Category Archives: meal planning

Crock Pot Success!

Hey Guys!
I FINALLY made something in my crock pot that doesn’t taste like nothing!

Just had to share. It’s lentil and collard greens soup.
Recipe later!


It’s O-Kale

Who doesn’t love a leafy green?

In my house, we eat a lot of kale. In fact, I have made the following things with it over the last year:
Pesto (substitute the basil with kale)
Chicken soup
Sausage soup
Beans and Greens
Kale with Garlic
Chicken, Kale, and Alfredo sauce with pasta
just to name a few.

Recently, I figured out that BJs sells a huge bag of pre-chopped organic kale. This was too good to be true! The issue: like bagged salad, it gets icky quick. As in, the first bag I bought, I had to throw away after three days in the fridge-whoomp whomp.

Not interested in repeating this sad moment, I bough another bag, and I decided to steam the kale yesterday, in my oven and freeze it.

I was inspired by Alton Brown’s directive to cook brown rice in the oven.
It totally worked!

Oven Steamed Kale-for large quantities
Take the largest, shallow baking dish you have. I used a 13″x9″ Pyrex
Put in about 1/4 inch of water
Fill the dish with kale. Really pack it in there.
Set the oven to 350 degrees.
Cover the dish tightly with aluminum foil and bake about 30 minutes.
Like roasting nuts, when you can smell it, it’s done.

It tastes delicious-more roasted than steamed.
To freeze, let cool, squeeze out excess water and throw in a freezer bag.


Pizza and Parenting

Happy New Year!
It’s been over a month since I last posted! A month! Crazy!
I pondered this blog over the past month. Why, for example, was it so hard to post?
I realized something…I need to write about what I am thinking. Even if it isn’t food. And when I wasn’t thinking about food…I am not posting.
So much for a focused theme type blog, oh my three readers out there. It just isn’t my style.
Mostly, these days,I think about two things: pizza, and parenting.
I am only slightly kidding about the pizza. But not at all about the parenting piece. 18 months in, I have a lot of thoughts, feelings, questions, and experiences.
I also still love to cook. I have taught my child to love to cook too (so far) which is great! She asks, “Mamma, more cooking?”
That being said, the focus of this blog is going to expand. There will still be food, but also about parenting and those thoughts and challenges and experiences. We all need support. This is also in response to the loads of positive feedback I got on my “Guilt Free Saturdays” pieces.
See, when the people speak, I listen.

So, not to deviate from the food piece too much, here is what I am making for dinner tonight for my toddler and I:
Turkey deli roll-ups (roast turkey deli meat rolled with garlic hummus and guacamole, both packaged, and yes, she eats this)
Steamed broccoli
cheesy zucchini quinoa -I have this pinned on my Pinterest recipe board-which you should all follow, btw-and I want to make it, like, now)

It’s my resolution to cook recipes this year, as a hobby, like I used to. Also to blog, and write, as I hobby, like I used to. See where this is going?
What is your favorite weekday meal?