Baja Stuffed Peppers

What inspires your cooking? Smells, colors, freshness, memories, blog posts, magazine photos? I’m inspired by all of these things and my weekly menu is designed around the freshest ingredients that I can find. This is a weeks worth of produce which costs me between $8-12 US depending on how much fruit I buy. Fruit is…

Turkey, Apple, Caramelized Onion Stuffed Mushrooms

I’m bored with my mostly Paleo diet. Protein plus veggies and fruit. Rewind and repeat. I’m guessing that even a cave woman would have branched out to add some pizazz to her diet given the chance. Paleo works for me and I’m thinner and fitter than I have ever been as an adult but I…

Asparagus Chèvre Quiche

Asparagus is in season! Nestle these lovely gems in a thyme scented chèvre custard for a slice of heaven. This isn’t a low fat recipe but it’s packed with protein and looks impressive at a brunch or on the dinner table. Serve with fresh seasonal fruit and a side of fresh snow peas or greens….

Caramelized Honey Squash Rings, Fiesta Friday

Happy Halloween and Happy Harvest I received these beautiful yellow and green striped delicata winter squashes and pomegranates in my Fall CSA basket. The delicata are petite winter squash that can be used to make perfect little rings to roast and caramelize. The pomegranates are a tangy sweet addition that look gorgeous next to the…

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…

Eggplant Parmesan With Pesto

I’m having a lazy Sunday, after an incredibly stressful week, writing my blog for Fiesta Friday. If you are a new blogger then you should find a weekly virtual group that will challenge you to write. Fiesta Friday at The Novice Gardener motivates me to create recipes and photos every week. I’ve made a commitment,…

Thai Beef Salad Over Greens

A flavor explosion for the Fiesta Friday #25. It is important to me that my blog posts are honest and genuinely reflect how I eat which is why you won’t see gourmet, extravagant, high calorie meals here. A friend who reads my blog asked me if I eat any meat because I only post fish…

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…

Ginger Salmon Tacos with Grilled Pineapple Salsa Fiesta Friday #22

Welcome to the weekend! I’m joining the party with mouth watering salmon and grilled pineapple salsa. Pass the margaritas please. Thanks to The Novice Gardener for hosting the Fiesta Friday blog party. I love fish tacos and salmon tacos should be in the Fish Taco Hall of Fame. The salmon in these tacos is marinated…

Cilantro Chipotle Hummus

This 5 ingredient hummus is fat-free and flavor packed. It would be a great addition to a summer cocktail party with the girls. Serve with toasted flour tortilla chips or pita chips. I think a light summer cocktail of sparkling pink lemonade or Prosecco would go nicely. My recipe was inspired by the Cilantro Jalapeño…

Portobello Pizza, Ditch the Crust

Who needs pizza crust when you can have all the pizza toppings without the wheat crust? I rarely eat flour based foods and I frankly don’t miss bread very often. I am not afraid of bread but I would rather fill my plate with nutritious lower carbohydrate fare. I love pizza toppings but I hate…