My mom is my inspiration for my cooking. She was always whipping us up tasty dinners and trying out new recipes. From her I learned the importance of eating a healthy, well balanced diet and always clipping coupons before heading to the store.
I never thought I was a fan of quiche, that was until I made Julia Child’s Quiche Lorraine. Mom made quiche growing up but it was never quite so buttery. She tries to keep things lower calorie, but I have learned with quiche you can’t try to cut calories. It’s just not the same. I did cheat on the crust with a premade and I still haven’t made Julia’s crust, but I have made a few other homemade crusts.
Since I first made Julia’s quiche back in November it has become a staple at our family brunches. For Mother’s Day I am made a big batch of blueberry muffins, instead of my now famous quiche.
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After a night of heavy, creamy pasta I needed to lighten it up a bit with a healthy salad. I have always been a fan of beets, but had not yet roasted my own.
When the Greek restaurants include beets in the salads I steal everyone elses. I don’t know what it is about them. While flipping through Ina Garten’s Foolproof cookbookI came across this recipe (which I have slightly amended). I was immediately drawn to it, because just a few weeks ago I had seen some beautiful organic beets at the farmer’s market. Plus anything with arugula and goat cheese and I’m game!
We ate this as a main course salad, but it would also be great for a dinner party starter.
My research shows that nutrition wise beets are very low calorie and high in tons of different vitamins and minerals. For a healthy salad that is a little different than the usual, you can’t beat this one
If you can’t tell these flavors are new favorites in our house. This is the perfect marinade for both pork and chicken. In fact a few weeks ago I posted it with pork and orange juice. Today it’s chicken and lemon juice.
I wanted to throw together an easy grilled chicken dish when my in laws where in town a few weeks ago. I already had plenty of chicken and knew I wanted to grill it. I remembered the Orange Soy Pork Tenderloin and thinking how good the marinade would be on chicken. Those ingredients are all staples, nothing to add to the grocery list!
Three large chicken breasts was plenty for four people with leftovers. I did serve the Southwestern Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes and a salad on the side. I try to serve large, healthy side dishes to lessen our meat intake. And so far it’s working.
Lentil Tacos are both a great meatless option and cheap dinner. Taco nights are nothing fancy in our house. I don’t go out and buy specialty shredded lettuce or salsa we use what we have, which means I usually chop up some spring mix and either have chopped tomatoes or pico de gallo (if I have everything to make it). We always have Greek yogurt in place of sour cream and the guacamole this time was just a bonus. When taco shells are on sale I usually buy them and plan tacos into our menu in the next few weeks.
I thought lentils made a surprisingly good taco filling. And leftovers were made into a tostada. I broke tacos shells in half so they laid flat and piled on the toppings. Whether you make these for Meatless Monday or just a penny pinching night. I don’t think you will even miss the meat.
In a large skillet saute onion and garlic in oil until tender, about 5 minutes. Add lentils, chili powder, cumin, oregano, and salt. Cook for 1 minute. Add broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer 25-30 minutes.
I was thrilled to find organic whole wheat orzo at the Fresh Market recently and on sale! For years I have been wondering where the whole wheat orzo has been hiding and I found it, on the end cap at the Fresh Market with a big sale sign.
I bought a few bags of it because we are big fans of orzo and turned to Facebook wondering what I should make first. Chicken Lemon Soup was the winning suggestion, but I didn’t want to do just any Chicken Lemon Soup I wanted Greek Chicken Lemon Soup, Avgolemono. I order it a lot when out, but I was never really sure what it was.
After some research I learned avgo = egg and lemono = lemon. So not only is it chicken lemon, but there is also egg in it which is where the creamy appearance comes from. My research also shows that rice would usually be used, but for this not so traditional Avgolemono orzo is perfect.