Naina Burger

It has been a while since we posted.  Becky took on a new job and got very busy.  However not all is lost, we will both be posting for the next little while.  I am also building my cooking blog, kind of a Dad focused cooking blog, with all that …

Fajita Chicken Quinoa

One of my favorite dishes is fajitas, but I didn’t have any tortillas the other night when I went to make it. I didn’t want rice, so I tried out quinoa, and this turned out phenomenal. You will not be disappointed. I love quinoa because it makes a great rice …

Gummy Legos!

I cannot take credit for this recipe. My husband found it on thekingofrandom.com, an awesome website full of fun science projects and household hacks. I will not be modifying the steps much, as the King of Random’s version is tried and true. He’s rather scientific about these things, dontcha know.   …

Orangesicle Cake

This is the easiest cake you will ever bake. Step one: empty package ingredients into a mixing bowl. Step two: add a can of orange soda, and mix together. Step three: bake according to package instructions.                         Orangesicle Cake …

Banana Fudge Pops

I had three sad looking bananas sitting in my fruit basket, but I wasn’t in the mood to make banana bread, so each day they sat there drawing guilt from me because I couldn’t bring myself to throw them away, but I couldn’t bring myself to make banana bread either. …

Kimchi Fried Rice

When I was in college I had a Korean roommate who used to invite all her friends over and make Kimchi fried rice every Friday night. Those were good times. They were such fun people, and they made such good food! I remember trying Kimchi for the first time (and …

Root Beer Chili

This is a great recipe for a chili cook-off. It’s easy to make, and it leaves people wondering, “What did you do to make this chili taste so good?” Well, aside from the obvious (the root beer), this recipe has got two kinds of meat, apples, peppers, onions, and lots ‘o love. …

Meaty Penne Pasta

And by meaty, I mean amazing. This luscious, full-bodied dish has all of my favorite things combined into one bite: Italian sausage, pasta, sauteed mushrooms and onions, and rich marinara sauce. My husband loves when I cook this for him and insisted I post it on the blog. So here …

No-Milk Chocolate Ice Cream

I have not been able to find an ice cream substitute that I like. I mean, they’re all OK, but nothing to write home about. And then my mom brought some dairy-free chocolate ice cream to a birthday party once, I had a bite, and I HAD to get her …

California Cherry Salad

Truth be told, it’s been raining all week. But cherries were in season, and on sale, so I thought up a fun Summer salad to get me in the spirit. And I happen to know a really cool way to pit your cherries without all the mess. A small amount of juices …

Fresh Asparagus Salad

When I was a kid, we had a cluster of wild asparagus growing in our back yard. I used to sneak out and eat it right out of the ground. It was so crisp and fresh. Every time Spring rolls around I think of that wild asparagus, so I’m making …

Swedish Fishie Swigger

These are a perfect drink to do at a Summer party at the beach or pool, or for a child’s birthday party. I use Sprite or 7-up for this recipe, but you can also use alcoholic beverages if you like.   First you obviously need some Swedish Fish… …and some …

PB Chocolate Bathed Cookies

I LOOOOVE these cookies. I can’t stop eating them!!! To make these gluten-free cookies, refer to my Chocolate Bathed Cookies recipe for the cookie dough. Then refer back to this post for the peanut butter portion.     Drop round balls onto parchment paper or a cookie sheet and make an impression with …

Naked Taco Seasoning

I love using this seasoning because it eliminates all the additives, fillers, starches, sugars, and dairy products that some ordinary packaged taco seasonings use. Nothing against the other ones, but I feel better stripping down to the most natural elements of cooking when possible. This seasoning takes 30 seconds to …

Naked Tacos

Strip down to a more natural, healthy version of tacos using homemade taco seasoning and organic zucchini…no one will even notice! You can make the seasoning in 30 seconds, and you can feel good about it because it does not contain preservatives, additives, or fillers like the packaged seasonings usually do. It …

