Warm Spinach and Artichoke Dip with Toasted Corn Tortilla Chips

Whether it’s Game Day, a pool party, or just snack time at home, spinach and artichoke dip is one of my favorite snacks. This recipe is a lovely warm version with fresh ingredients, some of which you can grow in your own garden, along with homemade toasted corn tortilla chips that are gluten-free. Try this at your next get-together or the next time you want a healthy and tasty treat at home.

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Mango Guacamole Recipe

I love guacamole. Yes, call me one of those #basic people who adds it to everything. I love my avocado toast, guac on burgers, using it as dipping sauce with tortilla chips and veggies. If it’s made right, I even want to just eat it with a spoon sometimes. But every once in a while you want to mix it up a bit. What about mango? I also love mangoes. In fact, a mango margarita sounds really good right now, and goes well with guacamole, but I digress. Instead, I’ll marry the two fruits for mango guacamole. It’s ridiculously easy to make. Check it out. Continue reading “Mango Guacamole Recipe”

November Food Holiday Observances

For me, November truly means fall. The weather is no longer warm. The leaves are really falling off of the trees and I start to think of all things turkey. November is also my mother’s birthday month, so I relish my Thanksgiving memories with her. But there are all kinds of November Food Holiday Observances to enjoy, many of which also make me think of her. Use this to help you to plan your menu at home, for creative snack ideas in the classroom, or party fun! I’ll keep adding links as I come up with them. Also be sure to check out my Pinterest boards of Recipes to Try and Montessori Food Prep Activities for even more ideas. Which ones are your favorites?

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4 Tempting Homemade Salsa Recipes

I love salsa and am always on the lookout for new recipes. I’ve come up with a few easy homemade salsa recipes to share with you today. Use these for dipping veggies and chips, serve them on tacos or main dishes. Don’t feel guilty about adding salsa, either, because it’s made of fresh, healthy ingredients and isn’t loaded in fat and calories. Consider it a relatively worry-free snack. It’s also great to serve at parties and other get-togethers, or just to keep on hand at home for snack time. In the summers, you can even grow your own fresh ingredients. Or at least become a frequent flyer at your local farmers market.

Grow your own fresh salsa recipe ingredients or visit your local farmers market.

Here I have four fresh salsa recipes for you to try. Happy cooking and eating! Continue reading “4 Tempting Homemade Salsa Recipes”

How to Make Refried Beans

Have you been wondering how to make refried beans without being a slave to the stove? Do you want some good flavor to accentuate your favorite dishes? When my sister and I were living together, she used to make a lot of Mexican meals from scratch and she taught me a lot. I always loved her beans and eventually had her tell me how she did them. Then I made my own adaptations to fit my own palate. So here you go.

Note: To truly cook refried beans from scratch, you need to start with a bag of pinto beans and boil them on the stove for a couple of hours until they are soft. Time can range anywhere from 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 hours or more. When I have a craving for refried beans, I don’t usually feel like waiting quite that long. So I choose to use canned beans. I also like the taste of the canned beans a little bit more, but add enough of my own flavor. Continue reading “How to Make Refried Beans”