Parmesan Crusted Smashed Potatoes with Fresh Herbs

Potatoes are so versatile and can be served with any meal. They can be baked, mashed, roasted, and made into a salad. These smashed and roasted potatoes topped with Parmesan and fresh herbs are my favorite way to eat them.

Pizza Beans

Looking for ways to boost the nutrients in your diet, add more beans! In fact, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend eating at least 3 cups of legumes per week. I get that not everyone is as excited about beans as I am so I thought you could use a little coaxing. These pizza beans…

Winter Salad with Roasted Butternut Squash

Salads are not always my go-to once cold weather sets in but I’ve found that if I change up my summer salad veggies for more seasonal ingredients, I enjoy them so much more. This salad recipe was sent to me by my cousin Deborah, and I loved her easy to assemble wintery ingredients. She used…

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…

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…

Beans and Greens on Toast

This British inspired dish makes for a very easy breakfast, lunch or dinner. It’s a meal that is well balanced, extremely satisfying, simple to prepare, and delicious to eat!

Marcella Hazan’s White Bean Soup with Garlic and Parsley

Silky beans in a rich olive oil broth ladled over a piece of toasted whole grain bread, yes please! Marcella Hazan was known for embracing simplicity and balance. These were the hallmarks of her cooking. You might be tempted to add other ingredients, but don’t! Consider this famous quote of hers, “What you leave out…

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…