Appetizers

  • Back To School: Kid Size & Kid Made Friday Night Pizza

    We are almost through our Back to School series! So far, we've made doughnuts for breakfast, came up with lots of lunch box ideas, and scrumptious popcorn for snack time. It's all very kid friendly, suitable for various diets, and without having to compromise lots of time or nutrients. Now it's time for everyone's favorite, pizza! [...]

  • Back To School: The Best “Buttery” Popcorn Ever For Snack Time

    Arguably, no other food has a pull as strong as fresh popcorn. How many times in my life have I proclaimed to be full only for the aroma of an office mate's microwave popcorn to make my mouth water and stomach rumble. I don't even want to know how much I have spent on overpriced movie [...]

  • Spiralized: Rosemary Speckled Squiggly Sweet Potato Fries

    After the great response to my post on spiralizing in Zucchini Spaghetti, I thought I would share another delightful recipe utilizing the same method. I really enjoy using my spiralizer  to make things that my children don't normally like to eat. Believe it or not, the sweet potato fans in the family are pretty much my dog Bella [...]

  • Cool & Creamy Chickpea Salad

    Happy 1st Monday of August! I posted about Where I Get Moving this past Saturday when the month started and encouraged setting your personal intentions during this last full month of summer time. I think I have mentioned before that we usually "reset" around here with a dairy and gluten free meal at the start of [...]

  • Pesto Everything: Raw, Nut-free & With/Without Garlic

    Pesto is a fresh and flavorful combination of a leafy green (think herb, arugula, spinach, etc.) + some type of nut (pine nuts, walnuts) + olive oil + sharp aged cheese (like parmesan) + garlic that can serve as an Italian sauce or spread. My basil plant is the only thing in my garden that I happen to [...]

  • Fresh Falafel With Tahini Sauce

    So many reasons to love and use chickpeas (garbanzo beans). They have a mild nutty flavor that compliments salads, are easy to mash with a buttery texture middle, contain load of nutrients including protein, fiber, vitamins, and are featured in dishes around the world. They contribute to supporting digestive and colon health and many people [...]

  • Caprese Salad: Counting My Basil, Not My Tomatoes

    Having a garden has always been an exciting thought to me but the act of gardening has always appeared a puzzling chore to me. I mean, why is it so complex? If you bury a seed in the ground, why shouldn't it sprout and then progress onward to a fruit or vegetable? How can something older than time, [...]

  • Celebrating USA: Spinach Basil Dip & Couscous Salad

    Happy Independence Day America! I am incredibly proud to be an American and so thankful for the freedom that was fought and sacrifed for by The BRAVE. That is a huge reason that my parents were able to make a life for us in the land of opportunity over 40 years ago. I was born in NYC [...]

  • Basic Guacamole

    Nothing like fresh, ripe avocados being mashed & turned into a zesty, cooling, filling, healthy condiment and dip. "Table side guacamole" is a trend at Mexican restaurants everywhere. I find guacamole to be one of those recipes which you can't really mess up and has so many tasty versions. I never really make it the [...]

  • 3 Freeing Grilling Recipes for the 4th of July

    As much as I would love to live in my kitchen full time, I value time with people more than cooking! Back in 2011, I made the resolution that I would really try to spend time with my guests rather than tying myself up to food prep while everyone else mingled. So below you will [...]

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