Our mornings go reeeally smooth when the kids make their own breakfast. When toast and cold cereal won't cut it, the kids pull a breakfast burrito from the freezer and microwave it for 45 seconds. Boom! Round it out with a piece of fruit and glass of milk, and my kids head to school with a happy tummy. If I give myself about 60 minutes, I can assemble 24 burritos for the freezer. Pro-tip: recruit the husband to help and it takes half the time. It is also really helpful to get all ingredients chopped, whisked, and in place before
When I want to totally impress my kids after school, I bake them a batch of these delicious blueberry muffins. They are a bit sweeter than most muffins I make, and they make the kitchen smell like Heaven on Earth. One of my readers suggested Trader Jo's blueberries for making the best muffin. I often use Costco blueberries, and while they are pretty big berries for a mini muffin, they suit us just fine too. Enjoy! Mini Whole Wheat Blueberry Muffins The best whole wheat blueberry muffin recipe Dry Ingredients2 1/2 Cups whole wheat flour2 teaspoons baking powder1 teaspoon salt1
Each Summer, my husband's parents, siblings and all their children gather at the family cabin in the mountains of Arizona. As of today, our family is 45 members strong. Feeding a family that size can be quite intimidating. We canoe in the lake, hike trails, mountain bike, and chase kids all day long. At the end of each day, everyone comes running to the dinner table with hungry appetites. One of our very favorite meals that everyone loves to eat at the Cabin is Andrea's "Sugo". It tastes best when simmered in the slow cooker on low for 4 hours.
Thinking about the New Year and my goals for life and Hearty Smarty, my initial thought was, "I want to just keep doing what I'm doing and leave it at that. Life is pretty good right now." However, after having an unexpected yet beautiful conversation with my 11-year-old, I changed my tune. It happened like this: We were taking down the Christmas tree, and my daughter commented, "We should just give this tree away. Half the lights don't even work any more." I quickly agreed, because I don't love our fake Christmas tree. I grew up hiking for hours in
The original recipe for this Red Salsa came from our dear friend, Vonda from Mesa, AZ. People from Mesa know how to do salsa! It takes all of about 10 minutes to make a massive bowl of salsa, so this recipe is a keeper! I did, however make one omission to the recipe because we have a hard time finding el Pato Sauce in Utah. If you want more kick than this recipe provides, add your hot sauce of choice to taste. Since I am a whimp when it comes to spicy food, this is a very mild salsa. Enjoy!
Every Christmas we eat these enchiladas after a fun day of opening gifts and playing games. This Christmas, I forgot to start the chicken in the slow-cooker the night before. Instant Pot to the rescue! I made our enchiladas from frozen to ready-to-eat in 60 minutes flat. The chicken was just as tender and flavorful as the slow cooker method. Enjoy! Honey Lime Chicken Enchiladas (Instant Pot) Sweet, savory, spicy enchiladas the whole family loves Honey Lime Chicken2 lbs frozen chicken breasts1 Cup Chicken Broth3 small limes (1/2 Cup juiced)1/4 Cup Honey1 Tablespoon Chili Powder1 Tablespoon Dehydrated Chopped OnionsToppings16 ounces
This brown rice lasagna noodle is the perfect gluten-free substitute! It cooks up perfectly tender and doesn't go mushy after baking. You will love this version just as much as the original. YUM! Megan’s Gluten-Free Lasagna Fresh, light, nutritious, and delicious 10 Brown Rice Lasagna Noodles (Tinkyada brand)Sauce1/4 pound Ground Beef (1 Cup Cooked)1/4 pound Mild Italian Sausage (1 Cup Cooked)1 Cup Onion (chopped)2/3 Cup Celery (chopped fine)2/3 Cup Carrot (shredded)2 cloves Garlic (minced)1- 15 ounce can Diced Tomatoes2- 15 ounce cans Tomato Sauce2 Tablespoons fresh Basil (chopped fine)1 teaspoon Salt1/2 teaspoon Black PepperCheese Layer2 Cups Cottage Cheese (4% milk
It's been a year of learning at the Andersen household. This year was full of soccer games, play practices, piano lessons, homework sessions, long work days, wins and fails in the kitchen, livingroom wrestling matches and endless dishes, diapers and laundry. Looking back, we have had it so good this year, but I admit I didn't always see the goodness when I was in the trenches of motherhood. I commit to live in the present more in 2020--I hope you hold me to it! Amidst all the blessings of our healthy and happy family, I count you and this community
I make Mexican horchata two times each year: Neil's birthday and Christmas Day. We aren't big on beverages, but this is one we love to drink on Neil's birthday salsa night party or when we do our big Mexican Christmas dinner. It takes a little planning to blend the rice milk the night before, but other than that, this horchata is so easy to make and SO delicious. Enjoy! Simple Homemade Horchata Delicious Rice Milk Mexican drink 1 1/2 cups white long grain rice (uncooked)7 cups water2 cinnamon sticks1 1/2 cup milk2 tsp vanilla extract1/2 cup sugar Put rice, 4
Winter is deeply set and the fresh fruit from our trees and garden is long gone. However, there is plenty of fresh fruit at peak flavor in the markets this time of year. This fruit salad is made up of winter's freshest fruits like table grapes, oranges, kiwifruit, and pomagranate from California or Arizona. If you have been asked to bring a side dish to your next holiday gathering, this is a delicious combination of fruit to contribute. Enjoy! Winter's Best Fruit Salad Seasonal winter fruit at peak freshness 1 1/2 Cups Red Grapes (sliced)1 Cup Fresh Pineapple (chopped)2 large