Jan 29, 2015

Potato Skin Bites

These are potato skins redesigned simply as little "Nachos" but without the tortilla chips!  Small-sized potatoes are baked in half the time and then filled with a meat mixture that takes a few minutes to prepare. Top with diced tomatoes, green onions and shredded cheddar cheese, then bake them again only until the cheese melts- and presto!  You have created a great appetizer!  So good, they're addicting!

Jan 28, 2015

Oven-Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Carrots, Broccoli and Italian Bacon

Brussels sprouts, fresh chopped carrots, and fresh broccoli are tossed together with chopped onions, extra virgin olive oil, and pancetta, then oven-roasted for about 35 minutes until the vegetables are tender and softened.  A simple vegetable casserole that is very light, easy to make, and big on flavor.  Delish!

Jan 26, 2015

Meatball Sliders, plus 10 Super Bowl Ideas

                                              Mom's Best Sunday Meatballs
Try these meatball sliders, they are a playful approach to a classic!  Perfect for Super Bowl
game party this weekend!  Make these meatballs homemade, or buy them frozen. Then heat
them in your tomato sauce about 30 minutes, and serve them on bakery buns as sliders.
Make extra, these go very quickly!

Jan 22, 2015

Parmesan Crusted Turkey Cutlets

These turkey cutlets are prepared in the same fashion as chicken cutlets, dipped in an egg wash, then into a bread crumb and Parmesan-cheese mixture, and then lightly fried until golden brown. These turkey cutlets burst with flavor!  The taste of turkey is completely hidden, making these cutlets ideal for the picky eaters.

Jan 20, 2015

Eggplant Rollatini - Lightened!


Thin slices of eggplant are lightly roasted in the oven until softened; then lightly stuffed with shredded mozzarella, rolled into a roll, and topped with tomato sauce and pecorino cheese. Next, bake until the cheese is fully melted, and garnish with fresh chopped basil.
I took our mom's recipe for her eggplant rollatini and made them amazingly light- like a feather- and oh, so delicious!

Jan 19, 2015

Quick Mussels - Fra Diavolo

If you and your loved ones truly enjoy ordering a bowl of mussels in a restaurant, then this recipe for Mussels - Fra Diavolo is for you!  Fresh mussels steamed with extra-virgin olive oil, garlic, white wine, parsley, crushed red pepper, and whole peeled tomatoes is an exquisite seafood dish, and one you'll be amazed how quick and easy you can make this dish. Mussels Fra Diavolo is a spicy seafood dish and one we enjoy making over and over again.

Jan 17, 2015

Italian Tomato Salad


Nowadays, we can find ripe, juicy tomatoes all year round.  But, when it comes to making an Italian tomato salad, my husband does it best!  He makes his tomato salad with red juicy tomatoes, sweet red onions, extra virgin olive oil, and red wine vinegar.  It's an amazing low-calorie salad that is wonderful to serve for lunch or dinner anytime!

Jan 15, 2015

Spaghetti with Garlic and Olive Oil Sauce

Spaghetti is tossed with a garlic and olive oil sauce that is made with only 4 ingredients, extra virgin olive oil, crushed red pepper flakes, fresh garlic, and fresh parsley. Then it is served with some grated Parmesan cheese at the table. YUM!

A classic spaghetti dish made with an olive oil sauce, is quick and easy to make, and very satisfying!  The garlic and olive oil is the base for this sauce; it's so simple, you can make it in less than 10 minutes.  Our entire family loves this pasta dish!