yellow squash fritters

These yellow squash fritters make a nice, tasty alternative to hash browns or potato pancakes. Lacking the starch in potatoes, they are flimsy and delicate, so take great care when flipping them and when removing from the skillet onto a serving plate. I fry these squash fritters in butter, but if you prefer, there’s no reason not to use olive oil instead. Click for the recipe

Mango Frozen Yogurt

This mango frozen yogurt reminds me of the wonderful soft-serve mango ice cream you can get at Indian restaurants. It’s smooth, creamy, just-sweet-enough, and very refreshing. No ice cream maker needed – just make sure you stir it every 30 minutes before it freezes completely, to prevent ice crystals from forming and to ensure a smooth, creamy consistency.

I haven’t tried making this mango frozen yogurt with frozen mangoes, so I don’t know how well that would work. I’ve always used a fresh, very ripe mango.  Click for the recipe

Paleo Oatmeal

Obviously, this Paleo oatmeal is not made with oats, but it has a very similar texture. It’s a tasty, comforting breakfast porridge you can feel good about eating, and while the real thing is still better (in my opinion), this comes very close. Click for the recipe

Moo Shu Chicken

My interpretation of moo shu chicken uses shredded, pre-cooked chicken. The flavor combination is amazing and I’m glad about my last-minute decision to add red pepper flakes. I made this dish for lunch today because I had some leftover chicken and pre-shredded coleslaw mix that I wanted to use up. As with most stir-fry recipes, the cooking itself is very quick – it’s the prep that takes most of the time. Click for the recipe

chorizo omelet

This is, by far, my favorite omelet. The combination of caramelized onions, spicy chorizo and sharp cheddar is incredible. Now, this is not a small, dainty omelet. It’s a big, substantial, very satisfying omelet that will keep you full for several hours. Don’t serve it with toast! A sliced tomato or some berries are perfect and will balance out the richness of the omelet. Click for the recipe

eggplant chips

Crispy, savory and delicious, these eggplant chips make an excellent snack that satisfies that “crunchy/salty” craving. I use Japanese eggplants because their elongated shape allows for more uniform chips, but regular eggplants should work too. Click for the recipe

Leftover Oatmeal Pancakes

These oatmeal pancakes are made with leftover cooked oatmeal. They are deliciously nutty and wholesome. I used cooked rolled oats, but I see no reason why steel cut oats won’t work just as well.

Serve these leftover oatmeal pancakes with maple syrup or a little honey – the batter is completely unsweetened, so they do require a topping. Click for the recipe