Ingredient: instant brown rice

All Seasons, American, Beans/Legumes, Fall, Gluten free, Grains, Grains, Main, Sides, Sides, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer, Vegan, Vegetarian, Winter

Hoppin’ John

Serve with braised collard greens-

“Eat poor that day, eat rich the rest of the year. Rice for riches and peas for peace”. This is a southern saying on eating a dish of Hoppin’ John on New Year’s Day to ensure a prosperous year filled with luck.

This is my quick, vegetarian version (the original Hoppin’ John calls for dried black eyed peas soaked overnight and a ham hock). While I like to make this on New Year’s Day (we all want prosperity and luck for our families, right?), it is also a great dish that I prepare almost year round.

American, Bbq/Grilling, Chicken, Dairy Free, Fall, Gluten free, Low Sodium, Main, Paleo / Primal, Paleo/Primal, Sugar Free, Summer

Oven-BBQ’d Chicken

Serve with blueberry and Corn Rice Salad-

While I was grateful for being able to camp out in my parent’s luxury high-rise for the summer while we were trying to sell our house, the drawback is no grill!! By Week 3 and lack luster results with a George Forman grill, I decided to try a barbequed chicken recipe in the oven. This meal is perfect for the transitional month of September when corn and blueberries are still in season and you might have abandoned your summer grilling, but not your summer attitude.

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Black Eyed Pea Salad with Sweet Vidalia Onion Vinaigrette

Serve with brown rice and summer’s stewed tomatoes and corn-

One of my favorite bean dishes is Hoppin’ John, a comforting stew of rice, tomatoes and black eyed peas. It is one of the best dishes to eat in the south on January 1st as black eyed peas signify good luck for the coming year. Well, as the weather starts to warm up I want to prepare beans in a way that are cooling not warming. This is my take on a southern black eyed pea salad which is usually tossed in Italian vinaigrette. I think you’ll find the caramelized sweet onion dressing elevates it to a whole new level and paired with an equally southern side, stewed tomatoes (with a couple surprise ingredients), y’all be talkin’ with a drawl by the last bite.

All Seasons, Dairy Free, Fall, Gluten free, Main, Paleo/Primal, Pork, Seafood, Sides, Spanish, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer, Winter

Spanish Tapas-Style Shrimp and Chorizo

Serve with brown rice and sautéed green beans-

One day I will get to Spain, but in the meantime I can recreate some of my favorite tapas recipes that I love from local tapas restaurants. Shrimp and chorizo is one of them and my adaptation has become a family favorite, especially enjoyed outdoors on our patio on a balmy summer evening.

Crown, Heart, Root, Sacral, Solar Plexus, Third Eye, Throat

Cuban Black Beans and Rice

Served with Columbia Restaurant’s 1905 salad-

When I first moved to Tampa, Florida, I had never heard of black beans, let alone tasted them. A staple of Cuban food, black beans are very versatile and used almost everyday. Now I eat them on a regular basis, and this is my version of Moros Y Cristianos (Moors and Christians), by far my family’s favorite recipe for this humble bean.

The name of this dish refers to the wars between the Moors (blacks) and the Spaniards (whites). It is a reminder of the Spanish influence on Cuba.

The Columbia is a famous Spanish restaurant in Tampa. It is known for its flamingo dancers and authentic Spanish/Cuban cuisine; the 1905 salad being one of its specialties. This is my vegetarian version, as I have omitted the meat and changed out the iceberg to butter lettuces.

All, Asian, Bbq/Grilling, Dairy Free, Fall, Gluten free, Main, Pork, Spring, Summer

Hoisin Glazed Pork Tenderloin

Serve with fennel and red cabbage slaw, brown rice-

This really flavorful and moist grilled pork is one of my favorite summer grilling recipes, especially for an impromptu outdoor get together when you are sick of burgers, dogs and chicken. I have it paired with a fantastic fennel-red cabbage slaw, which came from my friend and The Whole Meal tester Leslee’s repertoire of easy and really fresh sides. Rice is an easy accompaniment, but potatoes salad or even grilled corn are just as delish.

All, American, Bbq/Grilling, Chicken, Dairy Free, Gluten free, Grains, Low Sodium, Main, Sugar Free, Summer, Vegetable

Grilled Honey Mustard Chicken, Arugula and Summer Veggie Rice Bowl

For a quick, keep-the-kitchen-cool meal that incorporates many of summer’s favorite garden vegetables look no further than this protein-rich rice bowl. Rice bowls are perfect one dish eating as you can easily mix and match your favorite proteins, vegetables and dressings depending on the season and what’s in the fridge.