Toasted Coconut Chips

  Back in March when we began our grain-free journey with a Whole30, I found myself doing a ton of research on paleo eating, specifically related to paleo snacks that my children and husband would enjoy. I knew that their normal snacks of granola bars and muffins were easily paleo-itized. But those snacks used pound after pound of insanely expensive almond flour or a dozen eggs per batch of muffins. When reading one of my now favorite cookbooks,... Read More

Snacktime

Good afternoon! I wanted to stop by and let you know that I have been busy over on Instagram sharing the snacks that my kids have been enjoying this week. Check out all of the posts by searching the hashtag #cleaneatingsnacks and #cleaneatinglunch. If you’d like more ideas for fabulous clean eating and whole foods recipes for your family check out the hashtag #kideatingwhole on Instagram.  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

Thanksgiving Favorites

If you have been following my blog for some time, you’ve heard me talk about hosting Thanksgiving for both of our immediate families every year. This year, I am aiming to do Thanksgiving on a Budget, as we definitely splurged last year. Even though, I am trying to keep our spending to a minimum, it doesn’t mean that we are compromising our food ethics or the robust flavor of a traditional meal. It simply means that the dishes that I plan... 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

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

Matthew’s 2nd Birthday Party

Sorry for the delay in posting photos from Matthew’s party. We’ve been a little out of sorts over here, so I had a delay in getting the photos pulled together. Last Sunday we celebrated Matthew’s 2nd birthday with family and friends. The following are some highlights from the party, including the party menu. We started off the party with snacks and appetizers: Guacamole Strawberry Avocado Salsa Train Track Trail Mix Refrigerator... 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

Happy Birthday, Matthew!

Today Matthew turned two years old. On Sunday afternoon we hosted an intimate party to celebrate with family and friends. We had an amazing time and Matthew did not want the day to end! Stay tuned for a post with photos and the party menu tomorrow. On this special day, I look back on the last two years that we have spent as a family. I especially remember the sunny, warm morning that Matthew was born. The speed and ease to which he entered the world... Read More

Fun in the Sun

Have you been wondering to yourself, where in the world has that Maria Makes Muffins been?!? She hasn’t posted in weeks! Today I am here to answer that question… With the second trimester in full swing, Matthew and I have had quite a bit to catch up on. It felt like the first trimester moved in slow motion, filled with morning sickness, nausea and fatigue; however, the second trimester is FLYING by! This morning Matthew and I used up... 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

Natural Easter Egg Dyeing

Can you believe Easter is only a little over two weeks away? I know that some of you are busily planning your Easter brunch menus, children’s activities and household tasks to be completed before the big day while others haven’t given Easter a second thought. I figured this would be the perfect opportunity to share an experiment that we conducted last year as a family that was not only fun, but I am sure will become a family tradition. Two... 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

Special Delivery

This afternoon we received a special delivery courtesy of Allan’s friend, Jason. A very friendly man delivered two boxes of warm, freshly baked Tank Goodness Oatmeal Chocolate Chip cookies to our doorstep. Since Allan is gluten-sensitive, these babies were all mine! Which is actually a very bad thing, because I ate two of them for lunch and now I have a major stomachache. Nothing that a good lifting session won’t help, though. And because... 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

Gluten-Free Pizza

We had a bit of an unusual weekend and decided that instead of kicking off the weekend with pizza night, we would end the weekend with the family’s favorite meal. As you know, I have a recipe for an amazing whole wheat pizza crust that I raved about for months. Unfortunately, we are now gluten-free and a couple months ago a search for the perfect gluten-free pizza crust began. I think that we have a winner! Look at the doughy, perfect crust…... 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

Gluten-Free Sugar Cookies Two Ways

Every year my mom and I bake Christmas cookies together. We always make sugar cookies, which happen to be Allan’s favorite. My mom’s favorite cookie is the gingersnap, so we usually make gingerbread men as well; however, we are bursting at the seams with cookies this year and settled on simply making roll out cookies, as we call them. I have a fantastic sugar cookie recipe that we have used since I began eating clean – it isa... Read More

