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    Gluten Free Vegan Lo Mein

    Not that we are either gluten free OR Vegan in the Green House.  Yes we eat pretty well, but we are definitely not that good.  Sometimes we just need to press reset on our diets/eating habits & this gluten free vegan lo mein is a perfectly tasty way to do it! I just love spaghetti squash (chameleon that it is) & vegetables in general, as long as they are NOT sweet.  That is the only way that I am picky – if you can call it that. No sweet vegetables please.  Thank you. Anyway, I didn’t know if I should call this lo mein or chow mein because… Lo mein…

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    10 Simple & Affordable Sustainable Kitchen Essentials

    Do you ever think “I’d go green if it weren’t so expensive”? If you are a home cook, you may even think the only way to be sustainable in the kitchen is through your food choices. Think again, my friend!  The tools you choose to use in your kitchen can be a quick & easy way to transition to the green life. Here are 10 simple & affordable Sustainable Kitchen Essentials to get you started. 1. Wood Cutting Board What makes it sustainable? It will last a very long time.  It’s made from wood so it’s recyclable.  Depending on the type of wood it’s made from, it can be extremely…

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    Vegetarian Zucchini Boats

    I recently cooked for several girlfriends on a birthday trip and, as usual, I bought way too much food.  One of the items I made was steak & veggie kabobs.  They were a hit, but I had several squashes & zucchini that I didn’t even use. I really like eggplant, squash, & zucchini but they can be tricky.  They have a high water content, need to be seasoned just right, & a lot of people don’t like the texture.  I normally just slice them & saute with sliced onions, salt & pepper and the family enjoys that.  I’ve also been know to stuff an eggplant with a similar mixture. This…

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    Hearty Healthy 30-Minute Chili

    It’s Tuesday, it’s cold, and you’re tired when you hear “What’s for dinner?!”  That’s when you remember that you never made it to the grocery store today and haven’t even thought about dinner.  There are some things you just always know are in the fridge or freezer and it’s top of mind when they are out.  If you’re like me, unfortunately those are the basic items that so many of your meals are made with. Oh well, what’s a busy woman (or man) to do?  Again, if you’re like me, you’re not about to go out in the cold just to get something for tonight – that’s not very efficient.…

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    The Green Goddess

    Some nights you just don’t feel like cooking.  Every now and then, the thought of turning on the oven or standing over the stove makes my stomach churn.  And that’s when I’m glad I have enough leftovers for the family… everyone but myself, that is.  And since I don’t want to cook OR ask my DH to do it, my options are limited.  Maybe. Good thing I love veggies and could live my entire life off salad – so many salad options, so little time!  On this night, though, I really wasn’t too interested – plus I didn’t have any lettuce.  No dice. I had been eyeing some avocados all day.  I’m sure…

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    Cranberry Apple Muffins

    Thanksgiving week I wanted to make something yummy to have with for breakfast without having to cook every morning (which was NOT gonna happen).  And since the littlest was out of school all week I had lots of apples to use up that might have normally gone into his lunch.  AND I also forgot that I had some dried cranberries (no NOT craisins, dried cranberries) that I was snacking on the week before.  Soooo, can you tell where this is going? Cranberries + Apples + Thanksgiving = Cranberry Apple MUFFINS! I promised to share the “recipe” last week, so yes I am a little late but…. here it is!  I…

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    Spicy Tuna Bruschetta Bites

    Hi there all my foodie friends!  I have a super simple scrumptious little delight to share. Spicy Tuna Bruschetta Bites! This past weekend I had a bridal shower to coordinate.  This time, beyond the decorations, I prepared most of the food.  One of the menu items was classic Bruschetta Bites – you know… the standard rub with garlic, sprinkle with olive oil, top with tomato, basil, maybe a little cheese and another drizzle of olive oil.  YUM!   When I was shopping for the food I found these little cuties ON SALE at World Market (one of my faves).  They were $0.90!  I bought every last box!  Anyway, I knew…

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    Homemade Pizza Pictorial

    Every body loves pizza in some form, even if their body doesn’t!  Why not try your hand at making your own homemade pizza that you (and your body) will love?!  It’s easier than you think! Easy Homemade Pizza Homemade Pizza Dough: 2 1/2 cups flour 2 3/4 teaspoons baking powder 1 teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon oil 3/4-1 cup water Mix dry ingredients. Add 3/4 cup of water & oil. Stir into a ball. Add more water if needed. Knead & bake at 400° for 15-25 minutes. Remove from oven and add your toppings. Bake again until the cheese is melted or toppings are cooked through (usually about 10 minutes). A…

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    Dinnertime just got easier… Maybe

    Everyone knows I like to cook, not for the sake of cooking itself, but because I like to EAT.  So I usually cook 2-3 times a day, even when it’s just me. Well a couple of weeks ago, my littlest (3-year-old) asked to help me cook dinner and whaddaya know…. he’s a natural-born sous chef!  Granted my nerves could only stand for him helping me make salad, but boy did he help me make a MEAN salad! I won’t let him cut anything just yet (even with kitchen scissors), but turns out he’s great at washing fresh fruits and veggies, and shaking up a tasty vinaigrette.  And he assembles a…

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    Healthy & Delicious Greek Meal

    On a recent lunch trip to Panera Bread, I disappointed in the very loose interpretation of a Greek salad.  You can’t just throw feta cheese on a bed of romaine and call it Greek.  Well, I guess technically you could since those items originate in Greece, but that’s just not the end of it.  I really like Panera, but this was my first time having their “Greek” salad and it left me wanting to eat a jar of kalamata olives.  That’s right, I said a JAR.  That’s because I love olives of all kinds and when I have a Greek or Mediterranean salad, I expect to have some. Fast forward…