• Butternut Squash Triangoli Tomato and Yellow Squash Butter

    Butternut Squash Triangoli Tomato and Yellow Squash Butter

    This, my friends, was the easiest and most delicious meal EVER!!! It honestly came together in under 20 minutes, and for a Monday evening dinner, it was beyond perfect! The butternut squash filled pasta and the buttery tomato and yellow squash, made a great match of sweet and salty! Try this Butternut Squash Triangoli Tomato and Yellow Squash Butter for dinner soon! I had little time yesterday to think of dinner ideas. I stopped at Trader Joe’s on my way home from work for a few items, and BOOM…. I discovered yet another delicious item of theirs. Thanks Trader Joe’s!!! You will find this deliciousness in the refrigerated section; by the…

  • Turmeric+Ginger Pancakes

    Over the weekend, I made a batch of pancakes as per the request of my boys. I make my pancakes from scratch and they love them. The recipe below, makes a batch of about 10-15 pancakes. I tend to freeze about half each time and they re-heat in a toaster or microwave really well. I decided to play around and added the power spices, turmeric and ginger, to a batch for myself. No, my kids did not eat these! They prefer them plain dipped in honey or syrup, of course. I also sliced up some sweet peaches for a few of them as well as blueberries. I finished them off…

  • Spirulina+Coconut Oatmeal Bites

    Have you heard of Spirulina powder? I started using it last week actually, in a smoothie bowl. I loved it. This morning I decided to make oatmeal bites using Spirulina powder. They came out great and they were so easy to make. The recipe is very similar to the oatmeal bites I have made in the past, only it’s even easier and with less ingredients. This article by the Welness Mama on Spirulina is a nice easy read. Read it here Spirulina Benefits if you are interested in it. Based on this article and many others I read on Spirulina, I decided to try it mostly because of all the running I’ve…

  • Lamb Meatballs + Eggplant Dip + Cucumber Salad

    Okay, there’s a lot going on in the title, I know. But trust me, it’s not that bad. This dish came together very nicely; it is fresh and so filling. The eggplant dip is something I’ve been making with my family since childhood. A favorite in our family and probably a favorite with most Eastern Europeans. As a kid, I was always involved in the kitchen. I was often tasked to make the mayonnaise, from scratch, for this eggplant dip. My grandma would bake fresh bread and the anticipation to spread the dip on a warm slice of bread was killing me, every time! A fresh tomato from the garden…

  • Watermelon + Prosciutto + Mint Salad

    Well, you won’t find a more refreshing mix than this one for a salad. This salad screams SUMMER and I love it!!! Take 15 minutes out of your busy day and make this. You will love it too. And if you don’t, you can drop it off at my house so I can eat it. If you are hosting a party, I promise that your guests will be impressed with this mix as well. Play around and mix this up with various seasonal ingredients; add cantaloupe, peaches, blackberries, and even your favorite crumbled cheeses. Pure deliciousness and OH so fresh and light. I served this with a soft boiled egg…

  • Cucumber & Tomato Salad

    Are you looking for something fresh, healthy and delicious to make or bring to a summer party? Check out this salad!  Growing up, this type of salad was always on our breakfast, lunch and dinner table. We were lucky to have fresh veggie from the garden, too.  You can mix this up by adding radishes or even thinly sliced peppers. You can’t mess this up, really!  I used to eat this salad with fresh homemade bread and butter. I mean I used to dip the bread in the leftover dressing. Try it. I bet you will love it too!  I made this batch for a crowd. Cut it down for…

  • Thai Turkey Meatball Salad

    This salad is so fresh and so easy to put together. It can easily be prepped in advance too, and simply constructed minutes before your meal. The idea is very similar to the Thai Meatball Lettuce Wraps I have posted. However, it doesn’t involve as many ingredients. I guess its a simplified version for a quick weeknight meal. Let me know how you like it! XO    

  • Apple Turmeric Ginger Oatmeal Muffins

    Here we are… Another mid-week Oatmeal Muffin post; Apple Turmeric Ginger Oatmeal Muffins… Wednesday came quite fast this week and I’m not complaining. I am looking forward to Mother’s Day this weekend and spending time with my guys and family. I sure hope we get some sunshine and warmer weather to celebrate. I decided to play around with the Oatmeal Muffin recipe I had posted last week. I know, the title is a mouthful, but wanted to make sure you all are aware of what is in these bad boys. They are so delicious, nutritious,  and are packed with spices that are beneficial to your health. I even had my…

  • Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins

    Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins

    These Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins are perfect to make ahead for a few days of breakfast or snacks. Meal prep has helped me tremendously by eliminating the “What are we eating?” stressors. I had some Bob’s Red Mill Organic Gluten Free Rolled Oats that were about to expire. I couldn’t let them die. So, I whipped up these delicious Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins and three out of four people in my household loved them. This morning, I enjoyed them while sipping on my extra strong coffee. Tomorrow, I will eat them with Greek yogurt. I can also see myself eating them with a glass of cold milk while they are warm. Yumm! Let…

  • Vietnamese Pork Chops with Green Papaya Salad+Somen

    I am in love with this Green Papaya Salad. This is my second time making it and it just gets better and better. This time, I added Somen noodles to it and served it with Vietnamese Pork Chops. So very delicious. Oh yea, it also only takes 30 minutes or less to make it all. You can prep the veggies the night before, cook the noodles the day of and then toss them all in the dressing. Quick, fresh, healthy and most of all, delicious. The pork chop marinade is one of the best I have had. If you are able to, marinade the chops for a little longer than the…