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Tortellini with Shrimp and Veggies

Tortellini with Shrimp and Veggies - spicy shrimp smothered in a creamy Mozzarella cheese sauce with sun-dried tomatoes and spinach! SO GOOD! I used refrigerated cheese-filled tortellini and large raw shrimp. This was one of the best pasta dinners I ever made! It looked really pretty and colorful, the shrimp and the veggies tasted great […] Read More

Tomato Basil Avocado Mozzarella Salad with Balsamic Dressing - you'll love this refreshing, healthy, Mediterranean style salad. Made with fresh ingredients, it's perfect for the Summer! One of my favorite salad dressings ever is just a simple dressing with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and honey. It goes really well with these salad ingredients: This salad […] Read More

Chicken Thighs with Sun-Dried Tomato Basil Rice - delicious, easy, one-pan Italian-inspired recipe. You will fall in love with this Mediterranean style chicken dinner: flavorful rice cooked in chicken broth and in juices from chicken thighs, then mixed with chopped sun-dried tomatoes, chopped fresh basil leaves, and shredded Parmesan cheese! Chicken thighs are moist and […] Read More

Spinach and Artichoke Chicken Pasta with Bacon and Tomatoes in Asiago Cream Sauce - yummy pasta with lots of veggies! The vegetables are smothered in such a delicious Asiago cream sauce (and crumbled bacon) that even non-veggie lovers will love this dish. Chicken and Pasta lovers will certainly love this dish! Asiago cheese and bacon […] Read More

Creamy Asiago Cheese Garlic Tortellini

Creamy Asiago Cheese Garlic Tortellini - tortellini smothered in a creamy Asiago cheese sauce, the recipe takes only 30 minutes from start to finish! A perfect and easy pasta dish - easy enough to make on a regular weeknight, but it tastes like pasta from a fancy Italian restaurant. Asiago cheese is very flavorful and […] Read More

Creamy Mozzarella Sun-Dried Tomato Basil Spinach Tortellini Recipe - delicious, easy, weeknight dinner, made in 30 minutes! You'll love the combination of flavors (garlic, sun-dried tomatoes, spinach, and basil) along with the super creamy Mozzarella cheese sauce! If you're looking for easy tortellini sauce recipes, this is one of the best pasta sauces you'll ever […] Read More

Asiago, Bacon, and Garlic Roasted Asparagus - a delicious way to cook asparagus! Asparagus comes out crispy and crunchy - you'll love the Asiago cheese and bacon combination! The recipe takes 30 minutes from start to finish! Healthy, gluten free recipe. Great as a side dish to any kinds of meat; it also makes a […] Read More

Tomato Basil Artichoke Baked Chicken

Tomato Basil Artichoke Baked Chicken - delicious chicken breasts smothered in fresh mozzarella cheese, chopped artichokes, tomatoes, fresh basil, and baked to perfection! Comfort food made with healthy ingredients. I love Mediterranean style recipes this time of the year (Spring - Summer) - as the temperatures get warmer outside, I always crave something that's light […] Read More

Spicy Chicken Pasta with Bacon and Peas

Spicy Chicken Pasta with Bacon and Peas - easy weeknight dinner recipe that uses basic ingredients, found in any kitchen. If you want to make something new and delicious with bacon, chicken, and peas - try this pasta recipe! You won't be disappointed! The creamy sauce is made with garlic, tomato sauce, cream, mozzarella cheese, […] Read More

Asiago Chicken with Bacon Cream Sauce

Asiago Chicken with Bacon Cream Sauce - tender and moist chicken breast cooked with lemon, garlic, bacon, in a delicious Asiago cheese cream sauce. This is one of the best ways to cook chicken breast - chicken will always come out tender and never dry, thanks to the sauce! I like to use small chicken breasts […] Read More

Smothered Baked Chicken with Creamed Spinach, Bacon, Mushrooms - a delicious way to cook boneless, skinless chicken breasts! Your chicken is guaranteed to be moist and tender.  This recipe is gluten free, low carb, packed with protein and vegetables. Comfort food and healthy ingredients all in one dish! This chicken dinner recipe is anything but […] Read More

Asiago Chicken Pasta with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Spinach - chicken breast sauteed with garlic in a delicious Asiago cheese cream sauce, perfectly complemented by spinach and sun-dried tomatoes!  Comfort food made with fresh ingredients. Short pasta, such as penne, is perfect for creamy recipes like this one - Asiago cheese cream sauce perfectly coats every […] Read More

Broccoli Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad

Broccoli Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad - this delicious salad is loaded with veggies (broccoli, cherry tomatoes, sweet peas), sharp Cheddar cheese, pasta shells, and bacon! With so many veggies in this salad, you get both healthy food and comfort food all in one! The salad can easily be made gluten free by using gluten free […] Read More

