Kung Pao Brussels Sprouts and Chickpeas

This is a rare recipe–  quick, vegan, gluten free*, low calorie, budget friendly, made from mostly pantry staples and very importantly, it is delicious!  Tweaked from a recipe found on the Ambitious Kitchen website, it offers protein in the form of chickpeas and peanut butter plus lots of gingery, garlicky Kung Pao flavor.  Serve it over rice, quinoa or pasta.  Make extra to reheat for a tasty lunch!   Read More

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Korean spiced beef and rice

This super quick and very easy beef recipe will be a welcome addition to your busy weeknight repertoire.  Ground beef is sauteed with garlic and spices, garnished with green onions and sesame seeds and served with rice.  It also makes a delicious filling for lettuce wraps. Read More


Ropa Vieja (Cuban Shredded Beef )

Ah, Havana!   So much to see, to hear, to smell, and take in…street performers on stilts leading parades of festive cigar- smoking women; turquoise, pink and lime green buildings; palm trees and the sea beyond the Malecon; uniformed school children, and of course the beloved vintage cars.   The food is simple, but robust and equally memorable, with Spanish and Caribbean flavors.  A favorite is “Ropa Vieja”, or shredded beef.   The name means literally “shredded clothes” because after slow cooking, the meat will fall apart into the delicious sauce.  Serve it with rice and beans and fix yourself a Mojito! Read More


Mozzarella-Spinach Chicken Rolls

This is a chicken recipe for the cheese lover!  Chicken and spinach is rolled around ricotta, Parmesan and shredded mozzarella cheeses, topped with fresh mozzarella and more Parmesan and then baked in marinara sauce.  It can be assembled ahead of time and baked just in time for dinner. Read More


Tortellini Casserole with Chicken and Broccoli

Ah, casseroles… those homey comfort dishes are not glamorous or gourmet, but a satisfying one dish meal is so great for busy week night dinners or when it’s your turn to sign up for  a “Meal train” contribution.  This is a rich and filling meal with cheese and spinach tortellini, broccoli and chicken under a cheese sauce, bread crumbs and basil.  It will freeze like a dream and can be made ahead of time and reheated easily.  This is adapted from a Southern Living recipe. Read More


Margarita Chicken with Mango Salsa

Ahhh, summertime.  Barbecues,  patio dining, fruity cocktails, smoky grilled food, and a recipe for you which can combine all of these delicious attributes.  This healthy and simple recipe requires marinating time, but after that, it comes together in a jiffy.   Chicken breasts are marinated in lime, tequila, garlic and spices,  glazed with honey and topped with a citrus mango salsa.  Serve it with a cilantro-lime rice pilaf, and a spinach salad and enjoy! Read More