Patatas Alioli aka Aioli Potatoes

Potatoes are roasted for a slight twist on this Spanish side dish or tapas where cooled potatoes, which are traditionally boiled, are tossed with homemade aioli.   Happy Secret Recipe Day! This month I was assigned Manu’s Menu which made me excited.  I already had a ton of her recipes in my Recipes to Try notebook and that was before I even knew she was … Continue reading Patatas Alioli aka Aioli Potatoes

Oven Roasted Tomato Pizza

Fresh tomatoes are roasted and blended for an amazing sauce on a simple pizza. Happy Secret Recipe Day!  This month I was assigned Catherine’s Living The Gourmet which she and her kids have been doing since 2008.  I really enjoyed the photography quite a bit on LTG!  I ultimately decided on doing the Oven Roasted Tomato Pizza for a number of reasons: 1) it’s been … Continue reading Oven Roasted Tomato Pizza

Provencal Vegetable Casserole (slow cooker)

Summer vegetables are layered in a slow cooker with just a little seasoning and a bit of Parmesan as a satisfying side or filling vegetarian entree that doesn’t heat up your kitchen.   When I bought my veggies for the ratatouille I showed you on Monday, I may have been so excited by the cheap prices that I may have purchased more than I really … Continue reading Provencal Vegetable Casserole (slow cooker)

Ratatouille (from the slow cooker)

Ratatouille is a simple summer dish with a fancy name made even easier using the slow cooker!   In the spirit of honesty, I never had ratatouille before I made this but I knew I would love it because it already had 3 of my favorite vegetables in it: tomatoes, zucchini and eggplant.  And since they are all in season and super cheap in the … Continue reading Ratatouille (from the slow cooker)

Black Bean Burger with Pepper Jack

Mashed black beans and cheese coated with panko breadcrumbs make for a perfect vegetarian alternative for a hamburger.  Don’t want spicy?  Just substitute your favorite cheese for the pepper jack.   I know that this will come as a surprise to a lot of people but I actually used to be a vegetarian.  I was vegetarian for about 2 years when I was in my … Continue reading Black Bean Burger with Pepper Jack

Watermelon & Mint Smoothie

So cool and refreshing, mint brings just a little extra something to this cool watermelon beverage.   Happy Secret Recipe Club reveal day!  This month I was assigned Nayna’s blog,  Nayna is “a ‘homecook’ without culinary school training striving to make [her] dishes feel complete without being complicated. ”  She is also a vegetarian in the UK who was actually assigned my blog back … Continue reading Watermelon & Mint Smoothie

Southwest Chipotle Potatoes

These potatoes are not for the faint of heart!  Feel free to add some cheese but definitely don’t skimp on the sour cream. I can safely say that, right now, this is my favorite side dish.  Even as I am typing this, I am drooling over the leftovers in the fridge that are going to be tomorrow’s lunch.  These are spicy and crunchy with a … Continue reading Southwest Chipotle Potatoes

Black-Eyed Pea Salad

This no-cook Southern salad can be prepped ahead of time for a quick side dish or vegetarian entrée that is perfect for nights when you want to keep your kitchen cool.   Before I moved to the South, I don’t know that I’d ever seen a black-eyed pea.  When I first saw them in the grocery store, I honestly didn’t give them much consideration since … Continue reading Black-Eyed Pea Salad

Baked Spanish Rice

Rice baked in a sauce make of fresh vegetables and herbs comes together quickly then bakes for an hour giving you a delicious, hands’ off side dish.   If you’d have asked me a few weeks week ago if I liked Spanish rice, I would have given you a fervent “Nuh-uh!”  When I was growing up, my mom would occasionally make roasted green pepper stuffed … Continue reading Baked Spanish Rice

Salad Days: 20 Salads and Dressings

Now that Spring has sprung and Summer is practically here in Atlanta, I am craving salads.  Salads are a great week night meal because lettuce salads require little to no cooking and pasta salads can be made ahead for another night.  I love that there are more types of salads that just lettuce or pasta.  Though, just changing the dressing for  basic lettuce salad can … Continue reading Salad Days: 20 Salads and Dressings