• Crispy Smashed Potatoes

    We Love Potatoes! One of our families favorite foods is potatoes. Growing up we consumed them in many different kinds of styles. For me I really enjoy a classic baked potato, which I think plays to my British heritage. My mother being from Colombia however prepares a similar dish called papas saladas (salted potato). My husband Kodi loves a good oven roasted potato with herbs and spices. Our children thoroughly enjoy french fries, potato wedges, and mashed potatoes. So, since we have a deep love for “spuds” in our family we figured creating another potato centered recipe that would keep…

  • Meatballs

    I must admit spaghetti and meatballs, or a spaghetti with a meat sauce is one of my favorite dishes to eat. A couple years ago I even asked my husband to make it for my birthday. Kodi went all out and made the best meatballs! I would say this recipe is a tribute to him and how delicious that meal was. Maybe I trap myself in forbidden carb rules at times, so a birthday is reason enough to allow myself to indulge. I used to just roll meat together with spices and call it a day, but there are some…

  • Instant Pot Black Beans

    Simple, healthy, and kid friendly meals are a must when you are a busy family. My children absolutely devour a bowl of this instant pot black beans and rice. We have truly made this a weekly staple. My son loves to squeeze his own limes on top and sprinkle on a little salt. I believe that you can teach your kids what food is normal in your family. Children can be extremely picky when it comes to dinner time. I find it’s just about offering them what is cooked and making no other options available. We have a rule that…

  • Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

    I know what you are thinking, “What am I going to do with all those ripe bananas?” Well, I know what you should do—make banana bread! I mean, most of us have more than one banana going a little too ripe anyway. Banana bread is my usual go-to solution, but sometimes we make our paleo banana pancakes or smoothies. I was thinking of how to make the recipe better. Chocolate chip banana bread was the perfect answer! Bananas in our home In our household we love bananas. We go through bundles and bundles every month. The kids have grown up loving them as…

  • Chickpea, Tomato, & Cucumber Salad

    Spring is here and summer is on the way, so it’s time to start making those fresh salads! We love a greek salad which is what I have made versions of this chickpea tomato and cucumber salad for years. However, I’ve never written down the recipe until now as it can be made in so many different ways.  Fast & Fresh I think a fresh salad doesn’t always have to be just lettuce and ranch dressing. Salad can have many textures and vegetables, and a depth of flavor that will have you begging for seconds. One of the benefits of…

  • Matzah

    Homemade matzah tastes fresher and better than anything you’ll ever get out of the box. No, we weren’t raised Jewish, but we have grown up eating matzah from time to time. Mainly it’s when we take communion, whether at church or at home, and use matzah bread as one of the elements. I’ve never really liked the taste of matzah, as it is usually very bland. However, I recently found out how different fresh matzah tastes right out of the oven. Years ago, I started making fresh Challah bread, and I much prefer the flavor and texture of fresh bread (you can…

  • Tomato Soup

    So, we had our friends over this past weekend and decided to indulge in a childhood favorite. The inspiration for tomato soup came from our friend Josiah. He requested a grilled ham and cheese sandwich with tomato soup when a group of us went out to eat. His choice caught everyone’s attention and left us craving the comfort food that he had ordered! We are always looking for ways to please a crowd. Our home has always been an open door to amazing people that we do life with. Feeding them is our love language. I have learned in my…

  • Baked Oatmeal Muffins

    Oats are a huge staple in our house! From regular oatmeal to cookies and pancakes, we tend to use oats in a lot of our recipes. These baked oatmeal muffins have been a great addition in our home. My kids started a pass or fail challenge when recipes are finalized, and I got a pass on these. I think I have mentioned they are tough critics, so I am quite pleased. This muffin recipe is versatile and customizable to any palate. They are so easy to make! These baked oatmeal muffins are great to make ahead for quick breakfasts on…

  • Chocolate Avocado Pudding

    This delicious vegan chocolate pudding is so silky smooth, rich in flavor, and full of nutrition. You can’t even taste the avocado! As a mother tricking your kids may not be the nicest thing to do, but if it is for their own good it’s not so bad, right? Haha! Well, I am a firm believer in keeping things nutritious for my family. I also love to let them live and enjoy foods in moderation that are delicious. Currently i’m in a clean up the pantry phase in my home. Keeping the thought that nutritious eating can include desserts helps…

  • Simple Enchiladas

    The cat is out of the bag. The secret is out. Alert the media! Enchiladas have arrived at the Sells house. One of my husband’s favorite dishes is a giant plate of enchiladas. Kodi’s mom has made enchiladas for years and they will forever hold a special place in his heart. I thought that I would give them a try and adapt the recipe to the busy household that we live in. When I served them up for dinner and I got a thumbs up from Kodi and that was all I needed! There are some very amazing homemade and…