Vegan Black Bean and Corn Burritos


My family is not vegan, but I try to make at least 1 or 2 meat free meals every week. As an annoying teenager, I decided to be a vegetarian. My mom scrambled to make meals I would eat, and did her best to ensure there was protein included. Black bean burritos have been one […]

How to Cut up a Pineapple


We took a family trip to Hawaii when I was pregnant with our 4th child. Needless to say, I didn’t enjoy the trip drinking Mai Tai’s in a bikini. Besides the amazingly warm water, my favorite part of Hawaii was learning how to cut up a pineapple at the Dole Pineapple Plantation. This is a […]

Smoked Sausage Jambalaya


For many years I was a firm believer in Zatarain’s boxed jambalaya mixes. I still have nothing against them, my whole family loves them. But I decided that I could make my own jambalaya (meaning I didn’t have any boxed mixes in my pantry.) It actually turned out to taste really good. The entire pot […]

Creamy Mac and Cheese with Bacon and Peas


This creamy mac and cheese with bacon and peas is a delicious casserole. The peas don’t really add a whole serving of veggies per person, but it’s a good start. Plus there’s bacon, it makes everything amazing.

Toasted Coconut Rice Pudding


Rice pudding is not something I grew up with. I tried it for the first time at my friend’s grandma’s little cafe. I love the traditional Mexican version with cinnamon, but I was out of cinnamon since I used the last of it on my Easter cinnamon rolls, and decided to try something new. I […]

Citrus Cilantro Grilled Chicken


For years we lived without a grill. I had a little grill pan and that got us by, but I have to side with Hank Hill about the virtues of propane. It’s just so easy to cook with our propane grill. Citrus cilantro grilled chicken is so flavorful, and the marinade really helps keep the […]

Super Easy Oven Baked BBQ Ribs


I have been terrified to make ribs for years. I would watch these shows on Food Network and all these BBQ experts would smoke ribs for 8 hours, they had all these dry rubs with 35 ingredients, and there was a constant debate between dry and wet BBQ. I thought it was all way too […]

Summer Blueberry Pancakes


Pancakes are a family favorite in our house. Fresh blueberries go on sale in the grocery store, and I love to pack them into all kinds of foods. One of my go-to recipes is blueberry pancakes. I’ll make them for a weekend breakfast, but one of my kids favorite meals is to have pancakes for […]

Roasted Garlic and Eggplant Dip


I’ll admit it, I’m learning to love veggies. They’re just too healthy to ignore. I don’t think I ever once as a child had eggplant. If it was presented to me, I would probably have thrown a fit. My kids are forced to try all my veggie creations. This dip was inspired by a recipe […]

Creamy Chicken Pasta with Garlic and Kale


I had some wine left over from when my friend came over to visit yesterday. I know, it’s shocking. But I didn’t want to let it go to waste. Wine never tastes quite as good the next day, so I decided I needed to use it in a recipe. I’m really into kale these days. […]