Simple Rice & Beans with Mixed Vegetables

Simple Rice & Beans with Mixed Vegetables

This is not so much a recipe as an easy idea for a healthy one dish meal. You can add any number of different types of vegetables and beans to the rice depending on what you might have on hand.  If you make the rice ahead of time, all you need to do is cut up the vegetables and lightly saute them.  Then toss them in with the cooked rice and your choice of beans which is mixed together wth a spicy tomato sauce  Add a little cilantro and avocado to the top…
Cauliflower Pizza with Colorful Vegetable Toppings

Cauliflower Pizza with Colorful Vegetable Toppings

I have been craving cauliflower pizza for awhile! It is so delicious, has very few carbs, is full of healthy vegetables and is gluten free as well.  So I finally decided to give it a try again. I had made one a few years ago and really loved it, but I remember it did take some work to make it from scratch.  (These days you can save yourself some time and buy the cauliflower "pre-riced" in many grocery stores, which really does save you some steps). I bought a whole cauliflower to make…
Citrus Salad with a Ginger Fennel Dressing

Citrus Salad with a Ginger Fennel Dressing

I love the beautiful assortment of citrus fruits that are available at the markets in the winter. There are so many unique varieties now in all shapes and colors; ruby grapefruits, pink cara cara oranges, dark red blood oranges, pink and yellow lemons, orange mandarins & tangerines, green limes and pink pomelos - just to name a few! This salad can be made with one kind of citrus fruit, like oranges, or a mix of them including tangerines, limes and grapefruit - all over a bed of greens & sliced fennel. The more…
Zoodles with Roasted Tomatoes, Peppers, Edamame, Ricotta & Pesto

Zoodles with Roasted Tomatoes, Peppers, Edamame, Ricotta & Pesto

It has been awhile since I posted on my blog! I was so busy with the Christmas holidays and New Year's and my family visiting, that I hardly had time to even post an instagram. Don't get me wrong, there was plenty of cooking and baking going on all week because all of my children love to cook. (including my grandchildren!) But I personally feel it is important to be in the moment when I spend time with my family. I don't want to take the time to get the "perfect photo" of…
Light & refreshing Yogurt Dip with Crudites

Light & refreshing Yogurt Dip with Crudites

I always like to have appetizers available for hungry family and guests to munch on as we are preparing Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner.  I usually put out the traditional cheese and crackers to graze on as we are sipping wine and preparing the meal. But I find it is nice to offer a lighter, fresher option as well.  Most people want to save room for the big meal, but they need a little something to take the edge off..especially if it is an early dinner and they didn't have lunch. I made this…