Feb 24, 2015

EASY Kale and Spinach Pesto Sauce

Kale and spinach pesto sauce is loaded with fresh healthy greens ( kale, spinach, and basil) and blended with some garlic, grated Parmesan cheese, cayenne pepper, and extra-virgin olive oil and the flavor is to die for! This is a non-cooking, quick and easy pesto sauce with a twist!

Feb 19, 2015

Cod Fillet over Pesto Risotto

Tender cod fillets are gently coated with flour, then dipped into an egg wash and lightly fried until golden brown; served over a layer of creamy pesto risotto makes an amazing seafood dish!  Risotto made with fresh pesto sauce is not traditional, but it adds a subtle richness and extra flavor that compliments the cod fish in this dish.  Making a perfect pair!

Feb 13, 2015

Rich and Creamy Butternut Squash Soup (Dairy-Free)

Rich and creamy butternut squash soup (without the cream) is deliciously smooth and is the perfect dish to warm you up during the frigid winter.  While some butternut squash soups can taste too sweet, I found a way to balance the flavor and make it more savory by adding celery, carrots, onions, and thyme to the pot.

This soup is very easy to make.  The prep work is minimal if you can find the butternut squash already pre-chopped at the market, then this soup takes only a few minutes to put it all together.  Only simmer for 25 minutes, and then it's pureed into a rich, creamy texture.

Feb 11, 2015

Ideas for Valentine's Day! Spaghetti with Shrimp Marinara

Spaghetti with shrimp marinara is a pasta dish served with a delicate sauce made with tomatoes, garlic, red pepper flakes, fresh parsley, basil and fresh peeled shrimp. Whether you're looking for a more intimate setting for your special Valentine's Day meal or just trying to avoid the crowds in busy restaurants, preparing a romantic dinner for two at home might be easier than you think.

Here are some easy tips on: How to Make a Romantic Valentine's Dinner at home!

Feb 2, 2015

Zucchini Sticks Oreganata

Zucchini is cut into 2-inch sticks, then sautéed in olive oil with fresh garlic and dried oregano until they are tender and golden brown. These zucchini sticks make a wonderful tasty dish you can eat alone, or serve them as a side to compliment with almost anything.  A delicious way to spice up zucchini this time of year!

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!