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Oven roasted pork tenderloin, with apples and plums. The fruit perfectly complements the flavors of generously seasoned pork. Pork comes out juicy and moist every time! Super easy dinner recipe that you can make any day of the week!  It’s also gluten free! If you ever wondered what you could do with those plums you […] Read More

Chicken Piccata Recipe

Disclaimer: I received compensation from BHG (Better Homes and Gardens) to make this recipe and promote it.  All opinions are my own. Italian Chicken Picatta – pan-fried chicken thighs with garlic, lemon, and capers in a juicy chicken broth. So easy to make, and the chicken comes out moist and juicy every time! I made […] Read More

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, 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

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 – 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

Crunchy Asian Salad with Chicken and homemade Sesame Peanut Dressing – gluten free, healthy recipe, full of fiber and nutrients! Lots of vegetables: spinach, cucumbers, red bell pepper, carrots, sugar snap peas – all tossed in a delicious, homemade peanut dressing, and topped with grilled chicken, toasted peanuts and sesame seeds. The salad dressing is […] Read More

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

How to Cook Fresh Spinach

Best cooked spinach, with garlic, freshly squeezed lemon juice, and topped with lemon zest (peel)! Tasty, quick, healthy, and beautiful side dish! Goes great with pasta, grilled meats, steak, and chicken. It’s very easy to make, inexpensive, paleo, vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free! If you have too much spinach, or want a steakhouse quality side […] Read More

Lemon Ginger Chicken Thighs

Disclaimer: I received compensation from BHG (Better Homes and Gardens) to make this recipe and promote it.  All opinions are my own. Lemon Ginger Chicken Thighs. These bone-in, skin-on chicken are so easy to cook – they always come out flavorful and moist, NO FAIL! Easy-to-make (35-minutes from-start-to-finish), budget-friendly weeknight dinner recipe! Gluten free! I […] Read More

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 – 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

This Apple Cranberry Spinach Salad with Pecans, Avocados (and Marzetti® Simply Dressed® Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing) is so good, you might as well double the recipe when you’re making it! The recipe is filled with so much flavor, that I’m having a hard time finding the right words to describe it but I will try. :) Let’s […] Read More

White Chicken Chili with Pinto Beans, Chickpeas, and Corn. Topped with Mexican (or Cheddar) shredded cheese, crushed tortilla chips, and sour cream. Easy and delicious! This is one of the best white chicken chili recipes I’ve ever tried! I actually prefer this easy white chicken chili to any regular beef chili: the flavors are so […] Read More

Asian Beef, Broccoli, and Cabbage Stir-Fry

Asian Beef, Broccoli, and Cabbage Stir-Fry – so easy-to-make and healthy! Cabbage is cooked in a simple homemade Asian sauce until soft and very flavorful! Great dinner or side dish! The recipe is gluten free as I am using gluten-free tamari sauce.  Regular (non gluten-free) soy sauce can be used as well if you’re not […] Read More

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 – 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

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 (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

ENJOY: 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 […] Read More

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

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

Asian Sesame Chicken and Noodles

Asian Sesame Chicken & Noodles in a homemade Asian sauce: a delicious and easy-to-make weeknight dinner! Thinly sliced bell peppers, blanched broccoli, grilled or seared chicken, toasted sesame seeds, chopped green onions – all mixed in a simple super-tasty Asian sauce made from scratch so that you know exactly what ingredients are going into your […] Read More

Healthy Quinoa Salad with Bacon, Roasted Butternut Squash, Caramelized Onions and Feta cheese, with French Vinaigrette salad dressing (I used Brianna’s French Vinaigrette salad dressing). You can also top the salad with pine nuts (optional but delicious!) This salad is so healthy and it’s gluten free! For this salad, you will need to roast peeled […] Read More

