Lemon Chicken Soup

There’s nothing quite like a warm bowl of chicken soup….

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Poached Eggs over Asparagus

Sunday mornings were made for sleeping in, sipping coffee on the couch with your puppy, and let’s be honest, recuperating from last night.  So be decadent! You deserve it 🙂 Ingredients: 2 fresh, organic eggs at room temperature 6 stalks Asparagus  1/4 cup Yellow onion 1/2 cup Grated Parmesan cheese 1 tsp Olive Oil 1…

Parmesan Chicken Tenders

Came home late after an afternoon hike in Mission Trails, San Diego, CA. The hubby and I are preparing for the coolest honeymoon ever – backpacking through Yosemite for 6 days!

We walked in tired, famished, and in no mood to cook. I threw these Chicken Tenders together in under 15 minutes from start to mouth. Feel free to mix it up on your busy nights – use any type of wheat or nut flour, any hard cheese you have on hand, and any crunchy coating in place of breadcrumbs (e.g., panko, finely chopped almonds, etc).

Kale Caesar Salad

It may be trendy, it may be cool….but I don’t think I will ever outgrow kale. Call this a trendy spin on the classic Caesar Salad or call it anti-oxidizing. I simply call it a delicious salad you can throw together in 15 minutes. 

Cobb Salad

We walked in tired, famished, and in no mood to cook. I threw these Chicken Tenders together in under 15 minutes from start to mouth. Feel free to mix it up on your busy nights – use any type of wheat or nut flour, any hard cheese you have on hand, and any crunchy coating in place of breadcrumbs (e.g., panko, finely chopped almonds, etc).

Pasta Bolognese

Good food is made with love. Love, spices, and time.

Bolognese sauce is centered on the meat and tomatoes, so spare no expense when it comes to ingredients. Grass-fed beef, 90% lean, and all-natural ground pork are key. Add San Marzano tomatoes and you will have your family begging for Pasta Bolognese for every meal. I make this every year for my hubby’s birthday!

Aztec Kale Salad

Served with a cup of Creamy Tortilla Soup, this salad makes the perfect Mexican-inspired dinner. To make a complete meal of the salad alone, toss in some chicken breast, cumin-marinated tofu, or carne asada.

Halibut Fish Tacos with Avocado Crema

In the mood for Mexican but don’t want to roll over in a Mexi-Coma? Try these light and refreshing Halibut Fish Tacos. They are flavorful and bright, with just a hint of clean heat from the jalapeno.

Add a dollop of Avocado Crema, and you not only have a light and filling meal, but you have the added benefit of saying “It’s not crema….it’s my daily dose of omegas and antioxidents”.

BROWN SUGAR BRAISED PORK TENDERLOIN WITH BUTTERNUT SQUASH AND FENNEL

It doesn’t rain often in San Diego, CA, but when it does I like to pretend it’s a cold, dreary, Midwest afternoon. I imagine myself bundled up in front of a fire place, with a book in my lap and cup of tea in my hand. I start craving a warm, comforting one-pot meal. Pork chops, apple sauce, the flavors of home.
I elevated my desire for comfort food by using pork tenderloin, and adding anise-flavored fennel to offset the sweetness of the pork and squash.

Chicken Poblano Street Tacos

I usually cook my meals from scratch, no matter how effort-filled. But when you are cooking for a crowd, you must know your limitations. The night I “invented” the Chicken Poblano Tacos, I was already making two other tacos from scratch: Carne Asada Street Tacos with Chipotle Lime Crema and a Halibut Fish Taco with Cilantro Lime Crema.

Enter the humble rotisserie chicken. It’s pre-cooked, pre-seasoned, and ready to go in pretty much any recipe that calls for slow cooked, pulled chicken. Add that to Frontera’s taco skillet sauce, and your taco night will pack on heck of a punch.

CARNE ASADA STREET TACOS

In January 2017, I visited Chicago to celebrate the birth of my beautiful niece, Virginia Abbe Strange. I arrived at the airport to find the entire city hibernating against the cold (-20 with windchill!), and found myself determined to bring my SoCal sunshine to the
The key to a juicy and flavorful skirt steak is in the marinade. Do not fast track the marinating time, and give this pedestrian meat all the TLC it deserves

Creamy Tortilla Soup

We went to Costco the other day not for groceries, but for the free samples. Don’t pretend like you don’t do that too!