Maire Gilbert

I was a vegetarian who got together with a meat and potatoes man almost 25 years ago. I've always enjoyed cooking, and I was ready to tackle the challenge of helping my family eat healthy, and enjoy it.

Web Site: http://www.blogger.com/profile/14958204240364054378


Farro Salad

Apr 23, 2015
Farro Salad

I get inspiration for meals from so many places. Last weekend I had a wonderful lunch from Oakville Grocery located in Oakville, California. They have so many choices that it's always a challenge limiting myself to just a few. One of the delightful sid...

Veggie Paella

Apr 2, 2015
Veggie Paella

Paella is a spicy Spanish dish, typically loaded with seafood, some vegetables, and rice. Increase the vegetables and spices, omit or reduce the amount of seafood, and you've got a tasty dish just right for meatless Mondays. If you simply can't go with...

Whole Wheat Pizza

Mar 17, 2015
Whole Wheat Pizza

Pizza is one of my favorite food groups ... um, foods. I do my best to save it for special occasions, but find that special occasions calling for pizza crop up often. So, I've done my best to healthy up my pizza scene. Making my own crust means I add a...

Greek Salad Dressing

Mar 6, 2015

Use this dressing on any salad, but I find that it's especially delicious on Greek salads.3 Tbs. Extra Virgin Olive Oil2 Tbs. lemon juice1 Tbs. honey1 tsp Dijon mustard1 tsp minced fresh thyme1 tsp minced fresh Greek oregano1/4 tsp sea saltMix all ingr...

Greek Orzo Salad

Mar 6, 2015
Greek Orzo Salad

My mother and I had the recent pleasure of eating at a fun Greek restaurant when I visited Green Valley, Arizona. They served an orzo salad with their lunch platter, and it was excellent! We both finished our salad before we finished our main dish - it...

Albondigas Soup

Feb 23, 2015
Albondigas Soup

This is a Mexican style soup that's rich in taste. Albondigas means meatballs in Spanish, and this soup is a combination of meatballs and vegetables. I've used cilantro throughout the recipe, but know that cilantro is sometimes an acquired taste. Feel ...

Cajun Style Dirty Rice

Feb 17, 2015
Cajun Style Dirty Rice

Just in time for Fat Tuesday! I've heard various reasons why this dish is named "dirty" rice. One theory is that the rice gets a dirty look when made the traditional way, using chicken gizzards. Another theory is that jazz was called "dirty" music, and...

Tangy Red Cabbage

Feb 14, 2015
Tangy Red Cabbage

This cooked cabbage is spicy and savory ... and equally good hot or cold, making it an excellent side dish for both an inside winter meal and for a summer picnic.Ingredients:1 tsp. olive oil1/2 head red cabbage, cored and thinly sliced1/2 hard pear, pe...

Toscanelli Beans with Sage

Feb 10, 2015
Toscanelli Beans with Sage

I read somewhere that Toscanelli beans are the Rolls Royce of beans in Italy - white beans, small, tender, creamy, delicious. They're thin skinned, so they readily absorb the flavors they're cooked with. So, when I saw some for $3.00 per pound, I snatc...

Spring Chicken Noodle Soup

Feb 5, 2015
Spring Chicken Noodle Soup

Here's a soup that makes me think of spring ... and hope it will arrive soon! Even here in sunny Sacramento, springtime seems to waver as it appears and disappears, lost and found. This chicken soup has spring asparagus and spring onions or green onion...

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