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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 […]

My Chia Seed Breakfast

I recently discovered chia seeds and have been experimenting with them. This breakfast is my latest obsession! Chia seeds come from the plant Salvia Hispanica that originated in Mexico and South America. These tiny seeds are full of beneficial fats and are becoming a popular “super food” in America. Health […]

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 […]

Paleo Bread

I saw this recipe in a recent GOOP newsletter (Gwyneth Paltrow’s newsletter that I subscribe to). The issue was about “A Better Breakfast” and reducing the amount of sugar that you start your day with. I really do try to eat healthy and make the best choices I can but […]