comfort food · Farmers Market recipes · Quick recipes

Mama Steph’s Chicken-Asparagus Pasta Toss

Here is a great meal idea that I love to make for my family. It’s very quick to prepare; even on a weeknight after work, you’ll have time to make this! The flavors of the vegetables,  garlic, olive oil,  chicken and  pasta all come together to make this cheerful, healthy main dish that your family… Continue reading Mama Steph’s Chicken-Asparagus Pasta Toss

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Italian turkey-eggplant stacks

“The trouble with eating Italian food is that 5 or 6 days later you’re hungry again.” ~George Miller, British writer Admittedly, Italian food can be … filling. Rich. Luscious. Delicious. I love it.  Sofia Loren loves it. She said, “Everything you see, I owe to pasta.”       I love that she is happy with her curves… Continue reading Italian turkey-eggplant stacks

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Healthy fast food: Gingered shrimp and crispy vegetable saute

I’ve been working the past several weeks to create some easy-to-make recipes that are, first and foremost, quick to make, but that are also good for your body; in other words, healthy fast food.  No need to always drive through a fast food place for greasy burgers or chicken when you need a meal for… Continue reading Healthy fast food: Gingered shrimp and crispy vegetable saute

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Healthy fast food: spicy fajita steak & veggie saute

The delicious fun continues in my kitchen! I am on a mission: to keep us all out of the fast food drive-thru lane as often as possible. Now, I’m not saying that I (or you) will never go through a drive-thru again, nor eat in their familiar little plastic dining rooms. Of course we will.… Continue reading Healthy fast food: spicy fajita steak & veggie saute

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Quick skillet dinner: grilled chicken with tomatoes, mushrooms and garlicky spinach

Sometimes when I leave my job at KLTV in Tyler and start my 45 minute drive home, I’m so hungry and so tired I think, “maybe I’ll just run through a drive-thru for dinner….”. But running through a drive-thru, while convenient, will end up being costly by the time I get enough for four of… Continue reading Quick skillet dinner: grilled chicken with tomatoes, mushrooms and garlicky spinach

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A homestyle Italian feast for fall: rigatoni with Italian sausage and vegetables

I have fallen in love, culinarily speaking, with pasta dishes that have no heavy sauces, simply because they take pasta in such a different direction than sauces laden with  cream, tomato sauce and beef. A lighter touch allows you to actually taste the delicious flavor of the rigatoni, so use a good quality pasta when… Continue reading A homestyle Italian feast for fall: rigatoni with Italian sausage and vegetables

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Simplified chicken fried rice

I recently had a craving for the awesome “Chinese food”  my mom made our family when I was growing up. The night mom made this was not just another night; it was an occasion. She had a very specific recipe that she developed. She used an old blue Chinese cookbook and pulled from several recipes… Continue reading Simplified chicken fried rice