Healthier Instant Oatmeal

I need more options for a quick breakfast. This mix is easy to make on the weekend, far cheaper and healthier than the store-bought varieties, and even easier to mix up in the morning. I keep some at work, and just add the hot water from the cooler – stir, and enjoy! Oatmeal Base 5 c…

Stuffed Green Pepper Casserole

Our neighbor made this for us about a year ago (I can’t remember why), and we were hooked. I was so hooked that I asked her for the recipe while I was pregnant, but she said that she had just made it up. And then she brought me some the next day! So we’ve recreated…

Hummus

There are a million hummus recipes out there. Here’s the one I prefer. Basic Hummus 2 cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed 1/2 c. tahini paste (mix well before measuring) 1/4 c. extra virgin olive oil 2 cloves garlic 1 lemon, juiced 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper water (if necessary) Add all of the ingredients (except…

Whole Wheat Banana Flax Bread

WAIT – don’t judge this as bland tasteless bread just from the name. This bread is packed with delicious flavor and nutrition to stick with you all morning. Bake a loaf on Sunday, slice it, store it in the fridge, and toast a slice each morning. Top it with peanut butter, and you’ve really got…

Beans & Greens

This dish doesn’t sound like much, but the combination makes it perfect: savory, substantial, and flavorful. It’s so versatile that you can substitute whatever green or bean you have on hand. On top of that, it’s so easy that it’s a no-brainer on a weeknight – we make it at least once a week as a…

Caramelized onion, cheddar, and pretzel bun burgers

These are the best burgers by far. When Todd ate one he said, “I’m having a food moment.” That’s the best compliment ever. This recipe makes 4 quarter-pound burgers. 1 lb. ground beef (80/20)   2 Tbsp Worsteshire 1/4 tsp Beefer Upper (beef stock base). If you don’t have this, just skip it. 1 tsp. Sirracha…

Mushroom Risotto

The first time I tried this risotto I was skeptical – very skeptical. How could you get mushroom flavor without dried porchinis or without browning the fresh mushrooms? Why does it seem like too much alcohol and not enough stock? I decided to throw caution to the wind and make only quantity changes, rather than…

The Perfect Hot Chocolate

It’s tradition for Todd and I to take this hot chocolate with us when we go to Candy Cane Lane just before Christmas every year. For those not in Milwaukee, Candy Cane Lane is a neighborhood that all decorates their houses and people drive through to look at the lights. This hot chocolate has gone…

Everyday White Rice

This is a great side dish when you want something quick to go with dinner. While we don’t eat much white rice in our house, there are a lot of good memories. My dad taught me how to make rice when I was growing up. I remember one night he made the best rice i…

Green Chile & Cheddar Cornbread

Having never made cornbread before, I threw caution to the wind and created this gorgeous bread. I know I’ve read about something like it before, but I couldn’t find it. And we had a huge pot of chili on the stove . . . it’s Packer Sunday after all. So give this bread a try…

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