Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower

air fryer buffalo cauliflower bites with ranch on the side

Appetizers & Beverages, Dinner | January 12, 2020 | By

Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower Bites ~ an easy, healthy spicy appetizer made in just minutes! Crispy outside, tender inside and loaded with bold flavor. Serve with ranch or blue cheese for dipping.

If you’re a fan of all things buffalo but trying to eat little lighter (aren’t we all?) you’re going to love this low-carb recipe.  

Buffalo Cauliflower bites are incredibly easy to make and don’t hold back on flavor but I’ll admit, I was reluctant to jump on the train that turns vegetables into something else, like rice or pizza crust.

These spicy bites are not buffalo wings nor will I make any sort of claim that they’ll be mistaken for them. They are a delicious healthy snack all on their own. You might say they’re crispy, spicy bites of buffalo goodness.


Turkey Meatballs

close up of meatballs in red sauce garnished with chopped parsley and parmesan

Dinner | January 3, 2020 | By

Turkey Meatballs in marinara sauce ~ ground turkey meatballs loaded with flavor, cooked in marinara. Serve over pasta for a delicious, healthy meal.

If you think beef is the only way to go with meatballs, think again. These Turkey Meatballs are pan-seared then braised in rich homemade marinara for an easy weeknight dinner that’s gourmet enough to entertain with.

My husband calls them “fowl balls“. I can’t make this stuff up. Call them what you like – they’ll win over your pickiest eater.


Minestrone Soup Recipe

Dinner, Soup | December 31, 2019 | By

Minestrone Soup recipe ~ hearty, healthy meatless Italian soup. Rich tomato broth loaded with vegetables and beans. Serve with a good bread for a complete meal.

This easy Minestrone Soup recipe is one I’ve been making for years. I almost always have a container or three in the freezer all year. The vegetables may change a bit depending on what’s in season, but the flavor is always spot on.

Rich tomato broth with two kinds of beans and loaded with vegetables. It’s the perfect balance of healthy and comfort food.


Pasta Alla Vodka

Dinner | December 22, 2019 | By

Pasta Alla Vodka ~ tender pasta in a rich, delicious tomato-cream vodka sauce. Top with freshly grated parmesan cheese for an easy, restaurant quality meal in under 30 minutes.

We met a group of neighbors for dinner recently at an upscale Italian restaurant. The Pasta Alla Vodka I ordered was delicious, but definitely overpriced. I mean really, it’s still pasta at the end of the day.

My first thought was that I couldn’t wait to eat it again, but that I’d be enjoying it in the comfort of my own home, fuzzy slippers and all. Made at home, this dish is every bite delicious and doesn’t have to break the bank. 


Lemon Garlic Butter Scallops

Seared sea scallops on a bed of risotto garnished with lemon wedges

Appetizers & Beverages, Dinner | December 21, 2019 | By

Lemon Garlic Butter Scallops appetizer or meal. Golden, pan seared sea scallops drizzled with a delicious lemon garlic butter sauce. This easy appetizer or main dish is on the table in  10 minutes! 

Growing up in the Midwest, I didn’t eat much seafood – unless you count fish and chips. But I developed a taste for it as an adult and haven’t looked back. 

Scallops are always a restaurant, but they’re expensive so I searched recipes online, cookbooks and magazines, combined what I liked about many of the recipes and came up with this one. It has everything I love about scallops: seared outside, tender inside with a crazy-good lemon garlic butter sauce that compliments the scallops without overpowering them. 

I used to save scallops for special occasions but now when I see them on sale I snatch them up. As an appetizer or served with risotto for a main dish, you can’t go wrong. Seared Lemon Garlic Butter Scallops ~ the candy of the sea.


Braised Beef Ragu

plate of beef ragu with pasta and grated parmesan

Dinner | December 12, 2019 | By

Braised Beef Ragu ~ tender, shredded beef in a rich tomato sauce made with every day ingredients. Serve over pappardelle or gnocchi. Fast prep, slow cooked. Top with fresh parmesan cheese. A million dollar holiday recipe.

