Living the Green Life includes eating healthy food that tastes great too.  If you can't grow it yourself, then pick it yourself, cook it yourself, & enjoy it.  Grab a recipe or 2 for food I eat & feed my family, share some of your own, or just chat about what works & what doesn't when you're trying to eat healthy tasty food.

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  • Italian sausage veggie meatballs with Penne pasta

    Quick & Easy Homemade Beef & Veggie Meatballs

    beef & veggie meatballs Now that we’re all home more we’re paying more attention to all. The. Things. Like… Our immediate surroundings (our home y’all!). Our relationships – with folks who live with us & those who don’t. And FOOD. We’re paying more attention to food! Good, bad or indifferent. Well y’all know I cook everyday at least once. Lately I’ve been eating more than I cook! Good thing I have a few good tricks up my sleeve to make some of our family faves more healthy. First up… meatballs! My family LOVES meatballs. Doesn’t matter what’s in them as long as they are GOOD. And have gravy. When I…

  • Easy Shrimp Ceviche Recipe

    Elegant & Easy Shrimp Ceviche Recipe

    About 6-7 years ago Mr. Green & I spent our anniversary weekend at the Four Seasons Houston. I planned dinner & cooking classes at Quattro where we learned to make a super easy shrimp ceviche that was absolutely delicious! Naturally it would be, I’d expect nothing less. We didn’t get to eat ours for our appetizer because it takes a while to “cook”, but when we had it the next day… OH MY GOODNESS… LOVE! Honestly I was a little scared to make ceviche at home, mainly because it’s not cooked in the traditional sense. And even though my family & I love sushi and tartare, raw is hard to…

  • Easy weeknight stuffed manicotti with a twist

    Chicken & Kale Stuffed Manicotti

    I love anything stuffed or rolled. So when DH said he wanted chicken for dinner I couldn’t bring myself to make plain old chicken. Instead I used it to make an easy weeknight stuffed manicotti… with a twist! Usually manicotti is stuffed with Italian cheeses & herbs – ricotta, mozzarella, parmesan, etc. I do love the traditional stuffed manicotti but I don’t always have the ingredients on hand. And who has the time or energy to go buy them when the meal is totally unplanned. (I’m definitely not a meal planner.) Easy Weeknight Stuffed Manicotti (With a Twist) Ingredients: **Note: most my measurements are not measurements at all. The {amount…

  • Food

    The Best Way To Cook Salmon

    My family & I love salmon. Baked salmon, sautéed salmon, grilled salmon, salmon patties/cakes/croquettes (or whatever you wanna call them), smoked salmon, salmon poke, ceviche, & of course sushi. We love it all. But in my opinion, the best way to cook salmon is hands down to baste it with butter and/or oil while cooking in a hot skillet. Wonder if there’s a name for that… other than basting. The Best Way To Cook Salmon There’s no special recipe or science to it – well I’m sure there’s a science to it – and the only “rule” is to cook the salmon (or any fish) skin side down Ingredients Salmon…

  • Mediterranean Chicken Stoup

    Mediterranean Chicken “Stoup”

    Hi foodie friends! Hopefully 2019 is still going strong for you! I rung in the new year in fine fashion, not too crazy, not boring – just perfect. Until last week. Last week I felt a little tingling in my throat that turned into a full on cold. I really didn’t want to take OTC meds, but ended up supplementing my constant cups of tea (with honey & lemon) with some anyway. In the process, I knew I needed some chicken soup. I don’t know about you, but I get tired of the same old chicken noodle or chicken & rice or chicken & veggie soup. Even if it is…

  • Food

    Quick & Easy Weeknight Gumbo

    Quick, easy, & weeknight are NOT words associated with making a gumbo.  But yes, you read that title right and yes it is true that you can make a quick & easy gumbo anytime you want.  The trick is in the prep work & the technique. First a disclaimer or 2… quick & easy are relative.  So… By quick I mean much faster than it would take to make my normal gumbo recipe.  30 minutes or so (45 if you use brown rice) By easy I mean as easy as it can get with still having to make your own roux. Normally it takes me hours to make gumbo because…

  • Food

    Cooking with Kids: Semi-Homemade Corn Dogs

    Hey y’all!! It’s officially summer!  And that means more time with the kiddos, more bored kiddos, and more HUNGRY kiddos! This summer I told my youngest (age 8) that, among other things, he was going to learn to cook.  Every kid needs to learn to be self sufficient, even in the kitchen.  And what says summer more than corn dogs?!  Watermelon maybe, but there’s nothing to do there but keep it simple & cut it up (kids love watermelon wedges with juice running down their arms)! But this is not about watermelon. By request from insta-friend  & fellow blogger Kenyatta over at My Design Rules, we are making semi-homemade corn dogs with the kids!  How…

  • Food

    1 Skillet Chicken & Orzo

    I like the challenge of making delicious & easy weeknight meals using as few ingredients as possible, preferably 5 or less not including the basics (like salt, pepper, turmeric, onions & garlic – I put that ish in everything!). This is one of my family’s favorites & can be made in so many variations – AND cleanup is easy!  It’s 1 skillet Chicken & Orzo. Try this simple recipe with your family with a veg or 2 on the side. Ingredients: 1/2 small onion, thinly sliced 1 garlic clove, sliced or chopped 4-6 chicken thighs 1 cup of orzo 2 ½ cups of water salt & pepper to taste The…

  • Food

    Greek Style Bean Soup

    Every week we try to have at least 1 veggie only meal.  Not just a bunch of vegetables on a plate – that’s just boring & maybe even lazy (unless of course it’s a side dish for Friday night wings). We want fun (kids like fun food), delicious & (hopefully) easy food.  But it can be hard coming up with different dishes every week.  Honestly, most of the time I don’t; we find some things that we really love (usually something stuffed) & eat them over & over until we get tired of it.  Then I try to come up with something new. One thing that’s pretty easy is soup. …

  • Food,  Au Naturel,  Collaborations & Reviews

    Why Turmeric & Liquid Amino Acids Are My 2 New Kitchen Favorites

    I have been a naturalista for something like 26 years.  In the beginning I tried so many products, some worked, some not.  Only when I kinda became a “purist” (maybe) did I find out that some of the best things I cook with are also the best for my body & hair.  No surprise there. Most recently – like within the last 6 months or so – I have found 2 new “naturalista” best friends in my kitchen cabinets… Turmeric & Liquid Amino Acids. Why Turmeric & Liquid Amino Acids Are My 2 New Kitchen Favorites Turmeric kinda came easy. I love food.  And I love curry.  So I keep…