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…

Farfalle with Chicken, Zucchini & Tomato

If you don’t mind cutting fresh vegetables, this is another flavorful quick-fix one-dish meal. I know many families spend an hour or so on Sundays doing food prep for the week, but I’m one of those rare folks who finds using a knife relaxing. For this meal, all you need is a fresh zucchini, a…

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…

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Chipotle-Infused Olive Oil

For Father’s Day, we toured Central Texas Olive Ranch in Georgetown, Texas. In addition to golf-carting through the groves, we also sampled six flavors of infused olive oils. It was impossible to pick the best, so we bought a sampler, with one of all six kinds. This recipe uses the chipotle-infused extra virgin olive oil,…

Shrimp with Harissa & Squash

In an effort to eat more healthfully using ingredients I had on hand without running to the store, I created this delicious, quick-fix dish featuring shrimp and homegrown squash and zucchini. We served it over cheese grits, but it would be equally good over brown rice or couscous just on its own. Shrimp with Harissa…

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…

Award-Winning Homemade Salsa

Our go-to recipe for making salsa at home, this restaurant-style salsa is super easy to make. In fact, it’s so easy that in the summer when tomatoes are plentiful, we make it every day. This salsa is a winner: It won 1st Place in our parish men’s salsa cook-off. Woo-hoo!   Award-Winning Homemade Salsa 5…

Spaghetti with Fresh Tomatoes & Basil

Warm weather necessitates lighter fare and provides opportunity to showcase homegrown garden vegetables. This pasta dish features fresh tomatoes and basil from my garden; of course, store bought are fine. These simple ingredients yield surprisingly rich flavor. Spaghetti with Fresh Tomatoes & Basil 2 Tbsp olive oil ½ onion, chopped 12 fresh Roma tomatoes, chopped…

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…