Chocolate Bathed Cookies

These meltingly delicious double-chocolate cookies are so good, your gluten-free friends will want to marry you. The recipe is pretty simple. All you do is substitute ordinary flour with almond flour, butter with coconut oil, and sugar with coconut sugar. It’s grain-free, low sugar, high protein, high fiber, and gluten-free. …

PB Banana Sandwich

I had the craziest hankering for a deep-fried peanut butter and banana sandwich the other day. I honestly don’t know where it came from. No, I’m not pregnant. I just saw it in a vision. Then I realized the deep fried part probably wouldn’t work out very well, so I thought …

Easter Hatchlings

Everyone goes gaga over these little “deviled” eggs. They are so cute, and rather easy to put together. You’ll be the hit of every Easter potluck. And isn’t that what’s most important in life? So I’ll give you the secret recipe for an amazing deviled egg filling, and I’ll show you …

Bunny Pancakes

I’m a SUCKER for pancake art, especially around the holidays. I got this idea from Spriti2thetable.com. Isn’t it cute? It’s super easy too. You can modify it however you like. Add fruit, put it on died green coconut “grass.” Options are endless! With pancake art, I like to fill empty “ketchup” …

Edible Tulips

These are such a party pleaser, and so perfect for an Easter dinner or Spring celebration. Also very fun to make if you use a couple of easy tricks. Trick #1: Make sure you choose a very thick dip or flavored cottage cheese Trick #2: I recommend having a chop stick …

Edible Daisies

Get ready for Spring! These little daisies are made out of cucumbers and squash, with ranch dressing and carrots in the middle. Sooo cute and fun to make! And healthy too.   First you need to find a flower cookie cutter small enough to fit inside the circumference of a cucumber. I …

Sriracha Popcorn

EAAAAAASY sriracha popcorn. You can do this with tapatio sauce as well using the same measurements. Sriracha is a tad spicier, but it’s also got a subtle sweetness to it. It just depends what mood you are in!                 Sriracha Popcorn Prep time: …

Vegan Chocolate Mousse

This definitely satisfies the chocolate craving while staying healthy and animal-product free. It is creamy, smooth, rich, and delicious. Unsuspecting guests (or children, in my case) will never know you used avocado. Or soy milk…Or agave.         Vegan Chocolate Mousse Prep time: 10 mins Total time: 10 …

PB Banana Snacks

I got this idea from Skinny by Tomorrow on a Facebook post and HAD to steal it. I like it because it’s a good mix of healthy and fun. And it’s easy to make! Sort of.   Slice your bananas and smear on some peanut butter.   Give them a …

Chipotle Avocado Melt

This amazing little melt will make any lunch feel like you’re sitting in a quaint cafe somewhere, away from the worries of life. All you do is spread on some chipotle mayo or butter, and then layer each ingredient as you like it.       You can either bake it at …

Corned Beef and Cabbage

Here’s a really easy recipe for your upcoming beloved Irish holiday. This will turn out tender and flavorful and have you coming back for more! Corned beef and cabbage is one of my favorite things to eat. I’m not Irish in the least, but in my heart I will always …

Mini Pies

In honor of Pi Day today, (3-14-15) I have made some mini pies! These are so fun, so quick, and extra delicious. I got this recipe idea from Gimme Some Oven and I like it because I don’t have to make anything from scratch. All you need is a muffin tin, some …

Ham Cups

This recipe is so much fun to make AND eat, and the kids love it. It’s a must have in the recipe box. I chose to do this with scrambled eggs, but you can do it with a whole egg as well, just read the note in the recipe.   Step 1 …

Mini Meatloaf

I came across these little mini casserole dishes recently and forced myself to buy them. Today is the day I got to put them to use as I decided to cook my incredible meatloaf recipe. It is a hit with adults and kids alike, and the mini casserole dishes can work as a …

Butter Chicken

My husband and I ordered take-out one night with some friends, and we wanted Chinese. So our host sent her other half to go pick up the food from our favorite Chinese restaurant. He came home with said food….AND with some butter chicken from HIS favorite Indian restaurant. Ask me who ate ALL the …

