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Apple Butter Granola

Happy 2017 Foodies. It has been a while. I hope 2016 ended good and 2017 has been just as good thus far. I have been… living life; still cooking and eating, but just not cooking as much as I use to. However I will do my best this year to get as many new post out as life will possibly allow.
So, been dealing with all sort of health issues which has caused me to start to change my diet. I am trying a more gluten free and vegan approach to life, however, please believe I still eat my meat, just not as often.
Surprisingly, it is not really that difficult to substitute a few meals a day with completely vegan options, especially since I like veggies. The difficult part is that I have to monitor what types of veggies I eat and how much. But life is all about balance and I am constantly trying to find mine. On to this yummy granola.
I did my best to make sure all the ingredients I used were gluten free, and surprisingly, this only took 5 ingredients to make:
1 (2 pound bag) old fashioned rolled oats (gluten free)
2 cups oat bran (gluten free)

16 oz of Apple butter

3 tablespoons Ground Cinnamon

3 tablespoons coconut oil

First heat your oven to about 400 degree Farenhieght. Line a cookie sheet with foil and set aside.

Now in a sauce pan, add the 3 tablespoons of coconut oil and the entire jar of apple butter and let melt together on medium, to medium high heat.

Next, Add oat meal, oat bran and cinnamon to a large mixing bowl, and mix together. I used a wooden spoon, doesn’t stick as bad.

Once the Apple butter and coconut oil has melted together and you have mixed, added to the oats and begin to mix with spoon. It may look like there is not enough apple butter or to much oats, but continue to mix and everything will coat.

After you have coated to your heart’s desire, spread a layer of the mixture onto the cookie sheet. If you have more than one cookie sheet, go ahead and use them. For me, I baked about 3 batches.

Once in the oven, bake for about 10 minutes at a time until it is the desire brown and crunchiness you want, taking a spoon an mixing it around each 10 minutes.

Let each batch cool on counter before storing in an air tight container.

My daughters and I love this as a topping on our yogurt, or as cereal. With the oat bran, it adds extra protein to this granola which helps add energy to any snack.

This is such a quick and easy granola and I absolutely love making it and all version of it. 

Until next time, continue to Cook, Eat and Enjoy!!

Easy Bean Salad 

So today is Memorial Day and I decided to cook in instead of cookout. And a bean salad was on my mind. So for the vegetarians out there, this is perfect.

 Here is what I used:

Low sodium canned white, black and kidney beans. A can of white sweet corn, can of diced tomatoes. 1 yellow bell pepper, a half sweet onion, 1 bunch of cilantro. Jalapeño feta cheese, extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice, mustard, honey, and apple cider vinegar, salt and pepper.

Okay here we go:

Open all beans and corn and put them in a strainer, drain all liquid and rinse with cold water let sit

Dice small a half an inion and the yellow bell pepper 


In a large bowl add onion, bell pepper, beans and corn and can tomatoes. Mix together.

Now time for the dressing:

In a bowl added 1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil, 2 tsp lemon, 2 tbsp yellow mustard, 3 tsp apple cider vinegar and 2 or 3 tsp of honey.

Sprinkle with pepper then whisk until smooth

Pour over beans, then rough chop and added cilantro and feta cheese

Mix everything together. Add salt and pepper to taste. You can serve cold or warm. 

Until next time, cook, eat and enjoy!!!

Couscous with Veggie Medley

I have been trying to make my life easier as I continue on my high protein diet by making some of my sides ahead of time and adding everything together.

This time I wanted to experiment with couscous because I have never had it before and I love trying new things. To make couscous you follow the directions on your package, or if you get it in the bulk-food department like me, here is how I made it.

I used multi-colored couscous

1 and 1/2 cups of couscous in a pot with a bit of salt and add water until it just covers the couscous.

Cover, Bring to a boil and then lower heat and let simmer on low heat until water has soaked in completely. Remover from heat, mix from the bottom, replace top and let the heat steam.

Now time for the Veggies. 1 Can of Garbanzo beans rinsed, 1 tomato, diced. My favorite garlic pop-ins and grilled onions.

