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Chicken Broccoli Spaghetti with Golden Mushroom Sauce - chicken and broccoli smothered in a delicious creamy mushroom sauce, made with golden mushroom soup. The flavor is amazing! If you're craving a comfort food pasta dinner - this is the perfect recipe for you! [amd-zlrecipe-recipe:220] […] 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

Chicken Thighs with Creamy Bacon Mushroom Thyme Sauce - baked chicken thighs perfectly complemented with flavorful mushroom and bacon sauce. Pure comfort food - chicken dark meat is delicious in a creamy sauce! Fresh thyme is key in this recipe. I used about 5 sprigs of snipped fresh thyme, and also a couple of sprigs more […] Read More

Sun-Dried Tomato, Spinach, and Bacon Chicken - if you want to know how to cook the best chicken breasts, this is the recipe for you! The chicken breasts are seasoned with dry Italian salad dressing mix, smothered with the creamed spinach, sun-dried tomatoes and bacon, and baked to perfection!  The best baked chicken ever! I […] Read More

Creamy Mushroom Sauce with Bacon and Thyme

Creamy Mushroom Sauce with Bacon and Thyme - one of the best ways to cook mushrooms! Mushrooms, bacon, thyme and cream create an excellent flavor combination: very savory, perfectly seasoned. This sauce makes a great accompaniment to grilled meats, chicken, pork, steaks, etc. I love easy recipes and this one is no exception. Start by […] Read More

Broccoli Pecan Cranberry Salad with Bacon

Broccoli Salad with Pecans, Cranberries, Raisins, and Bacon - healthy, DELICIOUS, gluten free salad, packed with fiber! One of my most favorite salads! If you love nuts and dried fruit - this is a great recipe for you! I like to rehydrate dried cranberries and raisins in boiled water so that they are plumper and […] 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

Golden Mushroom Chicken Pasta

Golden Mushroom Chicken Pasta - tender chicken breast and spaghetti pasta smothered in a delicious, rich, golden mushroom sauce. So good and so easy! You'll love the creamy sauce, made with the golden mushroom soup, dry Italian salad dressing mix, chicken stock, and heavy cream. YUM! And the color - so appetizing and very presentable: […] 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

I want to introduce you to my new favorite salad:  Southwestern Chopped Salad, loaded with tons of veggies, juicy and flavorful chicken, and topped off with Buttermilk Ranch Dressing (Hidden Valley® Original Ranch® brand)!  It's a salad, side dish, and dinner all in one - depends on how hungry you are! And so easy-to-make - only 30 minutes […] Read More

Mashed Sweet Potatoes

The Best (and easy) Mashed Sweet Potatoes, with butter, maple syrup, cinnamon and Montreal steak seasoning - a perfect combination of sweet and savory flavors! You'll love these potatoes! In this recipe, it is important that you melt the butter together with maple syrup and Montreal steak seasoning for 2-3 minutes to soften the Montreal […] Read More

Apple Cranberry Spinach Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette - healthy, delicious, easy-to-make salad! Perfect for the Thanksgiving menu, this is one looking holiday salad.  With lots of good for you ingredients, this recipe is packed with fiber, and it's gluten free! While this salad is especially great for the holidays, such as Thanksgiving or Christmas, it has […] Read More

Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Cinnamon Butternut Squash, Pecans, and Cranberries - this easy Thanksgiving side dish is not only delicious and bursting with Fall and Holiday flavors (cinnamon, maple syrup), it's also healthy, gluten free, vegetarian, and packed with fiber! I love the combination of ingredients here!  Even if you don't like Brussels sprouts, you'll love […] 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

Thai Zucchini Noodles

Thai Zucchini Noodles

Delicious Thai Zucchini Noodles with a homemade, spicy Thai sauce, topped with toasted sesame seeds. Asian comfort food! I loved these spicy Thai noodles - so much flavor in this simple recipe! If you're looking for an unusual way to use up your zucchinis - this is the perfect recipe! You'll start by cooking 2 […] Read More

Spinach and Artichoke Chicken Alfredo Pasta

Spinach and Artichoke Chicken Pasta

Spinach and Artichoke Chicken Alfredo Pasta - it's just like spinach and artichoke dip but in a dinner form! Boneless, skinless, lean chicken breast works great in a creamy pasta recipe - the homemade alfredo sauce ensures that chicken breast is juicy, and not dry. Use 2 average size chicken breast or 1 large (it […] 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

