Panzanella Salad

When I was younger the running joke in my family was ”would you like to have some salad with your croutons”?  To this day I still LOVE croutons but I only use my Homemade Croutons - store bought croutons are almost always filled with preservatives and added sugars, YUCK!  Now, I don’t even like tomatoes but I loved this salad.  The bread chunks soak up tons of flavor and remind me of croutons on a salad.  The cucumber...

 

Tomato Casserole

Lately when shopping at the market I have to restrain myself from dancing down the produce aisles singing “It’s the most wonderful time of the year”. There are so many wonderful choices and many fruits and vegetables are at their peak of flavor. While you can buy tomatoes any time of year they are never better than now and if you grow them yourself you know you can never have too many recipes including them. This casserole really...

 

Homemade Pita Bread

You will never buy store bought pita bread again once you see how easy it is to make your own.  One bite will seal the deal.  I couldn’t believe how AMAZING these pita breads were.  I’ve spent all week finding ways to incorporate them into my meals.  Every salad I had went into a pita!  I used them in place of hamburger buns when we had burgers.  I stuffed them full with grilled veggies when we had kabobs and I made the most delicious...

 

Beef Stroganoff

I’m sure that you have probably had the same reaction from people when you tell them that you only eat natural, unrefined, unprocessed, whole foods. First that funny look and then that incredulous stare when they think about all the things you can’t eat. Well, not so fast.  Healthy eating doesn’t mean eating like a rabbit. You can still have all those wonderful comfort foods. I admit it might not be as easy as heading to the...

 

Crab (or Chicken) and Orzo Salad

I like to keep an eye out at the market for specials on crab just so I have an excuse to make this salad. It’s great with chicken but crab makes it a special treat. The other special treat in this salad is the avocado oil. Extra virgin cold pressed avocado oil is so full of fruity flavor it transforms this salad and it’s so healthy and good for you with high Omega 3, Vitamin A, B, D, and E and no cholesterol. Kristy Salad Ingredients: 2 cups...

 

Summer Gazpacho Soup

I can’t believe that summer is almost over!  I’m not ready!!!!!!!!  I know fall brings a whole new selection of seasonal fruits and vegetables that I love but I’m still not ready to say goodbye to summer.  One of my favorite blogs, Nature Insider, featured a recipe for a Raw White Gazpacho Soup and I thought it sounded like the perfect summer soup.  I played around with the recipe and ended up with a delicious chilled soup that...

 

Mediterranean Orzo Salad

I love to cook but usually during the week, after dance lessons, gymnastics, acting classes, music lessons and school work (we homeschool all year round) I’m not left with much time to spend in the kitchen.  This is why I keep our breakfast, lunch and snacks as simple and easy as possible.  This salad is one of the many lunch options that taste great, is easy to make and keeps wonderfully in the fridge - it even tastes better the longer...

 

Loaded Napa Salad

So here’s the deal.  I have nothing.  Nada.  It’s 10:30 at night, just got done watching Weeds and I have major writers block.  I’ve attempted several time to write something interesting about this delicious salad but I can’t concentrate and just keep thinking about what’s gonna happen next on Weeds.  Oh and don’t ruin anything for me - I’m only on season 3 and U-Turn just died!  So there ya have...

 

Green Bean and Tomato Salad

Now that we are well into summer we are also well into the bounty of the garden. Tomatoes are in abundance and this week the market special was a pint of beautiful heirloom cherry tomatoes. If I were a still life artist these little beauties would be my inspiration but I’m not so I was inspired to eat them in this healthy and bright salad instead. Kristy Ingredients: 2 large handfuls of green beans, cut into 1 inch pieces (about 1 cup) 1 pint...

 

Huevos Rancheros Breakfast Salad

Salad for breakfast? Why not? Forget the rules. Who makes the rules anyway? This breakfast has the standard egg requirement for any traditionalist out there but the crispy spinach, spicy beans, smooth cheese, sweet peaches and crunchy tortilla chips will appeal to those free spirits who think that rules are made to be broken. I have a magnet on my refrigerator that says “If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun” to remind me...