Our Favorite Olive Oil & Vinegar Salad Dressing

I take my glass salad dressing container with a plastic removable pour spout (or a pint size jar with lid). In it, I put a little sweetener (raw honey usually), about 1/2 teaspoon each of sea salt and onion powder, along with 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper. I also add dried herbs, but more liberally, […]

Beef Roast with Tomatoes, White Beans and Brown Rice

I called last night’s skillet dish Beef Roast with Tomatoes, White Beans and Brown Rice. I put a grass-fed beef chuck roast in the crockpot yesterday morning, covered in water and salted and peppered. I could have added sliced onion, but didn’t take the time. I also had another crockpot cooking up the white beans. […]

Shaping Whole Wheat Bread Loaves

This is how I shape Whole Wheat Bread loaves. *In the following pictures, you will see only my left hand, because I lifted the right hand from its working position to take each photo. During loaf shaping, my right hand is usually adjacent to the left hand, doing the same kind of work. I put […]

Spicy & Creamy Beef over Brown Jasmine Rice

The Rice: 2 cups brown jasmine rice, dry 4 cups filtered water 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil 1 teaspoon dried parsley 1/2 teaspoon sea salt Combine all ingredients in a 3 or 4 quart stockpot. Bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat to low. Allow to cook, undisturbed (don’t lift that lid!) for […]

Beef Stew with Garden Tomatoes & Brown Jasmine Rice

The tomatoes and herbs add wonderful flavor to this stew. Feel free to add other chopped vegetables, such as potatoes, carrots or celery during the last 1/2 hour of simmering. 2 pounds beef stew meat or sirloin tip steak, cubed (preferably grass-fed) 1 onion, diced 2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil stock or water 4 […]

Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

Oatmeal weather again. I long ago stopped buying cold cereals because of the expense and started fixing hot cereals instead. We love having a warm tummy full of oatmeal. Usually I fix Decadent & Hearty Oatmeal, but this morning, I prepared Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal instead. Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal serves 5, with leftovers 4 cups certified […]

Healthy Skillet Dishes


Updated: 4/12/2010 Sometimes my husband jokes that he doesn’t think we’ve ever eaten the same meal twice. I have to admit, he’s not too far off the mark. Besides a couple of well-known dishes — like chili, tacos, burritos and spaghetti — our meals don’t typically fall into boring repetition. Long ago, we started enjoying […]

Blackberry Jam

Finally, yesterday was the day to finish the blackberry jam, thanks to bringing home some lemons on the way home from church. The 12 pounds of berries made about 12 pints of jam, or 4 1/2 batches, following the basic recipe included in the box of Pomona’s Pectin. Our jam is not on the sweet […]