mexi cottage pie (grain/gluten/dairy free, paleo)

I’m a sucker for easy, especially when it comes to food. It has to be delicious though, and made in my own kitchen.  Bonus points for including as many vegetables as possible.  Aren’t vegetables the best when you don’t even realize you’re eating them?  Sure, I love roasted brussels and blackened peppers, but there’s something…

cabbage with sweet potatoes and roasted chicken

I like simple things.  That’s not to say I don’t like complicated things too.  Somehow I’ve been drawn into Game of Thrones, which just might be the most complicated and confusing show I’ve ever watched.  I’m hooked. Sometimes though, simple is good; like when my brain is dead tired from keeping the 29547 kingdoms straight….

Make it Paleo: Heidi Swanson’s Mostly Not Potato Salad

I absolutely love cookbooks. Let me rephrase: I absolutely love any and all cookbooks that have color pictures.  I really need to see what it is I’m supposed to make, otherwise it just isn’t as appealing.  The best cookbooks are those that have giant, glossy images of each and every recipe.  Doesn’t matter whether it’s…

blueberry muffins (grain/gluten/dairy free, paleo)

Soooo…. I’ve never really been a huge fan of blueberries. They’re just not sweet enough for this girl.  Unless of course they’re baked with tons of sugar and stuffed into a muffin.  Then I am so down with blueberries.  Same with rhubarb and raspberries.  Add a bit (or a lot) of sugar to them and I’ll…

lemon & sage flank steak

Sshh, don’t tell my mom. I may have made it very known just how much I hated sage growing up. Like, verrrrrry known. Some might say I was a bit dramatic, but trust me… nothing compares to the sausage dramatics of ’04 (a story for another time). All good now though, I’ve sorta fallen in…

my favorite way to eat cauliflower rice

I’m one of those people who get stuck in the past. N’Sync? Still love them. Vanilla creamosa? Please, I’d kill for one right now. There’s just something about indulging in old favorites that feels so good. Like time only made it that much better. Except when that old favorite is a rice bowl doused in…

Root Vegetable Stew

Sooooo, it’s Sunday night, I’m freezing even though I’m sitting in front of a heater, the oldest songs of my childhood are blasting (hello Backstreet Boys and S Club 7), and I’m hating all of the pictures I have for this dish… except for the ones in which the dish hasn’t been cooked yet. Please,…

BOB Burgers (aka Burgers w/ Bacon, Onion, and Balsamic Jam)

I can’t really take credit for this recipe. Not really at all.  You see, I was flipping through one of my most favoritest magazines in the world, Fine Cooking, and came across this one recipe.  It sounded simple, but yet it sounded soooo delicious.  I didn’t stop thinking about it for a week.  Have you…

Thai Chicken Chowder (Whole30 Approved)

Uh, oh.  It’s happened. I’ve officially become obsessed with any and all soups.  Not just soups, but stews and chilis and bisques and anything hot that’s served in a bowl.  N’oatmeal included. I just can’t help it.  The weather has finally turned cold and wet, the trees are shedding their leaves, and it feels wrong…

Butternut Squash & Kale Beef Stew (Whole30 Approved)

Don’t let the kale scare you. This is good.  Like, really really good.  Somehow I came to the realization that kale cooked low and slow in a bath of meat juices is delicious.  Like, true southern collards delicious.  They melllllttt in your mouth.  Melt, people. They melt, and then I melt cause i just can’t…

Simple Honey Granola (Gluten/Grain Free)

Since going paleo there are certain things I miss.  Certain things that really can’t be replicated without losing their trueness. Things like oatmeal cookies, my mom’s enchiladas, pumpkin beer, southwestern egg rolls from Chilis, and a piece of crunchy, seed-filled toast.  Sure, they’re things that I may be better off without, but that doesn’t stop…

Soft Chocolate Chocolate Chunk Cookies (Grain/Gluten/Dairy Free)

Oh my. Remember that whole I-can’t-live-without-sugar thing I mentioned? Ya, well these happened because of it. I guess they aren’t too bad on the sugar scale. I mean, I would have been happy dipping marshmallows into chocolate syrup and sprinkles. That would have been overkill, right? Yes, right. Luckily I whipped these up. So, so…