Fancy Black Beans

Sometimes I like to take something from a can and make it fancy.  Let’s face it, it’s just plain easy to open a can sometimes when you need a side dish for lunch or dinner, but sometimes, that can just isn’t enough.  Which is when it’s time to make it fancy!  Now of course my


Avocado Caprese Salad

By now everyone knows I have a love affair with caprese salad.  What’s not to love?  Fresh tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, basil…yum! It’s no secret that if there’s a caprese salad on the menu when KB and I are out, we get one.  There’s just something about the combination of those ingredients that is satisfying.  The


Chorizo Oven Nachos with Lime Crema

Since Super Bowl is coming up, I thought I’d share a recipe I made for New Years Eve this year.  KB decided off the cuff that he wanted nachos for our NYE meal.  We used to go out and party and stay out late for NYE, but as we’ve grown older, our celebrations have grown


Caprese Avocado Toast

I love caprese salad.  Especially in the summer.  Fresh tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, basil, olive oil, balsamic vinegar…what’s not to love?  When KB and I go out for Italian food and it’s on the menu, we normally order it.  I have a confession: sometimes I make it even when the ingredients aren’t in season.  It still


Salmon with Avocado Cilantro Pesto

New year…new you!  Everyone always says that…hah.  It goes without saying that when a new year rolls around, everyone always resolves to eat healthy and work out more.  I work in the fitness industry and it’s our “busy season.”  We start to taper off around summer time when everyone goes on vacation and it picks


Hearty Chili Mac

When the weather turns cold, I turn to comfort food.  Who doesn’t?  There’s something about a bowl of chili that warms you up from the inside out!  My children didn’t used to like chili.  Until I started making it with pumpkin, but that’s a whole different blog post.  However I have found that any time


Balsamic Roasted Asparagus and Cherry Tomatoes

I love to oven roast my vegetables.  I used to be a big fan of stir-fry, but now I find that it takes too much “active time”.  Whereas when I roast my veggies in the oven, I can put them on a sheet tray and walk away.  And if I line that sheet tray with


Southwestern Style Hash

I love hash.  Such a simple, yet filling way to incorporate veggies and potatoes into one dish!  I think I could eat hash every day if KB and the kids would eat it too.  My favorite way to eat hash is with a fried egg on top for breakfast.  However, it’s also good as a


Slow Cooker Chicken Quinoa Chili

The age-old debate of how to pronounce QUINOA.  So if you look it up in the dictionary, it says the pronunciation is “kee-no-ah”. But if you were to read it like the “QU” normally sounds (think queen), you might be pronouncing it “queen-oh” like KB.  It makes me laugh when I hear him say it.


Curried Salmon Salad Sandwich

There’s something about curry that is kind of addictive.   I mean sure, there are people who probably don’t care for curry.  I am not one of those people.  Neither is KB.   That man will sprinkle the spicy curry powder on anything.  True story: one day I made beef and broccoli (a kind of