Food Friday – Glazed Carrots

IMG_1052I’m not personally a big fan of glazed carrots. I like mine raw with ranch, in a salad, or just eaten as a giant carrot stick. But my kids and husband prefer them glazed. Making glazed carrots is super easy, and since I’m on a roll on the blog with easy vegetables I’ll share another favorite recipe.

Glazed carrots

Carrots – sliced – as many as you want to eat, I do about 1/2 lb for my family of 5
1/2 Cup Water
3Tbsp Brown Sugar

Place sliced carrots in pan, add water and brown sugar and stir. Bring to a boil. Turn down and simmer – stirring frequently -about 30 minutes or until most of the water has cooked off and only a glaze is left.

For more easy vegetable recipes check out my:

Sauteed Squash

Green Beans

And my Crockpot Vegetable Soup


CSA – Week 9


Another delicious week of vegetables. There was a lot of variety this week!


Such a yummy CSA this week, starting with parsley. Because you can never have too much parsley. I love adding it to foods!


Peppers, red and yellow. My 2yr old insists on calling them apples. And he’s more than happy to just take a bite out of them!


These are called red torpedo onions and they look delicious! Every time I look at them I want to eat them.


Beets, I made another batch of pickled beets this week. My 6yr old likes them.


Green beens. You can have too many of these (if you’ve ever had too many bean plants you know what I’m talking about) but it’s really hard because they’re so delicious.


Kale – I love kale, but my family does not share my like 🙁


Celery. This organic, local celery is so flavorful. It has way more flavor than what you get at your grocery store. I’m just amazed.

Food Friday – Green Beans

I just love green beans. They’re one of my favorite vegetables, a favorite with the kids, and so easy to make.

Garlic Green Beans

1 lb fresh green beans – with ends cut off and broken into 1 in pieces
2 cloves garlic – crushed

Put green beans and garlic in a pan, cover with water. Add salt to taste. Place on stove and bring to a boil. Turn heat down and simmer for about 15 minutes for crisp beans or 45 minutes for softer beans. My kids will only eat green beans if they’re not chewy so I just boil them longer until they’re nice and soft.

Drain any extra water and serve hot.

7 Favorite Green Foods

In honor of St. Patricks Day, I’m going with a green theme for my foods. There’s no way I’m dying any food green, so you know, green eggs and ham are just out of the questions! However, here’s my top 7 favorite naturally green foods.

lettuce1. Lettuce – We all love salads! It’s a great way for me to get my family to eat green leafy vegetables. My favorite dinner salad is a good “cobb” salad. And I use “cobb” rather loosely, because I don’t usually make a traditional cobb salad. I make a salad with lettuce, 2 types of cheese, 2 types of meat (usually sliced sandwich meat and bacon bits), sliced tomatoes, and ranch dressing. Makes a great protein-packed dinner for hot days in the summer!

th2. Granny Smith Apples – These were always one of my favorite apples as a kid. I also really like them in an apple pie, a nice tart apple with the sugar and such in an apple pie is so delicious! They’re also really good sliced up with some peanut butter.

IMG_17083. Peas – My now 6yr old loves peas. They were one of her first finger foods as a baby and she still loves them to this day! I used to just pop a bowl of frozen peas with a Tbsp of water into the microwave for about 1 minute for an instant snack. These days, with three kids I have to make more peas so I just boil them on the stove with a little bit of salt and everyone loves them! I can put peas in just about anything and my 6yr old will eat it because it has her favorite vegetable.

Green-44. Kiwi – I love these tart fruits as well (sensing a pattern here?). I don’t like the fuzzy peel, so I peel them, slice them into rounds and eat them with a fork. The best thing about this fruit? No one else in my family likes them so I get to eat them all!

step-2155. Grapes – Grapes are such an easy fruit. You can take them to a party, pull out a few for the kids to snack on, or slice them in half and toss them in a fruit salad. I like my grapes nice and firm, once they’re squishy I won’t eat them so I have to eat them up pretty quickly when I get them.

green_food_wwweasygreenlivingconz16. Broccoli – Another favorite in my family. The kids prefer to eat broccoli with ranch dip which is way easier than the cheese sauce my husband prefers. This is probably the only green vegetable that everyone in my family will eat! I prefer to steam it on the stove and eat it plain.

green-beans7. Green Beans – My kids only like canned green beans because they’re softer than fresh or frozen. But that just makes my life easier, I’ll dump a can of green beans in a pan, add a clove of crushed garlic and simmer while I’m making dinner. All 3 kids gobble them up. (some nights I don’t get any, I’m going to have to start making 2 cans if I want some). Easy and healthy!