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…

Marinara Sauce with Vine-Ripened Tomatoes

I’m baaaaack! As some of you noticed, I took a bit of a hiatus from publishing during a hellish semester of teaching last spring. But now I am well traveled (including a trip to Europe) and well rested (many hours reading by the pool) and am ready to post my culinary creations yet again. As…

Red Chori Masala

In November I was hit with a double whammy: gallstones and a fatty liver. Both of these came as a surprise, as I believed I ate healthfully. I don’t eat processed foods, I rarely eat fried foods, and I never eat fast food. But apparently I eat too much meat, too much pasta, and pretty…

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…

Mediterranean-Style Garbanzo Bean Salad

While my family enjoyed some spicy beef tacos, I chose a healthier option without sacrificing flavor. This Mediterranean-style salad with garbanzo beans provides a light, fresh protein source. Make this salad at least 4 hours ahead of time so that the flavors have time to blend. Mediterranean-Style Garbanzo Bean Salad 1 16-ounce can garbanzo beans,…

Roasted Tricolored Potatoes with Garlic & Herbs

My husband bought a 5-pound bag of tricolored potatoes with hopes that I would roast them as a complement to a steak dinner tonight. Not only are they beautiful, but these potatoes taste great too. The key to a crunchy outside and tender inside is to parboil them before baking. Roasted Tricolored Potatoes with Garlic…

Green Curry Lentils with Spinach

Understanding that diet can contribute to all sorts of health conditions—including rheumatoid arthritis (of which I was diagnosed today), I created this healthful and flavorful meatless meal featuring easy-to-cook green lentils for dinner tonight. This meal is influenced by the flavors of Thailand and India. It’s packed with all kinds of goodness. Green Curry Lentils…