your last harvest and enjoy this amazing semi-homemade Ginger Rhubarb Peach Cake. Can’t get your hands on rhubarb anymore? No worries! This cake would be amazing using blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, peaches, plums or any fruit that is in season. Can’t decided which fruit to... Read More

Quinoa Protein Cereal

I posted this picture last week and got lots of requests for the recipe, so I thought I would pop in while the kids finish up their naps to share this very simple recipe that has become one of my go-to snacks. I love to top my Quinoa Protein Cereal with either fresh berries, banana or Rhubarb Strawberry Sauce. Also, be on the lookout for a new twist on Rhubarb Sauce this spring. This recipe is inspired by Gina’s Cookie Dough Cereal, which... Read More

Crockpot Coconut Vegetable Curry

I apologize for the blurry, unflattering photos below. Our new camera should arrive next week, so I will be using my iPhone less for food pics. Even if I did have the DSLR at my disposal, it’s difficult to take an appetizing photo of curry – the reddish pink sauce makes most veggies look brown, which is simply unappetizing! — I very recently became acquainted with the amazingness that is Indian food. It all started last summer when... Read More

Strawberry Mango Kale Salad

This is what it looks like outside right now. Yep. That’s a bunch of snow. God has quite a sense of humor, doesn’t he? The last time MN had snow in April was 2002, the year I graduated from high school. Prior to that, you have to go back to the 1980′s.  Hmmm… something just isn’t right. This is what it looks like inside. Much better! Since we returned from vacation I have felt off in my eating. I am eager for Spring... Read More

Slow Cooker Mahi Mahi Tacos

Two weeks ago when I posted a photo on Instagram of my Mahi Mahi taco crockpot experiment I had several requests for the recipe. I hesitate to share new recipes with you guys until I have actually tried the dish myself. I would hate to post a recipe and have it turn out to be flop! I am here today to tell you that this recipe is most definitely NOT a flop. I have found that the secret to cooking lean meats and fish in the crockpot is to start with... Read More

Carob Raspberry Amazeballs

I was first introduced to amazeballs when I participated in the Fitnessista’s Winter Shape Up. I immediately fell in love with the ease of preparation, portability and fun flavor combinations. We are hooked! Every other week I make a batch (or two) as snacks for the whole family – with protein powder for Allan and I and without protein powder for Matthew. So far, Carob Raspberry is hands down our favorite flavor combo. This recipe is based... Read More

Beef and Broccoli in the Crockpot

With the holidays quickly approaching and a new baby in the house, I am finding it more and more difficult to get dinner on the table every night. Some evenings are so rough that it seems to take me over an hour (or two!) to get a simple meal on the table for everyone. Then the minute we sit down to eat, Luke gets hungry, tired or bored. Have you ever tried to eat one handed while holding a baby? Allan and I tend to eat a cold meal every single night.... Read More

Crockpot Meal: Pork Tenderloin with Cranberry Sauce

Since Luke’s birth, I have struggled to get nutritious meals on the table by 6:15 PM every day. Simply adding one other person’s (unpredictable) needs to the mix has thrown me for a loop. Some weeks I am very diligent about shopping and meal planning, while others are haphazard at best. I have found that with a little forethought, I can employ my crockpot to slow cook meals for me. It has been a real blessing. This allows me to make breakfast... Read More

Green Apple Pie Smoothies

Between our regular grocery trips, my in-laws trees and our CSA fruit share, we have an overabundance of apples. Of course I have been busy making crockpot applesauce any chance that I can get; however, our new favorite way to enjoy the fall harvest has been Green Apple Pie Smoothies. Matthew has been teething since Luke’s arrival and loves a cold, refreshing smoothie mid-morning. This morning was no exception. Green Apple Pie Smoothie adapted... Read More

Summer Kale Salad

There was a big head of lacinato kale that I purchased at the farmer’s market two weeks ago sitting in my crisper drawer taking up much needed space. I had intended to create simple massaged kale salads for lunch every day last week, but instead opted for salads using CSA greens. This week the beautiful monster was starring me in the face and I knew it was time to use it for something. Enter the Summer Kale Salad. This is a very easy salad... Read More

Maple Strawberry Summer Salad

This was honestly one of the BEST sumer salads we have enjoyed in quite a while! Honestly, it was a completely impromptu, clean out the fridge kind of meal that took all of us by surprise. I love how unplanned meals can sometimes be the most delicious and rewarding. When planning dinner, I knew that I wanted to use up the remaining strawberries we had in the fridge along with some lettuce, cucumber and radish that had been hanging out in the fridge... Read More

Gluten-Free Summer Strawberry Cornbread

Can you believe that we are in the midst of strawberry season already?!? I adore sweet, local berries and am so excited that the season is arriving early and with a vengeance this year. Usually the local MN strawberries are bright red, extremely sweet and very fragile. They can be difficult to handle and bake with because they easily fall apart in your hands and have a high water content. However, this year I had the pleasure of buying a case of... Read More

