Tuscan Shrimp and Beans

Cook’s Illustrated featured this recipe back in March/April 2017. Whenever I see “Tuscan” in the title of a recipe, I’m sold. You will find a bounty of beans in many Tuscan dishes (which is why I like them) and adding shrimp to the beans seemed like a winning combination. This deeply flavored dish is a…

One Pot Pantry Pasta with Chickpeas

When you can cook a meal in one pot, count me in! I found this recipe from┬áBon Appetit (BA) and loved the use of pantry staples. Chickpeas stand in as plant-based protein, canned tomatoes add sauciness and of course, pasta is the ultimate comfort food. The original recipe from Bon Appetit does not have a…

One-Pot Pasta with Zucchini and Herbs

Yes, you can cook this recipe in one pot, no extra skillet, bowl or colander to clean. One-pot recipes simplify cooking, making it easier to put a meal together when time is really tight. I have to admit, I’m usually a little skeptical of one-pot recipes because I’m never sure if they’ll work. This one…

Grilled Zucchini and Halloumi on Toasted Sourdough

Halloumi, where have you been all of my life? After seeing this Cypriot cheese featured on several blogs recently, I finally decided to give it a try. Halloumi is a firm, salty cheese traditionally made from sheep and goats milk. When eaten cold, it’s rather plain with a rubbery texture but when grilled, this is…

15-Minute Shrimp Tacos

This recipe cuts a few corners without sacrificing flavor and nutrition. By using a taco seasoning packet instead of making your own blend of seasonings and a pre-shredded bag of coleslaw mix, you can pull these tacos together in 15 minutes. Frozen shrimp should always be in your freezer because you can defrost them quickly…

Kale Salad with Fresh Strawberries, Feta and Pistachios

Our garden is overflowing with kale this year (a nice problem to have) so this has become my “go to” salad. It’s fast and easy with only 4 ingredients that compliment each others flavors and textures, soft and salty feta, sweet and juicy strawberries, slightly bitter kale, and crunchy pistachios. I love kale because it’s…

Chilled Cucumber Soup with Buttermilk and Herbs (so refreshing!)

Please don’t skip this recipe because you are unsure of the ingredients. It’s truly a delightful treat on a hot summer day. The buttermilk serves as a tangy, creamy base for an interesting cast of ingredients. Cucumbers, golden raisins, walnuts and herbs create a balance of flavors that work beautifully together. This soup gets better…

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,…

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…