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578 recipe submissions by the Mothering community.

Pan Apple Pancakes

There are few things more evocative of cool weather than the smell of maple syrup and pancakes. Try this apple variation to make some warm memories.3 eggs 1/2 cup milk 1/2 cup all-purpose flour 1 tablespoon granulated sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla 2 tablespoons butter 3 medium apples, peeled, cored, and sliced 1/4 cup brown sugar Powdered sugar for dusting Maple syrup Combine the eggs, milk, flour, granulated sugar, and vanilla in a blender. Blend until smooth, and set aside. Melt the butter in a nonstick skillet that can later be placed in the oven. Then add the sliced... read more

Almonds -- Why Soaked is BEST and How-To

Years ago I learned from a nutritionist that best way to consume almonds is to soak them first and then dehydrate them again.  Oh well, I did soak them but started eating them just that way … Please read the full article here, and the how-to which is SUPER EASY:  almond+water … About Pardis Amirshahi Pardis Amirshahi is the editor of Living Crafts magazine and also writes for their popular blog. Although she always enjoyed sewing and other crafts, Pardis discovered the true joy of handwork when she became a mother. You can... read more

Lentil Soup

This vegan soup has such a hearty, satisfying taste. The jalapeno gives it a gentle kick, but is not too spicy for the entire family to enjoy. A definite crowd pleaser!1 lb dry lentils (brown or green)2 medium onions, chopped2 medium tomatoes, chopped2 cloves garlic, minced1 jalapeno, slicedsalt and pepper to tasteRinse the lentils according to package directions, then put in slow cooker. Saute onions until almost translucent, then add tomatoes, garlic and jalapeno. Saute just a few minutes more. Add sauteed veggies to lentils, cover with 6-8 cups of water and mix. Add... read more

Vegetarian Shepherd's Pie

By Cathe Olson This is one of my family’s very favorite dinners. Try it with other beans too.Filling:1 tablespoon olive oil1 onion, diced2 cloves garlic, minced2 carrots, diced2 cups cabbage, broccoli, or kale, finely chopped1/2 cup water, vegetable stock, or lentil cooking water2 cups cooked lentils1 cup peas (fresh or frozen)1 cup corn (fresh or frozen)1 tablespoon soy sauceCrust::4 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed1/3 to 1/2 cup milk (dairy or nondairy)1 tablespoon miso2 tablespoons minced fresh parsleyPaprikaPreheat oven to 400ºF. Heat oil in large skillet over... read more

Pumpkin Bread

  This moist, flavorful bread is perfect for autumn or winter. Vary the sweetener to your taste. The lesser amount of maple syrup makes a bread that goes well with soup or salad; the greater amount of sweetener makes it more of a dessert.   2 eggs   1/3 to 1/2 cup maple syrup 1 1/4 cups mashed cooked pumpkin 1/2 cup oil 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 cup plain yogurt or buttermilk 1 3/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons whole wheat or spelt flour 1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice 1/2 cup chopped walnuts   Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Oil a loaf pan or 8-inch square... read more

African Quinoa Soup

This is great topped with some red onions and a big handful of sprouts!2 tablespoons butter or oil1 chopped onion2 garlic cloves, minced1 fresh jalapeno, minced*or 1 tablespoon canned diced green chilies, or more to taste* (optional)1 red bell pepper, diced2 diced celery stalks, with leaves2 diced zucchini1 sweet potato, diced1 t ground cumin1 t dried oregano6 cups vegetable stock (or water)1/2 cup quinoa, rinsed & drained (I like the red quinoa best, it makes it look pretty!)freshly ground black pepper, to tastea dash of cayenne pepper *optional1/2 cup peanut butter, no... 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

Banana Oatmeal Cookies

By Cathe Olson These moist cookies contain no sweeteners, butter, eggs, or wheat.2 cups rolled oats 2/3cup almonds 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon sea salt 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1 1/2 cups mashed banana (about 3 bananas) 1/4 cup oil 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 3/4cup raisins Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly oil a cookie sheet. Grind oats and almonds to a coarse powder in food processor or blender. Pour them into a large mixing bowl. Stir in baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. In separate bowl or in... read more

Food for Families Archive

Issue 138 September-October 2006 Power Up Your Diet By Kimber PasqualiLast week, I was lunching with a friend at a local bistro. "Mmmm... salad à la niçoise, or creamy asparagus soup with focaccia?" I mused. They sounded equally appealing. After a moment's consideration, I opted for the salad because it contained two power foods: salmon and hard-boiled eggs. The soup, while a fine and tasty choice, offered none. That morning I'd had a scant breakfast also bereft of power foods, and I needed my lunch to really feed me. Ordering the salad was a natural, easy decision... 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

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