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Dad’s Tortilla Soup

dad's tortilla soup

Ok I called this Dad’s tortilla soup, because he originally made this for us.  Who knows where he got the recipe.  He had his favorites and they were his favs for a reason!  From his homemade orange bread to the Mexican caldo, we loved all of his concoctions.  This was no exception.  And we’ve been making it around here for years. You should see my recipe book I refer to when I make this.  It’s a binder I started when...

Braised Brisket and Shallots

braised brisket and shallots

It’s fall!  My favorite season for so many reasons.  The smells, football, cooler weather and of course the food!  It’s so nice to have a cozy sweater on while cooking a nice comfort meal.  One of the first meals I usually cook in the fall is braised brisket and shallots. The first time I made this meal, my family was flipping over it.  The first time I made this for guests, they were flipping over it.  So, I’ve got some...

Cooked Carrots with Thyme

cooked carrots with thyme

For years I boiled carrots as a side dish.  Ick.  I might as well have taken a can of mushy carrots and plopped them onto a plate and called it a day.  Then, I learned a method of how to cook them perfectly every time!  Having this recipe for cooked carrots with thyme has our family eating this side dish like crazy. Carrots make an awesome side that many people forget about. They have a reputation for being boring.  But,...

Smoked Salmon and Asparagus Omelet

smoked salmon and asparagus omelet

When you see “smoked salmon and asparagus omelet,” many of you might have glazed over thinking it’s too gourmet to make quickly in the morning.  Welp, that isn’t true.  I wouldn’t do that to you!  And I don’t have the patience or time to make something overly involved. Let’s prep ingredients.  Once you’re cooking it goes really fast, so you need to have everything ready.  You’ll need a small non-stick pan, rubber spatula, 2 beaten eggs with a teaspoon of...

Paleo Chocolate Truffles with Golden Milk

paleo chocolate truffles with golden milk

If you haven’t heard of adaptogens, you will soon. They are the miracle herbs that not only relieve stress, but also increase energy and vitality as well as bring balance to our stress-ridden lives.  (Read my upcoming article that delves into adaptogens in more detail). Ashwagandha is one of the most powerful of the adaptogens.  Also known as “Indian ginseng” it’s in the tomato family.  It’s been used as a healing remedy for years, namely for stress, fatigue and the...

Nutty Chicken Salad with Grapes

People laugh at me because I find that stopping what I’m doing to eat lunch annoying.  While the kids are at school, I’m usually running errands, working out and of course blogging!  So, I definitely don’t want a time-consuming lunch to make. That’s why a quick meal like chicken salad is perfect.  Just scoop it onto a plate, add some crackers and you’re done.  It doesn’t interrupt your day. Chicken or tuna salad has been a family lunch since I...

Tangy Garlic Potato Wedges

tangy garlic potato wedges

If you make these tangy garlic potato wedges, you’d better have the recipe handy, because people will be asking for it.  It goes great with just about any grilled meat and of course easy to make. Potato wedges of any kind have been a popular starch around here lately, because they’re so easy to make.  We went through a brown rice phase that lasted way too long so we needed a change. With the balance of sweet and savory along...

Blue Protein Smoothie Bowl

blue protein smoothie bowl

We have smoothies all the time around here, but we rarely have smoothie bowls.  Honestly, it’s just a thicker version of a smoothie dumped into a bowl.  The fun part is you can add tons of toppings.  So, instead of drinking your breakfast through a straw, you can add some crunchy stuff such as homemade granola or make it protein packed with hemp.  With this blue protein smoothie bowl, you can start your day with loads of antioxidants and enough...

Clean Eating Banana Bread

clean eating banana bread

Since summer has flown by for most, or gone way too slowly in our case, we find ourselves already getting ready for school to start.  On school mornings, one of the trickiest things I find between running around looking for shoes and making sure the library book made it in the backpack is…is that we’ve gotta find a way to get a healthy breakfast in the belly.  Banana bread is one of the easiest breakfasts for school mornings and a...

Honey Bear Smoothie

honey bear smoothie

There’s a local smoothie place that makes a fantastic Honey Bear smoothie.  I would swing by and grab one as a quick lunch sometimes.  It. Is. So. Good.  But!  They moved across town.  Darnit. I found a few recipes (apparently Honey Bear smoothies are a thing) and I came up with this one that I swear is better than the one I used to buy for however much. I told myself I wasn’t going to post another smoothie for a...