Simple Tomato Sauce

We have many sauce recipes but this is our simplest and easiest. We use it over pasta or ravioli, and when making other Italian dishes like eggplant or chicken parmesan or lasagna. Super easy to make, it tastes great and the house smells amazing while it simmers. Sauce freezes well too, so we enjoy it the first day and freeze...

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Yellow & Green Zoodles with Tomato Sauce

When I haven’t planned dinner, pasta is a sure win, especially when it’s just me and my youngest son home for dinner.  Yellow & Green Zoodles for me, gluten-free pasta for him, both served with homemade tomato sauce and fresh parmigiana. To save time, I even purchased the already spiralized zucchini noodles. And I didn’t “cook” my zoodles, I feel like...

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Polenta with Rosemary Tomato Sauce

My mother-in-law visited this weekend and made one of our favorite meals… her famous Polenta with Rosemary Tomato Sauce! I ate mine vegetarian but the rest of my crew likes it with chicken. Can be dairyfree by skipping mozzarella. We used Colavita Instant Polenta Cornmeal which was awesome because it was ready in 5 minutes yet tasted like traditional polenta,...

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Yellow & Green Zoodles with Homemade Tomato Sauce

It was a pasta kind of day! Yellow & Green Zoodles for me, gluten-free pasta for the boys, both served with homemade tomato sauce and fresh parmigiana. To save time, I purchased the zoodles from Whole Foods– I didn’t even spiralize them ?.  And I don’t cook my zoodles, I feel like they “cook” enough when I put hot sauce...

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Roasted Veggies, Rosemary Tomato Sauce & Creamy Polenta

There’s a snowstorm coming our way, but my plate is warm and cozy. Creamy polenta, topped with a sea of roasted veggies and homemade rosemary-infused tomato sauce. I “made” the family eat polenta again because I wanted to snap a photo and share my mother-in-law’s AMAAAAZING tomato sauce. My husband grew up eating this sauce with chicken over a plate...

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Simple Salad with Warm Roasted Veggies

Today was all sorts of crazy and I ended up eating lunch (this bowl) at 3:30, so I wanted something warming, nourishing and satisfying. I literally threw lots of pre-chopped veggies on baking sheets and tossed them with nothing more than avocado oil, salt and pepper.  Voila, the building blocks of a perfect meal. Warm roasted brussel sprouts, cauliflower, butternut...

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Simple Skillet Rice and Beans

When we need an easy, filling dish on Taco Tuesday (or any day!) we turn to Skillet Rice and Beans with toasted corn & tomatoes. It is easy to make, flavorful and fresh. It’s simply rice & beans cooked up with sautéed onion in vegetable broth, mixed with toasted corn and fresh tomato salsa. The family likes it with grilled...

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Simple Salad and Blueberry Vinaigrette

A great conclusion to a perfect late summer day, grilling and enjoying a simple salad, topped off with the yummiest homemade blueberry vinaigrette, which has become my new favorite summertime dressing… so simple and so fresh! If you like blueberries, you must try this! It’s super easy and SO good! I didn’t use adobe sauce because I didn’t have any...

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Simple Bowl of Veggie Goodness

We are currently renting a beach house and one of the easiest ways to feed everyone is by grilling…. chicken or steak or burgers for the boys and veggies for me + adding lots of simple sides using the best local summer produce. My bowl tonight was grilled portobello mushrooms and grilled peppers, Jersey tomatoes mixed with EVOO, balsamic vinegar...

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Simple 5-Ingredient Harvest Tacos

Tacos are one of our favorite meals because they are so versatile.  Yesterday, we ate more classic Mexican flavors with guacamole, corn and tomatoes.  Today we are mixing it up with our favorite Fall flavor — Spiced Roasted Butternut Squash!  The spices balance the sweetness of the roasted squash and are literally like candy! So why not create an entire...

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Simple Greek Style Salad

Twas’ the night before Thanksgiving and we’ve been cooking all day… so it’s pizza and salad for dinner.  Truthfully, some of us ate more pizza and others more salad 🙂 This salad is simply romaine, chopped cucumbers, tomatoes, red onion, olives and crumbled feta tossed in my go to dressing…Easy Balsamic Vinaigrette.  Quick, easy and delicious! Scroll down to see...

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Simple Garden Greens

This easy summer salad is made of lettuce from our garden, fresh cherry tomatoes and mozzarella. With the BEST homemade basil vinaigrette, I make this all summer long and it’s always a crowd pleaser. Super easy & very versatile… could jazz up any salad or even be used as a marinade. It’s also a great way to use up basil if,...

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Simple Bowl of Grilled and Roasted Veggies

We were without power last evening and much of today, and while it has been restored, we all eating random food from the fridge so it doesn’t go bad, so sharing this colorful plate from a while back. Roasted Portobello Mushrooms, Grilled Eggplant, Roasted Cherry Tomatoes, Sautéed Spinach from my garden, a big batch of quinoa and of course, some...

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Tomato Soup + Grilled Cheese

My go to “Tomato Soup”  is my Mother-in law’s famous 5-ingredient recipe, affectionally known as “Nonny Soup” (Grandmother in Italian). This vegan soup is the quickest, easiest and most crowd pleasing ever! It’s made with 5 basic ingredients plus olive oil & seasonings.   Sometimes we puree it a lot, sometimes a little, sometimes not at all.  Sometimes we eat...

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Tomato, Grilled Corn & Basil Pizza

Every Thursday should be pizza night. Seriously though, is there anything easier or more crowd pleasing for dinner? Tonight the boys had a classic cheese pizza and my husband I ate this Tomato, Grilled Corn, Basil, and Balsamic Glaze on a grilled Cali’Flour Foods cauliflower pizza crust. Toppings combo inspired by Cooking Light, it was such a great way to enjoy...

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Tomato Salad

One of the best parts of summer is tomato season! We spend time at a beach house with our family each year. With ten people sharing the house, we’re always looking for the simplest, easiest side dishes to round out any meal… and fresh summer veggies make it so much easier! These Jersey tomatoes are SO fresh, juicy and yummy!...

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Tomato Soup with Roasted Chickpeas

When we woke up to snow on the second day of spring, dinner called for comfort food! So, we had the best Homemade Tomato Soup with Roasted Chickpeas with grilled cheese sandwiches! YUM!!! The soup recipe is an oldie but goodie from Cooking Light. It’s easy to prepare and the garnishes really up the game! Scroll down to see the recipe.

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Hearty Lentil Tomato Soup

My son and husband love soup all year round but personally I tend to eat soup only once the weather turns cold.  Well cold weather has officially arrived in the Northeast and soup is now a regular in the rotation. My husband requested this homemade lentil-tomato soup tonight.  Recipe from Cooking Light, this simple soup is a longtime favorite and...

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Tomato, Corn and Avocado Salad

This 10-minute Tomato, Corn & Avocado Salad seasoned with EVOO, fresh lime juice and cilantro showcases fresh, late-summer produce and will have your taste buds singing! We are currently on vacation, sharing a beach house with extended family.  With 10 of us in a house, we tend to do a lot of grilling and simple, fresh salads like this one....

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Sun-dried Tomato Sweet Potato Bowl

If you follow me on Instagram Stories, you know I love Sweet Potato Bowls for lunch… they are super quick and easy, and so nourishing.. not just from a nutrient standpoint (but there are plenty of those!) but also because they are warm and cozy, and totally satisfying. As in, I’m not hungry an hour later and it powers me through the...

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Two Bean Soup with Tomato-Chive Crostini

Sometimes in winter, I’m ready for Spring, but it’s still freezing out! One day we woke up to snow showers, so cozying up to a big bowl of homemade soup instead was the perfect plan. This savory Two-Bean-Soup with Tomato-Chive Crostini was warming and refreshing at the same time! And the crostini dipped in soup were amazing! And did I mention...

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Sun-Dried Tomato Chickpea Salad

Ever see a photograph of a dish and you know you have to make it right away? I’d been dreaming of this Sun Dried Tomato Chickpea Salad ever since The Toasted Pinenut posted it on Instagram: it’s all my favorite ingredients, took less than ten minutes to prepare, and it did not disappoint! It was so delicious! The best combo...

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Mexican Pumpkin Seed & Tomato Dip

Toasting to Tuesdays with a savory Mexican Pumpkin Seed and Roasted Tomato Dip on toast! Yep, it’s actually a hummus-like dip I made as a Thanksgiving appetizer, but we liked it so much my husband and I both spread it on toast (we like Free Bread Inc) for a hearty snack! Made with toasted pumpkin seeds, roasted tomatoes, habanero chile...

