Kale and Bean Salad

Kale and Bean Salad - An easy nutrient-rich kale and bean salad dressed with a tangy citrus vinaigrette. My version of the Long Life salad.

An easy kale and bean salad packed with nutrients and dressed with a tangy citrus dressing. This is my version of the Long Life salad seen on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. It’s loaded with kale, black beans, lima beans, lentils, quinoa and spiralized beets. It’s so good that my husband requests this salad on a regular basis. That’s saying something, he has to be forced to eat a healthy salad most of the time. Kale and Bean Salad While the lentils and quinoa are cooking whisk together the dressing ingredients and set aside. Clean and chop the kale into bite-size pieces.  Place all salad ingredients in a very large mixing...

Garlic Herb Beef Top Round Roast

medium rare beef top round roast carved on a cutting board

Garlic Herb Beef Top Round Roast is the only way to prepare this normally tough cut of beef. This is the best method of turning an inexpensive piece of meat into a tender, juicy, medium rare delight!   A top round roast is lean and very flavorful, but it lacks fat and marbleizing throughout essentially making it tougher, and not as juicy as roasts made from more expensive cuts of beef. Garlic Herb Beef Top Round Roast The secret is called the pre-salt method. The night before you plan to cook the roast, rub entire roast with about 1 1/2 teaspoons of kosher salt. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate. I...

Loaded Cauliflower Mash Casserole

Loaded Cauliflower Mash Casserole is the perfect swap out for twice baked potatoes. It’s unbelievably tasty and full of the loaded baked potato flavors you crave! Are you low carb? We are trying to be after the heavy holiday eating. This loaded cauliflower mash casserole is too good to be low carb! If you’ve never tried it you are missing out. You don’t even have to be on a keto diet to enjoy this dish, just ask my husband. Loaded Cauliflower Mash Casserole Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Core the cauliflower and dice into small pieces. Cook the cauliflower in large pot of boiling salted water until tender 15-20 minutes....

Wild Rice and Mushroom Soup

wild rice and mushroom soup in white crock with brown bread

Wild rice and mushroom soup that’s sure to please everyone at your dinner table. A creamy, rich, hearty soup that’s full of deep earthy flavors. No one will ever know it’s vegetarian! Perfect for staying warm this winter. Wild Rice and Mushroom Soup Heat the olive oil in a large dutch oven over medium-high heat.  Add the onion, celery, and carrots. Saute until soft about 10 minutes. Add the garlic, thyme, rosemary, salt, and pepper. Saute another minute. Add the mushrooms and cook until they are slightly brown and released their liquids, about 15 minutes. Sprinkle the flour over the mushrooms and cook stirring continuously for 2-3 minutes, to cook the...

Pepper Jelly Brie Bites

close up of pepper jelly brie bite on slate with fresh thyme sprig garnish

Pepper jelly brie bites are the perfect appetizer for any party or gathering. Crispy phyllo shells filled with slightly spicy pepper jelly topped with creamy brie cheese. Sweet and spicy bites of flaky deliciousness! An easy, quick, flavorful appetizer to throw together anytime. Keep the three ingredients on hand and you will always be prepared. Pepper Jelly Brie Bites Place 24 pastry shells on a rimmed sheet pan. Cut the brie into 24 very small pieces. Spoon 1/4 teaspoon of pepper jelly into each pastry shell. Top each pastry shell with a cube of brie cheese. Bake at 350ºF until the cheese is melted, about 7-8 minutes. Remove from the...

Roasted Salted Almonds

roasted salted almonds recipe easy healthy

Roasted salted almonds are super easy to make at home. Three ingredients, the oven and done! A healthy snack that’s cheaper if you make them yourself. I can usually find raw almonds at half the price of roasted. So why wouldn’t I make them myself? It’s way more cost effective and definitely tastier. The only problem is being able to get to them before my family eats them all. Roasted Salted Almonds Recipe Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Toss the almonds and melted butter together in a bowl. Spread them out evenly on a baking sheet sprinkle with the salt. Roast for 5 minutes, give them a toss and roast another...

Italian Sausage Rigatoni with Spicy Tomato Cream Sauce

Italian sausage rigatoni in a white bowl

Italian sausage rigatoni with a spicy tomato cream sauce is an easy, hearty, weeknight meal full of flavor and comfort. Control the heat to please your pallet. Use spicy Italian sausage if you want to kick the heat up or use sweet to keep it mild. Fire-roasted tomatoes and pancetta add layers of extra soul-warming flavor. Italian Sausage Rigatoni with Spicy Tomato Cream Sauce Cook the rigatoni according to package instructions. While the pasta is cooking, brown the Italian Sausage and pancetta in a large skillet. Remove to a paper towel-lined plate and set aside. In the same skillet saute the onion until translucent, add the garlic and saute one...

Candied Bacon Jalapeno Poppers

A row of baked Candied Bacon Jalapeno Poppers

Jalapeno poppers, we’ve all had them, and they’re usually very tasty. In this recipe, we mixed it up a bit to add some flavor combinations that just make it POP! You have the spicy from the jalapeno, tanginess of the sharp cheddar cheese and the sweet and salty of the candied bacon. You also get the smoothness of the cream cheese, the crunch of the baked wonton, and the chew from the bacon. All these flavors and textures come together in a perfectly delicious bite. You will feed on these, they are amazingly good! The first thing you want to do in making your jalapeno poppers is to make your...

Chocolate Orange Shortbread Cookies

cookies stacked on white platter

Chocolate orange shortbread cookies melt in your mouth with their classic holiday flavor. Tender, buttery, orange flavored shortbread dipped in creamy decadent dark chocolate. Easy to make and perfect for cookie trays or gifting! Chocolate Orange Shortbread Cookies Whisk the flour and salt in a medium-size bowl, set aside. Cream together the butter and confectioners’ sugar. Add the orange zest and vanilla and beat until light and fluffy. Add the flour mixture and mix until just combined. Press the dough into a ball, knead on a lightly floured surface until smooth. Roll the dough into a log about 12″ long and 2″ in diameter. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap and...

Tuscan Pork Tenderloin

Tuscan pork tenderloin sliced on wooden cutting board

Tuscan pork tenderloin is a great dinner or appetizer. Pork tenderloin smothered in fresh herbs roasted inside a crusty baguette. Fancy and impressive. This Tuscan Pork Tenderloin is mouth-watering delicious! Tuscan Pork Tenderloin Mince the sage, rosemary, and garlic. Toss the herbs with the fresh cracked pepper, salt, and ground fennel seeds. I use my herb grinder (coffee bean grinder) to grind up the fennel seeds. The recipe calls for fennel pollen if you can find it. Sear the pork tenderloin until golden brown on all sides. Rub the herb mixture over the entire surface of each tenderloin. Cut the baguette in half long way without cutting all the way...