Orzo Salad with Mango & Avocado

Mango-Avocado Orzo Salad

Here is your next 'to-try' lunch recipe friends. Or a great side dish for carnitas or ranchero chicken. Or fajitas. Or grilled chicken. I adore the mango and avocado flavors together. About 5 days a week I have a salad for lunch, and 4 of those 5 days it has mango and avocado mixed in. Now that mangoes are back in season...we go through about 2 boxes a week from Costco. … [Read more...]

Alea’s Southwest Steak and Avocado Wraps

Aleas Southwest Steak and Avocado Wrap Recipe

My husband called me while waiting in an airport for his flight home last week. It soon became obvious that he was hungry because he started telling me how much he loved my wraps. Then he started sharing ideas for wraps that I could make him in the future. I was pretty sure by "the future" he meant for dinner shortly after he arrived home that night. One of the good things … [Read more...]

Quinoa and Black Bean Burritos with “Guac De Gallo” – $5 Dinner Challenge


I have been on a bit of a quinoa kick lately.  Making it way more often than rice! (I guess that's what happens when you buy 8 lbs. of the stuff!) Cinnamon Walnut Quinoa, plus a Curried Chicken Quinoa that I'll be making this week and a Spicy Southwest Quinoa that I've got on the calendar to share soon! And now... A "new and improved" rice and beans burrito!  Using … [Read more...]

Mango Avocado Salsa with Sweet Lime Vinaigrette


When I was in Texas over the holidays, I went rummaging through my mom's refrigerator trying to come up with a fun appetizer for a family dinner we were having. I found a mango that I was going to use in a fruit salad, but when I cut into it and discovered it was tangy and not-so-sweet, I decided we needed to add more bold flavors, to help hide the tangy mango! I ended up … [Read more...]

Guacamole – 5 Ways (Think Super Bowl!!!)


The Super Bowl is just around the corner!  And there's one thing that is always, without fail, sitting on the counter during the Super Bowl game at our house. As far as I'm concerned, there are a few ingredients that have to be mixed into a homemade guacamole. Must be. There are no ifs, ands or buts about these. Here goes...freshly crushed garlic cloves, fresh … [Read more...]