Creamy Sausage and Spinach Pasta

If I made a list of things I did in October, it would look a little something something like this: 1. Accidentally got a job. And started that new job on the exact same day that Jason started his new job ....more

Tomato, Basil, and Chicken Alfredo Lasagna Rolls with HEB Primo Picks

This month’s HEB Ciao Italia Primo Picks feature the best in HEB’s Italian food line-up: decadent alfredo sauce, Italian-made pastas, balsamic vinegar, Blood Orange Soda (the second most-important ingredient in sangria) olive oils, and baiocchi cookies that, no matter how high in the pantry you try to hide the bag, still reel you in with their sweet chocolate-hazelnut filled siren song. A photo posted by Shawnda (@shawndah) on Oct 5, 2015 at 12:23pm PDT Seriously, y’all. Those cookies ....more

Beef Lasagna with Eggplant “Noodles”

When Jason and I first met, he cooked approximately 3 things: pasta & meat sauce, Texas Toast, and Stouffer’s Lasagna. Two pastas and one something that you eat with pasta. The only vegetables in his diet were tomatoes and garlic and those only came in the form of pasta sauce ....more

Baked Brie with Wine-Candied Figs

The only difference between summer in southeast Texas and fall in southeast Texas is about 8-10 degrees. That’s it. So while everyone else is apple pie-ing and pumpkin bread-ing, I’m still eggplant-ing and fig-ing ....more

Peanut Butter & Banana Green Smoothie

Powdered peanut butter (like zoodles, the spiralizer, and jicama tortillas) is one of the things I’ve discovered during Project Kidney. And I really like it. And I don’t mean that I like it in a disingenuous “eh, it’ll work in a pinch” sort of way ....more

Baked Barbecue Pulled Pork Egg Rolls with Spicy Avocado-Lime Coleslaw with HEB Primo Picks

Do you smell that? Smoke, lime, mesquite, $9 beer, and 11 kinds of meat (6 if you count the hot dogs as 1 – yes, let’s just count the hot dogs as 1). That’s the smell of football season ....more

Spiralized Chipotle-Lime Sweet Potatoes with Sweet & Spicy Pulled Pork

Sweet potatoes have become my second favorite thing in the world to spiralize, behind zucchini. Previously, I’d bake several sweet potatoes for the week during meal prep on Sunday afternoon – because they take an hour in the oven, they’re almost always ruled out for cooking on a weeknight. Maybe they’re not quite as easy as stab-with-knife-throw-in-oven, but they do only take minutes to prep and minutes to cook ....more

Baked Salmon with Lemony Basil Sauce

A couple of weeks ago, salmon was on sale for under $5/lb. That’s a pretty big discount for a fish that regularly runs $8-9/lb. So I did what any studious, well-organized meal planner would do: I stocked up hoarded ....more

Eggplant “Noodles”? Zucchini “Tortillas?” What are you doing now?!

No, it’s not some crazy new diet thing – although I do consider myself somewhat of a professional dieter This, we’re calling it “Project Kidney.” Almost two years ago, my mom got sick. Really sick, really fast. Mom’s kidneys failed and now she is on the wait list for a donor kidney ....more

Texas Toast(ed) Meatball Subs

Because if you’re eating meatball subs on ordinary bread, you are missing out on the garlicky, buttery goodness that is Texas Toast. Y’all know Texas Toast in its sliced, frozen form. Now let me introduce you to the homemade version that will cause your family to make super inappropriate noises at the dinner table after every bite ....more