Lemon Pepper Chicken with Creamy Garlic-Lemon Sauce - chicken thighs seasoned with lemon-pepper seasoning, baked to perfection and served with the delicious, cheesy, garlic-lemon cream sauce! YUM! This recipe takes only 40 minutes from start to finish, including baking time! Mix 3 teaspoons of lemon pepper seasoning with flour. Pat the tops (skin side) of […] Read More

Spaghetti Squash, Spinach cooked with garlic in olive oil, combined with bacon, topped with melted, freshly grated, Parmesan cheese AND then sprinkled with toasted pine nuts. Delicious, healthy, gluten free! You'll love this simple, healthy, wholesome recipe! [amd-zlrecipe-recipe:208] […] Read More

Spicy Garlic Chicken Penne with Peas

Spicy Garlic Chicken Penne with Peas - flavorful chicken breast cooked with basil and crushed red pepper in a spicy and creamy tomato Mozzarella sauce with pasta and peas. This dish is so easy to make, but tastes and looks like it's from a fancy Italian restaurant! First, you'll season 1 pound of chicken breast […] Read More

Spicy Shrimp with Basil Tomato Pasta

Spicy Shrimp with Basil Tomato Fettuccine Pasta - lots of garlic and fresh tomatoes in this dish, smothered in a flavorful and spicy creamy sauce! This recipe is super easy to make and great for using fresh tomatoes if you have too many! You'll love this refreshing pasta dinner with shrimp - it's very creamy […] Read More

Bacon Chicken with Sun-Dried Tomato Cream Sauce

Bacon Chicken with Sun-Dried Tomato Cream Sauce - sauce made with garlic, sun-dried tomatoes, basil, shredded Mozzarella cheese, and cream. So good!  The chicken is moist and tender! Serve with steamed asparagus. This recipe is perfect for low carb, high protein diet. There are hardly any carbs in this recipe, and it tastes so good […] Read More

One-Pot Salsa Verde Pasta with Sausage and Black Beans

One-Pot Salsa Verde Pasta with Sausage and Black Beans - delicious, easy, 6-ingredient, 30-minute recipe that you'll love! I love making this quick dish for an easy dinner and then save the leftovers for lunch! What a comfort food! This recipe works great with gluten free brown rice penne (which is what I use). [amd-zlrecipe-recipe:190] […] Read More

Peach Cream Cheese Cake

Peach Cream Cheese Cake

Peach Cream Cheese Cake made in a springform pan - the light and fluffy cake (made with Greek yogurt), creamy cheesecake filling, delicious peaches, and a crunchy streusel topping! I love baking with Greek yogurt and avoiding using as much butter as I can get away with. There isn't too much butter in this cake, yet […] Read More

Chicken Breast with Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Sauce

Chicken Breast with Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Sauce

Chicken Breast with Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Sauce - one of the best ways to cook chicken breast! The chicken comes out moist and juicy every time, say good-bye to dry chicken! The sauce is so good: roasted garlic and sun-dried tomatoes combined with cream, shredded cheese, and just the right amount of spices (basil and […] Read More

Chicken Broccoli Alfredo

Chicken Broccoli Alfredo

Chicken Broccoli Alfredo Penne Pasta - chicken breast, broccoli, garlic in a simple homemade cream sauce. Delicious, creamy, Italian-style pasta dinner.  Everybody (both kids and adults) love this pasta dish! If you're tired of dry, tasteless chicken breast recipes, then it's time to try different ways to cook chicken. This cheesy chicken and broccoli pasta dish […] Read More

Mexican Chicken Pasta

Mexican Chicken Pasta

Mexican Chicken Pasta - sliced chicken cooked in Mexican spices, with bell peppers and green chiles, in a creamy sauce made with Cheddar and Mozzarella cheeses and spices! You'll love this easy-to-make comfort food! If you want a delicious dish packed with Mexican-style flavors and don't want to slave over in the kitchen, this super […] Read More

Southwestern Breakfast Casserole

Southwestern Breakfast Casserole

Southwestern Breakfast Casserole with eggs, sausage, black beans, bell pepper, hash brown potatoes, chili peppers and Southwestern spices. Deliciousness! It also makes a perfect breakfast for dinner recipe! This is a great "make-ahead" breakfast! It keeps well refrigerated and reheats well. I love to make this on Sunday and take it with me to work […] Read More

