It’s Pesto Time!

If I had to pick a scent that screams summer, it would be the aroma of fresh basil. I use this fragrant summer herb, straight from the garden, as an unexpected pop of flavor in sandwiches and salads, sprinkled on pizza and eggs and of course as the star ingredient in pesto. Needless to say,…

Creamy Chocolate Chia Pudding

There are many chia seed pudding recipes on social media and I’ve tried several but what I love about this one, is that it tastes really good! It’s thick, creamy and chocolatey, and the chia seeds give it a texture similar to tapioca pudding (but in a good way). So here you have a delicious…

Crispy Parmesan Snap Peas

Another easy to assemble recipe from The Forest Feast Gatherings cookbook. If fact, this is so easy it’s not really a recipe as much as it is combining 4 ingredients and baking them. This can be served as an appetizer or a vegetable side. You could swap other veggies for the snap peas. I think…

Caramelized Shallot Pasta

.I give full credit for this recipe to Alison Roman, former NY Times food columnist and now writer of her own newsletter and cooking series. This recipe spiked in popularity during the pandemic. The use of simple pantry ingredients combined with quick and easy cooking techniques makes it a winner in my book. The intense…

Whipped Feta Dip

Whipping feta cheese in the food processor with plain yogurt transforms it into a light and creamy base for this silky dip. The savory, saltiness of the feta is balanced with a sweet drizzle of honey and the roasted red peppers give this white canvas a pop of color. This is a deliciously light dip,…

4th of July Celebration Salad

Juicy watermelon, sweet blueberries, fresh mint and salty feta cheese create a symphony of summer flavors in every bite. Best of all, it takes 10 minutes to assemble.

Breakfast Cookies (Yum)!

These yummy “cookies” are filled with whole grains, fruit, and nuts so they qualify as a satisfying breakfast and have just the right amount of sweetness for a cookieish treat! The recipe does have a long list of ingredients (most of which you likely have on hand) but they are quick to mix up and…

Zucchini Ribbon Pizza with Walnuts and Parmesan

One of my favorite series of cookbooks is from Erin Gleeson, The Forest Feast. What I love about her books is that she makes cooking healthier so easy! Her recipes are more of an assembly of ingredients rather than a long list of ingredients and complicated directions. You can mix and match ingredients and measurements…

Anchovy Pasta with Garlic, Lemon and Arugula

Don’t be worried that this simple dish will be overpowered by the strong flavor of anchovies. It packs a powerful flavor punch. But not in a fishy way. The anchovies are present but not overwhelming. The addition of olive oil, lemon and herbs helps to balance their flavor so the anchovies are in the background,…

Creamy and Light Salmon Salad with Yogurt and Dill

Tinned fish is convenient, economical, and nutrient-rich so don’t limit your options to just tuna fish. Canned salmon is a pantry staple of mine because I love it as an alternative to tuna. It’s rich in omega-3 fatty acids, protein and calcium (if it’s not boneless). For quick and healthy weeknight dinners, I use it…

Smoked Trout with Red Pepper Jam and Lemon Oil

I just discovered smoked trout at Trader Joes and I will never go back to tuna fish. These meaty fillets are packed in a tin so they can be kept in your pantry for quick, easy, weeknight meals. For those of you not sure about the strong flavor of other tinned fish like sardines, they…

Zesty Sardine Toast with Capers and Herbs

Just mentioning sardines will get a cringed-face reaction. I’m here to hopefully change that response. These little fish come with a long list of reasons why you should be eating them. They are shelf-stable, inexpensive, sustainable, packed with protein, rich in omega-3 fatty acids, a good source of calcium and they can help you get…