Yearly Archives: 2015

Apple Blueberry Baked Oatmeal

Welp, I think I cursed myself for saying it would never snow. Living on the lakeshore it’s almost guaranteed that when the forecast says snow, it means SNOW. This type of weather always has me craving a warm meal. This baked oatmeal is basically dessert for breakfast, but with way less sugar as well as

Olive Burger and Sweet Potato Wraps

If there is one food that Josh and I love snacking on it’s olives. For Christmas I got him a large jar of olive salad (we get each other some interesting stocking gifts…) and we love it on burgers so I decided to take the flavors up a level. The sweet and spicy sweet potato

Honey-Orange Glazed Salmon with Crunchy Avocado Slaw

 I love avocados and because they’re so nutritionally dense, it’s good to use them in lots of dishes, not just guacamole. For example, this week I taught a group of cooking class students how to make a sweet and spicy chocolate avocado pudding and even the picky eaters went back for seconds. In this recipe,

Caramelized Root Veggie Egg Bake with Bacon and Gruyere

Christmas is almost here! I always look forward to brunch with my family and that meal almost always includes some sort of egg casserole. Since it is technically almost winter (even though it’s mid-60s outside…), I decided to use seasonal root veggies in this dish which get super sweet and caramel-y when roasted and are

Italian Turkey Sausage and Arugula Stuffed Shells

Weeknight meals are meant to be quick and simple, but that doesn’t mean they should lack nutritional value or flavor. Stuffed shells are a family favorite, but they normally are stuffed with cheese only. I decided to add turkey sausage for a protein punch, giardiniera for a slightly spicy kick and arugula for a peppery

No-Bake Cocoa Cranberry Energy Bites

 Holiday baking is underway! While I have fond memories of baking Christmas cookies with my family, I don’t crave those as much anymore because they’re SO sweet (sugar cookies with loads of frosting…). These energy bites are lower in sugar and filled with good-for-you ingredients like fresh cranberries and cocoa. Have these for breakfast, dessert

Edamame Cashew Salad with Honey-Tahini Dressing

 With the holidays right around the corner, it’s nice to keep some healthy, protein packed recipes on the menu to round things out. This salad comes together in no time and is so delicious thanks to the sweet and salty dressing. Serve this at dinner with grilled chicken or pack it up for a perfectly

Sweet Potato and Apple Soup with Crispy Shallots

 I’m not even sure where to start with this one – all I can say is it’s probably one of the best soups I’ve made. It’s so creamy and there’s no cream added. The secret weapon are pureed white beans which thicken the soup perfectly. The wonderful fresh flavors of sweet potato and apple make

Gorgonzola and Cherry Stuffed Chicken with Lemon-Parsley Sauce

 You don’t have to have all day to prepare (what your friends and family will think) is a gourmet meal. The sweet cherries and nutty Gorgonzola are in irresistible combo in this creamy filling. This is the perfect date night meal or meal for entertaining friends. I paired mine with couscous, but this would also

Chocolate Cranberry Pistachio Scones

 Today I did a pantry clean-up (which is very therapeutic for me) and I found an abundance of nuts, flours and cocoa powder – I’m sure many of you can relate to this. So I decided to whip up a breakfast treat to take to tailgate this weekend that will satisfy all taste buds (I