December 30, 2014

December 28, 2014

herb omelet

These omelets are amazing!  It's not often that an omelet sounds good for breakfast, but after a couple times of making these I have fallen in love.   I believe one of their secrets is the baked in cheeses, gruy√®re and parmesan, and the other being the fresh herbs.  You won't be sorry when making these.  Promise.  I filled them with chard and onion, but you can customize what you put inside them.  

December 25, 2014


Merry Christmas
'For unto us a child is born, onto us a son is given, and the government will be upon his shoulders. And his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.'
Isaiah 9:6

December 24, 2014

simple roasted brussels sprouts

These are quick and easy to make, plus they pair well with almost anything.  It's a win win for your meal!  I made them to go with caprese chicken and they were perfect!  

caprese chicken

These were so good!!  Caprese salad is one of my favs so adding it to the top of chicken breast was a no brainer.  The whole family loved them!!  I served this with simple roasted brussels sprouts.

December 23, 2014

curried pea pods


This dish is delicious and easy to prepare.  You can top it with the meat of your choice (shown with a thinly sliced sirloin steak), or you can keep it a vegetarian dish and add some tofu.  

December 22, 2014

Tonight I made baked pasta with chicken and swiss chard again for dinner, yes it is that good (it's not often I make something multiple times).  However, I made a few changes since I didn't have any chicken on hand.  I swapped out the chicken for mushrooms and used marsala wine instead of white.  Amazing.  So good and perfect for a chilly winter night!

December 21, 2014

mini stuffed sweet peppers

These are delicious and easy to prepare for your next holiday party.  Plus, they can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator until you need them.

December 19, 2014

whole wheat orzo with artichoke-walnut pesto

  Amazing.  This pasta rates as one of my absolute favorites.  I love pesto and enjoy different versions of the original, basil with almonds, and this is a winner!  This pesto is so good with the walnuts, artichokes, and lemon.  Plus, since it come together quickly it's perfect for a weeknight meal and makes wonderful leftovers!

December 18, 2014

Need a dessert?


I made these black bean brownies again today... so glad I did!  When making them the first time, back in May, I used vanilla with and didn't add any nuts.  Tonight I swapped the vanilla for almond extract and added the almonds.  Mmmmm... they are so good!!

spice rubbed okra

These okra are delicious and so simple to make!   They will pair well with anything from grilled meat to lentils, and are a new way for most people to prepare them.  Down here in the south people LOVE to fry them, which is good, but not as good as this!!  :)

December 16, 2014

stir fry with tofu and asparagus over rice

This dish was delicious and put a new spin on stir fry.  The basil and mint are not commonly used in Asian dishes but really added.  The cool mint really set off the sweetness from the hoisin sauce, and the crunch of the cashews, was what really made this memorable.  Don't forget to prep ahead of time... the cook time is so short you won't have time to be chopping in between ingredients. 

December 15, 2014

roasted red pepper hummus

This hummus is so good!  In fact, the people who think they don't like hummus... will like hummus.  It is quick, easy to prepare, and versatile to serve.  It is even great to use during the week on lunch wraps and sandwiches, so go ahead and double it so you'll have some leftovers!

chicken tortilla soup

Mmmmm.... I have a fondness for chicken tortilla soup and this one may just top the charts.  The toppings make it, so don't skimp or forget to add them to the grocery list... after all they are just as important! :)

December 14, 2014

grits with rosemary onions and a fried egg

This recipe is quick to make and has amazing flavor!  Plus, it is perfect for breakfast or dinner.  I served it with fresh whole wheat bread and there weren't any leftovers!

December 11, 2014

Grocery List- Week 21

Meals for the week:

-grits with rosemary onions and a fried egg served with toast
-chicken tortilla soup served with cheese quesadillas
-stir fry with tofu and asparagus over rice

  • 2 large onion
  • 4 teaspoons fresh rosemary leaves
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 8 garlic cloves
  • 1 package of tofu 
  • 1 bunch green onions
  • 3 inches of ginger root 
  • 1 bunch of asparagus
  • 4 cups spinach, or chopped kale, or chopped chard
  • 1 lime
  • 1 small handful fresh basil
  • 2 cups stone-ground yellow corn grits
  • 1 teaspoon old bay spice 
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3 tablespoons cornmeal  
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes 
  • 1/2 cup cashews 
  • dried mint, to taste 
  • 5 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil 
  • 1/4 cup hoisin sauce
Pasta/Rice/Beans/Canned Goods
  • 32 ounces chicken or vegetable stock
  • 32 ounces chicken stock
  • 1, 10 ounce can diced tomatoes 
  • 1, 4 ounce can diced green chilies
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 3 cups cooked black beans (1 cup dry/2 cans, drained)
  • 4-5 cups cooked rice 

  • 8 tablespoons butter
  • 4-6 eggs
  • 2 whole boneless, skinless chicken breasts (if you are using organic, which I would HIGHLY recommend, then you may want to use 3 since they are quite a bit smaller)
  • chicken tortilla soup toppings (you may use a few or all of them):
    • sour cream
    • diced avocado
    • salsa 
    • grated cheese
    • chopped fresh cilantro 
    • crushed tortilla chips

December 10, 2014

asian greens with tofu and teriyaki sauce

This dish has unbelievable flavor!!  That is actually a quote from my food loving, wonderful husband!  I made my own teriyaki sauce, as I usually do, partially because I didn't have any on hand and partially because homemade will almost always be the healthier option.  Plus, it only takes a few extra minutes to put together.  This dish makes a perfect vegetarian main course or you can add some chicken or thinly sliced beef... either way you will love it!

homemade teriyaki sauce

 This sauce is delicious and perfect for any recipe that calls for teriyaki sauce or for grilled meats and veggies!

December 09, 2014

pasta with fresh tomatoes, walnuts, and herbs

 This may be one of the easiest pastas you will ever make.  You only cook the noodles and heat the olive oil with the garlic.  That's it.  Done.  Plus, it's delicious!  I have been on quite the nut kick since Thanksgiving, but something about them feels like fall to me.  I am also really liking the depth they can add to even the simplest dish transforming it into something you would serve your guest.

For this pasta I found a new star... meet Bucatini.

December 07, 2014

parmesan baked salmon

Please excuse the picture... there is something about a baked piece of fish with white sauce on it that doesn't want to photography beautifully.  However, this was way to good not to share it.  I love salmon, but I am picky about how it's prepared.  It's not often that I have it and think "now this is good!".  My absolute favorite is maple soy salmon, but sometimes you need options and now I have one!

December 04, 2014

mashed parmesan cauliflower

 This delicious side is a fun way to eat cauliflower and especially perfect for those of you loving comfort food, but trying to eat less starches. 

December 02, 2014

sweet potato risotto with rosemary and spicy maple walnuts

This risotto is the epitome of autumn comfort food.  My favorite part?  The spicy maple walnuts so don't take a shortcut and just toss some raw ones on top.  They are perfect! 

December 01, 2014

baked pasta with chicken and swiss chard

 Since I grew up eating my fair share of casseroles I purposefully make very few one pot dishes that bake in the oven.  I feel like I must have eaten them 2-3 times a week for the 18 years while living at home, and now have this "aversion" to them.  HOWEVER, this dish is amazing.  Even my husband said "this is one of my absolute favorites" and as a plus you could make it earlier in the day, refrigerate it, then top it with bread crumbs and bake it for dinner.