Quinoa and Kale Patties

  This is basically a bunless veggie burger.  Not to worry, carnivores.  They taste so much better than typical veggie burgers.  Don’t believe me when I tell you how good these are?  Well, you’re just wrong … but make these and prove it to yourself.  My meat eating family members devoured ’em. So get ridContinue reading “Quinoa and Kale Patties”

Tzatziki Sauce

Tzatziki sauce is a beautiful combination of strained Greek yogurt, cucumber, garlic, dill, spring onion, lemon juice, salt, and pepper.  It is traditionally served alongside grilled meats, and makes a wonderful addition to pita and hummus, or a crudites platter.  It is cool, crisp, tangy, and refreshing. If you have never made homemade tzatziki sauceContinue reading “Tzatziki Sauce”

Lamb Meatball Lettuce Cups with Homemade Tzatziki Sauce

Friends often ask me for appetizer recipes. Something new and out of the ordinary. Well, here ya go … make these, make these! Just make sure I make the invite list. If you’re going to make lamb meatballs, this is the way to do it. Little flavor bombs packed with garlic, onion, parsley, oregano, mint,Continue reading “Lamb Meatball Lettuce Cups with Homemade Tzatziki Sauce”

Spinach, Zucchini, and Feta Frittata

    In the movie “Forest Gump,” Bubba goes into detail about how many variations of shrimp there are (you remember the scene).  He lists off 21 different kinds of shrimp if you include cooking methods.  I have a similar type of passion … for eggs! (Read the following sentence in Bubba’s voice.  It helps.Continue reading “Spinach, Zucchini, and Feta Frittata”

Chicken Caesar Salad Flatbread

  If a chicken Caesar salad wrap is on the menu, they’re ordering it.  This is an unwritten dining out rule for my sisters.  Also proper protocol for the girls is purchasing Haagen-Dazs caramel cone ice cream whenever the opportunity presents itself.  If you are unfamiliar with this amazing ice cream flavor, go buy it now.  After you read thisContinue reading “Chicken Caesar Salad Flatbread”

Homemade Creamy Caesar Salad Dressing

  Homemade salad dressing vs. store-bought salad dressing.  No comparison.  Homemade always wins. Every time.  C’mon…we all know it’s true. What do I normally do on a weeknight when it comes to salad dressing, you ask?  I simply squeeze a little fresh lemon juice onto some baby greens, toss with extra virgin olive oil, salt,Continue reading “Homemade Creamy Caesar Salad Dressing”

Lebanese Meat Stuffed Grape Leaves

  Grandma never measured anything out.  Mom learned from Grandma. The best family recipes aren’t documented.  There’s no written recipe to reference when daring to recreate those most nostalgic childhood meals.  A little bit of this, a little bit of that…and somehow it always turned out perfect.  As is the case with my mom’s stuffedContinue reading “Lebanese Meat Stuffed Grape Leaves”

Roasted Butternut Squash and Parmesan Sauce

  Another vegetarian dish for y’all! (I know I’m a Midwesterner, but I just felt like typing “y’all”… ever get that urge?) Not to worry, carnivores.  This recipe will not disappoint.  A really cool substitute for the marinara/pesto sauces typically used in pasta dishes.   The natural smoothness of the pureed butternut squash gives thisContinue reading “Roasted Butternut Squash and Parmesan Sauce”

Crock Pot Salsa Chicken

I made this incredibly healthy and delicious chicken for a taco dinner.  Obviously this salsa chicken can be used for a multitude of different dishes, not just tacos.  Obviously your kitchen will smell great when this chicken is cooking.  And, obviously it’s simple and easy to make. (It is a crock pot recipe, after all.) FiveContinue reading “Crock Pot Salsa Chicken”

Crushed Lentil Soup

  Of all the wonderful recipes my Lebanese mother has given me, this one is my favorite. Healthy, filling, and extremely flavorful, this classic Lebanese comfort food is something you can feel good about serving the entire family.  If you’ve never made homemade lentil soup, now’s the time to start. Lentils come in many colors. Continue reading “Crushed Lentil Soup”