Chopped Veggie Summer Salad with Dijon and Lemon Dressing

1 cucumber- seeded and chopped

2 ribs of celery- chopped

4 small carrots- chopped

8 mini peppers- chopped

1/2 Vidalia onion- chopped

1 can great northern beans- drained


6 TBsp white vinegar

6 TBsp oil

4 TBdp Dijon mustard

1 TBdp lemon zest

Juice of 1 large lemon

1 TBsp lemon zest

1 tsp dried basil

3/4 tsp dried tarragon

1/4 tsp onion powder

Salt and pepper to taste

Chop and combine all ingredients. Let sit in fridge at least an hour before serving .

Helloooooo Summer!   Fresh, light, just a bit tart. Easy and quick- bring to your upcoming picnic!

Chicken & Sausage Filled Oven Tacos

1 cup cooked chicken

2 sweet sausages – casing removed

3 mini peppers- sliced

6 cherry tomatoes- halved

1/2 cup cooked brown rice 

3 TBsp salsa

1/2 TBsp  chipotle powder

5 TBsp water

Squeeze of lime or lemon

2 or 3 6″ tortillas 

Sliced fresh avocado 

Tortillas warmed in oven ( about 350 degrees)and formed  to shell – 10 minutes 

Cook sausage and peppers until done . Then add rice , chicken, tomatoes and seasonings…. Cool until warmed then fill shells .

Tasty. Spicy. Easy. Well…. That’s about it!…. Eat!!!!

Your Doctor’s Worst Nightmare¬†

4 slices deli ham- ribbon cut 

4 slices hard salami- ribbon cut

4 slices capicola-ribbon cut 

1 slice Russian rye bread

1 egg

2 TBsp butter

Fry meats until crispy. Melt butter on high heat and crack egg. Cook until desired doness. Toast bread and add more butter 

Wholly cow! Salty, creamy, seedy goodness! No the Dr. Would not recommend this but who cares! Indulge once in a while then eat cardboard for 2 days! 

Tort ‘N Toast Salad

1 bag of cheese tortellini 

8 mini peppers- cut

1 cucumber- seeded and cut


4TBsp oil

3 TBdp white vinegar

3 cloves of garlic- pressed

2TBsp Dijon mustard 

1 tsp basil

1 tsp thyme

Salt and pepper

Toast squares:

2 slices sourdough bread – toasted

Add 3 TBdp butter, red pepper flakes, garlic powder, onion powder, parm cheese, basil and top toast then cube

Cook pasta until done. Cool under cold water then add dressing and toasts

A nice quick salad for a mid week dinner. Why add the toasts?- I mean there are plenty carbs in the pasta- right!… Who’s counting! You need something to get you over that mid week hump. I made turkey burgers with this salad, minus the bun!- oh, there’s the carb counting comes out.

Black Sesame Teriyaki Chicken

1 cup water 

1/4 cup soy sauce

5 TBsp brown sugar 

2 garlic cloves- pressed

1/2 tsp ground ginger

Slurry of cornstatch and water 

Heat water, sugar, soy,garlic and ginger  over medium heat. 

Stir in slurry until thickened. 

A simple sauce , savory, not too sweet but zesty…. Serve with brown rice with mango sauce ….

Hot Sauce ‘N Buttermilk Chops with Eggplant Fries

4 boneless pork chops- 1/2″ thick

1 cup buttermilk

1/4 cup hot sauce of choice

Seasoned flour( salt, pepper, garlic powder)

Eggplant fries:

1 eggplant – fry cut- 1/2″ thick

1/2 cup milk

3/4 cup flour with oregano, garlic powder, salt and pepper 

Marinade chops in buttermilk and hot sauce for at least 3 hours or overnight in fridge.

Heat oven to 400 degrees. Dredge eggplant in milk then seasoned flour . Put in oven for 15 minutes then flip for another 10 minutes 

Meanwhile dredge chops in seasoned flour and pan fry for 2-3 minutes then flip until cooked through.

Quick and flavorful. Just enough bite on the chops- add more hot sauce if you want to but this amount was very flavorful- just right. The eggplant fries are a nice twist- keep an eye on them … They tend to deflate a bit 

BBQ Chicken ‘N Rice Soup


Rotisserie chicken carcass

3 Roma tomatoes-cut in quarters

6 garlic cloves

1 yellow onion- chunks

2 mini bell peppers- seeded and whole

4 ribs of celery- sliced thick

Add end add 4 tsp BBQ sauce, 1 tsp liquid smoke, 1 1/2 cups cooked brown rice, 1 cup frozen corn. Deprecate meat from bones and add more meat of you like 

Add ingredients and cover bones with water. Bring stock to a boil them set on low for 2 hours . Add the rest of the ingredients and top with cheese or hot sauce.