cheesy taco casserole

Ingredients:

1 lb ground beef
2 cups tortilla chips
1 ½ cups medium salsa
½ cup tomato
½ cup red pepper
½ cup green onion
1 ½ cups shredded cheese

Steps:

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. In a medium skillet, cook ground beef through over medium heat. Do not add oil. This will take approximately 10 minutes.

2. In a 3 quart/oblong casserole dish, layer the bottom with tortilla chips. Then drain and add the ground beef. Next, evenly spread the salsa. Top with the remaining ingredients in just that order.

3. Place in the oven and bake for approximately 25 minutes, or until the cheese has melted completely. Serve hot.

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tilapia fish in tzatziki sauce

Makes 2 servings

Ingredients:

For the fish
2 tilapia fillets

1 cucumber, sliced
½ lemon, squeezed
salt and pepper to taste
butter for skillet

For the sauce
1 cup plain yogurt

1 cucumber, peeled and diced
½ lemon
1 tbsp oil
1 tbsp dill
1 tsp garlic salt

Steps:

1. For the fish: place skillet on stove. Turn heat to medium. Add butter.

2. Once butter has melted, slice cucumber and add to skillet. Coat with salt and pepper.

3. Place tilapia fillets over the cucumber. Add salt, pepper, and lemon to fillets. Continue to cook over medium heat for approximately 15 minutes.

4. For the sauce: combine all ingredients in a food processor or blender. Turn on.

5. Once cooked through, remove the fillets and cucumbers from the skillet. Transfer to a plate and top with the Tzatziki sauce.

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vegan almond + blueberry biscotti

This is a different take on a traditional biscotti. It contains no dairy or animal products, and is rather simple and easy to make! Serve with any hot beverage.

Ingredients:

2 cups all purpose flour
½ tsp salt
½ tsp baking powder
¾ cup sugar
¼ cup almond milk
1 flax egg
1 tsp vanilla
½ cup blueberries
soy margarine (to grease)

Steps:

1. Combine the first 3 dry ingredients into a medium-sized bowl. Mix well.

2. Combine the sugar, almond milk, flax egg, vanilla, and blueberries into a large bowl. Stir until just combined. Slowly fold in the dry ingredients. Mix until a firm dough is formed.

3. Place the dough in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.

4. Preheat oven to 325°F. Grease a baking sheet with soy margarine. Form the dough into a log, 6″ wide and 1″ tall.

5. Put the dough into the oven and bake for approximately 30 minutes. Remove and let cool for 20 minutes.

6. Turn the oven up to 350°F. Meanwhile, cut the log into ¾” pieces. Place the biscotti back in the oven and cook for approximately 20 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove and let cool before serving.

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recipe: apple & banana bran muffins

Quick Apple and Banana Bran Muffins

Ingredients:

Makes 1.5 dozen

2 cups flour
1 cup bran
¾ cup brown sugar
½ cup milk
⅓ cup canola oil
¾ cup unsweetened applesauce
1 cup banana, mashed
2 eggs
2 tsp cinnamon
1 ½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
⅓ tsp salt

Steps:

1. Preheat oven to 375°F. In a large bowl, combine all the dry ingredients. Stir.

2. In a separate medium bowl, whisk the remaining wet ingredients together.

3. Add the wet mixture to the dry one. Stir until thoroughly mixed.

4. Brush two muffin pans with margarine. Spoon the mixture into 18 cups, and place in the oven. Bake for approximately 18 minutes, or until a skewer inserted comes out clean. Let cool before gobbling up!

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recipe: apple and prune crumble

We are big connoisseurs of prunes in our household. Or perhaps I shouldn’t say “we” so much as Remy. We quickly discovered that if she didn’t consume prunes on a daily basis, she would not be able to do what prunes make you do that day. I realize that is too much information, but these things are important! As Stephen King wrote, “a regular man is a happy man.” Same thing goes for babies.

Remy ate pureed prunes on a daily basis from the time she started solids until she was a year old. It was dessert to her. Lately she hasn’t been enjoying baby food, and so we switched her to an all finger-food diet. Prunes are still too tough to eat when you only have four teeth, so we had to find a creative way to cook them for her. This recipe is the answer.

Apple and Prune Crumble:

Ingredients

1 cup rolled oats
⅔ cup flour
1 cup brown sugar
1 ½ cups prunes, sliced
1 cup apples, peeled and cubed
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp margarine
⅓ tsp salt

Steps

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Combine prunes, apples, ½ cup brown sugar, and 1 tsp cinnamon in a medium pot. Cook on low heat until apples are soft.

2. In a bowl, mix together flour, oats, 1 tsp cinnamon, margarine, salt, and remaining brown sugar. Set aside.

3. Pour the fruit mixture into a baking dish. Top with the crumble. Place into the oven and bake for 30 minutes.

Adding apples and turning it into a crumble ensures that babies and adults alike can enjoy it! Try it out for yourselves.

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  • Thank you to all those who liked, commented, and sent me messages yesterday. I am overwhelmed by your love. I would like to share one more thing. Since 2013, I have used my blog as a creative outlet and my Instagram account as my diary. I feel it’s a much better platform to reach out to others, and to be more truthful (if we dare). I try to only follow those who don’t always show the ups and highs of their “perfect” lives. While I think that the more popular, beige square, ad-infused, California chic, glam mother accounts are beautiful, I also find them to be depressing and unoriginal. A miscarriage is real. It is nothing to be ashamed of. If you don’t choose to discuss yours, that’s totally fine! I needed to share mine in order to begin my grieving and healing process. I am now a mother to two children. This is something that I did not want to, nor will I ever hide. Yes, our second child came much too early and did not survive, but that does not make his/her life any less worthy. Our baby was alive at one time. Our baby has a soul. Now, our baby has a name and will forever be part of our family. We are a family of four- three on earth and one angel in heaven. So, thanks again all. Sadness. What a difference a year can make. Last holiday season, Remy turned 10 months old. She had just gotten her first two teeth, and on Christmas morning, had learned to crawl. This year, we are mourning the loss of our second child. I suffered a miscarriage this week, and it has left a deep void in our family. This was going to be our Christmas card where we revealed to friends and family our joyous secret. Now, it remains one of our only photos as a family of four. Because of this, I want to share it with the world. Give your children an extra hug and kiss for me tonight. You are so blessed to have them. All my love, Emory.
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