≡ Menu

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 head over there to check out the recipe! Carrian of Oh Sweet Basil is a beautiful mom of two, with the health and fitness being a major part of her family’s life (and her blog!) She shares not only great recipes on her site, but also fitness tips and ideas.

pumpkin bundt cake, pumpkin spice cake, apple bundt cake

Back to the cake! It’s a healthier kind of a dessert: I am using Greek yogurt to replace half the amount of oil. Pumpkin, as we know, is full of anti-oxidants. And, this cake is literally stuffed with apples, as you can see on the photos. Yumminess! [click to continue…]


healthy mashed potatoes with greek yogurt, how to make mashed potatoes, mashed potatoes with butter, gluten free side dish, gluten free mashed potatoes, dairy free 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!  [click to continue…]


chicken pasta, broccoli pasta, sun-dried tomato cream sauce recipe

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 oil from the sun-dried tomatoes jar. Then, add 2 tablespoons of that reserved oil to the hot skillet and saute first sun-dried tomatoes, then add chicken (generously salted on both sides and sprinkled with paprika):

cooking chicken with sun-dried tomatoes and crushed red pepper

Add half-and-half and Mozzarella cheese, heat it up to a gentle boil, then immediately reduce to simmer. [click to continue…]


how to roast spaghetti squash, how to cook spaghetti squash in the oven

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 be easier, but if it is your first time, just follow the instructions. Preheat the oven to 400 F. Cut the squash in 2 halves, scrape out the seeds and the fiber out of each half. Spray oil over the cut sides and inside of the squash. Place the squash on the foil-lined and lightly greased baking sheet cut side down.

cooking spaghetti squash

Bake for about 40 minutes. Remove the baking sheet with squash from the oven when it’s cooked through and soft. Allow it to cool right on the baking sheet. [click to continue…]


vegetarian enchilada casserole, enchilada casserole recipes, mexican 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 cheese, and corn tortillas. If you love Mexican food or Southwestern recipes, you’ll love this!

enchiladas with black beans, corn, red bell pepper, green bell pepper and corn tortillas

This casserole is amazing when hot right out of the oven, but it tastes even better the next day, or 3-4 days later! I just finished the last slice of this casserole (5 days later), and I can tell you that it was better than the 1st day! I guess all the flavors really blend while sitting in the refrigerator for days. :) [click to continue…]


mushroom pasta, garlic pasta, gluten free pasta

Garlic Mushroom Fettuccine Pasta smothered in butter and shredded Parmesan. Sometimes, the simplest of recipes are truly the best!

Italian mushroom pasta, pasta with mushrooms and garlic

This recipe takes only 30 minutes to make, but the resulting dish tastes like something you would order in a high-end Italian restaurant. [click to continue…]


vegetarian lasagna recipe, spinach lasagna recipe, butternut squash lasagna recipe

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.

three cheese lasagna recipe, vegetarian lasagna recipe, gluten free lasagna recipe

This recipe uses butternut squash puree, which you can easily make by following this easy step-by-step tutorial: how to make butternut squash puree. Or, you can always buy pureed butternut squash at the store. [click to continue…]


shrimp pasta recipe, shrimp penne recipe, spicy pasta sauce, spicy tomato sauce, gluten free dinner recipe, gluten free shrimp pasta

Follow Me on Pinterest

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.

shrimp pasta, shrimp pasta easy, shrimp and penne, seafood recipes, seafood pasta, red crushed pepper and basil pasta

Penne is perfect for this dish as it holds the sauce very well, and with every bite you will get not only pasta and shrimp but a generous scoop of sauce too! I’ve used gluten free pasta (Tinkyada brown rice penne) for this dish as well, and it was marvelous! Whichever pasta you use, make sure to cook it al dente, then rinse it with cold water, drain it, and only then add it to the sauce. This will preserve the pasta structure and prevent it from getting mushy in a creamy sauce. [click to continue…]


quinoa salad with feta, quinoa salad with butternut, salad with caramelized onions, gluten free salad, gluten free lunch, healthy recipes

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 usual. All ingredients match one another really well, and the salad dressing is so good! I’ve been eating this for lunch for days now, and this salad keeps you full and satisfied for a long time. It’s healthy, vegetarian, gluten free, full of anti-oxidants (squash) and protein (quinoa). [click to continue…]


garlic shrimp pasta, fresh tomato recipes, tomato pasta, spinach pasta, garlic butter spinach pasta

Follow Me on Pinterest

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. [click to continue…]


peach cake in springform baking pan, blueberry cake in springform pan, round cake, summer cake

Peach and Blueberry Greek Yogurt Cake made in a springform pan – you couldn’t find an easier recipe for such a colorful, beautiful cake!

peach Greek yogurt cake in a spring form pan, blueberry greek yogurt cake in a springform pan

I love baking with Greek yogurt and avoiding using as much butter as I can get away with. In this recipe, you’ll be using 1/2 stick of softened butter and 1/2 cup Greek yogurt to produce a full size 9 inch diameter cake. Not too much butter, yet the texture does not suffer. In fact, I prefer the texture that Greek yogurt creates in a cake than if I just use butter. [click to continue…]