The Mother of Invention

Eating healthy is a challenge these days, and it shouldn't be. As a working mom, I completely understand the constant temptation to roll through a driv-thru eatery and have dinner taken care of after a long day, and I must admit that on occasion, I still fall pray to the hamburger whispers. Yet it is possible to take control of your lifestyle and get on track to eating right and providing your family with the very best food there is. Growing your own edible gardens is the first step. But what happens when you suddenly find yourself with an abundance of veggies? These recipes were born out of the necessity to use what I already had on hand, and improvise the rest. Enjoy!


Restaurant Style Spicy Garlic Edamame

This highly addictive snack is a popular choice as an appetizer at Japanese restaurants, but you can whip up a batch at home anytime you want to wow your friends and set your soul (and your mouth) on fire. Bet you can’t eat just one!

Thai Basil Stir-Fry With Zucchini and Mushrooms

Share This MessOur Thai basil plant is a monster now, with bushy green stalks just begging me to go Asian with my meal-planning. I was craving the crunch of a fresh summer zucchini, so I crafted this little recipe for a Thai basil stir-fry with some other leftover veggies that …

Italian Bruschetta Recipe

Share This Mess Summer could never be complete for me without my favorite appetizer of all time. Bruschetta is pronounced “broo-SKET-tah” (see here) and is typically made with Italian plum tomatoes, olive oil, vinegar and basil. I decided to make ours today from our beefsteak tomatoes that have ripened up …

Thai Basil Pepita Pesto

Share This Mess While planting my tomatoes, I notice a tiny pair of leaves poking out of the soil. I hadn’t planted them there, so I had to wait until the little sprout grew a little bigger before I could identify what it was…. a Thai Basil plant! I was …