• Smoked Sausage & Peppers Rice

    Rice is a staple that is relatively easy to find (except for during pandemic hysteria: add this to the list of things that were hard to find, along with toilet paper and hand soap), inexpensive, filling and has a great shelf-life. I’m not one for a pile of plain rice on my plate – though I suppose that if push came to shove and eating was for survival alone, as it is in many poorer countries, I could get on board. I’ve got a stockpile of uncooked rice in the pantry for just in case but I’ve been experimenting with meals that are heavy on the rice while also bursting…

  • Baked Oatmeal

    Oatmeal is one of those staples that is wonderful to keep in the pantry. It’s relatively inexpensive and has a long shelf life. We have quite a bit on hand but my kids just don’t gobble it up like they used to. After a while we grow tired of eating a lot of the same thing and kids are no exception. So last weekend I got a little creative with the oatmeal and made a baked rendition – with the addition of some fresh strawberries that needed used up before they went bad. The oats I used weren’t gluten free so I wasn’t able to give a taste-test myself but…

  • Italian Chicken Skillet

    Packing a whole lotta veggies into our dinners makes my heart happy. As does the fact that my toddlers would, hands down, rather eat veggies than any meat they’ve ever met (aside from hotdogs; those kids LIVE for hotdogs…which I’m not even sure count as ‘meat’….yuck!). So when I stumbled upon this recipe from Clean Food Crush I knew it was just what we needed in our weekly grind. I did things just a touch differently but the inspiration came entirely from Clean Food Crush…so all the credit that direction (and check it out – LOTS of clean eating recipes, encouragement and motivation going on over there). This is another…