All Recipes, Sides, Vegetarian

Asian Salad with Honey-Sesame Dressing

December 9, 2015
asian salad with sesame

You know those salad kits that you can buy in the refrigerated section at the grocery store? There’s one that I really like and I found myself buying a lot – this Asian slaw salad. It comes with a cabbage slaw mix, dressing, almonds and crispy wontons. It costs about $3.99 (sometimes $2.50 when on sale) and that can add up for a salad that’s much cheaper to make myself!

So I decided to do just that. Make it myself. My at-home version tasted WAY better and was also slightly more healthy with homemade dressing and no wontons). The dressing is AMAZING and this recipe make enough for two rounds of salad. I see many of these salads in my future.

sesame honey ginger dressing

Asian Salad with Honey-Sesame Dressing

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All Recipes, Beef, Mains, Soup

Albondigas Soup

October 17, 2015
Albondigas soup recipe

Holy wow! It’s been awhile since I’ve posted a recipe. You know it’s bad when you hear, repeatedly, from different people that “they like my blog but haven’t seen a new post in a while.” This blog really has taken a back burner to my life recently. Cooking has not, oh no, I’ve been cooking up cool stuff every day like usual. Such as, the other day I made a ricotta cheese berry cake. (I really should have taken a picture of it) and I’ve been trying to perfect a rib recipe on our new barbecue.

Anyway – today’s recipe is Albondigas Soup. I had this soup for the first time at a Mexican restaurant that’s a favorite of my old coworkers. I tagged along for lunch one day and soon walked away so full of this delicious soup! I HAD to make it at home again.

I did not grow up with traditional family recipe albondigas soup like I am sure so many of my friends have… so it may not be “like Mama made it” but, my recipe is very delicious and comes from a combination of various traditional recipes I found that morphed into this delicious soup.

This brothy meatball soup is packed full of veggies and is very comforting on chilly evenings.

Albondigas soup recipe

Albondigas Soup


  • Olive oil
  • 1/2 cup cooked white rice
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 jalapenos, diced with the seeds removed
  • 2 zucchinis, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 2 large carrots, chopped
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 quart of chicken broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons of oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cumin
  • Salt and pepper
  • Limes, diced onions and cilantro – for serving

To Do: 

In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add half of the diced onion and half of the jalepeno. Cook, stirring occasionally for about 5 minutes.

Add the chopped zucchini, 1 1/2 teaspoons of the dried oregano, 1/4 teaspoon of the cumin and cook for about 3 minutes.

Add the broth, water, can of tomatoes, 1 1/4 teaspoons of salt, and 1/2 teaspoon of pepper. Bring it to a low simmer and let it simmer for 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, combine the ground beef, garlic, the remaining diced jalapeño, the cooked rice, 1/4 teaspoon cumin, 3/4 teaspoon dried oregano 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper.

Shape the mixture into meatballs that are about 1 inch in diameter.

Add the meatballs to the soup and simmer until the meatballs are cooked, about 10 – 15 minutes.

Serve the soup in a bowl topped with fresh cilantro, diced onion and fresh lime juice.


Road Trip to the Grand Canyon and Sedona, Arizona

April 7, 2015
The Grand Canyon in November

We went on a five-day road trip over the Thanksgiving holiday last year. We wanted to use our free days off of work and take a trip somewhere. We needed a break from work and our daily lives and this road trip was just what we needed.

The Grand Canyon is amazing to see and WAY bigger than I pictured it. It looks fake and flat as I stare at it, but in reality I’m looking at things that are miles away. My eyes aren’t used to looking that far.

It was pretty cold in November, especially at night. We only needed sweaters when out hiking during the day but at night it dropped to around 30 degrees fahrenheit. We saw a ton of elk and deer roaming around, some even attempted to cross the road with cars speeding by. I can say at least twice we, or the car in front of us, has to slam the brakes to avoid certain turmoil.

Here’s us, enjoying the view behind our backs.


I like to write about my travel experiences and I also like to tie in the food experiences I had while on my trip (this is a food blog after all). Let me fill you in on our roadtrip snacking and our eating out experiences through California and Arizona. Continue Reading…

All Recipes, Sides, Vegetarian

Caprese Salad

March 16, 2015
caprese salad recipe - from Healthy for Two

Here’s an idea for a quick, colorful and healthy salad. It’s so easy to put together and requires only a few ingredients. I whipped this up as a side dish for our fancy Valentine’s Day home-cooked meal last month. My husband and I decided to go all out and make homemade doughnuts for breakfast and a Beef Wellington for dinner. It was a glorious day of cooking! This salad took me less than 10 minutes to make, which was nice considering we had so many other things on the menu!

We don’t share the kitchen too often, I do most of the cooking and he cooks meals for me a couple times a week. Working through these new and time-consuming recipes together was a so much fun! The best kind of date in my opinion.

caprese salad recipe - from Healthy for Two
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All Recipes, Fish, Mains, Snacks

Sweet Potato Salmon Cakes

February 12, 2015
Sweet Potato Salmon Cakes

I like to buy a large piece of salmon at Costco, cut it into portions for two, place the pieces in individual zipper bags then freeze. When I do this I’m usually left with an end piece of the salmon – a piece that’s thin with less meat. I try to get creative with this last piece – bake it, flake it and put it in a salad or something. This time I wanted to try something totally different!

