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Mexican Rice and Beans. A Menu Worth Replicating

Hey folks, are you looking for a quick and easy dinner option with a Mexican twist? Give this menu a try with Mexican fried rice and pinto beans. Add some avocado, salsa, and queso fresca cheese if you like and you have a delicious quick and easy vegetarian meal in just 30 minutes.  And you haven’t even heard the most unique feature of this menu – there are no spices in any of the dishes! Just flavorful veggies, salt and jalapenos for a little heat. Continue reading Mexican Rice and Beans. A Menu Worth Replicating

Collard Greens Quinoa Pilaf

☘☘Happy St. Patrick’s Day!☘☘

In the spirit of sharing something green for St. Patrick’s Day I thought I would share this quinoa pilaf recipe with good for you leafy greens. Collard greens are wonderful greens to cook with in a quinoa pilaf. I used over eight cups of chopped collard greens in this recipe, mainly because I had just received bunches of collard greens from my friend Rita, and a quinoa pilaf seemed the perfect way to use these greens. Continue reading Collard Greens Quinoa Pilaf

Winter Vegetable Pasta Primavera

It was a cool February weekday when we ordered takeout from our favorite Italian restaurant in town The Pastaria & Market in downtown Los Gatos. The girls ordered pasta primavera and were raving about how good it tasted. A few surprise veggies that they really liked were winter vegetables such as Brussels sprouts, little radishes, cauliflower, and broccoli. The girls especially loved the radishes and Brussels sprouts. With lots of good for you veggies and flavorful marinara sauce this really was an awesome feel-good pasta. The kids wanted to have this pasta again a week later but this time instead of ordering it I made the pasta at home for our Valentine’s Day Dinner. Continue reading Winter Vegetable Pasta Primavera

Kale Pasta

My daughter Sridevi came home from a long week of presentations at her company off-site in Half Moon Bay, California recently.  She had a great time at the meeting – I mean what’s not to like about Half Moon Bay? Spectacular scenery and unusually warm temperatures in February made her stay in this beach town a California dream.  Continue reading Kale Pasta

Broccoli Pepper Stir Fry Noodles

Happy Lunar New Year!
The Year of the Dog

Happy Lunar New Year! Lunar New Year is the most important celebration in China. Originally it was tied to the lunar-solar Chinese calendar and was celebrated over 15 days. During this time families honor their household,  heavenly deities, as well as the family’s ancestors. It was also a time to bring families together for feasting. Continue reading Broccoli Pepper Stir Fry Noodles

Preserved Lemons with Powdered Sugar

This recipe is pretty much just 2 ingredients. Lemons and powdered sugar. My friend Iya suggested this preserved lemon recipe when she came over one day and saw the bounty of over 100 lemons I had in a big bowl.


Iya shared her story of how back in Russia her Mom would make preserved lemons with sugar in mason jars and kept it in the refrigerator over the winter months until the lemons became tender. On days when Iya was sick her Mom would make a warm tonic with the preserved lemon syrup that did wonders for a child who was ill. Iya encouraged me to give it a try and I thought why not? While I was at it I made another preserved lemon mason jar with another great ingredient for our health – ginger. Here is the recipe. Continue reading Preserved Lemons with Powdered Sugar

Lemon Garlic Pasta with Peas and Leeks

With tons of lemons in bowls on my kitchen counter my next foray into using a few of these fruits was to make a pasta dish. This pasta has lots of lemon flavor and lots of veggies, along with goat cheese for a mild tangy and creamy texture,  This is one tasty lemon pasta. Give it a try. Continue reading Lemon Garlic Pasta with Peas and Leeks