Category: Dinner

BBQ Meatloaf Stuffed Peppers

Healthified Meatloaf Stuffed Peppers We love to “healthify” quintessentially comfort food dishes.   And these turkey meatloaf stuffed peppers are so delicious, especially when you use a tasty BBQ sauce to top it off!   We like Rib Rack BBQ Sauce because it’s gluten free and contains only a few clean ingredients.   To make the filling we add in grated yellow squash and ground...

Perfect Pot Roast

Cooking The Perfect Pot Roast

Time to Make the Perfect Pot Roast! You know I love meat and potatoes.  Classic beef stew, chicken stew with mashies and the perfect pot roast!  Cooked in wine and broth with carrots and potatoes.  Served with homemade gravy and mashies. Just yum! I’ve done it in the slow cooker many times, but it is so much better cooked in a Dutch oven if you’ve...

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...

salad nicoise with green beans, potatoes, eggs, tomatoes and turkey

Salad Niçoise with Homemade Dressing

Salad Niçoise Salad Niçoise is traditionally made with eggs, green beans, potatoes, tomatoes, olives and fish tossed in a lemony vinaigrette.  It is probably one of my all-time favorite salads. During the summer I have a ton of basil, thyme and oregano growing in the garden to make the vinaigrette.  And fresh green beans are in season so it is perfect for this time of...

homemade Asian fried rice with peas, water chestnut, eggs, mushroom, broccoli

My Take on Asian Fried Rice

Hello Meatless Monday! So Asian Fried Rice?  It’s been done before. Why blog it again?  I’m sharing this recipe because Asian fried rice recipes have been a challenge for me.   And trust me that I’ve tried to make ‘Chinese Fried Rice’ with old cooked rice and cold rice – all the ways they’ve said to make fried rice – but it just never works for...

NOLA Chicken Andouille Sausage Gumbo

It’s Gumbo Time! There are lots of different gumbos in this world and every one of them is special with its own unique story. My favorite is chicken andouille sausage gumbo! The roux is what gumbos have in common. A roux is made with almost any type of fat and flour in equal parts – some cooked to a light blond, medium peanut butter brown...

Gluten-free, Dairy-Free Asian Chicken Salad

Asian Chicken Salad with Fried Rice Noodles

A delicious salad full of nutrients and dietary fiber and dressed with a gluten-free, dairy-free Asian sauce.  You can easily make the fried rice noodles, too! Asian Chicken Salad You know I love a salad piled high with veggies! I really think it is the best way to fill my body with nutrients, minerals and all the goodies you get from fresh veggies. And I’m...

Mango Chutney Chicken Salad

Mango Salads I love when mangos come into season.   I especially love it in a salad with lots of other goodies like in my mango, black beans wild rice salad or the asparagus mango spring salad with goat cheese croutons.  So good! I found this recipe for mango chutney chicken salad from Martha Stewart and just had to convert it to a gluten-free and dairy-free...

Thai Beef Salad

Easy Thai Beef Salad & Marinade

Thai Beef Salad Thai beef salad is such a delicious dinner full of flavor and fresh ingredients like ginger and garlic.  To make this gluten-free use GF soy sauce or coconut aminos and Thai red curry paste. All of the other ingredients are naturally gluten and casein free. Make sure the cashews are safe, too. This salad is a great use of fresh basil from...

Homemade Mexican Rice

Homemade Easy Baked Mexican Rice

A versatile method for cooking Mexican rice by lightly frying Basmati rice then adding tomato sauce, or salsa, or puree and then baking in the oven. Easy Mexican Rice Maybe because I’m half Persian and always have Basmati rice in the pantry, but I just love rice dishes.  All kinds of rice dishes from sweet to savory.   My mom used to make this decadent...