Three ingredient pot roast in a slow cooker.

Three Ingredient Slow Cooker Pot Roast

This is one of those recipes that a friend at work shared with me many years ago.  Prior to that, I only used my slow cooker to make beans, stews, and spaghetti sauce.  This recipe was so simple that I had to give it a try. You begin with a roast.  I have made this recipe with pot roasts that are as big as 5 pounds and as small as 2 – 3 pounds.  I usually do this with a chuck roast, but have also used bottom round.  Basically, I buy whatever is the cheapest cut of meat I can […]

Trying a sample of Navy Bean Soup

Navy Bean Soup

In a previous post, I discussed the benefits of eating nutrient rich beans.   Continuing with that theme, I am adding a recipe here for navy bean soup.  This recipe is actually a variation of a vegan navy bean recipe that I made often while in college.  The ingredients are simple and easy to find.  The soup is very healthy, and everything included is very inexpensive, too.  One of the best things about this soup is that it freezes well, so it’s easy to make a large batch and freeze it in meal size portions. Begin with about 2 cups of […]

cauliflower mashed potatoes and gravy

Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes

This recipe is a great way to get your family to painlessly eat more non starchy vegetables like cauliflower.  Cauliflower has many touted health benefits.  I love cauliflower.  It’s one of my favorite vegetables.  Unfortunately, it’s not my family’s favorite.  I’ve tried slipping mashed cauliflower on the table in place of potatoes, but they weren’t big fans.    Undeterred, I decided to try another approach.  A friend at work was sharing how her housemate had tricked her husband into eating cauliflower mashed into some potatoes.  I decided I had to give it a try. Since I didn’t have a specific recipe, […]

Iced Cinnamon roll waffles

Cinnamon Roll Waffles

This recipe is so easy that I almost didn’t publish it.  It’s not really a recipe as much as alternate cooking instructions.   A new friend told me about it, and I honestly didn’t believe it would work, but I needed something for Sunday brunch.    The idea of serving cinnamon roll waffles was just too tempting.  I decided to give it a try. All that you need is a package of the large size cinnamon rolls found in the refrigerator section of your local grocer and a waffle iron.  Yes,  you heard correctly.   There is only one ingredient. Heat […]

No-Bake Easter Nests

One good thing about having a well stocked pantry is that it’s easy to whip up treats for your loved ones without making a run to the store.  Before I continue though, I have to confess something.  I love jelly beans.  Jelly Belly beans are my favorite, and I almost always have some around the house.  It makes my husband crazy because he doesn’t understand why I buy jelly beans when Easter is no where in sight.  The truth is that I have a Jelly Belly addiction. Now that I’ve addressed that issue, I’m ready to move forward with this […]

oven fried potatoes

Seasoned Oven Fries

Sometimes, I just want a burger and fries, but I really don’t like deep frying.  Buying burgers and fries for our family costs a minimum of $25 dollars, and sometimes, it costs more.  Since I am always trying to save money and provide my family with relatively healthy meals, I needed to find a better way to make burgers and fries at home without a deep fryer.  That was when my friend, Amber, came to my rescue.  She told me about oven fries.  I was surprised at how easy the instructions were, and I couldn’t wait to try her recipe. […]

AuGratin Potatoes straight from the oven

Old Rotten Potatoes

Potatoes in my house often go through three phases.  This is especially true during the warmer months.  Because I buy  potatoes in bulk, sometimes we get tired of eating them, and they sit around longer than anticipated.  The first stage my potatoes have is the picture perfect potato that can be baked or steamed and served whole.  The second stages occur simultaneously as some potatoes become wrinkled and other have small eyes sprout.   Once potatoes have reached this point,  they are too ugly to bake.  In order to use them, they must first be peeled and any eyes cut […]

Chef’s Salad in a Jar

I am continuing my series of salads in a jar this week with the Chef’s Salad.  The Chef’s Salad’s origins are often disputed, but it may have been based upon a 17th and 18th century dish called  Salmagundi which was a salad composed of meat, eggs, and vegetables served with a vinaigrette.  Some say the Chef’s Salad was inspired by the Cobb Salad invented at the Brown Derby Restaurant in Los Angeles, while others attribute it to a chef at the Ritz-Carlton in the early 1940’s. No matter what the origin of the Chef’s Salad, it can be a nutritional […]

Crab Louie Salad

Crab Louie

Summer is synonymous with salads in my house. During the hottest times of the year, it’s not uncommon for us to have large salads for dinner topped with meat cooked outside on our grill. Sometimes, it can be a challenge to create salads different enough that my family doesn’t become bored with the menu. We try to follow the guidelines for building a healthy salad. It’s amazing how easy it is to make an unhealthy salad if you don’t follow some simple rules.   I believe that if you’re making a salad, you should make the effort to make it […]

Watergate Salad

This is an old and easy salad recipe that dates back to my childhood.  It was allegedly created by a chef at the Watergate Hotel in D.C. and was  served at brunch and on weekends.  This may or may not be true.  The salad reportedly gained popularity after the political scandal of the same name  (Watergate Scandal) that began in June of 1972 when  there was a break in at the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate office complex which is on the same 10 acre site as the hotel.  For more information about that scandal, refer to the […]