Welcome to Yummy Fixins!

Thanks so much for checking out my blog. My name is Arica, I am a Personal Chef serving the Lake Tahoe area. Please visit my new website at www.yummyfixins.com

Cooking is my passion, I love spending time in the kitchen creating yummy dishes. I originally created this blog to share healthy yummy recipes with my friends and family but now I'm sharing them with the world. Most of the dishes you will find here are very healthy and can be altered to fit any dietary restrictions. I hope you will find something delicious!

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

White Bean Tacos

These tacos are SUPER EASY and MMM MMM good! 

1 package white corn tortillas
2 cans of white beans
1/2 white onion, diced
3 garlic cloves, diced

Saute onion and garlic for 2-3 minutes. Add the white beans, cilantro and S&P and cook until warm. Spoon the white beans on warm tortillas and then top with cojita cheese, pico de gallo and avocado.

Sliced avocado
Cojita cheese- crumbled
Pico de Gallo  (recipe below)
*Makes about 6 tacos
Pico de Gallo

  • 3 diced tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion
  • 3 tbs. chopped cilantro
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped

Blueberry, Pear, Gorgonzola Salad with Roasted Almonds

Looking for a refreshing quick and easy salad for one? This one is simple and YUMMY!! 

  • 1/2 Cup Blueberries
  • 1 Pear Sliced
  • 1/4 Cup Roasted Almonds
  • 5 Cups Mixed Greens or Spinach
  • Gorgonzola Cheese (as much or little as you like)
  • Optional Topping- Sliced Green Onions
  • 2 Tbs. Raspberry Vinaigrette (I used Annie's Organic)
  • 2 Tbs. Balsamic Vinegar

The fixins above make 2 salads. 

Monday, July 30, 2012

Pasta with Cauliflower, Zucchini & Caramelized Onions

This is a yummy light pasta dish with good flavor! 

  • 2 Cups of Cooked Pasta, I used Orecchiette
  • 1 Head of Cauliflower, broken into bite size pieces
  • 3 Zucchini, sliced in rounds
Place the zucchini and cauliflower on a non-stick baking pan and bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes. While the veggies are roasting caramelize the onions. 

Caramelized Onions
  • 1/2 Red Onion, cut into strips
  • 1/4 cup wine
  • 1/2 Tbs. Sugar
Heat a pan with sunflower oil on medium heat. Once the pan is hot place the onions in the pan and spread out evenly and top with sugar. Cook for 5 or so minutes then add a touch of the wine and mix. Repeat this process every few minutes and make sure to keep mixing for about 30 minutes. 

  • 2 Tbs. Sunflower Oil
  • 1/2 Cup of Parsley
  • 2 Garlic Cloves
  • 1 Tbs. Capers
  • 1 Lemon, zest and set aside juice
Place parsley, garlic, lemon juice, lemon zest, capers, and oil in the food processor and pulse until smooth. 

Place the pasta, onions, veggies and sauce in a large bowl. Toss and enjoy!! Serve warm. If you have some parmesean or asiago add it to the top. 

Inspired by http://www.veggieful.com/2012/04/penne-with-caramelised-cauliflower.html

Bell Pepper & Corn Salad

This is a yummy corn salad which can be a side dish or a salsa. It is quite yummy! If you are grilling grill the corn first otherwise it is good raw. 

  • 5 Ears of Corn, kernals cut off
  • 2 Tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 Green Bell Pepper, chopped
  • 1/4 Red Onion
  • 3 Garlic Cloves
  • 1/2 Cup Basil, chopped
  • Juice from 1 Lemon
  • 1 Tbs Olive Oil
  • S & P to taste

Mix all ingredients in a bowl and place in the fridge. Serve cold. *The longer this dish sits the better it tastes.

Panamanian Pizza

Lee and I had a pizza like this while in Panama. We loved it and I just had to re-create it! It is like a Hawaiian BBQ/Southwest pizza. It is so delicious! The measurements on the pizza fixins are not exact, I forgot to measure before writing this recipe so I just guesstimated.

Pizza Fixins
  • 1 1/2 Cups Pineapple
  • 1/4 Cup Chopped Cilantro
  • 2/3 Cup BBQ Sauce
  • 1 Can of Black Beans, Rinsed
  • 1/2 Bell Pepper
  • 1/4 Red Onion
  • 2 Garlic Cloves
  • 1 Cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese 
  • Pizza Dough  
Saute garlic and onions for 2-3 minutes or until fragrant. Add in the black beans and cook for 3-5 minutes. Top pizza dough with BBQ sauce, bean mixture, pineapple, bell peppers cilantro and top with cheese. Bake at 325 for 20-25 minutes.