Pear and Ginger Salad

When pears are in season, I love using them in as many ways as possible. Tossing them with a light ginger and soy dressing and serving them over greens with a sprinkle of walnuts is a fast and easy way to give them the attention they deserve.

Mastering Mezze

Mezze refers to a mixture of small dishes, served as either an appetizer or a light meal. This style of eating is very popular in the Middle East and Mediterranean countries. Mezze staples include dips, vegetables, salads, and bread. I will often assemble ingredients that I already have in the fridge and the pantry so…

Pumpkin Mousse Cashew Cheesecake (Vegan)

I find cheesecakes to be too rich and too heavy. That’s why I like this lighter version from the blog, May I Have That Recipe, which uses cashews as a replacement for cream cheese. This dessert is deliciously creamy, light, and airy with a 2 tone layer of pumpkin mousse and creamy filling sitting on…

Flourless Walnut Cake with Orange Zest

A very traditional Mediterranean flavor combination with walnuts and orange. This naturally gluten-free, flourless cake is just walnuts, sugar, eggs, and orange zest. It’s very chewy on the inside with a crisp top that gets dusted with powdered sugar. It’s a thin cake that is more like a chewy walnut brownie than a cake and…

Chickpea and Rosemary Frittata

5-ingredient or less recipes can be a game changer in the kitchen, especially around the holidays. Eggs are wonderful as a fast weeknight dinner or holiday brunch and a frittata couldn’t be easier. Here we are combining eggs with chickpeas, fresh rosemary and parmesan cheese. Don’t be fooled. This small list of ingredients packs big…

3-Ingredient Maple Glazed Salmon

We all should be eating more fish and this 3-ingredient recipe makes it easier than ever. It takes only 15-minutes in the oven so it goes from prep to table in under 20 minutes.

Red Curry Glazed Salmon

The American Heart Association suggests eating at least 8 ounces of fish per week and the heart healthy Mediterranean eating plan recommends up to 15 ounces per week. Seafood is an excellent source of protein, rich in omega-3 fatty acids, and if you’re eating fish, you’re not eating steak. This is one of my favorite…

Yogurt “Cheese” Cake with a Hint of Lemon

I’m just not a fan of cheesecake. It’s too thick and too rich and always feels so heavy. Not exactly what I want to eat at the end of a meal. But Then I discovered this Turkish yogurt cake that is so light and airy, so fresh and lemony, the perfect bite of sweetness. The…

Fruity Cranberry Sauce

If you’ve never made homemade cranberry sauce, this is the year to give it a try. This recipe is so easy, taking only about 15 minutes to make. Skip the canned variety. It has 6 teaspoons of sugar in just 1/4 cup. That’s an entire days worth of added sugar for most of us, not…

Make-Ahead Egg Sandwiches (for a fast and easy holiday breakfast)!

Instead of a runny, fried egg on your breakfast sandwich, try a soft, creamy egg square instead. Simply combine eggs, water, and a dash of salt then bake in a square baking dish to produce four portions of soft, custard-like eggs. These are excellent for make-ahead breakfast sandwiches, perfect for a quick, easy, and healthy…

Butternut Pear Soup with Popcorn Croutons

This is one of my favorites from Erin Gleeson, The Forest Feast. It’s a brilliantly simple, nutrient-rich, “no cream” creamy soup that’s as cozy as a soft blanket. Because it’s so easy, I’m adding it to my Thanksgiving menu. And it’s vegan, dairy and gluten-free.

Peanut Butter & Chocolate Chickpea Energy Bites

These no-bake energy bites are a satisfying between-meal snack or can even fill in for a quick, on-the-go breakfast. All the ingredients are blended in a food processor, then rolled into bite size balls. Store them in the fridge or freezer.