Category Archives: grains

Honeyed Orange Breakfast Quinoa

Wisconsin finally has snow, although the cold temperatures have been with us awhile. We’ve been dutifully eating our oatmeal to keep warm on the chilly mornings. (See raspberry coconut oatmeal and maple banana oatmeal for a twist on the usual porridge). If stodgy oats have you bored, give this breakfast quinoa a try. It’s brightened [...]

Pumpkin Spice Granola

Granola is a great alternative to traditional cold cereal, but also serves as a hearty snack or a versatile crunchy topping for yogurt or oatmeal. With a drizzle of maple syrup and a dollop of creme fraiche, it becomes dessert. This granola has a warm spiciness and toastiness, and the mahogany syrup adds sweetness with [...]

Maple Banana Oatmeal

My three year old took a bite of his breakfast and asked me, “Mommy, is this pudding?” ‘Nough said. This is a good breakfast. So much so, one might actually think it is dessert. And ┬ánot because it is overly sweet, just very flavorful for such simple ingredients. The oats are creamy, the banana and [...]

Weeknight Dinner: Red Lentil Soup

This was devoured before I could take a photo of the finished soup–on three separate occasions. This one is popular with everyone in my family, from husband down to infant. There aren’t many meals with such mass appeal. It is very flavorful, but not spicy (you could easily spice it up before by not seeding [...]

Butternut Squash, Kale, and Barley Risotto

This was one of those dinners that started out as something to fill our bellies, and ended up as something truly delicious. Despite the glaring absence of pulled pork, I had to steal this tiny portion away from my husband in order to preserve something to photograph. It really was that good! Kid and husband [...]