Monthly Archives: April 2012

TBP Friday Faves: Springtime Sprouts

Spring is in the air and we’re getting ready for our outdoor Farmer’s Market season.

We are lucky enough to have a sprout farmer at our market. She grows and sells a wide variety of beautiful, nutritious, and delicious sprouts.

But every now and then, I like to grow my own sprouts. Sprouting at home is affordable and it’s a fun activity to do with your kids – they love watching the sprouts grow quickly over a few days.

Sprouts are really high in antioxidants (especially Vitamin C) and they’re so versatile – eat them in a salad, on a sandwich, over stir-fry…my kids will even eat them by the handful and that makes me super happy!

Here are some sprouting how-to’s and some great recipes featuring sprouts.
Keep reading for more Friday Faves

Tips for Frugal Meals ~ and Indian Lentil Recipe

Indian Lentil Curry Pressure Cooker

You’ve heard it or you’ve said it yourself, right?

“Eating healthy costs too much money.”

Of course, there aren’t

  • coupons for organic broccoli
  • BOGO’s on pastured chicken or
  • “catalinas” on coconut sugar

Sigh.

Those of us interested in eating healthier whole foods and doing so on a budget must look to other means to make budget friendly meals.

I’ve learned how to save money on whole foods the hard way.
Keep reading for Adrienne’s Tips for Frugal Meals and a recipe for Indian Lentils…

Blueberry Breakfast Cake and Balance – or Lack Thereof


Balance has taken on a whole new meaning since the birth of our first and only son eight weeks ago. Before Nate was born, I knew balance was something I could work toward, and some days my life even looked like maybe the scale was evening out.

But once he got here – forget it.

Nothing seemed even close to being balanced. Our house was messier, the laundry got done a little slower, getting dinner ready could take hours because he needs a meal or a diaper change. Exercise the morning after sleepless nights had no appeal at all. And, I craved me time. You know, those 30 minutes I used to get all to myself in the morning before Joe got out of bed. Or, the quiet time I’d take for myself in the middle of the day with a hot cup of coffee.

Now, when he’s asleep I’m either napping too because we were up all night or I’m trying to catch up on laundry or finish something on my blog.

There are the moments, though, when balance doesn’t matter. Like when he looks at me with his big blue eyes and smiles the biggest grin. Or when he’s fussy and only Mommy knows how to calm him. And my heart always melts when he cuddles up on my chest and falls asleep. Exercise, dinner, laundry, and the blog can wait. I would stop time forever to hold on to those precious minutes.

There have been a few times, too, when it looks like balance might be trying to creep back in. I’ve had 15 minutes to read a book while he napped on my lap. A few times he’s actually enjoyed the Moby Wrap long enough for me to get through a recipe, beginning to end.


It was one of those moments when I made this Blueberry Breakfast Cake. He was content to move around the kitchen with me while I mixed, scooped, and baked. He eventually dozed off and all was well in our world.

I was reminded that sometimes being out of balance is a gift, a short detour that moves me to deep gratitude for the very simple things in life. You know, silence, clean clothes, a good nap, and a simple, healthy recipe.

Stop by the Attune Foods Blog where I’m sharing my Blueberry Breakfast Cake recipe.

What kind of balance is going on in your life?

Oil-Free Sweet Dijon Salad Dressing

Sweet Dijon Dressing

Though the fall is technically my favorite time of year when it comes to the food calendar, I do love breaking out our serving bowl (known as “the big bowl”) in the spring and filling it with a jumbo salad for one. This tradition starts as soon as the snows melt in April, and occurs nearly every day at lunch until the snow flies again in October. My love for warm weather salads is threefold: The fresh taste of the produce, the energized feeling I get after consuming all of those greens, and the desire to not look worse than the year prior in a swimsuit. Come on, I know I’m not the only one!

Anyway, as amazing as salads can taste, the dressing really is the icing veggie cake. I like to use a lot of it, but don’t love the heavy oils. So, I’m always mixing up oil-free blends that still satisfy my cravings for something a little rich. One of my favorites is honey dijon.
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