Category Archives: vegetables

Cornish Hens with Carrots

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I cook Cornish hens often, but not always the same way. I guess you can say that about a lot of my meals. This time around, I decided to add some carrots in with the hens. The basting of the Cornish hens required a little butter or ghee. The ghee and the broth from the hens gave a delightful favor.

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Nutty Green Beans


I love most vegetables, except for corn. Last week I decided to cook some fresh green beans. I had some roasted black walnut oil on hand that I bought several weeks ago, and thought that I’d use it instead of olive oil.

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Black-eyed Peas and Mustard Greens


A Great Combination!

African cow peas also know as black-eyed peas, are filled with nutritional benefits.  Several years ago I visited a very popular restaurant in New York.  I don’t really remember my entrée but I do remember that my sister had black-eyed peas and some type of greens.  It looked awesome and according to her, it was delicious. I had to try this dish; and here is my twist:


  • 4 bunches greens (collards, mustards, etc., washed and torn into large pieces)
  • 1/2 cup onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cups chicken broth or vegetable broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon red crushed pepper flakes
  • 4 teaspoons canola oil
  • 1 smoked turkey part (drum stick, wing, etc.)
  • 2 tablespoons raw sugar (Natural Cane Sugar) or Agave Nectar
  • 1 dried California Chili Pod (Anaheim chili, or New Mexico chili)


  1. In a large pot, cook onions and garlic in olive oil over medium heat until they sweat.
  2. Add water and smoked turkey part to onions and garlic.
  3. Cook about 15 minutes before adding greens.
  4. Add greens, broth, and remaining ingredients.
  5. Cook until the greens are tender (approximately 45 minutes or until tender)
  6. Combine black-eyed peas and greens in a bowl, enjoy

Twists:   A home smoked turkey part enhances the flavor

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Posted by on February 10, 2017 in vegetables


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Squash Mixer

Jazz up your squash with a healthlier twist!


  • 3 large yellow squash, sliced
  • 3 large zucchini, sliced
  • 1 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon pepper
  • 3 tablespoons butter or ghee
  • 1 tablespoon Agave Nectar (100% pure sweetener), optional


  1. Heat butter in a large skillet.
  2. Add sliced onion, and garlic; cook for one minute over medium heat.
  3. Add sliced squash, zucchini salt and lemon pepper.
  4. Cover with a lid and cook about 5 minutes.
Twist:  Used smoked salt for this dish. Great taste with the red onion and garlic.
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Posted by on January 27, 2012 in vegetables


Okra and Tomatoes

You may want to add shrimp or sliced sausages to your okra and tomatoes and serve over rice for a complete meal.

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Posted by on January 16, 2012 in vegetables


Baked Sweet Potato

Want a quick, easy and nutritional lunch; try a baked sweet potato with a teaspoon of ghee. As I’m busy cooking and preparing for Christmas, I was contemplating what I would have for lunch. It came to me that the sweet potatoes that I had just baked for my Louisiana Yam Cake and Sweet Potato Pie would be perfect for lunch. Did I mention the nutritional value of a sweet potato?
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Posted by on December 24, 2011 in vegetables


Sautéed Cauliflower

Cauliflower contains many nutrients and is a very good source of vitamin C and manganese, which are both powerful antioxidants.

The consumption of cauliflower has also been studied for its cancer-preventing potential. This, on top of the fact that it is versatile and just plain delicious, makes it a very good snack food!

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Posted by on October 24, 2011 in vegetables