I'm reminded recently that we are in the months of winter.   Up until now, Tulsa has had a fairly warm season and there hasn't been much need to run to those typical comfort foods. But now, I'm cold! I wake up cold, I turn on the little heater next to my desk to warm my toes, I keep a hot coffee with me most of the day (it's like a hand warmer with benefits). Because of that internal chill that is so difficult to shake, I'm starting to turn to soup and stew and chili  to warm myself and my family on the inside. This Sweet Potato Gnocchi did the trick!  Not only was it nice and hot, like most soups should be, but the combination was quite enjoyable. I never had gnocchi in a soup before but I wanted to do something other than topping it with pasta sauce (although that would be delicious as well).

Turn your Berry Smoothie into a  nutritious pancake in less than 10 minutes. Vegan, nut free with gluten free option.

What if I told you that making pancakes was as simple as making a smoothie, would you believe me? Well,  I surely wouldn't lie to you about this one. Berry smoothies are one of my absolute favorite, post workout drinks.  Smoothies are also one of my son's favorite breakfast options, so I was messing with an idea of starting with a smoothie then adding to it for a naturally sweet, allergy friendly (dairy, egg & nut free), filling breakfast.  Then "tada" the Berry Smoothie Pancake was born!


Miso Soup with Potatoes is simply a delicious, comforting bowl you'll want seconds and thirds of. 

One of the my most requested soups to make is Miso Soup, especially from my youngest.  Boy, does he love his soup!  So much so, he's on his 3rd large bowl right now. We're having a "Mom & Me" hang out afternoon since he's not feeling well and of course, I had to make him his favorite, feel good soup. In case you've never heard of this soup, it actually Miso Soup but growing up, my husband always called it Potato Dirt Soup because of the cloudy, light brown color.  It is actually, one of the first Korean dishes he made for me when we first were married, but over the years, it has transferred hands and now I am the maker of this simple and delicious soup.

Chocolate Chip Muffins Collage

CC Muffins

This is the first post I'm sharing that is not completely Vegan (gasp!) as it contains eggs.
I know, I know,,,,,"how could you?".  Well, the answer is simple....I don't want my food allergic child to die.
To some, this may not make any sense, as its hard enough for me to wrap my head around.  For the past 9 years, we have been telling our X-man NOT to eat ANYTHING that contains eggs as it has sent him into anaphylaxis before. But after his last Dr. appointment and another round of skin testing, we decided to challenge egg since his level dropped just so slightly.

Vegan & Gluten Free, Southern Style Grits
Bite-size Grits & Greens I am not a Southern girl by any means, but I do love me some southern food. Biscuits and gravy, warm cornbread, or grits and greens, Oh MY! Throw in some sweet tea and we're having a party (and making my kiddos & hubby, incredibly happy). Southern cooking really is good 'ol comfort food, and grits may just win as my favorite since they are little healthier (depending on how you make them) and easier to make vegan & allergy-friendly .