Liz Kepplinger

Keeping healthy and quick snack options in the kitchen is a priority for me.

Our family has been visiting the local farmers’ market ever since our kids were in strollers. Our two children are teenagers now and our schedule is busier than ever. Keeping healthy and quick snack options in the kitchen is a priority for me. Those visits to the farmers’ markets are still something we look forward to doing together. My website, www.inspiredbytheseasons.com will help your family put together simple snacks and meals with seasonal and fresh ingredients no matter what the pace of your household.

Tomato, corn and goat cheese pie

A pie in summer? If it celebrates the savory flavors of summer then it's worth turning on the oven. Read More

Fresh pickled beet salad

This salad starts with a visit to the garden. Read More

Fruit smoothie popsicles

This twist on the traditional smoothie makes a great midday snack! Read More

Chickpea and cauliflower salad

Tossed with a lemon vinaigrette, this salad has summer written all over it. Read More

Lime & white chocolate chewy cookies

These soft sugar cookies get a refreshing flavor boost from lime & adding white chocolate chips never hurts. Read More

Sorrel Pesto with Cashews

Sorrel has a tart, tangy taste and replaces the need for lemon juice that most pesto recipes call for. It is best used in the Spring to avoid the bitter taste that develops later in the growing season. Read More

Spinach Potato Cakes

This would be a great side dish for any meat or fish entree. Read More

Spring Pesto Flatbread Pizza

The leftover pesto sauce can be saved for a pasta dish later in the week. Read More

Spicy Toasted Chickpeas

Looking for a healthy snack using simple ingredients? Skillet toasted chickpeas are the quick answer. Read More

Sweet Potato Stuffed Mushrooms with Spinach and Goat Cheese

Stuffed mushrooms are a welcome appetizer for any occasion. Read More

Smoked salmon dip

A welcomed appetizer to any party. Make a batch for yourself to top off a bagel or add to eggs. Read More

Tart Cherry Cream Cheese Muffins

If you don't have access to frozen tart cherries, then feel free to substitute blueberries or strawberries. Read More

Spinach & pickled shallot cream cheese spread

Shallots and frost sweetened spinach came together in this delicious cream cheese spread served on locally made artisan crackers. Read More

Carrot Cake Sandwich Cookies

Carrot cake in a "to go" form is sure to be a winner. Read More

Sweet potato tacos

These tacos come together surprisingly easy, since you can make the salsa and cilantro-lime sour cream while the sweet potatoes are roasting. Read More

Baked parmesan brussels sprouts

Make sure your Brussels Sprouts are about the same size to insure even cooking. Read More

Tart cherry sponge cake

This dessert is great for a special occasion, like Valentine's day. Read More

Chocolate overnight oatmeal

This is a fast, no bake breakfast to take to work that can also be used for an after school snack. Read More

Smashed sweet potato spread

The combination of chickpeas and sweet potatoes makes a quick and nutritious spread. Read More

Oatmeal breakfast bites

These breakfast bites freeze really well and are sturdy enough to go along on your next outdoor adventure. Read More

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