Creamy Broccoli, Chicken, and Bacon Pasta

Creamy Broccoli, Chicken, and Bacon Pasta

Creamy Broccoli, Chicken Breast, and Bacon Fettuccine Pasta in homemade Alfredo sauce. Easy, delicious pasta dinner! Chicken breast cooked on stove top, combined with pasta in a very creamy, cheesy sauce. Chicken breast is flavorful, juicy, and not boring at all. One of the best chicken breast recipes you'll find! [amd-zlrecipe-recipe:170] […] Read More

Hash Brown, Broccoli, Sausage and Egg Breakfast Casserole

Breakfast Casserole with shredded hash brown potatoes, broccoli, cheddar cheese, sausage and eggs. Everything you want to have for breakfast in one easy casserole! Very easy to make, and it's gluten free! I love all the cheesy goodness, sausage and broccoli - perfect combination of flavors! Below are step-by-step photos illustrating how to make this […] Read More

Pasta Salad with Bacon, Tomatoes, and Mozzarella

Pasta Salad with Bacon, Garlic Roasted Tomatoes and Mozzarella - delicious and healthy recipe! Perfect for Summer cookouts, picnics! What makes this salad so special is that you're roasting cherry tomatoes with garlic, olive oil, and oregano, and them add them, including all the delicious drippings from the pan, to the rest of the ingredients. […] Read More

Garlic Shrimp Alfredo in a Creamy Four Cheese Pasta Sauce

Garlic Shrimp Alfredo Pasta - a very simple dinner dish that will literally take only 35 minutes to make! This delicious, homemade, very creamy white cheese Italian pasta sauce includes the four-cheese blend: Mozzarella, White Cheddar, Provolone, Asiago cheeses. I love quick and easy recipes - they make my life so much easier! This pasta dish […] Read More

Disclaimer: I received compensation from BHG (Better Homes and Gardens) to make this recipe and promote it.  All opinions are my own. Pasta Salad with Roasted Tomatoes and Mozzarella - healthy, light, vegetarian side dish! Perfect for Summer cookouts, picnics! Gluten free friendly recipe (if you use gluten free brown rice pasta)! I made this […] Read More

Creamy Four Cheese Garlic Spaghetti Sauce

Homemade Creamy Four Cheese Garlic Spaghetti Sauce is the best white cheese Italian pasta sauce you'll ever try!  Four-Cheese Blend includes Mozzarella, White Cheddar, Provolone, Asiago cheeses.   If you ever wondered how to make spaghetti sauce other than with spaghetti and meatballs, then try this white cheese sauce for your next pasta dinner! READ […] Read More

Garlic Shrimp and Sun-Dried Tomatoes with Pasta in Spicy Creamy Sauce

Garlic Shrimp and Sun-Dried Tomatoes with Pasta in Spicy Creamy Sauce - fettuccine in a homemade Alfredo sauce, spiced up with basil and crushed red pepper. Italian comfort food that's super easy to make! You start by cooking sun-dried tomatoes with minced garlic in 2 tablespoons of olive oil, then add shrimp, half and half, […] Read More

Mac and Cheese with Sausage and Bell Peppers

Mac and Cheese with Sausage and Bell Peppers, smothered in marinara sauce and cream. Everything is cooked in one skillet: sausage, bell peppers, and even pasta! The clean-up after dinner is super easy! This dish will become your family's favorite! I've made this dish a couple of weeks ago as my lunch to take to […] Read More

Creamy Chicken Alfredo Pasta with Bell Peppers, Asparagus, and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Chicken Alfredo Pasta with Bell Peppers, Asparagus, in a Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Sauce. The very creamy alfredo sauce is made completely from scratch with half and half, freshly grated Parmesan cheese, basil and crushed red pepper! This pasta is very easy to make, and all the ingredients and the vegetables complement one another nicely. YOU […] Read More

Chicken Caesar Salad with Cannellini Beans and Avocado

Chicken Caesar Salad with Cannellini Beans and Avocado – healthy, gluten free salad. The salad is rich in natural fats, fiber, protein, and makes a great lunch or dinner! Cannellini beans (or any white beans) + avocado + Caesar dressing make this salad so very creamy - you'll love it! The addition of grilled chicken […] Read More

Disclaimer: I received compensation from BHG (Better Homes and Gardens) to make this recipe and promote it.  All opinions are my own. One-pot pasta with bacon and peas: so easy, made with just a few basic ingredients, and the clean-up is minimal! Everything is cooked in one pot: bacon, frozen peas, simple homemade Alfredo sauce, […] Read More

Pasta, Bell Peppers, and Asparagus in a Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Sauce

Penne Pasta, Bell Peppers, and Asparagus in a Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Sauce, with basil and crushed red pepper. This Italian-style pasta dinner is easy to make, full of flavor and just pure comfort food. It's so easy to make - perfect for busy week nights! What I personally love about this dish is that it's […] Read More

