Garlic and Herb Baked Fries

My favorite kind of dishes to make are “healthier” comfort foods, and these oven fries are just that kind of recipe. “Healthier” comfort foods, to me, are rich, craveable dishes that are made with nutritious ingredients. And these potatoes are definitely comfort food: warm, golden and crisp after being brushed with…

Farmers’ Market Quinoa Salad with Avocado

After learning about the countless benefits and positive wellness effects of eating mainly plant-based foods – and mostly meat-free meals – I’ve been creating far more vegetarian and vegan recipes at home these days. It’s not that I’ve stopped eating meat entirely, but just that meat no longer plays the starring role in the…

Southwest Guacamole Chopped Chicken Salad

I love guacamole. Meat-and-Potatoes-Guy is a fan too. It’s pretty safe to say we’re addicted to guacamole with chips as a snack or an appetizer. It’s so richly flavored (and so easy to make), I’m often thinking of ways homemade guacamole could really enliven classic dishes with those bright, creamy,…

Easy Baked Goat Cheese Salad

Although I’ll rarely be found working on a really labor-intensive and complicated recipe, I am the world’s biggest fan of easy elegant recipes. By that I mean dishes that look and taste special and seem complicated but are actually very quick and simple to put together. Easy elegant recipes are nice to…

Easy Baked Tomato-Squash Gratin

I’ve been keeping busy these days inventing new tomato recipes to try to keep up with the abundance of ripe tomatoes from our garden. This time around, I came up with a tasty baked vegetarian gratin made with layers of tomatoes, squash, pesto, garlic, and olive oil. And, since it’s a…

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…

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