Entrees

Buffalo Chicken Spaghetti Squash

Buffalo Chicken Spaghetti Squash

When a friend served Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Spaghetti Squash, I immediately asked for her recipe. It was delicious. When I saw it took an hour and a half to make, I started thinking of short cuts to make it doable in my one-butt kitchen. I found two that cut the […]

 
green chili quiche

Green Chili Quiche

Whether it’s made with a traditional crust or a potato crust to make it gluten-free, this green chili quiche makes a delicious breakfast, lunch, or dinner.  When I eliminated wheat from my diet in 2003, this was one of the first recipes I adapted to my new way of eating. […]

 
papaya chicken salad

Papaya Chicken Salad

Papaya chicken salad has several ingredients you’d expect plus one that might surprise you. Papaya seeds! Those peppery seeds I’d always thrown away have some unexpected health benefits. According to healthline.com, papaya seeds can help fight infections, may protect kidney functions, could have anti-cancer properties, and may improve digestive health. […]

 
Chili rellenos casserole

Chili Rellenos Casserole

The best chili rellenos I ever tasted were stuffed with cheese, pecans, and pork. My friend Eduardo Cavazos spent all afternoon making them from his mother’s recipe. To enjoy similar flavors in a fraction of the prep time, I improvised this chili rellenos casserole. In Maria Eugenia Cavazos’s original recipe, […]

 
Red Hot Garlic Salmon

Red Hot Garlic Salmon

I married into a family of fine cooks (and wonderful people!). Jim’s dad used to grill salmon covered in Frank’s Red Hot Sauce and diced garlic. Everyone loved it. (It looks and sounds spicier than it is.) It’s easy, with just three simple ingredients. Most of the time I bake […]

 
Marry Me Chicken

Marry Me Chicken

With a name like Marry Me Chicken, you know it’s got to be good. It’s rumored to have inspired marriage proposals. When I started making this for my husband, he promised to keep me around. The marriage proposal came decades before I found this recipe. When friends recently shared their […]

 
Rib eye tacos

Ribeye Tacos

My dear husband is one of those people who can toss a few ingredients together and come up with a delicious recipe.  One year Jim decided to make ribeye tacos for a Super Bowl party.  I never knew tacos could be so good.  After the first bite, I grabbed a pencil […]

 
scallops with cajun succotash

Scallops with Cajun Succotash

Prior to my introduction to pan-seared scallops with Cajun succotash, I always thought succotash was simply a boring vegetable dish with two ingredients: corn and lima beans. To my delight, Cajun succotash is made with andouille sausage, onion, roasted red bell peppers and heavy cream, as well as the expected […]

 
Chicken Piccata

Chicken Piccata with Roasted Brussels Sprouts

At Gabriella’s Italian Grill and Pizzeria in Oklahoma City, I ordered chicken piccata served over roasted Brussels sprouts. It was one of the gluten-free options on the menu. I thought it was the best restaurant meal I had all year. The menu described “pan seared ‘Airline’ chicken breast sautéed with […]

 
Carnitas poppers

Carnitas Poppers

Carnitas poppers pack a lot of flavor with five ingredients: carnitas, cheddar cheese, cream cheese, peppers (sweet minis, jalapeños or poblanos), and bacon. When I’m looking for a quick meal, Del Real Carnitas hit the spot. This slow-cooked Mexican pork can be purchased at most grocery stores, including Walmart, King […]