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Spinach Salad with Fruit and Maple-Lime Dressing - refreshing, healthy salad with lots of color and winter fruit! A delicious way to get some nutrients during the cold winter months! This recipe couldn't get any easier than this: chop everything up, combine in a bowl, add the dressing and the salad is ready!  If you […] Read More

Garlic Parmesan Crusted Salmon and Asparagus

Garlic Parmesan Crusted Salmon and Asparagus - the best way to cook salmon with just a few easy ingredients! Delicious, healthy dinner that is naturally gluten free! Roasting garlic + parmesan on top of salmon and asparagus results in a nice flavorful crust: Here is how easy it is to cook salmon: First, coat the […] Read More

Ham and Cheese Asparagus

Ham and Cheese Asparagus - a delicious way to prepare the asparagus that the whole family will love!  Who doesn't love ham + cheese (I am using Mozzarella + Parmesan here)?  It tastes great on top of roasted asparagus!   This is a great side dish for meats, fish, it will also look great on […] Read More

Garlic and Bacon Green Beans

Garlic and Bacon Green Beans sauteed in olive oil and butter - an easy and delicious way to prepare the green beans for the holiday table! I love garlic with just about anything, and the green beans are no exception!  Sauteed garlic tastes GREAT with green beans and bacon! [amd-zlrecipe-recipe:262] […] Read More

Southwestern Spaghetti Squash with Chicken

Southwestern Spaghetti Squash stuffed with chopped chicken, black beans, tomatoes, corn, green chilies, green bell pepper, spaghetti squash flesh, and topped and broiled with shredded Cheddar on top! All of this spiced up with Southwestern spices. This is pure deliciousness that you will not want to miss on your table! The flavors of this dish […] Read More

Butternut Squash & Spinach Salad with Pecans, Cranberries, Pomegranate with Poppy Seed Honey-Lime Dressing - a great choice for Thanksgiving or any other winter holiday menu!   This is a perfect Autumn or Winter salad , since it uses lots of seasonal ingredients that are available this time of the year.  Healthy, gluten free, packed with […] Read More

Cranberry Pecan Chicken Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing - this is really one of the best chicken salads you'll ever taste!  The homemade, easy-to-make poppy seed dressing makes this salad quite special. Give yourself and your family a treat - scroll down to the recipe and make this salad! Not only is this salad great […] Read More

Broccoli Bacon Cheddar Chicken

Baked Broccoli Bacon Cheddar Chicken Breasts - easy dinner that a whole family will love!  Just throw all ingredients together and bake! I recommend to blanch the broccoli before adding it on top of chicken (blanching means adding broccoli to boiling water just for a couple of minutes, removing it and draining it well).  Blanching the broccoli […] Read More

Butternut Squash, Kale, Pecan, Cranberry, Apple Salad with Maple-Lime Dressing - this healthy, gluten free salad combines lots of Autumn flavors and is a great side dish / appetizer during the Fall/Winter season! Maple-Lime dressing is perfect for kale: it softens and balances its flavor. I really enjoyed this salad, and so did my husband […] Read More

Creamy Parmesan Garlic Potatoes and Peas

Creamy Parmesan Garlic Potatoes and Peas - this side dish is pure comfort food! Let potatoes never be boring again - just add lots of garlic, some cream and Parmesan cheese, and you're good to go! This side dish goes well with so many dishes: chicken, sandwiches, fish, etc. It will also make a nice […] Read More

Butternut Squash and Spinach Tortellini

Creamy Butternut Squash and Spinach Tortellini - you will love the flavorful creamy sauce prepared with freshly made butternut squash puree and spiced up with lemon pepper, nutmeg and paprika! This is one of those truly seasonal recipes - perfect in the Fall and in the Winter when the fresh butternut squash abounds!  This dish […] Read More

One-Pan Maple-Dijon Chicken with Roasted Butternut Squash and Brussels Sprouts - a perfect Autumn/Winter dinner! Chicken thighs and butternut squash are coated with the maple-Dijon mixture making them super flavorful, along with the olive oil coated Brussels sprouts. Just put all ingredients in one layer on a rimmed baking sheet: And bake for 30-40 minutes […] Read More

Maple Butternut Squash, Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Pumpkin Seeds, and Cranberries - perfect Autumn salad, bursting with colors and flavors! I love this recipe so much - to me it looks so much like Autumn on a plate. Last year, I made a very similar recipe but with pecans, this year my tastes have changed a […] Read More

Asiago Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Asiago Roasted Brussels Sprouts - crunchy, delicious little bites covered in melted Asiago cheese goodness. Asiago cheese is so flavorful - a perfect complement to normally bland Brussels Sprouts. You'll love this recipe! It's a great side dish in the Fall/Winter and would look great on your Thanksgiving table!   To me, these Brussels sprouts […] Read More

Asiago Roasted Broccoli

Asiago Roasted Broccoli - thinly sliced broccoli florets baked with Asiago cheese on top. Crusty, crunchy, delicious side dish or just a snack to crunch on! Healthy, gluten free recipe. Because broccoli is sliced thinly, the broccoli florets are crunchy and super addictive! Make sure to slice each broccoli floret horizontally into thin, flat slices, coat […] Read More

Cilantro-Lime Chicken and Potatoes

Cilantro-Lime Chicken Thighs and Potatoes - chicken and potatoes are baked to perfection in a flavorful sauce made with olive oil, garlic, cilantro and freshly squeezed lime juice! Add some Summer breeze to your menu with this recipe! I've used yellow potatoes here but you can use any type: red, russet, other white potatoes. Keep […] Read More

