Grilled Corn, Bell Pepper and Tomato Salad

I created this salad last night as a complement to baja-seasoned shrimp tacos with cilantro lime rice.  It works wonderfully as a taco filler, salsa or a side dish.  If you’re feeling adventurous, add diced avocado drizzled with lime and/or a can of black beans (drained and rinsed, of course!). Ingredients: 2 Ears of Corn, shucked 1 tsp I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter Light … Continue reading Grilled Corn, Bell Pepper and Tomato Salad

Turkey Gorgonzola Burgers

In true Forth of July fashion, I’d like to share one of my favorite burger recipes that I found on  Brace yourself for a kick of flavor! The distinct, sharp flavor of the Gorgonzola complements the robustness of the sun-dried tomatoes. Crisp cabbage, tender baby spinach, and a juicy tomato slice complement the bite of the Gorgonzola. If you’re cooking for one, wrap up … Continue reading Turkey Gorgonzola Burgers

Roasted Jalapeno Butter

Bored of your traditional buttery spread?  Adding a charred jalapeno to butter (or a butter substitute) adds a smokey, flavorful dimension t0 liven up any dish.  Spread it on toast, grilled corn on the cob or corn bread.  This recipe is easy to create and it keeps remarkably well in the refrigerator. Ingredients: 2 Jalapeno Peppers Cooking Spray 7 tsp Unsalted Butter or (for a … Continue reading Roasted Jalapeno Butter

Grilled Corn, Black Bean and Avocado Salad

Remember the amazing Baja Shrimp Tacos that I made for my family a while back?  This hearty side dish accompanied that meal to remember.  There’s a lot of prep involved (chopping, grilling, seeding, etc), so make sure to leave plenty of time to compose this dish–trust me, it will be worth it! The original recipe can be found in Cooking Light magazine; I’m not a … Continue reading Grilled Corn, Black Bean and Avocado Salad

Baja Shrimp Tacos

I was on a mission to create a mind-blowing meal for my family.  I had requests for a Mexican-inspired dish so I dug around my recipe box for the perfect dish.  True to form, I modified the cilantro-jalapeno sour cream (the original was a bit too “limey” for my taste) and changed up the taco fixings. The essential components are highly versatile:  the sweet/smoky spice … Continue reading Baja Shrimp Tacos

The Perfect Salad: Baby Spinach with Grilled Veggies

If I’m lacking inspiration for dinner, I turn to the classic spinach salad.  Smoky grilled veggies are a nice contrast to fresh spinach, steamed corn and tangy homemade balsamic dressing.  Pair this salad with grilled sweet potato fries, Parmesan crusted chicken or portobello and broccoli quiche with tempeh. Ingredients: 2-3 C Baby Spinach 1 1/2 Sliced Red Bell Pepper (strips should be about 1/8″-1/4″) 1 … Continue reading The Perfect Salad: Baby Spinach with Grilled Veggies

Grilled Sweet Potato Fries

I was tempted to prepare homemade French fries after receiving a picture of some luscious, thick-cut russets from my close friend Nathan.  I’m a huge fan of sweet potatoes, so I applied his method using this variety.  The experiment was successful! Greasy, caloric fries are now a thing of the past (thank you grill!)  They’re the perfect side dish for a burger, brat or salad.  For … Continue reading Grilled Sweet Potato Fries