Zucchini Noodles (Zoodles)

  Zucchini noodles (aka “zoodles”) are healthy, light, and delicious.  Another plus, the gorgeous presentation these luscious strands of goodness make. I use a vegetable spiral slicer or julienne peeler to make zoodles.  If you don’t have one of these “fancy” kitchen tools, use a box grater or cut zucchini by hand into small strips,Continue reading “Zucchini Noodles (Zoodles)”

Spinach and Ricotta Turkey Meatloaf with Zucchini Noodles (Zoodles)

Here I go again.  Overhauling one of Grandma’s classic recipes.  I just can’t help myself. Grandma’s consists of ground beef, a pack of onion soup mix, and a ketchup-brown sugar glaze.  I lightened it up, and increased the flavor (sign of the times).  Mine has ground turkey, spinach, ricotta, parmesan, onion, garlic, herbs and spices.Continue reading “Spinach and Ricotta Turkey Meatloaf with Zucchini Noodles (Zoodles)”

Chicken Salad with Grapes, Almonds, and Tarragon Dressing

  Chicken salad is so subjective.  Everyone thinks of something a little different when they hear those two words. Everyone has their favorite way to prepare it.  I wouldn’t dare claim this recipe as “the best” or “the greatest.”  I’ll be political here.  What I will tell you?  This is the way I like itContinue reading “Chicken Salad with Grapes, Almonds, and Tarragon Dressing”

Lubia: Lebanese Stewed Beef, Tomatoes, and Green Beans

  My dear grandmother just turned 95 years old.  A trip to Florida was in order! I love listening to my grandma’s stories.  Especially when they involve family history and traditions.  My grandma learned to cook from her Lebanese mother-in-law.  After my grandparents wedding, a crash course in Lebanese cooking quickly ensued.  Lubia was grandpa’s favoriteContinue reading “Lubia: Lebanese Stewed Beef, Tomatoes, and Green Beans”

Roasted Asparagus with Balsamic Tomatoes and Feta

  I enjoy Spring cleaning. Yup. I’m one of those people. If you cringe at that thought … well, I declare you unorganized!  But, you’re still allowed to enjoy this spring dish. I know a “less than 20 minute meal” has become a cliche/semi-marketing term, but it applies here. So, take a break from theContinue reading “Roasted Asparagus with Balsamic Tomatoes and Feta”

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”

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”