Overnight Apple Almond Pie Oatmeal

I eat instant oatmeal almost every morning at my office desk. It’s convenient, and  it’s good. But my weekday breakfast could be better. Much better.  So I turned to Pinterest for inspiration on quick, easy & delicious breakfast ideas. I’m not sure why I had been intimidated in the past by overnight oats, but this…

BBQ Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potato with Goat Cheese

Best compact meal ever. I created this dish by accident. What started as bbq chicken, a plain baked sweet potato, and a side salad, quickly turned into an over-stuffed, mouthwatering flavor explosion. The contrast of the sweetness in the potato, the spice of the bbq, the bite of the vinegar dressing and the creaminess of…

Salmon Avocado Bird’s Nest

Salmon, Avocado, & Eggs…. does breakfast get any better? You’re never going to find a more impressive but easy breakfast dish. Ingredients 2 Whole, Ripe Avocados 2-4 oz Smoked Salmon 4 Eggs Fresh Dill Salt & Pepper, to taste Pinch Red Pepper Flakes Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Half the avocados & remove the pits….

One Dish Mexican Quinoa Delish

This recipe is dedicated to the recently married couple, Shannon & David. Shannon is one of my dearest friends. We met when we were four years old in Junior Kindergarten… and have remained best of friends since. Last weekend, she married her best friend and I could not be happier for them! At the wedding…

Roasted Butternut Squash & Goat Cheese Quinoa

If I haven’t shared this before, I am telling you now that Autumn is my favorite season. Obviously the rich colors of the changing trees are beyond spectacular. The cooler air rustles the leaves and changes your wardrobe… you can hear, smell, see and feel fall’s arrival. And of course you can taste autumn! The…

Summer Fig Salad

Sometimes just a simple salad with fresh ingredients makes the best meal. Add roasted chicken for a more substantial dish. Enjoy! Ingredients Mixed Baby Green and Kale Fresh Figs, quartered Shaved Parmesan Cheese Sliced Almonds Fresh Dill Champagne Vinaigrette In a large bowl, add the mixed greens, shaved parmesan, sliced almonds, and fresh dill. Add…

Lemon Asparagus Herbed Quinoa

One of my most favorite summer activities is family boat dinners. We all prep dinner in advance and pack a picnic basket… and of course a wine basket as well! This quinoa salad is served room temperature, which is ideal for a warm evening out on the boat. Ingredients 1 Cup Quinoa 1 bunch Asparagus,…

Gingered “Sushi” Salad

If you were to ask my friends where I eat the most during the week, it would be our local sushi restaurant. And if you were to ask our server there what I always order with my sushi, it would be a side of ginger dressing. I’m obsessed with it. No matter what roll we…

Garden Green Guac Bagel

Below my office is a great little juice bar that I frequent often. As their business grew, they were encouraged by their patrons to start carrying healthy lunch items. I had ventured down one day and they had just added healthy grain bagels to the menu. The girl behind the counter and I looked over…

Caprese Quinoa Salad

The days are getting longer, the sun is getting warmer, and families are gathering for summer weekends on the water. Embrace the fresh summer flavors with this healthy dish that can be made in advance. Playing with the classic flavors of a Caprese Salad – tomatoes, basil, & mozzarella,  this dish is enhanced with the…

Smoked Salmon Arugula Salad

I used to be intimidated to be in charge of making the salad. Seems silly, but it’s the truth. When I first started cooking, I often found my salads to be bland. Especially compared to my Mom’s salads (people talk about her salads). One night I was helping my Mom put dinner together, and I…

Summer Garden Chickpea Salad

Simple & healthy doesn’t mean boring & bland. This salad is easy to make, nutritious and loaded with flavor. To go with last weeks recipe, Lemon Dill Grilled Swordfish, this salad is the side dish Kelly and Jay whipped up to pair with their entrée. If you wanted to add more substance to the salad, mix with orzo…