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Recipe: An Anti-Valentine’s Day Feast

Though I strongly feel that as far as holidays go, Valentine’s Day is as Hallmark as it gets, it’s impossible to ignore.  Many of you probably have romantic dining-out plans and others are probably attending some other anti-Valentine’s Day soiree.  For those of you who haven’t planned an elaborate celebration of love, here’s a delicious […]

Recipe: Veggie Home Fries

I was recently at a 24-hour “restaurant” (read: casino eatery) at brunch time and I ordered an omelet.  Included with my meal, as with many casual restaurant breakfasts, were very poorly cooked home fries.  They tasted more like soggy potato chips and it got me thinking about where and why this delicious concept took such […]

Recipe: Spicy Napa Cabbage Stir Fry

I don’t discriminate against any type of fast food – I think there’s a time and place for everything.  However, in my opinion, most Chinese Takeout is oily and bland.  It’s not even that comforting – and when you can’t tell a difference between Cashew Chicken and General Tso’s Chicken, it’s a bad sign. The […]

Recipe: Winter Squash Curry

I’m on a curry kick right now – and though it’s only just begun, the versatility of curries is amazing. The variety of curry powders out there is astounding; regional populations have cultivated hundreds of different spices used in their unique curry blends.  For those who aren’t familiar, curry powder is a combination of up […]

Recipe: Spicy Chipotle Brussels Sprouts and Turkey

Chipotle chili is a delicious (and underused) ingredient that is simply made by smoking jalapenos.  Generally, chipotles come in two forms: a dried powder, or canned an adobo sauce.  Adobo is nothing more than a spice an herb combo of paprika, oregano, salt, garlic and vinegar.  Usually though, it has a lot of salt.  I’m […]

Recipe: 10 Ideas to Flavor your Oatmeal

Oatmeal is probably the most popular hot breakfast cereal in the country, but many people buy prepackaged, pre-flavored instant packets.  All that extra processing and packaging adds to the cost but subtracts from the nutritional value. If you currently purchase the pre-flavored oatmeal packets, then you should  consider this: in only one or two simple […]

Recipe: Warming Winter Salads

I often want a cool, refeshing salad during the summer but in colder months, I want dishes that are just as easy but a little more filling.  Winter salads can be just that – served warm or cold, they’re filling, easy, and packed with antioxidants that will keep you healthy through flu season.  Here are a […]

Recipe: Lemony Spaghetti Squash

When steamed and scooped with a fork, spaghetti squash turns into pasta-like strands with fewer calories and good squash-y flavor.  If you want something lighter than pasta, it’s a great alternative – one cup only has 42 calories! This recipe is a great side dish and a way to combine fresh and frozen ingredients – […]

Recipe: Sweet Pumpkin Tamales

Tamales are a traditional Latin American food – often made with corn flour (masa harina), lard, and a filling wrapped in a husk or leaf and steamed.  The lard produces a soft, moist, almost buttery texture.  They’re delicious but incredibly unhealthy!  I think this recipe is still a great alternative! Tamales are incredibly versatile – […]

Recipe: Lemony Brussels Sprouts Slaw

Brussels sprouts are usually thought of as a veggie that needs cooking but they can be very delicious without any heat.  Sometimes I want an easy recipe, that doesn’t require too much “work” aka I want the directions to read: combine ingredients in bowl.  Eat and enjoy.  So, if you’re like me but still want […]