Chicken Vegetable Soup with Pasta

Chicken Vegetable Soup with Pasta is a delicious, easy-to-make meal, filled with vegetables: spinach, green bell pepper, carrots, tomatoes, and beans. Spiced up with oregano, basil and paprika! So good – it makes a great dinner and a perfect lunch! All the flavors work really well in this soup, and it looks very presentable and […] Read More

Chicken and Wild Rice Casserole

Disclaimer: I received compensation from BHG (Better Homes and Gardens) to make this recipe and promote it.  All opinions are my own. I am very excited to be guest posting today for the first time at Better Homes and Gardens. BHG is such a great source of recipe ideas, gardening tips, and all things home! […] Read More

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

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 – 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 Quinoa Chili

Delicious Pumpkin Quinoa Chili with Black Beans and Chickpeas (garbanzo beans) – a yummy vegetarian version of a regular chili – this recipe will keep you full and satisfied! I love making SAVORY recipes using pumpkin puree, without any sweetness or spices that are usually associated with pumpkin – and I love how tasty this […] Read More

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

10 Reasons to Shop at Whole Foods Market®

The story goes that after borrowing $45,000 from friends and opening their very first health food store in Austin in 1978, the Whole Foods Market® founders lived in that store for a little while, because they got evicted from their apartment for storing food in it. Today, Whole Foods Market® has one of the best […] Read More

Greek Yogurt Mashed Potatoes

Deliciously creamy Greek yogurt mashed potatoes is my new favorite, healthier recipe for mashed potatoes! No milk or half-and-half are used, just Greek yogurt, some butter, and water from boiling the potatoes. Greek yogurt adds a nice “tang” to the potatoes, and chopped green onions as garnish on top are perfect!  This recipe is gluten […] Read More

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 – 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 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

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

Spicy Shrimp Pasta in Garlic Tomato Cream Sauce – this pasta has everything you crave for in an Italian pasta: easy creamy tomato sauce made from scratch, seafood, spices (garlic, paprika, basil, oregano, crushed red pepper) – all of that over the perfectly shaped penne pasta. Penne is perfect for this dish as it holds […] Read More

Healthy Quinoa Salad with Roasted Butternut Squash, Pine Nuts, Caramelized Onions and Feta cheese, with French Vinaigrette salad dressing (I used Brianna’s French Vinaigrette salad dressing – it’s excellent! and it’s gluten free!). This delicious salad is perfect for the Fall, and it’s a great way to use butternut squash a little bit differently than […] Read More

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 – 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

Chicken, Bean, and Spinach Soup

If you’re looking for an easy-to-make, healthy (and gluten free!) soup, let me introduce this Chicken, Bean, and Spinach Soup. It’s filled with other veggies, too: green bell pepper, carrots, and tomatoes. Spiced up with oregano, basil and paprika! So good – and a perfect lunch food. I’ve been packing this soup for my lunches […] Read More

Butternut Squash Chili with Beef and Beans

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 – 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 – 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 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

Roasted Eggplant with Spinach, Quinoa, and Feta. Honestly, it’s one of the best recipes I’ve made so far using eggplant, and the combination of all these simple ingredients is amazing! I love eggplant, it’s one of my favorite vegetables: This dish has a very strong Mediterranean vibe, as I am using eggplant, quinoa, and Feta […] Read More

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

Asian Beef with Mushrooms & Snow Peas

Asian Beef with Mushrooms & Snow Peas – delish and easy-to-make! Tender mushrooms, crisp snow peas, and thinly sliced sirloin steak strips sautéed in garlic. This delicious gluten-free recipe is my new favorite homemade Asian dish!  Mushrooms go beautifully with beef, snow peas and Asian sauce. Here I’m using Tamari sauce to make a base […] Read More

Mexican Stuffed Bell 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

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

Delicious Olive Garden’s Zuppa Toscana Soup (copycat recipe) made with Swiss Chard, Italian sausage (bratwursts will work too), potatoes, and bacon. Made in one pot, the soup takes only 40 minutes to make (including idle time while everything is simmering)! I never realized that a soup with such a fancy name as Zuppa Toscana is […] Read More

