Mmmm… Monday: Aldi ‘Ham’ & Beans | Love

I promised recipes. Here’s one that costs about $4.50, and takes 15 minutes, 20 max.:

Pick up one of those turkey hams from Aldi, about 2 lbs, and a whole $2.49. It legit tastes like ham, but isn’t. Which is important when you have a pork allergy like me…


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While you’re there, buy a can 2 cans of Canellini or White Navy beans. A can of Garbanzo’s, as well.


Here’s what you do:

Dice up that ham according to how much you’d like in a pot of beans. Freeze the rest. Future dinner. Yay.

Get a skillet out (preferably cast iron, but whatever), add some olive oil, and cook up the ham. Personally, I like it kind of crispy-critters, but that’s your call.

Once that’s done, add all your (rinsed) beans. As well as:
about 3/4c water
tbsp salt
2tsp pepper (black… if you use red like me, a LOT less, like, 1/2 tsp)
tbsp onion powder
tsp garlic powder
1tsp liquid smoke (smoked paprika would also work).

Simmer on stovetop for ~10 mins.

Remove from heat, and hand-mash about half the pan. Stir back together. This gives you that nice thickness of ‘gravy,’ but still texture–especially with those garbanzos! That’s why I use them.

That’s it! Obviously, adjust seasoning to you’re liking.

Some others you might try and see how you like it: paprika, ground mustard, marjoram, allspice, and of course, something mild and green, like spinach, kale, or parsley would work.


Mm-mm-mm Monday: Lemon-y Peas | Love

It’s summer, so I’ve been terribly derelict in my blogging duties. That said, we’re rounding the corner, and I’m excited to get back into a routine (the whole family is). That’s just the way my family thrives.

So, to jump start that “routine” mindset, I’ve decided to present a recipe, along with its source, every Monday. I don’t know about you, but on Monday’s, I need all the nudges, hacks, and breaks I can get.

Sometimes it will be MY recipe, sometimes it will come from elsewhere, but always something I’ve tried.

Who doesn’t love PEAS? Especially when presented alongside this adorable, retro graphic from Good Housekeeping of yore (scroll past the Giant to get to the good one.)?!


Source: Jolly Green Giant Image


Here’s a yummy side dish to serve with a very basic main dish–be it deli sandwiches, on top of a chicken salad, or with a veggie burger:

Side note: this recipe calls for Lemon Vitality oil–and that certainly provide the most flavor per drop–but you could certainly use 2-3 Tbsp. lemon juice concentrate from the store, which I have also done! 


Floral Rejuvenation & Spring Cleaning| Love & Oils & Art. Ish.

A posted a fóto of these beauties several days ago, and they’re still going strong! My secret? Purification oil. 

Not only does it smell amazing, keep warm weather biting critters at bay, and purify the air and surfaces, yes, it helps sustain cut flowers, as well. 

I’m constantly amazed what these little bottles of plant juice have done and continue to do for my family. But Purification and Thieves? They rank right at the top, because they are the safest way to keep the our home–furniture, carpet, dishes, laundry, even teeth and flowers (!) so fresh and so clean-clean 😁. 

This graphic of ways to get the toxins out of Spring Cleaning this years? Totes amazeballs. And, there’s even more where that comes from… 

Meatless Monday -OR- Easiest Dinner Ever, Courtesy MorningStar | Love &A

See this?

Mediterranean Chickpea “Burgers” 

And, this?

Diced, drained tomatoes 

And, finally, this?

This is sliced mozzarella, but you could use fresh mozz, swiss, or havarti, too. 

These are what you’ll need for dinner tonight–or any night–on the fly. I know, because I did it last night for my kids. Looking to incorporate a little less meat into your diet? This recipe is even better for that.

Pick up a bag of MorningStar Mediterranean Chickpea patties (they call them burgers, but I don’t like that phrase, because I don’t think it’s supposed to taste like a BURGER. It’s supposed to taste like Mediterranean deliciousness).

Stick that patty into the microwave for a minute. Turn on a skillet if you like yours crispier (I do). Add just a touch of oil to the pan, and cook on one side, medium-high heat till crispy. That shouldn’t take more than a minute if the pan is pre-heated.

Drop the burner down to low, flip over, and top the crispy side with diced, drained tomatoes. Top that with cheese. Put a lid on it, and let the cheese melt, making sure you don’t burn the bottom; easy enough now that the pan is on low.

That’s it!

Don’t serve it on a bun, Don’t tell your kids it’s pizza or burgers; you’re setting them up for disappointment. “Pizza patties” worked for my kids.

While this patty does much of the work for you in the flavor department, you certainly can punch it up a notch.

Add flavor to the tomatoes for a more “grown up” taste–pesto, fresh herbs, red pepper for spice, rosemary/oregano/thyme/basil Vitality oils. You name it, you can add it.