Super Easy Mashed Potatoes
3 medium potatoes, whole or halved
¼ cup milk
4 tablespoons of butter
¼ tsp. salt
1 pinch ground black pepper
Green onions for garnish
Cover potatoes with chicken broth or water or both in a large pot. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to med. low or low and simmer uncovered for 20 or 25 minutes or until potatoes are very tender; drain.
In a small saucepan over low heat, combine the butter and milk and heat until the butter is melted and the mixture is hot.
Drain the potatoes, transfer to a warmed bowl, and mash well with a fork or potato masher.
Add the butter mixture to the potatoes and stir until smooth.
Season with salt and pepper and top with chopped green onion.
Health Tip: Leaving the skin on the potatoes provides fiber and helps preserve the nutrients in the potato’s flesh
As I sit here trying to fight off this looming cold, it got me thinking that during cold and flu season we need to do MORE of what we do (during other times of the year) like exercise, get plenty of rest and eat more colorful fruits and veggies to stay healthy. Another way to ward off colds and flus is by boosting your immune system during cold/flu season. Keep in mind, if you do get sick that the stronger your body is, the faster you get back on your feet. Consume a diet rich in fruits and vegetables that contain immune-boosting antioxidants. Check out these two yummy immune booster smoothies:
IMMUNE BOOSTER SMOOTHIE
2 cups spinach
1/4 cup carrots
1/2 cups orange juice
1 cup water
2 cups frozen strawberries
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
1 cup nonfat or low-fat vanilla soy milk
1 cup frozen raspberries
1 medium ripe banana
½ cup orange juice with one ice cube
More smoothie recipes – 4 TASTY (AND HEALTHY) BREAKFAST SMOOTHIE RECIPES
I love pears! There are 3,000 known pear varieties grown around the world, like Bosc, Anjou and Bartlett! Each has a distinctive character, texture, and flavor. Besides being delicious pears are a very good source of dietary fiber!
Here are 3 of my favorite pear salad recipes! Do you have any that you like? Please share!
This one is my favorite – Arugula and Pear Salad from the Food Network
Arugula and Pear Salad – Food Network
Pear Salad with Walnuts and Gorgonzola from About Food
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Spinach Salad with Bosc Pears, Cranberries, Red Onions and Toasted Hazelnuts from Epicurious
photo by Leigh Beisch
Here are some sweet refreshing fruit infused water recipes for those warm summer days!
Do you have recipes to share?
Welcome spring and welcome fresh produce! As the days get warmer our bodies tend to crave more fruits and vegetables, so why not try mixing them into sweet and savory salads! Here are a few examples…
Spinach and Strawberry Salad
Combine rice vinegar, extra virgin olive oil, sea salt and pepper. Whisk well and toss with spinach, sliced strawberries and toasted walnuts or pecans.
Watermelon Feta Salad
Combine cubed watermelon and feta cheese. Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and balsamic glaze. Season with freshly ground pepper and top with mint leaves.
Avocado and Orange Salad
Toss thinly sliced avocado and orange segments with extra virgin olive oil, sea salt and pepper.
Also, try these Watermelon Salad with Radish and Sage, Tomato Watermelon Salad and Orange and Carrot Salad with Ginger.
Do you have any favorite fruit and veggie salad recipes? Please share.
A great workout deserves a great smoothie! Here is the recipe for my Kiwi, Honeydew, Spinach and Banana smoothie.
1 overripe banana
¼ of a large honeydew
1/2 cup baby spinach leaves
1 cup almond milk (or your milk of choice)
Cut the banana, melon and kiwi into small pieces.
Blend the fruit, spinach and milk.
Add ice to taste.
Serve immediately. Yields: 2 large servings.
Hi Everyone! This is our last “Kids Cook Monday” recipe “Green Onion and Parmesan Cheese Risotto“. It was our plan (the girls and I) to try cooking together for the month of January only, but we had so much fun with it we decided to keep it up through February. I must say that it has been so much fun cooking with my girls and I can honestly say they have enjoyed it too! Don’t be surprised if you see a recipe pop-up here or there on a Monday in the months to come!
Have you been cooking with your kids? If so, I would love to hear about your experiences.
Green Onion and Parmesan Cheese Risotto
(adapted from Very Easy Risotto recipe from allrecipes.com)
Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cook Time: 30 Minutes
Ready In: 40 Minutes
3 tablespoons butter
2/3 cup sliced green onion
2 cloves of garlic
1 1/3 cups uncooked Arborio rice
4 cups organic chicken broth
3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook green onions and garlic in butter briefly, then add the rice. Cook and stir for a few minutes to toast rice. Stir in chicken broth and pepper. Bring to a boil, and then reduce heat to medium-low. Cover, and simmer for 20 minutes.
2. Remove from heat, cover, and let stand for 5 minutes. Stir in the Parmesan cheese.
Today we are cooking something quick, easy and healthy – Mac and Cheese! Yes! Here is a stove-top Mac and Cheese recipe that is just over 300 calories from MyRecipes.com.
The Kids Cook Monday recipe is “Three-Cheese Lasagna” from MyRecipes.com. This should be interesting because this is only the second time I am attempting to make lasagna. This time I will have two helpers, ages 8 and 10, so I am confident it will turn out fine, right?
Our Kids Cook Monday recipe – Turkey Chili was AWESOME! Yes that is what my girls said as they literally licked their bowls clean! It was super easy for them to make and delicious too! If you want your kids to try new foods let them cook the new foods with you!