Chili Pasta Skillet

Disclaimer: I received compensation from BHG (Better Homes and Gardens) to make this recipe and promote it.  All opinions are my own. Chili Pasta Skillet - Mexican-style mac and cheese!   Everything is cooked in one skillet: elbow macaroni, black beans, green chilies, tomatoes! The clean-up is a breeze! I made this pasta recipe for […] Read More

Caesar salad with cannellini beans and avocado

Caesar Salad with Cannellini Beans and Avocado - healthy, vegetarian salad. Creamy, rich Cannellini Beans are a great, gluten-free alternative to bread croutons! I love white beans in salads - and they are a great addition to the Romaine lettuce salad with classic Caesar dressing. So good! Everybody raved about this recipe, even the kids! […] Read More

Easy Spinach Artichoke Dip

Easy Spinach Artichoke Dip

Easy Spinach Artichoke Dip - made in just 30 minutes, from scratch, very easy and delicious! Can't beat homemade dip! And, it's gluten free! I love homemade spinach dip! It doesn't have that greasiness that some store-bought spinach dips have, and I know exactly which ingredients went into it. The result is the super tasty […] Read More

Breakfast Egg Muffins with Mushrooms and Spinach

Breakfast Egg Muffins with Mushrooms and Spinach - these crustless mini quiches are perfect for breakfast, brunch, or potluck! Packed with protein, fiber, and veggies. Vegetarian, gluten free recipe. These little muffins are so easy to make, and it's one of those fast (and nice-looking) breakfast recipes that you can whip up in the matter […] Read More

Penne Pasta in Creamy Vodka Tomato Sauce with Mushrooms

Penne Pasta in Creamy Vodka Tomato Sauce with Mushrooms - make your own vodka sauce from scratch! Easy, delicious, and so Italian! Perfect weeknight dinner! Want to make an easy Italian dish at home and impress your family, your friends, or your date?  This is the right recipe for you, then! This pasta dish is […] Read More

Garlic Parmesan Chicken Pasta

Garlic Parmesan Chicken Pasta

Disclaimer: I received compensation from BHG (Better Homes and Gardens) to make this recipe and promote it.  All opinions are my own. Garlic Parmesan Chicken Pasta - a delicious 30-minute creamy pasta with chicken and peas in a simple homemade creamy Alfredo sauce. Topped with seasoned bread crumbs (or stuffing)! Easy weeknight dinner! This week, […] Read More

Disclaimer: I received compensation from BHG (Better Homes and Gardens) to make this recipe and promote it.  All opinions are my own. Mexican Mac and Cheese Casserole with Black Beans and Sausage. Quick and easy-to-make pasta bake dinner, great for leftovers! I made this recipe for my guest-post at Better Homes and Gardens - Delish […] Read More

Black Bean and Beef Enchilada Casserole

Black Bean and Beef Enchilada Casserole recipe

Black Bean and Beef Enchilada Casserole (with pinto beans, black beans, green chili peppers, cheese, and green onions) - quick and easy-to-make dinner, great for leftovers! I have a weak spot for casseroles and make them quite often: they are so easy to prepare and assemble, as long as you have all of the ingredients. […] Read More

Chicken and Bacon Pasta with Spinach and Tomatoes in Garlic Cream Sauce

Chicken and Bacon Pasta with Spinach and Tomatoes in Garlic Cream Sauce - delicious creamy sauce perfectly combines all the flavors: bacon, garlic, spices, tomatoes. You might want to double this recipe! I love making pasta with cream-based sauces. Cream sauce absorbs the wonderful flavors from all the ingredients in the dish, and with every […] Read More

Breakfast Egg Muffins with Bacon and Spinach

Breakfast Egg Muffins with Bacon and Spinach

Breakfast Egg Muffins with Bacon and Spinach Recipe: These muffins make a great breakfast, lunch, or a snack to pack up for work, school, or a picnic! I love that these muffins are very easy to make, and all the ingredients in them constitute, basically, a classic breakfast. These muffins have protein (eggs), meat (bacon), […] Read More

Italian Sausage Pasta with Vegetables

Italian Sausage Pasta with Vegetables

Delicious, easy-to-make dinner: Italian Sausage Pasta with Vegetables. Italian sausage is seared with bell peppers, mushrooms, onions, fresh tomatoes in cajun spices, with a splash of red wine! Topped with freshly grated Parmesan cheese! This has been one of my most favorite pastas for years. I love roasting vegetables on stove top and then mixing […] Read More

Healthy Fettuccine Alfredo recipe

I have a great recipe for you: Chicken Pasta with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Spinach in a Creamy Cauliflower Sauce.  It's a healthier version of a regular fettuccine alfredo: instead of the usual alfredo cream sauce this pasta is coated with creamy, silky, healthy, low-calorie, and low-fat cauliflower sauce - all made with healthy, natural, and […] Read More

