What’s for Dinner Doc? A Weekly Menu

I can’t believe that December is upon us. I’m watching snow videos sent from Nevada while enjoying mild temperatures in Baja. I do miss a good blizzard but only if I don’t have to go anywhere. I hope my menu gives you a few ideas to try this week. Planning is everything when you’re committed…

Cranberry Mint Mojita Mocktail

I’m celebrating the start of the Loreto Bay CSA with a refreshing mocktail made with fresh mint from my basket of greens, asparagus, cherry tomatoes, lettuce, Swiss chard and bunches of fresh herbs. Whether you chose to live as a sober rebel or not, it’s always nice to offer an alcohol free “mocktail” to your…

La Gringa’s Weekly Menu, Mostly South Beach

I’m back in Baja and Sunday is our hunting and gathering day. The outdoor market is open and the vegetables were fresh. In the U.S. I create a weekly menu and then shop for the ingredients. In Mexico, I gather what I can find and then create a menu. Baja shopping tip: The winds have…

What’s For Dinner? Ratatouille With Chicken

Ratatouille With Chicken Slice eggplant, peppers, zucchini, tomatoes into thin slices. I used cherry tomatoes and left them whole. Cut chicken breast into 1 inch pieces and lightly salt and pepper. Drizzle olive oil in a baking dish. Layer vegetables, basil leaves and chicken in the baking dish. Bake for 40 minutes in a 375…

The Main Attraction: Flavor Packed Superfood Salads

Im taking my nutrient packed salad to Fiesta Friday where you too can find amazing recipes and inspiration @TheNoviceGardener.com You can easily make a main dish salad using any fruits and greens that are fresh. When I shop for produce, I always have salad in mind. We eat some raw and some cooked vegetables every…

Smoked Salmon and Shrimp Chowder

I adapted this recipe from Fine Cooking Magazine’s recipe for Smoked Salmon and Leek Chowder. Their version called for whole milk, 3 tablespoons of butter and heavy cream. Try reducing the cream and butter in most recipes to reduce the saturated fat and calories. Substitute olive oil for some of the butter to increase the…

Tomato & Basil for Bruschetta

Is there anything better than fresh tomatoes keeping company with basil and garlic? What’s not to love? Tomatoes are a rich source of antioxidants including vitamin C and beta carotene. They have a very good amount of the mineral manganese and a good amount of vitamin E.

Grilled Beets with Coriander

My father was an amateur master gardener. His retirement summers revolved around vegetable gardening. He loved to grow and eat beets. I confess that I am not even close to a master gardener but I used to try to grow vegetables any time that I had outdoor space for a garden. I have been successful…

Quinoa Arugula Greek Salad

Independence Day and Fiesta Friday #23 Happy Independence Day America. There will be fireworks, a parade, sailing and friends to celebrate with. We are expecting record high temperatures so I’m staying out of the kitchen and in the water as much as possible. I have a salmon and fresh sweet corn to BBQ. There might…