Mushroom Umami Burgers

September 11, 2014 in Entrees

Umami packed burgers with triple mushroom goodness.
mushroom burger

Mushrooms and beef are a flavor match made in heaven, and this burger is proof of that. The flavors and textures are just delicious and so worth a little extra fuss.

You will need dried mushrooms, which you can find at most health food stores. Pretty much any variety will work. Then, you turn them into a powder in your food processor or spice grinder and mix the powder into the ground beef – and Voila! – mushroomy goodness in a burger.

My Ode to End-of-Summer Days!

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Easy French Onion Chicken Recipe

September 3, 2014 in Entrees

 An easy dinner with the elegance of French Onion Soup.

French Onion Soup Chicken

Low Carb French Onion Soup Chicken dinner.

So, my family is divided into two camps: those who love French Onion Soup and those who are lame. Can you tell which camp I am in?

I love French Onion Soup. I crave it. I order it every chance I get. And so I decided to put these flavors in an easy weeknight meal.

(NOTE: I love this easy method of making quick caramelized onions – using baking soda as a cooking hack. Check it out to make this chicken dish – and any others that call for caramelized onions –  pronto!)

The soft, rich flavor of the onions with a little melted Gruyere cheese over chicken breasts is so delicious – this is my current go-to dinner obsession!

Happy Fall, Y’all!

– posted by Donna

 

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20 Minute Meal: Spicy Asian Green Beans and Shrimp

August 29, 2014 in Entrees, Healthy Fare

Green beans and shrimp for the Win!

Spicy and Asian is a good way to go with fresj=h green beans

Simple, easy and a perfect match of flavors and textures.

If you have a bounty of green beans in your garden right now – or you see a table at the Farmer’s Market piled high with green beans, do I ever have a dish for you!

This is a simple but stunning dish – and takes 20 minutes, max. The flavors of this sauce are clean and powerful, sweet and tangy. You could pretty much saute strips of leather in this sauce and they would be yummy!

Green beans are one of the healthiest things you can put in your mouth – so packed with nutrients. Healthy and yummy is a win-win!

 

– posted by Donna

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Grilled Zucchini Boat Tacos

August 4, 2014 in Entrees

Healthy tacos with zucchini as the “tortilla.”

Grilled Zucchini Boat Tacos

Zucchini is the new tortilla!

The most fun food event of the year just might be Sneak Some Zucchini onto Your Neighbor’s Porch Day which is coming up this Friday, August 8th.

In the spirit of this event, I decided to think outside the shell – the taco shell, that is, and stuff hollowed out zucchini with taco filling.

It really is a genius way to use up lots of zucchini in a very tasty way.

Just slice some medium sized zucchini in half lengthwise and then use a spoon to scoop out the seedy part of the zucchini, making a space for the taco filling. The, just grill the zucchini until they are softened but not mushy and stuff them with your favorite taco fillings, or use my simple recipe below.

Such a great, simple grill recipe that will surprise and impress your unsuspecting neighbors – sneaky or not!

Happy Zucchini Season, All!

– posted by Donna

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Zucchini Noodle Shrimp Skillet

July 6, 2014 in Entrees, Healthy Fare

Don’t you just love zucchini season?

Zucchini Noodles Skillet

Thinly shaved zucchini is the pasta for this fresh summer “pasta” skillet.

Imagine all the best flavors of summer tossed in one extra healthy skillet. And then SEE ABOVE.

Some folks complain about zucchini stashed on their front porches, but I am not one of them. I just love zucchini season. It just tastes like summer to me – I love it raw, cooked, any which way. I crave Michael Symon’s zucchini Crudo salad.  And Oven Fried Zucchini Crisps are a real treat at our house! C’mon – I have even made Zucchini S’mores! Only a serious zucchini fanatic would make those!

And so my obsession with zucchini starts early this year- with this skillet.

You just shave the zucchini into thin planks and then treat them like pasta noodles. A few minutes in the skillet is all it takes to soften them perfectly for your dish. Add a few other summer veggies and – let’s just call it Summer in a Skillet.

Happy Zucchini Season, all!

– posted by Donna

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Egg Foo Young Quiche

June 12, 2014 in Dairy-Free, Entrees, Gluten Free, Healthy Fare

The classic Chinese pancake in quiche form.

Egg Foo Young Quiche - GF/CF Paleo

Egg Foo Young Quiche

I was a latecomer to appreciating Egg Foo Young, but have recently been enjoying  the version in Nom Nom Paleo‘s cookbook – totally won me over. After making it a few times, our backyard chickens blessed us with a surfeit of fresh eggs, and I was eager to use them in a quiche. The idea struck! And turned out fabulously, if I daresay.

