Need a seafood alternative to the traditional shepherd’s pie? This shrimp and crab fisherman’s pie is loaded with incredible flavors and lovely enough to serve as an alternative main dish to holiday meals!
Since childhood, I thought shepherd’s pie was one of the neatest dishes. Something about the combination of meat, vegetables, and mashed potatoes seemed so comforting and unique. It was also a dish I could convince my mother to experiment making at home, and she isn’t into complicated cooking at all! So when we were at the Food and Wine Festival at Disney World for the half marathon last year and we tried a seafood shepherd’s pie, I knew I had to make my own version at home. (more…)
Give the traditional breakfast skillet a healthier makeover! Try this low carb paleo jicama breakfast skillet next time you’re in charge of brunch or want breakfast for dinner.
Many years ago, I read about jicama on a low carb recipe makeover board. When I spied it in the grocery store, I picked one up and used it as a substitute for potatoes for breakfast one morning. We loved it! Jicama isn’t an identical substitute for potatoes, it is slightly sweeter, but the flavor and texture are close enough that we enjoy it. At only 49 calories per cup and 6 grams of fiber though, jicama is a great substitute for white potatoes! One of our current favorite recipes is this jicama breakfast skillet. (more…)
Inspired by the chipotle turkey panini the Godfather and I used to enjoy at the Storm Surge Cafe on the University of Miami campus, this panini makes a tasty and quick lunch or dinner!
We recently returned from a family vacation/family visit to Florida, and a conversation between the Godfather and I made this recipe seem exceptionally appropriate to share. You see, we visited campus. By “campus” I refer to the University of Miami main campus, our undergraduate alma mater, where we met, and where we have many fond memories. We hadn’t planned to stop by this trip, but were looking for a t-shirt for Princess A to wear on game days, and a onesie for #2. After spending over 30 minutes finding parking (memories!), we ducked straight into the bookstore and out again in 10 minutes. We also realized how much older we are than the current students, and instead of bothering us, we found it funny. (more…)
The key to amazing chili is starting with great ingredients and layering the flavors just right! My jalapeno chili recipe is easy to follow, makes a ton (great for crowds), and freezes well for later.
This summer was an important one in terms of gardening for me. I learned that I cannot grow zucchini in containers, but that I am rather good at growing peppers and tomatoes. Next year we adjust the patio garden setup accordingly. I’m particularly proud of my jalapeno peppers. Even though this year’s plant ended up smaller than last year’s plant in terms of height, I’ve had an incredibly good yield and often find as many as a dozen peppers growing happily on the plant. And they’re HOT! Home grown peppers provide way more kick than the store bought kind in my experience. With this in mind, could I really let the summer pass without sharing an amazing spicy chili recipe? (more…)
Spaghetti squash shrimp scampi is a very easy, low carb dinner idea. You can make it in just a few minutes if you have prepared spaghetti squash on hand.
At times, when I’m reading my own blog, I find myself wondering when I make all this food. Time is a precious commodity, as it is for all of us, and I don’t have hours in the day to spend cooking. In fact, most dinners consist of leftovers, eggs, or something the Godfather or I prepare in 20 minutes or less. The spaghetti squash scampi is one of those recipes, in its way. (more…)