Tips to Fight the Winter Blues with Food and Fitness

The arrival of colder weather often brings forth the “winter blues.” You might feel extra tired, out of sorts, and frankly moving off the couch is enough exercise for the day. What we fail to remember is that exercise provides an effective natural boost to both mood and health. The unfortunate irony is that we find it most difficult to...

Caramelized Butternut Squash

If butternut squash is looked at with skeptic eyes from your kids, this recipe for caramelized butternut squash will have them singing a different tune. With a few kitchen staples, like butter, brown sugar and cinnamon, you can turn butternut squash into a recipe kids will ask for again and again. Recipe and photography courtesy of Jodi of Create Kids Club.[wpurp-searchable-recipe]Caramelized...

Butternut Squash Lasagna

This Butternut Squash Lasagna recipe is vegetarian, nutritious, and perfect for the cold weather season. It's also loved by both kids and adults! The squash is simply roasted in the oven, the béchamel sauce comes together quickly on the stove, and no-boil lasagna noodles saves time. This is the kind of dish you will want to make all winter long!...

Make Your Own Vegetable Stock

Stocks form the basis of many recipes, like soups and sauces. Making a homemade version isn't a daunting task. Here's a step-by-step guide to transforming those odds and ends from your veggies into a delicious, homemade stock! Don't forget to grab the free printable version below! How to Make Your Own Vegetable Stock Step 1 Save the odds and ends of veggies,...

Braised Chicken Thighs with Winter Vegetables

This Braised Chicken Thighs with Winter Vegetables recipe is so simple you won’t believe it. It’s a one-pan wonder starting with the chicken being seared in a Dutch oven or large pot. After it’s browned, you’ll soften the vegetables, add broth and seasonings. Let your stove do the work and after 20 minutes later you’ve got a pot full of...

Instant Pot Tips for Beginners + 30 Instant Pot Recipes

The Instant Pot seems to be everywhere these days! This hot new kitchen tool claims to replace 7 appliances and cook food up to 70% faster while using less energy than conventional appliances. As a busy mom with an affinity for collecting kitchen gadgets, this definitely intrigued me! So, what is an Instant Pot? It’s a multi-use programmable pressure cooker...

Stuffed Pepper Soup

A healthy stuffed pepper soup that takes just 20 minutes. Loaded with veggies, packed with flavor, this soup is a great way to get your family eating more veggies. Raw sweet peppers are a food my kids aren’t willing to eat. I'm not sure why. The crunchy texture of peppers, paired with their light flavor, make them the perfect dunking...

Instant Pot Carrot and Sweet Potato Mash

This easy Instant Pot recipe is perfect for beginners. It combines sweet potatoes and carrots for a delicious and colorful side dish that’s perfect to pair with any meal. Recipe and photography by Aggie’s Kitchen.[wpurp-searchable-recipe]Instant Pot Carrot and Sweet Potato Mash - This easy Instant Pot recipe is perfect for beginners. It combines sweet potatoes and carrots for a delicious...

Skip the Chips, Add Crunch to Lunchboxes with Crispy Green

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Crispy Green. All opinions are our own. We’ve officially been back to school for one week, and it’s been quite the adjustment from the lazy days of holiday break. After weeks of festive foods, desserts and a break from lunchbox packing, it has been tough for all of us to get back on track....

10 Gluten Free Lunchbox Ideas for Kids

Did you know that January 13 is National Gluten-Free Day? We’ve had so many parents asking for gluten free lunchboxes for their little ones, so we’ve rounded up 10 of our favorite to try out. While gluten free diets have grown in popularity, it’s not necessary to cut gluten from your diet unless you have a gluten intolerance or allergy,...