Taco Salad

Taco SaladBefore I changed my diet, I would often make tacos for a quick, easy weeknight dinner. I would throw a pack of seasoning mix into some meat/beans/veggies and call it an entree. Once I started reading labels, I realized commercial taco mix is full of unnecessary additives (lactose! maltodextrin! autolyzed yeast extract! MSG! soy! “natural flavors”!), so I decided to start making my own mix. I make the mix ahead so its ready to go when I need a quick meal. Continue reading

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Vegetable Stock

Vegetable BrothI prefer to make my own stock. I use it in all kinds of recipes, so I make a big batch and then freeze it in 4-cup portions for making soup and 1-cup portions for flavoring in all kinds of recipes. Because its best if simmered over several hours, I’ll often throw it together on a weekend morning when I know I’ll be around for a good part of the day. If I want chicken stock, I’ll add a chicken carcass or maybe 2 pounds of chicken wings. Continue reading

Roasted Pumpkin with Wild Rice

Despite being a longtime fan of sweet pumpkin dishes such as pumpkin pie or pumpkin bread, this is the first savory pumpkin recipe I have created. I found pumpkin to be hearty and delicious in this context. Continue reading

A Perfect Pot of Beans

I prepare these in bulk and then throw them into salads and sides or dress them up with sauce and veggies for a main course. They are a bit time consuming to prepare, but they taste so much better than canned. Continue reading