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Grilled Apricot and Tomato Toast

This recipe was from my first Toasting Tuesday. I came a bit late to the toast bandwagon, but learned to embrace it. Now I spend time thinking up toppings my son will enjoy. The toppings totally make toast fun, delicious and these make a perfect, easy breakfast, lunch or healthy snack! The recipe sounds fancy but was super easy and...

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Spinach, Goat Cheese & Sun-Dried Tomato Quiche

‘Tis the season for holiday brunching!  And this quiche is a must have on any menu. I picked up all the fresh and seasonal ingredients for this savory and unbelievably delicious quiche at Whole Foods Fairfield County, my local Whole Foods Market.  Fresh baby spinach, goat cheese, sundried tomatoes, yellow onion, garlic, organic eggs, whole milk and a Whole Foods Gluten-Free...

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Our Favorite Bolognese Sauce

Nothing better than a big bowl of pasta! I’ve partnered with Whole Foods and Whole Foods Fairfield County to share one of our favorite easy Dinner Hacks… we always have a stash of my sons favorite Bolognese Sauce in the refrigerator  fridge and freezer ready to heat up when the boys come home from school or practices ravenous.  It’s a...

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Penne with Tofu Vodka Sauce

Dinner is ready! Gluten-free Penne with Tofu Vodka Sauce. Yep, I said tofu. But don’t get freaked out, no one would ever guess the sauce is dairy-free! The tofu is blended with the vodka, then mixed into a tomato sauce base, so it’s super rich and creamy. Tastes indulgent and so yummy… My entire family loves it and they are...

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Rigatoni with Veggies in a Creamy Dairy-free Vodka Sauce

Rigatoni with veggies in a creamy Tomato Vodka Sauce– Gluten-free and Dairy-free. My son’s favorite thing to order at a restaurant is pasta with vodka sauce. So we tried to recreate his favorite restaurant version at home, only healthier. Made with tomatoes and gluten-free vodka, the sauce gets its creaminess from tofu (don’t worry if you don’t love tofu, you...

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Rigatoni with Chickpeas & Kale in a Spicy Pomodoro Sauce

Made with DePuma’s Gluten-Free Pasta, this dish is amazing!  DePuma’s pasta is fresh not dry pasta and it’s as close to homemade as we’ve ever seen in a gluten-free brand.  The sauce, recipe adapted from Food and Wine, is loaded with flavor.  It starts with the Italian classics — lots of garlic, whole peeled Italian tomatoes, basil, fennel seeds and crushed red pepper...

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All the Greens with Garlic Sauce

Stir fried veggies and chicken is one of our easy, go to weekday dinners, and this garlic sauce is the current favorite! Today I opted for the family’s favorite green vegetables for stir frying — broccoli, bok choy and snow peas, plus chicken.  I quickly sautéed them and they then stir fried them with the YUMMIEST garlic sauce.  This is...

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Eggplant and Broccoli in Garlic Sauce

As you know, we are big fans of stirfry because it is such an easy and adaptable dish.  And I’ve made a lot of yummy stirfrys.  But this Garlic Sauce is the Real Deal! It is 100% and tastes just like the restaurants. The sauce recipe is adapted from The Spruce , takes less than 15 minutes to make and it...

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Strawberry Rhubarb Sauce

Rhubarb is a tart vegetable (even though we treat it like a fruit) and is often considered one of the first harbingers of spring…. Growing up my Great-Grandfather grew tons of rhubarb and gave it all to my mother who turned it into the most amazing Strawberry Rhubarb Pie, Rhubarb Coffee Cake, and Strawberry Rhubarb Sauce among other yummy treats. Strawberry Rhubarb...

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Collard Green Spring Rolls with Sunbutter Dipping Sauce

to these Collard Green Spring Rolls with Sunbutter Dipping Sauce that I made last week for a lunch with friends. Packed with nutrients, fresh, light and loaded with flavor, they disappeared quickly! Each wrap is packed with fresh basil (which adds a surprise punch of flavor with every bite), carrots, red pepper, bean sprouts, tofu, and red cabbage — and...

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Famous Cranberry Sauce

What’s Thanksgiving without homemade Cranberry Sauce? And this is my “famous” cranberry sauce! Well, sort of. The recipe is from a family friend years ago, and I’m not sure it’s famous outside the 30 people who have been at our Thanksgiving table but I’ve been making it for nearly 20 years and it is a rock star– lots of fresh,...

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Mozzarella Sticks with Spicy Marinara Sauce

A few weeks ago when I shared my zucchini fries, several of you asked for a recipe for mozzarella sticks.  I had never made them and my son had only tried them once so I thought it would be fun to track down a recipe. I found a great one! Recipe from Bon Appetit, these Mozzarella Sticks with Spicy Marinara Dipping...

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Asian Kale Salad with Peanut Sauce

If you’ve been following me on Instagram Stories, you know that I’ve been eating lots of kale salads because the kale in my patio garden is growing like crazy!  This is one of my absolute favorites. The reason this salad came to be is because of the peanut sauce in my Vegetarian Pad Thai.  I am totally obsessed with this peanut...

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Broccoli, Bok Choy & Eggplant in Garlic Sauce

I quickly sautéed broccoli, bok choy and eggplant, then stir fried them with the YUMMIEST garlic sauce. The sauce recipe is adapted from The Spruce , takes less than 15 minutes to make and it is thick and perfectly flavored. A quick, easy and super yummy dish in no time! Scroll down for recipe.

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All the Greens with Thai Sweet Chili Sauce

Stir fried veggies and chicken is one of our go to, easy weekday dinners, and this Thai Sweet Chili Sauce was delicious way to switch it up! I opted for the family’s favorite green vegetables for stir frying — broccoli, bok choy and snow peas, plus chicken.  I quickly sautéed them with green onion, lots of garlic and sesame oil...

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Roasted Veggies with Lemony Tahini Sauce

It’s no secret that I love roasted veggies and always have some in my fridge (in fact these were roasted yesterday).  I like them warm, cold, in salads or on their own.  But this Lemony Tahini Sauce, recipe from my friend, The Dish on Healthy, takes them to a whole new level. The sauce is creamy, savory and packed with flavor!...

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Warm Zoodle Bowl with Lemony Tahini Sauce

It was kind of a crazy day but I did manage to get in some meal prep…. a bunch of roasted veggies for me and some chicken and quinoa for the boys. Lots of people think meal prep is hard and it does require some planning and some time but there’s nothing better than having a fridge stocked with basics...

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Vegetarian Pad Thai with a Sweet-Savory Peanut Sauce

This Vegetarian Pad Thai is packed with goodness and so satisfying… a mix of rice and sweet potato noodles, shredded cabbage, bean sprouts, tofu, peanuts and the yummiest peanut sauce! More on the Peanut Sauce…  it is seriously so yummy, practically drinkable.  Made with natural peanut butter, gluten-free tamari, ginger, rice wine vinegar, lime juice, water, brown sugar and 2 “squirts” siracha sauce, it is the perfect...

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Stir Fry Veggies & Roasted Tofu in Garlic Sauce

Monday Mood…. Cozying up to a big bowl of stir fry VEGGIES and GARLIC SAUCE. Sautéed eggplant, red pepper and broccolini, and roasted Tofu all stir fried with the YUMMIEST garlic sauce. The garlic sauce, recipe adapted from  The Spruce ,  took less than 15 minutes to make and tastes just like the restaurants. Served over white rice, this was...

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Pineapple Buddha Bowl with Sweet & Sour Sauce

What started as a stir fry ended up as a Buddha Bowl for me and I’m not complaining… roasted sweet & sour tofu, roasted Brussel sprouts, sautéed snow peas, black rice, and pineapple with a homemade sweet and sour sauce. A fresh, hearty and perfectly balanced bowl… a little sweet, a little tangy, a little savory and a little nutty....

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Deconstructed Collard Green Spring Rolls with Sunbutter Dipping Sauce

Some days we just roll with it. Or not. Deconstructed Collard Green Spring Rolls with Sunbutter Dipping Sauce. Super easy, packed with nutrients and so delicious! I made the Collard Green Spring Rolls from Minimalist Baker a month or so ago and absolutely loved them.  I loved the flavor combo and the dipping sauce, and was craving it again tonight but didn’t have...

