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
It's the morning after a really fun Christmas party with my favorite people and LOTS of delicious foods. I have been practicing and teaching Intuitive Eating principles for years, and even I have to remind myself how to care for my body after I eat beyond fullness now and then. This morning's belly ache is a good reminder that there's something to learn from every eating experience. The advice I give here is based on my personal experience and practices that have worked for past clients. This advice applies to anyone who experiences an occasional binge now and then. If
This delicious white chicken chili is a great soup to come home to on a cold day. It pleases all the palates at our family dinner table--except my non-bean eater...but I bet she will get over that food aversion in the next couple years. The milk and sour cream balance out the fire from the green chilis, so it isn't too hot for the littles. I love this dish because it is so quick and easy to make and it feeds 10 people. Serve this with my Gluten-free corn bread or my Hearty Corn Bread to round out the meal.