Archive for ‘Vegetarian’

July 6, 2012

Mexican Orzo Salad

Pasta Salad: good on the side or perfect for a light meal.

There are so many different types of pasta salad, how do you choose just one!?

This Mexican Pasta Salad is delicious enough to count as a light summertime meal while still being healthy (and vegetarian). Often you see pasta salad made with big chunky pastas but this version switches it up a little allowing the other fresh summer flavors a chance to shine!

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June 28, 2012

[Crock Pot] Mexican Stuffed Peppers

The Summer Heat drives many of us out of the kitchen and onto the deck to grill.

Although I love grilled food (especially because that means Rich is doing a lot of the work), sometimes I just don’t want to eat Grilled Goodies everyday! So, this summer, when Mother Natures turns on the heat & you don’t want to turn your oven-heat on… turn instead to your Crock Pot!


Now, we often think of the Crock Pot for making thick and hearty Winter Dishes – but it can easily adapt to make delicious fresh flavored lighter summer dishes! The gorgeous Peppers that will soon be overflowing from your bountiful Summer Garden can easily be cooked up for your next great dinner in your Crock Pot.

Take your classic Stuffed Peppers and switch it up with the Mexican Flavors.

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June 22, 2012

Steamed Artichokes

I remember eating Artichokes only once in my childhood (the whole steamed kind, not the jar kind, or artichoke hearts, or used as an ingredient, or anything else – but these whole, fresh artichokes where you peel off your leaves and just eat ’em). I may have eaten Whole Steamed Artichokes other times in my life but the one that sticks out to me is when I was in California with my Aunt & Uncle (who happens to be a talented Marble Artist in his free time). I remember how they told me to just basically scrape the fresh tasty green leaves with my teeth to get the goodness out of them.

Recently, Artichokes were on sale

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June 17, 2012

Black Bean Burgers

Summer is Grilling Season!

Now that Father’s Day is here , many Dads will be spending many a summer evening with a cold beverage in front of a hot grill. Instead of having Dad (or whoever) grill up your “normal burgers” for your next BBQ or July 4th – why not whip up these delicious black bean burgers?

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June 11, 2012

Strawberry Salsa

~ Strawberry Salsa ~

good with tortilla chips or chocolate covered tortilla chips or graham crackers or  sweet chips or apple crisps or spoons

Last week I went Strawberry Picking (one of my favorite “school’s out for summer” activities). I picked about 12 pounds (and am thinking about going back this week for more) of berries. One of the things I knew I wanted to make was a fresh Summer Strawberry Salsa. There are many variations of Strawberry Salsa -varying from sweet to with a bite – I went somewhere in the middle (although the longer you let this sit, the more bite-ierr it gets, I preferred it fresh day #1)

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