Gluten-Free Cookies: Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk

The magical whirlwind that is the Christmas season is almost over. The waiting of the Advent season will soon break through to the awe and wonder that is Christmas… snow or no snow – as it is here in Minneapolis. It seems that yesterday’s snow shower was more of a blip than the light white dusting I hoped for. With no snow in the forecast, we will simply have to enjoy the much warmer than average temperatures. But it still feels... 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

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

Thanksgiving Recap

Thanksgiving has come and gone. With its passing we are left with several new and wonderful memories of delicious food, amazing company and midnight Black Friday shopping. Allan’s family with Matthew and Piggie: Mark (FIL), Annie (SIL), Mollie (Niece), Jakob (Nephew), Matthew, Ryan (BIL), Piggie Rubbed and ready for the oven! Sprouted Whole Wheat and Gluten-Free bread was baked. The table was set. Hors d’oeuvres were enjoyed –... Read More

Thanksgiving Leftovers

Good Afternoon. I am hoping to have a Thanksgiving recap post up with updated photos and recipes early this week – hopefully no later than Wednesday. My goal was to get it up for you today, but we have a showing tonight that I must get the house ready for and Matthew just went down for his nap. On top of that I woke up feeling sniffly. No workout today. No Thanksgiving post. Sometimes life just gets in the way… Instead of a Thanksgiving... Read More

Thanksgiving Survival Guide

Hello my friends. If you follow me on Twitter, are friends with me on Facebook or like MMM on Facebook, you know that I have been hard at work creating Thanksgiving printables to streamline your Thanksgiving shopping, prep and cooking. I have a lot to share, so let’s get right into it! For the last week, I have been sharing the Thanksgiving recipes I plan to make next week when we host both families for Thanksgiving. We are so very blessed... 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

Thanksgiving: Souffléd Sweet Potato Bake

These sweet potatoes were wonderful! They can be enjoyed sweet, as shown above, or savory, as shown below. To make the sweet version omit the roasted garlic and rosemary from the recipe below and add 1 tbsp maple syrup and 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice. During the last few minutes of cooking top with marshmallows and broil until they are puffy and golden brown – watch carefully to ensure that they do not burn. Souffléd Sweet Potato Bake Adapted... Read More

Thanksgiving: Rosted Brussels Sprouts with Pecans

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pecans Inspired by Clean Eating Magazine and Ina Garten These are to your grandmother’s brussels sprouts! Even the pickiest of eaters will gobble these up. Gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan. Print this recipe. Serves 12 2 lbs Brussels sprouts, stems trimmed and loose leaves removed 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar ½ tsp sea salt ¼ tsp pepper ½ cup pecans 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar Preheat oven... Read More

Thanksgiving: Spiced Cranberry and Apple Sauce

Spiced Cranberry and Apple Sauce Adapted from Clean Eating Magazine Perfect for dipping! Matthew dipped his entire dinner into this sauce. A healthy twist on cranberry sauce featuring apples and ginger. The perfect pairing to your Holiday meal. Gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan. Print this recipe. Serves 12 12 oz cranberries, fresh or frozen and defrosted 1 apple (Granny Smith, Macintosh, Cortland, Gala or use a pear!), cored and diced 1/3 cup raw organic... Read More

Thanksgiving: Cherry, Apple and Mushroom Stuffing

Cherry, Apple and Mushroom Stuffing Adapted from Clean Eating Magazine A savory experience for your mouth. I amped up my traditional stuffing recipe by adding dried fruit and apples and the result is delightful! Can be gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan dependent upon your bread selection. Print this recipe. Serves 12 1 (24 oz or 680g) loaf whole grain sprouted wheat or gluten-free bread, cut into ½ inch pieces (optional: remove crusts from bread) 2... Read More

Thanksgiving: Roast Turkey with Herby Gravy

Roast Turkey with Herby Gravy Adapted from Clean Eating Magazine and Alton Brown Over the years I have perfected the roasted turkey. Below I share with you my secrets to the timeless Thanksgiving favorite. Gluten-free and dairy-free. Print this recipe. Serves 12 4 organic carrots, scrubbed, cut crosswise and then into thirds 4 ribs celery with leafy tops, cut crosswise and then into thirds 2 onions, peeled and quartered 6-8 sprigs fresh thyme 4... Read More

