Kathy’s Kale Chips

Kale chips are becoming more and more popular, but have you noticed how much a bag in the store costs? There’s no need to break the bank to have this tasty, crunchy treat that’s a superb alternative to potato chips.

Walnut Roast

This is such a rich and savory dish with the walnuts lending a deep, meaty flavor. Try it substituting other nuts or sunflower seeds

Pioneer Gingerbread

As a child, I was a big fan of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House on the Prairie series, and some of my favorites parts of those books are the descriptions of what they ate. Almanzo’s childhood culinary recollections in Farmer Boy are particularly vivid. It sort of sounds like a nonstop year-long dinner party! A few years ago I was fortunate to come across on the internet a letter that Laura, at that time in her 80s, sent to a friend in 1953, enclosing her recipe for gingerbread.

Cashew Cream

This deceptively easy and deliciously rich, dairy-free alternative to cream, which can be as saucy or stiff as desired.  A blender or food processor is essential.
Use in a parfait with layers of berries, (defrosted or fresh); or on fruit, on top of granola or muesli or as a bagel shmear.

Kitchen Sink Salad

Be brave! An unplanned salad can be just as delicious as one from a recipe. Salads with a simple dressing are great vehicles for leftovers and makeovers, and often turn out tastier than you ever expected. Getting raw vegetables in everyday will fill you up and boost your immune system, so try experimenting. Bell pepper? Tomatoes? Fruit? Beans? Pasta? Throw it together!

Lentil and Rice Loaf

This flavorful loaf is perfect for the holidays, or anytime you want a hearty main dish. It can be made with fresh or dried herbs. Make two loaves while you’re at it and freeze one for later!


Use this cheesy addition as a substitute for Parmesan cheese and as a condiment.  So versatile, it adds flavor to simple recipes.

Nutritional yeast is good source of protein (52%), dietary fiber, vitamins and minerals containing essential amino acids, and rich in vitamins, including B-complex. Find it in most large grocery chains and sometimes in the bulk section.

Cinnamon Sweet Potatoes for Breakfast

This sweet and satisfying meal will fill you up to avoid sudden hunger pangs later in the day!
Make sweet potatoes in advance, or steam in pressure cooker for a quick breakfast meal, or use leftovers of any variety.   

Sustainable Oatmeal Anytime Bars

You’re launched on a lifetime of great food and great snack! Here is a filling and satisfying breakfast on-the-go, or a perfect homemade bar to stash at work. It never gets boring, as you can rotate through a variety of add-ins, like apricots, dates, cranberries or figs, pecans or walnuts, peanuts, or the occasional chocolate chips. Store-bought bars with isolated soy protein need not apply.

Banana Ice Cream

This sweet treat is rich and creamy. It gives the satisfaction of ice cream without the heavy after-effects. It’s incredibly simple to make and is ready to take on other flavors if desired. Variations include strawberry, vanilla, peanut butter with chocolate, cinnamon, berry, pecan… you come up with your own!

Kathy’s Macaroni and "Cheese" Casserole

Warm, gooey, oozy mac n cheese is a dish most of us have grown up with for countless lunches and dinners at home. Who wants to give that up? Well, no need! Enjoy the warm deliciousness with this healthy take on a traditional comfort food.  This is kid-approved in many households and a great potluck dish

Basket of Jewels

Eating the rainbow is so beautiful! Meals can be incredibly simple – there’s no need for a lot of prepping and cooking. Put a bunch of vegetables in a steamer, add a cooked grain and a sauce and voilà - dinner! Try your jewelws with rice and Peanut Sauce, Thousand Island, or Creamy Ranch.


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