Beef Salpicao

Beef Salpicao

I grew up in a small farm town, and one of our staple foods as a child was beef. My grandmother would throw seared beef into a lot of her inventive dishes that gave us plenty of protein and vitamins. As an adult, I love to pair it with some greens and sparkling water. I think this dish would be great for a date night, or for a family night when there’s no rush to finish what’s on your plate. It’s aromatic, warm, and invades your taste buds with all of the spices and textures.There’s ...

Bacon and Eggs Benedict Salad

Bacon and Eggs Benedict Salad

My idea of a perfect weekend is sleeping in, eating brunch with an excellent cup of coffee, and exploring my local farmer’s market. Eggs Benedict is a hearty brunch staple that will give you the energy to cross all the items off your to-do list. I like to pair it with a chicory coffee or breakfast tea. The best part is the recipe can be tailored for keto and non-keto folks alike!Prep time will require a little effort, but you can easily replace the egg yolk with packaged yolk from the ...

Blackberry, Basil and Spinach Pressed Halloumi

Blackberry, Basil and Spinach Pressed Halloumi

This sweet and savory combo is perfect for breakfast or brunch, but could also be part of a light spring lunch. The fresh basil pairs nicely with the other ingredients so it’s not overpowering. Halloumi is a slightly springy cheese that’s great for grilling and super photogenic- great for those Instagram food shots!This recipe requires minimal prep time; the most intensive part of it is slicing the halloumi cheese. Make sure the slices are the same thickness so that they cook evenly. We ...

Buffalo Chicken Meatloaf Cupcakes

Buffalo Chicken Meatloaf Cupcakes

These cupcakes are a fun savory dish that you can serve for dinner or easily pack for a lunch.  Ground chicken is mixed with celery and onion, stuffed with blue cheese,  and baked with a spread of buffalo sauce over the top.The ground chicken is kept moist thanks to the use of gelatin.  These cupcakes are everything you'd want from mini meatloaves.  Yet even better thanks to the creamy blue cheese and spicy buffalo sauce. The Preparation Buffalo Sauce:1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted ...

Avocado Coconut Ice Cream

Avocado Coconut Ice Cream

You’ve heard of green tea ice cream, but have you heard of avocado coconut ice cream?! It’s a healthy source of fats and great for curbing those sugar cravings. The toasted coconut flakes nicely compliment the smooth flavor of avocado. This ice cream is great for a girl’s night or to snack on during a Netflix binge.There is quite a bit of prep time involved, and an ice cream maker is required. You can substitute Allulose for another preferred sugar substitute.Yields 8 servings of ...

Cauliflower Rice Congee

Cauliflower Rice Congee

Congee is an Asian porridge that is great for cold weather or as a fresh, zesty dinner appetizer. The ingredients such as cauliflower rice and chicken stock can be made from scratch or store bought to reduce time. Optional toppings for congee include hard-boiled eggs, sliced scallions, and fried garlic.Yields 3 servings of Cauliflower Rice Congee. The Preparation2 tablespoons coconut oil ½ medium shallot, diced 2 medium cloves garlic, minced 1 medium ginger knob, sliced ...

Arugula & Caramelized Onion Salad

Arugula & Caramelized Onion Salad

I love food that makes me nostalgic for travel. This combination of greens, onions, and cheese are hearty and colorful. It reminds me of a winter trip that I embarked upon the Sonoma coastline several years ago. In Santa Rosa, we stopped at a rustic restaurant that served salads similar to this.With minimal prep time, the Arugula & Caramelized Onion Salad is great for weekly food prep or a family dinner. As long as you store the salad dressing separately from the salad mix, this is ...

Avocado Egg Salad

Avocado Egg Salad

Half of my family is from the South, so I grew up with egg salad at every family function. Egg salad is great for work lunches, picnics, or even paired with fat head bagels for brunch. I love to put a couple tablespoons on top of some baby spinach or kale. The great thing about egg salad is there’s no one way to make it, either. For this recipe, I used hot sauce to add some spice, but if you want to turn up the heat, you can substitute the hot sauce for jalapeno peppers or scotch ...

Chimichurri Chicken Salad

Chimichurri Chicken Salad

This South American fusion dish is a festive meal for kids and adults. It’s an explosion of flavor and textures with spices, creamy avocado, greens, and chicken. You can use the chimichurri sauce as a salad dressing or sauté the chicken with it. This recipe has minimal prep time; the most time-consuming part will be peeling and cubing the avocado (I don’t know about you, but for me, it’s on par with folding a fitted sheet!) The chopped oregano and chili flakes can be substituted for dried and ...

Cilantro Lime Shrimp with Crispy Coconut Caulirice

Cilantro Lime Shrimp with Crispy Coconut Caulirice

This recipe harkens us back to the long days of summer; it’s tropical and bright with a kick of cilantro and red pepper. The best part is it’s not fried and is a healthy alternative paired with caulirice. This is a great dish to serve at a friend’s night in or a cookout. There is minor prep work with chopping, ricing, and juicing ingredients, but you can cut down on time with pre-prepared alternatives from the store.Yields 4 servings of Cilantro Lime Shrimp with Crispy Coconut ...