Ingredient: bag mixed greens

All Seasons, Beef, Fall, Latin America, Main, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer, Winter

Beef Tamale Pie

Serve with a mixed green salad with balsamic vinaigrette-

Although tamale pie has its origins in the United States, most likely California, many American Hispanics prepare this ultimate comfort food. Not to be confused with Mexican tamales, tamale pie is a baked casserole of ground beef, cornmeal, tomatoes, olives and cheese. I simplified the original recipe, which calls for preparing cornmeal and pouring it into the bottom of a pie dish and again topping the beef mixture with more cornmeal, by substituting a corn muffin mix. A simple side salad completes this family-friendly meal.

Chicken, Gluten free, Italian, Main, Paleo / Primal, Salads, Sugar Free, Summer

Tuscan Chicken and Tomato Salad

Serve with grilled garlic cheese bread-

This is the perfect tribute to summer’s plentiful tomatoes and fresh herbs. It is light eating during July and August’s sweltering days. I originally prepared this as a “stack” with the salad as a side, but it was so messy to eat that it ended up more as a salad. My family found that this final version is much easier to prepare and eat!