Five-Spice Quinoa with Toasted Almonds
Five-spice powder is a seasoning that usually includes star anise, cinnamon, licorice root, fennel, and black or Sichuan pepper. It plays well against the slight nuttiness of quinoa, a grain that is rich in protein. Toasting the quinoa in a little oil adds a pleasing nuance of flavor. If the quinoa is sold in bulk or loose, I recommend rinsing it. If it’s in a package, you may omit this step.
Roasted Tomatoes and Parmesan Grits
I adore roasted tomatoes and I practically live for creamy grits, so one fateful day, I combined my two loves. If I do say so myself, it was a stroke of genius. The two complement each other in total harmonies of texture, flavor, and color.
Appalachian Trail Mix
The Appalachian Trail is a footpath that leads all the way from Georgia to Maine. For hiking or a simple stroll through the neighborhood, a snack of trail mix is an easy way to boost energy and get a quick protein punch.
Candied Walnuts with Sprimp in Spicy Garlic Sauce
Shrimp is marinated in a simple, spicy sauce and then sauteed with bell peppers and onions for exciting flavor without the extra fat and mess of deep-frying.
Peanutty Noodles with Seasonal Vegetables
Sauteed vegetables top a tangled of whole-wheat pasta, dressed with a creamy peanut sauce.
Tupelo Honey Coleslaw
From barbecues to fish-fries, coleslaw is the preferred side. Cooks around the South will swear by theirs. This once is a mash-up of creamy and vinegary, and it’s pretty darn good anytime.
Gluten-Free Tamale Pie
This tamale pie is a perfect example of frugal yet delicious cooking. It’s completely free of gluten, dairy, soy, nuts, and eggs too!
These burgers with barbecue flavor cooked right into the beef are sure to be a hit with football fans on game day.
Stacey’s Cuban Black Beans
These are so easy – and you can use canned or dried, though dried are definitely better. I typically like to serve them as a side with Cuban pork loin and warm tortillas.
Longevity Noodles with Chicken
The peanut sauce in this dish also goes well with grilled chicken and it makes an excellent dip for crisp, sliced vegetables.
Happy Family Stir-Fried Rice
During traditional Chinese holidays, families gather for a big feast. Near the end of the meal, everyone enjoys this dish, which symbolizes harmony and happiness.
Chicken and Fresh Corn Enchilada Bake
A yummy chicken dish that can be tossed together just about any way. Great use for your fresh corn but be sure to use corn tortillas that stand up to sauce.
The potato-garlic-cheese mixture sandwiched between the lettuce and tomato results in a delicious gyro.
Eat-Your-Plate Taco Salad with Black Beans and Grilled Corn
If you like, sprinkle this delicious tossed salad with some chopped fresh cilantro.