Black Bean and Turkey Sliders

Black Bean and Turkey Sliders

The Super Bowl is fast approaching so here’s a quick and easy small bite that will make all of your guests happy. These Black Bean and Turkey Sliders are truly quick and easy. Not bad weighing in on the clean and healthy scale too! I made my own BBQ sauce with some chipotle chile in it… nice and spicy for … Read More

Freeze it Fresh : Savory “Whitewater” Veggie Burger

Savory "Whitewater" Veggie Burger

One of the benefits of living in the northwest very close to the Canadian border is that we get to take advantage of the variety of ski resorts within a 2 – 3 hour drive of our home, state-side and Canada side.  We have great ski vacation memories with family and friends, many of those involving food.  Are you not … Read More

Slow Cooker South of the Border Black Bean Soup with Guacamole

Black Bean Soup with Guacamole

On Sunday I cooked up a large pot of black beans to have on hand. At that point, several ideas were rolling around in my head as to what to do with them. Monday morning came around and it was back to work we go, so I assembled this soup in my slow cooker and set it on go…or low. This is … Read More

Smokey Summer Quinoa Salad with Sweet Potatoes

Summer Quinoa Salad

Summertime may be the time you have a lot of visitors, which means more fun… and more people to feed. To keep costs down and to maximize on fun and minimize time in the kitchen, I stock the fridge with fresh fruit and a variety simple salads so family and friends can help themselves anytime to something healthy and ready … Read More

Three Bean Chili with Sweet Potatoes and Chipotle

Three Bean Chili with Sweet Potatoes and Chipotle

I love this blend of beans…the creamy pinto’s, earthy and sweet aduki beans, speckled with your traditional black bean.  Legumes are a valuable part of a healthy diet, because they are low in fat, do not contain cholesterol,  have a significant amount of protein when combined with whole grains, and are high in soluable fiber which aids in regularity and elimination.  … Read More

A Week In Review : Whole Foods, Whole Meals

Whole Foods, Whole Meals

Doesn’t it seem as though a good rhythm of cooking goes in cycles? During those times, a new art form emerges as I transform what’s “everyday” and available into a delicious treat and the process comes with ease and delightful abandon. Then there are those down cycles when creativity is stuck, staring at my pantry wondering what to fix for … Read More

Kale – Cilantro Pesto with Toasted Quinoa and Black Beans

Kale - Cilantro Pesto

It’s that wonderfully crazy time of year again when I vow not to over spend, not to over commit, and not to over eat. It’s an extra ordinary challenge with the on going shopping lists, seasonal sights and sounds to attend, and beautifully decorated confections all over the place. My goal is to stay healthy, reign in the holiday busy … Read More