Italian Meatballs

These dairy-free meatballs are delicious.  This is a large recipe and perfect for stocking your freezer with healthy, great-tasting freezer meals.

italian-meatballsOn busy days, I often wish we would eat take-out for dinner.  I used to buy Chinese food because it seemed to have less dairy, but now since we have a little one with a soy allergy as well as dairy, Chinese is not a good option either.

Instead, I try to keep some quick and easy meals in the freezer.   Continue reading

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Easy Moist Cake (Using a Cake Mix)

The secret ingredient of these moist cakes isn’t pudding mixes or dairy. The secret ingredient is grated zucchini.  The zucchini melts away into the cake so you can’t even tell it is in there.

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My five-year-old has a summer birthday.  I thought he wanted a chocolate cake and started grating zucchini for a chocolate zucchini cake, but he picked out a boxed spice cake mix.  Since I already grated zucchini, I decided it was time to experiment. Continue reading

Zucchini Time

After being away from my garden for a week, I came back to find my zucchini plants loaded with overgrown zucchini.  Zucchini is one of my favorite vegetables, if it is possible to narrow it down.  It is so mellow, versatile, and plentiful.  I’m loving the zucchini season.zucchiniGrowing up, my dad loved telling a joke about tourists that came to visit their friend in Idaho one summer.  The Idaho host takes the visitors to Yellowstone Park and they stop and visit Old Faithful.  The visitors are about to lock the doors to the car, but the host tells them Continue reading

Chicken Dumplings with Vegetables

Shredded chicken, carrots, potatoes, zucchini, and cannelloni beans in chicken broth with small dumplings.

Chicken dumplings with vegetables
Chicken Dumplings with Vegetables

Three weekends ago, the temperatures went from the high 90s to the high 60s.  My husband and two oldest children had planned to hike the nearby mountain peak.  One thing they didn’t count on was the time of day that the high temperature would occur.  It happened to be at 8:00 in the morning.  They left at 6:00 AM for their 10 mile hike.  By 8:30 AM, it started to drizzle. Continue reading