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Mom’s Easy Weeknight Lasagna

Mom’s Easy Weeknight Lasagna

Mom’s Easy Weeknight Lasagna is something I remember having often as a kid. Mom’s version is different from most other lasagnas because it does not have a layer of ricotta cheese, cottage cheese, or bechemel. Meaning, it’s a very simple three-layer lasagna consisting of noodles, 

Easy Weeknight Garlicky Southern Greens

Easy Weeknight Garlicky Southern Greens

A mixture of collard, Swiss chard, and dandelion greens makes a great trifecta of greens for Easy Weeknight Southern Garlicky Greens.

Fresh Herbed Salt Master Recipe

Fresh Herbed Salt Master Recipe

I learned a master recipe for making Fresh Herbed Salt during my culinary school days. This technique is handy because fresh herbs can spoil quickly. I hate to admit how many fresh herbs  I have thrown away because I didn’t use them fast enough. With 

Steakhouse Purple Sweet Potato Wedges

Steakhouse Purple Sweet Potato Wedges

Steakhouse Purple Sweet Potato Wedges are an easy weeknight side that goes with just about anything! I can pop these in a high-heat oven while I’m chopping up a salad and frying up some burgers or air frying some chicken thighs. Dinner can be on 

Japanese Steakhouse Edamame with Flaked Salt

Japanese Steakhouse Edamame with Flaked Salt

This Japanese Steakhouse Edamame with Flaked Salt is a restaurant-quality appetizer made at home. It’s even better than what we get at most restaurants because of my secret ingredient—toasted sesame oil. The majority of time I’ve had this appetizer at restaurants the edamame comes to 

Perfectly Seared Brown-Butter Steak Bites

Perfectly Seared Brown-Butter Steak Bites

Perfectly Seared Brown-Butter Steak Bites—is there anything more delicious than the combination of butter and tender, medium-rare red meat? I’ve had steak bites at restaurants as an appetizer and I’ve always wanted to make them. The most popular version on the internet uses lots of 

Warm Spinach Dip for a Crowd

Warm Spinach Dip for a Crowd

This Warm Spinach Dip for a Crowd is the perfect recipe for a large gathering. Serving the dip warm so the cheese is oh-so gooey is only one secret to this spinach dip. There are at least two other secrets to this recipe—feta cheese and 

How to Make the Best Dinner Salads

How to Make the Best Dinner Salads

You can make the Best Dinner Salads by following this customizable template. I learned about making salads in my Holistic Chef Program and how to compose them with balanced nutrition. When it comes to salads, if you are stuck in a rut (making the same 

Roasted Curry Sweet Potato Wedges

Roasted Curry Sweet Potato Wedges

Roasted Curry Sweet Potato Wedges make an easy weeknight side dish. The sweet potatoes are quartered—cut in half length-wise and then cut in half again. Lightly coat the potato wedges with olive oil. Sprinkle them with a simple curry spice blend consisting of curry powder, 

French Onion Dip with Caramelized Onions

French Onion Dip with Caramelized Onions

Every holiday or special occasion I can remember, my family had a snack table we would nibble on prior to the main meal. One of my favorite snacks—potato chips and French onion dip. I recently had a hankering for this nostalgic snack. When I read 

How to make the perfect lettuce bun

How to make the perfect lettuce bun

There are many reasons to use lettuce instead of a bun for a burger. Here’s how to make the perfect lettuce bun using iceberg lettuce. If you’ve ever been watching carbs, eating keto, or wanting to increase your vegetable intake, chances are you’ve ordered a 

Mini Beef Meatballs for Soup

Mini Beef Meatballs for Soup

These Mini Beef Meatballs are a perfect addition to soup. And, they are so simple to pull together with just 5 ingredients.

Easy Homemade Ghee

Easy Homemade Ghee

Homemade ghee is easy to make and less expensive than store bought. When you see butter on sale, it’s the perfect time to buy extra to make this easy homemade ghee. Ghee has a high smoke-point. Therefore, it’s perfect for frying, sauteing, and roasting meat, 

Braised Pot Roast—Low and Slow in the Oven

Braised Pot Roast—Low and Slow in the Oven

Braising a pot roast low and slow in the oven is the absolute best way to guarantee a fall-apart, moist, and tender pot roast. I have made a few overcooked dry pot roasts. So, I can tell you with absolute certainty, the foolproof way to 

Beginner Knife Cuts (Rolling Slice)