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Rigatoni with Vegetables in Vodka Sauce

Gluten-free Rigatoni with veggies in a creamy tomato vodka sauce from Quattro Pazzi Cafe, Fairfield CT. I have a fridge full of food but I’m cooking all day for Easter so we’re taking a break and dining out. Quattro Pazzi is one of my son’s favorite local restaurants. They’ve been making him gluten-free food since before it was more popular to do...

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Spinach Artichoke Enchiladas with Homemade Red Sauce

Truth: I’ve never eaten or made enchiladas before and apparently I’ve been missing out all these years!  When I came across this healthier take on the classic from fellow blogger Cookie and Kate, I had to try them… I mean Spinach and Artichoke! (the taste actually reminded me on my favorite appetizer). I’m actually obsessed with the homemade enchilada sauce...

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Spaghetti with Parsley, EVOO, and Sautéed Garlic

On the busiest of days, it seems that pasta is the easiest option, or certainly a crowd pleasing one. Today I felt like an uber driver after school so it definitely qualified as a pasta kind of day! Recipe from Cooking Light, this is simply Gluten-free spaghetti tossed with fresh parsley, sautéed garlic, EVOO and Parmesan cheese. It literally takes no...

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Veggie Loaded Pizza with Arugula and Lemon

Both! Gluten-free pizza crust topped with a simple marinara sauce, mozzarella and lots of vegetables. Thinly sliced yellow squash, thinly sliced zucchini, orange pepper, yellow pepper, arugula and inspired by Pie by the Pound, a pizza place in NYC, I added lemon slices to the mix. The baked lemons are sweeter, more mild and less acidic than raw lemons and add...

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Pasta with Roasted Veggies and Fresh Basil

There’s nothing more cozy that a simple bowl of pasta with Roasted Veggies. Roasted eggplant, roasted chickpeas, sautéed tomatoes and spinach all mixed with a fresh tomato sauce and Banza rotini, then topped with fresh basil. It seems like a lot but it actually comes together quite quickly.  I roasted the eggplant and chickpeas ahead of time.  Then when ready...

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Classic Pizza with Cauliflower Pizza Crust

Tonight we are all staying in watching the Final Four NCAA Championships and eating pizza! This pizza is made with Caulipower ready-made Cauliflower pizza crust, Whole Foods low-fat mozzarella and our Simple Tomato Sauce.  Couldn’t be any easier or yummier! This is our first time trying the Caulipower pizza crust and we love it! It’s gluten-free, dairy-free and takes all the work...

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Classic Pizza with on a ready made Cauliflower Pizza Crust

Date night for me and my husband; Pizza Night for the boys. A simple classic cheese pizza on a Caulipower ready-made Cauliflower pizza crust.  Made with our homemade Simple Tomato Sauce and shredded mozzarella, it couldn’t be any easier or yummier! The boys like this cauliflower crust. It’s gluten-free, dairy-free and takes all the work out of making your own.  It has...

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Baked Ziti

There’s something about pasta on Sunday and this Baked Ziti is a family favorite. Barilla US gluten-free penne, mixed with part-skim ricotta, mozzarella, homemade tomato sauce and topped with parmigiana reggiano. Always a crowd pleaser, I made this early today because we will be out most of the afternoon with kids sports & activities but are having a small family dinner...

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Quick & Easy Eggplant Parmesan

My mother makes the best eggplant parmesan ever! It is layers and layers of meticulously prepared (and not breaded) eggplant and it is melt in your mouth yummy.  But I have never made it because is always seems like too much time and work. Yet my husband and I absolutely love eggplant parm any style, so inspired by my friend...

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Chickpea Shawarma Dip

This Chickpea Shawarma Dip is meant to be shared, but it’s SO good you won’t want to. It is savory, creamy, fresh and so yummy! We’ve had it as part of a Mediterranean dinner, and it also makes a great appetizer the next night. It’s that good! Scroll down to see the recipe.

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Dairy-free Penne alla Vodka

It was a gorgeous summer day but we are back-to-school tomorrow so we are all about the comfort food tonight.  By request, dinner was Gluten-free, Dairy-free Penna alla Vodka. This sauce is creamy and indulgent tasting but made without any cream or butter. The creaminess comes from silken tofu. Yep, I said tofu. But don’t get freaked out, no one...

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Classic Cheese Lasagna

Lasagna is a classic and no need to miss out just because you’re gluten-free! We make my family’s recipe (passed down from my Great Grandmother) with gluten-free noodles and my son loves it! We used to make lasagna only a few times a year — serving it as part of Christmas dinner and maybe one other time during the year...

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Spiced Chickpea Tacos with Kale Slaw

By now you know, we are big fans of tacos…. they are super easy and so adaptable to tastes.  You can basically take any ingredients you love, place it in a warm corn tortilla and you have yourself a meal! The first time I made these particular tacos was by chance. I had some leftover enchilada sauce (remember those super...

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Spiced Chickpea Tacos with Kale Slaw

By now you know, we are big fans of tacos…. they are super easy and so adaptable to tastes.  You can basically take any ingredients you love, place it in a warm corn tortilla and you have yourself a meal! The first time I made these particular tacos was by chance. I had some leftover enchilada sauce (remember those super...

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Clean Out the Fridge Mashup

As we wind down our vacation, we all ate different things for dinner with some doing takeout & some clearing out the fridge. This was my plate: Mediterranean chickpea salad, sautéed garlic mushrooms, avocado, Organic Girl Super Greens and Jilz gluten-free crackers. So good! Seriously, I’m totally in love with this chickpea salad inspired by my good friend Aleyda at The...

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Thanksgiving Sides

All the sides! Thanksgiving is probably my favorite holiday. It’s always a big gathering of family and we hang out all day, eating and cooking together, which is really fun. Since my son was diagnosed with celiac, it’s evolved into a gluten-free feast! My husband and I are sometimes cooking all day so that we can share some of our...

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“Salad” Pasta

This “Salad” Pasta for the win on this Meatless Monday! Gluten-free spaghetti with cherry tomatoes, marinated artichokes, kalamata olives, fresh spinach and basil. A super easy, super quick and super yummy way to kick off the week! Scroll down to see the recipe.

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Spaghetti with Broccolini, Spinach & Mushrooms

After a busy day, there is nothing better than a warm bowl of pasta with vegetables.  In fact it’s a crowd pleaser in this house, so we make many variations of it.  Tonight it’s gluten-free spaghetti mixed with sautéed mushrooms, spinach and broccolini in a simple marinara sauce. This easy dinner is yummy, cozy and ready in less than 30 minutes. This would...

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Spaghetti with Broccolini, Spinach & Mushrooms

We are back from Hawaii and seriously jet lagged.  We woke quite late and spent the day doing all those post-vacation things.  On our mind always though is “what are we eating for dinner?” So we decided early in the day to make what we like best (and which requires minimal work and cleaning!) …. a big bowl of veggie pasta!...

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Mediterranean Veggie Spaghetti

Because I somehow missed National Spaghetti Day yesterday, today I’m throwing it back to one of our favorite dinners, this Mediterranean Veggie Spaghetti. Made with gluten-free spaghetti, cherry tomatoes, marinated artichokes, kalamata olives, fresh spinach and basil, this is super easy, super quick and super yummy! Scroll down to see the recipe.

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General Tso’s Chickpeas & Veggies

Most people think of General Tso’s as a deep fried dish but if you add the sauce to stir fried veggies or chicken, you get the same delicious flavor only healthier! And so quick and easy! This General Tso’s sauce is adapted from Pinch of Yum and was a big hit. It’s a little sweet, a little spicy and so delicious!...

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Mediterranean Veggie Pasta

Made with gluten-free spaghetti (we used Barilla gluten-free this time),  cherry tomatoes, marinated artichokes, kalamata olives, fresh spinach and basil, this is super easy, super quick and super yummy! Recipe adapted from Cooking Light, I make this dish often because it takes less than 30 minutes, and I love that the pasta is added to the veggies and veggie broth for the last...

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General Tso’s Chickpeas & Veggies

Most people think of General Tso’s as a deep fried dish but if you add the sauce to stir fried veggies or chicken, you get the same delicious flavor only healthier.  And so quick and easy! This is broccoli, peppers & chickpeas all quickly sautéed and stir fried with a General Tso’s Sauce, and served over rice. Sauce recipe adapted...

