Golden Beets over Kale


I have always loved beets, but my recent love of pickling reintroduced me to making beets at home.  Recently I have roasted golden beets and I have boiled them. These are the boiled golden beets.

It’s easy to boil up beets to make beet salads or anything else. This combination is very low in fat and calories, as well as being nutritious.

To boil the beets add:

  • 1-1/2 pounds beets, trimmed, skinned and cubed
  • 2 tablespoon lemon juice or vinegar

I add a sprinkle of Italian Herbs, Savory or Herbs de Provence to the boil for flavor.

Place the beets in a large saucepan and add water to cover and the lemon juice or vinegar. This will help to keep the beets from bleeding. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer until tender, about 45 minutes to 1 hour. Remove from the pot and let cool.


Fried Egg Over Asparagus



It’s very simple, but the flavors work very well together. It also makes a nice plate.

  1. In one pan, add water about 1.2″ high. Add asparagus and boil by turning. Leave somewhat crisp, although cooked.
  2. In another pan prepare a fried or poached egg. I prefer to leave mine as runny as possible. 
  3. Plate the asparagus, add shredded cheese or parmesan and plate the egg on top.
  4. Add salt and pepper to finish

Roasted Garlic Shrimp Lettuce Cups & Roasted Garlic Olive Oil

20130519-102841.jpgYou can use lettuce to wrap just about anything. It’s low carb and makes for a nice healthy lunch or dinner. When I make shrimp, I like to use my roasted garlic olive oil. It’s pretty handy to make ahead and use for just about anything.  2 Servings of 3 lettuce cups

Roasted Garlic Shrimp Lettuce Cups

  • Butter Lettuce Leaves – 6 total
  • 8 uncooked medium shrimp
  • 4-6 cloves of roasted garlic and 1-2 tsp of olive oil
  • 1 diced roma tomato
  • 3 tbsp of diced green onion
  1. In a small pan, put the garlic and the olive oil and heat on medium. Using a fork or spatula, I mash the garlic to make a roasted garlic paste.
  2. Add the shrimp and cook until done 5-7 minutes depending. Dice Shrimp into smaller pieces if necessary.
  3. Add Shrimp to Lettuce Cup, top with diced tomato and green onion and serve with your favorite hot sauce.

Roasted Garlic Olive Oil (Make in Advance)

  • 4 heads of garlic with the heads cut off
  • 1/4 cup of olive oil
  • Large Piece of Aluminum foil
  • Baking Pan or dish
  1. Put the Aluminum Foil in the baking pan. Sit Garlic up with the tops off and spread on the head pieces around them.
  2. Pour the olive oil on top of the garlic and bake in the oven for 45-60 minutes or until they pop out of the garlic easily. Let cool and remove the garlic from the skin and put in a jar of olive oil.




Plantain Chips with Chipotle Cheese Dip

I love plantains and wanted an easy healthy appetizer, so I came up with this. I used my homemade Chipotle Sauce, which can be substituted for any hot or chile pepper sauce.

I used 1 large plantain, sliced them into thin round “chips”. I sprayed a flat grill pan with spray oil and cooked them on Medium heat until they were mostly cooked. Then I popped them into a pan and put in the oven at 350 for 10 minutes while I made the dip.

Use 1/4 of a package cream cheese with 2-3 tablespoons of Chipotle Sauce/Chili Sauce or Hot Sauce. Mix in Salt and Cracked pepper.

Wait until your plantains are semi-cooled before topping them with the Cream Cheese or they will melt. Top with garnish, like bell pepper or cilantro sprig.


Homemade baked corn chips

One day I decided to make my own chips and I was glad I did. These turned out to be our favorite little chips for homemade dips.

Cut corn tortillas in 8 triangle pieces using a knife or kitchen scissors. Heat oven to 350 Degrees and prepare baking sheets with wax paper or parchment paper and lightly sprayed with cooking oil. Arrange the chips and bake for 15-20 minutes. We like them a little more crispy, so 20 usually works.