Quinoa and Red Chard Saute

Here’s a quick main dish that uses the sweet/savory beautiful beet cousin, Red Chard. This sauteing green is a nutrition dynamo and pairs well with nutty quinoa and warm spices.  I added some carrot and sweet potato to add a bit of extra mellow sweetness and body to this filling dish. This dish comes together…

Beef Chili

Rich chilies, tangy tomatoes and savory beef make a bowl of chili a homey, soul satisfying classic.  A friend had a bonanza of grass fed ground beef, and I was the happy recipient of her largesse.  This bowl of chili was the result. Chili is fast, nourishing, and tasty.  The key?  Good chili powder.  There…

Shrimp & Avocado Caesar Salad

Plump shrimp combine with smooth avocado and a classic caesar dressing for a one dish meal that combines strong nutrition with fabulous flavor. The dressing recipe goes together in a minute, and uses anchovy paste for an umami boost.  One tip for pretty salads is to dress the greens separately from the other ingredients.  Then,…

Chicken, Potatoes & Carrots – One Pan Meal

This One Pan Meal takes little prep time, and in 45 minutes bakes together in the oven, the juices from the chicken flavoring the potatoes. In less than an hour from start to finish, you have a full meal ready to go, and tasty leftovers if you double up on ingredients.  Getting it to all…

Salmon, Rice and Snap peas – One Pot Meal

Here’s a tasty, fast and nutritious one pot meal using all fresh ingredients.  I think this one may even be faster that take out, and with some substitutions can be made entirely with ingredients in your pantry or freezer. The basic concept is that you’re steaming salmon and snap peas on top of the rice,…

Asparagus + Chicken + Quinoa = the Beauty of One

I just returned from a multiple city trip to look at colleges for my daughter.  Though we ate fabulous restaurant meals, I found myself longing for fresh, simple food centered on the seasonal produce I find here in the Bay Area.  One of the college students we ate with was a California girl living in…