When the local grocery store has BOGO beef chuck roasts, I stock up. There’s a lot you can do with them, like Pot Roast or this Braised Beef Ragu.

Tender beef slow cooked in a robust tomato sauce. Serve it blended with pappardelle egg noodles or gnocchi. There’s no wrong answer there. Fresh bread is a must though . . . and fresh grated parmesan cheese on top.

If you’ve already checked the turkey and ham boxes at Thanksgiving, consider this Braised Beef Ragu for the upcoming holiday.


Beef Stroganoff

white plate with egg noodles topped with beef stroganoff

Dinner | December 5, 2019 | By

Beef Stroganoff ~ tender cubes of beef simmered in a rich, savory sour cream-mushroom sauce with fresh herbs and a hint of Dijon mustard served over egg noodles.

Sometimes even really good recipes get lost in the shuffle. New readers have come on board – thank you! – and because there are hundreds of recipes on the site, some may get shuffled to the back.

I originally posted this recipe three years ago and decided to bring it back to the forefront for new follows as well as those who have been following for a while because it’s just that good.

Beef Stroganoff is one of my favorite winter recipes ~ comforting, old school classic and just what we need when temps drop as they’ve done here in the Midwest and even some parts of Florida. It’s not a quick weeknight meal, but a slow cook, Sunday Supper type and would even be great for entertaining over the holidays as well.


Apricot Glazed Pork Tenderloin

Apricot Glazed Pork Tenderloin ~ 30 minute tender, juicy glazed pork. Simple instructions, ideal for weeknights; elevated enough to entertain with.

Dinner | December 1, 2019 | By

Apricot Glazed Pork Tenderloin ~ oven roasted juicy apricot-dijon glazed pork in just 30 minutes. A delicious sweet-savory flavor blend ideal for weeknights; gourmet enough to entertain with. 

Every year I plan to be better organized, but the holidays always have a way of sneaking up on me. While there are some things I can put off, but dinner isn’t one of them. 

Baked Apricot Glazed Pork Tenderloin is not only the answer to time-starved days ~ it’s gourmet enough to entertain with and it’s on the table in just 30 minutes.


Homemade Cranberry Sauce

white bowl of cranberry sauce garnished with orange zest

Dinner | November 12, 2019 | By

Homemade Cranberry Sauce ~ quick and easy to make. Loaded with fresh cranberries and citrus flavor. 1000 times better than the canned stuff.

The onset of Thanksgiving brings the ‘discussion’ of cranberry sauce in our house. My husband likes the stuff in the can that comes out jelly-like with the can’s indentations intact.

I prefer what you’re seeing here.  Homemade Cranberry Sauce made with fresh cranberries, infused with bright citrus flavor  and apples plus pistachios for a little texture.

Tangy-sweet it’s absolutely mouthwatering. The one in the can from my husband’s childhood and the stuff he pledges his allegiance to doesn’t begin to compare.


Crockpot Chicken Enchilada Soup

bowl of crockpot chicken enchilada soup top topped with fritos, sour cream and lime wedge

Dinner | November 9, 2019 | By

Crockpot Chicken Enchilada Soup ~ assembles easily in 5 minutes. Loaded with bold flavor, chunks of chicken and lots of creamy, melted cheese. Better than the restaurant version. Load it up with your favorite toppings!

We love enchiladas and order they pretty routinely in Mexican restaurants, though we’re a house divided on beef vs chicken. Since I’m doing the heavy lifting today, you can see who won. Full blown enchiladas are labor intensive. A good weekend dinner – yes but for quick weeknights, there are better options.

Creamy Crockpot Chicken Enchilada Soup has all the flavors of Chicken Enchiladas but you can have it prepped and ready for slow cooking in just 5 minutes. When it’s finished cooking, just shred the chicken and blend in the cheeses.

Spicy, creamy, cheesy and as easy to make as any restaurant version, but better. Way, way better.