Lighter & Healthier

Red Beans, Sausage, and Quinoa

February 21, 2012
Healthier Red Beans, Sausage, and Rice

Laissez les bon temps rouler! Besides Chicken & Sausage Jambalaya (which is one of the most popular recipes among our friends and family), my other favorite New Orleans-inspired dish is Red Beans, Sausage, and Rice. I set out to give the dish a bit of a healthier makeover because, aside from the occasional indulgence, we’re [...]

Get the recipe!

Seared Scallops with Blood Orange Salsa

February 14, 2012
Scallops with Blood Orange Salsa

I present to you the very original Red Food on Valentine’s Day recipe. My favorite part of winter isn’t Christmas or Thanksgiving. Or the fact that it’s not 112 degrees out every day. Okay, maybe that is my favorite part of winter… but the bounty of winter citrus surely runs an extremely close second. Our [...]

Get the recipe!

Blood Orange Curd

February 10, 2012
Blood Orange Curd

When you whisk together a simple mixture of butter, eggs, sugar, lemon, and blood orange juices, what you get is a beautiful pink shade of spreadable happiness. And a stained white shirt. With the number of aprons I own, there’s really no excuse for that. We’ve whipped up a couple of batches of blood orange [...]

Get the recipe!

Grapefruit Curd Squares

February 7, 2012
Grapefruit Bars

Surpriiiiise! It’s another grapefruit recipe! I hope you’re not tired of them. Because I’m not. If you’re thinking that I must have an entire counter piled high with citrus, you wouldn’t be too terribly wrong. We’ve been cooking, eating, drinking, and baking with it a lot lately. It’s hard to pass up those dirt-cheap bags [...]

Get the recipe!

Fruit Skewers with Yogurt Dip

February 1, 2012
Fruit Skewers with Yogurt Dip

I don’t think I’ve thrown a party in the last 5 years without a pile of fresh fruit, skewered or cut, and a bowl of yogurt dip along side. I do it partly because there’s usually a real need to balance out the menu with something a little lighter and healthier. And partly because I [...]

Get the recipe!

Grapefruit Scones

January 25, 2012
Lighter Grapefruit Scones

With a bounty (15 lbs!) of beautiful Texas grapefruit, Grapefruit Scones were one of the first things on my list to tackle after we replaced our broken oven. I wanted a simple cream scone, studded with grapefruit, that wasn’t to sweet and not too terrible for my waistline. I started with the Basic Cream Scone [...]

Get the recipe!

Italian Beef Stew (Crockpot)

January 23, 2012
Italian Beef Stew (Crockpot)

Can we pretend that I just didn’t use the word “stew?” Because half of the adults in this house turn a sickly shade of green at the very mention of the word. I’ll admit, it’s not the most appetizing word. And maybe it doesn’t always conjure up the most appetizing images. But contrary to what [...]

Get the recipe!

Green Monster Smoothie

January 18, 2012
Green Monster Smoothie

Totally honest here. I would have never, ever tried this if I hadn’t been “January motivated.” That “New Year-Healthier You” high can make a person do really crazy things. Like running to undo that afternoon cupcake snack. And enjoying it. Or deciding to stay in for a healthy dinner and dirty dishes rather than going [...]

Get the recipe!