Meal On the Go

If you’re hiking, camping, fishing, hunting, biking, etc. you may not have access to a pantry or a kitchen, but that doesn’t mean you have to eat beef jerky and trail mix all day. You can still have the benefit of a “home-cooked” meal, without having to pack a picnic basket and …

Homemade “Squeeze” Babyfood

I am so excited about this recipe because it is so easy, and soooo much cheaper than the store bought pouches (which run anywhere from $1.35 to $1.85 where I’m from). And you can make whatever the heck flavors you want. I am going with an oatmeal base and a variety of …

Watermelon Jell-o

Try this recipe to bump your party up a notch. Truth be told, I found another version of this in alcohol form called “watermelon shots” where you put vodka in the batch. But this is a kid-friendly, non-alcoholic recipe. Be sure and check out my Jello Floats! They are sooooo good, …

Tie-dye Cake

I promised my 8-year-old I’d make her a gummy bear layer cake for her birthday, but she happens to be a tie-dye fiend as well, so I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to do a tie-dye pattern in the layers. And here goes… This recipe allows for two layers at a time. Any …

Chilean Chocolate Chili

One of my favorite movie scenes of all time is from “Chocolat” where a young, sensual, French chocolatier named Vianne (played by Juliette Binoche, who TOTALLY gets to kiss Jonny Depp at the end, btw) gives a cup of cocoa to a crotchety, anti-social old woman (played charmingly by Judy Dench–but …

Fry Sauce

I cannot decide which sauce I like better, my Fry Sauce, or my Secret Sauce. They are both so unique and worthy of love and affection in their own little ways. I have always said that if I were in a life raft and had room for only one sauce and had to …

Secret Sauce

This takes 2 minutes to make, and tastes incredible. I ALWAYS use it with my sultry sweet potato fries. This, or my equally superb Fry Sauce that I think you will agree is worth making. And frankly, I can’t decide between the two. I have both here in front of …

Carrot “Fries”

These make a sleek, delicious alternative to the more starchy, greasy counterpart. And if you dip them in my famous Fry Sauce or my Special Sauce, then you won’t be able to stop eating these suckers. Then again, the sauce takes the healthy aspect back down a notch…but pay no attention …

Jell-o Float

Turn a boring drink into an invigorating experience with a little jell-o and whipped cream. Here’s how:   1. Pour your “bubbly” of choice into a glass.     2. Place a small serving of your favorite jell-o into the glass.   3. Top with whipped cream…   and a maraschino cherry, and sip …

Love-Cakes

It’s called “pancake art.” Anyone can do it. How do I know this? Because I can do it. Which means you can do it. You can get super fancy about it, but no one expects you to. My kids just think it’s cool enough if their pancake has the letter of their …

Tomato Burger

This one is pretty self-explanatory. I just had a hankerin’ the other day, and I wanted to try using the tomatoes as the “bun.” Guess what, it was a sensation! Give it a try. Just cook up your burger to your liking, slice a tomato nice and thick, add some …

Tomato Basil Crete-zza

This amazing vegetarian flatbread pizza explodes with fresh, Mediterranean flavors. And the best part…the kids will love it. I can’t get my kids to eat tomatoes for the life of me. They used to love them, then they spent a weekend away with cousins who hated tomatoes, and they have hated them …

Valentine Toast

There is actually a trick to this. It is easy, but there is a trick. What you have to do, once you’ve cut out the middle of the bread, is place the bread directly onto a hot griddle of butter and then pour most of the egg white into the …

Valentine Gummies

Try something original and fruity this year for your sweetheart. Homemade gummies are a yummy, healthy alternative to all the candy being circulated at this time of year. Your honey will love it. This is a really fun project to do with the kids as well, so if they are looking for …

Superbowl Salsa

Actually, this is Pico de Gallo. But “Superbowl Salsa” is a lot easier to say. So…. I will tell you, though, that this combination of flavors is so incredible, I can very literally eat it right out of the bowl. Without chips. Seriously. Like ice cream. It makes me feel like I’m a kid in …

