Potato Crust, Blue Cheese Quiche

An eggy quiche with a hash brown inspired crust, some fresh baby spinach, and crumbled blue cheese on top, to pack in a little extra punch.  Enjoy! Ingredients: 3-4 Potatoes 1 Onion 3/4 tsp Salt 2 tbsp Cornstarch 1 tbsp melted Butter 6 Eggs 3 tbsp Half & Half 1 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce 2 large…

Baked Ziti

A baked pasta dish made up of ziti pasta, marinara sauce, sweet Italian sausage, mozzarella cheese, and fresh spinach for some color, nutrition, and fiber.  I like to refer to this dish as my lazy-person’s lasagna.  It has a similar flavor profile to a traditional lasagna, but none of the hassle of layering in all…

Barley and Sausage Risotto

I am slightly reluctant to call this a risotto since there is no rice in it, but this dish is similar to risotto in cooking methodology and composition.  Barley has a little more chew to it then rice, is heartier, and higher in protein.  This dish is the perfect end to a cold wintery day…

Tomato Soup

I am still harvesting tomatoes from my garden on an almost daily bases, and my countertops are overcrowded by bowls filled with fresh tomatoes just waiting to be devoured.  Now that the weather has turned, and our days are gradually becoming cooler, it seemed like the ideal time to make a large batch of homemade…

Fried Cheese and Egg Breakfast Sandwich

Ingredients: 1/4 cup grated Cheddar Cheese (a thickly grated parmesan also works well) 1 Egg non-stick Oil Spray a toasted and buttered English Muffin a handful of Baby Spinach (Optional) Salt and Pepper for seasoning Directions: Heat up a frying pan.  I like to use a cast-iron skillet, but if you have a good non-stick…

Grilled Spinach Pie

A rustic spinach, egg, and cheese pie that has been baked on the grill.  You may be picking up on a pattern here – I will try to grill just about anything during the summer months to cut back on the indoor heat.  My spinach plants have also started to take over the garden, and…

Deceptively Creamy Pasta

Deceptively creamy, because, instead of heavy cream, I use 2 oz of low fat cream cheese to round out the creamy portion of this pasta dish.  This creamy, broth based pasta sauce is flavored with plenty of garlic, vodka, and a dusting of freshly grated nutmeg.  A couple of handfuls of fresh baby spinach and…

Chicken Parmesan

I have not made this dish in years, but chicken parmesan was a childhood favorite of mine.  I decided to place a bed of spinach at the bottom of my parmesan – changing things up a bit, and making up for some of the less healthy aspects of this dish.  It turned out terrifically.  The…