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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

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

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

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

Tomato Basil Artichoke Baked Chicken

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

Spicy 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Chicken parmesan pasta

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

Easy marinara sauce

Easy marinara sauce recipe

One of the best and most delicious pasta sauce recipes is a simple marinara sauce, which can be served over a large variety of pasta (fettuccine, linguine, short and long pasta, etc.).   Perhaps, most often it is served over spaghetti as a  meatless spaghetti sauce or spaghetti marinara. So, what is a marinara sauce?   Marinara […] Read More

Sweet potato fry and BLT salad

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

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

Hamburger with caramelized onions and grilled pineapple

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

Pumpkin chili recipe

Pumpkin chili with black beans and garbanzo beans | JuliasAlbum.com

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

White fish with salsa (black cod with tropical fruit)

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

Broiled salmon with mango salsa and rice

Right now, April-May, is the best time to buy fresh mangoes and pineapple - a self-imposed mission my husband has successfully accomplished for the past 3 weeks. I now always have a fresh pineapple (or two, or even three!) on my counter, and a couple of mangoes sitting in the refrigerator or ripening quietly in […] Read More

Stuffed manicotti pasta shells with ricotta cheese and spinach filling

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

Beef chili recipe with black beans

Beef chili with black beans

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

Black bean butternut squash soup

Black bean butternut squash soup

I didn't want to make another sweet butternut squash (or pumpkin) soup, so I was in a search of a recipe where I could combine butternut squash with a second major ingredient that would neutralize the sweetness of butternut squash, without suppressing its flavor, something similar to what I did with carrot soup by adding […] 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

Baked egg cups with spinach, cheese, and grape tomatoes for breakfast

On weekends, for breakfast I often crave for a warm savory tart, filled with eggs, vegetables, and cheese. I love the taste of the flaky, crumbly, a little salty tart crust that melts in your mouth. So, I made mini baked egg cups with spinach and Gouda cheese this past weekend - smaller versions of […] Read More