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Thai Cucumber Salad

Thai Cucumber Salad






I told myself I wouldn’t be emotional on my son’s last day of preschool. But here I sit with a small well of tears threatening to spill out of the corner of my eye. He was sent home with a binder of all of his […]

Slow Cooker Smoked Carnitas

Slow Cooker Smoked Carnitas






Oh man, you guys are in for a treat! These may not be one-hundred percent authentic Mexican but dang are they good. You will NOT be disappointed. This recipe originally comes from my sister so I have to give her credit for the basic rub […]

Black Bean and Corn Salsa

Black Bean and Corn Salsa

Gimme a huge scoop of this black bean and corn salsa and I’m instantly transported into a beach chair with my feet in the ocean fronting the Riviera Maya. So colorful, and SO extremely delicious, this black bean and corn salsa is the perfect compliment to tacos, fajitas, soups and anything else you might be cooking up for this Friday’s Cinco de Mayo festivities. This sassy salsa is tossed together in a mere ten minutes or less making it an easy appetizer. For the most part, it’s a pico de gallo but with corn and black beans added in for color and variety. With the addition of the black beans and corn, this salsa has a lot of healthy fiber and is filling enough that you could use this all by itself as a taco filling for a vegetarian taco.

 

 

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Black Bean and Corn Salsa
 
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Recipe type: Sauces and Dips
Cuisine: Mexican
Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 cups corn kernels or use 1 can, drained and rinsed
  • 3 tomatoes, seeded and diced
  • 2 jalapenos, seeded and diced
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup cilantro, chopped
  • juice of 1 small lime (about 2 tablespoons)
  • ½ teaspoon salt or more to taste (I used pink himalayan)
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a dish and stir well.
  2. Serve over tacos, fajitas, chili or with tortilla chips!

 

Preparing the Garden for Spring

Preparing the Garden for Spring






Standing in the middle of my grandmother’s strawberry patch, I pick up the red fruits eager to make jam with her. To my left are many rows of tomato plants, beans, cucumbers and a lot of other plants that I have yet to learn their […]

Raising Spring Chickens

Raising Spring Chickens






Spring is time of renewal and new life. I see new life in the form of buds on each of my orchard trees and witness baby animals of all kinds emerging from the woods behind us. Raising chickens is a unique experience that is linked […]

Confetti Fish Cakes

Confetti Fish Cakes

fish cakes

In an attempt to eat more fish and make it fun for the kids, I tried my hand at forming fish cakes, which are basically a hamburger patty but made with fish. They are not as difficult as one might think. These pretty little patties are full of colorful diced peppers making it look a little like a confetti cake when you cut into each delightful bite. The trick to making these stick together is to add moisture in the form of an egg and a little homemade mayo. I’ve also thickened them slightly by including flax meal (ground flaxseed) which not only helps them hold together similar to the effect of a flax “egg” but also adds omega-3’s making these even more healthy for you!

Lightly fried in olive oil, these confetti fish cakes form a deliciously browned crust perfect for saucing. The sauce I’ve created for these is just a tad spicy and has only two ingredients: mustard and harissa sauce. If you’re not familiar with harissa, it’s a simple Moroccan red pepper sauce consisting of red chilies, red bell peppers, garlic, olive oil, vinegar and salt. In this recipe, I used the spicy harissa sauce but it is also available in mild with more red bell pepper added and less of the heat.

fish cakes

Confetti Fish Cakes
 
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Recipe type: Main Dishes
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 pound whitefish of any kind, cooked and finely flaked in a food processor (about 2 cups flaked)
  • ½ green or yellow bell pepper
  • ½ red or orange bell pepper
  • 2 tablespoon red onion or shallot, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 2-3 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoon flax meal (ground flax seed)
  • ¼ cup harissa sauce
  • 1 tablespoon spicy brown mustard
Instructions
  1. Heat a sauté pan on medium high with a small amount of olive oil.
  2. Sauté peppers, onion and garlic a few minutes until the onions start to become translucent and lightly browned.
  3. While peppers are frying, combine fish, egg, lemon juice, mayo, and flax meal in a bowl and stir until well combined.
  4. Add pepper, onion and garlic to the fish mixture and combine.
  5. Form mixture into four patties and place into hot pan with a little more olive oil.
  6. Cook about 4 minutes on each side until golden on edges.
  7. While fish cakes are cooking, stir together to harissa and mustard.
  8. Serve fish cakes with the harissa mustard sauce.

 

Like fish cakes? Try this unique version using salmon with a blueberry miso sauce!

Olive Feta Chicken Roulade

Olive Feta Chicken Roulade






This morning, I broke out my mini-greenhouse and got my garden seedlings planted! That means that spring is here (along with allergies, ugh…) and now I’m patiently waiting for the real weather warm-up to happen so I can play in the dirt everyday and enjoy harvesting […]

Kalamata Green Olive Tapenade

Kalamata Green Olive Tapenade






So many delicious things come in small little bowls. Olives are one of my favorite snacks and I put them in sauces and dishes quite often since they have healthy fats and taste so darn good! I use olives and their brine as a salt […]

Black Bean Avocado Huevos Rancheros

Black Bean Avocado Huevos Rancheros

huevos rancheros

The last nine months (or more?) have been really taxing my creative brain. That’s not a bad thing, but my cooking mojo is on a much needed vacation after creating a minimum of three new recipes each week for months while working on a way cool project. As a result, my site has some much needed maintenance that needed attention so I’ve been spending time updating the static blog pages and improving the “Shop” pages to make it easier for all of you to find and shop the kitchen gadgets and ingredients I use on a regular basis.  In the meantime, I’ve posted a bit less often and have really needed to fall back on easy no-brainer meals like these black bean avocado huevos rancheros.

huevos rancheros

Huevos rancheros is a Spanish word meaning “rancher’s eggs.” The base of this hearty breakfast (or lunch) is eggs, traditionally served over tortillas, refried beans, rice, avocado slices and a red sauce. I’ve eliminated the rice and corn tortillas in this recipe to be lower in carbs but feel free to toss them back in if you wish. I also swapped the refried beans for black beans alongside a chopped avocado and then smothered with easy enchilada sauce. Combining eggs, black beans and avocados is the perfect breakfast trifecta providing protein, fiber and healthy fats to keep you satisfied until lunch.

huevos rancheros

Soon, my friends, I’ll be all caught up and back to posting once a week with amazingly awesome recipes. Also, stay tuned for the big announcement on the project I’ve been working on in the next few weeks!

Black Bean Avocado Huevos Rancheros
 
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: Mexican
Ingredients
  • 2 eggs, cooked any way you like
  • 1 avocado, half of it sliced, the other half diced
  • ½ cup black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup enchilada sauce
  • 1 tablespoon cilantro, chopped
Instructions
  1. Cook your eggs and place them on a plate.
  2. Smother with enchilada sauce.
  3. Top with avocado, black beans, and cilantro!

 

Enchilada Casserole

Enchilada Casserole






Apparently, enchilasagna is an actual word. Well, at least it is on the interwebs. It’s simply the combo of enchilada fixings layered in a pan just like a lasagna. That word seems strange so I’m sticking with easy and uncomplicated and just calling this an […]


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