Sep 1, 2015

10 Healthy Ideas for After-School Snacks

It's that time of year when kids are going back to school this week, and whether your kids are tots, tweens, teens or any age in between, they all share the same sentiment when they come home after school. After flinging the door open, they announce loud and clear, "I'm starving!" and head directly to the fridge or pantry.

Well, we believe in keeping things simple. So for the moms (and dads) who wants to give their kids something that not only tastes good, but is good!  Here are 10 helpful ideas for healthy and appealing after-school snacks you can easily prepare the night before. 

Aug 18, 2015

Grilled Octopus with Potatoes, Onions and Pancetta

Tender grilled octopus served with sliced potatoes, and a caramelized-smoky topping make every bite of this seafood appetizer triply delicious!

Summertime is the only time we get to enjoy grilled octopus and this is grilled octopus served with sliced potatoes, topped with caramelized onions, pancetta, capers, lemon juice and extra virgin olive oil. Delish!
Don't let this sea creature intimidate you. I was for many years, until I finally got the nerve to try it by making one of our favorite appetizers we always order at one of our go-to restaurants here in Charleston, "The Wild Olive."  I found out that octopus is relatively easy to prep before grilling it. There's really nothing to it. Just a good boil in water will do the trick. You may be surprised to know that octopus is relatively cheap too, about $8.99 per pound at Whole Foods, and one pound is enough to serve 2-4 people.

Since we order the grilled octopus as often as we do, I knew I had to ask the chef how he prepares it and then of course, I also called our mom!

Aug 13, 2015

Zucchini Stuffed with Bolognese and Cheese

Summer zucchini hollowed out and stuffed with a thick meaty Bolognese sauce, topped with shredded mozzarella, then baked until golden. A simple recipe anyone can put together for an ideal meal for the entire family.

Aug 10, 2015

Spaghetti Tossed with Peas, Onions and Pancetta

Spaghetti is gently tossed with a simple sauce made with peas, onions, olive oil and pancetta.  The flavors in this simple sauce become enhanced and intensified by using our favorite Italian bacon, pancetta!  A favorite in our house, and it's a dish you can whip up in 20 minutes or less!

Jul 31, 2015

EASY Italian Potato Salad

Italian potato salad is made easy with boiled potatoes, chopped red onions, celery, olives and an extra virgin olive oil vinaigrette.  I made this potato salad a thousand times and let me tell you, it never disappoints!  It's a crowd-pleaser and one you can make one day ahead.

Jul 29, 2015

Sauteed Chicken Cutlets with Cherry Tomatoes, Olives, Feta, and Basil

Sautéed chicken cutlets are loaded with fresh cherry tomatoes, kalamata olives, feta cheese and fresh basil.  A simple recipe with a Mediterranean flair and amazing flavors that won't disappoint!

One package of thin skinless chicken cutlets, one pint of cherry tomatoes, some kalamata olives, garlic, fresh basil, and olive oil is all you need to make this chicken into a FABULOUS dish and it's perfect every time!  This is an outstanding chicken dish because the flavors are bold, the colors are vibrant and it's ready in less than 30 minutes!  And it's always satisfying and will never disappoint.  We promise.

We're always looking for ways to turn a simple package of thin chicken cutlets into something interesting and fabulous for dinner!  This happens to one of them.

Jul 24, 2015

Lunchbox Peppers Sauteed in Garlic and Olive Oil

Lunchbox peppers are mini, sweet-tasting little peppers that can be eaten in salads, stuffed, baked, or simply sautéed with some garlic and olive oil. They are delicious and perfect to serve as a side vegetable with some grilled meats or fish. They can be added to sandwiches or just eaten by themselves, as a snack.

Jul 15, 2015

Pan Seared Salmon with Zesty Tomato-Onion Relish

Pan seared salmon is quickly sautéed for a few minutes, then simmered with fresh chopped tomatoes and chopped onions and finished off with some chicken broth, lemon juice, lemon zest and fresh chopped parsley to create a zesty, juicy and flavorful salmon.  The tomato-onion relish is so light and fresh tasting, it adds a delicious sauce to the salmon- even turning those 'salmon-haters' into loving this dish!