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”

Mediterranean Farro Salad

  I like to pretend I’m Italian.  I like to pretend I’m living on a Tuscan farm.  On that farm, I’m growing my own fruit, picking my own vegetables, and sun bathing in my beautiful garden.  I like to pretend these things are reality…before I put on my winter coat, scarf, hat, and gloves and trudgeContinue reading “Mediterranean Farro Salad”

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,Continue reading “Baked Brie with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Thyme”

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 roastedContinue reading “Roasted Vegetable Soup”

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 theContinue reading “Cucumber, Whipped Feta, and Sun-Dried Tomato Bites”

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 itContinue reading “Pumpkin Maple Granola”

Tabbouleh Pasta Salad

  When Autumn arrives, I find myself eating chili, soup, or a rich pasta sauce.  Maybe something slow cooked or braised in my oven.  All  perfect to eat in the fall … all foods we love.  With that said, I was in need of a slight flavor change this week.  Something fresh, and light. IContinue reading “Tabbouleh Pasta Salad”

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 dedicateContinue reading “Creamy Polenta with Mushrooms”

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 toContinue reading “Green Beans with Feta and Pine Nuts”

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 ofContinue reading “Mom’s Homemade Minestrone Soup”