Monthly Archives: June 2011

Make Your Own Taco Seasoning


We had a ton of lettuce in our CSA box this week so I decided to make Taco Salad for dinner tonight. I hate all the extra added ingredients in the pre-made taco seasoning so I attempted to make it myself. Score! Awesome flavorful taco seasoning made simply from spices I had on hand.


-2 teaspoons chili powder
-1 1/2 teaspoons salt
-1 teaspoon garlic powder
-1 teaspoon ground cumin
-1 teaspoon paprika
-1 teaspoon oregano

Stir to blend, add to 1 lb ground beef. Add more seasonings to taste. Voila!

–Adapted from and


Make Your Own Fruit Popsicles



4 Nectarines (Any fruit will do, I just had these on hand)
2 T honey
1/4 C of water

Dice up fruit. Add fruit, honey, and water to blender or food processor. Blend until smooth. Pour in popsicle mold or small plastic cups. Place in freezer for at least 5 hours or overnight. If using a plastic cup, cover with aluminum foil and then poke popsicle stick in.

–Adapted from

*So easy and so much more healthy than the sugar filled popsicles in the store.

Coconut Flour Banana Bread or Muffins



* 5 Eggs
* 2 bananas (I will use 3 next time)
* 1 scoop protein powder or 1 tsp arrowroot (optional)
* 1/4 cup coconut oil or butter (softened)
* 1/2 cup coconut flour
* 1 tsp baking soda
* 1 tsp vanilla
* Small amount of milk to thin (may not need-I didn’t)

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees

2. Put all ingredients in medium sized bowl

3. Using strong whisk or immersion blender (I used a hand mixer), mix until smooth and well incorporated. If batter is too thick, add a little milk to thin, but don’t let it get runny at all.

4. Put into greased muffin tins- i use a 1/4 cup measure to make pretty even sized. Batter will be somewhat thick.

5. Bake for 13-18 minutes until lightly browned and set in middle.


*Super light and fluffy!

Apple & Cheddar Beef Burgers



3/4 pound 90% lean ground grass-fed beef
1/3 cup finely chopped red onion
2 ounces sharp cheddar, cut into 1/4-inch cubes (I used mild)
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup shredded peeled Granny Smith apple


Combine beef, onion, cheddar, mustard, salt, pepper and apple in a large bowl and form into four (4-inch) patties. Grill over medium heat or broil, flipping once, until done to your taste, 6 to 8 minutes. Or, spray a large skillet with cooking spray and cook over medium heat, 6 to 8 minutes.


Per serving (about 5oz/136g-wt.): 240 calories (150 from fat), 16g total fat, 8g saturated fat, 70mg cholesterol, 530mg sodium, 4g total carbohydrate (1g dietary fiber, 3g sugar), 19g protein

–Whole Foods

*So flavorful & moist!

Oven Roasted Potatoes



* 1 (24-oz) bag Baby Red Potatoes (about 9-10 potatoes)
* 3 Tbsp olive oil
* 1/2 tsp salt
* 1/4 tsp black pepper
* 2 cubes frozen Crushed Garlic, or 2 cloves garlic, minced.
* 3-4 sprigs fresh rosemary or 2 tsp dried rosemary


1) Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
2) Wash potatoes but do not peel (unless using thick-skinned potatoes like Russets). Pat potatoes dry. Quarter each potato, or cut in half if using small potatoes (under 2 inches in diameter)
3) In a large bowl, mix together oil, salt, pepper, and garlic. If using frozen garlic cubes, let thaw and then mix in. Strips leaves off rosemary sprigs and stir leaves into oil mixture.
4) Add potatoes to bowl and stir until well coated.
5) Spread in single layer in baking sheet. Bake for 40 minutes, using metal spatula to flip and move pieces halfway through baking time.

Additional Notes

If roasting whole baby potatoes or using very small potatoes such as TJ’s Teeny Tiny Potatoes, please adjust the oven time accordingly. Potatoes are done when golden, slightly crisped, and soft when the tip of a knife is inserted through the center.

–Cooking with Trader Joes


Baked Pears



* 2 medium ripe pears, peeled and halved
* 4 teaspoons butter
* 1 teaspoon lemon juice
* 2 teaspoons honey
* 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
* juice of 1 orange


1. Place pear halves, cut side up, in a shallow 1-qt. baking dish. Place butter in the center of each; drizzle with lemon and orange juice. Combine honey and cinnamon; sprinkle over pears. Cover and bake at 350 degrees F for 15-20 minutes or until heated through.