Ahi Poke Bowls

Ahi tuna bowls — quick, healthy, and light — a perfect meal on a hot summer evening. Our family loves sushi and sashimi, but to feed all of us at a Japanese restaurant requires a bank loan. This homemade version of an Ahi Poke Bowl is cost conscious (well, as much as it can be…

Creamy Curried Chickpeas and Rice

Now that my husband and I are in our mid-50s, our fun-loving, eat-everything lifestyle has caught up with us and our physicians have instructed us that we must avoid the S.A.D. (Standard American Diet) with urgency. Eating more healthfully, therefore, means eating much less beef – a staple here in Texas (in fact, beef is…

Chicken Burrito Bowls

In the mood for something Mexican, but wanting to keep the calorie count down, I tried making Chicken Burrito Bowls for the first time. The family loved it, as they could custom design their toppings to suit their tastes. I sautéed marinated chicken and served it over white rice with a mix of both canned…

Sautéed Brussels Sprouts & Buttered Rice

Unlike most teens, my sons love Brussels sprouts, probably because several years ago we had a family Brussels sprouts challenge. I bought the vegetable every week during the winter and challenged myself to prepare them a different way each time. In the process, we came across some magical mixes. A surprising hit was this mixture…

Thai Yellow Curry Shrimp with Spinach & Carrots

Continuing my trend of eating healthfully and using up leftover wine, I created this delicious curry dish featuring fresh shrimp, spinach, and carrots. Though it takes a few moments extra to peel and grate the carrots, their rich flavor is worth the extra trouble. Cooking tip: use Gulf shrimp, not farm raised. Serve the curry…

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…

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…

Salvadoran Rice

When I lived on the Texas-Mexico border, my dear friend taught me how to make Spanish-style rice from her home country – El Salvador. Like traditional Mexican rice, this dish complements Mexican food like tacos and enchiladas very well. Salvadoran rice differs, however, from the El Chico mainstay in that it has no tomatoes or…

Saffron Rice with Pine Nuts & Currants

Sometimes a little jazzed-up rice goes better with a meal than plain white rice – especially if there’s no fancy sauce with the entree. Here’s a tasty rice side dish with Arabic flavors that pairs nicely with baked chicken or fish. It has an elegant presentation, so it’s perfect for serving when you’ve got guests….