Sweet potato and Sausage Casserole

Homemade Sausage and Sweet Potato Strata

My gym started a new feature on its website called “Tasty Thursdays” and our new trainer posted a sweet potato casserole idea I just had to make my own — because, you know, I can’t follow a recipe.

Anyway, I’ve made it twice, once using a package of premade sausage and eggs. The second time I ventured on my own and made homemade ground sausage.   Read the rest of this post »»

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Greek Yogurt Bowl with Coconut and Cocoa Nibs

Greek Yogurt With Coconut and Cocoa Nibs

Sometimes I feel weird sharing my more simple ideas here on the blog so I just instagram and post them on Facebook and twitter. But then, I forget not everyone is confident in the kitchen, and I start to get questions like, do you have the exact recipe? Read the rest of this post »»

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Whole Wheat Pasta with Peas and Ham

15-Minute Whole Wheat Pasta With Peas and Ham

Sometimes I feel like my cooking talents are wasted on my family. Other times, when I’m not so self-confident, I assume I must just be a bad cook.

How awesome would it be if they not only liked what I cooked but appreciated how I can pretty much whip together a good meal with whatever we happen to have in the fridge? I mean, they can’t do it. Read the rest of this post »»

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Chocolate Coconut Energy Balls

Chocolate-Coconut Energy Balls

I made my first batch of “energy balls” a couple of months ago and fell in love with their simplicity. I’ve never quite been able to master my own granola bar but put a few forgiving ingredients in a bowl and mash together into balls and voila! A homemade, portable snack or, in my case, breakfast. Read the rest of this post »»

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Indian Inspired Chicken and vegetable Chili

Indian-Inspired Chicken and Vegetable Chili

Let me tell you a little story about me and Indian food.

It all starts in northeastern Pennsylvania in the ’80s. I grew up with an Italian mother who made a pot of homemade sauce once a week. We cooked a lot and lived on pasta and things like stuffed peppers and (as weird as this sounds with an Italian mom) pierogies and piggies in a blanket (stuffed cabbage). Read the rest of this post »»

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Simple Shrimp Spaghetti

Simple Shrimp Spaghetti

I had no plans on sharing this idea when I started cooking it, but once I took a taste I thought, “Let me see if the family likes it. If they do I’ll write it up.”

So I snapped some photos and then served.

They LOVED IT!

Even the kids!! Read the rest of this post »»

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Chopped Beet, Avocado and Zucchini Salad with Thyme, Lime Juice and Fresh Mint

Chopped Beet, Avocado and Zucchini Salad With Thyme, Lime Juice and Fresh Mint

I’ve been feeling a bit out of sorts in the food department lately. Not making it to the store this past weekend means I’m living off the aging produce from the week before plus a few random items I grabbed at a quick Costco stop last week. Read the rest of this post »»

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Spicy Zucchini Tomato Bake

Cheesy Zucchini Tomato Bake

Mom did it again and dropped off a zucchini the size of a baseball bat — click here to see her harvest from a few years ago.

I love it!

Zucchini is one of my favorite vegetables because it’s so versatile and makes a great recipe bulker, increasing serving sizes of things like chili without adding much to the calorie count. Read the rest of this post »»

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Homemade chocolate syrup!

Homemade Chocolate Syrup That WILL Fool Your Kids!

I’m SO excited to share this idea with you!

I’ve been experimenting for months. First, I started making homemade chocolate milk with cocoa powder and maple syrup but my kids never went for it. The grittiness of the powder  never seemed to go away even if I simmered the milk to incorporate. Read the rest of this post »»

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Spicy Slaw

Spicy Slaw

I’ve been wanting to post this idea for weeks! Which is rare because I normally get an idea, make it, share it and then move on.

That’s right, I rarely make the same thing twice. It’s just how I’m wired. I love to constantly try new foods, cooking methods, spices, etc. Read the rest of this post »»

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Beets and Basil

Beets and Basil

This is such a basic idea I almost wasn’t going to share it but then I figured, why not?

Sometimes I think we overcomplicate food. This is a reminder to myself to keep it simple.

The reactions from the family were pretty typical. Read the rest of this post »»

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Guac-Turkey Burgers

Guac-Turkey Burgers

I might as well apologize now. Avocados may take over my blog. I’ve fallen in love.

I really didn’t think it was possible. I tried to like guacamole years ago but I never saw the appeal. I knew the health benefits of avocado and tried them with The-9-Year-Old when he was a toddler. We were both unimpressed. Read the rest of this post »»

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