It’s been way too long since I last blogged! I’ve been in Maui (be jealous) lounging on a beach and eating some fantastic food. My goodness, Maui is beautiful! I felt like I stepped into a post card. Stay tuned for a blog post on Maui. In the meantime here’s a quick and easy recipe for a corn and black bean salad (or salsa depending on how you eat it). (more…)
There are so many good things I can say about this burrito. First and foremost, it’s super healthy and packed full of foods that we should all be eating. Side note, I’ve been watching “The Food Hospital” on Cooking Channel, and it’s really making me think more about the things I am eating. I think that might have been what inspired this recipe. Second, this recipe literally takes 5 minutes to throw together (maybe less) and then another 5 minutes to bake. Third, it’s a toaster oven recipe, and therefore, requires very little cleanup. It also happens to be delicious. (more…)
Generally I don’t think of a salad as needing a recipe. I know there are some good salads out there, but when I make one I usually just put some lettuce in a bowl, add a few toppings and some bottled dressing to make it taste good and call it a day. I don’t really take the time to prepare a salad. Salads are usually the precursor to the main meal; Something to just fill you up so you don’t overeat later. It’s very rare that I find a salad that I actually like almost more than the main course and that I actually look forward to eating, but this salad is pretty good. If I found it worth writing about, it’s actually a pretty darn good salad.
This salad is very simple, but you will need a few quality ingredients: (more…)
I mentioned in a previous blog post that while we were vacationing in North Carolina with my husband’s family, his aunt made a shrimp orzo salad that was to die for. I was determined to recreate it. I came up with this recipe and it tasted pretty darn close to the one we ate in North Carolina. This salad combines really bright, summertime flavors like fresh dill, salty feta and lemon juice. It’s very light and refreshing but substantial enough for a main course. I struggle with self control on this one…I could eat the entire recipe myself and trust me, the recipe makes a lot! (more…)
Sometimes I think sandwiches are just about the most fabulous thing a person can eat. I definitely eat way too many of them and could probably cut back, but sometimes they really do make the perfect meal. On Friday night it was rainy and kind of cold out for July, and sandwiches sounded like the perfect comfort food for dinner that night. Sandwiches with bacon, no less.
I had some bacon, some thinly sliced turkey (the only way I like it on a sandwich), tomatoes, and lettuce and some good sourdough bread. So, I thought I’d make turkey blt’s. Then, I remembered I had some fresh dill that I really needed to use up. I decided to try my hand at making a dill mayonnaise. Turns out, it was exactly what the sandwich needed to kick it up a notch and you won’t believe how easy it was. (more…)
I am so proud of this salad. I really shouldn’t be because it’s so incredibly simple. But I get so excited when I create a dish on my own from scratch and the flavors actually meld together perfectly. (more…)
Lentils are not a hard thing to cook, but I’ve noticed they can take a long time to absorb liquid and become tender. I’ve discovered an even easier way to prepare a lentil dish. I buy pre-cooked lentils from Trader joes. It cuts my cooking time in half! (more…)
I am finally done with Daniel. I’ve completed the fast. I feel relieved, healthier, and lighter. I didn’t lose as much weight as I expected, but 7.5 lbs in 3 weeks is not bad. Honestly, the first 2 weeks were easier than the 3rd week. This last week was a challenge. I found myself craving bread and meat, tempted to reach for the tortilla chips, and getting lazier in my cooking. It’s hard to cook from scratch every night, and after 2 failed dinner attempts, I almost called it quits. I’ve decided that I should stick to eating Indian food, and avoid cooking it. I still can’t figure out what I did wrong, and I’m blaming it on the Garam Masala I bought at the store. (more…)
Everyone knows that spinach is a power food (remember Popeye?), but sometimes it can be hard to figure out new and exciting ways to incorporate spinach into meals. This past weekend, I discovered two new recipes FULL of spinach. (more…)
Wednesday evening was my day of food prep and cooking for the Daniel fast. I got A LOT done. I made chola tikkis (Indian flavored chickpeas & potato cakes), corn & bean salsa for burritos or salad toppers, and a huge pot of Weight Watcher’s vegetable soup. (more…)