May 31, 2018

June Recipe Round-Up {Father's Day Recipes}

Welcome to the June Recipe Round-Up! This month's round-up features recipes for Father's Day and for all the dads in your life! Our bloggers have shared their dad's favorite recipes, recipes that remind them of their dad, and recipes that are perfect for the guys you celebrate this month. Keep reading to gather a lot of inspiration for your meals for the month of June.

May 29, 2018

Purple sweet potato and blackberry pancakes

I've had some purple sweet potatoes in my pantry for a while now. They are a little expensive, so I don't get them often, but I really love the color so sometimes I will splurge on a bag. I'm always trying to work different produce colors into our diet. I use them mostly for smoothies (just bake, peel, and you have a delicious and lovely colored smoothie ingredient). Since I am always happy to have sweet potato pancakes, I figured why not try them with the purple ones and some blackberries for extra color, flavor, and texture. Plus our twins are pretty much pancake fanatics so I knew these would be a big hit at our house (and I hope they will be at yours, too). These are another way to get your kids to eat something they may not otherwise eat and sneak in some extra nutrition. Fun fact, when you cut up the blackberries and add them to the batter, they will start to turn everything a strange greenish-blue color. It's not the color I was expecting of these pancakes, but they still taste good! This recipe will serve about 4 people.

May 23, 2018

Picnic macaroni salad

Whip up a batch of this macaroni salad for your next cookout or picnic. Bell pepper, celery, and green onions add flavor, color, and crunch. This salad is simply seasoned and is not a sweet macaroni salad. It goes perfectly with pretty much any cookout food- hot dogs, burgers, sausage, chicken, ribs, etc. This weekend is the unofficial start of summer so it's a perfect time to make macaroni salad! This salad will feed about 10 or so people as a side dish. It's best made the night before or at least a few hours ahead so it can chill and the flavors all get happy together.

If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen my post recently about lacking inspiration lately. I've been having a lot of trouble finding inspiration and time to create new recipes. My posts have been a little sparse because of that. It is a challenge each day with the almost 2 year olds to get time to work on my ideas. This is not a complaint - simply a fact! Or when I do make something I'm just not in the proper head space to measure and take notes. My husband works odd hours so eating regular meals together doesn't happen a lot these days. And, folks, it was a long, long, cold winter. We just had our first local asparagus! I'm hoping that the longer days, warmer weather, and arrival of fresh produce will help me kickstart my creativity again. I'm going to try to plan better to use some time on my husband's days off to focus on my cooking more again. I want to do it and make it a priority when possible. I have a lot of ideas. Ideas are not the challenge! I hope to create and share more family-friendly recipes as well as more healthy toddler foods.

May 8, 2018

Fresh garlic & herb dip

Cool, creamy, and full of fresh garlic and herbs, this dip is sure to get you to eat more vegetables! Now that spring weather has finally arrived here in the Western New York area, the first of our garden is sprouting up chives and flat-leaf parsley. Using fresh herbs in your food makes such a flavor difference and I'm glad to be able to have easy access to some again. Also, now that we have some sunshine, I'm starting to want to eat more fresh vegetables and salads. This dip is a terrific and tasty way to make sure you eat a few more. About once a week when we are pressed for time coming home from the kids' library class and my husband getting ready to leave for work, we will have a simple lunch of things like cheese, crackers, grapes, pickles/olives, and/or raw vegetables. We had this dip with our lunch and my husband and I both ate more vegetables than usual (the kids are not quite into raw vegetable territory yet - they will lick them and sometimes eat cucumbers, but that's the extent so far - though they did lick some dip). This dip would also go well with pretzels, pita chips, crackers, or spread onto a wrap with vegetables and turkey.