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Roasted Veggie Pasta with Fresh Basil

Loving this Roasted Veggie Pasta! Roasted eggplant, tomatoes and chickpeas mixed with caramelized onions over Tolerant Food organic non-GMO gluten-free red lentil penne. This is Sunday night pasta done right! Would also make an excellent Meatless Monday dinner. And if you eat dairy, this dish goes well with ricotta salata or a spoonful of ricotta the way my son likes it....

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My favorite Thanksgiving Side Dishes

One of the best parts of a big holiday dinner is enjoying foods that you only prepare on that holiday… what is even better, is getting to enjoy them the next day too! These are my favorite Thanksgiving sides… Harvest Kale Salad with Maple Glazed Delicata Squash and Lemon-Maple Dressing, Cranberry Sauce with lots of Orange Zest, Roasted Brussel Sprouts...

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Asparagus with Balsamic Tomatoes

This dish is so simple, it takes ten minutes to make and just melts in your mouth, it’s so good!  The tomatoes and balsamic are amazing and bring out the flavor of the asparagus. Delicious with or without the goat cheese! Scroll down to see the recipe.

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Mediterranean Veggie Pasta

After lots of holiday eats, we want simple comfort food… which for my family almost always means pasta!  And this Mediterranean Veggie pasta is a favorite. Made with gluten-free spaghetti (we used Barilla gluten-free this time),  cherry tomatoes, marinated artichokes, kalamata olives, fresh spinach and basil, this is super easy, super quick and super yummy! Recipe adapted from Cooking Light, I make...

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Taco Tuesday Hawaiian Style

We lunched today at the Four Seasons (on Hawaii’s Big Island) because they always have extensive gluten-free menus, are careful with regards to cross-contamination — and of course we appreciate gorgeous ocean views! Visit my Instagram Stories to see more…  

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A Big Bowl of Holiday Side Dishes

Holidays in my house are all about family and food traditions.  Thanksgiving is probably my favorite holiday. It’s always a big gathering of family and we hang out all day, eating and cooking together. Since my son was diagnosed with celiac, it’s evolved into a gluten-free feast! The key to enjoying an awesome, stress-free and gluten-free holiday is planning ahead....

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Skillet Rice and Beans topped with Creamy Avocado

Was a busy day so I needed a simple, crowd pleasing dinner….Enter longtime favorite, Skillet Rice and Beans.  It’s simply rice & beans cooked up with sautéed onion in vegetable broth, mixed with toasted corn and fresh tomato salsa. Easy to make, fresh and flavorful. The family likes it with grilled chicken. My favorite way to eat it is over...

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Skillet Rice and Beans topped with Creamy Avo

Busy days call for a hearty and trusted favorite so we made a batch of Skillet Rice and Beans.  It’s simply rice & beans cooked up with sautéed onion in vegetable broth, mixed with toasted corn and fresh tomato salsa. Easy to make, fresh and flavorful. The boys ate it along side grilled chicken and this is my plate… topped...

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Stir Fried Sesame Veggies & Almond Butter Tofu

Stir-fried sesame eggplant & peppers, roasted almond butter tofu and spicy Quick Pickled Asian Cucumbers over rice. If you’ve been following me for a while you know that a stir fry is one of our go to meals— it can be entirely prepped ahead so that all that’s left is the 10-15 minutes of actual stir frying and they can be...

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Balsamic Veggies & Grilled Polenta

You know I am a big fan of veggies any style but these Balsamic Veggies really hit the spot after a weekend filled with lots of holiday baked goods! It’s simply tomatoes, mushrooms and quick boiled asparagus quickly sautéed with a touch of olive oil and lots of balsamic vinegar. The flavor is insane!  Savory, tangy, a touch of sweet...

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Personal Veggie Plate

Craving all the Veggies! I spent the day testing holiday recipes (i.e. Eating all day!) and want nothing more for dinner than this veggie plate I made over the weekend.  It was packed with all my favorite crunchy veggies – carrots, cucumbers, radishes, peppers, snap peas and broccoli, Jilz Crackers, creamy avocado, a few olives just because I love them...

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Quick Summer Salad with Green Goddess Dressing

Salad and pizza is one of our go to weekday dinners…. some of us end up eating more salad and some more pizza but everyone is happy, and it is quick! This Green Goddess Quinoa Salad, recipe from Pinch of Yum, is one of my favorites! Spinach, Quinoa, Cherry Tomatoes and a 5 minute Magic Green Sauce.  It takes mere...

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Creamy Avocado with Skillet Rice & Beans

Happy first day of Spring!  I’m super excited for all the fresh local produce coming our way soon …. but for tonight it’s creamy avocado on top of a bed of lettuce and last night’s Skillet Rice & Beans with corn and tomatoes. Especially on a busy Monday, there’s nothing better than being able to heat up a dish you...

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One Pan Pasta Puttanesca

One Pan Pasta Puttanesca at the request of my crew. There are lots of benefits to living with a food blogger, but the downside is that you may not see your favorite dishes as often as you’d like.  My husband and son both asked recently why we haven’t had this pasta in a while (um, because we’re always trying something new!), so on this cool,...

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Mexican Rice + Beans Bowl

While we try lots of new recipes, there are some that are always on the menu… this duo is one of them. Super easy, flavorful and crowd-pleasing, they are extremely versatile and can served with vegetables and any additional protein of choice. My plate:  Rice, black beans, roasted Brussel Sprouts, fresh baby spinach and avocado. Mexican Rice recipe adapted from Test...

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Veggie Lo Mein Noodles

This Veggie Lo Mein is a real win any night of the week.  Quick and easy to make, loaded with veggies and SO yummy! Recipe adapted from Pinch of Yum, we make this often because it’s great flavor and can be made with any vegetables you like or have on hand.  Today I went to the market and picked up...

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Vegetarian Pad Thai

So I’m a huge fan of pad thai and peanut sauce but believe it or not, no one in my family is… Crazy, right?!  So with everyone running in different directions tonight, I decided to treat myself to a vegetarian pad thai loaded with all my favorites… a mix of rice and sweet potato noodles, shredded cabbage, bean sprouts, tofu, peanuts and...

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Mexican Chopped Salad with Kale, Black Beans & Mango

This salad has a little bit of everything… kale, black beans, mango, corn, tomatoes, yellow pepper, green onion, avocado and cashews for some crunch.  The dressing is prepared salsa, lime juice & EVOO. It’s literally a fiesta unto itself and can be enjoyed alone or alongside a simple grilled protein of your choice. Bonus: this packed salad takes no time...

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Zucchini & Plum Tomatoes with Pasta

When Meatless Monday meets end-of-weekend comfort food! We took a zucchini & tomatoes we made recently but this time poured it over gluten-free Barilla US spaghetti for a quick, easy dinner! Nothing like fresh veggies – simple and oh so yummy! Scroll down to see the recipe.

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Italian Meatballs

Growing up in a big Italian family, pasta and meatballs in tomato sauce are always fan favorite.  These meatballs, based on my Grandmother’s recipes are savory and flavorful! It’s meat mixed up with parmigiana cheese, gluten-free bread and lots of Italian seasoning.  They taste great straight up when first cooked and with tomato sauce anytime! Serve with pasta or on...

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Coconut Yogurt Bowl

The best way to put leftovers to use – add them to your yogurt bowl! Feels like a completely different meal and still so delicious! During Thanksgiving season, I’d started my day with a spin class, a green juice and a little Black Friday shopping, and surprised myself by actually being hungry again! A great start to the day, you...

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Seasoned Baked Fries

With these “Seasoned BAKED Fries” every day can be FRY-day, at least that’s what my boys think. They are super easy to make and the fries are crispy and perfectly seasoned! Scroll down to see the recipe.

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Veggie Burger – Sweet Potato Bowl

Hilary’s Hemp & Greens Veggie Burger, Sweet Potato topped with tahini sauce and roasted chickpeas, a big bowl of greens and avocado, of course.  All the focus is on Thanksgiving  but we still need to eat all week leading up to it…. dinner just needs to be super quick, easy and nourishing. That’s why I love Hilary’s Veggie Burgers… all...

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Teriyaki Tofu Sushi Burrito

I tried my hand at making a Sushi Burrito today and while I obviously still need to work on my rolling skills, it was too delicious not to share! Recipe from Cilantro & Citronella, my roll has a mix of fresh and cooked vegetables — roasted butternut squash, raw julienned beets, cucumber sticks for crunch, avocado for creaminess, spinach and the yummiest roasted...

