Lean Green Bean Casserole

Lean Green Bean Casserole with Oven-Fried Onions

I made this for Thanksgiving dinner and it was a hit. What’s nice about this dish is it’s a family favorite without the heaviness from the cream and wheat flour. To lighten it up, I used veggie broth with a little soy creamer and fresh lemon juice. If you don’t want to use soy creamer,… 

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Oven-Fried Shoestring Onions

Homemade Oven-Fried Shoestring Onions

These crispy, delicious shoestring onions are like the canned fried onions minus the oil, frying, preservatives, and strange chemicals. This is a great recipe to prepare with kids. Have them dunk the onions in the wet mixture and help bread them with you. This recipe is for shoestring onions. I made this for my Green… 

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Cauliflower Crust Pizza

Cauliflower Crust Pizza on Dr. Oz

My colleague pointed out this Cauliflower Crust Pizza recipe she found on pinterest and I knew right away it was going to be a winner. Cheesy, crispy cauliflower… warm tomato sauce… veggies. Yum! The recipe that caught our eye was posted here (where Beth took much better photos than I did… just look at that crust!) but the… 

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Wild Mushroom Risotto with Sundried Tomatoes


This is one of my favorite wintertime dishes. It’s hearty, flavorful and comforting. The wild mushrooms I tend to use for this recipe are either shiitake or porcini. This time I used shiitake. Not only do I love the flavor of these mushrooms but their nutrition profile as well. Did you know the shiitake mushroom… 

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Lucky Watercress & Lime Soup


Question: What does a 7-course Irish meal usually consist of? Answer: A boiled potato and a 6-pack of Guinness Actually, truth be told, Irish cuisine has come a long way. In celebrating my Irish heritage this month, I’ve decided to highlight a few Irish-inspired recipes and share them with you. This recipe, Watercress & Lime Soup, is not… 

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Guacamole Wonton Cups


Super Bowl Sunday is right around the corner. February 6th to be exact. Green Bay Packers versus Pittsburgh Steelers. My last blog post was dedicated to my godmother. It’s only natural I dedicate this post to my godfather. The Pittsburgh Steelers are my godfather’s favorite sports team of all time. He’s a fanatic. His still regularly… 

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Red Lentils with Stewed Tomatoes


Winter inspires me to cook warm, hearty dishes with a little heat thrown in – chili, spicy soups and legume dishes, especially lentils. I know plenty of people who are unmoved by lentils but I adore them. They easily soak up different flavors and can be paired with a variety of ingredients. They’re nourishing, relatively… 

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Creamy Wild Mushroom Soup

Creamy Wild Mushroom Soup

If you’re a mushroom lover, you’ll love this soup. If you’re not, this may not be the soup for you. It’s packed with bold wild mushroom flavor. This recipe uses a combination of fresh mushrooms and dried ones, including fresh chanterelles and dried porcinis. These mushrooms can run a bit on the pricey side so… 

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Tomato Mint Quinoa Salad


Quinoa is a very intriguing ingredient. It’s classified with the rest of the grains but it’s not even a grain, it’s a seed. Pronounced “keen-wah,” this grain-like crop has been around for over 6,000 years, originating in the Andean region of South America. The Incas held the crop to be sacred and referred to it… 

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Spicy Watermelon Salsa


Piggy-backing off the last post, I found a new way to use my delicious, plentiful watermelon. So far, I made watermelon coolers, watermelon ice-pops, and now a yummy and spicy watermelon salsa! Watermelon is the perfect ingredient for a sweeter-style salsa. The two star ingredients in this salsa, though, are really the spicy Padrón pepper… 

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Herb Lentil Loaf


Cooler weather always gets me in the mood for hearty casseroles and loaves. This is a wonderful hearty dish, although it doesn’t look too pretty in this photo It has a yummy earthy taste from the mushrooms, nuts and cheese. It’s packed with flavor thanks to the variety of herbs and garlic. I tell you… 

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