Creamy Stove Top Mac and Cheese


There’s this debate raging about Mac and Cheese and whether it is considered a must-have Thanksgiving dish. I’m here to settle that debate. The answer is a resounding YES. At least in my house. Nearly every year that I’m hosting Thanksgiving dinner I serve Mac and Cheese. I normally serve it at Christmas too. In…

{lower carb} Broccoli Cheese Rice Casserole


I guess you could say I’m a little bit obsessed with cauliflower rice recently. I keep thinking of ways I can sneak it into dishes as a substitute for regular rice. So I got to thinking about the traditional broccoli cheese rice casserole dish my mom makes and the millions of variations of the dish…

Cauliflower Fritters


Every time I buy cauliflower (or rather cauliflower rice these days) I get grandiose thoughts of doing something cool with it and then sort of forget that the cauliflower is even in my refrigerator. I guess I must not find cauliflower all that exciting when you get right down to it or I wouldn’t procrastinate…

Pioneer Woman’s Black Bean Burgers


Oh my. I didn’t think I would EVER say this about a veggie burger but I am in LOVE with this burger. While my best friend was visiting me, I made us what was supposed to be a very easy black bean burger. I added spinach to the recipe and the black bean burgers became…

Hibachi Noodles


Begrudgingly I thought about going low carb next week for two reasons. One, my coworker whom I get hot chocolate with every morning at our company’s “Starbucks” announced last week that she’s gaining weight and needs to lay off the daily hot chocolate. Sigh. It’s no fun to drink hot chocolate alone, I tell you….

Zucchini, Quinoa and Mushroom Veggie Burgers


   I’m preparing to kick meat and dairy to the curb 3 to 5 days of the week, possibly more. To be honest, I don’t eat that much meat to begin with so kicking meat to the curb won’t be super difficult. It’s the dairy part I struggle with! That’s why I say I’m going…

Cashew Quinoa Stuffed Delicata Squash


I’ve now informed two mostly vegetarian friends of mine that I plan on being vegetarian for a week each month. You know what happens when you start to tell people something? You need to make good on your actions or you look like you have no follow-through. I purchased a delicata squash the other day at…

Quinoa Cashew Burgers


Last week I had a friend in town, and we went to Deschutes Brewery Saturday for lunch where we sampled some beer and split both a burger and Quinoa and Cashew Burger. Prior to biting into the “veggie” burger, I was intrigued. Post bite, I was in love. I decided I must recreate the burger at…

Penne Cacio e Pepe


According to my thermometer it’s 90 degrees outside and 83 degrees inside. And we are not even close to the hottest part of the day. We have at least four or five more hours until the temperature will top out. I’m not into baking or cooking when it’s this hot. That really puts a damper…

Asparagus and Mushroom Pizza


Last week my sister made asparagus pizza two nights in a row. At first I thought the idea of asparagus pizza was a little weird (even though I love asparagus). After hearing her rave about it (two nights in a row), I decided to make some for everyone for dinner tonight. ingredients. 8 oz. wheat…

Tomato, Basil and Cheese Thin Crust Pizza


We love to make homemade pizza at our house. When trying to decide our toppings for tonight’s pizza, we took into account a few things: what we had on hand (tomatoes, basil and Rosemary and Olive Oil Focaccia Bread dough) and my sister’s taste buds (she tries to eat as little meat as possible). After…

Black Bean Burgers


A hearty alternative to a hamburger, if you’re vegetarian or health conscious this ‘burger’ will knock your socks off. ingredients. 1 can (14 oz.) black beans, drained and rinsed 1/2 c. old-fashioned rolled oats 1/2 c. mushrooms, chopped 1/2 c. minced onion 1 1/2 tsp. minced garlic 1 1/2 tsp. lemon juice 2 tsp. Worcestershire…

Mexican Egg White Omelet


This may be hard to believe but until today I’ve never before had an egg white omelet. Weird, right? I guess I’ve never felt the need to have an omelet without egg yolk. That and I very rarely eat omelets anyway, I suppose. I’m (clearly) not one of those people who thinks egg yolks are…

Grilled Portabella Burger


Ingredients 1/4 cup soy sauce or liquid aminos 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar 2 tablespoons olive oil 3 garlic cloves, crushed 4 (4-inch) portabella mushroom caps Cooking spray 4 (2-ounce) sandwich buns 4 (1/4-inch-thick) slices tomato 4 curly leaf lettuce leaves Preparation Combine first 4 ingredients in a large zip-top plastic bag; add mushrooms to bag….

White Bean Burgers


Whenever my vegetarian friend comes to visit, I struggle to find good vegetarian friendly recipes. This recipe is adapted from a White Bean Burgers recipe published by the NY Times. Ingredients 1 15 oz cans white beans, drained and rinsed 1 T. extra virgin olive oil 1 small onion, finely chopped Salt to taste 2…

Walnut Burger


Looks like a real burger! Good taste, but the recipe needs improvement.