Honey-Jalapeno Cornbread

My late mom was born and raised in southeastern Alabama, and accordingly skillet cornbread was a staple at family gatherings. When I make chili, it’s inevitable that I’ll make cornbread. And it’s worth every crumbly calorie.

Jerk Chicken + Black Beans and Quinoa

Would this have been better with chicken on the bone? Would rice have been a more natural pairing with black beans? Sure. But the thing about eating healthy – lower sugar/processed carbs, more balanced macros, and minimal sodium – is that while you may have to make some substitutions and concessions, you shouldn’t have to…

Because it’s hummus night, and the feeling’s right.

One of the rare meals upon which all five members of our family can agree is hummus, babaghanoush, and whole wheat pita. My husband and I like to add roasted red peppers, olives, and feta to our hummus, but our kids are content to eat hummus plain. The tricky bit, though, is that they prefer…

Shirataki Noodles & Turning 40

Last week I turned 40, continuing my streak of being one day older than Drew Brees. And like a lot of people facing milestone birthdays or anniversaries, I did quite a bit of navel-gazing. I’m 40 lbs heavier than I was at 30, and my hair streaked with silver. The realization that I’m more than…

Cold Steak and Vegetables

Surprising entirely no one, kids are expensive. So while we don’t often eat red meat, one of my favorite weeknight dinners when it’s hot outside is a cold, thin-sliced filet alongside some cold, roasted vegetables. When I find tenderloin filet on megacrazycheap special at the grocery store, I’ll often stand there and debate a nice…

Instant Pot Zinfandel Braised Short Ribs

When I was describing this meal on Twitter yesterday, my phone kept autocorrecting braised to braided, earning me a ton of French braid jokes. I can laugh, though, because I’m the one who got to eat this.

Greek(ish) Lamb Bowls

Periodically, my local grocery store will have ground lamb on mega sale, and I usually pick up two one-pound packages and throw them in the chest freezer, because they’re perfect for occasions like this. It’s easy to make this paleo or vegan with a couple of substitutions, whether it’s paleo mayonnaise or soy yogurt, and…

Shrimp and Grits (And Greens)

From the Low Country to Louisiana, everyone has their own take on how to make shrimp and grits. My own tastes fluctuate when I make this dish, from cooking the shrimp in bacon fat to making the grits more cheese than coarsely ground meal. But it’s Lent, and that means no meat on Fridays. Living…

Sheet Pans: Not Just for Taking Up Cabinet Space

Let’s talk sheet pans, which exist not just for your cookie needs, but also to bake your frozen Costco flautas (at least for my friend, Jess). Last week I cooked a pork tenderloin, potatoes, and green beans in 30 minutes on one sheet pan, and my husband – he of dishwashing duty – nearly wept…