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Tostadas de Frijoles Peruanos

Frijoles Peruanos are Peruvian Beans. They are also known as Canary Beans and are actually a product of Mexico. They are lighter in color and a little creamier than Pintos. I have been to a couple Mexican restaurants lately that serve Peruvian beans instead of Pintos and they have become a […]

Mediterranean Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

This is a family favorite in my house. I use red, yellow, and orange bell peppers and precook them to get them nice and soft. Then I stuff them with a mixture of quinoa, chopped spinach, kalamata olives, and feta cheese. I finish them off with a dollop of home […]

Italian Turkey Meatloaf…Mangia!

My husband has been out of town for the last 5 days so I wanted to make some good comfort food for dinner tonight. Meatloaf is a favorite of mine and I have made this Italian version a few times. By the way…yes, that is pancetta you see on top […]

Super Quick Fish Tacos

This is one of those dinners that you can throw together in just a few minutes. A life saver when you can’t start dinner until everyone in the house is already starving. I was in my local Trader Joe’s today and sampled their fish taco demo. I was starving, so […]

Italian Pasta and Bean Salad

Max has had one too many quesadillas this week for lunch (he takes them in his lunch box and eats them cold at school). I didn’t have my usual abundance of left overs for him this week and our fridge contents have been a bit sad. He did score the […]

Asian Noodle and Veggie Stir Fry

This yummy dish is made with whole wheat noodles and packed with veggies. There is a bit of prep work involved…lots of chopping, but the meal is very simple to prepare. The stir fry sauce adds a great tangy, sweet, and spicy flavor to the noodles and veggies. Below is […]

Broccoli, Mushroom, and Prosciutto Empanadas

I made my second attempt at Empanadas a while back. These brought rave reviews from the food critics (my husband and kids). My other empanada recipe has a Mexican flavor profile, this one is all about Italian yumminess.  I grew up in Santa Barbara and used to go to a […]

Super Easy Three Bean and Farro Chili

This was a really easy week night dinner!  Last week we had a few drizzly and gloomy days so I was craving chili. I figured I better make it one more time before it is too warm and I have to wait for fall.  I wanted to experiment with a […]

Caprese Sandwich

Max is picky when it comes to sandwiches which requires some creativity for his school lunches. He has no interest in PB & J and he doesn’t do deli type sandwich meat unless it is prosciutto or good salami. I know…a food snob at the age of 8. He really […]

Spinach and Broccoli Lasagna

I LOVE lasagna. I don’t necessarily love making it…but this one was definitely worth the effort. I did a veggie lasagna with a ton of spinach, broccoli, and artichoke hearts. I was a hit with my boys. I guess when you smother your spinach and broccoli in a creamy ricotta […]