Monday, June 26, 2017

Potato Power!

Sometimes I feel darn right sorry for the poor white baking potato. It often gets lumped with things white and evil: flour and sugar! Yet, the potato is actually chock full of good stuff like Vitamin C and has more potassium than a banana. I like to make the potato the star, not a side. Tonight I heated a can of Amy's Lentil soup to which I added a half bag of frozen chopped spinach. I baked the potatoes an hour and 15 minutes, split them up and fluffed and added the lentil mixture, some shredded cheddar, a bit of hot sauce, some greek yogurt and chopped scallions. Total yum.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Sheet Pan Chicken

Dinner on one pan is very appealing especially if that pan is lined with parchment! Easy clean up! You can vary the veggies depending on what you like.

4 large rainbow carrots cut in chunks
1 pkg of Brussels sprouts, halved
1 large onion in chunks
4 large shallots halved
Chicken thighs and legs, seasoned with salt pepper and creole seasoning
Apple cider vinegar
1 T Dijon

Preheat oven 400

In large bowl, combine all the veggies with olive oil, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes. Turn out onto large cookie sheet lined with parchment.

In large skillet, sauté the chicken pieces in batches about 3 minutes per side to give it color.

Place chicken pieces over the veggies.

In measuring cup, take about 1/4 cup vinegar, 1/4 water and mustard-- stir well and pour over all.

Bake an hour. Serve with crusty bread.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017


I love breakfast for dinner or "brinner" as it were. The frittata is super easy and can bake along side the turkey bacon. Just add sliced tomato with a drizzle of balsamic and a piece of toast.

Artichoke Olive Frittata

1 bag Trader Joes artichoke hearts, thawed
1/2 cup sliced Kalamata olives
1/2 cup sliced red onion
8 eggs, whisked
1 cup Monterey Jack cheese

Preheat oven 400

In ovenproof skillet, sauté the onion in a little butter, add in the artichokes and olives, salt and pepper--stir around. Add the eggs and cook as though you're making an omelette. When mixture is no longer really runny, top with cheese and put into the oven about 15 minutes. Let sit 10 before cutting.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Roast Veggies

I'm always looking for new vegetable combos to roast and this one worked very well.

Picture is before it went into the 400 degree oven for about 25 minutes. Asparagus, yellow pepper and red onion, olive oil and alt and pepper.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Convenience Foods!

I don't rely a great deal on many convenience foods, but every now and then when I'm cleaning out the pantry and/or the freezer I come up with an entire dinner that can be made with the microwave and very little work on my part! This dinner is one such creation: frozen noodles from Costco, frozen meatballs from Trader Joes and a bag of Meijer frozen snap peas--all prepared in microwave. The only thing I had to do was make a sauce for the meatballs out of Hoisin Sauce and Soy Sauce, sprinkle on some sesame seeds and chopped scallion and dinner's ready.