Tag Archives: Vegetable

Couscous Salad with Veggies and Herbs

This is the time of year that I get obsessed with salads.  And I don’t mean a pile of lettuce and bacon bits, I’m talking about creative, delicious salads made from interesting ingredients.  Black bean salads, kale salads, exotic fruit salads, watermelon salads, the list from the past goes on and on.  My current focus is couscous.  You know couscous, that tiny little wheat particle that tastes kind of like pasta and kind of like rice, but not orzo.  It makes a great base for all kinds of salads. Here is one that I think you’ll enjoy because it showcases lots of fresh spring and summer ingredients.  I would say 98% of people (including kids) who have tried this give it a thumbs up!

Two Winter’s Day Chicken Recipes: Chicken and Dumplings & Chicken Fried Rice

I’m always amazed at how differently people define the word “dumpling.”  Well I like them the way my mother makes them: thin and almost “noodley.”  No matter what the size of the dumpling, most people have no problem finishing off a huge bowl of this classic comfort food- Chicken & Dumplings.  Try some before the winter is over.

Leftovers for dinner.  BOO!  HISS! says my spoiled family.  BUT….. if they are re-purposed into something yummy- then YAY, MAMA!  I love Chicken Fried rice because it’s so versatile.  You just need to have some kind of cooked chicken, some old and cold rice, hopefully a piece of an onion and some random veggie remnants from the bottom of the fridge drawer.  This is usually a hit with the kids and it’s a one-dish wonder.


Sauteed Kale and Butternut Squash Medley

I enjoy creating dishes that include ingredients people THINK they don’t like.  My husband says he unequivocally doesn’t like kale.  But Honey, it’s so good for you!  So I got out my culinary palette and developed a tasty side dish that would change his mind.  Ok, Ok I had to add bacon but at least he’s eating kale now.  I know you will love this one, kale fan or not!