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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

Mexican Chicken Pasta

Mexican Chicken Pasta

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

Southwestern Breakfast Casserole

Southwestern Breakfast Casserole

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Spicy Asian eggplant and quinoa

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

Mexican chicken wraps

Mexican chicken wraps

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

Pineapple mango salsa

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

Asian chicken salad

Introducing my new favorite Asian chicken salad: crunchy veggies, soft noodles, grilled or cooked chicken - all mixed in with the delicious, creamy, deeply flavored, sweet & sour, slightly spicy peanut sauce.  So tasty! Fast and easy!  A great dish to prepare after a busy work day. If you've got some leftover chicken (grilled, cooked, […] Read More

Asian chicken salad recipe with ginger sesame dressing

Asian chicken salad with homemade ginger sesame dressing is a great, easy-to-throw-together salad for one of those days when you have too much spinach, some leftover chicken, and too many other odd veggies at your disposal. Combining all these ingredients together with a flavorful, sweet and sour Asian dressing turns this salad into a restaurant-quality […] Read More

Chicken taco salad

Chicken taco salad recipe

I love chicken salads, and one of my most favorite ones is a chicken taco salad with lots of vegetables, crushed tortilla chips, creamy Ranch dressing (or a healthier, Greek yogurt based dressing), served with sour cream and salsa on the side! This salad has everything: protein, carbs, veggies, fiber - it's a complete dinner […] Read More

Asian noodle salad with peanut dressing

Cold Asian noodle salad recipe (with peanut dressing!)

Light, refreshing, crunchy and easy-to-make salad (or dinner), anyone? When I first found this cold Asian noodle salad recipe (with homemade peanut sauce salad dressing, of all things!), it was love at first sight. After I've finally made it and have been eating it for 3 days in a row now, I am head over […] Read More

Southwestern salsa with black beans, corn, and pineapple

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

Easy paella with chicken, shrimp, and sausage

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

Quick pasta with portobello mushrooms and green bell peppers

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

Lamb vegetable noodle stew, Lagman

Lamb vegetable noodle stew, Lagman

Lamb vegetable noodle stew, called Lagman, is a popular comfort food in Central Asian countries. This stew has Chinese origins and has a long history of being a staple of oriental cuisines from the Great Silk Road. Savory and delicious, it can be served as a stew, soup, or pasta dish. It all depends how […] Read More

Filet mignon in mushroom cream sauce, with red wine

This was a very special dinner. A couple of days ago my husband opened a bottle of 1987 Chateau Margaux (red Bordeaux wine) for a wine testing, and we had to drink it last night because the bottle was already open. This wine was bottled when I was 9 years old. Where does the time […] Read More

Puff pastry pizzas with mushrooms, bell peppers, Mozzarella and Parmesan cheese

I decided to participate in Weekend Cook and Tell Event at SeriousEats.com and my photo was featured in their Round Up again, 2nd week in a row!!! For this weekend, the event was about making anything with puff pastry.   I love puff pastry, and for some time have been on a serious puff pastry kick, […] Read More