Cilantro-Lime Avocado Rice Bowls

I seem to be on a roll with the Southwestern/Mexican-inspired dishes these days. My last post was Chipotle Quinoa with Black Beans, and today I have one of my favorite vegan dishes, Avocado Rice Bowls with a fresh homemade tomato salsa and really yummy cilantro-lime dressing (plus crunchy tortilla chips)!…

Southwest Chipotle Quinoa and Black Beans

I can remember the days when I believed that “healthy” dishes had to be placed in a category completely separate from “delicious” and “richly flavorful” dishes. It was a tough way of thinking because it meant that when I was going for the “delicious” and “richly flavorful” dishes, there was that really…

Cheesy Orzo Baked Stuffed Tomatoes

I’ve been cooking up a lot of recipes using tomatoes lately, including these really tasty cheesy orzo-stuffed baked tomatoes. Here’s the story: This was the very first summer that I grew my own garden at home. I was actually really nervous at first because I wasn’t sure how much time…

Country Picnic Oven “Fried” Chicken Sandwich

When I think about a Labor Day weekend menu, I think about fun foods that you can eat with your hands. I also think about that last, fleeting opportunity to celebrate all of the best of summer deliciousness. So I thought this Country-Style Oven”Fried” Chicken Sandwich was perfect for this…

Easy Peanut Butter “Pupsicle” Frozen Dog Treats

Calvin has been loving these peanut butter, yogurt, and banana “pupsicles” this summer, so I thought it was time for a new post on homemade dog treats.

Grilled Zucchini and Corn Pasta with Parmesan

This is my favorite recipe of the summer. It’s a pasta dish – which makes it an automatic winner in my book – made richly flavorful with olive oil, white wine, and plenty of savory, salty, freshly grated parmesan cheese. And it’s loaded with the best, crisp flavors of late summer: sweet corn,…

Grilled Vegetable and Black Bean Fajitas

I’m in love with this grilled fajita recipe because it’s packed with fresh summer goodness (fresh zucchini, bell pepper, juicy tomato and creamy avocado).  And, with a homemade Southwest-inspired spice blend, it’s super flavorful too.

Tropical Bliss Smoothie

I have been addicted to this superfood-filled smoothie lately. The tropical flavors are so bright and refreshing and perfect for warm summery days. Sweet, juicy pineapple and mango add tons of satisfying sweetness to this smoothie, so there’s no need to add any sugar or artificial sweeteners. And light coconut milk…

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