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 & 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

Blueberry Banana Bread (Gluten Free)

I love blueberries and banana bread. For years, I’ve been making this regular banana bread with blueberries with wheat flour, and I’ve been missing it terribly ever since I unexpectedly became gluten intolerant in the last several months and couldn’t eat any regular baked desserts. Well, no more missing or crying over my blueberry banana […] Read More

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

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

Peach yogurt cake (gluten free)

I am so excited about this recipe! As I am slowly eating a second slice of this gluten free cake, I still can’t believe that it tastes just like regular, everyday gluten/wheat based cake. So good! I am so happy about this cake: the flavor, the texture, the softness! And, because I am the only […] Read More

It’s hard to say good bye to the Summer, and I still have some strawberries left in the refrigerator. Couldn’t think of any better way to use them than to throw them into this simple spinach salad with strawberries and toasted almonds. Spinach and strawberries pair perfectly with a sweet balsamic vinegar dressing, made with […] Read More

I’ve discovered oyster mushrooms several years ago and have been regularly cooking with them since then. Their flavor and texture are amazing. They are versatile and filling: I could eat 2 servings of this recipe for dinner and not go hungry. Sauteed oyster mushrooms are also a great side dish for grilled steak, or they […] Read More

Asian pasta with broccoli and mushrooms

Delicious and easy-to-make dinner: Asian-flavored pasta with broccoli and oyster mushrooms. Perfect for the weeknights! I love using oyster mushrooms in cooking, and they taste exceptionally wonderful in Asian dishes. Oyster mushrooms are easily available in Asian stores and in some regular grocery stores, too. The sauce is very basic but deliciously flavorful: tamari sauce […] Read More

How to make gluten free crepes

I am so excited to share this recipe for gluten free crepes that taste just like regular ones – you can trust me on that statement as I’ve made LOTS of regular (non gluten free crepes) in my lifetime. By the way, these are also dairy free and gum free. Why am I making gluten […] Read More

Easy mushroom risotto (Gluten Free)

Delicious, creamy, and very easy-to-make mushroom risotto.  I don’t like spending much time at the stove after a long day at work, and I already made this dish several times this week after work on weeknights – that’s how easy this risotto is! The recipe is perfect for weeknight cooking, and the dish tastes like […] Read More

I love mushrooms, and mushrooms often are at their best when prepared in the most basic way like this simple mushroom and garlic saute. This recipe is also great for paleo and gluten free life style, with just a few simple and natural ingredients producing very flavorful and filling meal! The recipe uses 12 oz […] Read More

Strawberry, quinoa, spinach & cashew salad

Strawberry, quinoa, spinach and cashew salad with a homemade honey-mustard balsamic vinegar dressing. It’s a delicious Summer salad, made with healthy, clean, whole food ingredients! This salad is vegetarian, gluten free, grain free, and dairy free! If you remove quinoa, it becomes paleo-friendly, too – a perfect lunch, dinner or snack for devoted cross-fitters. :) […] Read More

Crunchy Asian salad with peanut dressing

This crunchy Asian salad with peanut dressing is amazingly tasty, colorful and refreshing, with a lot of crunch and flavor! Lots of vegetables: spinach, cucumbers, red bell pepper, carrots, sugar snap peas – all tossed in a delicious, homemade peanut dressing, and topped with toasted peanuts and sesame seeds. The salad dressing is both sweet […] Read More

Strawberry spinach salad with bacon

Simple and delicious salad that has a perfect combination of savory and sweet: strawberry spinach salad with bacon, feta cheese, and toasted almonds in a simple homemade balsamic vinaigrette. Spinach and strawberries pair perfectly with a sweet balsamic vinegar dressing, made with only 3 ingredients: olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and brown sugar. I like to […] Read More

