I may have had wild rice three times before moving to northeastern Minnesota. Wild rice is native to where I live in Minnesota — so it’s EVERYWHERE. You can even buy wild rice in gas stations! We quickly learned that wild rice is a thing up here, and if we were going to live up here, we had to figure out how to cook it. Specifically creamy wild rice soup.
I’ve been cooking up a storm lately… And so I cook soup. I want bone broth and veggies and cheese. I want warm and creamy and soothing. I can’t really ask for a better soup than this to settle in and cozy up with: a creamy broccoli-cheese soup that is nothing like the gloppy, gooey mess you pour out of a can.
Remember the old days when the boss and his wife were invited to dinner? Do people still do that — the cute apron/high heels/pearls thing? The children behaving perfectly. Flowers from my garden gracing the table. In my world, I’d serve this roasted chicken and heirloom carrots for dinner. And when you have the boss (or the pastor or the new in-laws) over, don’t tell them this took you just 20 minutes of hands-on time, deal?
There’s just something about opening a can of spaghetti sauce… Said no one ever. Every household needs a recipe for homemade marinara sauce because it’s such a staple ingredient in many of our Italian-American dishes, such as spaghetti and lasagna. And nothing out of a can or a jar even comes close to tasting as delicious as what you can make in your own kitchen. Can I get an amen?
Like many other old favorites, I learned to re-create On The Border’s chicken tortilla soup, using fresh, organic veggies, traditionally prepared rice, and nourishing bone broth. Re-creating restaurant favorites is an easy way to save money and eat healthier.
I have a bent toward perfectionism — even to the point that, if I make a mistake when writing a grocery list, I will often wad up the paper, throw it in the trash, and start all over. I thrive in a clean, organized environment and am frequently re-organizing my already organized spaces in an attempt to make them even more organized. I am overly practical and have very little tolerance for frills and fuss. I am a do-er and find it difficult to sit still and just be.
In all this organization, list-making, doing, and planning, it might surprise you to know that I have an alternate ego — the Mr. Hyde to my usual Dr. Jekyll. This side of me flies by the seat of her pants. In this alternate mode, creativity flows, unlimited by a plan, to-do list, or the written menu on the fridge.
This is when I do some of my best work … like the recipe I’m sharing for one of our new family favorites: CSA Pasta!
A little spicy and a little smokey, this Super Simple Salsa Verde Chicken is a fast and easy weeknight staple. With less than 5 minutes of prep time involved, this nourishing, healthy, Whole30/Paleo recipe can be customized with tons of fun and flavorful toppings!
Around here, I’m all about quick and easy meals, especially lunches. The Hubs comes home four out of five days every week for lunch; plus, he’s home all day on the weekends. I love having leftovers for lunch since all I have to do is re-heat and serve, but sometimes I run out of leftovers by the end of the week. Especially on the weekends, I want a healthy meal I can throw together quickly so that I can spend the hubby’s days off with him instead of in the kitchen.
This chicken, bacon, and kale stuffed sweet potato recipe is one of those meals that I love having up my sleeve. Every, single ingredient is nutrient-dense, so this simple meal is also very filling.
I grew up with my Memaw and my mother making salmon croquettes. Crispy on the outside and moist on the inside, salmon croquettes (or patties) were one of my favorite comfort foods as a kid…
Salmon taking sun-less tanning pills and teeming with lice?? If that sounds like something out of a weird nature documentary or sci-fi magazine, I thought so too. Actually, it’s real. And you might be eating that salmon if you’re not careful about where your salmon comes from.