Vegetable Fried Rice

  I’m sure most of you have heard of “Meatless Mondays.” If you haven’t, it’s not a hard concept to figure out.  I don’t do this every Monday, but I try as often as possible.  I can always use an excuse to kick off my week in a healthy way.  I’ll also use Meatless Mondays […]

Baked Zucchini “Zuk” Fries with Greek Yogurt & Sriracha Dipping Sauce

  I took a trip to my local farmers market and somehow came home with 3 large bags of zucchini. Can you blame me when they were charging $2.00 for 10 zucchini?  $6.00 later, I had A LOT of zucchini. Time to get creative with an abundance of one product. “Zuk” (I like to abbreviate) […]

Meredith’s Classic Oatmeal Cookies

  Classic, because they are my sisters recipe.  Jazzed up, because they are full of incredible flavor. My sister, Meredith, is the baker in our family.  If there’s a special occasion or holiday, you will find her in the kitchen whipping up a batch of her famous GIANT oatmeal cookies.  She uses a classic recipe, […]

Crock Pot Chicken Caesar Sliders

  This past weekend, both Saturday and Sunday provided perfect air and water show weather.  So we put our entertaining hats on, hit the rooftop, and took advantage.  It was indeed a success. I wanted to make something delicious for my guests that didn’t require much work on my part. These sliders fit both those […]

Italian Turkey Stuffed Portobello Mushroom

  (That’s quite the name for a dish, isn’t it?)  I  pride myself on making healthy comfort food.  Should “healthy” and “comfort food” be used in the same sentence?  Of course they should!  In my world, they easily go hand in hand.  Warm, gooey mozzarella cheese oozing over the sides of a turkey stuffed portobello […]

Fresh Summer Tomato Sauce

  This is the perfect time of the year to share my fresh homemade tomato sauce.   Tomatoes are in abundance at the farmers markets, and they’re at their peak of freshness.  This is definitely a summer tomato sauce.  Light, extremely flavorful, and oh so fresh tasting.  This sauce will ruin all other tomato sauces […]

Spinach Basil Lemon Pesto (Nut-Free)

  Pesto is so versatile.   With just a few basic ingredients,  you can easily make fresh pesto.  I love to use pesto as a flavor booster in many recipes.  I add it to soups, vinaigrettes, and marinades.  I use it as a sauce on homemade pizza and to top grilled meat and veggies.  I […]

Orecchiette with Italian Sausage and Broccoli

  Looking for a quick, satisfying weeknight pasta meal? Here ya go.  A wonderfully light and flavorful sauce is created by combining Italian sausage, loads of fresh garlic, shallots, red pepper flakes, chicken broth, Parmesan cheese, and fresh herbs.  When the pasta is added to the saute pan, it absorbs some of the sauce.  This […]

Crock Pot White Bean Chicken Chili

  I’ll wake up early to cook.  I do it often.  If, upon waking up, I have my old friend Mr. Crock Pot readily available to help me out…well, waking up early becomes much easier.  Upon arriving home that night, you have the delicious aromas and the ready to eat meal. The magic of the […]

Easiest Bruschetta Ever

Sometimes, it’s as easy as combining freshly baked bread, a ripe tomato, and basil.  Pour yourself a glass of white wine, and the perfect afternoon snack or light lunch is served.   Ingredients: 2 slices of fresh bread, lightly toasted (or not, your preference) 1 ripe tomato, sliced 2 fresh basil leaves, torn 2 tsp […]