Grain Free Banana Muffins

Yikes! It is hot and humid. Seriously, last week it was rainy and the mercury barely rose above 60˚. Gotta love MN weather! I wasn’t quite sure how my pregnant body would tolerate the heat and humidity of Minnesota summers, but so far, so good. Matthew and I are both warm blooded and like to sweat, but surprisingly, it doesn’t bother either of us if the air conditioning is off, the fans are on, the windows are open and we are sweatin’... Read More

Birthday Boy Blueberry Pancakes

As I mentioned earlier this afternoon, we enjoyed an amazing stack of blueberry pancakes this morning to celebrate this little guy’s birthday. Matthew, like his mama, loves breakfast! I knew that I wanted to make something special for him this morning to celebrate the big T-W-O and instantly thought of pancakes. A couple months ago, I whipped up Ashely’s Cherry Almond Pancakes and knew that her recipe would make the perfect base for the... Read More

Whole Wheat Maple Donuts

I had to stop in briefly this afternoon to tell you about the most amazing treat that I whipped up for bible study tomorrow morning. When I signed up for fellowship at bible study I immediately knew that I wanted to bring a healthy baked good. There were a few reasons for my decision: 1. All of the baked goods and sweets at bible study are loaded with white flour, sugar and (most likely) shortening or conventional butter. 2. Most people think that... Read More

Mango Breakfast Bake

My love for baking was rekindled during my 14th week of pregnancy . I can’t believe that I went over 2 months without baking anything in our kitchen… it so isn’t like me. Fortunately for Allan and Matthew, I have been making up for lost time. One of the things that I whipped up was this recipe for a Mango Breakfast Bake. I missed them dearly! When I saw the large, ripe mangos on sale at the store, I knew that I wanted to not only... Read More

What’s for Dinner?

I was honored to find out that my recipe for BBQ Quesadillas was featured on Yummly yesterday in a line up of Cheesy Quesadillas. There are several deliciously tempting quesadilla recipes highlighted that you should definitely try! What on the menu tonight? We are having a quick veggie-filled frittata with freshly baked bread.  Pregnancy cravings just hit and we are stopping at Noodles & Co for Pad Thai!  Read More

A Pancake A Day…

… may not keep the doctor away, but will definitely put a smile on your face. A few weeks ago while pinning, I saw a gorgeous photo of a german (aka puff) pancake. I immediately wanted one. However, I knew that if I was going to indulge in such a decadent breakfast everyone in our family better be able to eat one. I was on the hunt for a gluten-free recipe and even researched a few ideas. However, the craving quickly passed and I didn’t... Read More

Twenty One

Things have been getting increasingly exciting around here. Every day we experience Matthew growing up and learning by leaps and bounds. He is now 21 months old and has definite opinions about everything. His confidence in his body and movement is amazing. He believes that he is invincible! Matthew and I have been focusing on having verbal conversations and it seems to be helping him to speak more, instead of simply gesturing and whining to get his... Read More

Banana Split

A couple months ago Kath made split pea soup in a crock pot using a ham shank. It got me thinking… I had a ham bone and leftover diced ham vacuum sealed and frozen in our deep freeze for FAR too long. I had the intention of either using it in a smoky lentil soup or split pea soup, but never really go around to adding it to our meal plan – especially over the summer when the last thing that I am thinking about is soup! Last night I finally... Read More

Easy Weeknight Meal: BBQ Shrimp Wraps

I know that life can get crazy. But I know that you still want to eat healthy even though you may only have 15 minutes to get dinner on the table. This is an easy weeknight meal that can double as a simple weekday lunch that your whole family is sure to love. This simple BBQ shrimp recipe packs in a serving of veggies + protein + while grains ensuring that your crew will be satisfied and well fed. BBQ Shrimp Wraps A super simple supper that can... Read More

Four Things Friday + Giveaway

1. A couple weeks ago, I was sent a sample of Morrocco Method Styling Dragon Pomade. As you know, I tried the complete line of Morrocco Method shampoos and conditioners this summer, as I tried to go ‘poo-free. I was very saddened when their products didn’t work out for me at that time; however, I was still very interested in finding some of their products that would work for my hair type. When they offered to send me the Styling Dragon... Read More

Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal Bars

This would be the post that I would share my New Year’s resolutions, if I were the type to make resolutions. However, honestly, I’m not a big believer in resolutions. I don’t need a new year in order to get me in the mood to set goals and reach them. I’m just the type of person who gets something in their head and then does everything possible to achieve my dreams. No new year necessary. However, I do find the New Year to... Read More

Banana Chai Muffins

I am still in love with Ashley’s chai spice blend. Yum! Every week I make a batch of clean and healthy snack muffins or cookies for Matthew to enjoy throughout the week. It’s an easy way for me to ensure that he is getting enough healthy fat, whole grains and fruits/veggies. Plus, I can pop a few in my purse for snacks away from the house without having to solely rely on organic dry cereal. When I saw Heather’s recipe for banana... Read More

