Monday, May 30, 2016


~ Sandy's Kitchen Adventures

36 oz. chicken breasts
1/2 t. pepper
1/2 c. maple syrup
1 t. lemon zest
2 t. lemon juice
1/2 c. chopped almonds (about 40 almonds)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place chicken in baking dish and sprinkle with pepper. In a small mixing bowl, combine syrup, zest, juice, and almonds. Pour syrup mixture over chicken. Bake 25-30 minutes or until no longer pink in the center.

Makes four servings.

Monday, May 16, 2016


~ epicurious

1 c. yogurt
1/3 c. parsley
1/4 c. avocado or canola oil
1/4 c. lemon juice
1 garlic clove, pressed
salt, to taste

Mix all ingredients together before serving.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016


~ Hummusapian

3/4 c. raw cashews
2 medium onions, diced
2 celery stalks, chopped
3 carrots, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 lb. broccoli (about 7 cups, packed)
6 c. water, divided
1 1/2 t. salt plus a pinch, or to taste

Place cashews in a small bowl and cover with water. Soak for at least 30 minutes or overnight.

Add oil to a large pot and heat over medium-high. Once hot, add onion and a pinch of salt. Saute for three minutes. Add celery and carrots, then saute another five minutes. Add garlic and broccoli, then saute five more minutes.

Add five cups of water, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, and pepper. Bring mixture to a boil, then reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, drain soaked cashews and place in blender with one cup of water. Blend until very smooth and creamy, without any clumps. Set aside.

When soup is done simmering, puree with immersion blender or in a regular blender working in batches. Once soup is pureed, stir in cashew cream.

Makes about 10 cups.

Notes: The veggies get browned pretty quickly, so you may want to add a little more oil, turn the heat down a smidge, or just keep a close eye as you constantly stir them. I make my cashew cream in a food processor and use an immersion blender in the pot for pureeing the soup. Use whatever appliances are most convenient for you.

Monday, May 9, 2016


~ my own little brain

olive oil
cabbage, thinly sliced
seasoned salt

Drizzle some oil in the bottom of a skillet and heat on high. Add sliced cabbage and stir occasionally until crisp-tender and beginning to brown. Sprinkle with seasoned salt and toss to mix before serving.

Thursday, April 28, 2016


~ Eat at Home

1 1/4 c. whole wheat flour
2 t. baking powder
1/2 t. salt
1/2 c. butter, softened
1/2 c. plain yogurt
2 c. broccoli, finely chopped
1/2 c. onion, diced
2 medium tomatoes, sliced
1 t. dried basil or 3 T. fresh basil, chopped
1/3 c. mayonnaise
1 c. shredded cheese of your choice

Preheat oven to 450 degrees and grease a pie pan. In a large bowl, combine whole wheat flour, baking powder, and salt, Cut in the butter, then stir in the yogurt. Pat into prepared pie pan.

Layer broccoli, onion, and tomatoes in crust. Sprinkle with basil. Spread mayonnaise over veggies, then sprinkle cheese over the top. Bake 10 minutes at 450 degrees, then reduce heat to 350 degrees and bake 30 minutes.

Notes: We've made this as directed and it's good, but I'm going to try it without mayonnaise next time and see what we think.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016


~ Eating Well magazine - March/April 2014

1 avocado, peeled and pitted
1/2 c. plain yogurt
2 T. chopped onion
1/3 c. packed cilantro
1 T. lime juice
1/4 t. salt
1/4 t. pepper
hot sauce, to taste (optional)

Place all ingredients in a food processor and process until smooth. Season with hot sauce, if desired.

Makes one cup.

Monday, April 18, 2016


~ Sugar-Free Mom

2 T. olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 c. chopped onion
1/2 c. chopped shallots
2 lb. ground beef
1 t. dried parsley
1/2 t. dried oregano
1 t. salt
1 t. pepper
16 oz. marinara sauce
2 c. riced cauliflower (about 1/2 head)
5 c. beef broth
8 c. sliced cabbage (about one large head)

Heat olive oil and garlic over medium-high heat.  Add onion and shallots; cook until softened. Add ground beef and cook until no longer pink.  Mix parsely, oregano, salt, pepper, and marinara sauce into beef mixture. Stir in riced cauliflower and stir until coated.

Pour beef mixture into crockpot. Stir in broth and cabbage. Cook on high 3 hours or low 6 hours.

Stir in broth and cabbage, then simmer on low for one hour or until cabbage is tender.

Makes 13 1/2 cups.

Notes: I've only made this on the stovetop because I don't see any sense in getting two pots dirty, but the crockpot version would be great if you weren't going to be home during the hour leading up to dinner. If you follow the Sugar-Free Mom link at the top of the post, then you can get nutritional information for the soup and a link to her homemade marinara sauce.