If you’re in a pinch of time and money, reach for quick and flavorful canned good recipes. This salmon and chickpea salad is a meal all by itself with quality protein, healthy fats and complex carbohydrates. Just add the salad to whole wheat sandwich or pita bread, or even Romaine lettuce for a lower-carbohydrate option,
Growing up one of my favorite foods, and still today, is shrimp & grits or fried fish and grits. It’s traditionally served with a blackened or Cajun shrimp, or fried catfish, then enjoyed with savory and buttery grits that are even creamier with a whole bunch of cheese. Love at first bite! While its very
Today we are making one of my favorite budget-friendly recipes, stuffed red potatoes with tuna. What I love about this meal, besides that you get to keep money in your pocket, is how versatile these things are. These darn tasty stuffed potatoes are so good you can even enjoy them as hardy snacks in between
Even though I keep my diet interesting, I never get rid of simple food favorites like this easy smoked salmon bowl. It’s packed with heart healthy energy to either help me conquer the day first thing in the morning, or help me recover from an immensely busy day and/or grueling workout. Heart Healthy Abundance =
The February is all about hearth month and this week we are kicking off the week of love. Today’s recipe we have a meal that can do both – serve as a perfect meal for a date night and double as a filling calorie-conscious date night. Did you know – salmon is for lovers? It’s
If you’re not familiar with grain bowls, these are arguably one of my favorite meals! A friend used to call them “man bowls” because she said it’s typically of how we like to eat our food – put everything into a bowl and mix it up. Pretty much! But, it’s actually more than that –
Combining two things I love – nachos + poke. Even if you’re not a fan of sushi, there’s no guarantee you’ll dislike poké. In fact, I find more people enjoy it over sushi. It’s much easier to customize the flavors of poke than a sushi roll so you can easily make it enjoyable for you.
Smoked trout is one of my favorite proteins for meal prep. I usually smoke it on the grill or bake it in the oven. Tonight, I made it tens times better by adding a lemon butter caper sauce, perfect to compliment my lower carbohydrate (keto) diet.
The cold fall and winter weather is all about warming recipes and nothing hits the spot quite like a delicious bowl of hot soup. Today, I’m combining two of my favorites into one delicious mash-up recipe – meatball soup, usually in a tomato based broth with vegetables + pho inspired vermicelli soup. What I love
Strapped for time? No worries! Wrap a bunch of food up in foil and you’ve got yourself a delicious foil meal with very little effort. I know firsthand that when the fall season rolls around that enthusiasm for healthy eating tends to decline until the top of the year. Not only is it the season
Recently my friends at Hilton invited me to check out their Home2 properties in Frisco, TX. Since I travel often for work, and Home2 allows you to bring outside food and groceries, they asked what type of meals I would – and do – cook when I’m traveling so I eat out less and save money.
Get ready for a flavor adventure! If you’ve never had tamarind before, you’ll thank me later for introducing you to it. Tamarind is pretty much nature’s “sweet & sour candy.” It’s part of the legume family but with a much more interesting flavor profile. At first “bite” it is very sour, like a piece of
Here’s a quick 15-minute spin on a popular comfort food, Pad Kee Mao. It’s a delicious shrimp and noodle stir-fry drenched in savory, spicy sauce. While there are several version out there – some with more vegetables, others with a different base sauce, etc – the end result will always be the same…Delicious! HEALTHY PAD
Using a grill to meal prep does not only add flavor/personality to your meals throughout the week, but also it’s pretty efficient. Grills are generally large enough to cook multiple items at once. When it comes to seafood for me, it can be a hit or miss on whether or not I’ll be in the mood to
Seafood plays an important role in having a balanced, healthOKy diet. It provides a host of vitamins and minerals, lean protein and healthy fats, such as omega-3 fatty acids. In the following video I also answer some FAQs when it comes to purchasing, preparing, cooking and storing seafood, including the hot debate right now – wild vs
Even though grilling is a year round activity here in Texas, I realize that it’s not the case in other parts of the US, or world for that matter. To that end, I’m officially kicking off summer grilling here in the FMC Kitchen. Here’s a fail proof recipe that will make you a backyard neighborhood
Tonight’s dinner was inspired by my recent trip to Colombia. After spending a few days in Cali, I headed to San Andres Island where I had the most flavorful rice I’ve ever tasted – arroz con coco! It’s both sweet and savory. In some dishes, coconut rice is so sweet it’s like a dessert, and in
One thing I’ve learned from my recent travel is that I do not incorporate enough raw fruits into recipes or my daily diet. It occurred to me when I was in Nigeria and Colombia, where I was readily enjoying fresh fruits. Incorporating fruits into recipes add both flavor and the hint of sweetness to take your
With the summer weather upon us, I’ve been getting the urge more than usual to fire up the grill to smoke and cook some food. Yesterday I returned from a trip to Nigeria and came home to an empty fridge (with intense “hanger” pains). For some reason or another, I was craving seafood – something
Like every other honest person in the world, I get cravings…and I have to admit that sometimes I cave and enjoy a non-scheduled indulgent treat, or two…or three. And yes, I try to plan when I’m going to eat something that is less calorie-conscious because if I actually plan for it, then it’s not really
I’ve been experimenting a lot in the kitchen recently to prepare for my upcoming book. Not everything I make is going to make the final cut to go to print but it doesn’t mean it’s not worthy of a little link “love.” Here’s a recipe I made with a calorie-conscious date-night in mind. Check out
Just because you reduce the carbohydrates, gluten and dairy in your diet, doesn’t mean you have to lose out on a lot of flavor. Here’s one of my favorite low-carb recipes that’s both filling and flavorful.
Growing up in the south, and having parents from Louisiana and South Carolina, it’s safe to say that I’ve had my fair share of good comfort food. I look forward to my mother’s gumbo EVERY Christmas – just the thought of cajun spices, savory broth and seafood with spicy sausage just makes my mouth water. I