Beginner Knife Cuts (Rolling Slice)

Learning knife skills was a major part of the first few lessons in my Holistic Chef program. After years of being an untrained home cook, I picked up some bad habits. Therefore, I was excited to learn the proper way to execute classic cuts. I 

Prime Rib Rub Seasoning

Prime Rib Rub Seasoning

Prime Rib Rub Seasoning is easy to make. You’ll want to make it in large batches. This is like having your own top-secret house seasoning, because not only can it be used on its namesake rib roast, but it’s also great on steaks, burgers, and 

Homemade Cranberry Sauce with Honey

Homemade Cranberry Sauce with Honey

As I become more of a nutrivore (someone who pays attention to the nutrient density of their food), I tend to challenge myself to make family favorites from scratch with the healthiest most nutritious ingredients. This recipe for homemade cranberry sauce is healthier than the 

French Chicken in a Pot with Garlic and Herbs

French Chicken in a Pot with Garlic and Herbs

I’ve been making French Chicken in a Pot with Garlic and Herbs for years. It’s a lovely fall and winter dish because it slow braises in a Dutch oven for 1 hour and 45 minutes in a 350 degree oven. Besides searing the garlic cloves, 

How to Roast a Whole Spaghetti Squash

How to Roast a Whole Spaghetti Squash

Yes, it is possible to roast a whole spaghetti squash without cutting it in half first! Most posts I see on the internet call for cutting a spaghetti squash in half. I have a large sharp knife but I still don’t like cutting it in 

How to Host a Raclette Party

How to Host a Raclette Party

If you want to host a memorable and fun party without too much cooking, raclette is the answer. Raclette originated in Switzerland and is a type of fondue. Not the type where you dip bread in a communal pot. Instead, there is an electric table 

Wild Cod Cakes

Wild Cod Cakes

Not too long ago, a friend invited us over for some crab cakes. She received a tub of fresh crab cake mix from G & M Restaurant via Fed Ex for her birthday. They were amazing. So, I started to wonder if I could make 

The Best Baked Sweet Potato Fries

The Best Baked Sweet Potato Fries

Do you want to know the secret to making the best baked sweet potato fries? It’s the potato. My favorite market, Jimbo’s, carries three to four kinds of sweet potatoes on a regular basis. You can see them from left to right in the picture 

Simple Homemade Remoulade

Simple Homemade Remoulade

What is Remoulade A simple homemade remoulade is a mayonnaise based condiment and you likely have the herbs and spices on hand. You don’t have to use ingredients like capers, cornishones, but you can add them if you want. Remoulade is a delicious dipping sauce 

Easy Homemade Seasoned Salt

Easy Homemade Seasoned Salt

Easy Homemade Seasoned Salt works well with eggs, soups, and stews; in salad dressings; and on proteins like fish, chicken, and pork. In other words, you can use seasoned salt instead of plain salt in almost every savory recipe for extra pizzazz. Make a basic 

The Best Two-Ingredient Fry Sauce

The Best Two-Ingredient Fry Sauce

I’m about to share with you the best (and easiest) two-ingredient fry sauce in my humble opinion. The best because it uses something better than plain ketchup as the counterpart (not that there is anything wrong with ketchup). The easiest because there are two ingredients 

Caesar Salad Dressing (Outback Copycat)

Caesar Salad Dressing (Outback Copycat)

This Caesar Salad Dressing (Outback Copycat) has a mayonnaise base, does not require a raw egg, and tastes just like Outback’s dressing. My husband and I love Outback’s Caesar salad. We order it every time. As a matter of fact, Caesar salad was the only 

Easy Chicken Marsala

Easy Chicken Marsala

I’ve had a bottle of Marsala wine in my pantry longer than I care to admit. And, I’ve been meaning to use it to make Chicken Marsala. Finally, I got around to it. I have no idea why I waited so long. It’s not a 

Pan-Seared Oven-Finished Tri-Tip

Pan-Seared Oven-Finished Tri-Tip

This Pan-Seared Oven-Finished Tri-Tip has a robust beefy flavor, and is easy enough for a weeknight meal. I never had a tri-tip until I lived in California, and even then I didn’t know what to do with it, so I made these Slow Cooker Tri-Tip 

How to Eat Healthy

How to Eat Healthy

Learning Our A, B, Cs All Over Again Most people know they should eat healthy. Whether we want to admit it or not, we feel better and have more energy when we eat healthy. Alternatively, we’ve all experienced the opposite. We’ve eaten too much on 

Broccoli-Potato Mash Up For Picky Eaters

Broccoli-Potato Mash Up For Picky Eaters

Broccoli-Potato Mash Up is a delicious combination and the perfect solution for picky eaters who wouldn’t otherwise eat broccoli.