Dr. Pepper BBQ Ribs

My husband is Canadian, and in his extremely exotic part of the world, they actually have Dr. Pepper flavored BBQ sauce. They also have “Grilled Cheese and Ketchup” flavored potato chips. Hmmmm. No comment. But I do LOVE the Dr. Pepper BBQ. We don’t have it here, so I decided to make …

Pancake Batter Biscuits

I am such a sucker for biscuits. If I’ve made a pot roast and I haven’t got biscuits to go with it, dinner will literally go on hold until the emergency is remedied. I used to buy the Pillsbury canned biscuits that you just throw in the oven at the …

Cookie Monster Cupcakes

There is NOTHING to this recipe. I did it for my son’s 1st birthday in like 5 seconds flat, and it was pretty cute. All you do is buy colored cake mix (they sell them in single packages so you can make rainbow cakes with them). If you don’t have …

Creamy Pot Roast

This roast will astound you. It is so moist and flavorful and delicate. And the cream soup adds such a rich flavor. You don’t have to spend a lot of money on expensive meat to get it to taste this way. I’ll tell you how it’s done. Believe me, I have …

No-Crust Lemon Meringue

My girls and I were watching Junior Master Chef last night and there was a contest where all the kids got to smash lemon meringue pies in the Chef’s faces. Those pies looked so creamy and delicious, my kids convinced me to bake one on the spot. Which is funny …

Ham Kebabs

If you’re not sure what to do with that leftover ham, then kebab it! The great thing about a kebab is that you can pretty much put anything on a stick and roast it and it will be delicious. Vegetables and fruit have a lot of natural flavor when roasting, so you can easily make a masterpiece. …

Meatlovers Pasta-Pie

This recipe was at my husband’s request. He loves the meatlovers pizza with everything on it. So I thought I’d make him a casserole that brought home his favorite pizza with a little more of the protein and not all the carbs. It was a total hit. I’m definitely making this one …

Cheater Scampi Salad

Do you ever just buy those boxes of Pasta Roni, and you talk yourself into thinking it’s fancy because it isn’t just ordinary Mac ‘n Cheese, but “Angel Hair Pasta with Olive Oil and Garden Herbs” and “Pasta Shells in a Three-Cheese Blend with Garlic and Rosemary?” Or some such …

Pumpkin Pie Waffles

I have always made pumpkin pancakes for Christmas morning. The only reason I made waffles this time was because my 5-year-old requested it. And I gave her a face like, “Um….are you SURE?” She was sure. And we should all take a moment of silence to be grateful for her …

Grandma Jean’s Gingersnaps

Look at that gorgeous cookie! And if you were in my house right now you’d smell all the smells of the Christmas kitchen. It is no wonder my husband gets nostalgic for his Grandma Jean’s gingersnaps every year at Christmas time, so of course I did him the honor of baking …

Rotisserie Chicken Salad

This will very likely be the easiest recipe you will ever make, and it’s super relish. You can use the whole chicken right out the gate, or just dive in and use up what’s left from the night before that you aren’t sure what to do with. All you do is take …

Christmas Gummies

This is a great activity to do with the kids (or with grandkids…) at Christmas–or any time of year. It’s easy, fun, and yum yum yum! The first thing you need for this fun little food project are some Christmas clay cutters. You can get clay cutters at any major craft …

Naughty Coconut Bites

When Santa asks if you’ve been naughty or nice this year, you’ll be tempted to tell him you have been naughty because these are so decadent. But Santa will know the truth. He always does. And the truth is, these are not actually naughty at all. They just taste like it. They are naturally …

Christmas Veggie Tree

This veggie arrangement is really easy to make and can be replenished easily. It’s a fun way to spruce up the staple veggie tray for holiday potlucks and parties. Or you can use it as a way to get your kids excited about vegetables during a candy-focused season.   I …

Grinch Kabobs

These Grinch Kabobs are a regular party pleaser. Aside from the fact that they are delicious, they make a great conversation starter if your party is slow. You can keep them as-is, or you can set up a chocolate dipping fountain or chocolate fondue and let your guests go to town. …

