Fresh Pear with Cinnamon

Fresh Pears With Cinnamon

Dessert! Who doesn’t crave something sweet after a meal? If you said “me” you’re lying (or deluded). Even if you truly don’t crave sweets, you’re missing out on one of the best things life has to offer.

The best, healthiest dessert is a simple pile of whole fruit, whatever’s in season.  In the middle of the winter, pears are perfect because they are still widely available and didn’t have to fly from Peru to North America (very bad for the environment).

  1. Cut a ripe pear into eight wedges
  2. Cut out the seeds and stem.
  3. Sprinkle with cinnamon, then sprinkle with some more cinnamon.
  4. Eat.

The. Best. Ever.

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Classic Rice and Beans

Use the beans recipe here, but make the below adjustments.


  1. Don’t use sazon, it has MSG in it, just add some adobo seasoning instead, or a mix of garlic powder, paprika and salt.
  2. Double the recipe
  3. This will taste way better if you use beans you’ve cooked from dried and stored in your freezer using this recipe.  Home cooked beans are always better than canned.
  4. Serve over long grain brown rice, not white rice.
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Super Easy Baked Chicken Breasts

Serves: 4-8 people
Hands-on time: 5 min
Total time: 30 min

This recipe for baked chicken breasts is truly super easy.  Baked (or roasted) chicken breasts can easily dry out and taste tough, but this recipe gives consistently moist, delicious results.


2 to 2-1/2 lbs chicken breasts
1 Tbsp Olive oil
1-1/2 Tbsp Adobo or other seasoning blend Continue reading “Super Easy Baked Chicken Breasts”

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Steamed Cod with Potatoes and Green Beans

Serves: 2-4 people
Hands-on time: 10 min
Total time: 25 min

The title says it like it is – this easy recipe steams cod, potatoes and green beans all in the same pan at once.  Simple and delicious!  I kind of threw this recipe together one night when I was in a hurry, and it came out so good I could hardly believe it took only 5 ingredients and a little over 20 minutes.


1 lb cod or other thick flaky white fish
2 large red-skin potatoes
8 oz fresh green beans
3/4 C chicken or vegetable broth
1 sm jar marinated artichoke hearts Continue reading “Steamed Cod with Potatoes and Green Beans”

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Cod en Papilotte

Serves: 3-4 people
Hands-on time: 20 min
Total time: 35 min

This Cod en Papilotte recipe seems hard at first.  Then you realize that this is the whole meal, there’s nothing else to do but this!  In fact you barely have anything to clean up afterwards.  Wow, what a gift.


  • Several huge handfuls of baby kale, spinach, or supergreens
  • Green cabbage
  • Fennel (optional)
  • 1 lb cod or other thick flaky white fish
  • 1/2 lb or so of mushrooms, shiitake or cremini
  • Lemon
  • Fresh parsley and/or cilantro (optional) or dried
    • Could also use oregano, dill, or tarragon, if you prefer
  • Salt and pepper
  • Olive oil

Continue reading “Cod en Papilotte”

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eMeal Plan Week of Jan 14

Dinners This Week

It’s the middle of January and it’s cold cold cold!  I want warm comforting things to eat that won’t make me grow into the next size of my jeans. This week we’ll be making easy roasted chicken breasts, comforting salmon with nutritious Omega-3’s, some wholesome new grains (ever tried Farro? no? well you’re in for a treat!) and basic root veggies with green tops.

Below is the week’s menu.  Continue reading “eMeal Plan Week of Jan 14”