Black Eyed Peas – “Hoppin’ Johns” recipe

A traditional southern New Year’s staple: they say if you eat a bowl of this you will have great bounties in the upcoming year. Well, I don’t know about that, but I do know that black eyed peas are delicious and ultra easy to make.

Printed recipe below:

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My Power Breakfast

The other morning, I winged a new breakfast item for myself. Not only was it delicious, but it filled me up to the point where I felt absolutely no hunger for hours and hours.

One of the problems that I have is that I feel compelled to snack more than I should. Even though I eat breakfast regularly, I still either want to snack before lunch or feel famished by lunch time. Over the two days that I ate the following, I was satisfied until lunch, and even then I had a very light lunch. So without further ado:

Sautéed zucchini & potatoes, with fried egg.

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PRESSURE COOKER STREET TACOS

For almost all of my existence, I was squarely in the corner of slow cookers. The humble crock pot and I have cooked maybe a hundred meals in our time, and it has never let me down. I firmly believed that low and slow, much like my beloved Texas barbecue, was the only way to break down tough cuts of meat and create luscious, delicious stews and the like.

A few months ago, my life was changed forever.

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PALEO SWEET POTATO HASH

My ongoing quest to eat healthier and to make food for my wife and daughter that are both delicious and nutritious leads me to come up with ideas to hack things that I already enjoy with a kind of healthier twist.

Today’s recipe is for a sweet potato hash that’s pan fried in olive oil that can be used as a substitute for a white potato side, such as fries, mashed, etc. Sweet potatoes are lower on the glycemic index than white potatoes, packing in a lot of vitamins and flavor for less total carbs.

SweetPotatoHash (15)We have this as a side for lunch or dinner, even busting out leftovers as an afternoon snack. They are absolutely delicious. Try it for yourself and see.

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Sneaky Veggie Salsa

Does your kid not like vegetables? Do they eat some but you would like them to have more in their diet? To celebrate Cinco De Mayo, besides watching The Three Caballeros, I created this Sneaky Veggie Salsa recipe as a way to add vegetables undetected to America’s favorite condiment.

tomatoes, jalapenos...spinach? zucchini?
tomatoes, jalapenos…spinach? zucchini?

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Roasted Beet, Carrot & Feta Salad

Last Saturday, I was trying to figure out what to make for lunch. My wife said, “go roast some beets and carrots. Throw in feta and make a salad.” I’m not one to argue with a fantastic idea, so off I went.

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My daughter ate it right up and said “Dad, this…is so delicious!” If a four-year old eats a roasted veggie salad for lunch, then it must be good. I asked my wife where she got the idea, and she said that she saw it on some celebrity chef’s website.

So this is a recipe that I made up based on an idea based on a recipe that I never read from a chef whose name I don’t know. Don’t sue me, mystery chef.

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Blueberry Banana Oat Tofu Smoothie!? (plus easy frozen blueberries)

Something happened at the grocery store last week. It was so strange, so unusual, that it must have been some sort of horrible mistake.

Blueberries were available in early Spring, and their prices were reasonable! I’m talking about peak summer sale prices. 99¢ a pint! From the USA no less! And on top of that, they tasted good!

Before anyone else noticed this strange anomaly of pricing, I scooped up as many as I could hold and checked out. And as quickly as I arrived, I was gone.

So…now what? Blueberries don’t exactly hold up for that long, and the sheer number of delicious blueberries was too much for us to eat all at once. I could have eaten them for every meal for a few days, but my daughter would have been on my case for not having variety (thanks Super Why). So, into the freezer they would go. Plus frozen blueberries are great for making breakfast smoothies.

Yummy breakfast.
Yummy breakfast.

Have you ever frozen blueberries? I’m sure you’re tempted to just toss them into a freezer bag and forget about them. However, if you do that right after washing, they will freeze together in a giant impenetrable blue block of ice. I mean, you could take out your frustrations with an ice pick, but this is easier and better for ready use.

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