"Made with homemade chicken stock, leeks, and kale this soup is the ultimate healthy, nutritious and amazingly delicious meal. So good in fact that Mia runs around the house in excitement when I’m making it and my mother who recently visited and doesn’t cook too often decided she had to go home and make this right away." Recipe: Chicken, Leek, and Kale Soup with Black Rice Noodles
Self-described "ex graphic designer turned pro diaper changer, head chef and baby food maker," Meredith Steele can also add "successful food blogger" to her list of accomplishments. Her blog, <a href="http://www.insockmonkeyslippers.com/:}In Sock Monkey Slippers will have you yearning to be a permanent fixture at her family's dinner table. Here's a taste of her take on food, family and life at large.
"Is there anything better than a fresh warm popover? Popovers are so insanely easy I don’t know why I don’t make them more often. Oh wait, yes I do. Because there is not one ounce of willpower in me to resist eating the entire batch." Recipe: Goat Cheese and Rosemary Popovers
"After months of trial and error I have finally found my favorite veggie burger and all it took was a little quinoa. If you haven’t discovered quinoa yet, it is a grain like crop grown for it’s seeds...Packed with protein, magnesium and iron this nutty flavored seed is perfect for toddlers, kids, and insane marathon/ultra runners like my husband." Recipe: Quinoa Sweet Potato Burgers with Snow Pea Slaw
"This recipe is a combination of homestyle cooking techniques form some of the greatest women in my life. My mom, my grandmother, and a woman who had a big hand in raising me as a child and practically a family member, my RoRo. It’s just a simple recipe but speaks of generations." Recipe: Hearty Beef Stew
"Rosemary and garlic roasted salmon is a quick, simple and oh my word delicious way to cook salmon. Healthy, light and bursting with flavor, this is our favorite way to eat the delectable fish!" Recipe: Rosemary and Garlic Roasted Salmon
"Here is an extremely easy homemade applesauce recipe with a little nutritious vegetable kick for the entire family to enjoy. Make it before work or throwing the kids off to school and have a tasty fresh applesauce just in time for dinner’s desert. Not to mention it makes your house smell amazing!" Recipe: Crock Pot Butternut Squash Applesauce
"It was Mia’s 3rd birthday, my brother Michael came home on leave from his first tour in Afghanistan, there were family parties galore, and then there was Halloween, of course. All of this going on and the whole time I had the thought of this recipe in my head using my favorite cut of pasta, linguine and my favorite fall vegetable, butternut squash." Recipe: Butternut Squash Linguine with Kale
"With all the flavors of fall, this Chicken Sausage with Cabbage and Apples is a supper easy and simple one dish meal that always has me wanting more." Recipe: Chicken Sausage with Cabbage and Apples
"My girl LOVES chips. Ninety percent of the time potato chips are not allowed in the house because the big kids, aka the husband and I, eat them like ravishing piranhas. When I recently found my 22 month old breaking into a kitchen at her second cousin’s birthday party for the salty addictive treats I realized I should probably find a good substitute." Recipe: Sweet Potato and Beet Chips
"I love this recipe because it’s healthy, fun, and can be treated as a side or a main dish. And picture how beautiful a wild rice, apple, and cranberry large stuffed pumpkin (minus the ground turkey) would be as a side at your Thanksgiving table? Yeah, that would get you out of the dog house with the in-laws." Recipe: Turkey, Wild Rice, Apple, and Cranberry Stuffed Pumpkins
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