Main Dish

Kale, Sweet Potato, Black Bean Quesadillas

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We’ll talk about these yummy and healthy Kale, Sweet Potato, Black Bean Quesadillas in a minute.

Kale, Sweet Potato, Black Bean Quesadillas are chock full of veggies and are paired with an unexpected, but delicious light and creamy barbeque dip.

But first, I have to say that the first week or so of this year has started off with a bang. It’s been non-stop appointments, meetings, running around…Remember when I said, “everything in moderation,” and that I was going to “ease” into the new year? Well, the universe had different plans for me. And cooking? Well, of course, right after I preached my norm of cooking three squares a day, my schedule went haywire and suddenly, just making sure everyone actually had something to eat was a daily challenge.

I have friends who often… Continue reading

Easy Roasted Tomato Sauce

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I promised you an easy idea for topping that spaghetti squash I just posted.

Easy Roasted Tomato Sauce. Thick sliced fresh tomatoes are roasted with garlic, onion, olive oil and herbs for a fresh and flavorful tomato sauce.

There’s a million things you can do with spaghetti squash, but today, we’re going classic and topping it with a deliciously easy roasted tomato sauce. Roasted? Yes. Roasted. Do you know what that means?!? You can roast your spaghetti squash and your tomatoes and boom! Dinner is done. It’s a two for one deal.

When we were deluged with tomatoes at the end of the summer, I roasted up trays and trays of this stuff. And then I froze the sauce in zip top freezer bags. Now I’ve got tomato sauce ready and waiting for spaghetti… Continue reading

How to Cook Spaghetti Squash

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Do you have a “go to” method for cooking spaghetti squash? No? I think I can give you hand with that…

How to Cook Spaghetti Squash. This is an easy way to cook tender spaghetti squash. Try my secret tip that you do right after it comes out of the oven.

I remember years ago when I first discovered spaghetti squash. It was touted to be the great spaghetti substitute. Low carb, full of vitamins and fiber and a texture that was reminiscent of noodles. Well, at least in looks, right? Anyone who expected to sit down to a bowl of spaghetti squash and experience a carby al dente bite of pasta would have been sorely disappointed.

How to Cook Spaghetti Squash. This is an easy way to cook tender spaghetti squash. Try my secret tip that you do right after it comes out of the oven.

How to Cook Spaghetti Squash. This is an easy way to cook tender spaghetti squash. Try my secret tip that you do right after it comes out of the oven.

But that was then, and this is now, and now we are making “noodles” out of all of our veggies. I love it!… Continue reading

Grilled Corn Salad

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This Grilled Corn Salad has been a life saver for dealing with the deluge of veggies coming from my CSA and my garden this season.

Grilled Corn Salad. Grilled corn, tomatoes, peppers and scallions tossed with cilantro, lime, salt and pepper. Great as a salad or side dish!

Seriously, I’ve got tomatoes and corn and peppers and onions and herbs coming out of my ears! No pun intended ;) One thing I know is…if it’s not ready to eat then it’s probably not going to get eaten.

My dad knew this. Whenever we had fruit in the house, it was always washed and in a fruit bowl, ready to eat. If he bought melons or pineapples, they were always peeled, cut up and ready to consume. And it worked. If you were in… Continue reading

Grilled Zucchini Caprese Stacks

Grilled Zucchini Caprese Stacks

These Grilled Zucchini Caprese Stacks are a testament to my garden and my weekly CSA box.

Grilled Zucchini Caprese Stacks. Thick, meaty slices of zucchini are grilled then stacked with hearty slices of tomato and fresh mozzarella. Filling enough for a main, delicious as a side or pop it onto a bun for a delicious veggie sandwich!

I’ve talked about the fact that this is my first summer with a CSA. It’s both wonderful and a little stressful. I hate wasting food, so as soon as I pick up the box, I feel like the clock is ticking. Before I know it, a week has passed and it’s time for another box.

Grilled Zucchini Caprese Stacks. Thick, meaty slices of zucchini are grilled then stacked with hearty slices of tomato and fresh mozzarella. Filling enough for a main, delicious as a side or pop it onto a bun for a delicious veggie sandwich!

A couple of weeks ago my CSA box had these globe zucchini in it. Seriously, how cute are they? I’ve never seen globe zucchini before, although we are growing some cute round spaghetti squash in our garden this year.… Continue reading

Strawberry Cucumber Salad

Strawberry Cucumber Salad

Today, I bring to you a refreshing Strawberry Cucumber Salad.

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For those of you who love watermelon feta salads, this one’s for you.

I never thought of pairing cucumbers with strawberries, but it works. I remember when I had my first watermelon salad with feta. I was hooked. The salty and sweet combination that I love so much in baked goods and main dishes is just as appealing to me in a salad.

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Have I told you we are going whole hog on salads lately? Okay, maybe “whole hog” is not the best way to describe it haha! But, what’s the alternative, whole garden? Whole head of lettuce? I’m open… Continue reading

Greek Chicken with Capers and Raisins in Feta Sauce

Greek Chicken with Capers and Raisins

The lemon train is making another stop with this Greek Chicken with Capers and Raisins in Feta Sauce.

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You know how you cook dinner (or not :) night after night, and after awhile, you get kind of bored with the same old flavors and you really want something more exciting, something that you might order in a restaurant, but you’d like to make it at home and you’d like it to be fairly easy?

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This recipe is that. When we sit down and take our first bites, we always say, “I would totally order this at a restaurant.” And the truth is, I would. The flavors are more complex than… Continue reading

Creamy Chicken and Biscuits

Creamy Chicken and Biscuits

Time for some lightened up comfort food with Creamy Chicken and Biscuits!

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Often, comfort foods get linked to the chillier seasons of the year. The weather in the northeast has been rather unpredictable this winter season. We get almost record amounts of snow and then a few days later, it’s warm and rainy (and flood-y) as all the snow melts and gets washed away. Then, boom!…arctic temps that freeze all of that melting snow and water from days of rain into treacherous ice that makes you wish (?) you had another foot of snow in it’s place. And, then, temps jump something like forty degrees warmer than the week before.… Continue reading

Butternut Squash Macaroni Skillet

Butternut Squash Macaroni Skillet

This is one of our favorite fall comfort food meals.

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I’ve been making this Butternut Squash Macaroni Skillet ever since I discovered it on Jessica’s blog three years ago. I made a few slight changes that I mentioned in my 2012 comment on her blog and after making it so many times, I felt that I just had to share it with you. I’ve tried a few times to get it shot to share, but I either ran out of time or once, I was just too sick to go through a photo shoot. I actually started shooting some of the steps, but I barely felt well enough to make… Continue reading

One Pan Southwestern Quinoa

One Pan Southwestern Quinoa

No time for dinner?

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Or, as a blogger, perhaps no time to take photos of any of the more savory items I’ve wanted to share with you? For some reason, I think I can make dinner and shoot it right at dinner time. It’s insanity. Trying to leverage my time in the kitchen doesn’t always work out, which is why you haven’t seen a savory post in a while. Trust me, it’s not just cakes, cookies and dessert happening around here. Today, we’re taking a break from breakfast and sweets for this One Pan Southwestern Quinoa.  It’s easy, easy, easy and delicious, delicious, delicious. On a busy weeknight, that’s… Continue reading