Chai Spiced

Last week Ashley from the edible perspective posted a recipe for chai spice mix. I love chai spices and immediately ran to my spice rack and mixed up the spice blend. Upon first sniff, I immediately knew that it was a winning combination. I then got to work using it. We were running low on nut  butters, so I borrowed Ashley’s idea and made Chai Spiced Cashew Butter. This would make a wonderful Christmas present for someone that you really... Read More

Gingerbread Two Ways

Matthew and I have been enjoying our Advent Calendar activities. Matthew looks forward to opening the Advent Calendar door and unfolding the little piece of paper every day. I found little clip art photos to represent each activity so that he can recognize what we are doing without the need for me to read the activity out loud… even though I always do. Each day we talk about how God sent his son, Jesus, to save us. I honestly think Matthew... Read More

I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas…

“…yet not my will, but yours be done.” Luke 22:42 As Christmas nears I find myself getting more and more strapped for personal time. There are so many things that I would like to do, people I would like to visit and experiences I would like to enjoy with Matthew. However, it seems that there are just not enough hours in every day to do all that I would like – which I am ok with. I tend to get caught up in the perfection of... Read More

Five Things Monday + Recipe

Since we last spoke… 1. We now have a decorated Christmas Tree in our living room. I love visiting our local Bachman’s to pick out a Christmas tree. Last year we bought an overpriced Fraser Fir at Whole Foods. It was a near fiasco where Allan had to secure the tree to our car on his won using budget twine. Allan drove 15 mph the whole way home. Never again. On the other hand, Bachman’s has a heated greenhouse filled with beautiful... Read More

Thanksgiving: Green Bean, Beet and Goat Cheese Salad

Green Bean, Beet and Goat Cheese Salad Adapted from Clean Eating Magazine A delicious departure from traditional green bean salad. The citrusy tang of the dressing is the perfect compliment to cool chèvre and earthy beets. This salad will leave you energized, not dragging. Gluten-free, dairy-free. Print this recipe. Serves 12 2 bunches golden or red beets with greens, scrubbed well 2 lbs green beans, washed and trimmed 3 tbsp chicken or vegetable... Read More

Slow Roasted

A couple days ago my mother-in-law made a big batch of spaghetti sauce with her remaining garden tomatoes. I had several pounds of ripe big beef, cherry and roma tomatoes in my basement waiting to be used. This afternoon I decided to roast all of my ripe tomatoes along with minced garlic, quartered onions, baby carrots and celery, drizzled with 4 tbsp olive oil to create a huge pot of spaghetti sauce. I roasted the veggies on baking sheets covered... Read More

Pastries for Breakfast

I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:14 Happy {day after} Halloween from one dragon to another! Life has been busy! We are thinking about putting our house back on the market and have spent the last several days preparing. There has been lots of work outdoors while the weather still allows. On top of that, there are several other major life changes that we are being led... Read More

Uh-Oh

Yep. I messed up. I accidentally fed my family gluten this week. We were only supposed to add soy back in this week, not gluten. Here’s what happened… I usually buy the Trader Joe’s tempeh and completely forgot that it contains barley, which has gluten. Guess what we had on Monday night – tempeh spaghetti. And guess who didn’t feel well on Tuesday? Allan. Well, I guess we now have a good idea what has been causing Allan’s... Read More

Pumpkin Pie Protein Bars

I am feeling a bit under the weather today and decided to skip my scheduled yoga session this morning in favor of additional sleep. Depending on how long I take to get this post up, I might be able to sneak in a quick 20 minute yoga stretch session before Matthew wakes from his nap. We have exciting plans to visit the library before supper time. Can’t wait! I got the inspiration for this recipe from Tosca Reno’s blog. She posted a dessert... Read More

Spooky Summer Throw Back

I bet I am not the only one who has a hundred pounds of shredded zucchini in my freezer. Well, maybe I am the only one… No matter how much of summer’s bounty you have preserved in your freezer, I bet that you would love to enjoy a dark chocolate brownie that is delicious and packed with nutrition. Or you could at least use up one of the bags of shredded zucchini that haunt you every time you open the freezer. Either way, these are the... Read More

Gluten-Free Teff Porridge

After having such great success making steel cut oats in my slow cooker, I wondered if the same things could be done with teff, which is our second favorite breakfast grain. Guess what? It worked! Since I suspect that Allan’s digestive issues are caused by gluten, teff has become our go-to breakfast porridge. We usually serve it with scrambled egg whites + 1 yolk a piece. I love spinach in my eggs. The slightly chewy, grainy texture reminds... Read More

crock pot <3

A couple weeks ago I bought a new programmable crock pot to replace our old crockpot that was routinely burning foods. I am in love! I use the crock pot at least three times per week to prepare breakfast, supper and side dishes. One of my favorite ways to use my slow cooker is to make shredded chicken. This recipe that can be easily adapted. The recipe that follows is for italian-style chicken that we used over noodles and italian salads. However,... Read More