Cauliflower Alfredo Sauce Recipe

Cauliflower Alfredo Sauce Recipe

If you're looking for a healthier, low-calorie, low fat version of a regular alfredo sauce, this Cauliflower Alfredo Sauce is it!  It's delicious, creamy, and very silky, without using any cream!  When I was making this recipe, my main objective was simplicity: I wanted to make the process as simple as I could.  In this […] Read More

Quinoa, Spaghetti Squash, and Bacon Fritters

Quinoa, Spaghetti Squash, and Bacon Fritters

Quinoa, Spaghetti Squash, and Bacon Fritters - perfect snack, breakfast, or lunch! This might become your favorite way to eat quinoa or spaghetti squash! These little cakes are perfect on their own, and you can also dress them up with sour cream or Greek yogurt. To ensure these fritters turn out well, make sure to […] Read More

Pumpkin Chili with Beef and Black Beans

Pumpkin Chili with Beef and Black Beans

What could be better on a cold wintery night than a warm, hearty chili? Such as this pumpkin chili with beef and black beans, topped with shredded Cheddar and Mozzarella cheeses (and, optionally, with sour cream). It's a deliciousness in a bowl! Not only is this chili a perfect comfort food, the recipe is gluten […] Read More

Chicken and Broccoli Pasta with Sun-Dried Tomato Cream Sauce

Delicious Chicken and Broccoli Pasta with Sun-Dried Tomato Cream Sauce: short, penne pasta smothered in a flavorful, creamy sauce spiced up with garlic, sun-dried tomatoes, basil and crushed red pepper flakes! When you taste this dish, it will make you feel like you just had a taste of Italy! First, drain and reserve all olive […] Read More

Black Bean and Butternut Squash Enchilada Casserole

Black Bean and Butternut Squash Enchilada Casserole - a delicious, super easy to make casserole dinner recipe! The vegetables are roasted in spices (cumin and chili powder) before we add them to the dish, which adds lots of Southwestern flavor! Other ingredients include green and red bell peppers, corn, salsa, enchilada sauce, sour cream, Mozzarella […] Read More

Garlic Mushroom Pasta

Garlic Mushroom Pasta

Garlic Mushroom Fettuccine Pasta smothered in butter and shredded Parmesan. Sometimes, the simplest of recipes are truly the best! This recipe takes only 30 minutes to make, but the resulting dish tastes like something you would order in a high-end Italian restaurant. While this pasta is great as-is, it will be great with grilled salmon […] Read More

Butternut Squash and Spinach Lasagna

Butternut Squash and Spinach Lasagna

This Butternut Squash and Spinach Three Cheese Lasagna recipe is healthy, vegetarian, perfect for the Fall and Winter season, and popular with kids! The lasagna combines Ricotta, Parmesan, and Mozzarella cheeses with spinach and pureed butternut squash to create the ultimate Fall & Winter comfort food. This recipe uses butternut squash puree, which you can […] Read More

Shrimp, tomato, and spinach pasta in garlic butter sauce

Shrimp, fresh tomato, and spinach with fettuccine pasta in garlic butter sauce - a delicious Italian pasta dish and a great way to use up a bunch of fresh tomatoes you might have sitting around in your kitchen. In this recipe, the tomatoes are only slightly cooked, preserving their freshness and shape. Combined with garlic […] Read More

Spaghetti Squash, Quinoa and Parmesan Fritters

Spaghetti Squash, Quinoa and Parmesan Fritters

Spaghetti Squash, Quinoa and Parmesan Fritters - delicious, healthy snack that everybody in your family will love! Quinoa tastes AMAZING in this recipe! If you like quinoa you will like it even more after making these savory mini cakes. To make these spaghetti squash cakes, you will need to precook the spaghetti squash in the […] Read More

Butternut Squash Chili with Beef and Beans

Butternut Squash and Bean Chili

Delicious Butternut Squash, Bean, and Beef Chili - perfect combination of flavors! Other ingredients include red kidney beans, green bell pepper, corn, garlic, tomatoes - there is really nothing NOT to like in this chili. My whole family loved it, and I will soon be making another large pot of it. It's very filling, which […] Read More

Spinach and Spaghetti Squash Dip

Spinach and Spaghetti Squash dip

Spinach and Spaghetti Squash Dip - a delicious appetizer made with cream cheese, Parmesan cheese, Mozzarella cheese, Greek yogurt (or sour cream), cooked spinach, cooked spaghetti squash, minced garlic, spiced up with a touch of Cayenne pepper. It's unbelievable how good this dip is. I might even prefer this over the traditional artichoke dip. Who […] Read More

