Pineapple Cheese Dip/Ball

Great as an appetizer! We had it with crackers at the party and I ate some of the leftovers on a bagel. They can also be made ahead and frozen.

Italian Beef Cabbage Stew: Simple & Delicious!

Italian Beef Cabbage Stew is an amazingly good soup! Your whole family is sure to love it! 

Italian Beef Cabbage Stew

Italian Beef Cabbage Stew is so easy and so delicious!  Healthy AND it doesn’t break the bank!  It’s a winner all around!  You can add in kidney beans and corn also. It’s great all on it’s own but it also goes well on macaroni noodles or rice!

If you are doing paleo, you can easily modify this one to fit your diet.  Either way, it’s full of healthy vitamins and such!  It didn’t last long around the Zoo, even though Monkey “hates cabbage!”  haha



  1. Brown ground meat and drain.  Can I just say, this picture just did not turn out well!  LOL.  Oh well, don’t give up on me now!

  2. Place meat in a stew pot, add in onion, celery, carrots, garlic, tomatoes, tomato sauce, broth and herbs.  If you want to add in the carrots or kidney beans, now is the time.  

  3. Boil for 30 minutes then turn down to a simmer for an additional 30 minutes.

  4. Add in cabbage and green beans. Simmer an additional 30 minutes and enjoy!

    We have a lot of other fantastic soups and stews for you to enjoy!  You can find them here!

*Could Be* Dairy Free Crepes and Chunky Fruit Syrup Filling

I will admit that the thought of making crepes didn’t effect me at all. I hadn’t even heard of them… Then Chief Zoo Keeper decided that they were too difficult for me to make… Challenge taken! The recipe, the process, was very easy. If you are worried about trying them, don’t. I swear it was easy!

Baked Taquitos


10 large flour tortillas
1 lb Ground beef or ground turkey
taco seasoning
1 can green chiles
1 tbsp garlic minced
1 Onion chopped
1 green bell pepper chopped, optional


Brown 1-2 lbs of ground beef or ground turkey with onion, bell peppers, and or garlic if desired. We used turkey. As for the amount, just use however much you normally would! Remember that these will freeze really well to have for future meals, also Monkey took one to school and ate it cold for lunch. She really enjoyed it!
Once you’ve browned the meat, drain grease and add taco seasoning. If you used ground turkey, I suggest using low sodium beef broth to simmer it in, but it’s up to you! The broth adds a lot of great flavor! We typically use broth. Let it simmer until seasoning has soaked into the meat.
Next, mix in a can of green chilis. Stir well. Once the juice has simmered into the meat you have options. A. Mix in shredded cheese, stir, then proceed B. Proceed, then add cheese C. Skip the cheese altogether
Spray a cake pan or cookie sheet with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
Roll a small amount of meat mixture up into the tortilla shell. Lay into baking sheet and spray the tops. of the taquitos.
Bake for about 6-10 minutes, flip over and repeat until lightly browned to your taste at 350! Enjoy!
My Suggestions to go with them: Mexican or Spanish Rice, Refried Beans, and/or Salad. For a real authentic treat make some Tamarindo to go with it. You can find the recipe with the drinks. Check out more at

Pizza Rolls

I made these easy pizza rolls for a church function and they were a huge success. Everyone loved them! You can easily modify the recipe to fit your taste buds! I hope you’ll enjoy them too!

Crunchy Green Beans

Ahh, summertime!!! Gotta love all of the fresh veggies available!!! I used 1 jar of canned green beans because that’s what we had! Turned out really great even though we didn’t have the almonds! BTW, I’m super sorry I didn’t get a pic, we were starving and dug in without thinking!!! LOL.

Garlic Roasted Summer Squash

A great summer or fall side dish!

Pickled Onions