Winter is still going strong up here in Minnesota with temperatures dropping below zero (again) for several days during the coming week. Yikes! In my book when the weather is cold outside there’s nothing better than coming home to a rich, delicious bowl of soup. Yes, I love soup for lots of reasons, but I believe my lentil soup is one of the tastiest soups around. Filled with protein-packed lentils and tons of veggies, this soup is a perfect pick-me-up for a hearty lunch or an evening supper with the family. And I’ve found that even little kids love the taste of lentils! I like to pair it up with a small side salad or maybe bake a batch of homemade biscuits or cornbread if I’ve got the time. But truth be told, this soup is simply wonderful all by itself! Continue Reading >>
The red velvet flavor trend is so hot that it’s literally on fire these days. But if you read my last post, you might want to think twice before indulging in a red velvet treat.
So that got me thinking … would it be possible to create a red velvet cake that uses real ingredients? Although I honestly can say I underestimated this challenge, many hours and several cakes later, I did it! Although the taste is a little bit different than the traditional red velvet cake (I think better ), it truly is a delicious treat and perfect for a special occasion. Yes, it’s not as easy as a box cake recipe, but then again … shouldn’t desserts be something special? I think so! Continue Reading >>
I discovered red velvet cake many years ago when I lived in the South. As a displaced yankee living in North Carolina I looked on with horror when it was served and couldn’t help but ask, “what makes this cake so red?” … only to be further stunned by the nonchalant reply, “a bottle of red food coloring.” Even though the concept of REAL food had never crossed my mind back then, I remembered hearing about the dangers of red food coloring. “Red” had even disappeared from bags of M&M’s for a while. So I couldn’t help but wonder, “could this dessert kill me?” Continue Reading >>
So if you haven’t realized it yet, I’m a HUGE soup fan. I know, I’ll try to branch out to some different types of recipes soon, but really … homemade soup is an amazing choice for several reasons:
- You can make a big batch of soup over the weekend, serve it up for a couple meals, and freeze the rest for quick meals when you don’t have the time to cook.
- Soup is an amazing way to get your family eating vegetables without a lot of fuss!
- Soup is also a very economical meal. Serve it up solo or with a side salad or a wedge of cornbread, and you have a real meal that doesn’t break the bank!
- Last but not least, in these colder winter months, there’s no better way to warm up after a long day than a piping hot bowl of soup!
Now a lot of folks have forgotten about vegetable soups. In our society we’re so caught up with protein, many people think vegetable soup is somehow incomplete. Well, I’m hear to tell you those folks are wrong. Maybe they’ve been left unsatisfied by some salty, highly processed canned soup substitute, but a REAL, homemade vegetable soup is both hearty and delicious. And while fresh vegetables are great if you have them, I think frozen veggies can work just as well! Continue Reading >>
For many of us homemade vegetable broth may seem like a luxury. But if you’ve read my article on vegetable broths that are merely water flavored with lots of salt and highly processed ingredients, you may think twice about picking up one of the popular, national brands. While there are some pretty good real vegetable broth options out there, nothing compares to the fresh, full-bodied flavor of homemade broth. And it’s so economical since most of the time I whip up a batch using vegetable scraps or other extra vegetables I have in my fridge. But yes, it does take time, so don’t feel guilty if you buy some pre-made broth that uses real ingredients. Continue Reading >>