Vegan Tater Tot Casserole #VeganFoodShare

We live in the midwest, and here in the midwest we tend to love our casseroles. I make a great turkey, cheddar and broccoli casserole. It's my go-to when I'm in need of some real comfort food. Being vegan means our teenage daughter has been missing out on my usual casseroles, so I wanted to give this recipe from the Vegan Stoner Cookbook a try. It turned out pretty good. Not something I would make … [Read more...]

Easy Vegan Lentil Loaf #VeganFoodShare

Think going vegan means you have to give up the classic comfort foods? This easy lentil loaf is a great replacement for those that love old fashion meat loaf, but want to stick to a plant based diet. Ingredients: 1 medium size onion 1 cup frozen vegetables 1/2 cup of walnuts finely chopped 2 cups of cooked mashed lentils 1 cup vegan crackers (smashed) or bread crumbs 3 tbs apple sauce 4 tbs … [Read more...]

Easy Vegan No-bake Mini Cheesecake Recipe #VeganFoodShare

We tried a lot of new vegan recipes over the holidays. This Easy Vegan No-bake Mini Cheesecake recipe was a delicious surprise. A big hit with our family and friends. Ingredients CRUST: 1 cup packed pitted dates 1 cup raw walnuts FILLING: 1 1/2 cups raw cashews, soaked 1/4 cup lemon juice 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted 1/2 cup coconut milk 1/2 cup agave nectar Optional: 2 Tbsp salted natural … [Read more...]

Halloween: Pumpkin Puke Guacamole Recipe #VeganFoodShare

October is finally here, and we're getting excited about Halloween! It's time to pull out the decorations and create some creepy, spooky treats. Like this easy Halloween: Pumpkin Puke Guacamole dip. First open the top and completely clean out a small pumpkin. Then use a crayon to draw the eyes and mouth. Be sure the mouth is low, and open enough to spew out the guacamole dip. Carve. Guacamole … [Read more...]

Vegan Sweet Potato & Mushroom Shepherd’s Pie #VeganFoodShare

Ingredients: 5 medium sweet potatoes, scrubbed 1 cup brown or green lentils, washed and picked over 3/4 cup uncooked steel cut oats 1 + teaspoon salt 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 pound mushrooms, divided 1 large carrot, chopped 1 celery stalk, chopped 1 medium yellow onion, chopped 1 garlic clove, minced 1/4 cup red wine 1 tablespoon tomato paste 1 tablespoon soy sauce 3/4 cup low-sodium vegetable … [Read more...]

Lentil & Black Bean Vegan Soup (spicy) #VeganFoodShare

Our teenage daughter has been vegan for a long time now, and though we chose not to be we still try to support her by finding new recipes the whole family can enjoy. This is our newest soup recipe. It's high in protein, very hearty, and has a spicy kick to it. Perfect for chilly fall evenings. Ingredients: 2 tables spoons of extra-virgin olive oil 2 carrots, cleaned and cut 1 glove of garlic, … [Read more...]

Healthy Back-to-School Backpack Recipes & Social Media Contest (GEDC) #schoolspirit

Great Expressions Dental Centers (GEDC), a leading dental service organization, would like to offer my readers some creative and healthy back-to-school backpack snack recipes that will make kids look forward to lunches. I know our family sure can use a couple of new idea. Smile Salad Ingredients: 2 cups baby fresh spinach ½ small Granny Smith apple, chopped ½ cup golden raisins 2 tbs balsamic … [Read more...]

A New Family Favorite, Easy Weeknight Sweet & Spicy Glazed Chicken #SpreadTheHeat #ad

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SpreadTheHeat #CollectiveBias Being a mom that works full-time outside the home, and also a blogger, time with my family is precious. Sometimes, I feel that I have so many things to-do in a day that it is impossible. Yet, week after week, I somehow pull it together. I do it with a lot of … [Read more...]

Top Mates Aussie Finishing Sauces, Meatball Recipe & Review

About Top Mates Aussie: Way, way back (in 2005), down under in Australia, a company was created to bring the first ever “Top” quality food partner for BBQ and other great meals with friends. Before this, only those boring old sauces and tired old relishes, chutneys and artificial jellies existed. The company, Top Mates (branded as Spoonfed Foods in Australia), became a quick success in Australia. … [Read more...]

Easy & Delicious Twix Ice Cream Cake Recipe

Looking for an easy summer dessert recipe? Wow your family with this Easy & Delicious Twix Ice Cream Cake. You will need: 20 Ice cream sandwiches 1 (16 ounce) container of whipped topping 1 (12 ounce) jar of caramel topping, room temperature 2 Twix candy bars Place half of the ice cream sandwiches side by side in a 9×13 inch baking dish. Cover evenly with half of the caramel topping, … [Read more...]

Roasted Pork Loin Recipe & The Spice Lab Review

We try to cook most of our meals at home. It's more cost-efficient than going out, it's healthier, and we tend to spend more time together while in the kitchen, and around the table. Having a teenage daughter that is vegan can also limit our restaurant choices. We recently received the above group of products from The Spice Lab to review. Though, I haven't had the chance as of yet to try very … [Read more...]

