Category: Dinner Ideas

Spiced Roasted Chicken is Everything

Spiced roasted chicken is such an easy, tasty dinner dish and it takes very minimal prep. There are so many different ways to season chicken and I’m glad to share a couple of my absolute favorite spice blends with you.  Homemade Seasoned Salt Roasted chicken and veggies usually make it onto the menu most weeks because it is easy to make and you get a...

Delicious Reverse Seared Filet Mignon

Mmmm, Reverse Seared Filet Mignon So there are many ways to cook a nice thick cut of steak like filet mignon. You can grill it, sear it and finish it in the oven, or reverse sear it. It really depends on what you have going on. One of my favorites when making a Southwestern Steak Salad is to set the oven to 400 degrees.  Then...

Mom’s Favorite Summer Pasta Salad

Summer Pasta Salad This summer pasta salad reminds me of my mom and summer and neighborhood block parties growing up.  It was her go-to signature potluck dish because it was so easy to make.  And quite honestly, I think it came off the back of a bottle of Kraft Italian salad dressing. Just cooked pasta, avocado, sliced pepperoni and classic Italian dressing.  That’s it! My...

southwestern steak salad

Southwestern Steak Salad and Dressing

Summer time = Big Ol’ Salad time! And grilling season! So why not indulge in a steak salad loaded with veggies and a perfectly grilled steak and a delicious homemade southwestern dressing! The nice thing is you can add whatever veggies you like or want to throw on the grill. We usually grill mushrooms and red bell peppers and now corn is in season so...

BBQ Chicken tacos made healthier using clean ingredients

Easy Healthified BBQ Chicken Tacos

Clean up your Taco Tuesdays by using organic ingredients to make these amazing gluten-free and dairy-free healthified comfort food BBQ chicken tacos. Healthified BBQ Chicken Tacos Yep, we’ve gone and “healthified” Taco Tuesdays! Clean eating means different things to different people, but for us it is eating lean meats and clean organic veggies to avoid pesticides. Check out the latest 2021 full list of pesticides...

carnitas burrito bowls filled with rice, veggies, sweet corn and avocado verde sauce

Carnitas Burrito Bowls & Verde Avocado Sauce

Carnitas Burrito Bowls First posted Nov. 2019, Updated: April 2021.  This delicious pork shoulder takes about 2.5 hours to cook in the oven but will last you for several days.  One protein with lots of options for different meals. Carnitas are great because you can use them in tacos or make these burrito bowls filled with all types of goodies.   Or even use the...

Eggplant Chicken Parmesant

Gluten-Free Eggplant Chicken Parmesan

Make one of your favorite comfort foods, like Chicken Parmesan, a little healthier by adding eggplant.  More veggies always make it better for you!  Plus it keeps the gluten-free breading from getting soggy. Eggplant Chicken Parmesan Chicken Parm is such a staple comfort food around here.  And this version of eggplant chicken parmesan shows up on the menu often!   Especially during the summer when...

A traditional wedge salad made with goat milk blue cheese and a dressing made of goat milk yogurt, Worcestershire, lemon, garlic olive oil, and hot sauce.

Blue Goat Cheese Wedge Salad

A traditional wedge salad made with goat milk blue cheese and a dressing made of goat milk yogurt, GF Worcestershire (Lea & Perrins), lemon, garlic olive oil, and hot sauce. So a few week’s ago we discovered the abundance of goat cheeses at Central Market here in Austin. And of course that opened the door to so many re-inventions of old comfort food favorites. Add...

Gluten-Free Beef Scalloped Potatoes

Ever since we found goat butter and cheese, I’ve been able to make some old favorite recipes that I had to give up when I stopped eating dairy for a few years. I have been loving these scalloped potatoes! We usually buy organic potatoes and they tend to start growing pretty quickly. So we usually slice up the potatoes with a mandolin and blanch them....

Vegetarian Fried Southwestern Egg Rolls

Southwestern Egg Rolls I LOVE the Southwestern Egg Rolls they serve on the appetizer menu at Chili’s.  And I desperately miss being able to eat them.  But I love to take an old comfort food recipe and adjust it to fit into my dietary restrictions: gluten-free, dairy-free (except for goat cheese/milk or Parmesan), clean as possible, organic and non-GMO if possible. I had huge success...