Thanksgiving: Spicy and Smoky Turkey Spice Rub

Spicy and Smoky Turkey Spice Rub Adapted from Clean Eating Magazine A nontraditional approach to a turkey spice rub that is mildly smoky and lightly spicy. Print this recipe. Serves 12 2 tbsp chile powder 2 tbsp ground cumin 1 ½ tbsp paprika 2 tsp dried minced garlic 2 tsp dried thyme 2 tsp sea salt 2 tsp freshly ground pepper Whisk together all ingredients in a small bowl. This spice rub can be combined up to five days in advance and stored in... 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

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

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

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

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

Spicy Cumpleaños ::: Mexican Hot Chocolate Cake Recipe

We had an amazing four day weekend together! I can’t wait to tell you all about it. On Friday, Allan took a day of vacation and we went to the MN State Fair. Look for a recap on this escapade tomorrow. Today, I want to tell you about our One Bag Mexican Fiesta that I blogged about last week. As a quick recap, Foodbuzz and GLAD challenged me to host an event that generated only ONE BAG of landfill-bound trash. Participants received a trash... 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

A Day at the Lake

Late this morning, we spent a couple hours walking the Lake Michigan sandy beach outside of Menominee, MI. We had a beautiful time and for a moment we were able to take our minds off of why we are here. For lunch we stopped at the Blue Bicycle in Marinette, MN. Allan, Mark and Lois devoured gigantic burritos and I enjoyed a bountiful veggie burrito salad topped with guacamole and blue chips. It was the perfect lunch to satisfy... 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

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

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... Read More

Gluten Galore

We are officially on vacastaycation. Every summer we take a week to enjoy everything the things we love about living in Minneapolis. Last night we went to the Minnesota Zoo. Every year Dakota Electric sponsors a free night at the zoo and every year we try to be in attendance. I love to hear about the conservation methods that they are employing to save endangered species near and far. It was Matthew’s very first trip to the Minnesota Zoo –... 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

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

Scrumdiddlyumptious

It’s not a secret that I love a good farmer’s market. Sometimes the highlight of my week is enjoying a cup of coffee while perusing the market with my boys. Can’t get much better than that! It probably doesn’t need to be mentioned (but I will anyways) that I love to cook with fresh, local, organic ingredients. Farm fresh produce is simply more tasty and nutritious than something that was picked unripe and shipped thousands... Read More

Hotter than the Dickens!

We arrived home late from Albert Lea and I knew that Matthew would be up early, so I prepped overnight oats. Allan’s has whole milk yogurt and 2% milk. Mine had homemade low-fat kefir and 2% milk. Served with a side of fresh farmer’s market musk melon. So refreshing on a HOT day! Starting Saturday, we have been experiencing a heat wave. It has been 90°+ with very high humidity, the heat index has easily been over 100° every... Read More

Sheets to the Wind

On Saturday, after we visited the farmer’s market, we went to my aunt and uncle’s house in Albert Lea to celebrate my aunt’s birthday and go on the boat. My aunt and uncle are lucky enough to own a house right on the lake and when we visit, we always spend a good amount of our time on the water. On Friday, we got a lot of rain (4-6″ in some areas) and the lake was really high. Half of the dock was under water! Here are... 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

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

Wise Acre

Last night Matthew, Allan and I dined at the Wise Acre Eatery, a newly opened farm to table restaurant near our house owned by Tangletown Gardens. The vibe was sheik, eclectic and sophisticated… right up our alley. They had a beautiful outdoor seating area; however, it was a bit humid for Matthew, so we sat inside. Wise Acre offers table service in the dinning room and outside, bar service inside or outdoor pick-up windows for box lunch... 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

A Father’s Love

We spent another incredible weekend with our families! My father-in-law was away for the weekend fishing with his nephews, so my mother-in-law offered to watch Matthew on Saturday night. Allan and I spent our date night with movie and dinner. We usually do dinner first and then the movie, but this time we decided to switch it up. I hate that movie times are always scheduled inconveniently so that timing dinner and a movie is difficult, especially... Read More

