Grilled Lime-Paprika Broccoli

It’s officially grilling season here in Austin, Texas. Yesterday, it reached a 100 degrees in some parts of Austin. I can’t believe it is already that time of year again…super intense heat day after day, and the only way to stay cool is if you are in some sort of water. Even the shade doesn’t help. Luckily, Chris and I are going on Lake Travis this weekend for Memorial Day. Lounging on floats on the lake is one of our favorite things to do, especially surrounded by good friends we have not seen in a while. It’s going to be a [Read more...]

Gluten-Free Chocolate Mug Cake (in less than 5 minutes)

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I’ve been fascinated by all these microwave recipes I have seen lately. Cooking things in the microwave is normally not something I would do. I like the process of creating meals, even though they may take a while to prepare sometimes. I use that time to relax… hang out with Chris and our dogs, read a book while a meal is in the oven, or listen to my favorite band. Sometimes cravings take over though, and I want something that is fast and delicious. In this case, I wanted a quick dessert recipe that doesn’t take much effort at all.  [Read more...]

Amy’s Banana Oat Muffins + a Giveaway

Amy is the author of Simply Sugar and Gluten Free, a blog dedicated to gluten and sugar free living. She recently debuted her first cookbook titled Simply Sugar and Gluten-Free: 180 Easy and Delicious Recipes You Can Make in 20 Minutes or Less. I have followed along Amy’s blog for some time now, and I’m always impressed with the recipes she comes up with. They can be simple but full of flavor, elegant and certainly crowd-pleasing. We were thrilled when Amy announced that she was [Read more...]

Chipotle Fish Tacos

Apparently, I am on a seafood kick these days. Last week I posted a recipe on easy oven baked tilapia; tonight we are having spicy shrimp with wild rice (blog post to come). It’s fabulous and healthy. A nice protein alternative [Read more...]

Olive Oil Pancakes (Gluten-Free)

Pancakes have always had a special place in my heart. Growing up, I remember my parent’s house would have the sweet aroma of homemade German pancakes floating around. My Dad used to make them for us every Saturday. It was a Meyer family tradition. My brother, sister and I would sit around the kitchen table and gobble up one pancake after another. Sometimes we would even have a contest to see who could eat the most German pancakes (I don’t recommend that now).  [Read more...]

Crockpot Curried Carrot Soup

I am no way near to being a full-blown vegetarian, but that doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy eating meatless meals every now and then. Lately, Chris and I have been eating meatless at least once a week. It’s a chance for our bodies to slow down and savor the flavor of just vegetables, without big hunks of meat getting in the way. Maybe I will make the switch to vegan one day, who knows. I certainly feel great when I eat a healthy diet of whole foods with less meat products.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I never use my crock pot enough. Every time I prepare a meal in the crock pot, it makes me question why I don’t use it more often. This recipe is really simple. [Read more...]

Cinnamon-Sugar Kale Chips (Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Sugar-Free)

Looking for a healthy snack that satisfies your sweet tooth? Look no further than these delicate cinnamon-sugar kale chips. As you all know, kale chips have become quite popular over the past couple years. I still make them all the time. I haven’t gotten sick of them yet. I am in my last semester of graduate school right now (yay!) so I am always on the look out for something I can snack on while I study. Normally that little afternoon snack is something salty, but this time I went to the sweet side. I love the way the subtle flavor of the palm sugar really shines with the coconut oil and the touch of nutmeg. It’s definitely a keeper. [Read more...]

Bacon, Leek and Parmesan Pasta

What sets this pasta dish apart from others? The obscene amount of bacon (and Grand Marnier). Hey, I’m not complaining one bit. I could put bacon in my coffee if I really wanted too. Speaking of bacon in coffee, that has been done before. Remember the bacon latte at Lift Cafe? I never tried it because I feared I would love it so much that I would want to bathe in it. Seriously. [Read more...]

Cheeseburger Chili

Often times, things get so busy around here that we do not leave enough time to cook dinner. Or we become lazy after a long work day and pack up to head to the nearest Tex-Mex joint in Austin. This is the beauty of crock pots. You literally just throw everything in the pot, forget about it for several hours; then come home to a house that smells amazing and dinner is finished, with minimal effort. This crock pot wonder is called Cheeseburger Chili. It does not have the traditional cheeseburger ingredients, but it taste like one. I promise. Your taste buds (and waistline) will thank you for this healthier option. [Read more...]

Two Compound Butters: Orange-Jalapeño and Lemon-Parsley-Thyme

What’s my secret to spicing up sauces, steaks, vegetables, fish and more? Compound butter. Compound butter is a great way to add an extra layer of flavor to a dish. It’s basically a fancy term for adding herbs, zests or anything with flavor to plain old butter. They are easy to make and the possibility of ingredient combinations are endless. My favorite way to use compound butter is with proteins. I’ll saute shrimp and fish with this orange-jalapeño butter or drizzle melted lemon-parsley-thyme butter on steaks and chicken.

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