The day Hurricane Irma hit West Palm Beach, we "hunkered down" in our safe room most of the day. Given all of the craziness and stress during the week leading up to "the storm of the century," we all forgot it was my mom's birthday. I call this my "Hurricane Birthday Cake" because in the midst of tornado warnings, 70+ mph winds and no cable or WiFi, I whipped up this chocolate cake for Mom. Hurricane or no hurricane, it was her birthday.
Thanks to working from home the other day with no meetings or calls to attend, I caught a show I've never seen before: Rachael Ray. I could basically smell this dish through the TV. I added tons of veggies, changed some of the proportions and added extra, extra lemon and wow, you have one of the best weeknight one-pot wonders I've ever made. Smokey, yet bright from the lemon, I served this to my entire family and it's now on our top 10 list.
Making crab bisque sounds intimidating to me. But with this slow cooker version, you'll be thrilled with the very-easy-to-make-but-complicated-to-taste Manhattan chowder version. Seriously, the crab comes in a can and daintily tops the perfect tomato bisque. It doesn't get easier than that...and you'll look like a serious boss in the kitchen.
I mean, what's better than breaded chicken? Well, I have to say breaded chicken with lemon and butter may be a tad bit better (obviously). I've seen similar recipes to this floating around the internet for a long time - I finally decided to combine them all and come up with the winning recipe. I am pretty sure you (and the family) will love this as much as we do in our Jewtalian house!
I saw this recipe on "The Chew" and my husband and I immediately started salivating (yes, we were randomly home at the same time watching "The Chew" - don't mock us!). I knew right away I'd be making this dish in the next couple of days. I made a few changes (and they were PERFECT, if I must say so myself) and this is now one of our new favorite dishes. If you'd like to make this a smidge more healthy, use chicken breasts instead of thighs.
Story of my life, I'm back on Weightwatchers. I've been a lifetime member since like, 2009. But it works, so every time I gain a little weight (having a baby can do that to you!), I start tracking and going to meetings again. I thought of this side dish/appetizer/snack as a way of indulging in carbs without really indulging in carbs, while also wanting to stay low on points. Total success! These non-tater broccoli tots are so decadent, you'll feel guilty; but so healthy, you won't!
This is by far the easiest thing I've ever posted. Just three ingredients blended together in a food processor that you can enjoy on salads or as dips for fish or chicken. Make it every Sunday and know that you have a healthy option on hand all week. The basil is fresh, the white balsamic is tangy and the olive oil provides some good fats. I could not speak more highly about this dressing - it's a game changer!
This dish is a little more work than a traditional slow cooker recipe because you have to sear the meat, blend the sauce and sauté the veggies before starting the slow-cooking process. BUT...it's worth the extra 30 minutes of prep because this pork roast falls apart and melts like butter in your mouth. A little spicy, a lot hot, this soup warms you from the inside out.
I'm Italian and Jewish so there are a TON of foods from my culture and childhood that evoke culinary memories that make me salivate. My husband is Irish, however, so I wanted to cater to his culture for once and make some beef stew. I used the most Irish of Irish ingredients - Guinness - to form the base of one of the best soups I've ever had (Husband said it's THEEEE best stew he's ever had - so there's that). I happened to make this with cheddar dumplings, but without them, this is a gluten-free dish and it's everything right about Irish food.
This is one of the easiest weeknight meals I've ever prepared. The good thing about this dish is that pretty much everything up until the point of assembling can be done ahead of time. Busy mom? Whisk while baby's napping. Working too much? Sauté the onions on a conference call. This is a healthy one-pot wonder that will please everyone. One note of caution: it's very easy to undercook bone-in chicken thighs. Make sure to cook thoroughly (I wish I kept mine in a little longer).
This recipes comes directly from my amazing sister-in-law, Lynn. She calls this her overnight Christmas French Toast Casserole. It's soooooooo good that my husband and I included it in our family recipe book that we gave out as favors at our wedding. The first time I ate this on Christmas morning 2013, I was in absolute heaven. I have made it every Christmas morning since then. Although I missed posting for you all to enjoy this holiday season, I thought it would make the perfect New Year's Day breakfast (though, please, on all that is holy, start your New Year's Resolutions on Jan 2).
I've got a thing for healthy, easy, slow cooker recipes. This chicken tortilla soup is one of my absolute favorites - it almost makes my husband cry, it's so good. I wish I could brag that it was harder to make, or took more time, but this is really soooooooo easy. I promise you'll thank me for this one.
