Eat Your Vegetables

Eat Your Veggies: (Healthier) cut-out cookies

http://www.lawrence.com/users/photos/2014/feb/13/268946/ For Valentine's Day, my little guy wanted to make something special. He’d already devoured [my deconstructed chocolate-covered fruit salad][1] (turns out he likes white chocolate?), so we decided to make something else from ...

Eat Your Veggies: National Pizza Day

http://www.lawrence.com/users/photos/2014/feb/10/268773/ Sunday was National Pizza Day—something I didn’t know a thing about until various types of social media informed me. Thank goodness for Twitter, am I right? Needless to say, my pizza-loving family was happy to abandon our ...

Eat Your Vegetables: Snow day prep

http://www.lawrence.com/users/photos/2014/feb/04/268409/ Ah, the rush for EVERYTHING at the grocery store, the night before the storm. Having lived in both Scranton, Pa., and West Palm Beach, Fla., my husband and I intimately know the “storm food rush.” In Pennsylvania, we were ...

Ginger cookies with a healthy twist

http://www.lawrence.com/users/photos/2014/jan/27/268085/ So far this month, I've written about tricks for eating healthy, frozen food helpers, the pros of eating dessert and how to plan healthy snacks. I thought I'd end this month's healthy eating pep talk with a delicious treat that ...

Snack time

http://www.lawrence.com/users/photos/2014/jan/20/267757/ In the month of January, I’ve discussed several of the finer points of cleaning up your eating in the new year: shopping and dining strategies, the freezer as your friend and letting yourself eat chocolate. Now, it’s snack ...

Room for dessert

http://www.lawrence.com/users/photos/2014/jan/13/267331/ This January, I’ve been making it a point to write about healthy eating and how to get started if your resolutions included cleaning things up a bit. And, honestly, I could never, ever think about eating — healthy or otherwise ...

Inspiration on ice

http://www.lawrence.com/users/photos/2014/jan/06/266941/ Last week, [I wrote about the little things][1] you could do to help make it toward your goal of eating better in the new year. This week, inspired by the crazy cold temperatures, I thought I’d continue this January pep talk with ...

It’s Jan. 1. Now what?

http://www.lawrence.com/users/photos/2013/dec/30/266704/ Happy Jan. 1. Or, as it's known in most of the Western Hemisphere: the day New Year’s resolutions begin. Confession: the only New Year’s resolution I’ve ever kept was giving up artificial sweeteners back in 2008. Every other ...

Eat Your Vegetables: The beautiful tradition of holiday cookies

http://www.lawrence.com/users/photos/2013/dec/23/266512/ Yes, this space is called "Eat Your Vegetables" and we all know I implore y'all to do that as much as humanly possible. But let's be real a second: The holiday season is most assuredly not about the vegetables. If we're talking ...

Sweet potatoes, sweet potatoes as far as the eye can see (and what to do about it)

http://www.lawrence.com/users/photos/2013/dec/16/266141/ If you’ve been following this space for some time now, you will have noticed that I'm a seasonal eater, probably to a fault. I’ve probably averaged a sweet potato per day since they started showing up locally months ago. Which ...

Meal planning for dummies (or just those who forget how to because of CSA season)

I’m officially in CSA withdrawal. For half the year, I get fresh vegetables every Monday whether I want them or not. Pretty much all the time I want those bags of surprise vegetables, but when the little “planner” piece of me rears its ugly head and wants to know what’ll be in the ...

Lazy and healthy: Slow cooker curry over sweet potatoes

http://www.lawrence.com/users/photos/2013/dec/02/265417/ I don’t know about you guys, but after the decadence that was the past Thanksgiving week, simple and healthy were on the top of my wish list for this week’s eats. Not that I gorged on food day and night from Thursday through the ...

Sneaky Pumpkin Pie Bars

http://www.lawrence.com/users/photos/2013/nov/24/265062/ OK, I can’t believe I’m going to admit this, but — deep breath — here it goes: I am not a pumpkin pie person. There, I said it. Yes, I will eat pumpkin in pretty much any form. Pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, pumpkin ...

Seasonal skill: How to seed a pomegranate

http://www.lawrence.com/users/photos/2013/nov/17/264766/ This week I was sick. A rare occurrence, honestly. I eat more than my fair share of vegetables, get my sleep, workout and wash my hands constantly. But I have a kid and he has little kid germs and every once in awhile, if whatever he ...

Cooking away the CSA: 2013 best recipes recap

http://www.lawrence.com/users/photos/2013/nov/11/264451/ To start things off, let me just say that 2013 was a pretty darn good year to be a member of one of the many CSAs in the Lawrence area. Unlike the past two summers, which were so hot things couldn’t grow, this one was varied ...

Cooking away the CSA, week 30: Leeks and onions, oh my

http://www.lawrence.com/users/photos/2013/nov/04/264134/ This past week was officially the last week of our CSA season. Though, because you’ll have to pry my fresh, local vegetables out of my cold, dead hands, it’s actually not the last week for us. [Rolling Prairie][1] has a ...

Cooking away the CSA, week 29: Pumpkin chocolate chip cookies

http://www.lawrence.com/users/photos/2013/oct/28/263772/ Admittedly, there are no local ingredients in the recipe I’m sharing today. I just felt like for the week of Halloween we all needed a cookie break. A seasonal cookie break. If you still need a little something to have around ...

Cooking away the CSA, week 28: Soup and salad

http://www.lawrence.com/users/photos/2013/oct/21/263398/ Last week, I hit the major personal parenting goal of getting the kiddo to eat salad. It was marvelous. While I basked in the glow of that achievement for the rest of the following week, I also tried to recreate it. And I did. ...

Cooking away the CSA, week 27: Salads for the whole family (including the kiddo)

http://www.lawrence.com/users/photos/2013/oct/14/263115/ My kid really does eat amazingly well for a pre-K child. I’ve [discussed][1] many times that he does a pretty good job, even if he’s just like any other kid in that he’d take cookies over carrots any time. That said, if ...

Cooking away the CSA, week 26: When seasons cross, and the dinners they bring

http://www.lawrence.com/users/photos/2013/oct/07/262801/ We’ve come to the time of year where winter squashes and tubers are sharing table space with tomatoes and cucumbers at local CSAs and the [Lawrence Farmers' Market][1]. For instance, we got eggplant, tomatoes, cucumbers, sweet ...