Quinoa is a new healthy foods staple for this southern girl’s kitchen. It looks like “Ke-no-a”, right? See, you thought so, too! But it’s “Keen-wah” I found out. Now I feel better about using the staple because in my neck-of-the-woods stomping grounds in Southeast Texas, “keen” means you’ve got good sense. A person who eats quinoa does have good sense I think. First of all, it doesn’t take long to cook it. Second, one cup uncooked quinoa turns into about four cups cooked. Mixed with a medley of vegetables and lite soy sauce, it makes a filling dinner, and there’s plenty left over for lunches.Read More →

                      Green bean casserole with a can of French Fried Onions baked on top is a favorite holiday vegetable of mine. This is the last week of August, and Labor Day is just around the corner. Autumn and holidays make me think of nostalgic memories of comfort cooking in the kitchen. I do love those French Fried Onions and recently had a can of them on hand. Since eggs and omelets are top priorities on my weekly menu list, I decided to try something new – French Fried Onion Omelet! It’s very easy. First, youRead More →

Since I started my AdvoCare 24-Day Challenge, I’ve been having nutritious chocolate shakes for breakfast. I love chocolate! It’s kind of like having chocolate milk for breakfast. My breakfast shake packets ran out (I shared them with my hubby and forgot to order more in time). This morning I needed to come up with a healthy meal. It didn’t take long to figure out what. Broccoli omelet! I like steamed broccoli. The best way to cook broccoli is boil it in water for five minutes, turn off the burner, cover the pot, and let it set for 20 minutes. You get tender broccoli that isn’tRead More →

Cooking meals for my AdvoCare 24-Day Challenge calls for creativity in my kitchen. Eating nutritious food in moderation and adding daily supplements is a good thing. However, I like to eat, and I like food cooked southern style. If it doesn’t look and taste good, I’m not interested in eating it. Plus, it’s got to be filling and satisfying. Perhaps you aren’t familiar with southern-style cooking. Let me introduce you to it.                       My mother and grandmothers grew vegetable gardens. I was raised on fresh vegetables that were blanched and preserved by freezing them. My favoriteRead More →

When I started out as a newlywed cook 35 years ago, I wondered at my maternal grandmother’s advice to add a little of this and a little of that. Craving her chocolate meringue pie one day, I called and asked her how to make it. She estimated the measurements for me the best she could. Her expertise in how much of each ingredient went into each recipe gave her an ability that I had not yet accomplished. Things have changed – at least with vegetables. When deciding on which vegetables to stir fry, I open the refrigerator and grab whatever I have on hand. IfRead More →