Bean Salad

Happy Wednesday! I wracked my brain trying to figure out what side dish to bring to a family BBQ.  I wasn’t sure what everyone (or most people) would like.  Thankfully there is no shortage of options when my family gets together.  There’s enough food to feed an army, so even if no one wants what I made, it’s not the end of the world.  Is that a Greek thing to make absolutely sure there is way, way too much food available? Anyway, this bean salad is inspired by the cowboy caviar that I made a few years ago.  I skipped the celery and used less onions to make …

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Pesto Quinoa with Roasted Vegetables and Chickpeas

Quinoa is like sprinkles.  My husband wholeheartedly disagrees with that statement on the basis of quinoa being gross, and sprinkles not being gross.  I don’t mean how they taste though. I know that sprinkles and quinoa are two very different ingredients and that they are not normally found in one recipe.  (Thank goodness!)  However, every time I cook with either one I end up spilling them all over the kitchen counters and floor.  No matter how much I clean I still find some days later.  Am I the only one that experiences this? Anyway, I’ve been on a quinoa kick lately and this …

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Brown Rice With Sweet Potatoes and Avocado

I love avocados… Brown rice is pretty boring.  Maybe that goes for rice in general, but I think that the brown persuasion is especially bland.  So I decided to add some of my favorite ingredients to it, and boom, now I’ve got something exciting and delicious.  Well, my husband says it’s not that exciting.  To each is own.  😉 I think that I could throw avocados in just about anything and it would make whatever I’m eating 100 times better.  Although I have not tried avocados in desserts yet.  (Sorry Tom.)  Something about that just seems wrong to me.  I shouldn’t …

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Crispy Baked Potato Wedges

Sometimes you need a basic dish that will go with just about anything. The other day my sister asked me how to bake sliced potatoes.  It’s surprisingly easy and simple.  I have made them before so I pointed her in the direction of the roasted potato recipe and the Greek roasted potato recipe to give her a couple of options to choose from.  Those recipes are oldies but goodies and it made me wonder if there was maybe a better way to make roasted potatoes.  That’s where these crispy baked potato wedges come in. I can think of a million ways …

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Greek Orzo

Is it Spring yet? We got over a foot of snow yesterday and it’s very cold out today.  Yup, this means I’m in hibernation mode with thoughts of warmer weather and flowers.  We haven’t had a bad winter (as far as New England winters go) but I find myself constantly dreaming about things that involve being warmer.  Although, being at a beach means I’d have to wear a bathing suit and the thought of that seriously makes me want to work out twice as long tonight. I’m guessing that a full plate of orzo isn’t helping my cause.  But let’s …

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