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Sunday Night Dinner meets Asian Feast

With everyone’s busy schedule, Sunday night is one of the few nights we are all generally home and eating dinner together, so I like to make a big meal that is crowd pleasing and leaves us extras for the next day or two.  The end of year Spring schedule tends to be even crazier than usual so leftovers are particularly welcome! Today’s...

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Veggie Lo Mein Noodles

Oodles of gluten-free Lo Mein Noodles! This 15-minute Veggie Lo Mein is a real win any night of the week. Quick and easy to make, loaded with veggies and SO yummy! Recipe adapted from Pinch of Yum, we love recipes that are easily adaptable to tastes or whatever vegetables you have on hand. Here, I used julienne cut carrots, yellow squash, zucchini,...

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Mashed Potato Fritters

Have any mashed potatoes left? These savory “Mashed Potato Fritters” took less than 20 minutes to make and are always a total hit! The recipe and inspiration are from A Dash of Megnut. Super yummy, crispy on the outside with creamy mashed potato on the inside. Packed with flavor and now we’re just about done with leftovers! Scroll down to see...

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Black Bean and Mushroom Burger

Nearly 90 degrees on the third day of Fall calls for burgers.  The boys ate classic beef burgers but my husband and I, always on the quest for the perfect plant-based burger, enjoyed these Black Bean and Mushroom Burgers topped with an Avocado spread and shredded red cabbage. They may be our new favorite!  Recipe from Cooking Light, the burgers...

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Skillet Rice and Beans

Skilling it on this Taco Tuesday! Skillet Rice and Beans with corn & tomatoes, topped with avocado. So good, I could eat this every day! This was super easy and a total crowd pleaser. The rice & beans are cooked together in vegetable broth, along with sautéed onion, garlic, cumin, coriander, and oregano for about 15 minutes. It’s then mixed with...

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Thanksgiving Recipes

Your lunch game is strong when you get to eat all the Thanksgiving inspiration you’ve been prepping! In our house, Thanksgiving recipes go on all holiday week long. Last Thanksgiving marked our 7th year since our son was diagnosed with celiac disease, and we’ve adapted all our family holiday favorites to be gluten-free. Keeping it simple and delicious, always! Scroll...

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Avocado Toast with Spicy Pickled Cucumbers

We are having a late dinner so I am snacking on my newest obsession: Avocado Toast with Spicy Pickled Cucumbers.  The avocado was so perfect and creamy and a great match to the pickled cucumbers that had just the right amount of kick.  Seriously SO good! You must try! I made the Spicy Pickled Cucumbers a few days ago and...

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Veggie Lo Mein

Oodles of gluten-free Lo Mein Noodles! This 15-minute Veggie Lo Mein is a real win any night of the week. Quick and easy to make, loaded with veggies and SO yummy!  Best part is you can use whatever vegetables you have on hand. Scroll down to see the recipe.

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The Mighty Meatless Zucchini Fritter Veggie Burger

Continuing my quest for the perfect veggie burger, I’m loving this Zucchini Fritter Veggie Burger, recipe from my friend, This Mess is Ours.  Served fully loaded with lettuce, red onion, tomato, and a homemade pesto yogurt sauce, it’s delish! Made with lots of zucchini, cannelloni beans, egg, Parmesan cheese & slivered almonds, the burger is packed with nutrients & flavor,...

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Zucchini Noodles Primavera

“Pasta” Primavera with Zucchini Noodles because after a weekend at son’s baseball tournament, I needed veggies on veggies! Broccoli, Yellow Squash, Mushrooms, Onions, and Asparagus in a Tomato Marinara base & topped with Parmigiana & fresh Basil. So yummy! Easily adaptable to tastes. Can be dairyfree and vegan by merely not topping or substituting the Parmagiana. Or as my boys...

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Stir Fry with ALL the Greens

This was last Friday’s dinner– All the GREENs for St. Patrick’s Day! 🙂 I made the family’s all time favorite stir fry sauce with bok choy, snow peas, broccoli and cauliflower.  I also made a pan of chicken for the boys with the same stir fry sauce. Recipe adapted from Cooking Light, it’s vegetable broth, dry sherry, gluten-free tamari, sesame oil...

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Hearty Veggie Burrito Bowl

With the after school and evenings often being quite busy, I love meals that an be prepped ahead and heated up with ready to eat. A big pot of Mexican Rice and a make-your-own-burrito-bar was just that kind a weekday win! It’s a make-ahead meal that’s adaptable to tastes and a total crowd-pleaser! My husband chose to make a real...

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Spicy Arrabiata Pasta

A simple one-pan pasta dish was exactly what I needed after a fun but busy weekend. I spent all day yesterday in New York City for a cousin’s bridal shower, then spent the next day catching up. And there’s nothing better than a simple Spicy Arrabiata sauce to cap off the weekend! I served it with Eat Banza chickpea penne. Top things off...

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Veggie Tofu Stir-Fry

Last night’s stir fry dinner was a real win- fresh, flavorful and easy. Snow peas, bok choy, carrots, scallions and tofu in a savory sauce over rice. I was lucky enough to have a bit leftover for lunch today. I’ll definitely be using the sauce recipe again with other veggie stir fries. I also added in some chicken for the boys....

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One Pan Spaghetti Puttanesca

This Spaghetti Puttanesca makes regular appearances in our house.  It’s fresh tasting (especially when the tomatoes are ripe and in season), savory, and so delicious.  The pasta cooks directly in the sauce and absorbs the flavor so nicely. Best part, it’s quick and easy to make, taking less than 30 minutes and requiring only one pan. That means only one pan to...

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Sesame Cauliflower with Roasted Broccoli

With the boys going back to school later this week, I am all about the simple weekday dinners… meals that are easy to make, can be prepped or fully made ahead of time and feed a variety of tastes.  This Baked Sesame Cauliflower is one of those meals and will be making frequent appearances at our house this Fall for...

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The last of the Veggie Burgers in an Everything Salad Bowl

Today was another busy afternoon (apparently there is a theme here), so dinner was a lot of random leftovers.  My plate was the last of the Zucchini Fritter Veggie Burgers with some fresh Pesto Yogurt Sauce,  both recipes from This Mess is Ours, on a bed of greens with avocado, balsamic marinated tomatoes, radishes, orange slices and some Jilz Crackerz.  ...

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Smoked Gouda and Broccoli Soup

Soup season is finally here!  My husband and son eat soup all year round but for me, it is more seasonal.  I love a soup on cooler or cold weather days to warm me up.  But I really love what I refer to as Soup Season because I love the coziness of a big pot of soup on the stove...

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Sautéed Zucchini and Tomatoes over Gluten-free Spaghetti

This is one of our favorite quick and easy summer pastas.  Farm fresh diced zucchini and tomatoes sautéed in with lots of garlic and EVOO, seasoned with salt and pepper, then topped with fresh basil. That’s it! It takes about 30 minutes from beginning to end and tastes like summer. Scroll down to see the recipe.

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Ultimate Two-Bean Veggie Skillet Nachos

One our our favorite game day eats are these Ultimate Two-Bean Veggie Skillet Nachos so of course they made it to our Super Bowl menu.  Super Easy and Super Yummy, these nachos are a hit with the avid football fan as well as those more interested in the commercials and the food 🙂 Two types of beans, red onion, peppers, tomatoes, scallions,...

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Sweet & Sour Stir Fry with fresh Pineapple

Did you know Pineapples are a sign of hospitality & good cheer? What better way to welcome Spring and warm weather than with a Sweet & Sour Stir Fry made with fresh pineapple? For this one we used a juicy Whole Foods Market’s Whole Trade® pineapple. Recipe adapted from Eating Well, it’s fresh and yummy, not cloying or super sweet...

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Spring in a Bowl

Over the weekend, I tried several new side dishes for Spring… 3 new quinoa salads and asparagus with balsamic tomatoes. One was better than the next! They were all easy to make, made large quantities, and all would work perfectly for Easter, Passover or any time! Lucky for me, I now have lots of salads in my fridge to choose from!...

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Family Dinner with something for everyone

Family dinner is more rare these days than I’d like to admit.  Between Spring sports, activities and work schedules, having all 4 of us home and eating together hasn’t been happening that often.  So with all of us home for dinner tonight, I went for a crowd pleaser and one that would give us leftovers for tomorrow when I know...