Gluten Free Apple Cider Donuts

A few things… 1. We spent the morning playing with our friends Renea and Dakota. 2.The house is clean. 3. Matthew only took an hour long nap. Needless to say, it’s been a productive day. However, due to #3, this is going to be a quick post. Yes, these are the Gluten Free Apple Cider Donuts that I promised yesterday and last week. Yes, they are just as delicious as the glutenous version. However, I prefer the chocolate frosting over... Read More

The Best Thing I Ever Ate

Have you ever watched the show, The Best Thing I Ever Are? When we had cable, I would tune in to Food Network when I was doing chores… folding laundry, stuffing cloth diapers, etc. Inevitably, the show, The Best Thing I Ever Ate, would be on. I much prefer cooking shows like Giada At Home and 30 Minute Meals, but was always entertained by seeing all of the odd things that people enjoy eating. I have been hitting a lot of home runs in the kitchen... Read More

Gingerbread Waffles

With the celebration of Canadian Thanksgiving last weekend, I have been getting into the holiday mood. Now I know that it isn’t even Halloween yet, but I absolutely love the Holiday Season! Is it sad that I even listened to a few Christmas Songs on my iPhone last week? Yep. It happened. With the new addition of Matthew, last year was our first Holiday Season spent as a family. With all of the holiday busyness, multiple Christmas celebrations... Read More

Apple Cider Donuts

Hello my friends! Things are starting to settle down around here. I am loving not having the urge to check email every five seconds to ensure that everything at work is ok. Rachel Cosgrove (via The Female Body Breakthrough) is still kicking my butt at 5:30 AM. I added in a little Yoga is Yummy on Thursday morning, my body needs a good stretch once a week! And I am starting to get used to being a brunette. Although, Allan keeps thinking that I am a... Read More

Apple Cider Breakfast Bake

A couple weeks ago while at the Mill City Farmer’s Market, I picked up a half-gallon of freshly pressed, unpasturized apple cider from Sweetland Orchard. I knew right away that I wanted to use it in my baking. The next day I made a pot of crock pot steel cut oats and subbed in 1 cup of apple cider for 1 cup of water. What a treat! I have also been working on perfecting recipes for unsweetened apple cider donuts (recipe coming VERY soon) and... Read More

Sun Drenched

We are in the middle of full fledged Indian Summer and I am loving it. To think I turned on the heat a couple weeks ago and now they are forecasting highs near 90 tomorrow. Bring on the sunshine! Maybe the dozens of tomatoes that I still have on the vine will magically ripen overnight. A girl can dream, can’t she? Speaking go tomatoes, on a rainy day last week I devised an incredible recipe for sun dried tomato pesto. A couple years ago, while... Read More

Family Favorites: Oatalicious

Detox Day 1 went really well. Allan and I both felt significantly more energized yesterday afternoon after dragging a bit in the morning. I even had enough energy to wake up early this morning (5:30 AM!!!) and workout. It is so nice to have that taken care of already and be able to spend my afternoons checking things off of my To Do list. I am amazed at how much energy I have today. I really thought that cutting out sugar and caffeine would have more... Read More

Family Favorites: Soaked Sweet Potato Waffles

I know that it’s still September, but the Holidays are fast approaching. Before we know it there will be snow on the ground, chestnuts roasting on an open fire and jingle bells playing on your iPhone. If you are like me and host your family’s Holiday get-togethers there is always the age old question proceeding any celebratory gathering… What am I going to do with the leftovers? Typically, I immediately vacuum seal and freeze half... Read More

Wordless Wednesday: Family Favorites: Pumpkin Donuts

The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe. Proverbs 18:10 Pumpkin Donuts Serve these pumpkin donuts with a side of scrambled eggs for a special weekend breakfast or with a slice of string cheese as a quick grab and go snack during the week. Print this recipe. Makes 6 donuts 1 cup white whole wheat flour 1/4 c sucanat (I used 2 tbsp in this batch) 1 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp baking powder 1 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp... Read More

Family Favorites: Fruit + Nut Snack Bars

Today has been a crazy day that included trips to both Target and Whole Foods. I think I need a nap. It’s days like today that I need a healthy portable snack for both Matthew and I that does not require refrigeration and can be enjoyed while strolling the grocery store aisles. In the past I would have reached for an overpriced, prepackaged protein bar. Nowadays, I like to save money by making my own. Disclaimer: Yes, I do keep a stash of... Read More

