Crock Pot Bolognese Sauce

  This is easy. This is delicious. This feeds everyone. This is Italian, and I love it. Bolognese is a meat based sauce (“ragu”) originating from Bologna, Italy.  It’s a complex and slow cooking sauce.  My variation is made up of pancetta, a mixture of ground beef/veal/pork, onion, celery, carrots, dry red wine, crushed tomatoes, […]

Charred Corn Salad with Peppers and Feta

  Corn is my favorite vegetable.  Especially fresh, local (Michigan) sweet corn.  As summer is reaching an end, I’ve been stocking my kitchen with plenty of corn, fruits, and other vegetables before they are gone for the season.  It’s impossible to overuse the word “fresh” when describing this dish.  Soo good. So many amazing flavors […]

Vegetable Fried Rice

  I’m sure most of you have heard of “Meatless Mondays.” If you haven’t, it’s not a hard concept to figure out.  I don’t do this every Monday, but I try as often as possible.  I can always use an excuse to kick off my week in a healthy way.  I’ll also use Meatless Mondays […]

Baked Zucchini “Zuk” Fries with Greek Yogurt & Sriracha Dipping Sauce

  I took a trip to my local farmers market and somehow came home with 3 large bags of zucchini. Can you blame me when they were charging $2.00 for 10 zucchini?  $6.00 later, I had A LOT of zucchini. Time to get creative with an abundance of one product. “Zuk” (I like to abbreviate) […]

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 corn […]

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 good […]

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. […]

Individual Spaghetti Squash Lasagnas

  Spaghetti Squash Lasagna is the perfect example of healthy comfort food.  Cheesy and saucy, yet mostly squash. Spaghetti squash is a winter squash.  When roasted, spaghetti squash separates into thin strands similar to spaghetti noodles.  When I am craving baked pasta, but I want to be healthy, this is what I turn to.  Trust […]