Healthy quinoa with vegetables

Healthy quinoa with vegetables: spinach, mushrooms, green onions, red bell pepper, and fresh peach (which adds a nice touch of freshness and sweetness!). This recipe is actually a variation of a quinoa dish I made (and really liked) several days ago. This recipe works well as a side dish or as an easy quinoa salad. […] Read More

Broccoli salad with strawberries, blueberries, mango, apples, and bacon – with a homemade mayonnaise and sour cream based salad dressing. Deliciousness! Lots of healthy ingredients! This salad is crunchy, sweet and savory at the same time! Love the colors and the freshness of the ingredients. It’s great for picnics, potlucks, and cook-outs! An added bonus […] Read More

Here is another delicious Summer salad: Quinoa salad with spinach, strawberries, blueberries, peaches, mandarin oranges in a homemade Balsamic vinaigrette dressing. The dressing is made from scratch, using olive oil, balsamic vinegar, brown sugar, mustard powder, onion and garlic powders. It’s not a heavy dressing: it’s very light and perfect for this kind of salad […] Read More

Spicy Asian eggplant and quinoa

This is one of the best quinoa dishes I have ever made. I’ve never combined eggplant, quinoa, and Asian flavors before, and, it turns out, this combination is so delicious, very flavorful, with all ingredients working really well together. It is basically a stir-fried eggplant, cooked with other veggies, quinoa, with an amazing sauce. The […] Read More

Spinach and mushroom quinoa

Spinach and mushroom quinoa sauteed in garlic and olive oil. I’ve made this delicious dish over this past weekend and it was so good, I can’t wait to share this simple recipe. Not only is it super tasty, this quinoa dish is healthy, low in carbs and calories, high in fiber, it’s gluten free, vegetarian, […] Read More

Strawberry spinach salad

Introducing my new favorite summer salad: Strawberry Spinach Salad, with Blueberries, Mango, Avocado, and Cashew nuts, with a Balsamic Vinaigrette salad dressing. This salad has become a new favorite in my family, and we make it all the time. This salad is colorful and refreshing like summer itself, and the dressing is super delicious! I […] Read More

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

Here is a simple and delicious recipe for a wonderful side dish (or an appetizer) I’ve been enjoying lately: spiced up sweet potato fries (baked in the oven) served with bacon. These sweet potato fries are spicy, tossed in paprika, red chili powder, cayenne pepper, garlic salt, and even cumin (optional). They are baked to […] Read More

How to cook wild rice

I’ve been cooking wild rice quite often lately, and I really enjoy mixing it up with all kinds of dry fruit, vegetables, spices, sauces. It’s a really versatile and delicious whole grain with quite an impressive nutritional record.  Here are some highlights: First of all, wild rice is gluten free which is great for a […] Read More

Pineapple mango salsa

I am very excited to see the first fresh mangoes of the season – so, naturally, I made some fresh pineapple mango salsa – one of my favorite ways to eat mangoes! Pineapple mango salsa is not just a salsa, it’s a salad, a side dish, an appetizer. While it’s great as-is, as a light […] Read More

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

How to make caramelized onions

Caramelized onions can be such a nice side kick to so many dishes: from pasta to grilled meats and hamburgers; as a topping over pizzas or a condiment in salads. I use caramelized onions a lot in my cooking, even though so far I have published only 2 recipes on this site involving caramelized onions: […] Read More

Mashed potatoes with bacon

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 […] Read More

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

Sweet potato fry and BLT salad

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 […] Read More

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

Roasted cornish hen and vegetables

If you’re craving a simple comfort dish, try this roasted Cornish hen with root vegetables (carrots, sweet potatoes) and onions. It’s delicious and full of flavor: Cornish hens are usually easy to handle and come out great no matter what. The recipe is simple, which is perfect for weeknight dinners after a busy workday. Whole […] Read More