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Chicken Shawarma Salad with Garlic Lemon Dressing

June 5, 2014 in Dairy-Free, Entrees, Gluten Free, Healthy Fare

Easy Summer Salad Jar du Jour.

Chicken Shawarma with Lemon Garlic Dressing: In salad jar form and plated.  #paleo

Chicken Shawarma with Lemon Garlic Dressing: In salad jar form and plated.

This is my new addiction for the late spring/early summer – I plan on making a batch at least once a week for the foreseeable future. Like many food bloggers, we frequently start out with an existing recipe as a starting point and riff on it, making our own variations. Sometimes the end result is still recognizably related to the original, and sometimes you end up with a whole new dish. Today, it’s a little bit of both.

A friend had recently raved about the chicken shawarma recipe by Tori Avey, and I was eager to test it out. Well, folks, I’m not going to make any effort to change this, I’m just going to point you directly to the source. It’s that good. My ONE chance was sauteing the chicken in step 2 in a tablespoon of coconut oil rather than olive, because that’s the way I prefer to saute, but that’s it. Why mess with what is essentially perfection?

Where I diverged: rather than serving it with tahini sauce, I preferred to eat it with a lemon garlic sauce that is often served on shawarma and gyros. And of course, as with almost all salads these days, I decided to put it in jar form. I think the cucumber and tomatoes go perfectly here. Depending on how tightly you pack it all in, it makes either 3 or 4 salad jars, all ready to go for your next few lunches.

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Grilled Chicken Asparagus Rolls

May 5, 2014 in Entrees

Chicken and Asparagus rolled into cute bundles – and then grilled!

Chicken Asparagus Rolls

Chicken and Asparagus on the Grill – in one cute bundle!

Chicken, asparagus and Gruyere cheese  – all rolled into one bundle – just might be the best grill combo for chicken ever.

These little bundles are so yummy – and just take a few minutes to roll up – and then grill – so dinner is on your table in about 20 minutes.

Yesterday was the first day it was nice enough for us to lounge on the deck and swing with this little doll and her amazing mom  (shameless promotion of grandbaby ahead):

My fabulous daughter Amy and Little MIss Ruby!

My fabulous daughter Amy and Little MIss Ruby!

Best reason to have a deck is to hang with your cute granddaughter, I say.

Let the grilling season begin!

– posted by Donna

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Chiles Rellenos Recipes Celebration

May 2, 2014 in Entrees

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with chiles – stuffed with most anything!

Chiles Rellenos

Shrimp Stuffed Roasted Poblanos -for your Cinco de Mayo Celebration!

Why not  celebrate Cinco de Mayo by trying out the classic Mexican dish Chiles Rellenos? But not fried – with roasted stuffed chiles. I promise they are just as yummy roasted!  And you can use so many things to stuff them with – the possibilities are endless!

A few years ago I discovered roasting instead of battering and frying my stuffed chiles and love them even better. Plus, no muss, no fuss, no splattered oil everywhere. Such a great way to eat stuffed chiles!

Shrimp stuffed chiles are one of my favorites – and so easy to make., so the recipe is included below.

And here are a few other fabulous ideas for non-fried chlies rellenos, too.

Happy Cinco de Mayo, Todos!

Chile Relleno Souffle

Chiles, eggs and cheese, baked into a fluffy souffle.

Poblanos Rellenos

Corn PUdding in Poblano Cups – Tasty AND pretty!

Chile Rellenos Bake

Chile Relleno Bake from Kalyn’s Kitchen

Bake d CHile Rellenos

Baked Chiles Rellenos from Cook’s Hideout

– posted by Donna

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Sticky Sweet Balsamic Lamb Chops

April 16, 2014 in Entrees, Holidays

Sticky, sweet, tangy. The perfect lamb chops for your spring feast.

Honey Balsamic Lamb Chops

Easiest and Tastiest Lamb Chops Ever.

This is the very first time we have posted a lamb recipe on this blog. Because lamb is spendy where I live, it is a once-a-year treat at our house – usually for our Easter feast.

And so, it has to be yummy. And easy. This honey balsamic glaze is tangy and sweet and just the right amount of sticky to make you lick your fingers brazenly with every bite.

This is a version of a recipe by Jamie Oliver, whose love for cooking healthy real food is contagious. I am an avid fan of his show 15 Minute Meals, and this recipe is the kind of food he cooks – playful and flavorful food that is easy and quick.

I did make twice as much of the glaze as he calls for – and for me this is the perfect ratio of glaze to lamb chop. I also added a dash of cayenne pepper sauce – just for a little heat. I think this is the perfect mix of flavor and texture for these chops – and this will be on my table on Easter Sunday.

– posted by Donna

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