How to Make Homemade Refried Beans

I have never been a huge fan of refried beans..  Maybe because I didn’t really know what they were.  Growing up German my mom didn’t cook a whole lot of Mexican foods and the thought of ‘re-frying’ beans was confusing to me because they were never fried in the first place! Then, what really sealed […]

Healthy Broccoli Cranberry Almond Salad

With all the summer salads floating around at family and company picnics this summer, you probably think you’re making the healthier choice by picking up the broccoli salad instead of the macaroni salad, right? But unless you are careful most broccoli salads are drowning in a sweet creamy based dressing and have about a pound (or […]

Roasted Butternut Squash & Quinoa Salad

  I’ve been on a quinoa kick a lot lately.  I really try to eat it as often as I can.  It is light and fluffy.  It’s not too filling and it has 8 of the essential amino acids that our bodies need which makes it one of the only foods that are a complete […]

Hawaiian Pineapple Fried Rice

Yes I am still on my Hawaiian food kick … please forgive me.  It’s only been 3 days since we got back and I am missing it more as each day passes. So the only way to comfort my longing for bright blue skies and 85° is to keep making food that reminds me of […]

Classic Carrot Summer Salad

Yum Here is a great summer recipe that will tickle those taste buds!  I know carrot salad may not sound so appealing to the kids but you have to trust me on this one.  Once they taste the sweetness of the pineapple and raisins they will be hooked! Traditional Carrot Salad has just carrots, raisins […]

Summer Israeli Couscous with Tomatoes, Cranberries and Basil

A light, refreshing vegetarian side dish using round pearl shaped Israeli couscous.  This can be served cold or at room temperature making it a great potluck dish to share! Have you ever had Israeli couscous before?  It is also called Pearl Couscous.  It is a small, round pasta that is simmered in either water or broth for about 10 minutes […]

Rainbow Macaroni Salad

I grew up in New York and we New Yorkers love our delis, I mean REALLY love our delis.  So much so they are on almost every corner of every street.   You have Italian delis and Jewish delis.  Both have their specialties, it just depends on what you’re looking for. The Italian delis have the […]

Sauteed Garlic & Balsamic Bella Mushrooms

It’s GRILLING season!!!! Whenever I say things like that it reminds me of Bugs Bunny.  There is a classic cartoon where Bugs and Daffy go back and forth between “WABBIT SEASON”  “DUCK SEASON”  “WABBIT SEASON”  “DUCK…” Anyway, now that I just totally aged myself, let’s talk mushrooms….. Sometimes we  forget how versatile mushrooms really are.   […]

Creamy Dreamy Deviled Eggs

Yum Do deviled eggs remind you of summer? I know summer is officially underway when the Deviled Eggs make their debut.  They are sooo not a winter food, nor are they a fall food.  Spring? ehh…they can try.  But you can almost feel the warm sun and hear the splash of the pool water when […]

Creamy Garlic Parmesan Orzo

If you are in the mood for something creamy (but not too creamy), soft, luscious and garlicy then this Creamy Garlic Parmesan Orzo recipe is going to tickle you silly. Orzo has fast become one of our favorite side dishes in our house.  It’s super cheap, super easy to make and is just about the […]

Tomato, Cucumber and Mozzarella Cheese Salad

Aren’t you just so stoked it’s Spring ???   I just love when the supermarket smells of fresh fruits and veggies and there’s nothing like a light and crisp summer salad, especially ones that have cucumbers in them.  They are so refreshing and full of yumminess. So today we have a great salad that takes advantage […]

Lemon Orzo with Asparagus and Cherry Tomatoes

Yum I wish I could give the creator of this recipe credit, but I can’t seem to find it.  I originally got this Lemon Orzo recipe from Pinterest, but when I go back to track where it originally came from I just go in circles to dead end websites. Nonetheless, if you’ve never tried Orzo […]

Roasted Tomatoes and Asparagus with Parmesan Cheese and Almonds

Yum It’s Spring.  It’s Easter and it’s also Asparagus season! This is a very simple side dish to make.  The flavors are simple and light.  You’ve got your asparagus, some grape or cherry tomatoes (halved) and slivered pine nuts. You throw it in a preheated oven and let it roast for 8-10 minutes while you could […]

No Fail Simple Wild Rice Pilaf

Happy March everyone !!!   This has been one wildly non existent winter in the Midwest.  We got into the 50s, 60s and 70s in February, so who knows what March will bring. But what I’m bringing you today is a Wild Rice Pilaf recipe that is a no fail.  Guys, this really is as simple as cooking […]

Lemon Quinoa

Happy January!  We have hit a deep freeze here in the Midwest.  The tree is down but the outside lights are still up.  I think they might be there until June. But I love January.  You know why?  Because 3/4 of the planet is trying to lose weight and eat better, which is great for […]

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