It all started with us sneaking shredded carrots into the layer of sauce of our pizzas. We covered this vegetable party with cheese, and not only did our kiddo not notice, we actually found that we loved the taste! We moved on to beetza, which is pizza with shredded beets snuck in. And then we got to thinking… what would happen if we switch out the sauce entirely? Continue reading “Squash PSA: Pizza Sauce Alternative”
Sometimes when Amy tells someone that we make all of our own baby food, they are astounded. Maybe the idea of giving a precious baby food seems to complicated to get safe results? We’ve found it to be extremely easy. And unlike preparing just about any other meal, making baby food at home is really just two steps. Continue reading “Making your own baby food is as easy as 1, 2. Easier than ABC!”
I am a huge fan of breakfast, I wish we could have breakfast meals all day long! It is one of the main reasons I wanted to get chickens, in order to have fresh eggs every day.
We make rice and beans and tacos all the time. We have even changed the way we make them to incorporate the seasons. So in the height of summer, our tacos are all dressed up with tomato salsa, colorful peppers, fresh garlic, lots of greens from the garden, and cilantro piled high! This Autumn we figured we would just keep experimenting with our tacos to keep them in season too. We have had great success with black bean and sweet potato with onions and other root vegetables. This week the abundance of squash let me try tacos with squash too! Continue reading “Winter Squash Tacos
When working with alternative flours like whole grains or gluten free, you might find that texture and moisture are suddenly problems you never had to deal with with standard all purpose flour. How many whole wheat breads and gluten free cookies have you tried to enjoy that just crumbled in your mouth and left you needing a drink? We’ve found a solution to the dryness that comes with alternative healthy flours that is not only easy, but it results in a lower fat, higher fiber treat that anyone will enjoy. Continue reading “Whole Wheat Winter Squash Brownies. No really, they’ll change the way you bake
Hiding vegetables in meals is so fun. The obvious benefit is that it gets kids to eat some nice vitamins and fiber without any flashbacks to traumatic cabbage experiments. But for us it’s not just about feeding our kids healthy food, it’s really more about enhancing the food we eat in general. I find it so gratifying to take a comfort food that is notoriously unhealthy yet delicious, swap in some healthiness, and still enjoy it as an addictive comfort food. Fatty, carbo-loaded mac and cheese, meet your new best friend: pureed squash. Continue reading “Mac & Cheese with a Hidden Health Boost of Squash
We have a weekly pancake ritual on sunday mornings. One of us melts the butter and starts brewing coffee and then one of us will start the pancake steps. Weigh and measure all the ingredients, while the other parent entertains the kiddos with walking the dog or letting the chickens out. The pancake maker will weigh out all the dry ingredients and sometimes a little 3-year-old will come help measure (read: take the leveled measuring spoon from my hand and dump it and tap it on the side and into the bowl of flour) and then we mix it all together!
After roasting and pureeing the Blue Hubbard Squash we have plenty to make a winter soup that we love and keep on the meal planning rotation all winter long. This is my double batch recipe for a big crowd or for making once and freezing for lunches and dinners when we’re short on time or don’t want to cook. This simple recipe honors the flavor of whatever squash you choose and is so yummy after a long day outside shoveling snow or as a side dish to a larger meal. Continue reading “Roasted Winter Squash Soup
Let me introduce you to one of our good friends. Sure, he’s pretty ugly. His skin is blueish/greenish which just seems weird. And he’s a big fella, larger than most of his family members. Don’t let this keep you from inviting him into your house though! He’s a real wonder in the kitchen. And he’s delicious. I present to you, Mr. Hubbard Squash. Continue reading “Fear not! Here’s Your Guide to Breaking Down and Processing a Humongous Hubbard Squash”