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.  […]

Baked Brie with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Thyme

  Appetizers for dinner.  Appetizers for dinner!!!  Little nibbles of deliciousness throughout the evening.  When dinner is done “appetizer style,” I’m happy.  Paired with a glass of red wine, appetizers for dinner can’t be beat. I love this healthier take on baked brie.  This recipe ditches baked brie’s typical buttery filo or puff pastry shell, […]

Roasted Vegetable Soup

  Should I struggle to find the words to describe this simple, luxuriously healthy soup?  Nope. Let’s get right into how awesome and easy it is. High in flavor and low in effort.  At the end of the day, isn’t that what we all aspire towards? This soup achieves both.  Combine a variety of roasted […]

Cucumber, Whipped Feta, and Sun-Dried Tomato Bites

  Are you looking for an easy, festive, and unique appetizer to serve at your holiday party?  Of course you are. Everyone is!  Well,  look no further.  Cucumber, Whipped Feta, and Sun-Dried Tomato Bites are here! The whipped feta is the star of this dish.  I could eat it by the spoonful!  I love the […]

Pumpkin Maple Granola

  “Maybe Christmas, perhaps, doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas…perhaps…means a little bit more!” Dr. Seuss was clearly writing about granola.   The boxed, store bought stuff just doesn’t do it for me. Homemade granola, on the other hand?  Well, it does indeed mean more. MUCH more.   I love this recipe because it […]

Creamy Polenta with Mushrooms

  This dish is so simple.  This dish is so flavorful.  Creamy polenta, earthy mushrooms, nutty cheese, and fresh herbs.  Simplicity at its best. Also vegetarian! (an added bonus).  For you mushroom lovers, this is perfect. Polenta is made from coarsely ground cornmeal.  It’s a staple in Italian kitchens (and mine).  You need to dedicate […]

Green Beans with Feta and Pine Nuts

  I could have eaten the entire bowl of these green beans.  Seriously, all 2 pounds of them!  (Maybe I did…and maybe I’m proud of it.)  These crisp green beans are paired with salty feta cheese, toasted pine nuts, and sweet red onions.  A big time crowd pleaser. This is a great side dish to […]

Mom’s Homemade Minestrone Soup

  Those who know me well can attest to the fact that I am a soup junkie.  I could eat soup for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Growing up, my mom made this recipe regularly.  To this day, when I head back to Michigan, it’s no surprise to see that she has a big pot of […]