Bacon and Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms

Bacon and Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms

Bacon and Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms - delicious, homemade bite-sized mini-appetizers loved by adults and kids alike! The stuffing is made with Parmesan and Mozzarella cheeses, cream cheese, bacon bits, finely chopped green bell pepper, with a touch of Cayenne pepper. Baked in a small amount of butter, with a splash of lemon juice. As most […] Read More

Creamy Shrimp and Mushroom Pasta

Creamy shrimp and mushroom pasta

Creamy shrimp and mushroom pasta in a delicious homemade alfredo sauce. This creamy alfredo sauce has all the flavors you want and need: shrimp flavor, garlic, basil, crushed red pepper flakes, paprika, Parmesan and Mozzarella cheese.  This could become one of your new favorite dinners! The dish is embarrassingly easy to make. And, you just […] Read More

Chicken Mozzarella Pasta with Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Chicken breast tenderloins sautéed with sun-dried tomatoes and penne pasta in a creamy mozzarella cheese sauce. If you love pasta, if you love Italian food - you'll LOVE this recipe! First, you sautee garlic and sun-dried tomatoes in the olive oil that comes from the jar with sun-dried tomatoes - you do it on high […] Read More

Mexican Stuffed Bell Peppers

Mexican Stuffed Peppers

Mexican Stuffed Bell Peppers - stuffed with ground beef, black beans, rice, tomatoes, spiced just right with Mexican spices, topped with grated Cheddar and Mozzarella cheese. Baked in a meatless tomato sauce (right from the jar). These delicious stuffed peppers make amazing dinner! They are baked in tomato sauce because it doesn't let them dry […] Read More

Grilled Salmon and Parmesan Zucchini Pasta

Grilled Salmon and Parmesan Zucchini Pasta

I now have a new favorite recipe on how to cook salmon! It's delicious and very easy. Salmon is marinated for 30 minutes in plain tamari sauce and then grilled in a foil packet. While salmon marinates, you quickly prepare a side dish that goes wonderfully with grilled salmon - Parmesan zucchini pasta.  The end […] Read More

Zucchini Bacon Mac and Cheese

Zucchini Bacon Mac and Cheese

Zucchini Bacon Mac and Cheese - after 2 recipes involving zucchini that I just posted, you knew that zucchini mac and cheese was coming! I think the photos speak for themselves - this dish is REALLY GOOD! And really easy to make! I’ve used gluten-free elbow pasta for this recipe (Tinkyada brand), but, of course, […] Read More

Bacon, Spaghetti Squash, and Parmesan Fritters

Bacon spaghetti squash fritters

Bacon Spaghetti Squash & Parmesan Fritters - need I say more? This is one of my most favorite new recipes. Kids love these! Who knew that spaghetti squash could be a kid friendly food? To make these spaghetti squash cakes, you will need to precook the spaghetti squash in the oven as described in the […] Read More

Parmesan Zucchini & Spaghetti Squash with Pine Nuts

After I published the recipe for Parmesan Zucchini and Garlic Pasta, one of the readers left a comment that she added walnuts to the zucchini pasta, and it turned out really good. The idea of zucchini cooked in olive oil, topped with melted, freshly grated, Parmesan cheese AND then sprinkled with some kind of toasted […] Read More

Parmesan Zucchini & Garlic Pasta

Parmesan Zucchini & Garlic Pasta

Zucchini has been on my mind lately, mainly because a huge zucchini has been sitting in my fridge for quite some time begging to be used and not wasted. The zucchini was really huge, similar in size to this jumbo zucchini (scroll down and you'll see the zucchini on her head :) ). I wanted […] Read More

Greek Tortellini Salad: Tomatoes, Avocados, Cucumbers

Greek tortellini salad with tomatoes, avocados, cucumbers, feta cheese - in homemade Greek salad dressing. It's a delicious and healthy salad that uses fresh ingredients, lots of vegetables, and the dressing is made completely from scratch! While this salad is great served right after it's made, it also gets better if you let it marinate […] Read More

Mexican chicken wraps

Mexican chicken wraps

As you might guess by looking at the photos, today on the menu are Mexican chicken wraps with spinach (or lettuce), green onions, red bell pepper, shredded cheddar cheese with Greek yogurt based dressing, spiced up with the taco seasoning. Or, alternatively, if you don't have Greek yogurt, you can use Ranch dressing. A very […] Read More

Crepes with creamy chicken and mushroom filling

I once had delicious crepes with creamy chicken and mushroom filling in a small French bakery, and they were so good, I've craved them ever since and always wanted to reproduce them. This is my attempt to do so - and I am very happy with the result! What makes this crepe filling especially flavorful […] Read More

