Layered Hummus with Roasted Red Peppers and Feta Cheese

Homemade velvety hummus made with chickpeas, tahini, garlic, lemon and salt is layered with sliced Kalamata olives, diced cucumbers, roasted red peppers, feta cheese and pine nuts.  It’s a meal unto itself ! Have you ever made hummus before?  I have a few hummus recipes on this site and while I think they are WAY […]

Delicious Greek Salad w/ Homemade Dressing

Greek salad is full of fresh veggies like cucumbers, ripe tomatoes, onions, etc. in a light dressing for a perfect side dish or addition to a meal.  A Greek salad is a Greek salad is a Greek salad. So how do we make our Greek salad stand out against the other 400 recipes circulating the […]

Best Grilled Chicken Marinade

This basic marinade for chicken is completely foolproof!  Its been a staple in our house since I began cooking.  Olive oil, apple cider vinegar, lemon, lime, sugar and a little Dijon is all it takes to produce some of the best chicken you will grill this summer!  I’m going to let you in a little […]

Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus with Garlic & Herb Cheese

This low carb appetizer uses fresh asparagus that is paired with a garlic and herb cream cheese and wrapped in salty prosciutto and baked until tender.   Perfect as a side dish or finger food at your next cocktail party. If there is EVER a side dish that you want to make to impress your […]

Simple Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

6 staple pantry ingredients and some spices is all it takes to make a great tomato sauce. But is it called marinara or spaghetti sauce?  I spent a lot of time deciding what to call this recipe. According to the experts, there are 2 types of sauces: Marinara and Bolognese (which is more along the […]

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

Roasted red peppers, chick peas, tahini, lemon, garlic and spices is all you need to make the most delicious, crazy creamy hummus ever! I feel like I am cheating on my regular garlic hummus since I started making this roasted red pepper hummus. I haven’t looked back. While I love the original garlic hummus, there […]

Roasted Garlic Shrimp Cocktail

I am a seafood lover, as most of you know, with shrimp cocktail ranking in the Top 3 of my all time favorite foods. I have ALWAYS boiled my shrimp when making shrimp cocktail until one day The Universe told me to turn on the TV and there was Ina Garten from the Food Network […]

Roasted Butternut, Sweet Potato and Carrot Soup

This is BY FAR one of my favorite soups and I can hardly wait for Fall to come around so I can make it. With butternut squash, sweet potatoes, carrots and warm spices, like cinnamon and nutmeg it’s tastes just like fall in a bowl. The hardest part is wrestling with your butternut squash, so […]

One Pot Mediterranean Chicken and Rice

  I hope you’re into one skillet, easy clean up meals because this Mediterranean Chicken and Rice dish not only surprised me in it’s ease of prep/cook and cleanup; but the flavors knocked my socks off ! The chicken is first sautéed in a cast iron skillet until it gets nice and brown and crispy.  […]

Crispy Golden Shredded Hash Browns

Go to breakfast in any American diner, Coney Island or restaurant and you will most likely be served a side of golden, crispy, delicious hash browns. There is some debate as to whether hash browns should be cubed like in this recipe or shredded.  Well, I like them both ways to be honest.  I like […]

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

If you’ve ever had Whole Foods Broccoli salad you will love our lightened up version. It still has the crunchy broccoli, dried cranberries, slivered almonds, red onion and bacon, but the dressing is much lighter with no added sugar! With all the summer salads floating around at family and company picnics this summer, you probably think […]