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Black-Eyed Pea Soup {Lucky Bean Soup}

Black-eyed Pea Soup

Last year for New Year’s day I, along with millions of others, made black-eyed peas, and explained to my oldest daughter we eat them because they bring you luck for the new year.  Black-eyed peas instantly became known as lucky beans here, and the girls each enjoyed a large helping.  This year when we headed to the store to buy some lucky beans, I got the question every parent hears […]

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Make Ahead Pumpkin Spice Smoothie

Make Ahead Pumpkin Spice Smoothie

It is beginning to look and feel like fall, and it is very much welcomed!  There is no other way to kick-off the first official day of fall than with a Pumpkin Spice Smoothie, and a trip to the pumpkin patch with the little ladies. A popular question on the blog lately has been what is the best way to make smoothies ahead of time.  So this week, I tested […]

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After School Snacks from the Freezer

Three healthy and sweet after school snacks that can be stored in the freezer, and are made with just a couple ingredients.

Three of our favorite snacks are make-ahead snacks that are stored in the freezer.  These would all make great after school snacks since you can make them ahead of time.  Fill a freezer shelf with these and know your kids are coming home to something tasty and healthy.  All three are no bake, healthy, vegan, gluten-free, and have just a couple ingredients.  These are something every kid would like to […]

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Homemade Uncrustables

Making Homemade Uncrustables

Uncrustables — a very popular, heavily processed, store bought item in many homes and school lunches. **sigh**  Do you know what you are paying for when you buy a box of these?  One look at the ingredient list is enough to tell you this is not a good option… BREAD: ENRICHED UNBLEACHED FLOUR (WHEAT FLOUR, MALTED BARLEY FLOUR, NIACIN, REDUCED IRON, THIAMIN MONONITRATE, RIBOFLAVIN, FOLIC ACID), WATER, UNBLEACHED WHOLE WHEAT FLOUR, HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN […]

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Creamy PB&J Quinoa

Creamy PB&J Quinoa

Getting kids to eat quinoa for the first time is equivalent to getting them to eat their greens.  At least, that’s the way it was in this house.  Maybe it’s the texture, or the nutty flavor, or maybe the name alone makes them not so keen.  Whatever the reason, it took some getting used to here.  So if quinoa is a new pantry item in your house, or maybe you […]

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Sweet Potato Veggie Burger

Sweet Potato Veggie Burger

The classic American meal — burgers.  I think we all have at least one special memory involving burgers.  When I was in high school I can remember going to a friend’s house on the weekends, and his dad always cooked burgers for everyone.  The burgers from his small coal grill were perfect every week and we all had so much fun hanging out.  One of my best friends has very […]

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Sweet Potato Peach Muffins

Sweet Potato Peach Muffins via Green Plate Rule

I really don’t think you can have enough muffin recipes.  Healthy, homemade muffins are a great snack for everyone.  They take just a few steps to make, you can always find a way to sneak in some hidden nutrition, they are simple to eat on the go, and freeze for use at a later date.  These muffins were so easy to make since I already had the roasted sweet potatoes […]

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