Sauteed spinach, mushrooms, and onions

The flavors of mushrooms, spinach, caramelized onions, garlic, and Parmesan cheese mingle really well in this vegetarian dish. It's quite versatile: you can eat it as-is, especially if you're craving some good-tasting, creamy vegetables.  You can serve it alongside some pasta, ravioli or ready made tortellini. It is also great with grilled steak, pork, or […] Read More

Chicken parmesan pasta

Chicken Parmesan is one of the best ways to prepare chicken breasts: when prepared properly, they come out juicy, flavorful, and crunchy, made even better by a delicious garlic tomato sauce and pasta. The chicken is baked, making this popular chicken dish a little bit healthier. Chicken Parmesan is a surprisingly easy dish to prepare. […] Read More

Broccoli salad with bacon, raisins, and cheddar cheese

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 - […] Read More

Baked chicken parmesan

Baked chicken parmesan

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 […] Read More

Chicken taco salad

Chicken taco salad recipe

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 […] Read More

Sun-dried tomato and mushroom pasta

If you're looking for a delicious and easy-to-make pasta recipe to add to your weekly/monthly recipe rotation, try this sun-dried tomato and mushroom pasta in a garlic and basil creamy sauce. The combination of flavors in this dish is SO GOOD, it's a pure comfort food that you will be tempted to eat right out […] Read More

Bacon jalapeno popper macaroni and cheese

Bacon jalapeno popper macaroni and cheese

Bacon jalapeno popper macaroni and cheese I am so excited to introduce my new favorite way to eat mac and cheese: with bacon and jalapenos!   This dish is so good, I am speechless.  I've been eating a whole pan of this mac and cheese for the last 3 days, and I can't stop - I […] Read More

Arugula salad with walnuts, golden raisins, and Gorgonzola cheese

Arugula salad with walnuts, golden raisins, and Gorgonzola cheese I love baby arugula leaves - they are so good and flavorful in fresh salads! I also love spinach. Spinach and arugula definitely top the list of my favorite salad greens! They are easily interchangeable in recipes: in this salad, you can easily substitute spinach leaves […] Read More

Hamburger with caramelized onions and grilled pineapple

Some of my friends are not too much into sweets or cookies, so lately, since I've been on a Holiday cookie baking craze, I've started receiving threats complaints from them to stop posting pictures of cookies and requests to finally post something more meaty. Well, what could be more meaty than a hamburger? Especially, a […] Read More

Crepes with caramelized apples and ricotta cheese filling

The Fall is here! It makes me very happy: I love rain, thunderstorms, the sound of lightning, leaves turning yellow, and, of course, Fall harvest foods. And, what better way to celebrate the first days of Fall than to cook something yummy with apples! I love crepes (A LOT), and I just knew I couldn't […] Read More

Breakfast sandwich: scrambled eggs, asparagus, and goat cheese

Today, I am very excited to share with you a very simple yet super delicious breakfast recipe perfect for a lazy Sunday morning! It's a breakfast sandwich made with scrambled eggs, roasted asparagus and melted goat cheese. If you haven't tried this simple combination of ingredients before - this recipe is your chance to finally […] Read More

Muffaletta sandwich

Muffaletta sandwich

First time I've ever heard of muffaletta sandwich was last year, when I was skiing in Colorado, and a friend of mine started raving about this wonderful sandwich she had the day before at a restaurant at the top of a mountain. The next day the word "muffaletta" would not get out of my head […] Read More

Healthy fettuccine alfredo with cauliflower sauce, shrimp, mushrooms, and sweet peas

After I made a healthier version of classic alfredo sauce 2 months ago, I had dreams at night (or you can call them nightmares) of how I was making different variations of that recipe, torturing myself with endless combinations of ingredients I could combine with that amazing cauliflower-based alfredo sauce. And, what do you think, […] Read More

Dessert crepes with ricotta cheese, berries, and kiwi

My most favorite Summer desserts are always baked with berries or fruit, such as this bundt cake, these delicious mixed berry muffins, or this easy apple-plum tart. Then, there is another category of desserts where no baking is required and where you can create an endless number of combinations, - I am talking about crepes […] Read More

Quick pasta with portobello mushrooms and green bell peppers

I love to make quick pasta packed with veggies and coated with lightened up creamy cheese sauce. I often use spinach and mushroom combination for veggies, and this time I wanted to try a different green vegetable that tends to undeservingly get little attention from me: green bell peppers. I've also decided to use large […] Read More