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Chickpea Spaghetti with Spinach, Onions and Sundried Tomatoes

Giveaway closed & winner chosen.  BUT excited about this pasta? You can still use my discount code HGFF for 20% off a case & free shipping at www.eatbanza.com. And the recipe for this awesome 4 ingredient, 15 minutes pasta with spinach, red onion and sundried tomatoes is below. Scroll down for recipe.   GIVEAWAY happening on Instagram‼️ I’ve teamed up with my friends...

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Pasta with Spinach, Red Onion and Sundried Tomatoes

Spinach, red onions and sundried tomatoes all sautéed in the sundried tomato oil and mixed with Banza chickpea shells. That’s it. High protein, high fiber, and lots of vitamins in one simple bowl. Oh, and did I mention it is really yummy? I happened upon this dinner accidentally.  My son and I love this veggie mixture and had been making it...

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Chickpea pasta with Spinach, Onions and Sundried Tomatoes

Spinach, red onions and sundried tomatoes all sautéed in the sundried tomato oil and mixed with Banza chickpea shells. That’s it. High protein, high fiber, and lots of vitamins in one simple bowl. Oh, and did I mention it is really yummy? I happened upon this dinner accidentally.  My son and I love this veggie mixture and have been making...

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Pasta Fagioli Soup

Nothing makes me happier than having a soup in the freezer I can count on for dinner, and this Pasta Fagioil is one of my favorites. It’s a simple base of pureed tomatoes and vegetable broth, plus onions, carrots, celery, cannellini beans, and lots of garlic and parsley, and of course Gluten-Free pasta!  It always tastes fresh and yummy even...

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Taco Inspired Buddha Bowl

On busy days, sometimes a Buddha Bowl is just the best and easiest way to wind down, and it’s easy with this Taco Inspired Buddha Bowl. We love this Mexican rice and make it often. So I used the leftovers (it makes a large batch and heats up well) to make this quick and easy bowl.  Here I just added black beans, fresh...

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Mexican Rice Bowl

Thanksgiving week calls for Extra Easy Eats! So I made a big batch of our favorite MEXICAN RICE. If you’ve followed my IG stories, I’m focused on preparing for Thanksgiving but everyone still wants to eat today so I’m relying on simple, crowd pleasing dishes that make large quantities.This Mexican Rice is flavorful and a fan favorite. Super easy to...

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Roasted Holiday Veggie Plate

We continued the holiday celebration with my in laws the last few days.    My mother in law loves to cook and host so there were many meals of roasted chicken, homemade soups, roasted potatoes and  lots of roasted veggies. My plate here features a few of her favorites including Roasted Tomatoes, Sweet Potatoes, String Beans with optional garlic olive...

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Summer Veggie Skillet Nachos

Switching it up this Taco Tuesday with some One Pan, Summer Veggie Skillet Nachos. Fresh, easy and delicious, these will nachos will be a hit whether you eat them alone for a light dinner or serve them as a side along with some tacos (the way my boys ate them). Two types of beans, zucchini, squash, onion, peppers, tomatoes, scallions, cilantro,...

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Better than takeout! Stir Fry with ALL the Greens

After a weekend on the go, it was nice to be home to cook dinner tonight.  Still short on time though so made our favorite stir fry with local baby bok choy, local snap peas, broccoli and cauliflower.  I also made a pan of chicken for the boys with the same stir fry sauce. Recipe adapted from Cooking Light, it’s...

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Apple Cinnamon Toast

One week, with all the excitement over National Taco Day, I missed Toast Tuesday. So I decided to toast to fall the next day! Whether you call it breakfast, snack or dessert, this Apple Cinnamon Toast is Amaaaazing! Tastes like fall — so simple and so yummy! Scroll down to see the recipe.

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Veggie Stir Fry at it’s finest!

This Vegetable Stir Fry was AMAAAAAZING!. In fact the family concurred it was the best stir fry sauce I ever made. Recipe adapted from Cooking Light, it’s vegetable broth, dry sherry, gluten-free tamari, sesame oil and corn starch to thicken it. I doubled up the sauce and made one pan of veggies- baby bok choy, snow peas, cauliflower and carrots, and...

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Fun Fiesta Meatless Monday Bowl

It’s a fun fiesta Meatless Monday! Mexican rice, simmered black beans, tangy orange jicama slaw, tomato salsa, avocado, pineapple-glazed Brussel sprouts, a dollop of Tofutti Brand sour cream & jalapeños. So yummy, and the best part is it was assembled using all the veggies we prepped yesterday! Scroll down to see the recipe.

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Asian Cabbage Salad

My mother once made this Asian Cabbage Salad for a Memorial Day get-together and even the leftovers were soooo good! Super tasty, this salad is a great side and real crowd favorite! Scroll down to see the recipe.

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Meal prep meets Mexican fiesta

Something about the cold weather today motivated my husband and me to stay in a cook! Our favorite Mexican rice, simmered black beans, Mexican-spiced grilled chicken, tangy orange jicama slaw, tomato salsa, guacamole, and pineapple-glazed Brussel sprouts. Each dish was simple to make but since we made so much, it required both of us in the kitchen for a couple...

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Vegetable Bean Soup

It has been snowing all day and it’s freeeezing outside!  So we are keeping it real with a post of my son’s lunch…  Homemade Vegetable Bean Soup & a grilled cheese panini… This vegan soup is the quickest, easiest and most crowd pleasing ever! It’s made with 5 basic ingredients plus olive oil & seasonings.  The recipe is from my mother-in-law,...

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Mediterranean Toast

We enjoyed a taste of the Mediterranean while vacationing at the Jersey Shore with this Mediterranean-inspired toast. It made for the easiest and yummiest lunch! Scroll down to see the recipe.

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Nonny Soup

This recipe is from my mother-in-law, hence why we call it Nonny (“grandmother” in Italian) Soup. It is perhaps the quickest, easiest, most versatile and crowd-pleasing soup ever! Sometimes we puree it a lot, sometimes we puree a little, sometimes not at all. Sometimes we eat it as is, other times we add gluten-free Ditalini pasta to it. It works...

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Toast with Beet Hummus and Radishes

Can’t BEET this simple toast …  Whole Foods Beet Horseradish Hummus, fresh radishes and micro greens on Canyon Bakehouse Heritage Style bread. This toast along with a big green salad of avocado and lettuce from my garden was the perfect way to stay cool on this hot day.  Super simple, fresh and yummy! Scroll down for recipe.

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Leftovers transformed into a Meatless Monday Bowl

Knowing that today was going to be a busy one, I made enough food yesterday to double as dinner tonight.  This yummy bowl will be on repeat (just maybe not as pretty): Vegetable lo mein, sautéed bok choy, roasted wasabi tofu and Ozuke kimchi. A shout out to Abby @langernutrition whose post inspired this bowl and who first shared how bok choy ends made the...

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Saturday Night Mexican Fiesta Bowl

Saturday night plans… This bowl and Netflix 🍴🎬. I started the day with a plan to try two new guacamole recipes. It evolved into a dinner with all our Mexican favorites… Mexican Rice, Quick Simmered Black Beans, Pineapple Glazed Brussels Sprouts, and, not shown, grilled chicken for the boys. Can’t think of a better way to Saturday! Super Simple stovetop to...

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Make your own Burrito Bowl

Sunday dinner is one of the few meals I can count on everyone eating at the same time. So I try to make something for everyone, and we always make extras to get us through the next few days. My husband grills a big batch of chicken or makes breaded chicken, and I usually make some kind of grain and...

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Red, White and Bowl Of Veggie Sushi

Kicking off the holiday weekend with some more baseball (anything more American than watching your son play 6 games in the next 4 days? haha), and needed some dinner to take with us.  So I decided to practice my rolling skills and bring a big plate of vegetable sushi. These rolls are packed with spinach, carrots, cucumbers, beets (I used...

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30-Minute Asian Bowls

Better than takeout! 30-minute Asian Bowls are the perfect start to the weekend! Stir-fried sesame eggplant & peppers, roasted almond butter tofu and spicy Asian pickles over rice. So flavorful & so cozy! Scroll down to see the recipe.

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Classic Mac and Cheese

My son has been asking for a homemade mac and cheese that is truly creamy and cheesy and really, really yummy.  We’ve tried many recipes and this one is the favorite! This recipe is adapted from the 365 Ways to Make Pasta Cookbook and we’ve made it several times . Each time it’s a HUGE hit.  I love that it...

