Meatless Sloppy Joes

Meatless Sloppy Joes

Today, I'm one of many food bloggers participating in a special awareness event -- Food Bloggers Against Hunger. This is a topic that is personally very important issue to me. Did you know that someone on government food assistance (SNAP) will typical receive only $3-$4 a day to purchase food for themselves? Could you imagine spending only $1 for each of your meals? I recently watched the new documentary, A Place at the Table, and it left me wondering if I could buy food to make a healthy family … [Read more...]

Calico Beans

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Last weekend, our family headed down to Starbucks to get a drink after a day of yard work. There was a handful of people that come in saying "brrrr", rubbing their hands together (as if to warm themselves up), and bundled up in jackets, coats, and sweaters. To many of you, this might sound typical. But, to me, it's one of those strange situations that come from living in a warmer climate. Here it is the beginning of November, and to me, it''s far from cold here in Las Vegas. Our daily … [Read more...]

Spicy Black Bean Burgers


I've mentioned before that my mom used to make lentil burgers. A lot. Well, maybe it wasn't as much as I am know how everything always seems so much bigger when you are a kid? My memories are probably a bit distorted, but it did seem like she made them all the time. She was the (almost always) vegetarian in our home, so she would make them just for herself and us even though she hardly ever tried to get us kids to eat them, we were always sure that they were gross. … [Read more...]

Root Beer “Baked” Beans


I cook with beans A LOT. My family loves them and they are cheap, plus so good for you. In the summertime, it's very common for us to have them as a side dish - either as baked beans or as barbecue beans. I don't make them homemade every time, sometimes we just buy a can and heat them up, but I would say that the majority of the time, I try various recipes and make them from scratch (sometimes even cooking dry beans). Another favorite in our home is root beer. Beans + root beer? When I first … [Read more...]