Friday, March 2, 2018

Ginger Roasted Carrots

I created this from a similar recipe I read, and we absolutely love these carrots! They look so much like sweet potatoes, that I think the next time we have them it may be in a dish with potatoes and carrots. Maybe, I will even throw in some butternut squash or apples. 


  • Carrots, peeled and cut into strips - I used about 2 cups
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes, more or less, to taste - I used about ½ teaspoon, which was delightfully spicy!
  • 1” piece fresh ginger, peeled and grated
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt 
  • Dash ground cinnamon, optional

    Click on photo to enlarge

    Thursday, March 1, 2018

    Crusty Artisan Bread ~ made with whole-wheat flour and [optional] sourdough

    The original recipe I read for this bread warned NOT to make it with anything except all-purpose flour. Since I know that whole-grain and sourdough breads are healthier, I altered the recipe anyway. The end result has been amazing! I have made this bread with the following ingredients at least five times. You can also make it without sourdough starter, if you do not keep sourdough starter on hand.

    Baked bread; more photos below


    • 1¾ cups all-purpose flour
    • 1 cup whole-wheat flour
    • ½ cup sourdough starter*
    • 2 teaspoons kosher salt 
    • ½ teaspoon dry yeast
    • 1¼ cups lukewarm water

    *To omit sourdough starter, use 2 cups all-purpose flour and increase water to 1½ cups.

    Sunday, January 28, 2018

    Just like an Orange Julius!

    I remember an Orange Julius store in our local mall when I was growing up. I loved their beverages, and this recipe is very close!

    About half the batch

    Ingredients - makes 3 large glasses

    • 8 to 10 ice cubes
    • 1⅔ cups low sugar orange juice (not concentrate)
    • ¾ cup fat free milk and/or half and half  - I used about half of each
    • 1 tablespoon Stevia
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

    Wednesday, January 24, 2018

    Lean Sirloin Stew

    I entered this fantastic recipe in a contest a few years ago, and it was one of the finalists! It is delicious. The flavor combination is excellent.

    Ready for the oven

    Ingredients - serves 4

    • 1½ lbs. sirloin, or any lean cut, steak 
    • 2 to 3 tablespoons olive oil
    • 2 small onions, quartered
    • 8 oz. fresh mushrooms, sliced or quartered
    • ¾ cup thinly sliced carrots
    • 1 small garlic clove, crushed, or ⅛ teaspoon garlic powder
    • 3 tablespoons whole-grain flour
    • 1 cup low-sodium beef broth
    • 2 tablespoons tomato paste - see one of my "hints" blog posts to see how I divide and store this to keep it fresh
    • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
    • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
    • 2 tablespoons dry red wine

    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
    click photo to enlarge

    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