Southwestern Couscous Salad

Southwestern Couscous Salad

Southwestern Couscous Salad was born out the the necessity to create a vegan salad to take to work for lunch.  I realize that traditional southwestern cuisine doesn’t contain couscous, but I made use of what I had on hand.  I had wanted to make a more traditional couscous salad that contained garbanzo beans, and a lemon dressing, but the only recipe that I knew contained feta cheese which is definitely not a vegan food option.  I considered what I could use as a vegan substitute for the cheese, but I couldn’t find anything in the house that would be an […]

Chicken Enchilada Soup

Chicken Enchilada Soup

This is a canned food version of one of my favorite low calorie soups. I love that all I have to do to make a pot of chicken enchilada soup is put everything into a pot and bring it to a boil.  It’s hearty, flavorful, and figure friendly as well as simple to prepare.  Who could ask for more from a soup?

Mexican Corn Casserole

Mexican Style Corn Casserole

I love Mexican style corn on the cob, but it can be messy.  I always seem to end up with the corn toppings on my nose or my cheeks.  Now, I have the perfect solution.  Instead of dressing up a cob of corn, why not mix everything together in a casserole and bake it.  The result is every bit as delicious as the version on the cob, but I get to keep my face clean. This combination of ingredients may sound strange to the uninitiated, and I’ve had friends screw up their faces when I describe it.  For those of […]

grilled corn and potatoes

Fire Roasted Corn and Potatoes

Sometimes, we get so caught up in creating perfect recipes, we forget about the simple things in life.   My mother was famous around here for saying “I like plain food.”    Sometimes, this statement annoyed me, but as I write this, on the anniversary of her birth, I realize that she was right.    Today’s post was supposed to be about grilling corn, but as I began to write the post, I remembered a time when our family was whole,  and I realized something.  My mother was right.   Plain food can be very nice, indeed.  Corn on the cob is one of […]

Lemon pepper and chicken foil packet 1.4

Lemon Pepper Chicken and Vegetables Foil Pouch Dinner

Lemon pepper chicken and vegetables cooked in a foil pouch on the grill make a delicious and delightful dinner for a warm summer night.   These pouches are the perfect way to give your family a well balanced meal without heating up the house.Once again, the process of making these foil pouches is  very easy.  All you need to do is arrange halved small red potatoes, coins of corn still on the cob, sliced squash, sliced onion, and some baby carrots onto the foil.  Sprinkle these with 1/8 teaspoon of lemon pepper seasoning, and drizzle with some olive oil.  The vegetables […]

Shrimp boil foil packet for the grill

Shrimp Boil Foil Packet

I love Shrimp Boil.  The first time I ever had it, my aunt, who was living in New Orleans at the time, brought shell-on shrimp and seasonings up to my grandmother’s house and made a shrimp boil for the family.  For me, it was love at first bite.  We make shrimp boil at our house from time to time, but this version is much easier.   The foil packets are assembled and grilled for 10 minutes on each side.  You have all the flavor of a shrimp boil without all the mess.  It’s definitely a winning combination. All you need is […]

Southwestern crescent squares out of the oven

Southwestern Crescent Squares

I made this for dinner and had the hardest time coming up with a name for it.  I wanted to call it a pot pie, but in my opinion, a pot pie should have gravy.  There’s no gravy in this recipe.  I considered calling it a pasty, but pasties are supposed to be little half round things that are crimped shut.  It’s sort of a giant hot pocket, but pan pocket sounded too weird, so I opted for Crescent Squares because it has a crescent roll crust and is cut into squares for serving. This recipe is very easy to […]

kidney bean and corn salad

Corn and Kidney Bean Salad

This salad was supposed to be made with black beans, but I made a little mistake.  When I was preparing the salad, I inadvertently grabbed and opened a can of kidney beans instead of black beans.  With that one error, this salad changed from what I had imagined to something deliciously different.  I used the techniques from my faux homemade salsa recipe to give the illusion that this dish was more complicated to prepare, but there’s a minimum of chopping required for the recipe.  The entire dish can be assembled in about 10 minutes. Many variations of this salad are […]

Southwest cheesebuger pie

Southwest Cheeseburger Pie

A few decades ago, Bisquick introduced the impossible pie recipe.  The recipe was so named because a batter was poured into a pie plate and made a pie.  It was called “impossible” because the pies were made without a crust.  I have an old cookbook that belonged to my mother that contains a collection of these “impossible pies.”  Basically, these recipes require you to fill a pan with whatever savory food items you choose.  The filling is then topped with a batter made from Bisquick, milk, and eggs and baked in a 400 degree oven for 25 to 30 minutes […]