Summer Italian Sausage Soup

  Lately, Chicago weather has been throwing us a curve ball.  Last week was consistently ninety degrees, while this week has seen plenty of cool temperatures.  With this feeling of Fall in the air, I thought it a perfect time to post this delicious Italian sausage soup recipe.  I make multiple versions of this soup,Continue reading “Summer Italian Sausage Soup”

Corn and Kale Salad with Basil Lime Vinaigrette

  To me, fresh corn equals the arrival of summer.  I have been known to eat multiple ears of warm buttered corn on the cob, and then call it dinner.  I think I get it from my Dad.  I remember growing up watching him sit at the kitchen table with a plate full of cornContinue reading “Corn and Kale Salad with Basil Lime Vinaigrette”

Lemon Dill Chicken Kabobs & Greek Balsamic Orzo

One of the best parts of summer is barbecuing.  I love sitting outside on a warm evening, sipping on a cold beer or glass of wine, and throwing something yummy on the grill.  The thought of it just makes me smile. This past weekend, we noticed the summer slipping away from us.  It was theContinue reading “Lemon Dill Chicken Kabobs & Greek Balsamic Orzo”

Mexican Rice Salad

  Today, I’m bringing another fresh summer salad to your kitchen.  This salad is a no brainer to pull together.  Simply combine the ingredients, then toss and serve.  When using leftover rice, this dish comes together in minutes.  It also looks quite pretty,  (you eat with your eyes first, right)? Brown rice can easily beContinue reading “Mexican Rice Salad”

Summer Spaghetti with Shrimp

  I LOVE PASTA!  That’s all there is to it.  I try to minimize my carb intake, especially at night.  That being said, sometimes I have to give in to my craving for a big bowl of pasta.  In the summer months, this dish is perfect.  I know perfect is a strong word, but really,Continue reading “Summer Spaghetti with Shrimp”

Lentil Orzo Salad

  Lentils, orzo, carrots, parsley, red onion, and lemon; what’s not to like about this salad?  It’s healthy,  inexpensive to make, and easy to prepare. Lentils are part of the legume family.  They have many health benefits including lowering cholesterol, reducing the risk of heart disease, and stabilizing blood sugar.  They are also a goodContinue reading “Lentil Orzo Salad”

Blueberry Banana Pancakes

  My typical breakfast consists of whole grain cereal, berries, and skim milk. However, every once in a while I like to indulge (by every once in a while, I mean every Sunday morning).  Fluffy and crispy maple syrup soaked pancakes are my idea of a good Sunday morning breakfast (especially when a side ofContinue reading “Blueberry Banana Pancakes”

Pico de Gallo Salsa

  Pico de Gallo is an authentic Mexican salsa made with fresh ingredients such as tomatoes, onions, jalapenos, and cilantro.  This is my favorite salsa recipe.  It has a bit of a kick to it.  If it is too spicy for you, just decrease the amount of jalapeno used in the recipe.  Serve with tortillaContinue reading “Pico de Gallo Salsa”

Basil Pesto Chicken Pasta

  Basil pesto chicken pasta is the perfect weeknight summer dinner. Fresh basil pesto combined with cherry tomatoes,mozzarella, chicken, arugula, and short cut pasta; this couldn’t be easier to prepare. In this recipe, I used my simple homemade basil pesto and a store bought rotisserie chicken.  If you have a little extra to prepare, roastContinue reading “Basil Pesto Chicken Pasta”

Greek Quinoa Salad

  Quinoa is an ancient seed from South America. When cooked, it takes on a mild nutty flavor.  Although it is technically not a grain, it cooks similarly and can be substituted in many recipes if you’re looking for a healthier alternative.  Quinoa is rich in protein, potassium, iron, and other essential vitamins and minerals.Continue reading “Greek Quinoa Salad”