This is one of my favorite salads to serve at summer barbecues because it is super easy to make, doesn’t heat up the kitchen, and it can sit out for a long time without concern of microbial growth. Three bean salad tastes best when you make it ahead of time and let it marinate over night. I’ve made a few changes to the classic recipe to make it less sugary and more flavor-packed. Happy Barbecuing!!!
Summer time is in full swing at the Andersen household and the kids have been asking for popsicles non-stop! I don’t blame them–it’s hot out there! However, with all the artificial coloring and flavoring in most popsicles, I hesitate to pump the kids full of that stuff. I offered them this smoothie instead as a cool treat and they LOVED it. This is a winner for when you need something sweet and refreshing this summer. You can also pour this into ice pop molds for your own homemade popsicles. Enjoy!
This is the perfect meal to make for those hot, lazy days of summer. All these vegetables are ripe and in season, and this dish won’t over heat the kitchen. I use “Guiltless Alfredo Sauce” so you know it’s going to be delicious. Enjoy!
Quinoa has all the essential amino acids to make a complete protein. What does that mean, you might ask? It means that this plant is as complete of a protein as meat. Also, in just 1/2 Cup of cooked quinoa there are FIVE grams of protein. That’s pretty awesome for a plant protein. Quinoa also contains lots of fiber and healthy fats which deems it as SUPER FOOD status. I get lots of people saying, “I know quinoa is good for me, but how do I use it in my cooking?” Well, here you go folks, another quinoa recipe just for you.
I have fallen in love with this traditional Indian dish for so many reasons. First, all of my kids love it—that is enough of a triumph in and of itself! Second, its flavor is unlike any other dish I make. Third, even with all the spices it contains, it never gives me heartburn! I found a recipe for Tikka Masala on “The Iron You” when I was suffering from a head cold and craving an anti-inflammatory meal that contained turmeric and ginger, both of which are great for opening up sinus congestion. I really didn’t expect the raving review from every member of my family and dinner guest which has had this dish at my kitchen table, but this has become a crowd favorite dinner. I hope you and your dinner guests love it too!
This quick fix has become another favorite dinner at the Andersen household. It’s flavorful, filling, and chocked full of vegetables, so I consider that a win, win, win. I hope your family loves it too. Enjoy!
|Lemon Asparagus Alfredo
1 Boneless, skinless Chicken Breast (about 12 oz.)
Serves 6 to 8.
I believe there is nothing wrong with sneaking a little extra nutrition into classic dishes. The butternut squash in this Mac and Cheese goes almost undetected. Best of all, it adds a good dose of vitamin A, carotene, fiber, folate and antioxidants to an otherwise not-so-nutritionally-dense food. Also, the bright orange squash provides a beautiful natural food coloring. Enjoy!
This recipe is my modified version of the original from the Lion House Pantry Cook Book. I made this soup for a children’s tea party which I hosted for my 7-year-old son’s First Grade class. I assumed the children would all take a courtesy bite and leave the rest. Boy, was I surprised when they ate every last bite and continued to ask for second and third helpings! A healthy, kid-approved recipe like this MUST be shared, so here goes. Enjoy!
Growing up, our family always ate what we called, “Cheesy Potatoes” on Easter Sunday as a side dish to our Easter ham. Since moving to Utah years ago, I have learned that people here call them “Funeral Potatoes.” I have actually been asked to make these for several funeral dinners while I have lived here, so I guess the name is an accurate description for the use of these potatoes! Regardless of their name, these potatoes are a delicious comfort food. As always, I have “healthified” my recipe and there are no canned soups or creams involved, but there is still PLENTY of flavor. Enjoy!
|Mormon Funeral Potatoes
7 Cups Potatoes, cubed
2. Boil potatoes for about 10 minutes. They should still hold their shape but not be crunchy when removed from heat and drained.
3. Prepare a double recipe of my Hearty Cheese Sauce.
4. Pour bacon and cheese sauce over the boiled potatoes and mix well to incorporate. Add salt and pepper.
5. Pour cheesy potatoes into a greased, 9 x 13 pan and bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes.
6. Increase the heat to a high broil and bake for another 2 minutes. Watch the potatoes closely—don’t let them scorch!
7. Remove from the oven, sprinkle with green onions, and let sit for 10 minutes before serving.
Makes 12 side servings or 6 main dish servings.
Although there is nothing wrong with a tablespoon of mayonnaise in your sandwich, some people just can’t stomach the flavor. I’ve made this recipe for those people. You may use canned tuna or cooked chicken—either one is delicious. Enjoy!