Sautéed Honey Roasted Sweet Potatoes

While on our honeymoon, we had the amazing luxury of having a chef come to our rented condo to cook us brunch. He was an inspirational chef- not only did he share his most incredible cooking skills with us, but also his story of being plucked from a high school dish-washing job into a world-class…

Purpled Goat Mashed Potatoes

Looking for a way to spruce up your traditional spuds recipe? Why not make them purple?! They’re unexpected and packed with a wonderful, creamy flavor with the goat cheese. Plus, they’re just fun! Ingredients  3 Pounds Peeled Purple Baking Potatoes 3/4 Cup Goat Cheese, crumbled 1 Cup Reduced Fat Milk 3 Sprigs Thyme 1 1/4…

Garlic Smashed Parmesan Potatoes

Mashed potatoes are an ultimate comfort food. They’re warm, fluffy, full of flavor, and remind us of home. November is the perfect month to start whipping up mashed potatoes again. The cold weather has settled in, and you just crave them. In order to keep them on the weekly menu during the cold months though, a…

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…

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,…

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…

Garden Basil Pesto

Nothing quite says “Welcome Spring” like homemade pesto. Right from the blooming garden, freshly picked basil packs full flavor of the warmer months. Pesto can seem intimidating, but it’s just about finding the balance of ingredients and blending them all together! Adjust to your taste, and have fun with it! Ingredients 2 Cups Fresh Basil…

Green Bean Casserole with Balsamic Onions & Goat Cheese

I personally have never been a fan of Classic Green Bean Casserole. I know for some people it’s just a staple and you can’t live without it. For the rest of us, there’s a healthier, fresher option now. Taking the traditional ingredients of green beans, mushrooms, onions, and a crunchy top, I’ve made a new go-to for…

Asian Sobo Noodles

My brother and his wife recently renovated their home, and not only do they have an absolutely beautiful kitchen, but the master chef skills to match. They are quite the team in the kitchen, and when they get creating, you’re in for a delicious treat. Their dishes are always big flavor. And they even create…

Shaved Brussel Sprout Caesar

This is not your Grandma’s brussel sprout. This recipe is inspired by one of my favorite restaurants, Buccan. With their motto of “small plates, big flavor”, this dish sure packs a punch out of a vegetable most people would usually avoid. By baking the brussel sprout, the nutty flavors of this nutritious veggie emerge and…

Coconut Curry Quinoa

Quinoa is often called a superfood due to its nutritional value. Closely related to species such as beetroots, spinach, and actually tumbleweeds, quinoa is high in protein, lacks gluten and is also a source of calcium, and thus is useful for vegans  and those who are lactose intolerant. The combo of the coconut and curry is great with the…

Spaghetti Squash with Portobello Sun Dried Tomato Sauce

Growing up, I was never a real fan of spaghetti squash. My grandmother used to make it often, preparing it simply with salt and serving it as a side dish. But as my palette expanded, so did my imagination of how to showcase this actually tasty, and healthy, winter squash. By using it as a replacement for traditional…