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578 recipe submissions by the Mothering community.

Feeding a Family of 5 on $100 a Week

Can I get a price check in aisle 5? Good food makes me happy. Artisan breads, homemade anything and organic or local produce when possible. We’ve always had a grocery budget, but when my husband suggested we cut our spending to $100 a week I resisted the urge to chuck an heirloom tomato at him. “It’s just for a month,” he insisted. “So we can play catch-up.” When we decided I would stay at home with our three kids, aged 7, 4 and 2, we knew we’d have to prioritize. I’m fine with eschewing a new mini-van for the 1998 sedan we cram two car... read more

My three favorite environmentally and toddler friendly dinners

I admit that I am very lucky.  My toddler will eat pretty much anything that we are eating.  Don’t hate me.  It’s just luck.  And it might not last.  Here are a few of our favorite meals for now.  They are all vegetarian, since eating low on the food pyramid is good for your carbon footprint.  They also all avoid the oven, since it’s the biggest energy hog in the kitchen, other than an old refrigerator. #1 Loaded potato salad:  I microwave the potatoes to save energy and time.  For six potatoes, poke three or four fork holes per potato and microwave ~six... read more

Raw and Vegan Snacks

By Cassidy Barbeau (Pura Vida Pantry Cookbook) July 18, 2011 You might think that the terms “raw” and “vegan” don’t lend themselves to describing scrumptious children’s treats. It is not only possible but easy to feed your children nutritious, delicious, wholesome snacks that you will love to make, and they will love to eat!  I never thought too much about eating this way until I became a mother. Processed foods were an everyday part of my upbringing, but I wanted something better for my kids. It set me on a path of creating healthy snacks and goodies that help build... read more

Mothering's Holiday Food Guide

  Welcome to Mothering's Holiday Food Guide a selection of our favorite holiday recipes for the whole family to enjoy This guide is proudly sponsored by Carlson Labs.      Cookie Cutter Cookies Cookie baking is an essential part of the holidays. Here's a wheat-free, egg-free recipe with no refined sugar.    Holly's Pilgrim Stuffing This delightful dish is a colorful and healthy spin on a Thanksgiving favorite.    French Bean Casserole A wholesome and easy to prepare casserole that will work as an accompaniment to any holiday... read more

Coconut Sweet Potato Pie

By Cathe Olson This creamy dessert is full of beta carotene. The wheat-free crust provides omega-3 fatty acids and fiber.Crust: 1 cup rolled oats 1 cup walnuts 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut 2 tablespoons coconut oil or butter water if necessary Filling: 3 cups mashed, cooked sweet potatoes (about 3 medium) 2 eggs, slightly beaten or Ener-G Egg Replace equivalent 1/3 cup coconut milk 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup or honey Topping: 1 tablespoon unsweetened, shredded coconut Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place oats, walnuts, and coconut in food processor with... read more

Quinoa and Arugula Salad with Lemon & Garlic

By Cynthia Lair Quinoa, a unique whole grain, was the staple food of the Incas. It is rich in calcium and iron, and has 10.5 grams of protein per cup. I find myself getting very hungry for this salad.Salad1 cup dry quinoapinch sea salt1 3/4 cups water1/2 bunch arugula1/2 cup carrots, chopped1/3 cup parsley, minced1/4 cup sunflower seedsDressing2-3 cloves garlic, minced1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil2 tablespoons tamari or shoyuRinse quinoa well with warm water and drain. (Quinoa has a natural coating of saponin, the bitter taste... read more

Pineapple and Banana Energy Smoothie

Whey protein powder and coconut oil are both wonderful sources of energy. Blended with pineapple and frozen banana, you have a delicious smoothie that will charge your morning!8 ounces of pineapple juice1 scoop of whey protein powder1 tbsp of coconut oil1 frozen banana1/4 tsp of powdered gingerhoney to tasteSlice the banana into the blender. Add coconut oil and pineapple juice. Blend well. Add protein powder, ginger, and honey. Blend until smooth and creamy. Makes one large or two small smoothies. read more

Gluten Free Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies

  Thank you to Mothering member namontoya for contributing this recipe. These delicious bits of sweetness came to me from a good friend while I was postpartum.  They are super easy to make and quite good for you as they are just the right amount of sweet with such little sweetener actually used.  They are also gluten-free, but you wouldn't know it! You’ll need: 1/2C organic butter (1 stick), softened 1/4C coconut or date sugar 2 large organic eggs 1 t vanilla extract 1C almond meal or hazelnut meal 1C Brown Rice Flour 1/3C oat flour 1 t baking powder 1/2... read more

Raw Energy Bars

By Cathe Olson Here's a raw bar full of nutritious energy for snacks, lunchboxes, picnics, and even dessert!1/4 cup sesame seeds1/4 cup sunflower seeds1/2 cup raisins1/2 cup dried figs1/2 cup peanut butter, almond butter, or tahiniPlace sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, raisins, and figs in food processor with metal blade. Chop until everything is ground together. Add nut or seed butter and mix until combined. Roll mixture into balls or press into 8-inch round cake pan and cut into 1-inch squares. Keep refrigerated. Makes about 3 dozen Note: Nuts can be substituted for... read more

In the Kitchen with Baby

  By Cynthia Lair of Cookus Interruptus Issue 91, November/December 1998 As parents, we are given an opportunity to revisit what it means to nourish. Babies and young children wait expectantly for their parents to feed them. The choice of what goes into an infant’s mouth is up to us, at least while our children are small. Most of us want to feed our children the best food possible, but often the line between nutrition education and advertising is thin. Americans fork over $1.25 billion every year buying commercially prepared baby food. Many parents take their... read more

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