Recipe: Shrimp Creole

Okay, I have to admit something to you...*I* did not actually make this recipe...my husband did ALL the work! I have been crazy busy with my Green Holiday Giving event this week and he did it all. (okay, I dumped the rice and water in the steamer but that was it!). I will tell you, it is delicious! However, our famiy of 4 cleaned the bowl with no leftovers :(  Next time we will double this recipe! Hope you enjoy, adjust the spice level to your taste. As is, 3 of us enjoyed the heat but my daughter thought it was a little too spicy. Shrimp … [Read more...]

Easy Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo Recipe

One of my family's all time favorite dinner recipes is chicken and broccoli Alfredo.  When we are crushed for time and hungry, this simple meal really hits the spot.  Loaded with chicken and fresh broccoli, if pasta recipe are popular in your house, give it a try tonight!  Busy weeknight meals don't have to come from the drive thru!How to Make Homemade Alfredo Sauce Don't be intimidated by the idea of homemade Alfredo sauce.  It is seriously the easiest homemade pasta sauce you will ever make!  This Alfredo … [Read more...]

Recipe: Sweet and Savory Couscous

Couscous is one of my favorite side dishes. It is amazingly tasty and FAST (helpful to me since I am bad at planning ahead!). I buy Texmati couscous (plain) in a big jug, just like the one on the left. I make 1 cup of dried couscous and when it is prepared it is enough to serve 4 people. Make more or less, depending on  your needs!Sweet and Savory Couscous1 cup dried couscous1 cup chicken stock2 tablespoons of sage butter (or 2 TBSP butter and dried or fresh sage to taste)1 -2 cloves of garlic (minced)1/3 cup raisins1/4 cup chopped walnuts or … [Read more...]

Thai Omelet Soup Recipe with Tomatoes, Onion and Scallion

This Thai Omelet Soup with Tomatoes, Onion and Scallion is an easy soup recipe for busy weeknight meals.  If you are really ambitious, you can make your own vegetable stock and freeze it back.  Using peanut oil in this omelet soup gives it a wonderful flavor, however, you can use olive oil if you prefer.  Top your finished soup with quarters of fresh tomatoes and fresh green onions right before serving.  What is Thai Omelet Soup? You can also call this Thai omelette soup or just … [Read more...]

Peanut Butter Pie Recipe

This Peanut Butter Pie Recipe is super fast , with no baking required. My daughter says it tastes just like a peanut butter cup candy! If you are looking for an easy pie recipe, this is it!  A bit decadent and sweet, but one that the whole family will love!  More Delicious Peanut Butter RecipesHealthy Peanut Butter Oatmeal Energy Bites Healthy Homemade Peanut Butter Fudge Recipe Peanut Butter Rice Crispy TreatsPeanut Butter Pie Recipe [mpprecipe-recipe:275]  … [Read more...]

Cheesy Baked Fish Recipe

We went to Whole Foods this weekend and I finally got some Tilapia. Whole Foods had Tilapia fillets from sustainably farmed fisheries on sale so that is what we are having for dinner tonight. My cheesy baked fish recipe is always a hit with the family and SO delicious!You can get some great information about which fish are eco friendly and which you should avoid at Planet Green. If you are looking for a new fish recipe, here is what we are doing with our fillets tonight...not low fat but VERY tasty! What is your family's favorite fish … [Read more...]

Easy Cheese Grits Are Fabulous, Even if You Don’t Like Grits!

I will tell you straight up, I don't like grits. I have had them dozens of times since I have moved to the south and they usually just don't appeal to me. But, these easy cheese grits are GOOD! They are not low fat or in any way good for you but they taste heavenly!I tried to balance the rest of the meal by serving sauteed shrimp, steamed broccoli, and fresh blueberries. Don't skimp on the cream, butter, and cheese! This is a quick recipe...only takes about 5 minutes!What are Grits? Grits are an iconic southern dish. They date back … [Read more...]

Homemade Pesto Recipe with Your Fresh Garden Basil!

Well, I finally harvested the garden basil. I have been snipping buds off it for several weeks to force more growth into the leaves but the plant was getting HUGE. I snipped off most of the branches about 3/4 of the way down the stalk but left some of the plant to continue growing. Since I have so much fresh garden basil, I decided to make a homemade pesto recipe this week!What is Pesto? The original pesto recipe was made with basil, coarse salt, garlic, extra virgin olive oil, pine nuts (sometimes toasted) and grated cheese like … [Read more...]

Blueberry Salsa Recipe for Healthier Snacking!

