Caldo Verde


That delicious Zuppa Toscana soup from Olive Garden everyone raves about? Well please meet the healthier, tastier more authentic Caldo Verde version. This soup is a Portugal favorite and if you wanna really punch up the authenticity use Linguica in place of the ground pork in this recipe. Caldo Verde is also dairy free (unlike…

Dijon Potato Hash with Sunny Side Egg


Hash is one of my favorite breakfast/brunch meals and it definitely has to be served with a perfectly runny yolk egg. The Dijon mustard in this recipe elevates the hash beyond the tried and true diner style breakfast potatoes and pairs incredibly well with the creamy egg yolk. I will be stirring mustard into my…

Tomato Soup with Bacon Wrapped Aspargus


This past summer I canned my first batch of fresh-from-the-garden tomatoes and have been patiently waiting to pop a jar open this winter and make a pot of soup with it. Canning fresh tomatoes for the winter is definitely something I intend to do every year from now on. The flavor was phenomenal! I served…

Chicken Salad with Fresh Mayo, White Grapes, and Toasted Pecans


One of my favorite ways to utilize leftover roast chicken, other than soup of course, is chicken salad. It’s super quick and makes for a great lunch or dinner. I’ve also made this same recipe with leftover Thanksgiving turkey. Serve with lettuce, crackers, or on your favorite sandwich bread. Chicken Salad  Ingredients:  2 cups leftover…

Szechuan Peppercorn Crusted Chicken


Whole30 Day 2, 175 Dinner: with only five additional days on this program, I’ve completely lost count of the seconds, minutes, hours left until I’m finished with it. Twenty-five days? Really? Southern gal gotta be honest here, I am HANGRY. Am I experiencing a mind-altering revelation here as promised? Hell yeah, I am. My revelation?…

Acorn Squash Stuffed with Turkey Apple Sausage


Whole30 Day 16 Dinner: this Fall/Winter my intention is to become more comfortable cooking with winter squashes outside the realm of the ever famous Butternut. For this recipe, I utilized an Acorn squash and opted for a savory dish instead of the popular cinnamon/brown sugar version. I could not for the life of me find…

Salmon Salad with Toasted Pecans


  Whole30 Day 15 Dinner: my favorite way to enjoy salmon is served raw over a tiny bed of sushi rice with a light soy sauce flavor and generous dab of wasabi paste. The other half however, prefers it medium well as the centerpiece of her entree. Since she has consumed a plethora of salmon…

Hash Brown Benedict


Last night was Whole30 Day 11 for me and I attempted to make a casserole for dinner with no pasta, no rice, no cheese, no milk, no sour cream. I substituted my usual and familiar ingredients with Spaghetti Squash, Coconut Milk, and Nutritional Yeast. The result was a veggie packed dinner ever so slightly over-the-top…

4 Alarm Short Rib Chili with Sweet Potato Chips


Whole30 Day 10: Halloween is such a fun holiday for me, but growing up I can only remember being allowed to trick-or-treat maybe once or twice. Usually my fundamentalist parents held the opinion that the holiday was satanic and blasphemous and so we weren’t allowed to dress up and canvass the neighborhoods for candy. Nowadays,…

Eggplant Coconut Curry with Purple Cauliflower Rice


Whole30 Day 9 Dinner: Cauliflower “rice” still hasn’t got my 100% support yet, although this spectacular purple cauliflower definitely helped win me over a little more. It’s just so damn pretty! I picked this beauty up at a local farm stand market down the road from me a bit and decided it would pair nicely…