A Fast Meal - Chicken, Spinach and Rice Burritos
Chicken, Spinach & Rice Burritos

By using leftover chicken I was able to whip up these chicken and rice burritos in about 20 minutes (it would be even faster if I’d had leftover rice too).  They are very tasty and filling. Here’s What You Need: 3/4 cup shredded chicken 1 large handful of fresh baby spinach 3 tablespoons salsa (use […]

How to Steam Asparagus

Asparagus is a favorite vegatable around our house, and although I love it grilled, roasted, sauteed, stirfried—you get the idea—it’s a quick and wonderfully healthy side dish when just simply steamed. The picky 4 year old is even a fan… If served without an sauce I allow him to eat it with his fingers, which […]

Spotlight: Mehndi Cookies

A fun find for you all today… Sprinkle Bakes brings us this great idea for Mehndi decorated spice cookies.  They are so pretty and unique! I wanted to make something fun and personal, yet artful and representative of good fortune.  Ann is a talented artist with an extensive background in print making.  Early in our […]

Dinner in 15 minutes: Broccoli and Cheese Frittata

So, my husband works a second job two nights a week. On these nights, when it’s just me and the little boys, I like to do quick and easy dinners that don’t take my attention away from the children for too long. It would be super simple to open a box of something and dump […]

Prep all your ingredients ahead of time. This amount was for 2 people (plus small child).
Shrimp & Fish Fajita Tacos

Are you looking for a simple but impressive looking meal, good for a romantic date night, or dinner with friends?  This recipe is basically a marriage of my fish tacos & shrimp fajitas, and could be done with either fish, shrimp, or a combination of both.  It’s a very healthy meal– make extras and you’ll […]

Lemon Thyme Shortbread from Crumpets and Cakes
Lemon, thyme and Sea Salt Shortbreads

Our Spotlight today shines on Crumpets & Cakes.. these shortbreads look divine!  And what an interesting combination of ingredients too, I’m a big fan of all of them. Aromatherapy session while baking??? It turns out with right ingredients even that is possible. Just mixing lemon zest, fresh thyme with flour and butter will fill your […]

Spotlight – How to make Sausage Rolls

Joanne, from Ready, Set, Craft! is exploring her British roots, and brings us this great tutorial for sausage rolls… These look very good.  I could definitely see them as a party appetizer. Joanne Says: Over Superbowl weekend I tackled Sausage Rolls! A long-standing party snack in my parents’ house, I’ve been eating sausage rolls since […]

How to Chop an Onion

This is one of those technique that seams obvious in retrospect, but never occurred to me until someone showed me. So I figured there might be some others out there who could benefit from it! This is a great technique to use to get nice, even squares of chopped onion. See the descriptions below each […]

Dirty Rice with Smoked Sausage

I came across this dish after a  friend posted the Food Network link to it on Facebook .  I saw the ingredients (all pantry/freezer staples) and the time involved (sub 30 minutes) and immediately put it on my weekly menu.  I buy in bulk when on sale, so this entire recipe fed all of us […]

Pretty & Easy: Asian “Stirfry” with Chili Sauce

A go-to meal in everyone’s repertoire should be a basic stir fry. And once you get the basics down, you can improvise and improve on it to your hearts content. Technically, this isn’t a stir fry, because I don’t really stir-fry the meat, but you get the general idea. And of course, the chicken used […]

A light lunch or an exotic appetizer - Simple Ceviche!
Simple Ceviche

Ceviche is a recent passion of mine– Every time I’ve bought either fish or shrimp lately, I’ve bought some extra so I can make up a batch!  It makes a lovely appetizer for dinner guests, or I just like to eat it for lunch… This is my go-to super easy recipe… It’s incredibly flexible to […]

Spotlight: Basic Tomato Sauce

We are all about the Basics here at Foodwhirl…  Part of becoming a great cook is mastering the go-to recipes that you can then change up and give your own spin.  Janelle at Talk of Tomatoes has a recipe for basic tomato sauce that looks fresh and inviting! Janelle says: It’s official: I make my […]

Salmon, Spinach & Cannellini Bean Dinner

This is a favorite standby dinner because it’s fast, easy and you just can’t beat it for a healthy, fast meal.   The salmon provides an excellent source of protein and omega-3 fatty acids, the spinach is full of vitamins and minerals, and the beans & parsley add more to that and are just darn good!   All of it’s […]

Our monthly grocery budget is blown – now what?

