Coconut-Cream Cheese Pie

The weather’s warming up here in Central Texas, so it’s time for lighter fare. This pie is perfect for warm springs days or your Easter table. Though Coconut-Cream Cheese Pie is a quick fix, it has a rich flavor that betrays its ease of preparation. It’s well-loved by those who like coconut. Don’t serve it…

Mediterranean Chicken Thighs with Lemon, Olives, and Fresh Herbs

When they eat chicken, most people prefer chicken breasts. But the real flavor is in the dark meat. Mediterranean Chicken Thighs with Lemon, Olives, and Fresh Herbs is an inexpensive meal that’s packed with flavors. Mediterranean Chicken Thighs with Lemon, Olives, and Fresh Herbs 6 boneless, skinless chicken thighs 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil…

Homemade Oven Fries

McDonald’s has it right: There’s no better accompaniment to hamburgers than French fries. But if you’re trying to avoid fried foods like we are, you have to say no to all that grease. Here’s a compromise: Oven-fried French fries. They’re just as tasty but a bit healthier too. Homemade Oven Fries 6 russet potatoes, washed…

Thai Yellow Curry Shrimp with Pineapple & Mango

It’s Friday in Lent, which for us means seafood. Because it’s getting warmer outside, we opted for a light, tropical-type dinner. We had this healthy one-dish meal over jasmine rice, but it’s so full of fruit and veggies, that it would be just as good on its own. Thai Yellow Curry Shrimp with Pineapple &…

Beef Teriyaki

Before I was born, my parents lived on the island of Okinawa in Japan. My mom brought this recipe for Beef Teriyaki home with her. It’s been a family favorite my whole life. A key to success with this dish is to purchase the leanest sirloin steak you can find and slice it super thin….

Thai-Like Ground Beef and Cabbage

If you’re like me, I’m always looking for new ways to prepare ground beef – because it’s one of the less expensive meat choices and it cooks up quickly. The strangest mix of ingredients make up this dish, but they all work really well together to make a quick and flavorful meal. Thai-Like Ground Beef…

Quick-Fix Chicken Enchiladas

Last night I was in a pinch for time. I had 30 minutes to prepare dinner for my family and get out the door for a meeting. I quickly threw these tasty enchiladas together and had them in the oven in less than 20 minutes. Because they rely on prepared foods, these homemade enchiladas can…

Jalapeño Poppers with Sausage & Cheese

Spicy foods are the norm in Texas; stuffed jalapeño peppers are a traditional way to start a meal. Also called Jalapeño Poppers, stuffed jalapeños are generally made with cheese or sausage (or both). This version uses breakfast sausage, cream cheese, and Monterey Jack for a mellow blend of flavors – with a kick. Jalapeño Poppers…

Heart-Healthy Hearty Pancakes

My kids love pancakes for breakfast on Saturday mornings. They’ll eat them plain, with chocolate chips, with bananas and pecans – any way I fix them. Here’s a recipe for a healthier pancake, made with a variety of grains, seeds, and fruit. You can vary it each time with what you have on hand. Because…

Spicy Stuffed Peppers

Made with cauliflower rather than rice, this carb-free version stuffed peppers will become a family favorite. The recipe calls for a mix of ground beef and chorizo for a Mexican flair. If you want a healthier option, leave out the chorizo and double the ground beef. Spicy Stuffed Peppers 4 bell peppers 1 pound ground…

Spicy Teriyaki Chicken Buddha Bowl

Our doctors tell us over and over to eat healthfully. One part of that is eating fresh. Here’s a low-fat, lots-of-veggies, quick-fix dinner that’s full of flavor. Spicy Teriyaki Chicken Buddha Bowl 2 cups white or sushi rice 3.5 cups water 4 chicken breasts, cut into 3 pieces each, flattened 2 Tbsp Sriracha (more if…