Shepherds Pie {paleo}


I’m not sure why I settled on paleo a recipe for Shepherd’s pie because I generally do not care for Irish food and I’ve never made a traditional Shepherd’s pie. I’ve made what I would consider to be fun twists, like a Thanksgiving Day Shepherd’s Pie and Southwest Shepherd’s Pie but the regular variety never…

Scalloped Sweet Potatoes and Fontina Cheese {with Thyme}


When I stumbled upon this recipe on Better Homes and Gardens I knew I wanted it to grace my table on Thanksgiving. I love sweet potatoes. And I love fontina cheese. And I love the idea of a more savory flavored sweet potato because I tend to gravitate toward recipes that mitigate the natural sweetness…

Maple Bacon Roasted Brussels Sprouts


There was a time when I despised Brussels sprouts. I had a roommate about 10 years ago who loooooved Brussels Sprouts. She would microwave them until they were hard tiny balls and pop them into her mouth. I hated the smell. That was my first foray with Brussels sprouts; I wouldn’t touch them with a…

Twice Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Spicy Honey Butter


I ripped this recipe out of a Bon Appetit magazine a year or two ago and had been wanting to make it ever since. Somehow I never got around to making it until today. The magazine describes the recipe as “easy” but I find it a bit putzy. Still, usually putzy recipes translate to worth…

Pork Sausage Squash Breakfast Hash {spicy!}


I went running with my friend on Sunday and we were discussing the various diets we’ve tried or eating patterns we had over the years. When I met her in 2001, she ate Myoplex shakes for breakfast and cans of tuna for lunch/dinner. Truth be told, I met her in my quest to make it…

Spinach and Rice Casserole {lower carb}


After the success I had a few weeks ago with making a broccoli rice cheese casserole substituting most of the rice for cauliflower rice, I decided to find additional casserole recipes to make “healthier” by adding cauliflower rice. There are probably not surprisingly a ton of options out there. I decided to try to go…

{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…

Pork Yum Bowl


When I lived in Portland, Ore., I worked out in the suburbs. There wasn’t much around us in the way of food in the immediate vicinity. There was an awesome coffee shop, a Subway, a conveyor belt sushi restaurant and a restaurant called Cafe Yumm. Cafe Yumm was popular with many of my coworkers but…

Cheesy Creamed Brussels Sprouts


Whenever I decide to start eating more vegetables I go overboard in my buying. Which usually means I usually end up wasting too much. I randomly purchased a one-pound package of brussels sprouts last week with no real concept of how to cook them. Since I had bacon and heavy cream in my refrigerator that…

Creamy Cheesy {Italian} Asparagus


Did you know there’s such thing as “Creamed Asparagus on Toast”? Really. There is. Google it. There are tons of recipes. I discovered the recipe (which seems like an odd combination if you ask me) when I was searching for a recipe for creamed asparagus. In fact even recipes that I thought might actually be…

Gouda Corn Pudding


Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! Hopefully this will be the first of many posts. I have quite a day of food planned out. For weeks I’ve been dreaming about my Thanksgiving menu. Sometime in September I began sifting through recipes trying to piece together the perfect turkey day menu. When my dad arrived in town two weeks…

Cashew Butter Parsnip Fries


Still dreaming of foods crusted in seeds, I began looking for a french fry-like recipe that was healthy. I was leaning toward avocado french fries when I found a recipe for parsnip fries at Oh She Glows and I thought to myself … why the hell not. I don’t think I’ve ever eaten a parsnip…

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…

Lacinato Kale Gratin


All right; listen up. This is a serious recipe my friends. It’s so special it’s a dish you want to eat all by yourself or share only with the ones you love the most. That’s right. It’s that GD special. To start with, this side dish is freaking expensive to make. I had to go to…

Cauliflower Crust Pizza {gluten-free}


I have two heads of cauliflower in my fridge both of which have been in there a little too long. So of course I turned to Pinterest for ideas to make good use of the cauliflower and one of the first pictures I stumbled upon was a picture of pizza made with cauliflower crust. Pizza…

Roasted Cauliflower with Turmeric and Sea Salt


The first time I ever had cauliflower was last summer. I had it twice: in Chicken Cauliflower Maglobeh and roasted in my oven. The Maglobeh was so good as a whole that I couldn’t make any judgements about the fried cauliflower other than it was kind of mushy. The roasted cauliflower was OK, but not something…

Chipotle Brown Sugar Baked Acorn Squash


With a snow storm hitting Portland hard this weekend, I was mostly stuck in doors. This gave me a lot of time to clean, organize, watch the Olympics and, of course, cook. I’ve had an acorn squash and some sugar pumpkins sitting on my countertop for a few months now. I noticed today that my…

Salt and Vinegar Potato Slices


I found this recipe months ago and never really had an excuse until this week when my friends and I decided to make burgers and fries after work one night. Jennifer, Kyna and I fumbled our way through this recipe as we fumbled our way through the burgers (and a few glasses of wine). Both…