Quinoa and Black Beans

About three years ago I made quinoa.  I cooked it in water and didn’t add any spices. It was incredibly bland and tasted…well, “gross” was the only word that came to mind.  In other words, I said to myself “I’m never making this again.”  For that reason, I’m really not selling quinoa to you, but stay with me here.  I kept hearing that quinoa is so healthy and I know a bunch of people that really like it, so I thought I’d give it another try with this recipe.  It may have taken me a few years to get here …

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Mashed Cauliflower

I indulge with sweets so the rest of my diet needs to be healthy.  Everything in moderation, right?  It’s hard to find healthy dishes that honestly taste delicious so when I find one that I adore I simply must share.     🙂 This may look like mashed potatoes, but it’s really mashed cauliflower.  It’s lovely smooth consistency mirrors mashed potatoes, but it stands on its own in the taste department. Mashed Cauliflower Recipe (4 Servings) Ingredients: 1 bag (20 ounce bag) frozen cauliflower 1 tablespoon cream cheese, softened 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese 1/2 teaspoon garlic, minced 1/8 teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon …

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Restaurant Style Salsa

Salsa and chips.  Need I say more?     😉  I mean this combination surely speaks for itself.  This popular duo has made an appearance at countless parties, dinners, and pretty much every Mexican restaurant on Earth, because everyone loves it. Easy and quick to make homemade salsa that has a little kick of heat and a great balance of tomatoes, onions, and hot peppers…I’m in! Restaurant Style Salsa Recipe (About 12 servings) Ingredients: 1 can (28 ounce) whole tomatoes, with juice 2 cans (10 ounce each) diced tomatoes and green chilies 1/4 cup onion, chopped 1 clove garlic, minced 1 whole jalapeno pepper, chopped …

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Roasted Potatoes

Roasted potatoes are so simple to prepare that I almost felt guilty posting about it.  I, like most people I’m sure, know the concept – use potatoes, olive oil, salt, and pepper.  However, how much olive oil do I use?  What temperature do I set my oven?  How long do I cook them for?  These were all questions that I had and I thought maybe others did too which is why I decided to post about these delicious potatoes. Ina Garten to my rescue!  She gave me all the answers I needed and I in turn hope I can help you. If you are looking …

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