Barbara Bailey

published Sweet Potato Home Fries in Quick Recipes 2012-11-13 22:31:23 -0500

Sweet Potato & Apple Home Fries*



1 teaspoon dried crushed rosemary (or more);  Easier if you buy pre-crushed.

2 medium sweet potatoes, diced

1 apple, cored and diced

parchment paper


Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.  Trim off the edges so they don't burn. 

If you're dried rosemary is whole, grind with the back of a spoon in a bowl until the pieces are smaller, but not powder.  (Or purchase as pre-crushed rosemary).  

Place potatoes and apples in a mixing bowl.  They should be moist enough so that the rosemary sticks to them (if not, you can toss them with a sprinkle of water).  

Sprinkle with rosemary and mix to coat.  Add more seasoning if desired. 

Transfer potatoes and apples to the cookie sheet, so they don't overlap, if possible. 

Bake for 25 minutes or until fully cooked and crisp.  For added crispness, try broiling for a minute or two, but keep a watchful eye so you don't burn your home fries.

commented on Quick Breakfast Drink 2012-06-22 16:31:24 -0400 · Flag
I used pineapple for mine.

commented on Mango Lime Bean Salad 2012-04-30 20:35:03 -0400 · Flag
I’m not fond of Cilantro, but I made the salad according to the recipe. I liked it so much, I shared it with my neighbor who was having a tough day.

commented on Lemon Tahini Dressing 2012-04-28 21:26:25 -0400 · Flag
You can adjust the ingredients to your personal taste.

published Whatever is Handy Soup in Soup 2012-04-11 20:49:28 -0400

Whatever is Handy Soup

I use a 3.5 quart slow cooker.  Fill slow cooker about 2/3 full with water and turn to high temperature.  Add:

1/2 cup of lentils or split peas that have been rinsed (or plan ahead and use 1/2 cup of other dried beans that have been washed and then soaked in water over night.  Drain and rinse before putting in the slow cooker.)


1/2 cup of whole grain such as brown rice or barley or bulgur

I turn the heat to low when the water has gotten hot, before it decides to boil over.  I let the beans and grains cook for a couple hours.  Then I add vegetables:

1) clean and dice root vegetables such as parsnips, carrots, turnips, onions or leeks, sweet potatoes - whatever is handy

2) add chopped herbs such as parsley, cilantro, dill

3) any other vegetables you like such as broccoli, cauliflower, frozen mixed vegetables, etc.


I let the beans, rice, and vegetables cook for a couple more hours until everything is soft, then I add 3 vegetable bouillon cubes (I like Rapunzel brand).  After an hour or two more, I have a soup or stew for dinner. I freeze leftovers in 2 cups containers to take to work for lunch.

commented on Quick and Fancy Brown Rice 2012-04-11 20:27:32 -0400 · Flag
Versatile recipe. You can cook a lot of brown rice and eat it several times a week, but always have a different dish by changing what you add to it. Other whole grains could also be used, such as barley or bulgur.

published Easy Fruit Salad in Quickest Recipes 2012-04-11 20:14:00 -0400

Fruit Salad


Lemon, lime or citrus juice - a small amount. 

Any fresh fruits - apple, pears, melon, blueberries, mangos,  etc., etc. 

Dried fruit - raisins, dates, apricots if desired

Nuts if desired

First put some lemon, lime or citrus juice in the bowl.   Next, cut up fruits that might turn brown (apples, pears).  Stir them into the juice which prevents them from turning brown.  Then cut up and add any fruits you like.  

If you use nuts, add them only to the portion you'll serve, so they stay crunchy.  

An optional addition is a splash of rum or liquor.   (Not particularly healthy, but you don't need much). 


commented on Roasted Veggies 2012-04-08 19:50:55 -0400 · Flag
I scrubbed and cut up sweet potatoes and beets and put them in the oven for about 15 minutes while I peeled carrots and cut up the onions. Then I think they were all in the oven for around another 40 minutes until a fork went in easily. My neighbor and I both enjoyed them – but I wouldn’t call it “quick.”

commented on Quick Pumpkin Treat* 2012-03-24 19:49:34 -0400 · Flag
I’m not fond of cinnamon, so I tried it without. I ended up with 1/2 cup of pumpkin, 1/4 cup of maple syrup, 3 shakes of salt. That is 250 calories, no fat. A piece of homemade pumpkin pie might be 316 calories and 14 gm fat.

commented on Fiesta Corn Salad 2012-03-22 21:05:31 -0400 · Flag
Flexible recipe – you can add or subtract ingredients to suit your individual taste preferences.

commented on Potatoes 2012-03-20 20:16:52 -0400 · Flag
My favorite way to cook sweet potatoes is: 1)scrub them well with a brush under running water. 2) pierce them 3 times with a knife. 3) bake them at 400 degrees for about an hour. I bake several at one time, then put the extras in the refrigerator to enjoy throughout the week.

For a quicker meal, scrub and pierce a sweet potato, then microwave it for about 6 minutes (until it is soft.)

To replace candied sweets: 1) Scrub several sweet potatoes or peel them, 2) slice them (about 1/2 inch thick) into a casserole dish, 3) pour a can of pineapple tidbits over them, 4) bake at 400 degrees for about an hour or until a fork goes easily into the sweet potatoes.

commented on Fajitas 2012-03-19 21:58:49 -0400 · Flag
You can set up a buffet with a variety of separate ingredients and let everyone put their own fajita together. You are only limited by your imagination.

commented on Oatmeal 2012-02-18 20:37:11 -0500 · Flag
Don’t limit your fruit to raisins! Try dates or dried apricots, bananas, mango, apples, peaches or any berries in season. A handful of raw nuts several times a week is good for your heart and blood vessels.