Healthy fettuccine alfredo with cauliflower sauce and sweet peas

When I first saw the recipe for healthy fettuccine alfredo with cauliflower sauce by Pinch of Yum on Foodgawker, I immediately fell in love with the idea of making a perfectly healthy alternative to my favorite alfredo sauce. Plus, seeing this sauce immediately brought back the memories of a few years back, during Atkins diet […] Read More

Crepes with ricotta cheese and blueberries

Because it was my mom who taught me how to make crepes, my dessert of choice for this Mother's Day is dessert crepes! I love crepes! My mom used to make them for me and my twin sister almost every other weekend when we were growing up. We would usually fill them with all kinds […] Read More

Mac and cheese with bacon and caramelized onions

Mac and cheese brings up nostalgic memories in a lot of people, as it certainly was a favorite food for a lot of us growing up. I've always wondered, however, whether adults remain as passionate about mac and cheese as when they were children, and for me the answer to that is YES! Except, these […] Read More

Easy Fettuccine Alfredo

Easy Fettuccine Alfredo

A good basic Alfredo sauce has long been a staple in my kitchen. Not only is it delicious, creamy and cheesy, the sauce is simple to prepare, and it uses the ingredients that can be easily found in any pantry. This ridiculously easy Fettuccine Alfredo dish can be served plain as-is, or alongside some add-ins, […] Read More

Easy homemade macaroni and cheese

Easy homemade macaroni and cheese

I make a lot of "adult" mac and cheeses (with strong cheeses and funky add-in's) to accompany steaks in our house. For once, however, I decided I wanted to make a "real" mac and cheese: very traditional, using regular cheese (such as cheddar), and using white sauce. As I was looking for an easy homemade […] Read More

Pasta carbonara

Pasta carbonara is one of my favorite dishes to cook on weeknights, because it's very easy to prepare and usually takes me only 25 minutes. I also like to make pasta carbonara when I am short on ingredients, since it requires such basic ones: bacon (or prosciutto for less fat), eggs, stock, pasta, and Parmesan […] Read More

Stuffed sweet potatoes for breakfast - with sausage and eggs

Who knew that sweet potatoes could make a great breakfast? My husband was skeptical. Well, after trying these stuffed sweet potatoes for breakfast, he is skeptical no more. I was myself surprised how well all flavors mixed in here: scrambled eggs and sausage mixed in with a little bit of cheese sauce and pureed sweet […] Read More

Garlic spicy shrimp and asparagus pasta

Garlic shrimp and asparagus pasta

Do you need a recipe for a simple and delicious weeknight meal that is easy to make? Enter this very flavorful garlic shrimp and asparagus pasta. Of course, nothing is wrong with using this recipe for a nice meal on the weekend, too: it surely looks and tastes sophisticated, with shrimp coated in colorful spices […] Read More

Ravioli with goat cheese and spinach filling in parmesan cream sauce

My ravioli mold proved once again that 26 bucks I spent on it was not a waste of money. After I posted my first recipe for ravioli in a red, tomato-based sauce, I got obsessed with the thought of making the ravioli in a different type of sauce, this time - white, creamy, and cheese-based. […] Read More

Breakfast flank steak and eggs with guacamole

I always had a special relationship with breakfast, especially on weekends. Weekend mornings are meant for special food-related treats, such as apple pancakes, French toast, or a flank steak and eggs over guacamole, as the case is with our today's recipe. Put that flank steak, eggs and guacamole on top of fried tortilla, top with […] Read More

Stuffed manicotti pasta shells with ricotta cheese and spinach filling

I've always looked at those large pasta shells (manicotti) on store shelves with great longing, vividly imagining that stuffing any kind of cheese or vegetables into that large tube-like shape would undeniably result in something very delicious, pretty-looking and very Italian. Besides, my husband had a very nice Italian wine (you can see it in […] Read More

Beef chili recipe with black beans

Beef chili with black beans

Last week has been really busy for me, where my job combined with the fact that we had friends visiting and staying with us for several days created such a shortage of time, that I am extremely grateful that there exist easy one-pot dishes, such as this ground beef chili with black beans. While I […] Read More

Spicy curry shrimp pasta: curried tomato sauce, snap peas, orzo rice

Well on my way to use up all 30 pounds of seafood from my freezer, I've been cooking seafood like a mad woman lately, and this recipe for spicy curry shrimp pasta did not disappoint. You'll find a complexity of multiple flavors in the dish: spicy red curry based sauce (a little bit Thai and […] Read More

Creamy mushroom pasta with caramelized onions and spinach

Creamy mushroom pasta sauce sounded really good on my first night at home, after I have traveled for business through 3 different states last week and have gone out to restaurants for dinner almost every single night for the last 10 days. Homemade pasta dishes are something I always crave after lots of traveling and […] Read More