Pan-Seared Chicken Breast with Shallots

Pan-Seared Chicken Breast with Shallots

Pan-Seared Chicken Breast with Shallots - easy, 30-minute dinner, with flavorful shallot and garlic wine-based sauce! Use a small onion if you don't have shallots. Healthy, gluten free recipe, packed with protein. It's great served alongside rice or pasta! You'll love the smell of shallots (or onion) and garlic sauteing in olive oil and butter: […] 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

Pesto Chicken, Tomatoes, and Carrots with Parmesan Noodles

Disclaimer: I received compensation from BHG (Better Homes and Gardens) to make this recipe and promote it.  All opinions are my own. Pesto Chicken, Tomatoes, and Carrots with Parmesan Noodles - you'll love all the Mediterranean flavors in this pasta dish! I made this recipe for Better Homes and Gardens - Delish Dish Blog - […] Read More

Balsamic Chicken with Asparagus and Tomatoes

Disclaimer: I received compensation from BHG (Better Homes and Gardens) to make this recipe and promote it.  All opinions are my own. Balsamic Chicken with Asparagus and Tomatoes – delicious, healthy, low fat, low cholesterol, low calorie meal, packed with fiber (vegetables) and protein (chicken). I made this recipe for Better Homes and Gardens - […] 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

Easy Spicy Cajun Shrimp (with sauce)

Easy Spicy Cajun Shrimp

Spicy Cajun Shrimp with Sauce - delicious Southern appetizer!  Made with garlic, ketchup, chicken broth, hot sauce, Cajun spice, and green onions.  Super easy to make - 30 minutes from start to finish! I wanted a simple Cajun-style shrimp appetizer that I could make with just a few basic ingredients. This recipe worked really well, […] Read More

Disclaimer: I received compensation from BHG (Better Homes and Gardens) to make this recipe and promote it.  All opinions are my own. Chicken, broccoli, and yellow bell pepper stir-fried in Asian-style sauce - healthy, low-fat meal packed with protein (chicken) and fiber (vegetables). And, it takes only 30 minutes from start to finish! I made […] 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

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

Crunchy Asian Salad with Chicken and Sesame Peanut Dressing

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

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

How to Cook Fresh Spinach

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

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

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

Asian Beef, Broccoli, and Cabbage Stir-Fry

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

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

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

Quinoa Salad with Bacon and Roasted Butternut Squash, Carmelized Onions, Feta Cheese

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

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

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 Quinoa Chili

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

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

Pumpkin Apple Spice Bundt Cake

Pumpkin apple spice bundt cake

Today's recipe is an amazing Pumpkin Apple Spice Bundt Cake: flavorful, moist, light and fluffy! It’s everything you will want in a holiday cake! Perfect for Christmas, Thanksgiving, all year around, really! By the way, today I’m guest posting over at Oh Sweet Basil - a wonderful blog that you will love to follow! Please […] Read More

Greek Yogurt Mashed Potatoes

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

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

How to Cook Spaghetti Squash

How to Cook Spaghetti Squash

I love spaghetti squash. It's so easy to deal with it - just cook it in the oven, and then, if you don't want to pretend that spaghetti squash is just like pasta, I have links to 4 good recipes with spaghetti squash right at the end of this post. Roasting spaghetti squash could not […] 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

Spicy Shrimp Pasta in Garlic Tomato Cream Sauce

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

Quinoa with Roasted Butternut Squash, Pine Nuts, and Feta

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, 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

Chicken, Bean, and Spinach Soup

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

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

Gluten Free Recipe, Vegetarian, Healthy

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

Asian Beef with Mushrooms & Snow Peas

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 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

Olive Garden’s Zuppa Toscana Soup with Swiss Chard (Copycat Recipe)

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

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

Spinach salad with strawberries and toasted almonds

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

Oyster mushrooms, garlic, and green onions saute (Paleo, Gluten Free)

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

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

Easy mushroom risotto (Gluten Free)

Easy mushroom risott (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

Mushroom and Garlic saute (paleo, gluten free)

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

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

Strawberry, quinoa, spinach & cashew salad

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

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

Light and skinny Southwestern breakfast crepes

A delicious way to have a light and skinny and yet filling breakfast is to make some thin crepes and fill them with homemade Southwestern salsa, and then top with an egg! You get a little bit of everything in this recipe: some carbs, protein, lots of fiber, vegetables. This breakfast is low in fat […] Read More

Strawberry spinach salad with bacon

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

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, mango, and bacon

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

Quinoa salad with spinach, strawberries, and blueberries

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