Tex-Mex Shrimp Tacos


Tex-Mex cooking has something that appeals to everyone. But when you have to watch your diet for health or weight reasons, sometimes you feel you have to give up your favorite comfort foods. Author Kelley Coffeen has changed that with her new cookbook, Tex-Mex Diabetes Cooking: More than 140 Authentic Southwestern Favorites. While this book showcases diabetes friendly recipes, this is really a book for anyone who’s trying to eat a little smarter. Who doesn’t love a healthy burrito or fajita?  Continue reading “Tex-Mex Shrimp Tacos”


Cast Iron Asparagus and Peppers


Now that we are in the full swing of summer, it’s time for easy recipes that can be made on the grill. This recipe for Cast Iron Asparagus and Peppers is perfect because it can be made on the grill or in the oven. It’s also very good for you, veggies and olive oil with just a bit of seasoning will give you a ton of flavor that you will love! I used my 10 inch cast iron skillet, see here. I love using this because it works just as well as my 12 inch but can handle stuff like this with ease. This can cook while you have your main course cooking and you don’t need to worry about it. The cast iron helps everything roast evenly. Cast Iron Asparagus and Peppers is a perfect easy summer side for your hot and relaxing nights.  Continue reading “Cast Iron Asparagus and Peppers”

Bacon Alfredo Penne

Who doesn’t love easy pasta dishes? You can do the same old butter and sauce route or you can jazz it up with some bacon and a delicious alfredo sauce. This cooks up easily and can be on the dinner table in less than 30 minutes, which is just enough time some nights to stop the kids from rummaging through the cabinets for snacks. This Bacon Alfredo Penne is comfort food with a ton of flavor that everyone will love. Continue reading “Bacon Alfredo Penne”

Braised Short Ribs

Who doesn’t love a relaxing Sunday? You hang out at home, catch up on some housework, no activities to run around to. It’s also a great day to try some slow cooked recipes. These Braised Short Ribs take some time to cook but come out so tender and delicious. You will love how easy these are. 

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Oven Baked Brisket

oven baked brisket

I love a good brisket. This Oven Baked Brisket comes out fantastic since it slow cooks to perfection in the oven. Since the vegetables cook right in the pot with it, you’ll have all of dinner covered while the oven handles a lot of the work. The sauce adds an extra delicious touch at the end that you will love. I sometimes make brisket in the crockpot but the oven works great and makes slow cooking a breeze.

Let’s take a moment to quickly explain the difference between crockpot and oven slow cooking.  Both methods are so similar that they are practically interchangeable.  One key difference that plays a role in this recipe is that you can braise the meat and slow cook to the end product all in the dutch oven.  As a result, those flavors develope together creating a deep rich end result.

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