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A Quick n’ Easy Taco Tuesday Dinner Salad

When you have a busy day with no time to prep, this Taco Tuesday Dinner Salad will save the day! Start with your Guacamole.  Add your favorite Beans and Veggies. And voila! Dinner is served! Here I used Our Favorite Guacamole, Massaged Kale with a bit of olive oil, lemon juice and kosher salt, Black Beans, Radishes, Orange Pepper, Red Onion,...

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Summertime Strawberry Salad

Nothing says Summer like a refreshing salad and this is one of our favorites. 4 simple ingredients + a tangy dressing pack a punch of flavor and textures!  Fresh spinach, juicy strawberries, creamy goat cheese and crunchy salted pistachios mixed with an easy tangy dressing and topped with fresh mint.  SO much goodness and so yummy! Perfect as a main...

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Mediterranean Mix

We’re capping off the weekend with a big Mediterranean spread with something for everyone:  Quinoa Tabbouleh  (I also left some quinoa plain because my son prefers it that way), Easy Homemade Hummus, Grilled Eggplant with Tahini Sauce (sauce from Cooking Light), Grilled Romaine, Roasted Grapes (inspired by and adapted from Gfree Foodie), marinated Olives and some Breaded Chicken. All so...

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Citrus Avocado Salad with Pistachios & a Sweet-Tangy Vinaigrette

Apparently I was craving ALL the citrus! At the store this morning I picked up grapefruit, oranges, and cara orange slices.  So for lunch, I made my favorite salad with citrus, creamy avocado and a delicious vinaigrette that is tart and tangy but has an underlying sweetness. The sweet-tangy vinaigrette takes no more than 5 minutes to whisk together and is made with...

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Grandma’s Dutch Peach Cake

Grandma’s Dutch Peach Cake is a simple six ingredient cake, topped with fresh perfectly-ripe peaches, a dash of cinnamon sugar, and baked to perfection.  The beauty of this light “cake” is that it’s not sweet, and highlights the fruit of the season.  In fact the sweetness comes from the fruit, not the cake, so it’s important to use fresh in-season...

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Dutch Apple Cake

Remember my grandmother’s peach cake we made this summer? Well, we used the same simple recipe to make this amazing Dutch Apple Cake. This is a simple six ingredient cake, topped with apples, a dash of cinnamon and sugar and baked to perfection. The beauty of this light “cake” is that it’s not sweet, and highlights the fruit of the...

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Roasted Veggie Pizza drizzled with Balsamic Vinaigrette

Somehow pizza on Thursday nights makes the week feel shorter.  This Roasted Veggie Pizza is the best of both worlds: yummy pizza and lots of tasty vegetables! Roasted asparagus, cremini mushrooms, red onions give it a savory rich flavor, classic fresh mozzarella and tomato sauce satisfy that pizza craving and topped with EVOO, balsamic vinegar, crushed red pepper and fresh basil,...

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Black Bean Veggie Dip

Chips and Dip are the best way to feed a hungry crew coming off the beach! This Black Bean Veggie Dip is one of our go-to dips. It takes merely minutes to assemble and is fresh, light and satisfying. Served here with Mission Tortilla Chips, the saltiness of the chips perfectly balances the tanginess of the rice wine vinegar. So...

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Chicken Piccata and Mexican Rice

Dinner is served! Chicken Piccata, the best vegan Mexican Rice, and corn. All requests of my husband and son tonight, and they loved it! It was our first time making Mexican rice and it is definitely a new favorite, savory side dish. Recipe from America’s Test Kitchen, it’s made with tomatoes, onions, jalepanos, garlic and veggie broth, it was the...

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Back to basics on this Meatless Monday

Back to Basics on this Meatless Monday. Eating healthy and eating gluten-free does not have to be complicated but it does help to meal prep whenever you can.  Having been away for 10 days, it was time to restock the fridge with all the basics so yesterday I did a big grocery shop for fresh produce and today I made our...

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Easy Weekday Eats

Tonight it’s just me and my older son for dinner so we are doing our own thing.  I didn’t want to cook an entire meal for myself but still wanted something fresh, healthy and nourishing. So I made super simple bowl with a mix of warm and room temp veggies.  Hilary’s Broccoli Casserole Bites (so good!), roasted squash and zucchini,...

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Winter Squash Buddha Bowl

Today was one of those gorgeous Fall days that felt like summer.  Since it was just me for dinner, I roasted a batch of my favorite Spiced Roasted Butternut Squash and made a Buddha Bowl that felt Fall like but was still fresh and light in keeping with the warm day. Spiced Butternut Squash, 20 minute Pickled Cabbage, 10 minute...

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Winter Squash Rainbow Bowl

After a long weekend of eats, I was craving a big bowl of veggies tonight and I wanted something warming, fresh and cozy. Spiced  & Roasted Butternut Squash, 20 minute Pickled Cabbage, 10 minute Pickled Cucumber, Black Beans, Corn, Tomatoes and Avocado.  Packed with flavor and so delicious! Super easy and best part, it can be all prepped ahead and...

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Black Bean Veggie Chip n’ Dip

Feeling Chipper despite the dreary weather! This Black Bean Veggie CHIP N’ DIP is definitely on the menu this holiday weekend…. Our go-to Black Bean Veggie Dip is perfect all summer long… great for backyard barbecues, impromptu get togethers or feeding a hungry crew before dinner. Super quick and easy, it takes merely minutes to assemble.  It is simply Black...

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Black Bean Veggie Salad and Falafel Bites

Double Duty Dinner! Tonight’s dinner has lots of favorites and large quantities so that we will have extras in the fridge. Mexican vegan Falafel Bites (recipe from cottercrunch) served with homemade hummus (recipe from Minimalist Baker), our black bean veggie salad, quinoa and grilled chicken. So much yum and something for everyone! Scroll down to see the recipe.

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Black Bean Veggie Salsa + Chips

We live on this Black Bean Veggie CHIP N’ DIP all summer long… great for backyard barbecues, impromptu get togethers or feeding a hungry crew before dinner. Super quick and easy, it takes merely minutes to assemble.  It is simply Black Beans, Corn, Green Pepper, Red Onion, Tomatoes and Fresh Parsley all mixed together and seasoned with Rice Wine Vinegar, salt...

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Radicchio & Arugula Salad with Dried Figs, Walnuts & Pecorino

This is one of our favorite salads to accompany a big holiday dinner.  It’s easy to prep, short on ingredients but big on flavor! Radicchio, Arugula, walnuts, dried figs and grated pecorino tossed in a Honey-Lemon-Coriander  dressing.   Savory and delicious is goes with just about any meal. Recipe adapted from Vegetarian Times. Scroll down for recipe.

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Veggie Chili

It is freeeezing here right now.  We woke to -3 degrees F and -16 degrees F with the wind chill and the only thing I wanted to cook today was a big warming soup! This Vegetable Chili adapted from the Silver Palate Good Times Cookbook is a long time favorite.  It’s packed with goodness, perfectly seasoned a total crowd pleaser....

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Baked Zucchini Fries

These Baked Zucchini Fries are a great way to kick start the weekend. Served here with 2 dipping sauces because my son likes the marinara sauce, my husband likes Chipolte mayo, and I like both! Scroll down to see the recipe.

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Monday Power Bowl

After a weekend away and eat out a lot, I wanted all the a big bowl of veggies and simple, nourishing food.  This bowl was perfect! Massaged kale from my garden, steamed lentils tossed in a cilantro-lime-cashew dressing recipe adapted from The Crunchy Radish, zucchini chips (recipe testing ??), radish, avocado, hummus, hemp seeds, and cherry tomatoes from my garden....

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Fall Bowl of Veggie Goodness

The best part of cooking on Sunday is having extras for Monday. Yesterday as part of dinner, I made a delicious savory Autumn Quinoa Salad with caramelized onions, dried cranberries, sliced almonds and sage (see linked post for details), and roasted white and yellow cauliflower and Delicata squash. I also roasted some chickpeas to have for the week. So today I put...

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Mediterranean Kale Salad

This salad is based on one I love at a local restaurant and it’s the perfect salad as a side dish or on it’s own with an additional protein of choice. Fresh Kale cut into thin strips so it’s light and not chewy, chickpeas, tomatoes, quick pickled onions and the best creamy tahini-lemon-sherry vinegar dressing.  Seriously this dressing is so...