Easy Crockpot Fajitas

I loooove fajitas; therefore, I love this recipe. And it requires so little prep, which makes me love it even more! All you do is throw everything in a crockpot to simmer all day, and wrap it up in a tortilla when you’re ready to eat. These are so delicious, …

Mini Pizzas

This recipe gets the kids involved, tastes great, takes only a few minutes, and scores cool-mom points. Not saying it’s especially healthy or anything, but it’s a great one to have on hand! And I admit readily that I ate four in a row on my first go-around. I would …

Spatchcocked Turkey

WAIT!!! BEFORE YOU COOK YOUR TURKEY THE OLD-FASHIONED WAY, consider spatchcocking instead. It is SOOOOOOOOO MUCH EASIER–just 4 simple steps! Once you try it, you will NEVER go back. The meat will be so moist and savory, and the skin so beautiful and crisp, your family will consider you something of a Thanksgiving …

Baked Pumpkin Ice Cream

This no-churn ice cream is so smooth and rich, and the baked pumpkin so tender, your family will think you spent hours on this dessert. What they won’t know is that the entire recipe takes all of 20 minutes to prepare! If you are at ALL a pumpkin fan, you will be in …

Baked Avocado

This makes a fabulous, filling breakfast with plenty of protein, calcium, fiber, and healthy fats. I prefer organic, free-range, omega 3 eggs. I’m not a food snob, really. It’s just that I have a friend who grew up on a commercial chicken farm, and…well….let’s just say I don’t mind spending an extra …

Nutella Granola Bars

With all the preservatives, sugars, and additives in our kids’ snacks these days, it’s nice to be able to offer something yummy that’s wholesome too. This recipe makes a filling snack, and it will put a smile on your kids’ faces. It’s still got some sugar, but significantly less than what you’ll find in …

Cho-coconut Cookies

Eating chocolate chip cookies doesn’t have to be such a sin anymore. All you do for these cookies is replace the butter with the same amount of coconut oil for whatever chocolate chip cookie recipe you are using. You’ll not only have a delicious confection, but you’ll also be able …

Spaghetti Spaghetti

That’s right. You heard me. Spaghetti Spaghetti. I got the idea from www.empoweredsustenance.com. It’s a recipe for gluten-free “spaghetti” noodles that will knock your socks off! You can use zucchini or summer squash interchangeably, but I like to add flakes of spaghetti squash as well. Hence the name. I have to admit …

Homemade Potato Chips

I’m a big fan of homemade stuff, you’ll find. I just like the idea of leaving all those crazy preservatives, artificial colors, sweeteners, flavors, and additives behind and going all natural in the kitchen! Not to be confused with “au natural” in the kitchen, although there is something to be …

Cinnamon Bun Potato Chips

My husband is Canadian, and they (Canadians, I mean) are known for their bizarre and many potato chip flavors. LAYS recently came out with a “Cinnamon Bun” flavor for our neighbors up North, but they don’t sell it down here in the states, and I thought it was delicious! So I am going …

Amy’s Quick Bread

When I was a kid, homemade bread was all there was in my universe. There was NOTHING more incredible than a thick slice of bread, right out of the oven, slathered in butter and drizzled with honey. Truly, nothing. Whenever I saw my mom get the wheat grinder out or start greasing the bread …

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cupcakes

These are actually considered “muffins,” and the recipe does call for pumpkin, which is in the squash family, so I suppose it’s kind of healthy….? But who are we kidding? These are straight-up cupcakes. They are so sweet and moist, and with the chocolate chips and cream cheese frosting they make a phenomenal dessert. Part of …

Cucumber Sub

This is another breadless alternative for America’s best-loved sandwich: the Sub. Honestly, you can make it almost however you want to–although I would stay away from standard condiments like mustard and mayo and stick with cream cheese or the like. This particular sandwich resembles something of a Philly cheese steak, but …

