Archives for March 2015

Refried Beans

Making your own refried beans is easy and economical. There are many uses for refried beans: bean burritos, bean tacos, beans and cheese, bean dip and more. They are inexpensive and very nutritious. Pinto beans are high in fiber, magnesium and potassium and can be purchased at any grocery store for around $1-2 a pound. Most people purchase their refried beans pre-made in a can. While … [Read more...]

Oatmeal Pancakes: Gluten Free with Walnut Butter

By contributing writer Tessa These Gluten-Free Oatmeal Pancakes are one of the the most hearty pancakes I have yet to make. They have made their way into our pre-hiking repertoire for their packability and ability to satiate! I discovered this recipe years ago in a newspaper and had to work on making it allergy friendly. Necessity is always the mother of invention. The egg free version is … [Read more...]

How to Tell if You Have a Rotten Egg

When we returned from vacation the eggs in the fridge had passed their "sell by" date. I was pretty sure they were still good, but wanted to make sure before I fed them to the kids. This easy test will determine if your egg is good enough to eat, or it is time to toss. Submerge your egg in water. If the egg is fresh it will sink to the bottom. If it floats to the top throw it out. If it … [Read more...]

Beef Stew with Chickpeas: Slow Cooker

A good homemade dinner is easy to serve with this Crock Pot Beef Stew with Chickpeas recipe.  You just throw it all together in the slow cooker, set the dial, and it's perfectly cooked at meal time. All the veggies in this dish really meld flavors well so that the kids don't find the flavors too strong or overpowering.  The chickpeas keep their amazing texture while the meat melts in your … [Read more...]