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Pineapple Glazed Brussel Sprouts

We are huge fans of Brussel Sprouts, which is kind of funny given that I didn’t even like them until a few years ago.  But now I can’t get enough of them and am making up for lost time.  And my son loves them too.  Our favorite way to enjoy Brussel Sprouts is to just roast them with avocado or...

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Mediterranean Buddha Bowl

Weekdays call for really easy dinners but that doesn’t mean we need to sacrifice on taste! I love that this simple bowl is made with staples in my fridge and packed with flavor and different textures. Fresh arugula, chickpeas tossed with olive oil and fresh thyme, roasted red peppers, fresh cucumbers, quinoa, kalamata olives, red onion, marinated artichokes and feta,...

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Veggie Bean Sorghum Soup

I can’t tell you how much we LOVE this Veggie Bean Sorghum Soup! We’ve been making a version of this soup for years. The original recipe was a Veggie Bean Barley Soup, but once my son was diagnosed with celiac we stopped cooking it with barley because gluten is found in wheat, barely and rye.  We made it with just the...

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Meatless Monday Bowl of Veggies

After a weekend away, I wanted nothing more than a big bowl of veggies today. When I travel, I always try to eat well.  I bring healthy snacks with me and I go out of my way to pick up things that make me happy like green juices and kombucha.  But just being away and eating out every meal leaves...

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Mediterranean Mezze Bowl

We are headed into the first full week of the year and wanted to start it with a fully stocked fridge! So I spent a couple hours today stocking all the basics.  For us that means Hummus, Quinoa, Fruits, Veggies and some grilled or breaded chicken. So tonight’s Mediterranean Mezze Bowl uses all the goods!  Easy Homemade Hummus, Quinoa Tabbouleh...

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Hearty Veggie Bean Soup

I can’t tell you how much we LOVE this Veggie Bean Sorghum Soup! We’ve been making a version of this soup for years. The original recipe was a Veggie Bean Barley Soup, but once my son was diagnosed with celiac we stopped cooking it with barley because gluten is found in wheat, barely and rye.  We made it with just the...

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Shaved Brussels Sprout & Kale Salad in a Lemony Dijon Dressing

The boys don’t have school tomorrow so its Friday to them… which means they convinced me to do pizza and salad for dinner tonight.  They chose the pizza; I chose the salad… And this Shaved Brussels Sprout and Kale Salad is too good not to share! And I mean it’s a REALLY GOOD Salad!  It’s kind of like a healthy, crunchy...

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Classic Cheese Board

The only thing better than a classic Cheese Board is one that’s Gluten-free with Vegan options too. This one from my husband’s birthday last night will probably be making a repeat performance on Christmas because it was a total hit and had it all going on… It’s one soft cheese (Robiola), one hard cheese(Challerhocker), Kitehill vegan chive cream cheese spread,...

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Crispy Zucchini Fries

Zucchini Fries are a healthy alternative to the classic potato fry and a great way to enjoy all the summer zucchini starting to come our way.  And Baked or Fried (I fried them this time in my Cuisanart Compact Deep Fryer), these Zucchini Fries are a great way to kick start the weekend. Crisp, flavorful, addictive and surprisingly easy to make....

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Millet Cakes with Spinach & Carrots + Roasted Veggies

After a busy weekend, I was happy to have a Sunday afternoon to catch up, get ready for the week and spend a couple hours cooking and stocking the fridge.  We roasted vegetables including the last of the season’s local yellow squash, brussels sprouts, and baby potatoes. My husband made a big batch of breaded chicken which doubled as dinner...

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Meatless Monday done right!

Starting the week strong with two NEW recipes which are sure to become regulars in the rotation… CRISPY BAKED FALAFELS + MEDITERRANEAN KALE SALAD. Falafel recipe from The Fit Fork Feed, this may be my favorite falafel recipe yet! Gluten-free, Vegan and packed with herbs (parsley, cilantro, garlic, scallions) & superfoods (hempseed, chia seeds, flaxseeds), they have the BEST flavor!...

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Green Salad with Candied Walnuts + Fresh Pears

This simple salad is a favorite precisely because it is so simple yet so perfect. A big green salad, tart cherries, fresh pears and candied walnuts + a tangy balsamic vinaigrette, it’s a great mix of flavors and textures.  A perfect balance of sweet and tangy. The Candied Walnuts of course make the salad in in my opinion.  They are...

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Veggie Stir Fry Crunch Bowl

This bowl has it all going on… a little savory, a little sweet, a little tangy… cooked veggies and raw, plus a while lot of CRUNCH! Recipe inspired by and adapted from The Veggie Chick, it’s Stir-fried broccoli, snow peas, and bok choy, quinoa, purple cabbage, radishes, crispy chickpeas, roasted cashews and pea shoots, served with the yummiest Asian Sweet &...

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Chickpea Curry and Broccoli

Busy weekdays call for dinners that are quick, easy and delicious.  This Chickpea Curry over rice with a side of steamed broccoli is just one of those meals. Recipe adapted from Eating Well, this vegetarian Indian recipe it’s just canned chickpeas cooked up with onion, diced tomatoes, garlic, ginger and lots of yummy spices like cumin, coriander, turmeric and garam...

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Scrambling it up!

Scrambling it up! Breaking the routine and having Breakfast for Dinner. I love seeing all the gorgeous savory breakfasts in my feed each day but with our morning routine (translation: we wake up with just enough time to eat and get to school) such a breakfast just isn’t happening. So it was fun to make it for dinner. My plate...

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Swiss Chard Quesadilla

I used to be unsure about what to eat for lunch but having to cook for my son who wants real food not snack food has turned lunch into one of my favorite meals. I’ve come to realize that anything goes, that a mix of leftovers and meal prepped veggies are the best starting points, and when all else fails...

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Cuban Black Beans, Seasoned Quinoa & Creamy Avocado

After a weekend of cooking and indulgence, it was back to basics in our house.  This simple dish of Cuban Black Beans topped with tomato, red onion & jalapeños, Quinoa cooked in a vegetable broth/ water mix for a light seasoning, and creamy avocado was fresh, full of flavor and crowd pleasing (at least for me and my husband who...

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Italian-Spiced Zoodles Bowl

After a weekend of eats, it was back to basics with a big bowl of veggie goodness.  This time, a big bowl of Italian roasted veggies and quick sautéed zucchini noodles. I roasted mushrooms roasted with olive oil, salt, pepper and lots of basil, and cherry tomatoes with just a touch of olive oil.  While these roasted, using just one...

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Perfectly Poached Pear Salad

Perfectly poached pears! I’m still deciding on our Christmas Day salad but this is a front runner. Poached pears, dried cranberries, candied pecans and romaine in an tangy balsamic vinaigrette. Feels festive and is really yummy! Many of you have asked what’s on our Christmas menu. Our family has so many food traditions but Christmas is the biggest one. Think...

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Walnut Acorn Cookies

Perfectly imperfect and positively delicious! As promised, I’m sharing my family’s holiday cookie recipes, starting with my favorite… Chocolate Dipped Walnut Acorn Cookies! Original recipe from my Grandmother, these are adapted to be gluten-free and dairy-free. The cookie itself is not too sweet, has a slight nutty flavor and a texture somewhere between chewy and crunchy. Dipped in chocolate, they...

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Perfectly Poached Pear Salad with Pomegranates

Every holiday meal deserves a fabulous green salad and this one adds great flavor and flair to the table! Poached pears, dried cranberries, pomegranates, candied pecans and romaine in an tangy balsamic vinaigrette. This salad will make an appearance at our Christmas Eve celebration.  We enjoy the Feast of the Seven Fishes on Christmas Eve and salad is it’s own...

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Grilled Shrimp Tacos with Corn Salsa

One of my favorite things about September cooking is that you can cook with Fall flavors one day and late Summer flavors the next, and they are all so fresh and delicious! Tonight we enjoying the last of the season’s corn with a Grilled Corn Salsa atop Grilled Shrimp Tacos.  They are fresh, flavorful and crazy easy to make! Grilled...

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Chicken Piccata

My family doesn’t eat a lot of meat or chicken but we tend to make a big batch of breaded or grilled chicken on Sundays to have for the week. My husband’s favorite chicken dish is a Chicken Piccata. Thinly sliced chicken is lightly coated in Gluten-free flour, then quickly sautéed in olive oil, then white wine and lots of...

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