This soup tastes like fall in a bowl. Since my apple picking trip last weekend, I've now made two different dinners with our apple bounty. I also plan to make my famous apple cake this weekend. A little goes a long way. Anyway....this butternut squash soup is one of the best out there; slightly sweetened with apples and savory with roasted squash. You'll want to eat it all day long as it simmers on the stovetop for hours....
Talk about farm-to-table! The husband, baby and I went apple picking in Wisconsin yesterday and came home to make pork chops (with apples we picked off the tree!). Before my mom turned vegetarian, she loved applesauce and pork chops, so this is my elevated, but still very easy, version of that. I must say, this is THEE perfect autumn dinner.
Risotto is soooooo good for your health. I don't mean the rice and delicious Parmesan cheese; I mean the act of lovingly and patiently stirring arborio rice in the risotto style while sipping a glass of Italian wine. It's cathartic and good for the soul. I'm a fan of experimenting with risotto and just love this sweet corn and shrimp version perfect for pescetarians.
This right here was a labor of love. I saw the original version of this Mexican stew on the Today Show advertised as a one-pot dish. My husband and I looked at each other and said, "I don't think so." And we were right; it definitely wasn't. But the intense, rich flavors were worth the extra long labor of putting this dish together. Do it on a day when you have all the time in the world and can luxuriously drink a margarita or glass of wine while cooking.
Guys, I made sushi!!!!! Sushi was always one of those "scary" culinary propositions, but this was really quite easy. The mango slaw was super simple and frying the shrimp was way easier than expected. This can be made as a maki roll or a "sushiritto" so it's a total crowdpleaser.
These bacon wrapped dates stuffed with Fontina cheese rival any that I've tried at restaurants (except Avec's - those are on a different level). This easy appetizer is a hit for any party and takes less than 20 minutes to prepare.
This is literally the easiest recipe. Of all time. Simply throw all ingredients in the food processor and you're done. Perfect for entertaining; either at home, a picnic, or a potluck.
I love cooking for friends and family. My two friends whom I know from Zumba class were coming over for dinner so I knew I needed to cook something delicious AND healthy (and kind of easy since I have a newborn); this delicious dish fit into all of these buckets. Highly recommended, especially the basil chimichurri sauce which ultimately could be used on anything.
I made up this recipe completely from scratch based on a Greek salad my mom made for us pretty much once a week growing up. I replaced the lettuce with quinoa and added a ton of parsley (and subtracted the cucumbers), and it turned out perfectly. A healthy, grainy, carby side that satisfies the tummy while also satisfying a healthy lifestyle.
I made this for a small girl's dinner party years ago and it has become a big part of my recipe repertoire. This has all of the feels of chicken marsala, but with the added benefit of pasta. Pasta makes everything better!
This is 1 billion percent one of my favorite recipes of all time. I discovered a variation of it online maybe 5 years ago and really feel that I've perfected it (at least for my family). My husband begs for this dish winter, spring, summer and fall - it's that good.
This dish isn't the prettiest (when you combine the color of pistachios with the color of mustard, well the result isn't gorgeous), but it sure is delicious. I feel guilt-free and happy when I eat salmon, especially when it is topped with a pistachio crust.
This dish is embarrassingly easy (and not as natural/organic as I normally like to cook), but it brings back all sorts of child nostalgia. The sweet and salty sauce over some delicious, chewy noodles...yes please, and thank you. This was one of my mom's staple dishes and has been a favorite of mine for over 25 years now.
My mom used to make these for us as everything from a snack, to breakfast, to dinner. We looooooved them, but probably wouldn't if we knew that they were actually healthy for us. Now as an adult, they serve as a healthy snack or a light lunch.
It's the flavor of tamales in the form of a pie...and it is one of the "best meals my husband's ever eaten." Top with an assortment of garnishes and you're in for a Mexican treat.
If you want the flavor of a burger with the health benefits of quinoa and beans, this is for you. I swear, it doesn't even need ground turkey. Cheese and a nice pretzel bun add tons of flavor, but the base of the burger is still good for you. A win-win.
This is DEFINITELY not a low-fat option, but it is insane. So much creaminess and cheesiness if you want to impress guests for breakfast or breakfast-for-dinner (as I like to do).
If you're craving carbs/spaghetti, but don't want to feel (too) guilty, this vegetable-laden option is indulgent but (sorta) healthy....and delicioso!