Ingredient: sea salt and ground black pepper, to taste

Crown, Dairy Free, Fall, Gluten free, Heart, Low Sodium, Main, Paleo / Primal, Root, Sacral, Solar Plexus, Sugar Free, Vegan, Vegetable, Vegetarian, Winter

Root Veggie Hash and Eggs

Many root vegetables are a great substitute for potatoes. They are perfect for making hash, a breakfast dish of leftover potatoes, meats and other vegetables prepared in a skillet. Turnips, casrrots, rutsbagas, or parsnips provide a lighter hash which is easy to prepare on a lazy Sunday morning.

I like to whip up this balanced carb and protein breakfast when my CSA provides an abundance of these root vegetables. I usually leave out the meat and top the crispy hash with an egg or two, served with a side of Chulula hot sauce, Picka Pepper sauce, or Shirachi sauce.

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.

Appetizer, Bbq/Grilling, Beef, Fall, Main, Middle Eastern, Pizzas, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer

Beef Kefta Flatbread Pizza

Serve with Tomato-Cucumber Salad-

I was flipping through a Cooking Light magazine and came across Beef Kefta Patties with Cucumber Salad. Kefta? A quick internet search yielded my answer: Kefta is the Lebanese/Syrian dialect for Kofta- a Middle Eastern, South Asian and Balkan meatball or meatloaf, although it is also referred to as kefka in Morocco. In the Middle East Kefta is ground beef or lamb, typically mixed with cumin, paprika, minced onion, coriander and parsley. Cinnamon, hot ground pepper, and mint leaves are optional.

The recipe below shows traditional quantities of these spices and herbs. I have, however, sautéed the kefta mixture in favor of forming into kebobs and made it as the base for a flatbread pizza. In honor of its Lebanese roots, serve it with a cooling cucumber-tomato salad.

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Miso Glazed Grilled Turkey Breast

Serve with rice and Asian cucumber salad-

All of the glaze ingredients are pretty much staples in my house so I can whip up this recipe fairly regularly and I do. It’s become a staple in my house as each of us can indivdualize as desired; “as is”, chopped up and added to salad greens or over rice, layered in a quesadilla, bread or burrito. It’s a great and healthier alternative to processed lunch meats.

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Kicky Honey-Molasses Chicken Drumsticks

Serve with honey-ginger carrot coins and steamed rice-

Slighty sweet and slightly tangy this easy one skillet chicken dinner makes a great everyday meal or Sunday sit down. I have paired it with carrot slices simmered in ginger and honey and a side of steamed rice, but roasted sweet potatoes with a side salad or green vegetable would make great partners to this “winner winner chicken dinner”.

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.

All Seasons, American, Beans/Legumes, Dairy Free, Fall, Gluten free, Main, Slow Cooker, Soups, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer, Winter

Slow Cooker Senator Bean Soup

This simple soup is on the menu of the U.S. Senate’s restaurant every day and with good reason. It’s really good and simple to make. This is my slow cooker version as most days I am not able to watch a simmering pot for hours.

There is a history behind this soup but it is not exactly known where this soup mandate came from. According to one story, the Senate’s bean soup tradition began early in the 20th-century at the request of Senator Fred Dubois of Idaho. Another story attributes the request to Senator Knute Nelson of Minnesota, who expressed his fondness for the soup in 1903. Regardless of its origins, this is one tasty substantial soup you’ll want to make over and over again during the nippier times of the year.

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.