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578 recipe submissions by the Mothering community.

Healthy Homemade Popsicles: simple and unusual ideas the kids will love

  Homemade popsicles–what kid doesn’t love them? I know mine do. But, honestly, I have been guilty of lacking the creative motivation to push my popsicle making skills past the “Hey, let’s freeze up some organic apple juice!” stage. Then I came across the book Ice Pop Joy and the awesome recipes motivated us to explore some unusual ingredients. I found that popsicles are amazing tools to get all kinds of good stuff into the little ones, and could even be used as an on the run breakfast/snack food when needed. Plus, the kids love to help create... read more

$5 Meal Ideas

With food prices going up, finding frugal dishes that fill your family is more important than ever.   We recently asked members of the Mothering community to share their best meal ideas that could be cooked for less than $5 and feed a family of four or more.   Of course, prices are different everywhere so these meals may cost more or less depending on where you are and what kinds of ingredients you prefer.   Enjoy!         Curried Coconut Chickpea Stew shared by avismama24   Ingredients 1 can chick peas 2 medium sweet potatoes 1 cup... read more

Almond Flour Cookies

Recently I’ve been cutting down on grains and I LOVE this Almond Flour Cookie recipe. There are few things better than enjoying a crunchy, chewy cookie with a cup of tea on a rainy night. If you bake or cook with almond flour you already know how pricy it can be. I get around this by making my own from whole or sliced almonds. Just make sure they’re peeled. When you buy them in bulk at your local health food store, you’ll save big time. No need to purchase almond flour from Amazon or spend $11 on a little bag at Whole Foods. The most important thing to... read more

Brown Rice Crackers

By Cathe Olson These flaky, delicious crackers are vegan and gluten-free.1 1/2 cups brown rice flour2/3 cup cooked brown rice 1 tablespoons flax seeds (optional)1/4 teaspoon sea salt1/4 cup oil (coconut, safflower, olive, etc.)1/3 to 1/2 cup waterPreheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly oil large baking sheet. In bowl or food processor, mix flour, rice, flax seeds, salt, and oil until combined. Add water a little at a time until dough holds together. Pour onto floured surface and knead a few times to form a ball. Press or roll dough on baking sheet.... read more

Frugal "Apple" Pie - Made with Zucchini

  Thank you to Mothering member fayebond for contributing this recipe. Find more recipes here.   This recipe uses zucchini instead of apples to save on money! You'll never know the difference.   Ingredients   filling: 3 large baseball bat zucchini or 4 medium zucchini, peeled, seeds removed, and cut into 1/4 inch squares 1 cup maple syrup or substitute 1/2 cup brown sugar 1/4 cup molasses 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1 teaspoon nutmeg 1 teaspoon cardamon 1/8 teaspoon salt 3 tablespoons flour   crust: 1/2 cup shortening or... 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

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

Pregnancy Pick Me Up

This is a great drink for relieving morning sickness and helps to restore the body’s balance after vomiting or diarrhea. It also helps keep electrolytes high and is good to drink during labor.1/3 cup lemon juice1 teaspoon salt1 crushed dolomite (calcium/magnesium carbonate) tabletPour over ice and sip slowly. Stir in enough water to make 1 quart of solution A variation: For those who experience low blood sugar, which may contribute to extreme nausea in pregnancy, try this simple drink. 1 teaspoon honey1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar Stir into a glass of warm... 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

Lentil Herb Soup

  Thank you to Mothering member butterflyrouge for contributing this recipe. Find more recipes here.   Ingredients 1 bag dried lentils,rinsed and drained 1 onion, chopped  2-3 sticks of celery, chopped 2-3 carrots, peeled and chopped 2 tablespoons olive oil 4 cubes of chicken or vegetable bouillon OR about 6 cups of vegetable or chicken broth 1 tablespoon dried parsley OR 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, minced 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme 1/2 teaspoon dried sage 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder 1 bay leaf  salt and pepper to taste   Directions In large pot,... read more

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