Cheap and Easy Homemade Spaghetti Sauce


We’re trying to clean out our pantry. I know the kids will always eat spaghetti, but I was out of jarred spaghetti sauce. Pretty much all the time (9.5 times out of 10) I use jarred spaghetti sauce. My favorites are Classico and Whole Food’s 365 label. Unfortunately I was out of my handy dandy […]

Vegan Black Bean and Corn Burritos


My family is not vegan, but I try to make at least 1 or 2 meat free meals every week. As an annoying teenager, I decided to be a vegetarian. My mom scrambled to make meals I would eat, and did her best to ensure there was protein included. Black bean burritos have been one […]

Smoked Sausage Jambalaya


For many years I was a firm believer in Zatarain’s boxed jambalaya mixes. I still have nothing against them, my whole family loves them. But I decided that I could make my own jambalaya (meaning I didn’t have any boxed mixes in my pantry.) It actually turned out to taste really good. The entire pot […]

Sriracha Turkey and Veggie Lettuce Wraps


Lettuce is inexpensive in the grocery store, even the organic kind. One head of lettuce yields a TON of leaves to use as wrappers for these turkey and veggie lettuce wraps. It’s a delicious meal, packed with veggies, that comes together in less than 30 minutes. I like to serve rice on the side.

Roasted Vegetable Salsa


When I went to buy tomatoes to plant in my garden this past summer, the only organic ones I could find were little yellow ones. I love the little red ones, so I thought, “Why not?” My garden produced a bunch of these little yellow tomatoes, and one can only eat so many salads packed […]

Meatballs with Green Peppers and Onions

meatballs with green peppers and onions

My family loves meatballs. I make them often because it’s a great way to stretch a little bit of meat. I sneak in the veggies and they really add great flavor. Sometimes I use turkey, but this time I used lean organic ground beef. You can use store bought bread crumbs. I freeze the ends […]

Tortellini and Spinach Soup

spinach tortellini soup

Soup is such a great way to get veggies into kids. For some reason my kids have much less of a problem eating veggies once they’re in soup. This tortellini soup is packed with healthy antioxidants from the spinach, tomatoes, and garlic. It comes together really quickly too. You can find frozen tortellini in the […]

Fresh salsa


What’s my favorite thing to make when tomatoes are cheap? Fresh, homemade salsa! I just can’t seem to keep my big knife sharp, so I like to chop all the veggies in my Cuisinart food processor. This recipe is so versatile! I just use whatever organic tomatoes are on sale, or if I’m really lucky, […]

Turkey Tacos


Whenever we have tacos, my little guy always asks, “Mom, is it Tuesday?” We do a Taco Tuesday every couple of months. Mostly because when I want tacos, I don’t want to wait for the next Tuesday to roll around. The addition of onion and a chopped green bell pepper make all the difference in […]