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Cauliflower Hash Browns

Wow! I made my first batch of cauliflower hash browns yesterday morning and instantly fell in love with this low-carb recipe. When it comes to food I'm a mixer (my husband Scott is a separatist) so I absolute heaven when I paired my sunny side up egg with these smokey morsels. It was like eating at a diner minus the guilt! My cauliflower hash browns were inspired by blogposts from NannyKim's Recipes and An Edible Mosaic.

Amina Thai Rockville

Over the summer Morgan attended a fantastic camp at Dynamite Agility Center in Rockville training to become the next American Ninja Warrior :) During drop offs and pick ups I had passed by this unassuming Thai restaurant several times and then decided I needed to check it out. Having lived in Lowell, MA for several years I am accustomed to amazing authentic Southeast Asian restaurants and I'm always on the hunt for similar mom-and-pop shops in the DMV area. Well, after my first experience at Amina's I was hooked! Something important to note and that makes this place a Golden Nugget is that it claims to be the only Halal Thai restaurant in the DMV area.

While ordering, the owner Amina overheard me tell the waiter that I like everything extra spicy. She graciously came over with these spices and suggested that I try them and explained what goes with what and that the roasted chiles are homemade, not store-bought. If you like spicy, I highly recommend that you ask for the spice …

Green Frog Popsicles

Hey kids, time for dessert, who wants spinach? (Cue the crickets chirping in the background). Ok, let's try this again. How about a popsicle? "Me! Me! Me!" Great!

I found this sweet and refreshing recipe for Green Frog Pops via Super Healthy Kids. Grab your blender, put in 1 cup of mangoes, 1 banana, 2-3 cups spinach (I used three), and 1/2 cup coconut water, blend until smooth, pour into your popsicle molds, and freeze. As they are scarfing down their yummy popsicles you can choose whether or not to clue them in that they are in fact, actually eating spinach.


So Morgie took one look at the green popsicle, shook his head and said, "Uh-uh." I put an over-the-top grin on my face and said in my sweetest lovingly Mommy voice, "you are going to love this Froggie popsicle."  Grinning even wider, I handed it to him, and nonchalantly walked out of the room. I didn't want him to smell my desperation and refuse to eat it just because he knew I wanted him t…

Homemade Peanut Butter

I have been meaning to post this recipe for peanut butter because it is so easy to make and a great activity for little ones.


While preparing for an afternoon playdate with one of Morgan's best friends, Alexandra, I stopped at our local Yes Organic Market and grabbed some peanuts (in the bulk section) so they could learn how to make their own peanut butter. 

Encouraging kids to start cooking at an early age is a crucial life skill that allows for family time and bonding while developing numerous skills including fine-motor, social, problem solving, math, creativity, nutrition, and cultural awareness.... to name a few :) FYI: That handy dandy adjustable kitchen stool that allows them to reach the counter is made by Little Partners.

Hey KitchenAid, I love my food processor but the kids want to know if you have a quieter model :)

It only takes a couple of minutes in the processor to turn those peanuts into peanut butter. I prefer to add a little oil (coconut is my favorite) for a c…

Carlty Bryer's Wicked Good Key Lime Pie

This is not your traditional Key lime pie recipe. Our sweet neighbor "Nick's wife" made it for my dad a few weeks ago and we were lucky enough to get a hand-written recipe from her. This is a no bake, no fuss recipe, that will take no time to throw together but will leave a lasting impression on your taste buds.


This Key lime pie recipe has officially made it into Carlty Bryer's personal cookbook collection.

GNG Tip: I have had better luck finding Key limes in my local Cambodian, Thai, and Korean markets rather than Giant or Whole Foods.

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Twice-Baked Potatoes (Lactose Free)

Did you know that you can actually make lactose free twice-baked potatoes? You bake them just as you would normally do but instead use a lactose free milk and cheese. These potatoes are stuffed with bacon, green onions, and smothered with melted pepper jack from Cabot. If pepper jack packs a little too much heat for you, check out the variety of lactose free cheeses in the Cabot faq's page.

Want more lactose free cooking ideas? Check out this wicked easy lactose free gourmet pizza recipe here.

Homemade Mayonnaise

After reading a few blog posts about making homemade mayonnaise with an immersion blender in approximately 30 seconds I quickly hopped on my Amazon Prime account and ordered this model from Cuisinart. I grew up on Miracle Whip (versus Hellman's) but I love the idea of having fresh homemade mayonnaise in the fridge that isn't filled with all the additives that store-bought brands contain.

Yesterday I took out my handy dandy immersion blender and put The Healthy Foodie's Fool-Proof Paleo Mayo recipe to the test. Unbelievable! I whipped up this cool and creamy mayo in under 30 seconds. It was so easy that I decided to rinse out a Miracle Whip container and made two more batches in order to fill the jar.


The first thing I made with my new mayo was egg salad.  I also had a fresh batch of crispy bacon from the Amish store in Laurel so I decided to sprinkle some chopped pieces on my toasted egg salad sandwich. Absolutely delish!





Black Bean Brownies

Whether you are trying to eat healthier or are in search of tasty "veggie-hiding" recipes for a finicky eater in your life, you will want to add this black bean brownie recipe to your collection. Here's why: They are delicious. My taste testers couldn't believe that these rich brownies were made with black beans, which are a good source for fiber, protein, and essential vitamins and minerals. Another bonus is that they are gluten-free!


He's smiling because he knows he is going to be eating brownies. I'm smiling because I know he is going to be eating black beans. It's a win-win!
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Filippo's Italian Specialties

Although I have lived in Silver Spring since 2005 I am embarrassed to admit that I had no idea how many golden nuggets were tucked away in an area adjacent to the Wheaton Mall known as Wheaton Triangle. I had ventured over there one morning after my friend Brian from Corcoran Caterer's highly recommended visiting a mom and pop baker's supply shop named Little Bits. Unfortunately Little Bits was closed for the day but thankfully a few doors down I noticed a sign for Filippo's Italian Specialties (formerly known as Marchone's). Intrigued by the idea there was an old school Italian market in Wheaton I popped in to see what they had to offer. I was immediately welcomed with a warm smile and greeting from the owner, Filippo. While waiting in line for my sandwich it was apparent that this store had a loyal following. One gentleman that I spoke to had been coming here for over 30 years. I ordered a cold cut sandwich and it did not disappoint! It's one of the best I'v…