Dinner · Gluten Free

Southwest chicken bowl

I made southwest roasted chicken with brown rice and black bean and corn salsa. Here a few recipes for a quick dinner.


Oi! I need to work on iPhone food photography! But Trust me it’s delicious 🙂

Southwest Spice Mix
Great for chicken, beef, pork, seafood, basically anything.
I will give many more recipes with this mix

2 T chili powder
1 T cumin
2 t kosher salt
1 t granulated garlic
1 t granulated onion

Rub onto 1 lb of meat.
Place onto a parchment lined baking sheet.
Bake at 400 degrees for about 15 minutes until cooked rough

Black Bean and Corn Salsa
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup corn
1 lime, zest and juiced
1 pt grape tomatoes or 1 cup canned, diced, etc.
1/2 cup fresh cilantro, stems included
3 cloves garlic
Pinch of salt
Hot sauce to taste

In a food processor purée lime zest and juice, cilantro, tomatoes, garlic, hot sauce. If too thick add a few Tablespoons of water.
Stir in beans and corn
Can be stored in an air tight continent for 1 week
Also goes great with scrambled eggs

Dinner · Gluten Free · Salad

The Art of Salad

Salads are the best way to increase your veggie consumption. However, a lot of people get stuck with ideas and usually make the same iceberg lettuce, carrot, tomato and ranch dressing salad. You would be surprised what goes goes together when you get creative.
This is my basic formula for salad:
2 cups of dark leafy greens
1 cup of different veggies, usually two or three varieties
1/4 cup fruit
1 t nuts
1 T cheese
1-2 T salad dressing

After our party Friday, we had lots of leftover veggies and spinach. I threw together a delightful salad for dinner last night.
Spinach,Broccoli, Cauliflower, cucumber, carrots, pomegranate seeds, and feta. I used an orange Rosemary vinaigrette and a drizzle of balsamic glaze.


Orange Rosemary Vinaigrette
1/4 cup Trader Joe’s orange and moscato vinegar
1T fresh rosemary leaves
1 clove garlic
Punch of salt
1 cup olive oil
Add vinegar, Rosemary, garlic, and salt into a food processor or blender until smooth.
Slowly drizzle oil into cup while running to create an emulsion.


Blogging is Tough

Life is busy. I honestly have not been cooking much because we have been busy and not really training much, yay off season! Our work moved offices a few weeks ago, and my kitchen is still awaiting permits approval, which means I’m not even cooking at work!

Bruce and I hosted our annual holiday party last Friday in OUR newly remodeled kitchen. It was great fun and gives me a chance to make some yummy, surprisingly healthy, foods.



I promise to do better in the new year!
Try to not eat ALL the cookies this month.
Happy Holidays!