I got this idea from watching Paula Deen on Food Network. Normally her dishes are full of butter and cream, but this one was actually really healthy. I didn’t follow her recipe for the collard greens, but I did use her idea of topping the greens with a fried egg. The combination of the runny yoke and the bitter greens is devine. Plus it’s a great way to get your veggies and your protein in. It may sound strange, but give it a try. This would work well with any leafy green veggie, especially with kale I would think. (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…)
Before you say ew, hear me out. I know brussels sprouts are not the most popular veggie out there, but that’s because a lot of people aren’t sure how to cook them. Truth be told, brussels sprouts are a favorite vegetable of mine, because if they are cooked right, they can have great flavor and they are very good for you. They are actually pretty simple to prepare.
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…)
Guacamole is a staple in my house, meaning, I make it and eat it on a regular basis. I know there are thousands of recipes out there for guacamole, but I really believe mine is the best. Maybe that’s arrogant, but it comes out perfect every time and my dad, who is not a guacamole fan, actually eats mine. So, it’s pretty darn good. It’s especially good this time of year, when the tomatoes are ripe and the avocados are in good condition. I made an especially good batch last night… (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…)
I love cooking with couscous. However, a lot of people don’t cook with it regularly. Most people probably serve it plain and use it to soak up sauce as an alternative to rice or pasta. It can be intimidating because it’s hard to categorize – is it a type of rice or a type of pasta? To make things more complicated, there are many different kinds of couscous – Moroccan (small), Israeli (mid-sized), and Lebanese (the largest). I generally cook with the smaller variety, which is also the easiest to find in the grocery store and the easiest, most quick cooking version. (more…)
Gotta love grilling in the Summer. The two almost go hand in hand. Last night I broke out the cuisinart grill/griddle for some marinated grilled chicken. I was trying to figure out what I would cook as far as vegetables go and I remembered that I had a few orange bell peppers in the fridge that I needed to use up. Generally, I would probably just cut them up and eat them raw, dipped in a little blue cheese dressing (my fave!), but I was in an adventurous mood. I figured since I was already grilling the chicken, why not grill the peppers too? I brainstormed and shuffled through my spice cabinet to see what I could put on the peppers to give them a little more flavor, although, quite frankly, grilling them gives them great flavor on their own. I settled on cumin and chili powder. I thought it would give the peppers a great smoky taste, and I just love the way cumin smells in general. (more…)
I was running out of things to do with vegetables and getting bored with the way I usually cook them. I love roasting vegetables with olive oil, salt, and pepper (and sometimes crushed garlic), but sometimes you gotta switch things up. I’m always looking for ways to eat more veggies, so I googled for some inspiration. I came across this recipe for a corn and zucchini melody and decided I would shake things up and try to make my own variation on this dish. I always find that googling and searching the internet for recipes gives me ideas to come up with my own. I either never have all the ingredients on hand so I improvise, or I decide to add to the recipe, or sometimes, I find that searching for recipes simply gets my creative juices flowing and I come up with my own. In this case, I used the base of the recipe, but I definitely added my own twist to it. Here is my take on how to make a delicious corn and zucchini skillet. It’s the perfect side dish for summer. (more…)
One night, a very good friend of mine invited me over for dinner. She started discussing the items she was going to grill; Asparagus, marinated chicken, and tofu with buffalo sauce. I admit, I was skeptical. It didnt sound like a very good combination. I like tofu, and I like buffalo sauce on boneless wings, but I had never thought to put buffalo sauce on tofu and grill it. I decided to keep an open mind. So, when I arrived for dinner, I loaded up on the chicken wings and the asparagus and took a couple of pieces of the grilled tofu. I ate a bit of the tofu and was completely surprised! It was delicious, and I daresay, my favorite thing I ate that night. (more…)