22.11.14

Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream with Gingersnap Crust Sprinkles




This simple and healthy ice cream is dairy free, super low in sugar and takes about 2 minutes to blend up ~ no churner needed. It is completely adaptable to your tastes by adding extras of your choice, chocolate chunk pumpkin ice cream anyone???






13.11.14

Butternut Squash and Chickpea Curry



This simple, vegetarian green curry is healthy, delicious and has just the right amount of spices to warm your body up. It's mild and slightly sweet taste makes this a family favorite.








It's been so hard for me to be indoors, especially sitting at a computer lately. The weather has finally cooled down to the 60's in the mornings and evenings (still in the 90's during the day) here in Phoenix and this is the time of year most of us Zonies are active outdoors. Hiking, biking, going to the park and Fall baseball for the boys which has been taking up most of my evenings.  So forgive my lack of posting more than once a week because if I'm not doing one of the aforementioned activities your sure to find me sitting on a patio somewhere sipping on a cup of coffee or a glass of wine. 


I hope that doesn't get a big, virtual snowball thrown at me from my Canadian or East coast friends!

5.11.14

Simply Healthy Family's Favorite Fall Recipe Roundup {say that 10 timesfast!}



Here's what's happening right now. I decided to stop blogging because

a.)   I keep comparing myself to other bloggers even though I firmly believe in not comparing myself to anyone, ever and therefor am making myself depressed, crazy and then just plain pissed followed by a general annoyance for no good reason. (I do however believe in random, run-on-sentences) and

b.)   I've become overwhelmingly consumed by guilt from spending too much time on the computer editing, writing and researching for my blog and not enough time with my children. No matter how many times I tell myself that a little bit of "me time" is a good thing I still feel guilty every time I'm sitting here and the kids are running around the house like banshees.


Then,  I had a day off, the weather dropped  20+ degrees into down right awesome here in Phoenix, I had a nap, then a glass or two of wine and  got over myself.  Onward and upward,  all things in moderation et cetera, et cetera.......




Lastly and coincidently, my 3 younger children have been playing very nicely together for 4 hours straight. No one is under the influence of medication or bribery, no one has incidentally knocked out someones tooth and no one has cried, died or gotten on anyone's nerves for FOUR HOURS STRAIGHT.  I'm going to go with my positive self and not think about the calm before the storm that will hit full force right around bedtime. Happy thoughts.





So in an effort to remind myself why I do what I do in this silly blogging world I compiled my very favorite Fall Foods to share with you. I usually don't do 'round ups' but looking through my favorite recipes and flavors, Fall is always on the top of the list. Every time.





I hope you stick with me and more importantly have tried or at least saved a recipe or two from my humble little place here. Any thoughts or suggestions are always appreciated. What would you like to see more of here at Simply Healthy Family? What are your favorite Fall foods? Do you ever experience "Mom Guilt"? How do you cope?





Fall Favorites from Simply Healthy Family
for football parties, fall picnics and fire pit gatherings. 










22.10.14

Ethiopian Ground Nut Wat (Stew) #RecipeRedux



While I'm a big fan of Mexican food and the spices and flavors that go with it I also love trying new flavors and foods from all parts of the World. You definitely will get out of your 'comfort zone' of cooking with this very flavorful stew from Ethiopia. Roasted veggies are slowly simmered in a thick and creamy sauce of almond butter and 'exotic' yet not hard to find spices. In fact, you probably already have most of them somewhere in the back of your spice cabinet!






21.10.14

Pumpkin and Apple Spiced Granola




Would you believe that I've never made my own home made granola before this? I'm not sure why, I never really thought it would be difficult or time consuming and it's definitely not. It was just a matter of gathering the ingredients and throwing them in a bowl, mixing, baking on low heat and then voila, warm, cinnamon apple and pumpkin granola for breakfast served with some Greek plain yogurt. 


Simple. Delicious. Fall flavors, Check.








19.10.14

Hunters Stew #SundaySupper




This stew has all the flavors you need to keep cozy and warm on the coldest of nights. You can easily substitute your favorite fall or winter veggies in this stew and be enjoying every spoonful of the rich, savory broth in about 30 minutes. 









This months Sunday Supper is all about budget friendly meals. With four kiddos in sports, preschool, college {!!!} , dance, art, chess club, cub scouts and baseball I'm all for budget friendly meals! Christmas budget anyone??? 

Thanks for hosting this month T.R. from Gluten-Free Crumbley and David from Cooking Chat!





Ground bison is a very low fat, low cholesterol substitution for ground beef and is actually more like ground turkey than ground beef nutritionally speaking. Bison is lower in fat than beef and lower in cholesterol than chicken, making it a healthy alternative to these more commonly consumed meats. Just remember that the low-fat content makes it easy to overcook bison. Compared to farm raised cows, bison are mainly free range meaning they are not injected with hormones and antibiotics and consume a natural diet while roaming freely. 