Broiled Flank or Skirt Steak

Broiled Flank or Skirt Steak

Guess what? You don’t need a barbecue to make delicious flank steak or skirt steak. All you need is a clean oven heated to the broiler setting. The clean oven tip is from a cautionary tale. Since, an oven on broil gets to 500 degrees, 

Copycat Original Open Pit Barbecue Sauce

Copycat Original Open Pit Barbecue Sauce

My Mom is practically famous for her oven-roasted spare ribs. We have this “thing” where the family member who is celebrating a birthday can choose what they want for their birthday dinner. Hands down my husband would choose my Mom’s Oven-Roasted Barbecue Ribs. As you 

Mom’s Classic Deviled Eggs

Mom’s Classic Deviled Eggs

I have been making my Mom’s Classic Deviled Eggs for years. Mom would make them for almost every family gathering and party. If people were coming over for Christmas dinner, New Years Day, a Superbowl party, Easter dinner, or a summer barbecue then most likely 

Easy-To-Peel Hard Boiled Eggs

Easy-To-Peel Hard Boiled Eggs

Why hard boiled eggs can be challenging for home cooks Something that seems so simple, boiling an egg, can be a challenge. On the one hand, there are two ingredients eggs and water. Yet, I’ve had under cooked, over cooked eggs with a green ring, 

Perfect Sauteed Zucchini

Perfect Sauteed Zucchini

I’ve been making sauteed zucchini for years but only recently (and by accident) did I discover the ultimate secret to perfectly sauteed zucchini. Here are a few important tips for making Perfect Sauteed Zucchini: Whether keeping the zucchini sliced in half or quartered the seeds 

Arugula Walnut Pesto

Arugula Walnut Pesto

Sometimes you just need a sauce to take an ordinary dish to an extraordinary dish. Arugula walnut pesto is a universal sauce that can be used on roasted vegetables, grilled chicken, sauteed fish, scrambled eggs, and pasta. Not only does it taste delicious but it’s 

Whole30 – Paleo Turkey Chili Verde

Whole30 – Paleo Turkey Chili Verde

When I did my first Whole30 challenge I wasn’t sure if I would like chili without beans. How silly. Yes, chili tastes just fine without beans! This turkey chili has such a unique flavor profile my husband and my guests rave about it. What’s funny 

Homemade Dairy-Free Ranch Dressing (Whole30)

Homemade Dairy-Free Ranch Dressing (Whole30)

This Dairy-Free Ranch Dressing is a Whole30 and Paleo friendly version of America’s favorite dressing. We use it for salads and dips, for chicken nuggets, veggie trays, and more. If you tolerate dairy products, check out my original Ranch Dressing and Dip recipe. There are 

Steak Nicoise Salad with Blanched Green Beans & Cashew-Lime Vinaigrette

Steak Nicoise Salad with Blanched Green Beans & Cashew-Lime Vinaigrette

This is one of our favorite meals to serve to guests.  I’ve served this hearty salad after-church for a Sunday lunch as well as a weeknight dinner for guests. Actually, this is more than a mere salad. It’s a meat-and-potato salad. This is a meal 

Cashew-Lime Vinaigrette

Cashew-Lime Vinaigrette

This vinaigrette is delicious and satiating. It’s wonderful with steak or chicken entree salads. One guest said, “Wow, this dressing really makes the salad.” You can also use this vinaigrette as a dip for spring rolls. Cashew-Lime Vinaigrette1/2 cup lime juice (about 5 limes)1/4 cup 

Mini-Pepper Nachos

Mini-Pepper Nachos

Finally, a whole-food healthy version of nachos. These delightful bites are grain-free and dairy-free. Plus, peppers are a good source of vitamin C. Whether you want to enjoy a nutritious appetizer or introduce others to a healthier option these mini-pepper nachos are easy to make 

5-Ingredient Balsamic Vinaigrette

5-Ingredient Balsamic Vinaigrette

Making a simple vinaigrette only adds an additional five minutes of prep time and yields many benefits. Just think about it. You’ll know all the ingredients your dressing contains. You can control the amount of sugar or leave it out all together. Have you ever 


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