Pimento Cheese, Not Your Grandma's Spread

Pimento cheese is one of those foods that has been so corrupted by the food industry that it has become synonymous with other crappy foods like Spam.  I'm not even certain what store bought pimento cheese might contain, nor do I want to find out.  It's a shame because pimento cheese can be a delightful treat, even if it does Read the full post…

Plum Good BBQ Sandwiches

In a few days it will officially be fall but the temperatures are still warm enough for me to continue swimming for a few more days.  The breeze was a little cool but that didn't stop me from swimming several laps this morning and I felt great afterwards!  Have you exercised lately?  With fall's cooler temperatures and fewer insects, you Read the full post…

Shingles Vacine and Treatment

A friend of mine was recently diagnosed with shingles so I felt I should discuss this nasty virus once again.  If you ever had chicken pox, you are at risk for getting shingles and believe me, you don't want it.  Shingles is a painful rash with blisters that scab over and may take 4 weeks or more to heal.  The Read the full post…

Vegetarian Tacos are muy delicioso!

There are times when I think I could easily become a vegetarian, especially when I try a new dish that is as good as the vegetarian tacos I had at Local Lime restaurant in Little Rock and the tofu fried rice at Sai Tai here in Jonesboro.  My husband and I celebrated our 23rd anniversary this past weekend by spending Read the full post…

Midyear Health Check

Summer is winding down , the year is more than half way over and our January resolutions are long forgotten.  It's time for a health reality check.  First of all, how is your health lately?  If you have enjoyed good health, are you thankful?  Take some time to appreciate how wonderful it feels to be healthy, for your family to Read the full post…

Vacation Lessons For A Healthier Life

  I'm back from a lovely beach vacation and I wish I was still there with all my heart.  Wouldn't it be nice if our every day life was as nice as a vacation?  If we could relax, eat well, sleep and exercise just enough without having to worry about bills, work, illnesses and school, our lives would be perfect.  But Read the full post…

The weekend is almost here and as usual, I’ve been thinking about food.  I’m obsessed with what meals I’m going to prepare on weekends because I have more time to cook.  I often try new recipes or make more time consuming dishes on the weekends and we usually have a family dinner on Sundays.  However I know not everyone loves to cook like I do so I have a couple of good recipes for you.

Flipping through my cookbook the other day, I came across a recipe I’d only made once but thought it was worth keeping.  It has few ingredients and I knew I could put it in the crockpot, making it an excellent choice for Tuesday night.  Tuesday was a very busy day and that night I had conferences at both schools and my husband was out of town.  I needed something that would be ready when we all got home.  Monday I bought all my groceries as usual and put the chicken in the crockpot at lunch on Tuesday.  That night we were treated to a wonderful meal.  The chicken just fell off the bone.  We were all tired and the clean up was minimal.  I served this dish with store bought mashed potatoes (yes, I do resort to convenience sometimes) and green peas.

Sun-dried Tomato Chicken
4 lbs. or so of chicken pieces ( I used legs that I pulled the skin off to reduce the fat and because they are cheap.)
1 cup sun-dried tomato vinagrette with roasted red pepper
1/2 tsp. pepper
1/3 cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes
1/3 cup chopped fresh basil or 1 tsp. dried basil
Arrange chicken in a lightly greased 9×13 baking dish or crockpot.  Pour vinagrette over chicken and sprinkle with pepper.  Sprinkle chopped tomatoes and basil over chicken.  Bake uncovered at 400 for 1 hour or until done if using oven.  If using crockpot, cook on high for 5 1/2 to 6 hours or low for 7.  Easy dish either way and just as good if you don’t have the sun-dried tomatoes.

I can eat this next comfort-food dish for my main meal with some bread for a light supper or it makes a great side dish.  It has several of those spices I talked about last week and will make vegetarians happy.  You can easily expand this recipe to feed more people.

Black Beans and Yellow Rice
1 5 oz. package saffron rice mix
1 15 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
3 Tbsp. fresh squeezed lime juice (use bottled if you don’t have a lime)
1 tsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp. cumin
2 Tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro
Cook rice according to package instructions.  Keep warm.  Combine beans, lime juice, chili powder and cumin in  a saucepan.  Heat through and stir in cilantro.  Serve over rice with a spoonful of sour cream, if desired.

I hope everyone gets some fresh air the next two days as the weekend may be rainy and much colder where I live.  I’m taking the dog for a power walk later.  Happy, Healthy Eating!

Upadated on March 18, 2010

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