May 18, 2018

May 11, 2018

May 8, 2018

Fresh garlic & herb dip


Cool, creamy, and full of fresh garlic and herbs, this dip is sure to get you to eat more vegetables! Now that spring weather has finally arrived here in the Western New York area, the first of our garden is sprouting up chives and flat-leaf parsley. Using fresh herbs in your food makes such a flavor difference and I'm glad to be able to have easy access to some again. Also, now that we have some sunshine, I'm starting to want to eat more fresh vegetables and salads. This dip is a terrific and tasty way to make sure you eat a few more. About once a week when we are pressed for time coming home from the kids' library class and my husband getting ready to leave for work, we will have a simple lunch of things like cheese, crackers, grapes, pickles/olives, and/or raw vegetables. We had this dip with our lunch and my husband and I both ate more vegetables than usual (the kids are not quite into raw vegetable territory yet - they will lick them and sometimes eat cucumbers, but that's the extent so far - though they did lick some dip). This dip would also go well with pretzels, pita chips, crackers, or spread onto a wrap with vegetables and turkey.


May 4, 2018

April 30, 2018

Italian sausage, potato, & pepper sheet pan dinner


Sheet pan dinners are all the rage these days and for very good reasons. They are super easy to make, eat, and clean-up! One of my favorites is this Kielbasa, cabbage, & potato version. We have that one relatively frequently. This one with Italian sausage reminds me of foil packets we sometimes make for camping - full of sausages, potatoes, and peppers (sometimes onions, too). We have had such a very long and cold winter this year. It even snowed a little this morning again and it's almost May! I'm ready for things that make me think of warmer weather and this type of dish reminds me of campfires and grilling. It makes for a simple yet flavorful dinner or lunch for about two to three people, but can easily be adjusted for more just by adding more of what you like. I like to use two sheet pans to help everything brown up nicely instead of steaming. However, you can try to put everything on one if you prefer.