Cilantro Lime Potato Salad

Cilantro Lime Potato Salad - delicious chunks of red potatoes mixed with an amazing, freshly made, salad dressing: olive oil, freshly squeezed lime juice, minced garlic, chopped cilantro. Healthy, gluten free recipe that will make a great side dish for any meal! I love eating potatoes when it's cold outside. Potato salads just seem so […] Read More

Chicken and Sweet Potatoes with Spinach in a creamy Parmesan Sauce - moist and tender chicken thighs smothered in a super creamy sauce. This recipe is a great choice if you're looking for new ways to incorporate sweet potatoes into savory recipes. Not only did I enjoy this dish for several nights this week, this […] Read More

Pacific Cod and Asparagus with Garlic Lemon Caper Sauce baked in foil! A delicious and easy recipe to cook any white fish - Pacific Cod (on photos), tilapia, halibat, mahi mahi, sea bass, etc. Healthy, low carb, gluten free recipe! [amd-zlrecipe-recipe:242] […] Read More

Radish Avocado Salad with Cherry Tomatoes, Cucumber, Green Onions + easy homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette with Garlic.  Healthy, Mediterranean Style Recipe, full of fiber and nutrients. This is a great recipe to use radish.  Radish is so good for you, and this healthy, edible root vegetable should not be ignored!   It should be on your grocery shopping […] Read More

Tomato Spinach Chicken Spaghetti

Tomato Basil & Spinach Chicken Spaghetti - healthy, light, Mediterranean style dinner, packed with vegetables, protein and good oils. Delicious comfort food! 30 minutes from start to finish! What makes this pasta very special is that in addition to fresh tomatoes, basil, garlic, and spinach, I also used sun-dried tomatoes and red pepper flakes to […] Read More

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

Pesto Shrimp Mushroom Pasta

Pesto Shrimp Mushroom Pasta - large shrimp and spiral pasta smothered in a delicious basil pesto sauce!  Yummy recipe for the Summer.  If you love basil - this is the recipe for you!   I used large, uncooked shrimp which I peeled and deveined and then cooked according to the recipe instructions below.  Large shrimp […] Read More

Chicken Thighs with Mushroom Rice

Chicken Thighs with Mushroom Rice - delicious dark chicken meat on top of a really flavorful mushroom rice. This was so good! Rice is cooked in chicken broth with sauteed mushrooms, and the chicken thighs are cooked right on top of the rice, releasing their juices into the rice, making it even more flavorful. YUM! […] Read More

Shrimp Scampi Pasta with Sun-Dried tomatoes - delicious shrimp cooked with sun-dried tomatoes, olive oil, garlic, red pepper flakes, served with linguine, smothered in a light, flavorful shrimp scampi sauce. If you like shrimp scampi, you'll love this yummy twist - the addition of sun-dried tomatoes. Add 1 pound of shrimp, peeled and deveined, to a large […] Read More

Paprika Chicken, Asparagus, and Sun-Dried Tomatoes Skillet - delicious, easy-to-make, 30 minutes from start to finish Mediterranean dinner! In this recipe, I used boneless, skinless chicken thighs cooked in paprika and sun-dried tomatoes - I loved how the chicken tasted: super flavorful, moist, tender, easy-to-cook and easy on the budget! The recipe is basically done […] 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

Pesto Chicken Pasta with Mushrooms

Mushroom Chicken Pasta with creamy Pesto sauce and sun-dried tomatoes - delicious and easy (30 minutes from start to finish).  Perfect meal for the Summer! I love pesto, and cook a lot with it in the Summer. I've been making this pesto chicken pasta for years, and only now finally posting it on my blog. […] Read More

Pesto Sea Bass and Veggies

Basil Pesto Sea Bass and Veggies (Asparagus and Sun-Dried Tomatoes) baked in foil - delicious, easy, 4-ingredient, 30-minute recipe. I used Corvina Sea Bass, but really, any white fish will work in this recipe: black sea bass, Chilean Sea Bass, flounder, red snapper, tilapia, corvina, mahi mahi, grouper, catfish, Pacific cod, halibut, swordfish, haddock, you […] Read More

One-Pan Pesto Chicken and Veggies

One-Pan Pesto Chicken and Veggies - boneless, skinless chicken thighs with sun-dried tomatoes, asparagus, cherry tomatoes in a delicious basil pesto sauce. Healthy, gluten free, Mediterranean style recipe, packed with fiber (vegetables) and protein (chicken). Easy, 30 minute recipe. This is a perfect meal for the hot days of the Summer - light, packed with veggies, full […] Read More

Best Homemade Guacamole

Best Homemade Guacamole made completely from scratch, seasoned with the natural seasonings, such as freshly squeezed lime juice and cilantro - SO GOOD AND REFRESHING!  This healthy guacamole recipe is a great snack - Scroll down for instructions on how to make guacamole. Making guacamole is pretty easy, and I think you'll really like this version: it has […] 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

One-Pan Chicken Thighs with Cilantro-Lime Black Bean Rice - flavorful, delicious, healthy, gluten free dinner! Very easy to make, everything is done in one-pot, on stove-top, no need to turn on the oven! Just let the rice cook in the juices from the chicken thighs and in the chicken broth (or vegetable broth). The rice […] 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

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

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

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