Asparagus, Mushrooms, and Pasta With Creamy Mustard Sauce

April 20, 2017

Here’s the key to a healthy pasta dish: Don’t focus on the pasta.

Make the star ingredients veggies or protein, and toss in a little pasta along the way, as opposed to the other way around. For this dish, my star ingredients are two vegetables, and you’ll be shocked at how little pasta is actually used. Read the rest of this entry »


Steamed Dijon Brussels Sprouts and Carrots

November 25, 2016

I have plenty to share about my wonderful Thanksgiving (I hope you had a great turkey day as well!), but, in my last post, I promised to share the fate of some Brussels sprouts, so I’m gonna deliver on that promise, and write about Thanksgiving next time.

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I paired these Brussels sprouts with Read the rest of this entry »


It Looks Like a Quinoa Salad… But It’s NOT!

September 20, 2016

If it looks like a grain-based salad, and it tastes like a grain-based salad, it’s gotta be a grain-based salad, right?

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WRONG! There’s not a single grain on that plate. I made this salad with… Read the rest of this entry »


Gussy Up Your Brown Rice With Three Simple Ingredients! PLUS: Another Use For Bacon Jam!

April 24, 2016

My last post featured my recipe for Stuffed Peppers, and when I made them, I paired them with an easy side dish that was perfect for spring: Lemon & Carrot Brown Rice. All you need is three extra ingredients to turn your brown rice from boring to spectacular! Read the rest of this entry »


Bacon Jam is a Real Thing and It Is Delicious!

April 7, 2016

I was wandering an unfamiliar Trader Joe’s looking for the dog treats (for my main girl Maude) when I came across a positively bewitching product: BACON JAM! Is this a real thing?! It sure is!

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It took me all of 10 seconds to decide to purchase it. That’s roughly the amount of time needed for me to Read the rest of this entry »


Simple Glazed Pearl Onions

March 9, 2016

I really like pearl onions. They’re tiny, adorable, grape-sized onions, and they’re typically sweeter than their bigger cousins. You can find them pickled and jarred, and I’ve had a jar on hand in my fridge for the past couple months. I toss a handful onto salads, or in with other veggies that I’m sauteing. The pickled ones are sometimes called cocktail onions, and they’re used as a garnish in some cocktails, notably the Read the rest of this entry »


Cranberry Pineapple Salsa

November 23, 2015

Thanksgiving is coming up, and for the past couple years, I’ve been invited to a Thanksgiving potluck the Sunday before the real Turkey Day. My friends Steve and Denise throw it, and it’s a good time. This year, I brought the cranberries, and I wanted to do something a little different. So I made…

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…PINEAPPLE CRANBERRY SALSA! Here’s how I made it. Read the rest of this entry »