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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.

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 

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.

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 

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 

Not-Your-Ordinary Meatloaf

Not-Your-Ordinary Meatloaf

What do you think of when you hear the word “meatloaf?” For some, it may be an all-beef meatloaf with a ketchup glaze. Others may think of  a meatloaf with a thick gravy on the side. This recipe is not all beef, does not have 

Greek Turkey Meatballs (Keftedes)

Greek Turkey Meatballs (Keftedes)

Yes, you can make Greek meatballs using ground turkey. My husband and I love my all-beef Greek Meatballs. We often serve them to guests with rave reviews. I wondered if they would taste just as good with extra-lean ground turkey. The answer is yes! The 

Mom’s Juicy Ginger-Beer Ham

Mom’s Juicy Ginger-Beer Ham

Like you, I get nostalgic around the holidays. Every year my mom made turkey and stuffing for Thanksgiving, and she made ham and potato salad for both Christmas and Easter. As a child I remember grumbling to my mom about having ham and potato salad 

Smashed Cauliflower “Potatoes” (3 Ways)

Smashed Cauliflower “Potatoes” (3 Ways)

I originally posted this recipe in 2009. Since then it’s received over 30,000 views. I would love to think that I’ve helped families embrace cauliflower and not be so dependent on potatoes for every meal. Don’t get me wrong. I love potatoes and believe they 

Summer Garden Vegetable Bolognese in a Slow Cooker

Summer Garden Vegetable Bolognese in a Slow Cooker

Whether you are enjoying the bountiful abundance of vegetables from the produce section of your grocery store, your local farmer’s market, or your own garden this is a delicious way to infuse more veggies in an otherwise traditional pasta sauce. Pasta used to be a 

Gas-Grilled Chicken Thighs with an Asian Flair

Gas-Grilled Chicken Thighs with an Asian Flair

I thought I bought three packs of chicken breasts. But, no, turns out I bought boneless skinless chicken thighs. I must say that thighs are not my favorite. As a matter of fact, it’s only in the last couple of years that I’ve started liking 

Lentil and Vegetable Chili

Lentil and Vegetable Chili

I love making a big pot of chili for dinner. I have made chili with ground beef, chili with ground turkey, and chili with leftover roasted turkey. All of these variations are delicious. I crave them all from time to time. I couldn’t help but 

Cilantro-Lime Rice

Cilantro-Lime Rice

In a quest to bring a Chipotle restaurant experience to a very large dinner party, I included “Cilantro-Lime Rice” on the menu.  I have a Chipotle restaurant near by from which my husband and I periodically enjoy tacos and salads. Someone at my party said 

Caesar Salad

Caesar Salad

This salad is a family favorite. We eat it all the time. My father-in-law recently stayed with us and when I asked him what some of his favorite “bites” were during his stay the first thing he said was “Caesar salad.” Wow. I was surprised…a 

Homemade Barbecue Sauce (Kinda-Sorta Like Open Pit Original)

Homemade Barbecue Sauce (Kinda-Sorta Like Open Pit Original)

What is the deal with not being able to get Open Pit west of the Mississippi? I’m not sure where the real shipping line stops, but I’m not the only one lamenting this foodie issue. For the last 7 years I’ve lived west of the 

Salisbury Steak from Scratch

Salisbury Steak from Scratch

When the itch for comfort food strikes, this “scratch” recipe for Salisbury steak will provide the relief you’re looking for without completely blowing your diet. Serve the Salisbury steak with “Smashed Cauliflower “Potatoes,” instead of regular potatoes or egg noodles then this dinner is low 

Steakhouse Sweet Potato with Cinnamon and Brown Sugar Butter

One of the more popular posts on this site is for a steakhouse baked potato.  It’s a recipe for a crispy-skinned Russet potato. However, there is more than one kind of potato that you can get at most steakhouses.  Let’s not forget the sweet potato! 

Pollo Nevado (a.k.a. Snow Chicken, or Mexican Chicken)

Pollo Nevado (a.k.a. Snow Chicken, or Mexican Chicken)

One Friday night after a long week at work, I ordered something “new” at a Mexican restaurant called Pollo Nevado. My college education was substantial enough to clue me in this translates as “snow chicken.” I’ve eaten at this restaurant several times since, but now, 

Chicken, Vegetable, and Rice Soup

Chicken, Vegetable, and Rice Soup

I wanted to have another chicken-based soup in my repertoire with more fiber than my traditional chicken noodle soup recipe. After several experiments, I settled on using a gourmet blend of brown rice, plus zucchini and spinach as my added vegetables. I’ve been reading about 

Swiss Chard with Cannellini Beans and Bacon

Swiss Chard with Cannellini Beans and Bacon

Walking through Whole Foods the other day I noticed a giant display of gorgeous Swiss chard. I bought a bunch thinking that at the very least I could wilt them in olive oil with garlic, salt and pepper. In reality, when it came time to 

Cauliflower Gratin

Cauliflower Gratin

Cauliflower Gratin is one of my favorite cauliflower recipes. Although my “Smashed-cauliflower Potatoes” are a close second, I have literally made this cauliflower gratin dozens of times. I love that I can have a large portion of it if I’m especially hungry. It’s a delicious 

Whole Wheat Linguine with Mushrooms and Lemon-Garlic Gremolata

Whole Wheat Linguine with Mushrooms and Lemon-Garlic Gremolata

The following recipe is one of my brother’s go-to recipes. He has made it so many times that he no longer needs the original recipe, and now just cooks it by feel and what looks good. I love when that happens! It all started one 

Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes – 3 Variations

Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes – 3 Variations

Using a slow cooker is very useful for making sure Thanksgiving day (or any special dinner with guests) goes smoothly.  After all, there are so many dishes to make sure we get to the table hot – why not take an opportunity to make it 

Mom’s Salmon Patties

Mom’s Salmon Patties

Mom’s salmon patties were an ingenious method for her to get us kids to eat more fish, I’m sure. We always ate them without complaint, albeit with ketchup. I imagine my mom used this as fast weeknight dinner she could make with ingredients she kept 

Quick Fish Tacos (Gluten-Free Options)

Quick Fish Tacos (Gluten-Free Options)

Quick Fish Tacos are perfect for a busy weeknight since dinner can be on the table in 30 minutes. Trader Joes has some great convenience food options—some are healthier than others. One day they were sampling their lightly breaded fish sticks. Within the 10 second 

Roasted Rosemary Sweet Potatoes and Onions

Roasted Rosemary Sweet Potatoes and Onions

I love sweet potatoes!  I didn’t know this until last week. Until now, I have confused sweet potatoes with yams. I didn’t realize that there was a difference until I went to a grocery store that had both and were clearly marked! Yams are the 

Chipotle Turkey Chili

Chipotle Turkey Chili

Have you noticed a spice in your local grocery store called “ground chipotle chili pepper?” I bought some thinking this might be the trick to spicing up my plain white-chili recipe. I really liked the results, because the chipotle chili pepper imparts a smokey, earthy 

Fast and Easy Oven-Broiled Low-Carb Fajitas

Fast and Easy Oven-Broiled Low-Carb Fajitas

Are you craving Mexican food but following a low-carb protocol? These low-carb fajitas are so satisfying, you don’t miss the tortillas. Even when I’m not intentionally monitoring my carb intake, this meal falls into my top ten favorites—it’s that good. This menu would also be 

Turkey and Lettuce Roll-Ups

Turkey and Lettuce Roll-Ups

This is one of my favorite snacks or sometimes I make more and have them for lunch. Butter lettuce is easy to buy in plastic containers. I can keep a couple of these containers in the fridge and they last awhile because the roots are 


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