Betty Crocker Shake-N-Pour Dessert Mixes


  Details ...  These mixes are so easy (and fun) to make that even your kids will want to get in on the action. Simply add water to the dessert mix, shake, and pour into your favorite baking pan. In a matter of minutes you and your family can enjoy that same taste you … [Read more...]

Meatless Monday: Pizza di Spaghetti


I'm not a big fan of leftovers.  Eating the same thing two times inside of a week is just not something that excites me.  That having been said, I can't in good conscience just throw out perfectly good food.  It wastes money and teaches my kids a terrible lesson.  So I like to … [Read more...]

Meatless Monday: Fried Mac & Cheese


Going meatless for a day, a month, or a lifetime doesn't mean that you cannot have fun with your food.  I think that, in the South, there is a consensus that, if it can be fried, it should be fried!  Today, we are looking to fry Macaroni and Cheese!  Let me tell you, it felt … [Read more...]

Meatless Monday: Broccoli Rice Casserole

Brocolli Rice Casserole

So we're a day late getting Meatless Monday up this week, but this recipe will definitely not leave you a dollar short.  When you combine rice, broccoli, mushrooms, and cheese, you know that you've got something healthy, delicious, and easy on your pocketbook.  You get plenty of … [Read more...]

Meatless Monday: Mushroom Risotto


Risotto is one of those yummy, comforting dishes that seems so fancy that you have to go to a nice Italian restaurant to get it.  Just like so many comfort foods, however, risotto started out in the homes of Italian grandmothers.  Basically, it consists of oil, rice, broth, and … [Read more...]

Meatless Monday: Macaroni and Cheese

Mac and Cheese

Having a meatless meal does not mean sacrificing comfort.  Macaroni and Cheese is one of those meals that takes just about everyone back to some point in their childhood.  Unfortunately, as a nation, we have taken to using those electric orange yellow powder packages of cheese … [Read more...]

Meatless Monday: Baked Potatoes

brocolli baked potato

Ok, so I know that we did Twice Baked Potatoes last week, but potatoes are a great multipurpose staple, and, if you shop on a budget like us, you are likely to buy them in 5-10 pound bags.  Potatoes keep for a while, but not indefinitely, so it's smart to plan a few meals around … [Read more...]

Meatless Monday: Twice Baked Potatoes


Sometimes going meatless doesn't mean doing anything particularly fancy or outside of the box.  It can mean taking a basic, well-loved recipe and simply removing a small part of it.  This is what we did this week with twice-baked potatoes.  Usually, when we make these, we include … [Read more...]

Meatless Monday: Vegetable Minestrone

Veg Minestrone

Some days you just know that Monday night is going to be a little rough.  That's when the good old slow cooker is worth its weight in gold!  So this Monday, we've pulled out our trusty copy of Fix-It and Forget-It Lightly and have made a Vegetable Minestrone.  The thing that … [Read more...]

Meatless Monday: Stuffed Peppers

stuffed peppers

Finally, the hardest part of our journey comes to an end.  Our six-week vegan diet period is over, but we still have another six weeks of vegetarian fare ahead of us.  When we say vegetarian, we are including honey and dairy products (including eggs) in our diet, but all flesh … [Read more...]

Meatless Monday: Black Bean and Rice Burritos

Black Bean and Rice Burrito

So we are officially into Week 5 of our New Year's diet plan.  That means that we are still on a vegan diet, but we can eat bread and actually feel full from time to time.  That's kind of a nice feeling.  The problem is that we are both quickly getting a bit bored and the comfort … [Read more...]

Meatless Monday: Spinach Pesto and Mushroom Pizza

Spinach Pesto Mushroom Pizza

This week, we finally finished the 2012 Whole Living Action Plan, a three week detox.  The plan left me hungry, craving every bad food that you can imagine, and generally feeling yucky all over.  At the end of the plan, though, I am down 20 pounds and a pant size, my energy … [Read more...]