Dad’s Red Beans and rice started life as a version of Louisiana Style Red Beans and Rice. This is a variation that comes together much quicker than you might find in the Big Easy while using many of the main flavours. I use it as a side for things like roasts, Barbeque or Tex Mex items like tacos or quesadillas.
Buttermilk Garlic Cauliflower Mash takes minutes to make, enjoys the sugar benefits of cauliflower versus potatoes and boasts only 62 calories a serving versus 110+ calories for basic mashed potatoes. And, it actually packs a more powerful nutritional punch than its starchier cousin.
To use my Rice Cooker I just spray the bowl with some olive oil, add rinsed rice and a choice liquid and turn it on. It reliably cooks the rice while I attend to other things in the kitchen. It’s usually ready in 15 to 20 minutes and cooked to perfection.
Sweet Potato Chowder comes together very fast, is truly delicious and the main ingredient is a nutritional powerhouse. The trickiest part about making this creamy delight is using your blender (or food processor) just before you’re ready to serve to give it a thick, velvety creaminess without actually adding any cream!
Mashed Cashew Cauliflower is an absolutely terrific way to drastically lower calories and carbs while still producing a side dish that looks, feels, and even tastes like that comfort food King (or Queen) mashed potatoes!
One Pot Spinach Mushroom Orzo is very tasty main course option that is easy to adjust to fit even vegetarian or vegan diets. It takes full advantage of the protein punch of spinach and the satisfyingly earthy, meaty quality of Cremini mushrooms.
There are few main-course meals you can pull together in minutes with a heavier nutritious punch than Split Pea Lentil Soup. Preparing this meal is a Veteran Move in itself because it’s just chop, slice, measure and dump it into a preheated slowcooker.