Real Food Houston Recipes

I get frequent requests for recipes, as do most food bloggers.  Here are all my posted recipes pulled together on one page for easier access.  If you only want suggestions for meal plans, take a look at the Meals page.  The meals are also listed here because many of them include recipes.

Recipe: Home Cooked Beans Can Boost Your Food Budget

Bowl of pintos with shredded cheddar cheese

I love beans, especially pinto beans, and home cooked beans are absolutely the best!  In fact, if you have only eaten canned or commercially cooked beans in the past, you are in for a real treat if you try these … Continue reading →

On the Real Food News Front – 7/17/14

Houston Chronicle and mug

I know it’s not still morning, but while reading my newspaper today, I did have a cup of homemade chicken bone broth.  Chicken is my favorite broth, but I have made broths from beef, pork, chicken, duck, and goose bones.  … Continue reading →

Blueberry Banana Nut Bread

Blueberry Banana Nut Bread

Here in Houston, blueberries are in season, and I love blueberries!  They have always been my favorite berry and one of my overall favorite fruits.  I eat them with my homemade Nutty Granola and raw milk, in smoothies, in homemade … Continue reading →

Gingerbread with Cream Cheese and Raw Honey Topping

Gingerbread with Cream Cheese Topping

Finally, this is the last recipe I will post from our delicious Christmas dinner.  This gingerbread was a real treat, a special occasion dessert.  It was made with shredded fresh ginger and sprouted whole wheat flour and served with a … Continue reading →

Homemade Cream Gravy – you don’t need to avoid gravy!

Cream gravy with goose fat

Have you been avoiding gravies because you thought they were unhealthy?  Traditional gravy really wasn’t unhealthy.  It was usually made with fat from cooking meat or some butter, a little flour, and some homemade broth, milk, or cream. In fact, … Continue reading →

Best Christmas Dinner Ever! Thyme Roasted Chicken, Baked Ham, Veggies, and Real Gingerbread

Christmas dinner 2013

That’s what my son said!  He always likes the food I cook, but he said this Christmas dinner was maybe the best meal I’d ever prepared.  Maybe he was just extra hungry, but he wasn’t the only one that enjoyed … Continue reading →

Pumpkin Pie made with Raw Cream and Lard Crust

Pumpkin Pie

We all have our favorite pumpkin pie recipes. Here is the one we had with our Thanksgiving dinner.  This version is made with healthier ingredients, like raw cream, unrefined organic sugar, organic spices, and a lard pie crust. Although I … Continue reading →

Cornbread – Gluten-Free, Made with Sprouted Corn Flour

Traditionally, the bread at many Southern meals has been cornbread, especially if those meals included pork, beans, or greens.  I’ve always loved homemade cornbread and have tried different recipes, but this is my favorite. The kind of cornbread I grew … Continue reading →

Roast Goose for Thanksgiving Dinner

Roast Goose

My family doesn’t especially like the white meat in chicken or turkey.  That’s why we usually prefer goose or duck because the meat is all dark meat–tender and full of flavor.  Last year’s Christmas dinner featured roast duckling.  Modern turkeys … Continue reading →

Pastured Chicken and Okra with Coconut Milk and Indian Spices

Chicken and okra with rice

Summer in Houston means a plentiful supply of fresh okra,and I’m always looking for new ways to use seasonal, organic produce.  Last Saturday at the farmers’ market was no exception–I found a nice bunch of beautiful red okra pods grown … Continue reading →

Better than cake! Birthday Chocolate Cream Pie

My son has always preferred pie to cake, and for many years on his birthday he’s asked for his favorite chocolate cream pie instead of cake.  The recipe has evolved over the years as I’ve learned to use healthier ingredients, … Continue reading →

REAL Peach Ice Cream in 15 Minutes (or Less) Including Cleanup!

It’s summertime hot in Houston, and what could be better in hot weather than cool, creamy ice cream?  We love our homemade REAL ice cream, and one of our favorites (maybe number 1) is peach.  There are many ways to make … Continue reading →

Fresh Fig Smoothie

Fig Smoothie

Figs are definitely in season here in Houston, TX, and I love their sweet juiciness.  My local farmers market had 4 or 5 varieties of ripe figs last weekend.  And today’s feature in the food section of the Houston Chronicle … Continue reading →

Buckwheat Pancakes – a delicious, earthy, family favorite

My family loves the earthy flavor of buckwheat pancakes, especially when served with lots of butter and a little real maple syrup.  However, buckwheat doesn’t just taste good, it is also very nutritious. Buckwheat is not wheat.  It’s not even … Continue reading →

Goat Cheese Stuffed Dates with Pecan Topping

Heavenly and decadent, these lightly broiled stuffed dates are delicious and will satisfy your sweet tooth without any additional sweetener!  I love Medjool dates and eat them just plain, but these stuffed dates are way better than even I imagined.  … Continue reading →

Coconut Flour Cornbread

Having been born and always lived in the South, cornbread is one of my favorite foods, especially served hot with lots of butter melted inside.  I’ve posted a recipe for traditional Southern Cornbread before; however, I’ve been wanting to reduce … Continue reading →

Lentils with Cheese

For many years, one of my family’s favorite homestyle foods has been Lentils with Cheese, but I’ve learned that to be healthier the lentils need to be soaked or sprouted, which requires a lot of preplanning and extra time.  I … Continue reading →

REAL Vanilla Ice Cream

It’s the middle of March and we’re already close to breaking high temperature records here in Houston! It was 89 yesterday, which tied a record from 1907. Of course, summers are always hot here, but we don’t usually start quite … Continue reading →

Eggplant Parmigiana

How about this for super easy! I really love a recipe that is delicious and nutritious but also quick and easy to prepare. Eggplant Parmigiana Ingredients 2 medium eggplants (these were from my local farmers market) 2 cups tomato puree … Continue reading →

Strawberry Kefir Smoothie

As you probably have noticed by now, I love my morning smoothies!  Although my usual smoothie is a Banana Cocoa Smoothie, I like to try new flavors.  I don’t often find really ripe, organic strawberries, but I was lucky last … Continue reading →

Cheese Biscuits – Grain Free

I made my favorite vegetable beef soup the other day and wanted something to add a different flavor to the meal.  We don’t eat a lot of bread or bread substitutes; however, we had really enjoyed the coconut flour blueberry … Continue reading →

Grass-fed Beef Tostadas with Guacamole

Beef Tostada

We celebrated New Year’s Eve with a special treat this year.  I fell in love with Mexican food when I moved to Texas many years ago, and although there are lots of Mexican restaurants here in Houston–in fact sometimes it … Continue reading →