Green Tuna Salad (with Avocado)

I grew up on tuna salad sandwiches made with tuna, mayo, relish, and a little lemon. They were delicious and simple. As a college student, I ate a lot of tuna because it was cheap, low in calories, and high in protein, perfect in my seemingly endless quest to lose weight. In the past four years, I’ve shied away from canned tuna for multiple reasons:Green Tuna Salad (more…)

How to Have the Best (Steak) Dinner Ever

   Steak Meal How to have the best dinner ever:

1. Marinate New York Strip or sirloin steaks (4–6 oz. per person) in soy sauce, grated fresh ginger, and minced garlic and scallions for 30 minutes to 1 hour. (more…)

Fish 15 Ways: The Fastest Dinner You’ve Ever Made

It’s the Fish 15 Ways recipe #3!

This is seriously the fastest meal I’ve ever made. Usually I say to my husband, “I’ll have dinner ready in half an hour,” and an hour or more later, it’s finally done. But this seriously took me less than thirty minutes, with one proviso: you’ve got to have at least 1 cup of cooked quinoa in the fridge. After my previous post, you should have plenty of reasons to do that. Here’s one more.

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My Favorite Quinoa Recipes


Though often classified as a grain, quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wah) is actually a seed. It has the highest nutritional profile and cooks the fastest of all grains.

Benefits to eating quinoa:

  • Contains all eight amino acids to make it a complete protein
  • Has a protein content equal to milk
  • High in B vitamins, iron, zinc, potassium, calcium, and vitamin E
  • Gluten-free; easy to digest
  • Ideal food for endurance
  • Strengthens the kidneys, heart, and lungs

Below are three of my favorite quinoa recipes that highlight just how versatile this grain is. It can be cooked and served hot or cold with sweet or savory seasonings, and it can be used to bake with.


Quinoa Breakfast Bites

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A Moroccan Feast

I’ve been in a Near East mood lately spice wise: cumin (always my favorite), saffron, paprika, oregano, cardamom. In preparation for my book club, Easter Sunday, and a really good breakfast, in one day I made three different dishes, all inspired by great recipes, that are variations on this theme—and very, very easy to make. Two are in this post, and the third deserves a post all of its own.

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Fish 15 Ways: A Warming Winter Recipe

The Fish 15 Ways series continues…

Sole en Papillotte with Roasted Vegetables and Mushroom-Leek Saute

2. Sole en Papillotte with Roasted Vegetables and Mushroom-Leek Saute

I started with this really impressive recipe for Sole en Papillote (which basically means Sole in Parchment) with Tomatoes and Olives from It’s absolutely delicious, and if you don’t have white wine, which I often don’t, because I prefer red, you can use lemon juice, and add a bit more salt. Cooking fish in parchment paper is a great way to keep it moist and avoid messy stovetop cooking; it also seems incredibly elegant because you serve it in the parchment. (more…)

Fish 15 Ways: A Study in Thyme

This post begins my Fish 15 Ways series. I’ve had to get pretty creative with fish while not on the coast because I’m usually working with frozen fish, which doesn’t have the delicious, delicate flavor of the fresh fist I’m used to having in Charleston. This means that I’m using a lot of different spices.

Sweet Potato

1. Lemon Thyme Grouper with Sweet Potato Quinoa Pilaf


Two Recipes Meet, and Fall in Love

In the interest of all the meal planning I’ve been doing lately (working on some menus to share!) I thought it appropriate to post two completely separate recipes that I threw together in hopes that my husband wouldn’t say, “So what ELSE is for dinner?” They turned out to be quite delicious together. (more…)

Healthy Recipes for People Who Don’t Like Healthy Food

I have to give a shout out to my parents (both of whom love healthy food) in this post, which features my dad’s recipe in the cookbook my mom made for all of us so we’d have the best of the family recipes in one place. This is a really good dinner, especially for people who don’t like “healthy” food, whom it seems I am surrounded by since moving to the Clemson, SC, area where BBQ and fast food are the norm. I had so much fun scouring the local grocery stores for the healthiest breadcrumbs, the least offensive chicken, and—tada!—organic broccoli! Things I used to take for granted in Charleston I now rejoice over like the woman in the Bible who found her lost coin. It’s really amazing to be grateful for little things. (more…)

Hurricane Food: Sausage Ratatouille and Buttered Turnips

OK, so there’s not really a hurricane, but the gloomy weather in upstate South Carolina is attributed to a tropical storm that either once was or once might have been a hurricane. Thus, the need for some cooler weather, cloudy day food. And I have just the thing!