Butternut Squash and Sausage Casserole

butternut squash and sausage

Autumn in central Texas is really just an extension of summer only with shorter days and slightly cooler nights.  Even though our Texas weather is not typical Fall weather compared to other parts of the country, it does brings thoughts of falling leaves, family gatherings, roasting marshmallows over a crackling fire and comfort food.  Comfort… 

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Simple Roasted Brussels Sprouts

roasted brussels sprouts

I was never really exposed to Brussels sprouts when I was a child probably because it wasn’t a crop my granny grew in her garden at least not that I can remember. I was always intrigued by them. They looked like little cabbages and I really liked cabbage cooked and raw. Then when I was… 

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Black Bean, Corn and Tomato Salad

Black Bean Corn and Tomato Salad (1)

Looking for an easy, colorful, low fat, protein rich, high fiber, high antioxidant salad that makes a great main dish or side? You can’t go wrong with a black bean and corn salad. The main ingredients are usually black beans, corn and chopped tomatoes. It can be as simple as my no-brainer recipe of 1… 

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Slow Cooked Cranberry Beans with Prosciutto

cranberry beans

Cooking with dried cranberry beans is much different than cooking with fresh beans.  They take a while to cook, but they are really delicious and a great source of fiber and protein. The cranberry beans have a nutty flavor and I love the beautiful color of the beans.  This is the kind of dish that you… 

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Lemon Thyme Roasted Asparagus

lemon thyme roasted asparagus

When asparagus season arrives here in the Northwest, I try to cook with it as much as possible. It is incredibly fresh and delicious right out of the ground or from the local farmer’s market. This is one of my weeknight “go to” recipes, a super simple and easy way to cook asparagus – roasted… 

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Sauteed Kale with Currants and Walnuts

Sauteed Kale With Currants and Walnuts

I got this idea from a Sicilian recipe that called for pine nuts and raisins. I didn’t have either one but I did have currants and walnuts. This sauteed kale dish is infinitely (well, nearly infinitely) substitutable. If you don’t have currants, try raisins, dried cranberries or some other diced dried fruit. Don’t like walnuts?… 

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California Coleslaw

california coleslaw 2

I adore this time of year. Spring is in full force, the days are longer and the promise of summer is in the air. Also? California Avocados are in season! Gorgeously creamy and decadent…and healthy. The perfect superfood. I mean really…nature’s masterpiece! I eat at least one avocado daily, guiltlessly. Avocados are a nutrient dense… 

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