Easy Vegan Lasagna Recipe & Kitchen Clean up #ScrubCloth

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #ScrubCloth #CollectiveBias It took our daughter over a year to ease her way into living a vegan lifestyle. As her parents, we do what we can to be supportive. One of the biggest adjustments has been meal planning. Most of her meals take a lot longer to prepare and cook. Then there is the … [Read more...]

Vegan Chocolate & Fresh Strawberry Cupcakes Recipe

Having a teenager that is vegan can be challenging. Though our daughter loves to cook for herself, she often goes without dessert. This was a fun recipe to try. Even though we're not all vegan here, we all enjoyed the cupcakes. INGREDIENTS 1 1/2 cups flour 1 cup sugar 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup vegetable oil 2 tablespoons distilled white … [Read more...]

Four Generations of Tradition & Cheerios™ Morning Snack-mix Recipe

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #GiveABox #CollectiveBias I spent a lot of time with my grandma when I was young. I was her baby's baby, so we were very close, and kept a special relationship, through to my adulthood. She lived a simple, healthy lifestyle compared to today's world. She walked everywhere, spent hours … [Read more...]

Affordable DIY 4-ingredient Tangerine Sugar Scrub

This is a basic four ingredient, affordable sugar scrub that is great on your hands and feet. There really isn't a better natural exfoliate than sugar (white or brown). A natural scrub does not have to be expensive. In-fact I've paid good money in the past and ended up with a salt base scrub that felt nice while I used it, but the effects actual tore and dried out my skin. Never … [Read more...]

Easy & Delicious Slow-Cooker BBQ Chicken recipe

Of all of the tasty slow-cooker meals I have been making recently, this one might just be my favorite. Ingredients: 6-8 pieces of chicken (I use wings, legs & thighs) 1 40oz bottle of your favorite barbecue sauce. (I use Sweet Baby Rays) 2 tbs brown sugar 2 tbs chili powder (3 if you want more of a kick) 1 tbs garlic powder 2 tbs ketchup 1 tbs honey A dish of Salt & … [Read more...]

Slow-cooker Chocolate Lava Cake recipe

After seeing this recipe shared on Facebook a few dozen times, I thought I would give it a try. It clams to be "restaurant-good and slow-cooker easy". Hmm, we'll see. Ingredients: 1 box Betty Crocker™ SuperMoist™ triple chocolate fudge cake mix 1 1/4 cups milk 1/2 cup vegetable oil 3 eggs 1 box (4-serving size) instant chocolate pudding and pie filling mix 2 cups milk 1 bag (12 oz) milk … [Read more...]

Mummy Pizza recipe, inspired by Hotel Transylvania 2 #Hotel2 #FandangoFamily #Sp

Autumn is my favorite time of the year. The crisp, cool weather, delicious comfort foods, and of-course Halloween. Every year, the season seems to go by way too fast. So, we start celebrating early in our house, with decorations, baking and enjoying Halloween movies. During our granddaughter's recent visit we decided to prepare a fun spooky lunch, in celebration of Hotel Transylvania's sequel, … [Read more...]

Planning the perfect date/movie night at home #TheLongestRide

Between work and family, life can get pretty busy. As much as I'd like to say I can do it all, that's just not my reality. There is always something that falls off the radar. As parents, that something is usually our alone time. This weekend we're working on that, and planning for the perfect movie/date night at home. Our plans consist of steaks and veggies on the grill. Drinks and snacks under … [Read more...]

Putting a #Saucesome spin on Weeknight Skillet Lasagna with @RaguSauce #Spon

Ragú® is recognizing and celebrating everything that makes family mealtime Saucesome. From unique recipes to silly moments to crazy weeknights…it's all Saucesome with the delicious help of Ragú® Sauce. I have been cooking with Ragú® for years. Ragú® has the Authentic Italian taste American family’s like mine love and a variety of great tasting, quick and easy to make family favorite … [Read more...]

Marvel Avengers Movie Night, Meijer sponsored #giveaway

Avengers: Age of Ultron will be assembling in theaters on May 1st. When Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) jumpstarts a dormant peacekeeping program, things go terribly awry, forcing him, Thor (Chris Hemsworth), the Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) and the rest of the Avengers to reassemble. As the fate of Earth hangs in the balance, the team is put to the ultimate test as they battle Ultron (James … [Read more...]

World’s Best Queso Dip, perfect for game-day #RedGold

No matter which team you're rooting for this easy to make "World’s Best Queso Dip" featuring Red Gold Tomatoes is sure to be a winner on game-day! This Queso dip was a hit with my family. Gone in minutes - no joke! I've had several requests for me to make more. Good thing it's so easy! World’s Best Queso Dip Microwave Method In microwave safe bowl combine tomatoes and cheese. … [Read more...]

Bisquick® Banana Nut Bread Recipe

Banana bread is one of my all-time favorite comfort foods. Whether it's my grandma's recipe from scratch or a quick and easy mix, it's always welcomed fresh out of our oven. It's been a while since I shared a good recipe find. Below is my latest Banana Nut Bread recipe. Perfect for warming up during these cold winter temps. Ingredients 1 1/3 cups mashed very ripe bananas (2 large) 2/3 … [Read more...]

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