We are in the height of blueberry season here in Georgia and this blueberry salsa recipe is the perfect way to celebrate!. I have been getting some off my bushes this year. (whatever the birds leave me!) I am also finding North Carolina blueberries at 2 pints for $3.00 so I have been stocking up. Freezing blueberries is very easy. Just spread them out on a cookie sheet and set the entire sheet into the freezer overnight. Once the berries are frozen, just dump them into a plastic freezer bag or other freezer safe container and they will last for … [Read more...]

Easy Skillet Spaghetti Pizza

This easy skillet spaghetti pizza is a big hit here in this house.  It takes only one pan and about 30 minutes to make which makes it a hit with mommy, too! This is the perfect weeknight meal if you are in a hurry to feed your family.  Make it vegetarian for Meatless Monday if you want, or add sausage, pepperoni, meatballs, etc.  Fresh herbs are a huge plus, however, you can used dried herbs as well.  If you grow your own herbs in the summer, check out my post on how to preserve fresh herbs for use all year long!Tips … [Read more...]

Easy Peach Icecream Recipe Perfect for a Summer Dessert!

We are in full peach season here in Georgia and they are delicious in this easy peach icecream recipe! I have been buying them every week at the local farmers market and the kids are eating several a day. When you need a summer dessert, fresh fruit is delicious. However, turn it into homemade icecream and it tastes even better! My husband (wonderful man that he is!) decided to try making Peach Ice cream with the ice cream maker that hasn't seen the light of day since I found it at a garage sale 15 years ago! Ours looks exactly … [Read more...]

Chicken Recipe: Cheesy chicken and rice

 We go through alot of rice in this house. Over the past few years I have tried hard to make the switch to brown rice instead of white because it is so much better for you. Of course, this takes advanced planning since it takes almost an hour to cook in my steamer versus the 20 minutes for white rice. You can use either for this recipe. This is a big hit in our house...the kids love it and it takes only one pan to make if you use a steamer to cook the rice. You could even make up the rice ahead of time and just heat it up at the last … [Read more...]

Kahlua Chocolate Truffle Recipe

I make homemade candy and this Kahlua chocolate truffle recipe is one of my favorites. I don't have a lot of hobbies but I take pride in my homemade candy! Every year at Christmas I make up to 17 different varieties totaling about 30-40 pounds.Boxes of homemade chocolate truffles go to neighbors, teachers, friends, and family and the list grows every year. Actually, I am starting to have people ask to get ON the list which is becoming a problem because the list is getting LONG and I am running out of candy!Kahlua Chocolate Truffle … [Read more...]

Recipe: Cincinnati Chili

For those of you who have never tried Cincinnati Chili, the ingredients and serving style may seem a little odd. Don't let that stop you from trying this recipe! You will love it, I promise! There are a few ways to eat this...a 3 way is pasta covered in chili and cheese, a 4 way has all of those plus chopped onions, and a 5 way has all THAT plus beans. Another great way to serve this is as a 'Coney' which is a hotdog covered with chili and cheese. Add whichever toppings you and your family prefer. We make the full batch and have enough to feed … [Read more...]

Easy Spiced Zucchini Bread Recipe

Like most kids, mine don't always want to eat as many vegetables as I think they should. This easy spiced zucchini bread recipe is my way of hiding the veggies they don't want to eat inside a delicious bread recipe that they really love. Since zucchini is so plentiful here in the summer, I have learned how to freeze zucchini as well several other food preservation techniques. This zucchini bread uses coconut oil instead of traditional oil, which I think makes it a tad bit healthier.Tips for Making the Best Zucchini Bread Making … [Read more...]

Sausage in Sawmill Gravy (a traditional southern recipe)

Okay, I am not a Southerner but this sausage in sawmill gravy is one of my favorite foods ever! I grew up in Connecticut with New England baked beans and pot roast. I was a little hesitant when my husband first suggested sausage in sawmill gravy but I had lots of fresh ground sausage that we had bought at a local farm and thought, why not? Especially since HE was going to make it! I'm not one to turn down the opportunity to NOT cook dinner! We have made it dozens of times in the last couple of years and it is easy to make and a traditional … [Read more...]

Easy Kolache Recipe for a Sweet OR Savory Treat!

When my husband and I moved to Texas, we discovered a delicious treat called kolaches and instantly fell in love. What are kolaches? Picture a sweet yeast type roll stuffed with the filling of your choice...eggs and cheese for breakfast, pepperoni and sauce with mozzarella for lunch, sausage and jalapenos for a little kick! You can also top your homemade kolaches recipe with a fruit filling for a sweet breakfast or dessert treat. This kolache recipe is easy and we made it a family affair. I am all for families cooking together. And helping to … [Read more...]