hummus sandwich

Hummus Sandwich

The hummus sandwich is another vegan sandwich idea that’s come to the rescue on more than one occasion  while I was packing lunch.  I still find my self wanting to reach for cold cuts and cheese when it’s time to make lunch.  The only problem is that there aren’t any of them lying around.  Before beginning my 30 days of vegan challenge, I decided that aside from a few meat substitutes to have with dinner, and some vegan tuna, I didn’t want to purchase any of the vegan “coldcuts” that are available in most markets.  I also didn’t want to […]

Cucumber Tomato and Feta Salad

Cucumber, Tomato, and Feta Salad

You know that I love the combination of cucumber, onion, and tomatoes in salads.  This recipe is a variation on that theme, and this variation is loaded with so much flavor that it is guaranteed to wake up your palate.  The Feta cheese ads a hint of tanginess and the crumbly texture lends itself perfectly to this salad.  I even created my own vinaigrette to dress this salad. 

Tuna Stuffed Avocado Salad

Stuffed Avocado Salad

When it’s warm outside, there’s nothing better in the evening, or for lunch, than an entrée salad.  This recipe was inspired by a recent trip to Mountaineer Days in Wrightwood, California.  After the event had shut down, Bus Boy and I decided to stop at the Grizzly Cafe for dinner before driving home.  He ordered his usual burger and fries.  I ordered a stuffed avocado salad.  This salad was amazing.  A half avocado was stuffed with my choice of tuna or chicken salad and was served on a bed of spring greens with seasonal fruit and my choice of dressing.  […]

This simple combination of cucumber, tomato, and onion makes the perfect salad to accompany your meal.

Easy Cucumber Salad

This simple 4 ingredient Easy Cucumber Salad is a great accompaniment to almost any meal.  It requires only 4 ingredients, and is delicious right away, unlike some cucumber salad recipes that require a waiting time.  This is one of my go-to salads when I need to add vegetables to a meal

Tomato Rice

Tomato Rice

This is not an original idea.  In fact, the recipe is something that I saw on the YouTube channel Strictly Dumpling.   You can watch the video for Whole Tomato in Rice Cooker to see how he makes this dish using a rice cooker.  I was feeling too lazy to get my rice cooker out of the cabinet, so I made this on the stove top. I also used two ripe Roma tomatoes because I didn’t have any large tomatoes.   The final result was delicious and was great accompaniment to my Maple Dijon Glazed Salmon. Here’s the printable recipe.  Give it […]

Shrimp float on top of the mongo guisado

Mongo Guisado

No series of bean recipes would be complete without an Asian style bean dish. This one has its roots in the food culture of the Philippines.  I had never done anything with mung beans besides sprout them until a few months ago when I decided to cook some with onions and garlic and bacon.  The taste of cooked mung beans reminded me of black eyed peas.  I still had some dried mung beans in the pantry, so I began to look for a recipe that was more authentic. I asked co-workers and they mentioned several sweet recipes, but only two […]

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 […]

Black eyed pea salad, or Texas caviar, is a delicious and healthier side for your barbecue.

Texas Caviar

A few years ago, Texas caviar could be found in the salad section of every grocery store and free standing deli in our area.  I don’t remember exactly how the stuff from the different delis was made, and I was planning on buying some in an attempt to reverse engineer it.  Unfortunately,  I noticed that it’s not in the deli cases anymore.  Since I was working through my 30 days of beans, I decided to try my hand at recreating the recipe.  The only things I knew with any certainty was that it contained black eyed peas along with chopped […]

Mexican Poached eggs

Mexican Style Poached Eggs

The idea for these eggs came from a suggestion by an octogenarian, an Italian grandmother, who told me that she poached eggs in spaghetti sauce and served them on top of the noodles and sauce when money was tight.  I was intrigued by the idea.  While I still haven’t gotten around to trying her idea, I woke up one Saturday morning and realized that I didn’t know what to make for breakfast.  I though of her Italian poached eggs, but decided to make a few changes. When I checked the kitchen, I noticed that I had corn tortillas that I […]

"Homemade" fresh salsa from a jar of picante sauce with onions tomato and cilantro added

Faux Homemade Salsa

I could call this recipe semi-homemade, but I think someone else has already pretty much claimed that description, so I chose faux.   While the word means fake or phony and definitely describes the method used to achieve my “home-made” salsa, it does not describe the healthy ingredients that can be found inside this simple recipe.  This recipe was something I learned before I had children, a time when I rarely  cooked.  I knew how to cook, but I wasn’t really interested in cooking.   I had to think too much about it, so I resisted cooking.  In fact, take out was […]