Entrees

Stir Fry for Year of the Monkey

Stir Fry for Year of the Monkey

Rita’s Basic Stir Fry enough for 2 servings with rice 7-8   oz. boneless chicken, pork or beef, sliced 1+    Tbsp. low-sodium soy sauce Sauce  1       cup water (3/4 cup for thicker sauce or use a bit more cornstarch) 1       Tbsp. cornstarch 1       Tbsp. soy sauce (low sodium […]

Chili — Southwest & Midwest Style

Chili — Southwest & Midwest Style

Yes, it’s that time of year. Time to try one of these warming winter “stews” —  Chipotle Black Bean Chili (with bitters), or my authentic Cincinnati Chili.  The Cinci chili was inspired by my cousin Anne who lives there. And yes, spaghetti makes the foundation […]

Jerk Seasoning – Caribbean Trio #2

Jerk Seasoning – Caribbean Trio #2

Caribbean Jerk Marinade Makes 3/4 cup marinade (enough for 1-1/2 lbs pork, chicken or fish) 1/4     cup seasoned rice vinegar 2         Tbsp. vegetable oil 2         Tbsp. soy sauce 1         Tbsp. packed brown sugar 2         tsp. ground allspice 1         tsp. dried thyme 1         tsp. ground ginger 1/2     […]

Florentine Toast ‘n Egg Cups

Florentine Toast ‘n Egg Cups

Florentine Toast ‘n Egg Cups Prep time: 10 minutes  Bake time: 25 minutes Makes:  6  Increase proportionately to desired servings, up to 12 per 12-cup muffin pan. 6            slices square-shaped whole wheat bread 6            teaspoons butter or olive oil 36          leaves baby spinach, stems removed […]

Chipotle Black Bean Chili

Chipotle Black Bean Chili

Chipotle Black Bean Chili Makes 12 – 13 cups chili (about 8 servings) Prep time:  15-20 minutes    Cook time:  about 1 hour 2        Tbsp. olive oil 2        yellow onions, finely chopped (about 3 cups) 5        large cloves garlic, chopped 3        lbs. lean ground beef (93%) […]

Super Simple Turkey Tacos

Super Simple Turkey Tacos

Super Simple Turkey Tacos Makes 4 servings  Prep and Cook Time: 15 minutes 1            pound ground turkey 1/2        cup chopped onion 2            teaspoons ground cumin 1            can (15 oz.) fire-roasted diced tomatoes – see note* 1/2        cup natural raisins 8            7-inch […]

Chard & Ricotta Galette Made Easy

Chard & Ricotta Galette Made Easy

  I was making this Chard & Herbed Ricotta Galette from Eating Well Magazine, when I heard from Rita she wouldn’t have time to post. We needed a new recipe to follow my Halloween post – gasp, it’s nearly Thanksgiving but retail tells us it’s Christmas!- so […]

Quinoa Steak Salad with Tomato-Avocado Salsa

Quinoa Steak Salad with Tomato-Avocado Salsa

Quinoa & Steak Salad with Tomato-Avocado Salsa Make 4 servings 1        cup uncooked quinoa 1/3     cup + 2 tablespoons Nakano seasoned rice vinegar 2        Tbsp. vegetable oil 1/2     tsp. salt 1/4     tsp. (or more) hot pepper sauce or 1 small jalapeno, seeded, deveined and […]

Caramelized Onion & Goat Cheese Tart

Caramelized Onion & Goat Cheese Tart

Caramelized Onion & Goat Cheese Tart Prep time: 15 minutes Bake time: 45 minutes Makes: 8 servings 1            store-bought pie dough  (single crust, see note) 3-4        cups thinly sliced onion (halved and cut in vertical strips) 2            tablespoons butter 1            teaspoon dried thyme or 1 tablespoon […]

Can You Take The Heat?  Raisin Serrano Quesadillas

Can You Take The Heat? Raisin Serrano Quesadillas

Do flavor combinations in recipes sometimes give you a double-take? This one did for me: raisins, lots of serrano chiles, soy sauce and Monterey jack cheese in a quesadilla?!  I had to try it, the recipe was an entry in a contest I was judging for Sun-Maid raisins. […]