I’d like to introduce you to my favorite salsa made with black beans, corn, chopped bell peppers, tomatoes, pineapple, cilantro, and lime juice.   Those are very simple ingredients yet, when combined in this healthy dish, they create a burst of freshness, color, and flavor! This dish is vegetarian, gluten-free, vegan, low in fat and low […] Read More

Simple red wine mushroom sauce recipe

Look at those beautiful oyster mushrooms on the photo above!  I just love all types of mushrooms and use them in a lot of my recipes. I’ve made mushroom soups, mushroom pasta, mushroom pizza, mushroom ravioli, and many other dishes that have not yet made it to my site. But what I especially like about […] Read More

Shrimp teriyaki over rice noodles

Shrimp cooked in teriyaki sauce is a very easy dish to prepare, perfect for someone like me who works full-time and doesn’t have time or energy to engage in lengthy and complicated recipes at the end of the workday.  This recipe uses a bottled teriyaki sauce, which is dressed up quite a bit with quite […] Read More

Pumpkin, coconut and peanut butter curry served over quinoa This recipe combines a lot of my favorite flavors together: Thai spices + pumpkin + peanut butter + black beans + some honey + just a little bit of coconut milk (only 1/4 cup for a whole recipe). The resulting dish is a hearty, Asian-inspired curry […] Read More

Sweet cooked apples recipe

Am I the only one who is having a hard time getting back into the kitchen after a week of Thanksgiving feasting? I’ve been eating so much over the last 10 days, I am not even hungry any more. So, please forgive me for this very basic cooked apples recipe today. So simple and easy […] Read More

Pumpkin coconut soup with caramelized pecans

You may have noticed I’ve been posting lots of pumpkin recipes lately, from breads, pancakes, and muffins to chilies and curries. And I am not done yet! :) No pumpkin menu is complete without this amazingly delicious and easy pumpkin soup. I am very particular about pumpkin soups: I like them savory and so that […] Read More

Vegetarian pumpkin curry

I am so excited to add this vegetarian pumpkin curry full of Thai flavors to my regular rotation! Simple, flavorful, healthy, easy to make – this curry is a wonderful weeknight meal that I can quickly and easily make right after I come home from work. I can’t even begin to describe how good this […] Read More

Pumpkin chili recipe

This is a really-really yummy chili recipe! I am so happy to share this because it is such a winner and so different from a regular chili! I think I am surprised myself at how well this dish has turned out. I knew I liked pumpkin, and I knew I liked chili, so combining these […] Read More

How to make butternut squash puree

Butternut squash is an amazing vegetable that can be used in so many ways: from soups and appetizers to main courses and desserts. Often, the recipe requires to use it in a pureed form, especially when we’re talking about soups and desserts, so here is a quick tutorial on how to make butternut squash puree. […] Read More

Easy paella with chicken, shrimp, and sausage

I used to think that paella was a highly complicated dish involving saffron threads, numerous ingredients, complicated mix of meats and seafood, and some secret spices. Well, turns out nothing could be further from the truth! It’s one of the easiest meals I have ever prepared! All you do is basically throw all the ingredients […] Read More

Cabbage Stir-Fry with Mushrooms and Ham

I have a friend who claims she doesn’t cook, and yet every time I am at her house, she whips up something outrageously delicious, usually with an interesting twist on classic dishes. Take, for example, this braised cabbage with mushrooms and ham. This dish, also known as Solyanka (or Soljanka), is very popular in Russia […] Read More

Shrimp with mango salsa and rice

I’ve been working diligently this week on using up several pounds of mango I’ve had for about 2 weeks. They were not quite ripe enough, but now, after more than 2 weeks in the refrigerator, they are ready to serve their purpose! I’ve already made fish tacos, grilled salmon, seared black cod – all topped […] Read More

I’ve been making a lot of tropical fruit salsa lately. You could say I am on a tropical fruit salsa kick. Fruits and veggies mixed with the lime juice and spices are so good, and there are so many possible variations – I can eat it with anything! The salsa goes especially well with seafood: […] Read More