There’s this really good recipe for tuna croquettes from Alton Brown that I like to cook a lot. You take canned tuna, mix it with egg, seasonings and bread crumbs, shape them into cakes, then pan fry the pieces. This makes a really good main dish or appetizer for a crowd. Why not try it with salmon?
Sweet Potato Salmon Cakes
This is a great recipe to use up leftovers – I made baked sweet potatoes the night before and I had one left over to use for this recipe! I mixed it with the salmon to make these cakes. You can use leftover salmon, canned salmon,  or cook a fresh end piece like I did.
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All Recipes, Mains, Soup, Vegetarian

Vegetable Lentil Stew

January 3, 2015
Vegetable Lentil Stew in a Slow Cooker - Healthy for Two

Happy New Year!

January, and hopefully the rest of the year, is a time for resolutions and new goals. One of my goals this year is to eat healthier and exercise more… I hate to be like everybody else but after a month like December, kicking it back into gear is much needed! It’s nice to use the new year as an excuse to reevaluate your food choices and make better ones.

A part of eating healthier is to eat less processed foods. This can be difficult during a busy week when you just don’t have the time to prepare meals from scratch. That’s why my new best friend this year is my new Crock Pot. There is nothing easier than throwing in a bunch of ingredients and letting it cook all day without fuss.

This vegetable lentil stew is my go-to healthy slow-cooker meal. It’s made with just vegetables and lentils and comes out so surprisingly delicious that you’re going to want seconds. And having seconds is nothing to feel guilty about.

Vegetable Lentil Stew in a Slow Cooker - Healthy for Two
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All Recipes, Dessert

Cranberry Orange Galette

December 24, 2014
Cranberry Orange Galette - Healthy for Two

Happy Holidays! ‘Tis the season for eating desserts and dieting later!

I am obsessed with galettes. They are like pie, but flat and better. I’ve made this cranberry orange galette for holiday dinners two years in a row now and it’s always a hit. It’s refreshing and different than your typical holiday pie, which is why I like it.

If you are looking for ideas for a delicious and different dessert, look no further, this galette is your answer!

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All Recipes, Dessert, Entertaining

Fig and Strawberry Galette

December 13, 2014
Fig and Strawberry Tart - Healthy for Two

I came upon boxes of fresh figs for free a little while back. They were being given away at my work along with boxes of persimmons and pomegranates. No one wanted to grab the figs because they thought they were gross. ARE YOU CRAZY? Figs are delicious. Whatever, more for me. I took them home and immediately searched for fresh fig recipes. I had to act fast because I was leaving for the weekend to visit my family and my figs would probably go bad within a couple of days.

I decided to make a galette with the figs and some strawberries. It was so damn good. I ate one piece of this and shared the rest with my family – it was my intent from the start. I selfishly regret that decision. Now, I don’t have a supply of fresh figs and all I want is more of this galette!

fis and strawberry galette - healthy for two

Figs are rare. I practically never seem them fresh at the grocery store and when I do, they are usually pretty expensive for produce. They ripen and spoil so fast you really have a limited time to eat them. I used to have a fig tree at our old place and even then they were rare! I couldn’t pick them until they were soft and if I came by hours too late, the birds would eat them all. Or rather, eat half of every single one and leave the the other halves there to taunt me.

So anyway, the moral of my story is that figs are delicious and if you ever come across a bunch of them, make this galette.  Continue Reading…

All Recipes, Mains, Super Easy

Pasta with Mushrooms, Basil and Truffle Salt

December 6, 2014
fresh pasta with mushrooms and truffle salt - Healthy for Two

I live just a short 5 minute bike ride from the local Saturday market here in my home town. There’s just something so special about purchasing fresh, local food without having to drive in my car somewhere to get it. Everytime I go, I get so excited and I usually buy a bunch of cool things just because I’m there and it feels like a special occasion. Last time, I decided to talk to the lady who sells salts. I was intrigued by her truffle salts. I’ve been wanting to splurge on truffle oil or salt, once I had a recipe in mind. I didn’t have a recipe in mind that day, but I was at the magical farmers market so I had to get some. Now, to find a recipe.

Next to her booth was a man selling homemade pasta. I purchased some fresh fettuccine and immediately headed to the mushroom guy to get a bag of shitaki mushrooms. Finally, I grabbed some fresh basil at another booth and ran away before I could buy anything else (after purchasing a bunch of fresh sunflowers to decorate my kitchen with, of course).

I got home and whipped up this pasta dish in no-time, finishing it off with a sprinkle of truffle salt. Pure-truffle-heaven.

esay pasta recipe with truffle salt

This little bottle of black truffle salt cost me $10. It was a splurge but a delicious one. Totally worth it. It only takes a little bit of this salt to give you the strong truffle flavor. You just sprinkle a little bit on your finished dish such as pasta, eggs or even sauteed vegetables. Always add it to a finished meal – if you cook with it, the flavor diminishes.  I don’t use it all the time but when I feel like having an egg sandwich with truffle salt, I do. Continue Reading…

Dessert, Entertaining

Caramel Apple Pie

November 22, 2014
caramel apple pie recipe - from Healthy for Two

“If you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe” – Carl Sagan
I love that quote and even better, I love this remix song made out of Carl Sagan quotes, enjoy:
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