Chicken and Pasta Salad with Chickpeas

Chicken and Pasta Salad with Chickpeas

This chicken and chickpea pasta salad is simple, hearty and healthy.  The flavors are Mediterranean, and the chicken almost reminds me of a gyro. If you want to turn this into a more substantial meal or side salad, try using Farafelle pasta that is whole-wheat or protein-plus instead. Because this stays good for a week … Continue reading

Sunday Roast with vegetables

This is my mom’s recipe, which is one of those home-cooked, feel-good, hugging-you-in-love-and-warmth, meals that I just love to dive into when I’m visiting home. My mom always makes sure to serve her roast with a variety of textured vegetables. For example, vegetables that are cooked in the slow cooker end up having a similar … Continue reading

Shrimp Étouffée

Ever since my fiance and I have visited New Orleans, we have fallen in love with jambalaya, gumbo, red beans and rice, and of course shrimp étouffée. Our first time in New Orleans was well over 2 years ago now, and we went back over Christmas in 2016 where he proposed to me on a … Continue reading

Strawberry Apple Crumble

Strawberry Apple Crumble

Crisps and Crumbles, whatever you call them, are by far my FAVORITE easy desert to make. Seriously, if you have your fruits all washed and chopped, it’s less than ten minutes before it’s in the oven, and with a very short baking time, dessert will be ready in minutes. Apple crumble reminds me of fall, … Continue reading

Sweet Potato in soy and butter

I first had this dish at a restaurant in Charlotte while I was recovering from upper and lower jaw surgery. Basically it was my main meal, aside from slurping down a few oysters. While my diet was really restricted during this time, this was by far one of my most-enjoyed foods those first few weeks after … Continue reading

Chicken detox pressure cooker soup

This is one of those “everything but the kitchen sink” soups that can handle a hodge-podge of ingredients. Cooking in the pressure cooker makes quick work of vegetables that might typically take longer to cook. I used shredded cabbage in lieu of any rice or noodles/carbs, but you can switch this with greens like kale, broccolini, cauliflower or celery. For aromatics I love leeks … Continue reading

Slow Cooker Enchilada Sauce

I recently realized a lot of my favorite recipes rely on enchilada sauce as the base. I also recently found out that Old El Paso (the most common brand of enchilada sauce) contains MSGs, so I have decided to make myself a large batch of enchilada sauce at home, from scratch. This seems to be … Continue reading

Simple Salsa Verde Soup

Simple Salsa Verde Soup

I have never really had a use for salsa verde until I found this recipe! The green salsa melds right in and forms a delicious base for this soup! Salsa Verde Soup has instantly become an winter favorite and it just comes out better each time I make it. Cozy up with a bowl of this … Continue reading