I’m not sure about you, but with 3 busy kids, I need easy weeknight meals. I did this Chicken Fried Rice completely backwards, but it turned out fantastic. What I mean by backwards is, I made everything from scratch and the whole purpose of it is to use leftovers, so the prep time is SIMPLE!
Easy week night pasta dishes have become my go to dinner when I run out of time and money! Pasta gets a bad rap for being unhealthy and not so good for you, but there are so many healthy options on the market today, that it seems crazy not to jump in!
Quick ground beef recipes are my go to on busy nights and these Korean Beef Bowls get applause everytime! You have two options for the same recipe. You can top a bowl of white organic rice with all of the ingredients for a hearty meal or you can make a lettuce wrap for a light lunch. My favorite way to do things is…
Ground Turkey was just not in my wheelhouse for so long. I didn’t go there, didn’t think about it and really thought anything that was made from turkey meat was dry, bland and boring. Guess what, I was wrong… I found a way to make the Ultimate Healthy Turkey Burger and it has changed my meal prep rotation most weeks.
Can you think of anything easier than a Sheet Pan Dinner? A small amount of effort for such a big gain! I can’t begin to tell you that this Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas is a number one favorite in the house. I can make it in minutes and the cleanup is even easier.
Easy dinners are my thing lately, and I’m sure no one would argue with me about that! If you juggle work, kids, everyday life, it is stressful to have a healthy dinner prepared. This Cheesy Polenta with Sausage, Peppers and Onions is crazy, simple to put together and is satisfying as anything!
Can you think of anything better than NACHOS!!!
Seriously, I can eat Mexican food everyday and be completely satisfied. The best part about this easy snack or light dinner, is you can top it with what you like.
It’s really about putting it all together… Roasted Chicken Thighs can take on any flavor. They can fit into any diet and they are way inexpensive, so you need to fit them into your meal rotation. These Roasted Chicken Thighs with Japanese sweet potatoes and escarole is a perfect meal when you are in a hurry. It is perfect if you are trying to eat cleaner and it is perfect, because it is just easy and delicious!
Quick, delicious, weeknight dinners are the end all when you are trying to maintain health and sanity. Feeding my kids homemade, real food is very important to me, but like most parents, time is hard to come by. This One Dish Chicken Enchiladas, is really fast and conveniently make ahead. You can get two dinners out of this which is another homerun!
Pressure cooking has me hooked. Last Mother’s Day my present was an Instant Pot and I’m in love. From the best hard boiled eggs ever to the fastest bone broth and all of my favorite soups, this little machine creates intense flavor and quick dinners. I am still creating and testing, but one of our favorites is this basic Chicken Soup.
I love turning dishes that my Grandmother made and my Mom still makes into dishes my whole family loves and I can still eat. I turned this Italian classic into a favorite gluten free dish, that not anyone, not even my Father can tell the difference. This Gluten Free Eggplant Parm is a hot commodity and It’s worth making a really big batch, because leftovers are even better.
I just needed something simple to make for dinner and the normal chicken and beef just wasn't what I was in the mood for. My kids are used to Sunday sauce, so I wasn't sure they were going to go for Turkey meatballs, but these turned out so tender and flavorful, that everyone was happy. These really take minutes to throw together and only need to simmer for about 30 minutes, so it is quick too.
I know its that time of year when grilling is at the top of the list, but nothing gets old about roasting meats until they burst with flavor and juiciness. I have cooked my fair share of chicken lately, and my son asked me to make him turkey. TURKEY? who makes turkey in the Summer?
Using different cuts of meat is a great decision when you are trying to go the economical route. Sure, I would always prefer a beautiful Strip Steak or Filet Mignon, but when you are feeding a family of five, that is saved for special occasions or just once in awhile. The beauty of choosing a Flank steak is, if you find a larger sized piece, you can get two dinners out of it.
Grilling season has officially arrived and throwing Kabobs together is a simple way to create a easy dinner and one that can be changed to suit anyone's tastes. I choose chicken and zucchini with onions for more flavor. Any veggie is perfect and will work depending on the flavor profile you are trying to accomplish. I marinated in our favorite homemade Italian Dressing, but anything goes with this approach.
Easy gluten free dinners that take minutes to pull together, are so important when life is busy and you want to sit down with your family for a nutritious meal. This Chicken and Rice compilation, is a Mediterranean bowl of sorts, that uses basic ingredients as the starting point, but can take many additions like spinach and mushrooms to make it even better. It doesn't even have to be served piping hot, which makes it an even bigger winner for a make ahead dinner.
Pasta Carbonara is the Italian version of fast food and what makes it so special is that it is healthy! I chose Cappellos gluten and grain free fettuccini to make it even healthier and I am just so excited to share this recipe, because it is simple and delicious.
This recipe has a long history. My Mom has been making it for as long as I can remember and everyone is in love with it. I even added it to the menu at my Italian restaurant, with rave reviews from customers. It never really had a name, so I"m simply calling it White pizza with Olives and because of the amazing crust created from the amazing company Cappellos, it is also gluten and grain free.
Remember when you where a kid and Macaroni and cheese was a staple? The idea of pasta and cheese is amazing but somewhere along the way, the Standard American Diet demolished any nutritious value that this simple dish could provide.
I was so impressed with how delicious this turned out, I had to share. Sometimes, an after thought, turns into the best idea. A few weeks ago, I made a traditional chicken marsala, coated in tapioca flour, to make it grain and gluten free.
Living a gluten free lifestyle may sound overwhelming when you are first beginning the journey, but in today's food world, there are so many options its impossible not to be satisfied. Most people that ask me questions, start with saying they can't live without bread or pasta.
Making homemade dinners every night becomes monumental, even for someone who loves to cook. I think about my Mom aka Superwoman, who managed to put meals on the table each night, always with a protein, starch, salad and sides galore.
After the chaos of the holidays and probably some not so healthy food choices, I decided I needed to get down to business on dinner offerings. I'm comitted to cooking healthy dinners for my family almost every night, but this Mama gets tired and runs out of ideas to.
There is nothing more soothing and satisfying than a bowl of warm soup. Since Winter has set in big time on the East coast, I have been going soup crazy.
Every Tuesday night I go to school to learn about the amazing teachings of Homeopathy. That means, Mama is taking time for herself, but unfortunately I still need to make dinner.
Lunch is always my hardest meal to figure out. Most days, I hate to stop and make myself a meal. I try my best not to skip, because when I'm starving, I risk snacking and making unhealthy choices. This is so simple and doesn't require any cooking.
As the New Year begins, everyone is looking for easy, healthy dishes that taste delicious and can fit into the many new lifestyle approaches that the internet is claiming is the best new thing for your heath.
This is definitely one of my top chicken dishes of all time. My family eats a lot of chicken and It has become my job to make it exciting, different and just plain spectacular or they are not interested! Its all about the sauce with this recipe. The chicken is amazingly tender and although there a few steps to this dish, it is simple and some tasks can be done ahead of time very easily.
I can’t think of anything I would rather eat on a hot day, but something spicy and delicious. This Spicy Cajun Stew hits all the spots and it is so easily adjustable to make the whole family happy. I called it Jambalaya at first, but when I swapped out the ingredients on the 6th- or 7th try of this recipe, I decided it needed to be called Spicy Cajun Stew because I wanted to switch it up almost everytime I made it!
Living a gluten free lifestyle is an adjustment. I have learned a few tricks that even the pickiest eaters will love, and will never be able to tell the difference. Growing up a child of an Italian mom who loved to cook homemade feasts on a weekly basis, food was central to my families upbringing.