Caramelized Butternut Squash

In my home, butternut squash remains a cautionary yellow light food, meaning my kids proceed with caution. They are still leery of this bright orange veggie which shows up in the fall. I love the comforting flavor of squash and present it in new ways to get my family on board. Today, I have a new strategy, and it involves butter and sugar....

Slow Cooker Pumpkin Chili

I live in a neighborhood nestled on a hillside. While it's a small hill, it has enough elevation to have some beautiful views, especially in fall. The color of the trees turning, the crisp cool air, and traditional fall foods make it my favorite time of year. Fall recipe ideas are endless, and it seems the star of fall recipes is...

Fun Fruit & Veggie Shapes for the Lunchbox

Do you search Pinterest looking for new lunchbox ideas for your children and end up overwhelmed?  I sure do. Looking at picture after picture of perfectly crafted lunches in those cute little trays brings a smile to my face, and then dread to my heart. The lunches I make look nothing like these. The picture in my head of what...

Mini Zucchini Bread Muffins

In the summer months, zucchini grows like a weed in my garden, they are one of the easiest vegetables to grow. There is just one small problem with having all this zucchini. I struggle to get my family to eat it. Baked, sautéed or roasted it doesn't seem to matter. However, I have found one way to get them to eat it...

Double Chocolate Black Bean Brownies

Oooey gooey brownies with a good nutrient profile?! Yes, please! These double chocolate brownies are so good it's hard to just have one. They are oil free and contain no flour. How is this possible? Black beans. Yes, black beans - and no, you can't taste or see them! This ingredient might sound odd, but black beans are a fantastic flour...

Summer Cookout Staples: Corn on the Cob & Baked Beans

School is out and summer is here - kids everywhere are rejoicing! When warm weather hits, I take full advantage of dining outdoors, because here in Wisconsin, summer does not last long enough. Now that the grill is out and the parties are lined up, it's time to start planning menus. Not much goes better with a summer BBQ than...