Pasta with sun-dried tomatoes, garlic, mushrooms and tender, juicy, moist chicken, in a creamy flavorful pasta sauce – there are few pasta dishes that combine so many wonderful flavors together so well. You will love this recipe even more after you make it for the first time because you will see how easy it is and that it takes just a few ingredients and a few simple steps.
I’ve made this pasta sauce many times and it’s very popular with anybody who tries it. It’s a reliable, fool-proof, delicious pasta sauce recipe. [click to continue…]
Introducing my new favorite Asian chicken salad: crunchy veggies, soft noodles, grilled or cooked chicken – all mixed in with the delicious, creamy, deeply flavored, sweet & sour, slightly spicy peanut sauce. So tasty! Fast and easy! A great dish to prepare after a busy work day. If you’ve got some leftover chicken (grilled, cooked, boiled, etc.) – this is a perfect recipe to use it up! If you are a peanut sauce addict, you’ll love the exceptional flavor of the dressing! [click to continue…]
Have you ever met anyone who doesn’t like mashed potatoes? It’s my favorite side dish to go with grilled steak. It’s especially great with flank steak. This is the recipe I ALWAYS use for mashed potatoes, this time I just decided to add some bacon to dress it up – I was wowed by the combined flavor of creamy mashed potatoes and bacon. Definitely try this sometime! It’s gluten free, too! [click to continue…]
Broccoli salad with bacon, raisins, and cheddar cheese is a great way to eat lots of broccoli! This salad has a perfect combination of everything: sweet and savory flavors, crunchy veggies and soft cheese, saltiness and smokiness from bacon, freshness and fiber from the vegetables!
If you like bacon, you’ll love this refreshing salad – it’s a great way to consume bacon in a healthier way. If you want to have more broccoli in your diet or just happen to have too much broccoli in your refrigerator, this is a delicious recipe to use it up and free up some space in your fridge!
Perfect salad for any time of the year: winter or summer, spring or fall. So easy to make – the recipe uses the most basic ingredients found in any pantry! [click to continue…]
One of the best and most delicious pasta sauce recipes is a simple marinara sauce, which can be served over a large variety of pasta (fettuccine, linguine, short and long pasta, etc.). Perhaps, most often it is served over spaghetti as a meatless spaghetti sauce or spaghetti marinara.
So, what is a marinara sauce? Marinara sauce is a basic tomato sauce, made with tomatoes, garlic, onions, and herbs (usually basil), some red pepper flakes, and a little bit of red wine. Marinara sauce is meant to be very simple. There is no need to over-think this sauce. There is no need to over-complicate it with more ingredients. The deliciousness of this sauce comes from its simplicity.
Because this sauce is so simple, your kids will love it! Just boil some spaghetti or linguine, mix it in with some marinara, sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese – and this dish will be a favorite with kids and adults alike! [click to continue…]
Who knew that such simple ingredients as spinach, tomatoes, bacon, and eggs when combined and served with a mayonnaise-based dressing could create such a delicious salad? If you haven’t yet tried a BLT salad, hurry up and make it, especially if you have some extra vegetables that you need to use, such as spinach and tomatoes. So good! The only thing that has always been missing from my BLT salads was the carbs, and in this recipe this problem is fixed by adding sweet potato fries! Not only is this salad delicious, it has all everything: protein, healthy carbs, vegetables, fiber, and it’s GLUTEN FREE! [click to continue…]
Asian chicken salad with homemade ginger sesame dressing is a great, easy-to-throw-together salad for one of those days when you have too much spinach, some leftover chicken, and too many other odd veggies at your disposal. Combining all these ingredients together with a flavorful, sweet and sour Asian dressing turns this salad into a restaurant-quality addictive meal! It’s healthy, lean, and easy, and it takes only 30 minutes to prepare, at most. Highly recommended!
I love the concept of a chicken salad because it is great for putting any leftover chicken to good use, or utilizing that bland tasting, over-cooked, over-boiled chicken that you don’t want to eat. Any chicken will do here: boiled, fried, shredded, rotisserie chicken, etc. [click to continue…]
If you want an easy and delicious recipe to use those boneless, skinless chicken breasts that you see in the meat section of the grocery stores, baked chicken Parmesan is definitely a great option! I love recipes where baking the chicken actually makes it juicier, more flavorful and crispier than frying it! This is one of those recipes. The chicken comes out moist and tender with a crispy and crunchy top! The serving options are endless: as-is, with a salad and a garlic bread on the side, over a bed of linguine with some extra marinara sauce; over spaghetti squash or real spaghetti, over some ravioli, etc. – whatever comes to your mind or whatever suites your dietary guidelines!
Despite the name of the dish (which makes a lot of people think that it’s a complicated and sophisticated meal), chicken Parmesan is actually quite easy to make. You don’t even have to prepare your own marinara sauce because there are plenty of high quality options in the stores these days. But, if you’re a purist, you can make your own homemade marinara sauce – I even have one right here on my site! [click to continue…]
I love chicken salads, and one of my most favorite ones is a chicken taco salad with lots of vegetables, crushed tortilla chips, creamy Ranch dressing (or a healthier, Greek yogurt based dressing), served with sour cream and salsa on the side! This salad has everything: protein, carbs, veggies, fiber – it’s a complete dinner meal which will leave you happy and satisfied!
I like to roll and liberally coat the chicken in a taco seasoning and sear it in olive oil on medium-high heat for only about 3 minutes on each side – then, remove the chicken from heat but still keep it covered for about 15 more minutes to allow it to cook through until it’s no longer pink inside but not dry either. Alternatively, you can bake the chicken at 375 Fahrenheit for about 20 minutes and then let it sit covered on the counter until the chicken is cooked through and ready to be diced into cubes.
Then, you just mix all salad ingredients together (adding tortilla chips last), and serve the salad with the dressing on the side, just like this: [click to continue…]
Light, refreshing, crunchy and easy-to-make salad (or dinner), anyone? When I first found this cold Asian noodle salad recipe (with homemade peanut sauce salad dressing, of all things!), it was love at first sight. After I’ve finally made it and have been eating it for 3 days in a row now, I am head over heels!
You’ll go crazy over this peanut sauce salad dressing – it’s what makes this salad so flavorful and delicious! I found that the proportions of the salad dressing ingredients are pretty accurate and hardly need any adjustment, but feel free to add just a touch more of peanut butter (if you like it more peanut buttery), more honey (if you want the dressing sweeter), or just a touch more soy sauce (to make it saltier). You can even use crunchy peanut butter if you want to add the tiny nuts to make the salad even crunchier! [click to continue…]