Black Bean Quesadillas

As I have been dusting off my summer recipes I came across this one today.  It's quick and easy for those busy summer nights. Black Bean Quesadillas Ingredients: 2 large flour tortillas 3/4 C shredded cheddar or monterey jack cheese 1/2 C frozen corn, thawed 1/2 C red bell pepper, diced 1/2 C black beans, drained 1 green onion, chopped coconut oil to coat pan Directions: Melt coconut oil … [Read more...]

Green Smoothie Anyone?

Hey - It's me, Patty, one of Dustin's FMFL bloggers.  Just a quick blog on a recipe that you need to try!  Memorial day is not a good one.  It's cold, it's wet, and there are severe storms headed our way later this afternoon/evening.  So - I'm inside, catching up on some bookwork, housework, recipes, planning, batch cooking, blogging, etc.  A friend of mine from Spark People challenged me to … [Read more...]

Summer has officially begun!

...and ready or not, so have summer sports!   Hi!  This is Kim, one of Dustin's contributors. Summer is supposed to be a time of relaxation.  When I think of summer, I think of hammocks and beaches.  My first day of having kids home on summer vacation went like this: … [Read more...]

When Temptation Stikes, Hope for a Line!

  Hi!  This is Kim, one of Dustin's contributors.   Temptation is lurking on every corner.  The corner that tempted me the other night, had a DQ on it.  The way my evening transpired was a recipe for  disaster.  I left work and went shopping with two of my kids.  We headed straight for the mall, then finished up with a trip to Target and the grocery store.  The kids grabbed a small snack, but I … [Read more...]

Green “Moothie”

This blog post is from one of my contributors Sara. Yes, that’s how my son says “smoothies.”  He begs for them!  Seriously, both you and your kids can benefit from a daily green smoothie. It's a great way to get veggies into a picky eater (adult or child!)  I got on the smoothie kick as part of a cleanse after attending a detox seminar at Red Mountain Spa (awesome place) and reading the book … [Read more...]

My Secret to Drinking More Water…

  ....The Right Water Bottle! A couple years ago, when I wanted to reduce/eliminate sippy cup usage by my two boys, I set out to find an appropriate drinking container that would accomplish the following: 1) be relatively spill proof, while offering the boys some control; 2) provide an oportunity to drink plenty of water anywhere; 3) reduce reliance on disposable containers while out and about … [Read more...]

New Years Resolutions – who needs’em!?

HI! This is Patty - one of Dustin's bloggers. This is an email I sent my group of FMFLers that work out together, thought it would also be a good blog! … [Read more...]

Christmas Cookie Conondrum

Hi there, this is Katy one of Dustin's blog contributors.  This is one of my favorite times of the year.  I love all of the family traditions that go along with the holidays, but there is one tradition that I seriously thought about cancelling this year.  It's our annual Christmas cookie baking weekend.  My mom, my sister, and our 5 young children all get together for a full weekend of baking.  … [Read more...]

Where do your eggs come from?

Hey, this is Melissa Kirby, one of Dustin's blog contributors. What do you think about when you pick up a carton of eggs? I wonder how the chickens that laid those eggs are treated.  Did they spend their days scratching and pecking for bugs outside in the sunshine or were they crammed together in a dark barn where they could barely move?  The latter is not only inhumane, it degrades the quality … [Read more...]

Replace 7 Non-Value-Added “Foods” in 7 Days with Healthier Alternatives

       Shelly's Simple Suggestions     Yesterday I went to buy a few groceries and one of the things on my list was REAL maple syrup.  I have been eliminating processed foods from my kitchen as best I can for a while now.  Eating “whole” is pretty standard for me now (with planned cheat times), but the hardest part in the household are things I exposed the kids to in an effort to get the … [Read more...]