Mandarin Wild Rice Salad with Cranberries, Mint and Pecans
The Perfect Thanksgiving Side Dish!
This Mandarin Wild Rice Salad recipe has been in our family for years. It's a hearty autumn salad with cranberries, pecans, green onions, and mandarins with a delightful orange vinaigrette. It makes a perfect side for Thanksgiving or anytime as it goes great with many fall and winter dishes. I love it with roasted turkey, chicken or pork. When I had my tea room in California, I often served this in the fall in cute glass tea cups lined with spinach. Over ...
Healthy Stuffed Delicata Squash with Spicy Chicken Sausage and Cranberries
Why do I love this recipe?
This Healthy Stuffed Delicata Squash with Spicy Chicken Sausage and Cranberries recipe is one of my favorite dinners for three reasons:
It is easy and comes together very quickly (under 30 minutes) if you already have the chicken sausage made in the freezer. You can also buy chicken sausage but you may want to add your own seasonings. If you use my chicken sausage recipe, you don't need to add any spices.
It's only 2 Freestyle Smart Points and very filling! ...
Summer Chicken Salad with Tomatoes, Grilled Peaches and Cumin Lime Vinaigrette
This Summer Chicken Salad with Tomatoes, Grilled Peaches and Cumin Lime Vinaigrette came about because of my love for tomatoes. I can not even tell you how much I love fresh tomatoes. This love affair began when I moved to California until then, I don't think I really knew how good tomatoes could be.
When I moved to Seattle (after living 18 years in California) I was devastated because I couldn't grow tomatoes in the first house we lived in. I even had to start buying cherry tomatoes in the ...
Indian Chicken Cauliflower Wrap with Cilantro Lime Cream
This Indian Chicken Cauliflower Wrap was inspired by my good friend Cheryl. She invited me over to her house this spring and served a fantastic lunch. Everything was amazing from her house, to the table setting to the delicious food! It was a fun afternoon! She told me later she wanted me to experiment with the wrap and create a recipe for the website, so I did! She knows how much I love to play around with food.
Serve this in a wrap or eat it as a side dish or snack
You can serve this as a ...
Garlic Scapes and Garlic Spears: Air Fried, Grilled and Roasted
It's Garlic Scape Season (also called Garlic Spears) here in the Northwest! My favorite time of year! Even my youngest son gets excited. I brought home 3 bunches today! They are available only a few weeks out of the year.
What are they?
Well for those of you who don't know about Garlic Scapes and believe me there are quite a few people who have never heard of them - they are the flower stalks that spring out of the garlic plant bulb. Farmers remove the bud in late June to encourage the ...
This salsa is great by itself but is an excellent complement to my Pineapple Skillet Fajitas. Basically a pico de gallo with pineapple! My family likes things spicy so I add quite a bit of jalapeño. It balances nicely with the sweetness of the pineapple. Feel free to leave the jalapeños out if you're not a fan of spicy food. It tastes great without the spice as well. I also like to serve the salsa in 1/2 of a hollowed out pineapple shell for a unique presentation.
Looking for a 2 pt slider bun? I often buy Franz Slider Buns and they are 2 points each, however sometimes I have trouble finding them. These actually taste much better! But who doesn't love fresh baked bread? If you have a bread maker, these are super easy, but even if you don't, I've included directions in the note section on how to do it by hand. For the bread machine I use the "quick dough" cycle and take the dough out when it's done mixing. This recipe makes about 54 slider buns, don't ...
Spicy Roasted Vegetables
These spicy roasted vegetables are so easy to make, take little time and keep you full all day! This is my "Go to," snack of choice. You can experiment and add your own vegetables and spices. I make up a big batch on Sundays to have them throughout the week. You can also vary up the vegetables depending on what is in season. If you don't like them spicy, leave out the chipotle seasoning and jalapeño. I eat them alone as snacks, add them to salads along with some chicken for protein, and also ...
This salsa is so fresh! Make sure you get a good ripe mango for best taste. It's great over salad, with chips and my favorite is tucked away in a fish taco. Yum! I like to spice it up with an entire jalapeno but you may want to try it with 1/2 of one first.
To Die For Guacamole
I'm so in love with this guacamole recipe. One of my coworkers gave me a version of it a long time ago and I've loved it ever since. The secret ingredient is sherry! One taste and you'll agree! If I'm just making this for me, I do this recipe, otherwise I'm tempted to eat more. If I have guests, I make a double batch. The guacamole is also great in my Chipotle Fish Tacos.