Saturday, July 30, 2016

Almond Jam Bars


I came across this recipe in my hunt for nutritious breakfast bars that my kids could grab on their way out the door.  There never seems to be enough time to eat breakfast during the week.  These bars were a hit and a good way to use up half empty jars of jam. Now if only they weren't so crumbly...

Monday, July 25, 2016

Moroccan Grilled Chicken


We got a panini maker for Christmas and I've been experimenting with the grill plates.  I've found that it speeds up the cooking of steaks and fillets because it cooks on both sides at the same time.

This recipe is very flavorful and makes a quick weeknight meal.  I don't think I've ever used so much paprika in a single recipe.  If that spice doesn't interest you I think you could substitute curry powder or Rogan Josh seasoning for a different taste sensation.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Chicken Thighs with White Beans, Spinach and Sage



A great one pot dinner, this has it all -- some chicken, some beans and spinach. Although intended as a slow cooker recipe, I most often make this in a Dutch oven.  You can use kale or tomatoes in place of the spinach.  It's a versatile, quick and easy meal for weeknight.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies



These cookies are so simple and yet so good.  Naturally gluten-free, they don't contain any flours. Peanut butter is the main ingredient, therefore they are fairly spendy cookies to make.  I like my peanut butter cookies on the crisp side, so I changed the ratio of the brown and white sugars.

The small quantity this recipe makes is perfect for satisfying that peanut butter cookie craving.  In our family the cookies are gone in a couple of days.  But don't worry, if you want more the recipe doubles easily.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Costa Rican Tico Breakfast with Westie's Black Beans


Costa Ricans refer to themselves as Ticos, thus the name of this dish.  The typical Costa Rican breakfast is eggs with beans and rice.  The beans are extremely tasty. In Costa Rica, we stayed at a resort that offered gourmet breakfasts and I loved all the sides: bacon, fried plantains and avocado. The breakfasts also came with hot tortillas and butter.  Yum!

The rendition pictured above was made for me on Mother's Day by my husband and three kids.  Westie made the beans, and let me tell you, they were perfect!  He has made these so many times that he has the recipe memorized.  If your son doesn't make beans, follow the recipe below. This recipe doubles well.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Dover Sole with Brown Butter Sauce


Brown butter sauce could make anything taste good.  Here I've paired it with a mild fish for a quick weeknight dinner.  You could use cod, sole, or any white fish.  If you shop at Trader Joe's, try the economical frozen Dover Sole.