Sunshine Salad

The ingredients for this dish are actually more closely associated with the winter season, but the colors are just so gloriously reminiscent of the springtime Southern California sunshine! Actually, I suppose that winter in SoCal is just as sunshiney… My apologies to all the cold states out there! If your part of the world is not…

Curried Broccoli Salad

Deli counter salads are always so yummy, but they are often pretty expensive (Yes, I’m talking to you Whole Foods) so it’s a great idea to whip some up at home. It’s also a wonderful side dish to bring to summer potlucks, BBQ’s, or parties! Curried Broccoli Salad 6 c. broccoli florets, broken up into smaller pieces…

Spicy Shaved Brussels and Yams

I have good news and bad news. Bad news first. Trader Joe’s discontinued Cashew Meal. As a former employee, I am well acquainted with the overly dramatic reactions of customers who discover that their “favorite item” has been “let go”. While I am bummed that now I have to find a new source for my…

Rosemary Sea Salt Burgers with Cranberry Sauce

  Oh, you know you’re going to have leftovers next week…   This was a very quick weeknight dinner that I whipped up for myself and the hubby. This Perfect Pasture ground beef is absolutely delicious so I wanted to keep the seasoning simple. I also like to take advantage of the great abundance of seasonal…

Spiced Potato Medley

Sweet and Savory. Some of the most beloved words in the foodie world. What is it about the combination of sweet and salty? It’s just sooooo delicious. This little paleo-friendly potato medley is just that. Super delicious. If you are looking for a good reason to make this, I’ll give you three: Pair these potatoes…

Roasted Butternut Squash with Pecans and Cranberries

It’s a gorgeous day here in Sunny South Orange County! I definitely can’t complain when it’s a mild 75 degrees on December 11th. Here’s a recent shot from LA… not too shabby. Today, I’m keeping it seasonal… but not overly “holiday”. This is a very easy and delicious side dish that would pair well with…

Cranberry Orange Relish

Christmas time is upon us, which for many of us means lots of baking and eating. Here’s a very simple holiday recipe that goes light on the sugar but not on the flavor. This is a very festive, fresh, and healthy side dish for any holiday meal. The salt really enhances the sweetness so you…

Roasted Brussel Sprouts and Bacon

Brussel Sprouts are super cheap and in season! This dish is so easy and great for entertaining. You say you don’t like brussel sprouts?! Well, that’s probably because you’ve never had them prepared correctly. (Boiling in water till mushy…. ew.) Try out this one on your picky eaters and they’ll be hooked for sure. Besides,…

Tropical Fruit Salad with Mint

I’ve been on a bit of a plantain kick lately. They are so wonderful! Grilled, roasted, fried… they’re like, the new Sweet Potato. No, just kidding. I still love my yams but plantains have been kickin it in my kitchen for the past month or so. Here’s a heavenly little fruit salad that includes my…

Citrus Baked Plantains

Just a quickie. Made this for my friends and they thought they were SOOOOO good that they “almost cried”. Well, weep on friends, weep on. Citrus Baked Plantains 3 ripe plantains (black skins) 1/4 c. coconut oil, melted 1 Tbsp. honey or maple syrup 2 large oranges, zested and juiced 2 limes, zested and juiced…