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Category Archives: Veggies

This is just a simple way to cook up your green beans.  I am sure this is a pretty standard recipe, but it’s a favorite veggie dish in our home.  Tabitha really likes her green beans!

My mom showed me how to make these a couple of years ago.  She uses french green beans which I love but they are more expensive.  She also dices up some onion to saute with the garlic…also very yummy but I tend to skip that step for time’s sake.

Easy Peasy Green Beans

Ingredients:

1 lb. green beans

Olive oil

2 or 3 garlic cloves, minced

1/4 onion, finely chopped (optional)

Coarse sea salt

Directions:

1.  Steam green beans until bright green and tender-crisp, about 8 or so minutes.

2.  Over medium high heat, saute garlic in olive oil for about one minute.  If adding onion, saute the onion in olive oil until transparent and then add garlic and saute until fragrant.

3.  Toss in green beans and saute for a couple of minutes.   Add salt to taste.

I hated green beans as a child.  That was number one on my yuck list.  Now I love them!  Thanks Mom for the recipe!!  🙂

And if you are looking for another yummy and easy green bean recipe, try these Tender Green Beans with Tomato and Basil from Tessa The Domestic Diva.  I love the flavor combo!  Especially the basil.

Shared on Allergy-Friendly Wednesday.


Ah summertime!  Who doesn’t love warm weather and the smell of fresh food grilling on the grill?  I LOVE it.

I always check our weekly Sprout’s ad for their specials on fish.  We try to eat fish often (our girls typically like fish too) and try to buy wild-caught as much as possible.  Wild-caught is better for you and tastes significantly fresher.  The wild-caught varieties always seem to be more obscure types of fish compared to their farm-raised counterparts.  You just never know what is going to be on sale that week.  That’s all part of the fun!

This particular week it was swordfish, the steak of the sea.  Great for grilling!  I jazzed up this teriyaki marinade recipe and marinated the fish for about 6 hours.  Very tasty!  Jeff said, “This is restaurant quality!  …No, it’s better than restaurant quality!”

Teriyaki Swordfish and Grilled Pineapple

Grilled Teriyaki Swordfish

Ingredients:

1 1/2 lb wild-caught swordfish Continue reading


I don’t care at all to be rich.  I don’t want a big house or fancy cars.  I don’t need designer clothes or 80 pairs of shoes.  But when it comes to the grocery bill, I sorely wish that money were no object.

Eating well can be pricey, but it doesn’t have to be.  The following meals are what I put together with what we had on hand already and $85 worth of groceries for our family of five for a week.

Chili-Lime Cod (frozen wild-caught that I had in the freezer already)with Cilantro Pesto over brown rice, sauteed onions, and black beans.

I subbed nutritional yeast for the Parmesan, but you can just as easily leave both out.

This cilantro pesto is so incredibly delicious.  I’m drooling Continue reading


Cucumber Tomato Salad

This here little salad was Plan B.  And as it turned out, it was much better than Plan A would have been.  Don’t you love it when that happens?  When something doesn’t go as planned, but turns out even better for it.  I find that happens a lot in life.  I have something planned but God has something bigger and better planned.  And even though I might be disappointed or I may freak out at first, I am always thankful in the end.  This salad is kind of like that. Continue reading


Cabbage Stir-Fry

The very first recipe I created on my own was a stir-fry.  I was in Japan.  The food there was completely different from what I normally ate (fish and broccoli for breakfast, fermented soy bean, pickled plums, etc), but Japan is where I learned to become braver in my eating.  I learned to like vegetables more.  And because of the lack of sugar in the typical Japanese diet, I also binged on ice cream and the m&ms and peanut butter my mom sent me (that I begged her to send me).  I actually looked a little Continue reading


I love soup.  I had carrots.  I had apples.  I needed dinner.  May-Gray was upon us and it was an overcast and chilly-ish day.  So I made this soup:

Carrot Apple Soup

With this salad: Continue reading


Had to take my Mama to the airport this morning.  😦  Her week here with us went waaaaayyyy too fast.  Always does.  Thanks for all of your help here, Mother!  Looking forward to seeing you and Pops next month!!

So needless to say, I have a back-up in the recipe queue.  Hopefully I can pop these babies out over the next week.  Get those taste buds ready!

Anywho, I have been wanting to jazz up my salad repertoire lately.  And well, really I wanted to create a salad for the sole purpose of trying out this Creamy Avocado Dressing recipe.  I used the Cilantro Lime Kabobs as inspiration and made this delicious salad:

Salad Mexicana with Creamy Avocado Dressing

Like I have said before I love the flavors of lime, cilantro, and Continue reading