• Potato and Sausage Stew

    Potato and Sausage Stew

    This is such a great one pot weeknight meal! Just a few ingredients in one pot, about 30 minutes of your time and voila! You got yourself a delicious Potato and Sausage Stew. Every good meal starts with a little sautee of onions and other veggies. Next, add the potatoes, the spices, chicken stock and sausage slices or cubes and you’re done! Easy as that. I used Smoked Andouille Chicken Sausage from Trader Joe’s for this batch because that’s what I had on hand. Feel free to use any type of sausage you might like for this. It is great with Italian Sausage and ham bits as well. Give it a…

  • Butternut Squash Soup

    Butternut Squash Soup

      This soup came together easily and very quickly, on a Tuesday afternoon after a long day at work. I had purchased a Butternut Squash at Trader Joe’s with zero plans for it. It’s the season, it was pretty and I just had to have it. Similar story to a lot of the items I pick up at grocery stores lately. Naturally, this squash was sitting on my counter for about a week. I got home and needed a quick meal, so I decided it would be a soup kinda day. It took less than 30 minutes, and it turned into the best Butternut Squash Soup I have ever tasted.…

  • Healthy Chicken Tacos

    Healthy Chicken Tacos

    We love tacos around these parts. And we’re making them at least once a week. When you are busy like we are with work and kids, getting home and cooking a healthy weeknight meal could be challenging. Tacos are a great addition to our rotating dinner list because they are easy to make. They don’t require much effort or time, which is nice. Usually we go with beef tacos and I can’t remember the last time we had chicken tacos. Well, I needed to switch things with these quick healthy chicken tacos on iceberg lettuce. Chicken tenders are ideal for this recipe, which I boiled for about five minutes, shredded them…

  • Sesame Salmon with Zoodles

    Sesame Salmon with Zoodles

    OK so this recipe is the easiest recipe in the world. I purchased everything for it at Trader Joe’s. And when I say everything, I mean the three main ingredients it takes to make it to your plate. Get to it, and make this Sesame Salmon with Zoodles. I started with the salmon. I cut a larger filet in two. I seasoned it with salt and pepper then seared it in a little bit of olive oil, skin side up. Then, I cooked it for approximately 4 minutes then turned it skin side down and cooked for an additional 3 to 4 minutes. I removed it from the pan, sprinkled it with…

  • Oatmeal Power Bowl

    Who said that oatmeal had to be served sweet all the time?? Don’t get me wrong, I love my oatmeal with brown sugar, a side of fruit, honey or nut butter. But this version is so much better for a savory breakfast, healthy lunch or dinner option. I used Coach’s Oats for this recipe and followed the directions on the package to make the oatmeal. I substituted the water with organic Chicken Broth (I had some left over from another meal and I was happy to not waste it) and seasoned it with salt, pepper and Za’atar. Then I sautéed a half of a red pepper, garbanzo beans and added…

  • Plum Dumplings (Gombóc)

    Oh how i love dumplings… These are another Eastern European staple and I remember making these often when I was a kid. So delicious and comforting! In Hungarian, these are called Gombóc. The dough is essentially the same as the dough for gnocchi. It is very versatile and can be sweet and savory. As with every post, I encourage you to get creative and use the basics from this recipe and make it your own. It is so much fun! I’m committed to using seasonal ingredients so you will definitely see these dumplings again this fall; paired with some fall staples. Apples, pumpkins, chestnut? My wheels are spinning….. I remember…

  • Orecchiette with Peas

    This is a simple pasta dish to accompany any protein or salad for a quick dinner. I used leftover grilled Italian sausage for a quick Monday evening dinner. I could also imagine this pasta dish served with baked or grilled chicken. Nix the meat and serve it with a side salad. You’ve got many options with this easy dish. It is tasty, creamy and oh so comforting. Now, get to cooking and let me know what you think. Also, don’t forget to follow my blog for more recipes like this one.

  • No-Rise Pastry Dough

    Okay… I’m starting to like baking more and more. Not a pro at it by any means, but I definitely have fun with it. This pastry dough, I experimented with last weekend. It requires zero rising time. I like that as its quick and so good! I made Poppy Seed Pastries, as well as Strawberry Mascarpone Rolls. Both turned out delicious and were eaten for breakfast with coffee or as a sweet treat after dinner or before bed… oops! I love poppy-seed rolls. If you ask any Eastern European about these delicious treats, they will know exactly what you are talking about. These rolls were a staple at every holiday…

  • Pork Chop Dinner for Two

    If you are a Michigan resident and you like fresh meat from animals raised on a family farm, give John Henry’s a try. No, I am not sponsored by them. However, I’ve been a customer for quite some time and have enjoyed every single order from their farm. I usually order a bundle and exhaust every piece of everything; including the bones. These pork chops were delivered fresh, last week. Since I was going out of town, I had to freeze them. But that didn’t take away from their deliciousness at Sunday’s supper. This is such a simple recipe with great fresh flavors. The asparagus and apple mix make a great side…

  • Sage + Blackberry Scones

    I know, it’s technically still summer. But it sure feels like fall here in Michigan. The cool temps are quite refreshing and perfect for baking. These Sage + Blackberry Scones were a real treat over the long weekend. I’m not sure about you, but I really enjoy a nice cup of coffee with a savory treat or two. Cover me up with a light blanket on the couch, and I’m content. Except, it wouldn’t last very long. Ahhh the mom life! Luckily I have a decent imagination. Anyway, I love how versatile the base dough of scones can be. The sky is the limit with what you mix in there.…