Rice And Beans With Turkey

This Cuban inspired dish is loaded with protein.  I usually make a big batch because the leftovers taste just as good, if not better, than the first batch!   Ingredients: 1 Tbls. olive oil 1 Onion, chopped 1 1/2 tsp. garlic 1 lb. ground turkey 1 tsp. cumin 1 tsp. oregano 1/2 tsp. freshly ground pepper 1/4 tsp. Kosher or sea salt 1 Bell pepper,…

Tilapia With Peppers And Onions

My kids are not big fans of fish of any kind.  If they had their choice, fish would never be on the menu at Chez Winiarski.  However, because I am aware of the nutritional benefits of fish, I make it fairly often.  Knowing I have my work cut out for me, I regularly try new ways of preparing this healthier protein in the hopes that my…

Quinoa and Sugar Snap Pea Salad

One of the things that I love most about quinoa is its texture.  Somehow it has just the right amount of chewiness to give it some real substance, yet it still finds a way to cook up with a nice, fluffy consistency.  Not only does quinoa have a tantalizing texture, but it is a great source of protein and fiber.  The only downside of this…

White Bean Hummus With Roasted Red Peppers

  I love hummus.  It, along with a colorful assortment of raw vegetables and/or whole wheat pita bread, is one of my favorite appetizers to make for a party.   Unfortunately, traditional hummus doesn’t love me back.  Chickpeas really put my intestinal fortitude to the test (just ask my family).  Thankfully, I found this White Bean Hummus recipe from the Food Network that uses white…

Herb Basted Salmon

I inherited this recipe many years ago, but it originally called for melted butter in addition to olive oil. In an effort to cut down on my use of butter (which I absolutely and unfortunately adore), I simply exchanged the butter for some additional olive oil and found that it tasted even better!

Mexican Sweet Potato Hash with Black Beans

I never used to like sweet potatoes.  When I was young, eating a mouthful of sweet potato rather than a decent, unassuming Russet was like biting into what you thought was a sweet, grape jelly bean and finding out that it was really a black licorice one.  It wasn’t until I had married into a family of sweet potato lovers that I began to change…

Quinoa & Black Bean Salad

  Though I am not a vegetarian, I do try to keep my red meat consumption to a minimum because of its known adverse effects, including an increased risk of developing certain diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and diabetes.  With less meat in my diet, I want to make sure I consume enough protein, especially since I exercise regularly.  As such, I am always on…