 Speaking of new things, have you ever heard of Kale Sprouts? I went to Trader Joes and found it here. I love Trader Joes, I always find something new there that I haven’t seen or heard of.
Anyway, Kale Sprouts are a mix between, you guessed it, Kale and Brussel Sprouts and have a similar flavor.

Rinse and cut the ends off.

I happen to have made some bacon the morning of, so I used the oil from that, but any oil is okay.

 Heat oil then add Kale Sprouts, tomatoes, 4 pop-in onions and 4 pop-in garlic saute for about 4 minutes.

 Diced 1 roasted red bell pepper.

Add in the Garbanzo beans, bell pepper, salt to taste and I like a little heat, so I added about 1/2 teaspoon of crushed red pepper.

Let all that cook together until the Kale Sprout are cooked to your liking.

Last step is add in the Couscous, mix and place top over pan for about 5 minutes off heat.

     This is the perfect side dish or you can eat it as a main meal. All the protein , fiber, vitamins and such, in one meal, that is actual really light.

 Until next time, cook, eat and enjoy

People tell me all the time that they are afraid to pan cook items. Afraid that they will burn or not cook their item enough, etc. One of those items is fish fillet.

Everything doesn’t have to be fancy or complicated; a lot of times, simple is best.

So I am gonna show you how to pan cook a trout fillet with yhe skin on. I love skin on my fish, especially when the skin is crispy.

So. I have two store bought trout fillet with skin on. I seasoned both sides with seasoning salt, black pepper and garlic powder.

In a frying pan, big enough to fit both fillet and have some room, add about 3 to 4 tablespoons of olive oil and heat. You want you pan hot, but not smoking.

Now add your fish, skin side down. When you put it in, it should be sizzling. You want  your skin to be crispy.

You are only gonna flip your fish once so the skin will stay crispy. When you see the edges of the fish turn white, it is a good bet that it is time to flip.

So flip your fish


You can see the pretty caramelization on the skin. Now you have to give the other side time to cook, abot 3 to 5 minutes.


 I did a quick check and the meat side is starting to brown, but it is not quite cooked through, so add  about 1/4 cup water to the hot pan

The water to the hot pan and oil will create steam and take the fish over the finish line of done in the middle. 

The water will cook up and create a nice little fish broth as well that, in my case I added over some steamed broccoli I had leftover from the night before.

And there you have, nothing fancy but extremely tasty pan cooked trout with crispy skin.

Until next time, cook eat and enjoy!


It has been a while. The last year has been extremely difficult, but I am back and ready to keep moving forward. Over the next few weeks, there will be some changes and annoucement, but for now let’s get started.

It seems like now a day, there just doesn’t seem to be time to fit in the necessity let alone the things we desire. So often times we turn to takeout instead of making a meal, although it is not always a healthy choice. Well here is a a quick a healthy option that will take less than 15 minutes. Remember everything doesn’t have to be complicated.

Chicken Veggie Stir-fry 

Here is what you need.

1 large frying pan Or wok

3 tablespoons olive oil

16 oz cooked chicken

2- 16 oz frozen bag stir- fry veggie

2 garlic cubes (optional)

2- onion cubes (optional)

2- ginger cubes (optional)

Soy sauce


Add 3 tablespoons of olive oil to a frying pan and heat on med high to high heat. Make sure your oul is hot but not  smoking before you add the veggies.

Add both bags of veggies. (There are several different kinds of frozen stir-fry, pick what you like) I love these herb cubes, that can be found in the frozen vegetable section; they are so convenient. Pop two of each in. Cook 4 minutes. Place top over to increase cooking speed. 

After about 4 or so minutes, the veggies should be well on the way to being unthawed, Push veggies to the side and add chicken, then mix everything together and cook until veggies are done and the chicken is heated completely.


Add soy sauce for seasoning. Because of the high sodium, no salt is required 


If you like things a little spicy like me, add a little crushed red pepper

And there you haveit, a quick and healthy meal that you can make in less than 15 minutes at home. Have your kids help, which can be fun and definitely a learning experience for them and you.

Until next time, cook, eat and enjoy!