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578 recipe submissions by the Mothering community.

Black Bean and Quinoa Burgers

Thank you to Mothering member namontoya for contributing this recipe. For picky, I mean, moody eaters, especially! Makes 4 adult burgers and 3 baby burgers or 6 adult burgers). These are our go-to burgers when we're not actually having burgers.  They are great to freeze and are a breeze to make.  They're also fun to make with your kids.  We have them for dinner or I bring them along in our bento for lunch.  The only thing is that these are addicting! Happy cooking!  Happy Eating! You’ll need: 1 C dried black beans, soaked 1 1″ piece of kombu 1 bay leaf 1 t... read more

Captain's Chicken

Thank you to Mothering member zimsmom for sharing this recipe.    This is one of those dishes that hits the spot every time and it tastes even better the next day!   Ingredients 4 chicken legs (drum and thigh) 1 large can whole peeled tomatoes 1/4 cup raisins 1 onion chopped 1 teaspoon curry powder   Directions Sauté the onions in a 12" pan that has a lid. When the onions are soft, add the chicken. Brown chicken on a medium high heat. When both sides are a light brown, add the canned tomatoes, raisins and curry. Cover and simmer for an hour or... read more

Lemon Chia Seed Muffins

  Thanks to Mothering member teenagreena for contributing this recipe.   This is a grain-free, dairy-free all around healthier version of the traditional lemon poppy seed muffins.  The addition of coconut oil, almond flour and chia seeds make it a healthy treat rich in protein, healthy fat and omega-3 fatty acids.  Kids love these muffins for their flavor.  Mom’s love them because they are healthy and they keep the kids going for a while!   Ingredients: 3  eggs (preferably organic and pasture-raised) 1/3  cup melted extra virgin coconut oil 1/4  cup honey 1... read more

Black Bean Brownies (optionally vegan and gluten-free)

  Thank you to Mothering member LorienIslay for sharing this recipe.   Ingredients   1 (15-20 oz) can plain black beans, drained and rinsed (the recipe works fine with either size of can so I go with whatever is available on sale) 3 eggs OR, for vegans, either 'flax eggs' OR three canned peaches ( 6 peach halves mashed with a fork) 3 T coconut oil or other vegetable oil but coconut oil is most delicious! 1/4 c cocoa powder 1 pinch salt 1 t vanilla 3/4 c white sugar or substitute of your choice 1 t baking powder 1 t (heaped) instant espresso powder (look... read more

Couscous with Chicken and Carrots

  Thank you to Mothering member Cathlin for sharing this recipe.   Ingredients 3/4 tsp ground cinnamon 1 tsp ground ginger  1 tsp Kosher salt 1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper  6 carrots, thinly sliced on the bias  2 c chicken stock 1/2 c water 1 c couscous  2 c coarsely shredded chicken  3 tbs olive oil  1/2 c sliced almonds  1/3 c dried dates or raisins  4 scallions, white and light green parts only, sliced   1/2 c chopped fresh cilantro   Cooking Instructions 1) Bring stock and water to a boil in medium saucepan. Add 1/2 tsp of the cinnamon, the... read more

Super Mama Lactation Cookies

  Thank you to Mothering member Cathlin for sharing this recipe.   Ingredients 1 1/2 c whole wheat flour 1 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp baking soda 1 rounded tsp kosher salt 3/4 c almond peanut butter* 3/4 c butter*, softened 1 c flax 3 T brewer’s yeast 1/3 c water 1/3 c sugar 2/3 c brown sugar 2 tsp vanilla 2 large eggs 10 oz chocolate chips* 1 3/4 c oats*   Cooking Instructions Preheat oven to 350 F Combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt in a bowl. In a large bowl, beat almond butter, butter, sugar, brown sugar, vanilla, brewer’s yeast, flax... read more

Food, Glorious Food? (Plus Marble Loaf Recipe!)

                    I finally started trying to feed my oldest son, Parker, solid food after waiting and waiting in vain for him to show the slightest interest in consuming anything other than breast milk. I had had visions of my darling little boy happily gobbling up spoonful after spoonful of healthy, lovingly prepared homemade baby food, but the reality couldn't have been more different. Every time I extended my arm to proffer a pea-size amount of smashed banana or puréed yams or "super porridge," my son's brow would furrow, his lips would purse and his... read more

Stove Top Ghee (Clarified Butter)

Do you want the benefits of butter without the digestive side effects of lactose or casein intolerance?  You may want to try making your own clarified butter.    The equipment for making Ghee is simple.  You will need a stainless or glass saucepan, a very fine mesh strainer (I use a tea strainer) and a jar.  Use the best quality pasture raised, organic butter you can find.  Cultured, unsalted butter works best.  Raw butter is great, but it's not necessary in this recipe because you will be cooking it. Butter, saucepan, strainer, jar and stove - that's all you... read more

7 Simple Recipes to Bless a New Mom

          Sharing the Love, Sharing the Food   When I was pregnant with AnaBella, my first child, I had just begun attending a church of a few hundred people. There were many young families that cared for and supported each other in the months following the birth of their children. One of my new friends, a young mom with a daughter under a year, asked how many meals a week I’d like, and for how many weeks, after AnaBella's birth. I had no idea what my recovery would be like, but was hesitant to ask anything of moms who already had their hands full. So my... read more

8 Tips for Saving Money on Groceries from the Mothering Community

With food prices skyrocketing we are all struggling to stay on budget. Here are some proven tips from the Mothering community to help keep your grocery bill under control.    Make it Yourself: More often than not, baking or cooking foods from scratch is the most nutritional and cost effective method of feeding your family. You might be surprised how easy and quick it is to make many items you are paying a premium for in your own kitchen: including breads and treats, spice packets, sauces and even butter and yogurt. Try assigning one day a week or month or... read more

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