Family Favorites: Snack Muffins

A dear friend of mine, Natalie, has a son who is three weeks younger than Matthew. Prior to becoming a mom, she relied on simple meals to feed herself and her husband; however now that she is feeding a youngling, she has been revamping their diets to focus more on sustainable, organic fare that is quick and easy to prep while an energetic toddler is scooting around the condo. Recently, she asked me for tips, tricks and recipes that she could make... Read More

Party People

You may recall that a couple weeks ago we hosted an ecofriendly, clean living party with the goal of only producing one bag of landfill-bound trash. If you are catching up, you can read about the party here and here. We were extremely successful in our mission and I thought that today I would share a few tips on hosting an ecofriendly party that is focused on reducing waste without creating a lot of extra work for you. Grab your post-consumer recycled... Read More

Pumpkin Time

It has been quite the eventful week around here and it’s only Tuesday! Matthew and I have been checking things off our list left and right… including cleaning the house {finally!}, laundry {very exciting}, food prep {coconut butter, sunflower seed butter, peanut butter, larabars, pumpkin oatmeal protein bars, zucchini breakfast bakes, pumpkin pudding} and finally bought a compost bin and snagged some Missoni for Target {skirt and dishes!,... Read More

Cha Cha Chia for You (Chia Seed Giveaway)!

As you know, I love chia seeds! They are an amazing superfood that can make or break a bowl of overnight oats, oatmeal or pudding. Chia seeds are a wonderful whole foods supplement that boosts your fiber intake, adds essential Omega-3s to your diet and provides plant-based protein. Plus, they are just so much fun to eat! I usually purchase chia seeds in the bulk department of my natural foods store; however, have been looking for a less expensive... Read More

Eat Your Peas

If you have been reading my blog for any length of time, you already know about my Mama Pea lady love. While I do not know her personally, her witty sense of humor and lovely stories about her daily adventures are heartwarming and inviting. In a way, her family reminds me of my own, minus the whole vegan part. I am from a family of two girls and a (female) cat, that happens to look a lot like Pea Kitty. So, a lot of Mama Pea’s stories of their... Read More

Kefir French Toast

According to our monthly meal plan for August, on Saturday morning we were supposed to have cinnamon rolls from Mama Pea’s new book. However, for the last week I had been craving french toast. So, our plans changed. Instead I thawed the last loaf of homemade cinnamon swirl bread overnight and we had french toast. Oh me. Oh my. Did we have french toast! Topped with mashed banana, raspberries and mango… and a side of failed frittata.... Read More

Make it Last

Lately I have been on a preservation kick. This week I picked up 3 lbs of organic cherries at Target for a little over $3 per pound! On Tuesday night, I hand pitted and froze all 7+ cups of them! I am so excited to have organic frozen cherries in the house, because I love using them in smoothies and breakfast bakes, but I can’t seem to find them in stores anymore. Anyone in Minneapolis know where I can pick up organic frozen cherries? We also... Read More

Vegan Mocha Ice Cream

It feels like fall outside. The air is crisp and the sun is warm. I LOVE the fall! When the Godiva Coffee that I was sent as a part of the Foodbuzz Tastemaker program arrived, I knew exactly what I wanted to make with it – ice cream. My favorite hot weather, summertime treat is ice cream; coming in at a very close second is dark chocolate. So why not meld my favorite treats together with coffee to make a vegan ice cream that can be enjoyed... Read More

Fugget About It

Our breakfasts this week have been a collection of simple favorites that can be preprepped the night before and quickly assembled and/or cooked in the morning. eggs over easy rolled oats topped with bananas apple cider vinegar + water to detoxify and help to cure the small head cold that matthew shared with allan and me iced americano with a splash of unsweetened almond milk eggs à la Ashley… in a preheated pan, smeared, covered with foil,... Read More

Chocolate Cherry Truffle + Giveaway

Today is supposed to be the last day of the oppressive heat and humidity that we have been experiencing here in the upper midwest (and across the rest of the country!). I cannot wait for the storms to roll in and for the cooler, fall-like low-humidity seventies to arrive tomorrow. Matthew and I plan to spend the rest of the week enjoying the weather! This morning it was humid and cloudy, so we decided to do our monthly shopping trips to Valley Natural... Read More

Simple Supper

It’s late and Allan and I would like to rent a movie from iTunes before bed. So I am going to make this short and sweet.  We have been enjoying our time as a family this week and are sad to see the week nearing its end. It will be very weird to be back to normal next week. Yesterday, was a day of things we have not done since we found out I was pregnant. Including picking up a pair of Thermometer Jeans in a size 26… I can get the jeans... Read More

It’s Greek to Me

One of my very favorite summer recipes is this simple, yet elegant greek salad. I usually make a big batch of this salad on Monday morning and enjoy it for lunch all week long. I actually think that the salad gets better the longer it sits in the fridge – the mint flavor is more pronounced and the acidic dressing begins to break down the cucumbers + tomatoes, kind of like refrigerator cukes. For that very reason I suggest that you allow this... Read More

