Whole Grain Oatmeal Cookies

I made these soft, chewy, oatmeal cookies by request of my husband. The first batch was gone before the second one came out of the oven! Here is how to make them. Cookies start with creaming softened butter and sugar, adding eggs, and then alternating dry and wet ingredients. This is the same way as…

Serrano Pepper Penne

This light, spicy sauce is packed with deliciousness! I love how the chunks of tomatoes soak up so much flavor. This is also a very quick recipe using mostly pantry ingredients so it works wonderfully for busy nights as well. For the heat in this recipe, I chose to use a serrano pepper. I used…

Cajun Tomato Shrimp

This recipe is so simple yet full of flavor. The combination of sweet, spicy, and tangy went so nicely with the shrimp and tomatoes. I always love the richness and depth of flavor that you can get from a tomato based sauce. I was looking for a quick and easy meal to make for dinner…

Cinnamon Swirl Bread

This may not be the healthiest bread, but it definitely is delicious. I love the flavors of brown sugar, cinnamon, and whole wheat together. Great for a snack or a sweet breakfast treat! This bread starts the same as all yeast breads: dissolve and activate your yeast, knead the dough to your desired consistency, rise,…

Country White Oatmeal Bread

This soft, fluffy, hearty bread makes for some lovely sandwiches or toast. It has a more mild flavor than whole wheat bread but still has the benefits of whole grains. Also, no added refined sugar! This bread is sweetened with maple syrup. Start by activating the yeast with warm water and maple syrup in the…

Easy Tomato Basil Soup

Looking for an easy dinner? This is it! Soups are amazing because they can be so simple to make, inexpensive, and still satisfying. They are an easy way to fill out a meal without using many ingredients. We had this soup with sandwiches on country white oatmeal bread, oven baked potato wedges, and a fresh…

Roasted Garlic Herb Cream Sauce with Penne

You just can’t go wrong with the combination of a creamy sauce, garlic, and fresh herbs! I’m not going to lie, I was excited to make this one as this style dish is one of my favorites. It is inspired by a recipe from culinary school and I still remember being so surprised that you…

Lentil Hummus

You won’t even miss the tahini in this simple hummus recipe. Aside from being safe for sesame allergies, it is also less expensive as it’s main ingredient is dried lentils. Completely cover dried lentils with water, 1 teaspoon of salt, and 1 bay leaf in a small pot. Simmer, covered, for about 30-35 minutes until…

Horseradish Mustard Dip

Great for pretzels! This recipe is simple and easy to whip up for a little appetizer or snack. Just combine yellow mustard, prepared horseradish, vinegar, brown sugar, garlic powder, and a dash or two of hot sauce. Allow to stand for a minute or two for the sugar to fully dissolve and then munch away!…

Pineapple Pasta Salad

You might think it’s crazy to put pineapple in a pasta salad. Most pasta salads have a decent amount of sugar in them but this one does not! Instead, this recipe uses the sweet flavor of pineapple to naturally sweeten your pasta salad. Adding this fruit makes this side dish a suprisingly delicious accompaniment to…