Food

Living the Green Life includes <a href="https://blog.xbydesign.biz/eat-well-live-well/">eating healthy food</a> that tastes great too.  If you can't grow it yourself, then pick it yourself, cook it yourself, & enjoy it.  Grab a <a href="https://blog.xbydesign.biz/vegetarian-lentil-sliders-burgers/">recipe </a>or 2 for food I eat & feed my family, share some of your own, or just chat about what works & what doesn't when you're trying to eat healthy tasty food.

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    Vegetarian Lentil Sliders

    For some time now, I have made it a point to have at least 1 meatless day per week at the Green house. To make it easy, I stuck to Meatless Monday. Ironically, these days I almost never remember to do it for Meatless Monday. That day just comes whenever I think about it & say “hey we haven’t gone meatless yet this week. Today is that day for this week. I was making salad for lunch & realized I need to use an eggplant we had in the fridge. Normally I do something stuffed or some sort of a soup, salad, or pasta. Today I decided to do something…

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    Homemade Vegetable Broth

    I cut up all these vegetables to prep meals for the week – onions, bell pepper, celery, garlic, carrots, zucchini & 2 types of squash plus some cilantro ends from the salsa I made. Normally I would throw all of this into the compost pile, but not today – not yet.  Today I am throwing all of these “scraps” into a post of {filtered} water first to make homemade vegetable broth.  THEN they’ll go into to compost pile. I rarely buy chicken, beef, or vegetable broth anymore, and by rarely I mean only around the holidays when chicken broth is on sale & I can’t possibly have enough on hand.  And I never EVER…

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    Brown Sugar Bundt Cake

    Every week, I make some sort of homemade sweet treat for my family, and to share with friends & neighbors.  Every now & then I get a little adventurous, but I like to do a few things & do them really well.  So I typically stick to 3 things:  sugar cookies, oatmeal cookies, & my brown sugar bundt cake. I can’t recall how I came across this cake, but I’m pretty sure I went through every cookbook in this house looking for something other than a standard white or yellow cake.  Or anything that required sifting or random special ingredients that no one would keep on hand normally.  And that’s moist &…

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    Homemade Oatmeal Cookies

    Last month I told you that I only make 2 cookies, sugar cookies and oatmeal cookies.  You have the recipe for my signature soft sugar cookies, and now I am sharing my oatmeal cookie recipe. Every week, I make some sort of homemade sweet treat.  Mainly for my DH and for the littlest to take to school with his lunch or snack.  Usually I make the sugar cookies, but lately they have been requesting these oatmeal cookies A LOT. I don’t mind because they are easy to make, easy to switch up (just like the sugar cookies), & so wholesome I would even let my kids eat them for breakfast.…

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    Super Simple Soft Sugar Cookie Recipe

    I stopped buying cookies years ago and things have to get pretty desperate for us to reach for a package of Chips Ahoy or Oreos, although I’ll admit that sometimes my oldest just has to have Oreos.  Maybe 1 day I’ll try my hand at those. Until then I have 2 go to cookies that never fail.  The best part about both is that they are fully customizable.  Today I’m sharing my super simple soft sugar cookie recipe.  Cookies are fairly straight forward already – mix the wet, add the dry, drop, & bake.  These are super simple because there is no “method” to the mix – no mix this…

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    Enchilada Casserole

    Enchilada Casserole is one my go-to dishes when I’m stumped and want to do something other than just meat and veggies.  Back in May I made this for Cinco de Mayo because we hadn’t had it in a while.  Then I made it again as a freezer meal.  It’s always a hit and we usually have leftovers because it’s so hearty. So since we have a full house right now (all the kids are here) I made it with the hope that I would not have to cook for 1 day maybe.  Here’s the recipe I use every time. Ingredients: 1-2 lb ground meat (beef or turkey), cooked & seasoned…

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    Pasta with Pesto & Green Beans and Italian Eggplant Salad

    A few years ago, we started having meatless meals on a regular basis at the Green House.  And by “regular” I mean more than just when I either need to 1) go grocery shopping or 2) use up some stuff before it goes bad.  After we completed a whole foods cleanse without strangling each other, I decided it would be good to do it even more regularly. I used to try to stick to “Meatless Monday” because it was a good way to ease into the week after a weekend of indulging in pretty much everything.  But now “Meatless Monday” has turned into “Meatless Anyday I Remember To Do It”.  I just…

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    Homemade Pickles

    Remember when I wrote about making sauces and condiments at home instead of store-bought?  Well, here I go adding to the list of things I won’t be buying at the grocery store again.  Pickles.  Pickled ANYthing. A while ago I made a mental note to make some quick pickles because I bought too many cucumbers and I remembered an episode of 30 Minute Meals where Rachel Ray made some pickled veggies.  Before that, I always thought it took weeks to make pickles, at least. Anyway, I never got around to making my own and could not eat enough salad fast enough to keep those cukes from going bad.  On my…

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    Kid Friendly Toscana Soup

    Today in Houston, TX everything was pretty much shut down.  Schools closed, businesses closed, the Y closed, the government… CLOSED!  Even the IRS has made concessions for my little ol’ home town. There are only a handful of reasons this ever happens (in general): Ice Snow Anything that resembles ice or snow The threat of ice or snow Flooding Well, it’s the middle of April and if it there was ANYthing that looked like it might want to be ice or snow, we would have to make plans to build a (high-end) bunker and y’all might not see me for a while.  THAT would be insane. {Note to self: start…

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    Who Doesn’t Love Fried Rice?

    Fried rice is kind of like pasta – all kids love it for some reason.  And, like pasta, it’s easy and you can hide so many good for you ingredients in it. I know what you’re thinking… why put things that are “good for you” in a dish that’s just not?  It IS fried rice.  Nothing healthy about that right?  Wrong. What makes fried rice fried isn’t a pot full of oil or anything battered.  It’s the cooking method – super fast over hella high heat.  In fact, this fried rice uses brown rice, has no eggs, and can take as many veggies as you could possibly want to throw…