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Strawberry Soup

by TT August 5th, 2013| Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Soups & Stews, Tapas Monday
strawberry_soupUntil this summer, I never had attempted making a berry soup.  I'm not quite sure why that is, as I love berries of all varieties and am always seeking new ways to use them.  So, it was long overdue when I decided to use some strawberries in a soup.  If you're a regular reader, you may have guessed correctly that I tried this soup on a Tapas Monday.  That's where I tend to try recipes that are a little bit out of the norm.

The first time I made this soup I left the yogurt out of the soup and
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Sausage Stuffed Zucchini

by TT August 16th, 2011| Healthy Cooking, Main Dishes, Recipes, Side Dishes, Tapas Monday
Zucchini is one of those vegetables that seems destined for filling with ingredients.  Growing up, my mom frequently stuffed zucchini with spinach, which made a delicious dish that could be served as an entrĂ©e or side.  This spring I created a tomato-stuffed zucchini topped with mozzarella.  As both of those are vegetarian dishes, it seemed to be time to create something for the carniverous crowd.

I made this dish as part of last night's Tapas Monday menu.  Served with crostini topped with tomatoes from our garden and fresh mozzarella, it made for a wonderful dinner of nibbling.  The only negative
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Summer Squash Lasagna

by TT April 13th, 2011| Healthy Cooking, Main Dishes, Recipes, Side Dishes
Last night was the perfect night for a little bit of recipe experimenting.  Due to business travel and sporting events, I had only one other person at home with me, my 13 year old who had the start of a cold.  As she was a bit under the weather, a bowl of pasta was all she really wanted.  With no other diners, I wouldn't have to consider if the meal was filling enough or would get eye rolls from teens.

I had two summer squash in the refrigerator, which seemed like the perfect replacement for noodles in lasagna.  I didn't have
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Stuffed Zucchini

by TT April 4th, 2011| Healthy Cooking, Main Dishes, Recipes, Side Dishes, Tapas Monday
I have dabbled in the world of vegetarianism, so I am fairly comfortable with creating menus that do not include meat.  In fact, my 13 year old has been eating a vegetarian diet for five months, which has helped me create meals with meat that easily are transformed into vegetarian-friendly versions.  However, last weekend I had a curve ball thrown at me.  My husband decided he would try a week of being vegetarian.

If I have a decent amount of experience with cooking vegetarian dishes, why would his announcement be challenging?  The first reason is that he does not enjoy legumes
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Winter Stirfry

by TT March 3rd, 2011| Healthy Cooking, Main Dishes, Recipes
It is two months into the year, and we have been successful with our goal to use only locally sourced meats, produce, and dairy items.  While it has made meal planning a little more challenging, it has been exciting to visit our biweekly farmer's market to see what produce will be available.  Thanks to some great independently owned stores and farmstands, we have been stocked with dairy and meat items as well.

However, I have to confess that I miss fresh greens immensely.  A worshipper of caesar salad (with dressing on the side), I have had to create new lunches that
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Creamy (Yet Lowfat) Carrot Soup

by TT January 24th, 2011| Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Soups & Stews
While I am not a vegetarian, I find many all-vegetable dishes to be exciting.  I do enjoy lamb shanks and braised beef short ribs, but I also enjoy Moroccan vegetable stew equally as much.  Now that one of our daughters has decided to give vegetarianism a try, I have even more reason to add new creative all-veggie dishes to our menu.

Although our daughter has seemed to enjoy her three month stint of being meat-free, I think sometimes I am more excited for these new creations.  A few weeks ago I made veggiepalooza, a simple stirfry of a multitude of
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Warm Cole Slaw

by TT January 14th, 2011| Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Salads
This year, my husband and I each created some goals. The goals fell into separate categories: as an individual, as a couple, and as a family.  Being food-centric people, several of the goals involved food, such as trying a new fruit or vegetable each month, taking the family to a new-to-us restaurant each quarter.  One of the goals my husband created is for our family to use only produce, meat, and dairy items that are locally sourced.  Actually, he wanted to locally source all food, but as I am the main grocery shopper and explained the logistics of that,
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Curried Yogurt Dip

by TT January 3rd, 2011| Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Spreads & Sauces, Tapas Monday
We had an enjoyable set of holidays at our home with our children and a set of grandparents.  Christmas was a nonstop rotation of presents and food, which is the perfect way to spend the holiday: Open presents with immediate family, have breakfast.  Open presents with grandparents/in-laws, have a snack.  Open presents with aunts and uncles, have dinner.  Yes, everyone liked the flow of that day.

The days that followed were busy and snow-filled.  Thankfully we were able to fit in a family shopping trip, pre-snowstorm. Then we returned home for leisurely days of game playing, tv watching, and enjoying
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Apple Soup

by TT December 9th, 2010| Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Soups & Stews
With the cool fall weather turning into cold winter weather, we have spent many weekend days purchasing groceries, canning, and cooking.  Early in the fall, we bought a half-bushel of apples and made apple butter and dried apple slices.  Between the two recipes, we used the whole bag.  It went so well that we decided to buy a second half-bushel and make some more apple items.

In hindsight, purchasing a second half-bushel may have been too much.  We didn't need to make more apple butter, as we already had many jars in our pantry.  We made a couple batches of
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Mexican Black Bean Salad

by TT November 19th, 2010| Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Salads
Black Bean SaladAfter a Sunday afternoon spent shopping for outdoor gear and winter sports attire for two of my children, an easy to make dinner was in store for us.  As we were without my husband due to business travel, the idea of using legumes, his least favorite food item, was high on my list.  Plus, we were having our dear friends, Miss Vicki and OT, join us for dinner, so I wanted something that we all would enjoy but wouldn't keep anyone busy in the kitchen.  Thus, a simple Mexican menu was planned.

I already had decided to make fish tacos,
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Brussel Sprout Salad

by TT November 8th, 2010| Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Salads
Brussel Sprout SaladWhile my husband and I often bemoan the lack of specialty markets, as we live in a rural setting, we also are grateful for the abundance of local farms.  Unfortunately, many of our local farms close after Halloween, and we are left with nothing but grocery stores for our produce, cheeses, and more.  However, we discovered a farm that is only 30 minutes away is open year round and has a magnificent offering of produce, locally raised meats, cheeses, and other items.

While shopping at this farm this weekend, we were seeking some vegetable to use as the base in
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Broccoli Salad

by TT August 13th, 2010| Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Salads
In our house we always are trying new recipes.  Sometimes they fail miserably, sometimes they simply exist, and sometimes they are huge winners.  Last night I tried three new recipes, and all three were hits.  It was kind of like a hat trick for me.  Granted, two of the recipes were courtesy of cookbooks and online searches, but the third was all mine.  So, it was quite pleasing to have such good results.

As the other two dishes were ribs and french fries, I wanted to have a healthy veggie dish to round out the meal.  Broccoli is always popular
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