Eggs with Italian Inspired “Hash” and a Little Something Extra

When it is hot outside, I don't feel like cooking.  Fancy is out of the question.  What's on hand is what's going to be on the plate.  It is August and I am in Southern California so it is hot!  My organic farm box came this week and in it I found leeks, chard and mushrooms.  I had eggs, pine nuts, pasta sauce and parmesan cheese on hand so we didn't have to go hungry or go out. Woot woot! This dish can be modified a million different ways so give it a try the next time you need something … [Read more...]

Vegetable Frittata with a Potato Crust

I love getting interesting things in my organic farm box.  Recently one of the offerrings was sea beans, which I had never tried before.  I jumped on the opportunity to try some out.  When they came, they looked a little like really skinny grean beans.  They had a salty slightly bitter taste when they were raw.  I decided to use them in a frittata with some of the other things that I recieved in my box and was pleased with the results.  The sea beans lost their bitterness when cooked and added … [Read more...]

Wild Mushroom, Roasted Potato, Chard and Ham Frittata

As the weather turns cooler, I crave comfort food - warm and hearty dishes. Eggs and cheese feel like home to me. Using fresh, seasonal produce like chard and wild mushrooms makes me feel somehow more in touch with nature and the season. I try to find ways to lighten dishes up. Using mostly egg whites along with fat free dairy helps. The vegetables and roasted potatoes in this dish add nutrients, bulk and flavor with not a lot of additional calories. I like a hearty serving so adding hulk … [Read more...]

Meatless Monday – Huevos Rancheros with a Quinoa Twist

As part of my quest to improve my health and  lose some weight I've been trying to cook more and eat out less.  I also am trying to eat more vegetarian meals and less red meat.  In order to do this, I have been reviewing cook books and recipes for inspiration for new dishes. I recently came up with this recipe which is a take on Huevos Rancheros.  We had it for a couple of dinners and lunch (since we are only 2 people and it serves 6) but would also make a tasty breakfast or brunch.  It was … [Read more...]

In My Neighborhood

  I‘ve decided that 2014 is going to be a year of positive change and discovery. So far, in the realm of change, we had new front doors installed and the exterior of our house painted. We went with a totally different look for both the door and the house - quite bold for us. A couple of weeks ago, my husband and I (along with our pup Ann Marie) stopped in San Juan Capistrano at Starbucks to get a cup of coffee. Originally we were on the way to the Dana Point Harbor for our usual … [Read more...]

What to do with those holiday leftovers?

The women in my family have an unnatural fear of not having enough food at gatherings. I am not sure where this comes from since we generally always have way more than we need. This doesn't matter, the fear remains. As a result, we always end up with leftover food. Usually a lot of it. This Christmas was no exception. I am not a huge fan of left overs in original form. I like to figure out things to do with leftover food to transform it into something new. This year my leftover beef … [Read more...]

Simple and Quick Recipes

During the summer I am all about keeping it simple when it comes to cooking.  I also like to use fresh and fun ingredients.  I want my food to taste like summer.  This past week I put together a couple of dishes that taste like summer to me.  Give them a try to see what you think. Tropical Oatmeal Serves 4 Oats Coconut Milk 1/4 cup dried, flaked coconut 2 chopped bananas 1/8 cup chopped macadamia nuts (or other nuts) Follow directions on oatmeal to make 4 servings substituting … [Read more...]

Meatless Monday Returns!

Today was a truly meatless Monday.  I have been trying to work through some of the food that seems to have collected in my pantry, freezer and refrigerator so in addition to working the meatless angle, I was trying to use things that I had on hand. For brunch I made a scramble with 1 eggs, 3 egg whites, red onion, spinach and some baby brie.  All things I had on hand.  I sliced up some fresh strawberries, sprinkled them with a little Splenda and popped an english muffin (whole wheat) I had on … [Read more...]

Try This At Home

I am back at it - again.  I am trying to eat more healthfully and trying to be more active with the ultimate goal of losing 25 pounds.  It was my second fairly successful day in a row.  Considering my most recent attempts, this is an accomplishment. This Sunday I was able to do some meal prep for the week which always helps me to stay on track. Todays successes included: eating only one small bite of the warm cookie the nice lady gave me for free at the bakery (I couldn't turn it down, … [Read more...]

Mostly Meatless Monday

Even though I feel like I ate nothing but fruit, rice and beans in Costa Rica and I was pretty active, I managed to gain about five pounds. Now that I am back home it is time to get back on track with my diet and exercise. Something I read on the Food Network Blog inspired me to try some meatless recipes so starting today I am going to try more meatless recipes. To start, I am going to try to focus on meatless Mondays, but because I got this inspiration after lunch today (and I had chicken at … [Read more...]