A peek Into My Kitchen: White Bean Kale Soup (crockpot!)

The slowcooker/crockpot is truly a magical appliance! I love knowing that I can throw a whole bunch of vegetables into it in the morning and have dinner waiting for the family at the end of the day.  I am truly in awe of it’s fabulousness.

That said, if you’re not careful, a lot of recipes in the crockpot can turn out, for lack of a better word, gloopy.  Sometimes, it’s nice to have the convenience without ending up with another nondescript stew-y or chili-like dish.

This a great soup that actually remains soup-like even after sitting all day (or even overnight!) in the crockpot.  The beans (even though they’re canned!) actually maintain their shape and texture, and the kale adds a nice richness to the broth.  Win-Win!


A peek Into My Kitchen: Mango Pops–Healthy, Dye-free & Bright Orange

This was my 4 year old son's hand hours (and several hand washings!) after I gave in and bought him a Sponge Bob popsicle in the park.


I know the picture isn't perfectly clear, but if you look closely, you can see that the various red dye #s godknowswhat have streaked his hand.

A little scary, no?

What's a mom to do?  I remembered having a read a post on Weelicious about mango popsicles and tinkered around with the proportions a bit.

The next day, I made these:


Mango Pops

3 very ripe mangoes, chopped

1 cup of whole milk or yogurt

an optional dash of cinnamon or chili powder (the latter for adventurous adults!)