Facon Takedown

I first saw facon (aka tempeh bacon) on Peas and Thank You a couple months ago. At the time I didn’t think much of it; however, as I was making our meal plan for the month of July I decided to make baked eggs that usually include turkey bacon. However, I’m not a big fan of turkey bacon and wanted a quick and easy substitute that was not fatty pork bacon. Enter facon. I knew that my breakfast recipe would not use an entire package, so I... Read More

Soak It Up

Over the weekend I finished Rachel Cosgrove’s The Female Body Breakthrough and was so excited to pick back up the heavy weights yesterday! I felt super energized after my workout and as the day grew to night I began to feel DOMS set in. I still don’t have a foam roller, but ordered this one this morning. It cannot get here soon enough. Matthew and I also made a quick run to Target this morning to pick up a couple other essentials... Read More

Dolce Vita

We had another glorious weekend filled with sunshine, family and amazing food! On Friday night Allan and I went on a date to Doolittle’s Woodfire Grill where we dined alfresco on amazing food including a cosmo for her and a mojito for him (my first vodka since having Matthew). We shared the mediterranean flatbread, mediterranean salad and a beef tenderloin with red potatoes and veggies sans butter. The food was amazing, but for some reason... Read More

Cap’n Crunch Berry Oats

Last night Allan grilled up the most delicious supper that we have enjoyed in quite some time. Pork chops marinated in balsamic vinaigrette, grilled potatoes, grilled zucchini and grilled peaches all drizzled with balsamic vinaigrette. The star of the show was the grilled peach.  They were so sweet and juicy! My in-laws have a ton of summer raspberries. So, this week, Matthew and I have been helping out by picking their abundance of fresh, ripe,... Read More

Oldie But Goodie: Little Darlin’ Stir It Up

I had this post ready to publish last night and we lost power. Darn heat wave. Sorry for the delay. — The other day while I was perusing the new Clean Eats and Exercise forum, I got to thinking about my Simply Clean blog. It’s such a shame that I left so much relevant and useful content over there. Every so often, I would like to bring back a Simply Clean recipe in a new series entitled: Oldie But Goodie.  Today, we will talk about vodka… …... Read More

Oatty Friday

As you know, Friday is breakfast bake day around here. Originally I had planned to make this Blueberry Stuffed Breakfast Bake. However, after scouring the cupboards I found week and a half old strawberries that needed to be eaten, no buckwheat flour to be found and very little milk. So the following is a breakfast bake using what we had in the cupboards and let me tell you, it was absolutely delicious. But don’t take my word for it… you... Read More

Peanut Perfection

For a the last couple months, I have been making the most creamy, dreamy, decadent peanut butter for Allan’s lunches. You would not believe how unbelievably delicious and sweet this fresh peanut butter is compared to the pre-packaged varieties. And even better yet – it’s cheaper than Skippy! So, here’s how it goes down in our house… Trader Joe’s peanuts are less expensive than buying peanuts in bulk at the co-op,... Read More

Beer, Tofu and Guacamole… Need I say more?

Today was a beautiful, mellow day. Perfect for a long walk to, around and back from Lake Nokomis, which, according to Google Maps, is 4.0 miles on the dot. It took us about an hour to complete our walk, as we made an extended pit stop at the swings along the water. Matthew and I love our morning walks together. He was so excited this morning when he saw me pull out the stroller, he could hardly contain himself. I love that we are able to enjoy my... Read More

Road Rash and Breakfast Bakes

For those of you who follow me on Twitter or are friends with me on Facebook, you most likely saw me live tweeting Allan’s 7 hour long visit to the HCMC ER last night. Allan was on his way home from work on a road that was repaved and graveled earlier that day. He took a left turn on the gravel and his bike slipped out from under him and thew him forward, landing on his hand and face. He sustained extensive road rash across the front of his... Read More

Boys in Blue

Since I began clean eating, I searched high and low for a scone recipe that was whole grain, low sugar and low fat while still keeping the thick, crunchy, cakey texture of my beloved coffee house baked goods. About  year ago, Dani Spies posted a recipe for blueberry scones and I immediately made the recipe. Dani’s scones were delicious; however, the texture was closer to that of a muffin than a scone. So, my search continued. After a few failed... Read More

Cuppa Joe

Allan is usually caffeine-free. This post is not. Lately we have had several late nights and early mornings in a row coupled with the intoxicating smell of freshly ground organic Caribou coffee, so, for good reason, Allan has been enjoying a single cup o’ joe with breakfast. When I did our monthly meal plan, I decided that Friday and Saturday’s breakfasts would be special, gourmet meals. On Friday mornings we enjoy breakfast bakes. Thursday... Read More

Two Spoons Are Better Than One

Lately Mister Matthew has been on a utensil kick. If he sees a fork or a spoon he must have it and use it to consume whatever masterpiece that I make for him. The other day he insisted upon feeding himself leek soup with a spork and a spoon. This was the resulting mess. Not much food was actually consumed. To those of you who think that simply handing Matthew a spoon to play with and then using another spoon to feed him would work. It doesn’t.... Read More

