Breakfast Sweet Potatoes

I like to cook this tasty side with breakfast. It wins over the crowd, along with the pickiest eater, every time! Below are some tips for gauranteed breakfast potato success. Cooking sweet potatoes can be tricky. Something to remember about sweet potatoes is they sweat more than white potatoes and they take a heck of a lot longer…

Leadership without Ego

Saturday mornings are my favorite. The world seems quieter, more still, and the birds are the only voices to be heard. And of course, my chickens cluck-cluck-clucking 🙂 If you live in the city, like me, then you know the familiar sound of car alarms in the wee morning are the only chirping that can…

Grain-free, Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookies

Hello deliciousness! Maina here, and today I’m sharing an awesome dessert that I found on Happy Healthy Mama. As a life-long-lover of peanut butter and chocolate I am always on the lookout for recipes that contain my two favie-fave ingredients. In the past 3 years chocolate has been mostly non-existent in my diet, on account of…

Meatless Monday: Veggie Spaghetti

Twas the Monday after Christmas and all thru the house not a burger was consumed–not never, no how! Mimi and I found a completely vegan recipe for spaghetti and “meat”balls and completely changed  the dish. This supper dish takes about an hour to prepare, so make sure your brood is not ravenous before you start. Ingredients…

Apple Crisp For One

How about warming up the house with a fire on a cold December morning, or baking up the heat with a yummy dessert? If you said yes to both then we are on the same page. Today’s dish is warm, sweet and the perfect single serve treat for the weather. Even if it’s not too…

Apple, Blueberry, Peach Preserves

What?  Why?  How?!!! What to do with an abundance of fresh fruit at their peak of ripeness?… Can it!  No, not trash it… Can it, as in preserve it.  Yes, imagine 6 yummy 1/2 pint jars of summer goodness in the chill of winter… Mmmm. 🙂 It’s fairly cool during the summer at 8000′ elevation…

Pickled Beets and Pretty Pink Pickled Eggs

What? Why? How?  Yes, pickled beets and pretty pink pickled eggs. Because  they are wonderfully delicious, oh so colorful and good for you! Beets are high in immune-boosting vitamin C, fiber, and essential minerals like potassium (for healthy nerve and muscle function) and manganese (good for your bones, liver, kidneys, and pancreas). Beets also contain B vitamin…

Sugar-free Applesauce

Baking for a sugar-free lifestyle can be even easier when you have homemade applesauce on hand. Maina likes to bake Oatmeal Cookies and Carrot Cake with this naturally delicious sugar replacement, so its helpful to have lots on hand. Bonus: Its freezable for 6 months! And just a couple more reasons to love this good for the whole family snack: its great…

Lebanese Hummus

Mmmmmm, hummus. A staple we never get tired of. I learned to make this dish 35 years ago while living in Washington from my Lebanese neighbor Fifi. Serve with crackers, pita, flat bread or assorted veggies. Great on a sandwich with avocado, tomato and sprouts! Use to stuff grilled portobello mushrooms, or as a replacement for mayo…

‘Leftover’ Seed and Nut Butter

Protein packed nuts and seeds are an excellent snack for any day and anytime. If I were in the ‘giving advice’ dept. I’d say forgo the salty roasted variety that you find in the grocery store aisle. Save the sodium, and go for raw all the way. Understandably, raw nuts and seeds are not the cheapest…

Vegetable Stock on a Budget

Happy New Year!! The weather outside is ideal for soup and hearty stew, and after spending a week in -0° temperature I’m ready to start a back stock of stock.