Bacon Wrapped Mozzarella Sticks

Bacon wrapped mozzarella sticks! Use organic uncured bacon and enjoy these once in awhile – while not exactly health food, they are low-carb, grain-free, and (this probably goes without saying) delicious. Click for the recipe

Seafood Saute

If you happen to have a bag or two of mixed frozen seafood in your freezer (mine came from Trader Joe’s), here’s a great way to turn them into an easy, delicious meal. We had it for lunch this weekend with steamed broccoli and a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc – perfection! Just make sure you don’t overcook the seafood, and if you don’t have a seafood mix, this recipe should work well with just shrimp.

This is a saucy dish, best served with crusty bread for dipping in the sauce, or atop rice or cauliflower rice. Or do as we do and simply serve it with soup spoons! Click for the recipe

Gluten Free Pancakes

When you give up wheat flour, some things are difficult to recreate, but thankfully, pancakes are not one of them. These gluten free pancakes are delicious! They are made with almond flour, and they are just as good as wheat flour pancakes. Plus, making them is super easy: simply mix everything in one bowl, ladle onto the pan and cook until golden. Unlike wheat flour, almond flour is naturally tasty and subtly sweet, so there’s no need to sweeten the batter if you plan on serving these gluten-free pancakes with maple syrup or honey. Click for the recipe

Skillet Sausage and Shrimp

A very flavorful, bold-tasting dish that, as so often happens, was born out of the need to use up leftovers, this skillet sausage and shrimp dish is truly spicy, so use just half the listed amount of crushed red peppers if you prefer; it’s a saucy dish, best served with a spoon in addition to knife and fork, or serve it atop cooked rice, cauliflower rice, or spaghetti squash to soak up the yummy sauce. Click for the recipe

Quick Pickles

Quick pickles are ready in a few hours – rather than a few weeks. They are crisp and flavorful, a wonderful addition to any entree. It’s fun to experiment with different types of vegetables, vinegars and spices. Click for the recipe

Pork Meatballs

Flavorful and very easy to make, these tasty pork meatballs are baked in the oven and are ready in 20 minutes. Click for the recipe

Jerk Chicken

The idea to make jerk chicken came to me while reading the fascinating memoir by chef Marcus Samuelsson, Yes Chef. Mr. Samuelsson mentions “jerk seasoning,” and of course I was intrigued. A quick internet search led to a jerk seasoning recipe which I tweaked just a bit, and as usual, the following recipe is my own interpretation. The seasoning is phenomenal – bold, sweet-and spicy, and full of flavor. Generally I find chicken bland, but with jerk seasoning, it is anything but. Click for the recipe