Glazed Over

Doesn’t that look amazing?!? Definitely worth a double take! Usually we top our breakfast bakes with plain yogurt, peanut butter, coconut butter or fresh organic berries and bananas. A couple months ago when I made a pumpkin breakfast bake I started to think about other creative toppings. So, I whipped up the following super simple, clean Cream Cheese Glaze that is light enough to be enjoyed daily, but tastes like it should only be enjoyed... Read More

Between the Sheets

Hello Pinners! I am so happy that you clicked through and found MMM. The following recipe for Overnight Oats is one of my favorite Spring and Summer breakfasts. Don’t want to add protein powder to your overnight oats or want to make a batch for your kids? I have an updated recipe here that is still full of protein goodness, minus the protein powder. Looking for more clean eats or want to know more about clean eating and MMM? Be sure to check... Read More

Worth The Wait

I have always wanted to try my hand at making homemade yogurt, but after reading and hearing about other people’s sour results I was apprehensive… until I read this post on Passionate Homemaking. I consider myself to be a bit of a yogurt snob. I love plain, creamy strained low-fat yogurt that is not sour or gelatinous. Several of the organic brands either have added thickeners (pectin), sugars (not necessary) or are extremely sour (Brown... Read More

For the Love of Leftovers

Allan and I have never been big fans of leftovers. Over the years I have learned to creatively use up leftovers in a gracious manner, but most of the time leftovers are presented at our table in the same state that they were originally created. Don’t get me wrong, leftovers make wonderful quick lunches and fast weeknight suppers. It’s just that some people have a way of magically transforming leftovers into completely different meals... Read More

Chocolate Heaven

We have been on the run lately, so it was essential that I take half an hour and whip up a couple batches of various protein bars and snacks for grab-and-go snacks while in the car, running errands, or going to play dates. During the week , Matthew and I have been enjoying quality time with a couple different groups of moms. Today we joined a new group of lovely ladies that we met through Allan at Lake Hiawatha Park. Matthew and I both had an amazing... Read More

Somebody Call 911!

Listen up! Put down your remote and head to the kitchen immediately (after reading this post) to prep this breakfast for tomorrow morning. You’re welcome ahead of time. Trust me, you will love me in the morning. We had a handful of extra organic cherries that needed to be used up and after seeing the beautiful cake Coco made for her twenty sixth birthday, I knew that I needed to make a delicious cherry breakfast. And so I did. To make morning... Read More

Whirlwind POMinty Watermelon

Today was a crazy productive day. I ended up working a full day yesterday because my boss’ son was in a severe motocross accident over the weekend. He will make a full recovery, but has a long road ahead of him. Please say a prayer for Coleman. Usually Mondays are either a prep day or errands, but with my long work day I didn’t do either. I was able to get in my first workout of The New Rules of Lifting for Women Stage 7. Dang! I forgot... Read More

Rhubarb Strawberry Sauce

Today was an amazing day filled with laughter, sunshine and family. I love afternoons spent talking, munching and playing in the sunshine with those that mean the most to me. It was glorious! Last night I was so excited to enjoy a Cooler 2 breakfast that I threw together this simple Rhubarb Strawberry sauce that simmered away on the stovetop while we got Matthew ready for bed. Very easy and super simple. Enjoyed alongside an egg white + 1 yolk spinach... Read More

Cooler 1: Day 3

Today has been a LONG day! At least it’s starting to cool off a little outside. Those super hot and humid days were very difficult. I hate turning on the air conditioning and we’ve had it on since last Friday. *yuck* While Matthew napped this afternoon I got to working on some food prep for Matthew and I, including two new Cooler 1 protein bar (actually one muffin and one donut) recipes that still need some tweaking. When they are finally... Read More

Don’t Sneeze!

Did you know that if you say “watermelon” before you sneeze that it will most likely prevent you from sneezing? I don’t know if I believe this wives tale, but it’s worth a shot! Allan took the following pictures while I was cutting up the watermelon for Matthew’s birthday and they were so beautiful that I wanted to share them with you in a quick how-to post. Cut the watermelon in half. Beautiful! This watermelon was... Read More

Frosting on the Cake

Prior to Matthew’s birthday party last weekend I had no clue how to correctly frost a cake. I wanted Matthew’s first birthday cake to not only be a nutritious whole food delight, I also wanted it to be as beautiful as a store bought cake. So, after scouring the internet, reading demos and watching how-to videos I devised a plan. The following is how I created this masterpiece. First I baked two 9-inch almond flour banana cakes from this... Read More

Coconut Cornbread Bake

This is my first week working 10 hours from home and I am loving it. Matthew and I have been able to spend quite a bit of quality time together between meals and naps. The weather has been beautiful, so we are taking at least one walk per day. Matthew loves going to the park and swinging. Although, he does not like to keep his hat on, but we’re working on that. Since we plan to spend so much time outdoors, I am in search of the perfect... Read More

Burger up!

