Stuffed Pizza

I’ve mentioned a few times that even though Aldo loves my cooking, sometimes he just wishes we would just order pizza so he can stuff his face with cheesy, doughy, meaty pizza goodness. And I totally get that. As delicious as healthy foods can be, there is something about pizza that is just so good that no other food can compare....more

Cajun Shrimp Salad with Homemade Cilantro Lime Dressing

This salad is a lightened up version of the amazing Cajun Shrimp and Vegetables Pasta recipe. I was inspired to make this salad when I had leftover Cajun Seafood seasoning from the Healthy Solutions Spice Blends Recipe Challenge....more

Buckwheat Kasha with Mushrooms & Onions

Buckwheat has been my best friend over the last couple of months. I’ve been making buckwheat as a side dish anytime we would normally have quinoa or rice. I find buckwheat to be yummier than both quinoa and rice – it has such a nice, earthy taste. Maybe it just reminds me of childhood – we never heard of quinoa in Ukraine, and buckwheat kasha was definitely a more traditional side dish than rice....more

The Colosseum and the Roman Forum

The few things that we reserved tickets for in advance for our Italy trips were Vatican City, the Colosseum and the Roman Forum, and the Accademia Gallery in Florence. We read about the long lines to get into each one and we were just not interested in standing in line for hours....more

Lightened-Up Chorizo Fiesta Skillet for Breakfast or Dinner

On our way home from a trip, Aldo and I stopped at Bob's Diner in Manchester, Vermont, for breakfast. I had a bacon-sausage-home fries breakfast skillet with two eggs on top, and it was THE. MOST. DELICIOUS. BREAKFAST. EVER. They served it in a small, cast-iron skillet with free coffee refills and genuine smiles from the server. I love it when small-town places end up having amazing food. ...more
quirksandtwists Thanks - yes, much healthier but still so good!more

Venison Burgers

I’ve always read that you need to add fat to ground venison if you’re going to make burgers. But what is the point of adding fat to such a lean, flavorful meat? I decided to see if venison burgers would be good without adding extra fat to them....more

Green Eggs and Ham Sandwich

I’ve been dreaming of having egg salad for a while. Not sure why, it’s not something I usually crave, and I definitely don’t eat it that often. But I just couldn’t stop thinking about egg salad! There is just something so good about egg salad. How many times can one say egg salad in one paragraph?...more

Breakfast Veggie Bake Surprise

One of the best ways to start a day is with a healthy breakfast, we all know that. But one of the best ways to start your day is also with a delicious breakfast. And delicious doesn’t always means super healthy – I’m thinking of you, french toast, pancakes with syrup, greasy bacon egg & cheese sandwich, cake. Cake for breakfast is probably not a good idea health-wise....more

Sweet Potato Pulled Pork Hash

Ever since Karen from 2 teaspoons posted this Pulled Pork Sweet Potato Hash<...more

Spiced Moroccan Lentil Soup

I love soup. It’s delicious, filling, and pretty easy to make. And you always end up with so much soup that there is enough of it for a couple of days, or maybe for a couple of portions to put in the freezer for later. I like that because while I love to cook, I don’t love to cook every day. I like recipes that yield leftovers. And this soup is perfect for that because it gets more delicious on the second day after all the flavors have had a chance to meld together....more