Butternut squash, brussel sprouts and beans are all fairly frugal pantry staples making this simple yet hearty stew a budget friendly supper. Bison is a bit more expensive than ground beef but well worth it when it comes to nutrition and taste. Tomato paste really adds an earthy and complex element when combined with the other ingredients in this stew requiring no additional herbs  or spices. Just a bit of salt and pepper.









On a side note, I'm trying my hand at  dark mood photography....... bear with me. Actually, it won't be a regular thing here on Simply Healthy Family as it's not my style but there is occasion where I'd like to create a "dark" mood as in this Hunters Stew. I obviously didn't do a stellar job on my first try but I'm a practice makes perfect kind of gal.






SERVES      8          TIME     30 MINUTES


You Will Need
A large cast iron enameled Dutch Oven
8 cups (2 quarts) Organic, free range chicken broth
1 pound ground bison1 large yellow onion, chopped
2 cups cooked white beans (cannellini or navy)
2 cups cubed butternut squash (1 small squash, I cheat and buy pre-chopped on this)
2 cups, smallish brussel sprouts, trimmed
1 heaping spoonful Organic tomato paste
1 tablespoon olive oilsalt and pepper to taste


Prepare all veggies ahead of time. Preheat Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add olive oil. Add onion and sauté for 5-8 minutes. Add ground bison and cook till browned, 6-8 minutes lowering heat a bit if necessary. Add tomato paste and stir to combine. Pour in broth while scraping the bottom of the pot with a wooden or plastic spoon to remove browned bits.

Add squash, brussel sprouts, beans and salt, stir. Lower heat and cover. Simmer 15 minutes to warmed through. Add freshly cracked pepper to taste.









What are your families favorite Budget Friendly Meals?  Share!



Have you ever cooked with bison, elk or other wild game? 
Would you?













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    12.10.14

    Winter Fruit, Yogurt and Marmalade Pasta Salad



    Today for lunch I had this sweet and super tangy fruit salad along with a few pieces of white cheese. I have to say I feel like I splurged a bit but in reality it took all of 10 minutes to make and was a very simple and healthy treat  lunch. 









    “By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by the National Pasta Association and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.”






    Did you know that cous cous is actually a pasta? Similar to orzo, another small pasta that resembles rice, it is in fact pasta. Traditional cous cous is very small and delicate and cooks up in just a few minutes. Israeli cous cous is a bit bigger and resembles small pearls and also cooks up in just a few minutes.  I like to to use Israeli cous cous, which is a bit sturdier as a base for grilled salmon and as a side dish tossed with chopped veggies and olive oil or fruits, nuts and yogurt. 







    10.10.14

    Chicken Poblano Chowder





    When I imagine a perfect Autumn day it would be one with me sitting on the porch with my woven slippers on, one foot tucked underneath me while watching the leaves tremble off of the enormous shade trees, colors so pretty they make your heart flutter. A crisp breeze would be playing all around me making wisps of my hair fly off my neck and having me pull my favorite quilt tighter against my body. Of course under these circumstances I would need a bowl of hot soup hearty enough to satisfy both tummy and soul. Sometimes, only a bowl of home made soup will do.










    Alas, I don't have a porch, there are no trees worthy of such marvel and my quilt is still packed away in the closet. Fall in the Sonoran dessert leaves much to the imagination. Luckily however, I do have soup. And Fall Ball, there's always that. Tonight is little man #3's third baseball game against their 'rivals' who has rivals at 8 years old?




    8.10.14

    Toasted Ravioli Caprese #RecipeRedux #NationalPastaMonth



    Finger size, four cheese ravioli's dipped in buttermilk and coated with Italian bread crumbs then baked to a  golden, crispy perfection. Throw them on little toothpicks along with Heirloom cherry tomatoes, fresh mozzarella balls and a basil leaf for a unique and delicious party favor. 





    “By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by the National Pasta Association and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.”








    7.10.14

    Mushroom and Eggplant Stroganoff #RecipeRedux #NationalPastaMonth




    I sort of feel like a vegetarian version of Beef Stroganoff is some sort of unforgivable sin in some ways. However, I just so happen to much prefer this vegetarian version to the beef one, again, sinful. I have to tell you though, sinful or not this mushroom and eggplant stroganoff is incredibly delicious and so stinking easy that you just might not miss the beef. 

    I cross my heart!





    “By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by the National Pasta Association and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.”









    1.10.14

    Chocolate Chunk Pumpkin Cookies {healthy, gluten free, egg free}






    This is our go to cookie recipe year round. We have them a few times a month for breakfast and I send them to school as a healthy sweet treat in the munchkins lunch boxes. They are perfect for an afternoon snack emergency and are tons healthier than most pumpkin cookies out there. 








    24.9.14

    Whole Grain Dijon Mustard Salmon Filets on a CousCous-Lentil Medley




    The salmon fillets steam right on top of this flavorful couscous and lentil medley saving you time and the extra heat from the oven. It's crazy simple and takes about 20 minutes total but the fresh herbs, shallots, white wine and whole grain Dijon mustard will make it look like you slaved in the kitchen for an hour.  Shhhhh, our little secret.








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