because I have to

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Grandma Darla's Pico Salsa

Posted by Brekk Bird |

Low-Fat Recipes: Fresh Salsa -

10 Roma tomatoes (chopped)
1 yellow,  1 red, 1 orange peppers (chopped)
1 medium red onion (chopped)
a bunch celantro (chopped)
rice vinegar
Garlic Salt or fresh garlic
Lime juice

options: I have added black beans, corn, avacado, and green pepper
or put a twist on it with mango, pomagranite seeds, or cucumber

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Grilled Chicken Avacado Salad

Posted by Brekk Bird |

Chicken and Avocado Salad with Lime and Cilantro


6 Grilled Chicken Breasts (cubed)
1/3 C caned chickpeas
1/3 C caned pinto beans
1/3 C caned black beans
1 med red onion (chopped)
3 fresh poblano peppers (finely chopped)
1 green bell pepper (chopped)
3 ripe avacados (cubed)

Celantro- Lime Dressing (combine in a blender)
1 bunch celantro
1/4 C fresh lime juice
1/2 C olive oil
salt and pepper

option: Top with sour cream or chips

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Amish Oatmeal

Posted by Brekk Bird |


1/3 cup butter
2 large eggs
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1 teaspoon nutmeg or 1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
2 tablespoons milk
3 cups oatmeal (regular or quick)
option: add blueberries (dry or fresh, apples, sunflower seeds, any nut, dried cranberries, raisins, banana, strawberry, ext)


1 Melt butter.
2 Grease 1 1/2 quart baking dish and drop in eggs and beat well.
3 Add brown sugar, baking powder, vanilla, nutmeg or cinnamon, and salt. Mix well, no lumps.
4 Whisk in butter and both measures of milk, then add oats.
5 Stir well, and refrigerate overnight.
6 Bake, uncovered, at 350 for 35-45 min, or until set in the middle.
7 Serve hot with warm milk poured over.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Wild Rice and Wheatberry Salad

Posted by Brekk Bird |


2/3 cup wild rice, rinsed
1 cup wheat berries, rinsed
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 small onion, chopped (*** I would prefer green onions added in later myself)
2 garlic cloves, minced (could be left out)
1/2 cup chopped almond or pecans
1/2 cup chopped dried cranberries
2 Tablespoons maple syrup
juice from half an orange
1 teaspoon fresh mint
Salt / Pepper, to taste
option: could add apples and grapes

First, prepare the grains. Place the wheatberries in 3 cups of water and let simmer for 45 minutes. Place the wild rice in an pot with 2 1/2 cups of water and bring to a boil. Once the wild rice water is boiling, reduce to a simmer, cover, and let cook for 30 minutes. Drain both the pots (if there is any water leftover after the wild rice has absorbed it) and set aside.

In a small saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium. Add the onions and saute for about five minutes (or until softened). Add in the garlic and saute for another minute. Remove from heat.

In a large bowl, mix the wild rice, wheat berries, and onion mixture with the rest of the ingredients. Serve right away or stick in the fridge for an hour to help the flavors meld together.


Saturday, February 22, 2014

Corn and Blueberry Salad

Posted by Brekk Bird |


6 ears of Corn (cooked and sliced off the cob)
1 C fresh Blueberries
1 small Cucumber (sliced)
1/4 C Red onion
1 bunch Celatro
1 Jalapeno pepper (seeded and finely chopped)

2 Tbs lime juice
2 Tbs Olive oil
1 Tbs honey
1/2 tsp Cumin

Mix ingredients together in bowl, make dressing and top. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Turkey Sausage and Kale Italian Soup

Posted by The Colbys... written by Erin |

Thanks to my sister, Brekk! I love this recipe.  I added noodles;)

36oz chicken stock
2 cans cannelli beans (drained and rinsed)
1 package of kale (I used baby kale) chopped up a bit
1 ring of Turkey Keilbasa sausage, quartered and sliced
1 med onion, diced
1/2 lb. mini shell noodles
fresh parmesan

Dice sausage and onions and brown in the bottom of the soup pot.
add chicken stock and bring to a boil.
Add noodles and cook until not quite done.
add cannelli beans and Kale, let the beans heat, and the kale wilt.  stir it all in to incorporate.

Top with Parmesan Cheese and a side of french bread.

Yummy and Easy!

photo credit: internet site… looks the same except mine has noodles.