We have a new (rapidly growing) baby in our house, which means we’re still adjusting to how much to budget for groceries each month now that we’ve added formula and diapers to the mix. It seems we always get to the last week of the month having already maxed out our monthly budget. We try […]

Seen on the Foodwhirl Flickr Group

Our new flickr group has some great stuff in it (but not enough of you guys yet..come join us and ad your food pics if you’re on flickr!)  .. Here are some of the yummy things spotted there…  Links back to the original pics are under the big pic below. 1. avocado lime cornmeal poundcake, […]

Blogging: Clever Cakes!

Sometimes I just like to browse flickr for interesting inspirations… Here’s a roundup of some very cool cakes!  A few of these are from professionals, but many are homemade…  See below the big pic from links back to the original photos.  And hey, remember to add your cool food photos to the new Foodwhirl Flickr […]

Baby Bok Choy.. and all about Hoisin Sauce!

Over at The Perfect Pantry, I’m loving this recipe for Baby Bok Choy with Hoisin Glaze… Not only does the recipe look divine, but check out all the great facts about hoisin sauce! Did you know the name means “seafood”, though there’s no seafood in it? Me neither! STEAMED BABY BOK CHOY WITH SPICY HOISIN […]

Creamy Peppers & Onions With Kielbasa

Our lovely reader Carissa, of GoodNCrazy, sends us this practical and easy dinner idea — a kielbasa, pepper and onion dish, with an easy alfredo sauce. Get the recipe here! Have you got something to share with Foodwhirl? Suggest a Site to us! Have you been featured on Foodwhirl? Show your pride with a link […]

Ginger & White Chocolate Granola Bars

My husband and son eat a granola bar for breakfast almost daily, and while I’m always stocked on the store bought ones, sometimes I like to make them from scratch. It’s an easy process — very kid-helping-friendly, too. And it takes an hour at most from start to finish (including 25 minutes bake time) The […]

Whole-grain carrot and cheese crackers

This was an experiment loosely based on a recipe I saw over on foodtale.com.  She drew me in with her beautiful photographs and intrigued me with her carrot and cheese snack crackers. I wanted to do something similar, but use whole wheat flour and flax-seed meal to increase the nutritional benefits.  I was afraid a […]

Food ideas for a Happy Mardi Gras!

It’s Fat Tuesday, and don’t we all wish we were in New Orleans eating crawfish and gumbo?  Well, I’m not, but I can still eat some yummy New Orleans food, right? Here on Foodwhirl, we’ve got a few tasty picks for you: Let the good times roll with Shrimp Creole! from Rawls You say pray-leen, […]

Spotlight: White Bean & Arugula Dip

One of the best things about doing Foodwhirl is discovering new blogs with new recipe ideas.  I love the idea of doing spicy arugula in a bean dip.. Thanks to reader Elizabeth at the Manhattan [food] Project for sharing with us! “The Big Game” has come and gone, the football season is by most definitions […]

Cheesecake cupcakes
Cheesecake Cookie Cupcakes

You had me at cheesecake. Another recipe from Grieg Wehr, a true Renaissance man – photographer, entertainer, and…nanny. Well, he prefers “manny”. Grieg brought these to a recent party and as he put the finishing touches on them, all the party guests followed him from the kitchen (where all party guests seem to accumulate) to […]

Linguica, Pepper and Mushroom Skillet

It’s been a long day, I’m hungry, tired and I’m looking in my fridge and seeing only bits and pieces.  So, what’s for dinner?  Toady it was a Linguica, Pepper and Mushroom Skillet- cooked quickly and served over rice.  It was really tasty and filling. Here’s what you’ll need serves two 1/2 spicy linguica sausage, […]

Jambalaya, Crawfish Pie and File Gumbo

Okay, well maybe just the gumbo, but it’s better than nothing, right? To be fair, I make gumbo all the time – it’s a staple in our house during the cooler months.  I love to make a big batch and freeze part of it to have at a later date.  When I was pregnant with […]