Soups, Salads, and Sides

Mediterranean Spiralized Zucchini and Artichokes

This little side dish just kind of evolved out of my need to use up the zucchini I had in the refrigerator.  I used canned artichoke hearts here but I have also used frozen artichoke hearts which are even easier.  Also, not everyone loves olives so if you are not a big fan, simply omit them.   […]

February 16, 2018 0 comment
Chicken and Sausage Vegetable Soup

I went to Costco a few days ago and I never leave there without at least one rotisserie chicken.  Let’s face it, Costco has THE best rotisserie chicken!  There is so much meat compared to the ones at the grocery stores.   I can usually get two meals out of one chicken depending on what I make with […]

January 29, 2018 0 comment
Crunchy Tuna Salad

Do you feel like you eat the same thing for lunch everyday?  Need something different to mix it up?  This tuna salad might just do the trick and is super easy to make.  Put it on fresh greens, roll it up in a lettuce leaf or just eat it by itself with some fresh veggies and […]

January 15, 2018 0 comment
English Pea and Cauliflower Rice Skillet

This side dish is an example of how you can put simple ingredients together and come up with a delicious side or meal.  After I made this, I had to go back and write down the ingredients.  To be perfectly honest, I hadn’t measured anything so these are really just guesstimates.  Don’t be nervous, it’ll […]

January 12, 2018 0 comment
Apple Cranberry Sweet Potato Bake

In my personal opinion, this sweet potato recipe is the epitome of the perfect holiday side dish.  Forget those sugar-laden sweet potato casseroles of the past.  This dish has a nice mix of  flavors characteristic of the season.  The combination not only tastes yummy, it will make a beautiful presentation on your holiday table as well! A few side […]

November 18, 2017 0 comment
Acorn Squash Egg in a Hole

Whether you make these for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, they will be a favorite.  A nutritious and tasty bite with protein, carbohydrates, and healthy fats all rolled into one.  Oh, did I mention, only 2 main ingredients?  The rest you probably have in your kitchen.  If not, use whatever combination of spices you’d like.    […]

November 13, 2017 0 comment
Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Bacon

Are you someone who has never been a big fan of Brussel sprouts?  Well, if you’ve never tried roasted Brussel sprouts, this recipe is a game changer.  Bacon or no bacon, Brussel sprouts truly shine when they are roasted!   If you are going the bacon route, look for a quality brand.  Choose one that is […]

November 11, 2017 0 comment
Salmon Avocado Mash

As far as I’m concerned, canned Wild-caught Alaskan salmon should be a staple in everyone’s pantry!  It’s inexpensive, convenient, versatile, and packed with nutrients.  Salmon is a complete protein with vitamins D and E, selenium, iron, magnesium, and B complex vitamins, but the biggest celebrity of them all, omega-3 fatty acids!  Omega-3’s are crucial in helping fight inflammation in […]

November 10, 2017 0 comment
Arugula and Broccoli Slaw Salad with Tahini Dressing

This is a quick salad you can toss together and add as a side to any meal.  Using pre-packaged greens and slaw makes it so easy and convenient.  The dressing can be made in a food processor or blender but as you can see from the pictures, I did’t even bother getting my Ninja out. […]

October 30, 2017 0 comment
Root Vegetable and Green Bean Medley

I truly love any roasted vegetable!  This combination of root vegetables with green beans  was not only beautiful to look at but so delicious as well.  As you can see, my ingredient proportions are quite large.  This serves two purposes…I always want more the next day (or two days) and  leftovers can be a big […]

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