Bulgar and Leek Salad

Bulgar and Leek Salad

Fall is hands down my favorite season.  In fact my husband and I would have gotten married just weeks after knowing each other if it weren’t for the fact that we wanted to get married in the fall.  This fall will be our first one spent in Southern California.  I’m not sure how I will cope.  I’m already starting to have withdrawals.  No leaves turning color, no fall smells (can someone please bottle up some of that delicious...

 

Taco Calzone

Every night at 6pm my family sits down to have dinner together.  My children patiently wait while I lay out the first course - a big healthy salad.  We eat slowly while chatting about our day and then move on to the main course - a small portion of baked chicken with some roasted vegetables.  Too full for dessert my children politely asked to be excused and run off to play.  This is NOT reality!  Not even close.  But for some reason...

 

Spaghetti Squash Primavera

This recipe is perfect for the late summer harvest of vegetables, especially squash. I used 3 different kinds of squash because they are so plentiful right now. You can use whatever vegetables you have on hand, there really is no right or wrong way to make this dish. Being a cheese lover my favorite part about this dish is spooning up a serving and having the melty, stringy mozzarella cheese hanging from the spoon as you move it to your plate. Mmmmm....

 
Kale Salad with Roasted Red Pepper Dressing

Kale Salad with Roasted Red Pepper Dressing

I love salad and have often thought about challenging myself to a “year of salads”.  A new salad every day for a year. There are so many combinations of vegetables, fruits, proteins, nuts and seeds. It wouldn’t really be that hard to mix up different combinations each day but for me what really makes a salad is the dressing. There are lazy days where I just drizzle olive oil and balsamic vinegar over my salad ingredients and call...

 

Tuscan Bean and Rice Soup

I know, I know, soup in summer?  Not usually the first thing on my list to make but I ended up having a bunch of veggies I needed to use up and I was craving something a little more hearty than a salad.  I also have a crazy week coming up and I wanted something that I could make once and eat throughout the week.  I love the flavor of this soup and it’s easy enough to add in or take out any veggies that you’d like.  Plus it’s...

 
Carrot Cake Sandwich Spread

Carrot Cake Sandwich Spread

My granddaughter Keegan is all girly girl. When her brother Caleb is off playing with his friends and Keegan comes to my house on her own she insists we have a ‘girl day’. She is very specific as to what that means and believe me she came up with this idea on her own since I have never been nor ever will be a girly girl.  On ‘girl days’ we sew, make jewelry, or cook among other things. This last girl day we invited our Barbies...

 

Southwestern Sloppy Joe with Honey Lime Coleslaw

I hated sloppy joe’s growing up.  Sloppy joes and meatloaf were both on my “I’d rather starve first than eat” list.  My husband, being from South Africa, didn’t grow up eating either of these American favorites.  Last year when I told him that I was making meatloaf he asked me if I had a backup plan for dinner just in case.  As it turns out the entire family LOVED the ‘Meatloaf’ and it’s one of...

 

Mango Couscous Salad

Lately I’ve been having the breakfast blahs.  See, I’m not an oatmeal person.  In fact oatmeal really creeps me out.  I don’t know if it’s the mushy part or gloopy part or what but it’s just not gonna happen for me.  It’s not that I haven’t tried to like oatmeal, I have!  I’ve added blueberries, strawberries, peanut butter, all sorts of yummy things to it and I still can’t get myself to eat...

 

Flatbread Pizza

Chicken and Veggie Flatbread Pizza I think, quite possibly I could eat this pizza everyday for the rest of my life.  No joke. Cause let’s be honest, what time of the day isn’t a good time for pizza? Mushroom Pesto Flatbread Pizza Breakfast - Yes Please!  Lunch - Sign Me Up!  Dinner - AB-SA-MA-LUT-LY! What?  You haven’t jumped on the cold pizza for breakfast bandwagon? BBQ Chicken Flatbread Pizza C’mon!...

 

Curried Kuri Squash Soup

You know me, I have to try new things. With the approach of fall (sigh) there have been many interesting new varieties of squash at the market. I picked up this Red Kuri squash and thought what could be better than curried Kuri? This soup can be made 2 ways. Once the squash is tender you can stop at that point and add cooked chicken and serve it as a chunky style soup. I prefer to leave out the chicken and puree the soup and serve it smooth with...