Thank you so much for all of the wonderful comments that you left yesterday. I am so excited to take your feedback and use it to improve MMM. If you have not already, be sure to stop by yesterday’s post and enter to win a batch of my dough balls -trust me, they are amazing! Overall, it sounds like you are interested in hearing about what we eat, how we stay on budget every month and tips to staying organized. Yesterday, I gave you a peek into... Read More

Dough Balls for All!

One afternoon day per week Matthew and I spend quality time together in the kitchen prepping food for the week. I hate washing dished, but I love to cook and bake. So, to indulge my creative side and to minimize clean up I cook in large batches of similar items all in one afternoon. That way I can make all of the items one after another (or simultaneously) using similar ingredients and/or equipment. Saving me prep and clean-up time. Also, washing... Read More

Rhubarb Breakfast Bake

Simply Rhubarb Our garden is overflowing with sweet and sour, ripe rhubarb. And from what I hear, that is the case across the Midwest. So, what should you do with your rhubarb bounty? Why make muffins, of course! My good friend, Laura, wrote to me asking for a rhubarb muffin recipe that was high in protein, but did not use protein powder. She wanted to be able to eat a muffin or two as a complete snack versus having to pair a high carb muffin with... Read More

BBQ Quesadillas

Yesterday was a crazy, hectic day! I hate running errands alone and feel like I spend so much of my time getting ready to get things done that I never get anything done! So, I am trying to pack all of my errands into one afternoon trip per week. That way I save time getting Matthew and I ready to leave and save money on gas, because I can align all of my stops so that they are near one another. So, yesterday we went to the bank to deposit my check... Read More

Asparagus Frittata

Lately we have been enjoying fresh, local asparagus by the bushel. Asparagus is hands down one of my favorite veggies and I look forward to its arrival each Spring. We picked up two pounds of asparagus at the Sunday Farmer’s Market and we spared no time to enjoy it. Matthew likes to nibble the small, tender stalks raw. Allan and I prefer ours lightly charred on the grill. A couple nights ago I made a version of my frittata with grilled... Read More

Egg Salad

Hard boiled eggs are a staple in any clean eating kitchen. Eggs are an excellent source of easily digestible protein and essential fat (especially Omega 3 eggs). Some days I simply grab a couple eggs and am on my way out the door. Other days I crave creamy egg salad. Now, I am not talking about the overly mayonnaised, boring egg salad that you can pick up in the dairy case at the corner store. Quite the contrary, I crave a gourmet, flavorful egg... Read More

Feta Hummus

I love easy, nutritious and delicious recipes that my entire family will enjoy. Hummus is a food that has a fabulous, complex flavor for Allan and I along with a smear-able fun factor for Matthew. While I was shopping at the co-op, I sampled a chunky feta hummus and was instantly intrigued. However, I did not want to shell out the big bucks to purchase the small container of deli-made hummus. So, later that day I got to work on my own recipe. I served... Read More

Pumpkin Breakfast Bake

Hello there! It is another grey, rainy day here. However, it sounds like next week is going to be magnificent… sunny and mid-60s all week! Back to this week. After seeing Ashley’s Pumpkin Buckwheat Bake a couple weeks ago, I knew that I would have to try my hand at making one. So, on a gloomy, rainy night I set out to prep the ingredients for a Pumpkin Breakfast Bake of my own. The night before, I mixed together the dry ingredients... Read More

Microwave Protein Cake

I feel like I have been so busy that I can’t keep my head on straight. Sometimes I don’t know if I am coming or going. Juggling Matthew (naps, feeding, playtime), workouts (4-5 times per week), clean eating prep (quick start ingredient prep), selling the house (cleaning for showings), work (super busy!) and the blog (posting every day + theme/site tweaks) is really starting to take its toll on me. So, I have been trying to find ways that... Read More

Purple Pride Smoothie

Today was one of the first nice days that we have had yet this year. It is hot and steamy! This week I cut back to 20 hours and will stay there until Memorial Day, when I have my final cut back to 10 hours per week. I am so excited to spend more time with the little muffin! This morning Allan took Matthew to Grandma and Grandpa Peters’ house by bike (and Burley), while I went to work. During my lunch hour I had to swing by the house to stage... Read More

Blueberry Banana Tofu Muffins

I am excited to share my very first muffin recipe with you. This recipe for Banana Blueberry Tofu muffins was originally created for Matthew; they taste amazing, are nutrient dense, unsweetened, low in fat and are very moist. Matthew loves baked goods – muffins, bread, pancakes. He gobbles them up in a heart beat. Usually Matthew is an excellent eater. From the time that he began solids, he has always been extremely interested in food; however,... Read More