Entrees and Soups

January 3, 2014 Thumbnail image for Lucky Black Eyed Pea Soup for the New Year

Lucky Black Eyed Pea Soup for the New Year

There is a Southern tradition of eating black eyed peas in the new year for good luck. I always remember eating my peas with ham in them. So I picked up a ham hock from my favorite pork company at the farmer’s market and developed this easy recipe. Ideally you want to soak any beans […]

November 30, 2012 Thumbnail image for Beef Tajine (Slow Cooker Recipe)

Beef Tajine (Slow Cooker Recipe)

I was at Whole Foods recently doing my monthly meat shopping trip. I generally buy a lot of meat at once and freeze it for convenience. I usually get my produce at the farmer’s market, so then I just have to pick up all the other small items I need at my local store once […]

November 28, 2012 Thumbnail image for Thai Almond Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Thai Almond Chicken Lettuce Wraps

You know those days when you have been on vacation or maybe just fell off the “health wagon”, and all you can think about is that you need to eat a huge pile of greens? On my way home after the Thanksgiving break, I was flying out of the Austin airport. They had a nice […]

September 6, 2012 Thumbnail image for Almond Coconut Chicken Tenders

Almond Coconut Chicken Tenders

I love foods that are flavorful, incorporate interesting textures, and are nourishing. However, apart from the occasional drawn out cooking endeavor, I like my recipes to be fairly simple to prepare and use only a few ingredients. This recipe meets all those criteria. These chicken tenders are kid-friendly and adult-friendly. It would be nice to […]

August 10, 2012 Thumbnail image for Gluten-free Lasagna with Italian Sausage and Basil Cashew Cheese

Gluten-free Lasagna with Italian Sausage and Basil Cashew Cheese

I made this delicious lasagna the other night kind of on a whim. I had been thinking about making a lasagna with a fresh tomato sauce, gluten-free noodles, and substituting the cheese for cashew cheese. I got home from a friend’s book signing event on Tuesday and decided I would see if I could throw […]

July 26, 2012 Thumbnail image for Slow Cooked Tomatillo Chicken Tacos

Slow Cooked Tomatillo Chicken Tacos

Do you have a slow cooker? If your answer to this question is “no”, then drop what you are doing and get to your local Walgreens, hardware store, or Target. My slow cooker was less than $30 and works like a champ. This nifty little machine is such a time saver, you won’t understand how […]

April 25, 2012 Thumbnail image for Salmon and Guacamole Bowls

Salmon and Guacamole Bowls

This wonderful summer recipe was inspired by a local Peruvian restaurant. My mom was visiting me in San Francisco a couple years ago, and we walked down the street to this cute little neighborhood spot called Fresca. We both ordered these succulent salmon tacos that were topped with a very generous portion of guacamole. Although […]

February 28, 2012 Thumbnail image for Beluga Lentil Burgers

Beluga Lentil Burgers

Nothing but the finest beluga lentils for these burgers. These delicious burgers are great to make in a large batch and freeze for future meals. Coriander was previously an uncommon spice in my repertoire; however, after eating these burgers it has become a staple in my kitchen. The cayenne in this recipe adds a little […]