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Instant Pot Pork Carnitas

Instant Pot Pork Carnitas

We make pork carnitas in our house at least a couple of times every month. My boys love the shredded pork in quesadillas, in tacos, with eggs at breakfast, and my oldest has decided he now loves nachos. I have been following a recipe I got from Serious Eats faithfully and it’s been amazing every [...]

Baked Parmesan Drumsticks

Baked Parmesan Drumsticks

Who out there struggles with meal planning and cooking at home? Anyone get tired, forget to prepare things ahead of time, and wind up ordering pizza too often? No, just me? Actually, it was me before digestive illness and a massive dietary change forced me to figure out how to plan and cook healthy meals [...]

Boiling Eggs

Boiling Eggs

I never knew there was a right and wrong way to make hard boiled eggs. I had been boiling them wrong basically my entire life. You don’t understand how much you have overcooked them until you have boiled eggs the “right” way.  This is a somewhat trivial thing for me. I mean really, how do [...]

Quick and Easy Freezer Meals

Quick and Easy Freezer Meals

I began to meal prep a couple of weeks before the arrival of Baby 2K. I did this for our family before M was born and it worked well for us. When you’re recovering from birth, breastfeeding, and adjusting to life with a newborn, cooking dinner for your family is not high on your list [...]

TJ’s Hidden Veggie Meatloaf (aka Meat Cake)

TJ’s Hidden Veggie Meatloaf (aka Meat Cake)

My mom’s meatloaf was a favorite meal of mine when I was a kid; slathered in ketchup and served with mashed or roasted potatoes. I’m sure she served a veggie with it, but I probably didn’t eat it because I hated pretty much ALL cooked vegetables when I was a kid. Little did I know [...]

Ten Ways to Use Leftover Baby Food

Ten Ways to Use Leftover Baby Food

Is it just me, or does anyone else have jars and boxes of baby food hanging around that didn’t get used before their fast-growing babies lost interest in them? Or even purees you made from scratch that’s just taking up space in your freezer? My daughter never really cared for purees or cereals at all, [...]

TJ’s Hidden Veggie Minestrone

TJ’s Hidden Veggie Minestrone

I know the origins of Minestrone soup are sketchy and there’s no specific rule out there that says anyone’s version is right or wrong. All I can find is that it should have vegetables. Some say it should also have beans and zucchini and be served with noodles. Some are vegetarian, some aren’t. In an [...]

Quinoa Enchilada Bake

Quinoa Enchilada Bake

My friend recently introduced me to the wonderful world of quinoa. At first I thought it was merely health food and I didn’t want to have anything to do with it, but then I realized you can substitute it for almost any grain or pasta. Perfect! I like to think that we eat pretty healthy [...]

Maui-Style Banana Bread

Maui-Style Banana Bread

I have loved banana bread since I was a kid. I love it cold or warm, topped with butter or cream cheese or just plain. I prefer it without nuts, but if I’m making it with nuts, I love them to be toasted walnuts or pecans. Once I had banana bread with chopped macadamia nuts [...]

Hidden Veggie Recipes

Hidden Veggie Recipes

Most kids are picky eaters at varying levels throughout their childhood. Heck, some never outgrow it and become picky adults. I know a few adults who have pickier eating habits than my preschooler. My 4.5 year old son is picky when it comes to fruits and vegetables but will eat anything in meat, noodle or [...]

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