Pear-pricot Sandwich

For those of you looking for a gluten-free alternative to the everyday PB & J, this makes a great stand-in. Especially if you’re allergic to PB. Be aware, though, that if you pack it in your kid’s lunch, you might need to send an extra napkin. It’s quite juicy. But it is delicious, …

Cucumber Basil Sandwich

These will be the hit of any party. They’re playful, colorful, and delicious! And they’re easy to make. You can also use red cherry tomatoes, but I find the yellow sunbursts have a sweeter accent to them that makes a nice compliment to the cucumber.   Cucumber Basil Sandwich Prep …

Sultry Sweet Potato Sandwich

This sandwich will blow your freaking mind. It is so good, you might need to eat it alone so no one hears you groaning. And it’s gluten free! No bread. At all. The “bread” is slices of roasted sweet potato! And in the center, you’ve got avocado, tomato, and arugula. I …

Pomegranate Guacamole

Introducing the distinguished pomegranate and the illustrious avocado…and here the twain shall meet. If you have not tried this daring duo, I highly encourage you to do so. Your mouth will water. This recipe has such a perfect mixture of sweet, tart, and salty, you’ll wonder how you could have gone all this time without …

Chicken Zucchini-ladas

I got this recipe from www.jocooks.com and modified it a little. It’s a gluten-free, low-carb rendition of chicken enchiladas that will surprise you with how yummy it tastes. And for those of you who are not zucchini fans, give this a chance. You might actually like it! Be sure to try some mouth watering …

Homemade Ketchup

When I was a kid my mom used to make homemade ketchup and I loved it. This recipe (adapted from food.com) is the closest thing I could find to her recipe, and it’s delish! It’ll bring you back and make you feel like a kid again–when there was no such thing …

Crispy Zucchini Stix

This is a fun way to make vegetables more palatable for the lil’ guys. And for those of you with preschoolers, this recipe doubles as a perfect hands-on activity. It’s easy to make and involves dipping things, pushing buttons and scooping ingredients. My four-year-old not only loved helping, but she …

Homemade French Fries

This recipe has been adapted slightly from Emiril Legassy’s “Perfect French Fries” from the foodnetwork.com. And when I say “adapted” what I really mean is “dumbed down” since I don’t have a candy thermometer, a tea cloth, or peanut oil. And I don’t like to peel my potatoes. But these …

Perfect Sweet Potato Fries

Perfecting the sweet potato fry is tricky. Most cooks complain they come out too soggy, too burnt, or too chewy. So we run off to Trader Joe’s and pay $7 for a 1/4 pound bag in the freezer section. And for what? One meal? Maybe two? This recipe will put all freezer bag fries, …

Italian Sausage Soup

It’s back to school month, which also means soccer practice, piano lessons, and ballet–and all are happening right around dinner time. You don’t want dinner to take a back burner (forgive the pun), so let the slow-cooker do the work! And when everyone comes home from practice starving, you’ve already got it covered. This recipe …

Raspberry Lemon Puree

This topping works great with just about any dessert or yogurt of your choice. Or you can put it on my famous multigrain blueberry oatmeal waffles! The lemon juice in this recipe picks up the raspberry, and the maple syrup mellows out the tartness of both. You can also use agave …

Homemade Italian Dressing

I don’t really love the taste of store-bought dressing. Maybe it’s all the preservatives and chemicals. Maybe it’s all the sugar. I don’t know. But there is nothing quite like freshly made dressing. This one is no-fuss and it’s made up of ingredients you already have around the house. I use this dressing …

Blueberry Oatmeal Waffles

Keep those pop tarts and store-bought freezer waffles on the shelf! These instant waffles take 30 minutes to make in bulk on a Saturday, and they are a lot healthier and much more filling. And your kids will love them! You will be throwing oatmeal, blueberries, and whole grains down their throats without …

Zesty Chicken Penne

This dish was inspired by a trip to Costco. I saw something similar in the refrigerated section, but I knew I could make three times the amount for cheaper. And healthier to boot. So I did. I recommend using my no-fuss homemade dressing to give it a fresh taste. It beats store-bought dressing, …

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