Make A Wish

Today was a lovely day. The day started with Blueberry Almond Breakfast Bakes using this recipe as a base. To keep things interesting, I tried my hand at a little experiment… I subbed almond pulp, leftover from making homemade almond milk, for buckwheat flour, omitted coconut oil and traded out cherries for 1 cup frozen blueberries. We all LOVED these bakes, although they took about 10 minutes longer to cook, which was no bueno. I will do a... 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

Cooler 1: Day 5… Last day

Good evening. Happy Friday! I just love Fridays. All day Matthew and I look forward to Allan’s arrival and (usually) pizza night follows. Tonight we did not enjoy Friday Night Pizza night; however, we did have something that was completely amazing! Remember the spaghetti that I blogged about yesterday? It was amazing!!! Both Matthew and Allan wanted seconds. I love when a recipe hits on all cylinders. It will definitely be added to future... 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

Matthew’s Birthday Party: Food Edition

As you know, Sunday was Matthew’s first birthday and we threw a small party for him. The following is the food that we served to our family that came from near and far to celebrate with us. Prepping the salad Organic english cucumber Removing the seeds Organic cucumber and organic red pepper Mixed greens, arugula, pea shoots, cucumber, red pepper, strawberries and avocado dressed in homemade balsamic vinaigrette I used the following simple dressing... Read More

Pizza Night + Dough Ball Winner

Thanks again for all of your feedback! As you know, Friday night is pizza night around here and tonight was no exception. I usually use my KitchenAid Pro Mixer to make pizza dough, but since we are selling our house, my large mixer lost its spot on the counter and now resides in a closet in the upstairs bedroom. So, instead of hauling the mixer down to the kitchen, I pulled out my beloved food processor. I can’t believe that I have used the... 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

Food Journal: Monday, May 23

As promised in yesterday’s post,  a couple days per week I would like to post everything that Matthew and I eat. Here is what we ate today: Breakfast Matthew ate rolled oats + ground flax + wheat germ + mango and breastmilk I had Water 2 Tb apple cider vinegar + water Rolled oats + ground flax + wheat germ + mango + strawberries + homemade coconut butter 3 egg whites + 1 egg scrambled Americano Second breakfast and lunch were eaten out... Read More

What does it mean to eat clean?

Yesterday I posted about our reasons for living clean. Today I would like to explain what I mean when I say that we are clean eaters. Eating clean is a diet (definition: food and drink regularly provided or consumed, source) that focuses on eating as close to nature as possible. We strive to consume foods that are unspoiled, sustainably sourced and nutrient dense. The following is how we define clean eating: Eat 5-6 small meals per day, paying... Read More

Why Live Clean?

Matthew eating pesto As I was writing this post, sitting on the floor with Matthew. He stood up, using my shoulder and then he let go and stood up on his own for 10 seconds, then sat down. So exciting! Now he and Allan laughing and playing with blocks. The following is a post that I created for the mmm section of my blog, it can be found in the drop down and is titled Why Live Clean?. It is my reasoning for living clean. When I wrote this post, Allan... Read More

Happy Anniversary to the Love of my Life

Five years ago today I married the love of my life. Allan has loved me unconditionally through thick… and thin. We have been there for each other through the good and the bad. Every day that we are together is genuinely a gift from God. Having Allan in my life has brought me the most joy that I have ever experienced and the most pain that I have ever known. Two years ago when a terrible tragedy almost took Allan away from us, I vowed to... 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

Mpls Farmer’s Market

This morning, Allan, Matthew and I went to the Minneapolis Farmer’s Market. This was our first trip to the Farmer’s Market this year. It was so much fun! Here a bunch of photos of our morning. First thing’s first. It was super windy, so I ordered an organic 2% cappuccino. Unfortunately, I burnt my tongue on the first sip and my taste buds have been haywire all day. Notice the performing artist behind me. He was super talented. We... 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

Pizza Night

Today Matthew and I spent the afternoon cleaning for the two open houses and showing that are taking place this weekend. Since the weather warmed up, we have had a huge increase in showings and hope that coupled with this week’s price reduction will bring in the offers. Know anyone who is house shopping? Send them our way! It’s Friday, so you know what that means… pizza night! However, tonight we will not be dinning on pizza. My... 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