Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Dry Ranch Dressing Mix

Easy to make, easy to use, and better flavor than the packets in the store with no preservatives! Make into dressing or dips, sprinkle on popcorn, and use in place of dry ranch dressing mix in any recipe.

A few of the ingredients I used


  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • ½ to 1 teaspoon seasoned salt - I use about ½ rounded teaspoon, because I try to limit our salt, and I think the flavor is just as good
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried minced onion, onion powder, or onion flakes
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves or dill weed - I usually use dill
  • ½ cup nonfat dry milk powder

Dry mix, and mixed for salad dressing
See photo farther down for a better view of the mix as a dressing

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Marinated Swordfish with optional Avocado Salsa

I love this marinade for baking, grilling, or broiling swordfish. I do not usually serve it with salsa; however, this time, the salsa idea came to me as I was preparing the marinade, and deciding how to use an avocado that I had. Feel free to modify the salsa ingredients to your preferences; I merely prepared it with ingredients I had on hand. The ingredients I used are listed below the swordfish marinade ingredients.

Avocado salsa and swordfish steaks before cooking
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Swordfish marinade ingredients, for 1 lb. fish

  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, chopped or minced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ onion, sliced
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • Sea or kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Hot Pepper Cheesy Pretzel Bombs made with Whole-Grain Flour

Even though I forgot the kosher salt before baking, they were still delicious! And, they freeze very well.

Sprinkled a little kosher salt on the plate
since I forgot to sprinkle before baking

Ingredients – makes 15 

  • ¾ cup warm liquid, such as beer, water, low fat milk - I used wheat beer
  • 1 full teaspoon yeast 

  • I tablespoon sugar
 substitute, like Splenda or Truvia
  • 1 cup whole-grain flour + more for dusting
  • ¾ cup all purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt + more for pretzel tops

  • 4 oz. low fat/neufchatel cream cheese
  • 1 cup low fat shredded cheddar or Mexican cheese
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh jalapeno or other pepper - I used 3 habaneros
  • 4 to 5 slices cooked turkey bacon 
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 2 tablespoons baking soda 

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Turkey Cauliflower Hash

Healthy, tasty hash is great for breakfast or dinner!

We had leftovers when I made this as a breakfast side for 2

Ingredients - serves 2 to 4

  • ¼ small head cauliflower, trimmed and broken into florets
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ small yellow or white onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons red bell pepper, chopped
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • ½ lb. (about 1 cup) cooked turkey breast, cut into ¼” cubes
  • 2 tablespoons nonfat cream, half and half, or milk

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Crustless Butternut Squash Quiche

This would be delicious baked in a pie plate with a flakey crust. We decided to forgo the starch, and I cooked it in a deep casserole dish. If you follow my travel blog, we cooked this in the oven of our suite at the Shoreline Inn. Hence, the paper plate.


  • 1 to 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 slices turkey bacon
  • ¾ cup butternut squash, peeled and cubed
  • ½ cup red onion, thinly sliced
  • 3 eggs
  • ¼ cup nonfat cream, milk, or water
  • pinch nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon thyme leaves
  • ¼ cup low fat swiss cheese, shredded or thinly sliced
  • 5 to 6 fresh sage leaves, snipped

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Cauliflower Turkey Casserole

With Thanksgiving just a few weeks away in the United States, some of us may soon have some turkey leftovers. This easy casserole is delicious!

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Ingredients - for 3 generous servings

  • 1 to 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ onion, chopped
  • 1½ cups cauliflower, chopped or pulsed in chopper 
  • ½ cup celery, chopped - You cannot see celery in my photos, because I did not think of adding celery to this dish until it was too late. I have definitely added it to my recipe for next time. It will add color, and the flavor should compliment the other ingredients perfectly.
  • ½ teaspoon thyme leaves
  • ½ teaspoon poultry seasoning - I have a homemade seasoning I use, which contains garlic powder, ground cumin, ground coriander, paprika, salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper. Let me know if you would like me to share the recipe!
  • 1½ cups cooked turkey, chopped
  • ½ cup nonfat Greek yogurt
  • ¼ cup olive oil mayo
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 cup low fat mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese
  • ½ teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • ¼ teaspoon thyme leaves

Monday, October 16, 2017

Is Jackfruit the New Super Fruit?

I had never heard of jackfruit until a friend shared some with me. The fruit can be eaten as is or prepared many ways. I presume that is how it got its name, and why it is called the jack of all fruits. My girlfriend brought me canned unripe jackfruit, which many people are substituting for meat or tofu in recipes. From what I have read, the fruit becomes sweeter, and takes on a different taste when it is left to grow to its ripe stage. The color is more yellow in the ripe jackfruit photos I saw.

Unripe canned jackfruit