Lentil and Sausage Soup

It’s windy, rainy, and chilly, and I’m thinking that today’s a good day for making a big batch of  hearty soup. Soup is one of those cooler-weather comfort foods that makes you feel good from the inside out, especially if it leans towards the healthy side. Today I’m making a pot of one of my favs-…

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Sloppy Joes

Football season is in full swing, and on those chilly Sunday nights I’m usually craving just one thing-  something warm, comforting, and FAST. I’m talking on the table in 20 minutes. How about Sloppy Joes as a blast from your childhood? This is the best version I’ve had- packed with so much flavor and tenderness;…

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Pressure Cooker Pasta Bolognese

There are a million reasons why I love cooking with my pressure cooker. For one thing, it cuts WAY down on time. I have a to-die-for Bolognese Sauce that tastes like magic, but takes up 8 hours of my day! That’s fine when I’m having a lazy Sunday at home and stirring every hour or…

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Asian Meatloaf

I’ve heard meatloaf get such a bad rap- not sure why, I’ve always been a fan. I used to ask my mom to make a big meatloaf for dinner with a side of mashed potatoes and corn. Here with this Asian-style meatloaf, I’ve taken the same idea of an easy to throw together dinner and made…

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Potato Corn Chowder

Here’s a great transition recipe that recognizes summer fading into fall. We have both fresh ears of warm weather corn and abundant cool weather potatoes. Warm, bulky chowder is satisfying enough to be enjoyed on a fall day, but this lightened up version is also refreshing enough for summer. The base is made with chicken…

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Grilled Salmon with Warm Pineapple Salsa

I think I might have told you already how much I love seafood?  Yup I definitely have, because it’s always high on my list of go-to meals.  Not only is it healthy and versatile, it’s so quick and easy to prepare on busy weeknights. This fresh and vibrant grilled salmon with warm pineapple salsa comes together…

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Slow Cooked Pork Carnitas

Pork Carnitas can be used as a base for all types of Mexican foods. I like to spoon it into corn tortillas and top with avocado, cotija cheese, freshly chopped cilantro, and a splash of lime juice. But if you want to go ahead and eat this right out of the slow cooker, I won’t…

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Souvlaki Chicken Skewers

I can’t think of a better time to fire up your grill than Labor Day weekend (besides Memorial Day, 4th of July, and any given weekend during summer). But Labor Day is what we’re celebrating at this moment, and I’m going to make the most of this clear and sunny day in Washington. Today we’re…

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Polenta Lasagna

Here comes a weeknight staple- ready instantaneously, simple, filling, and a lifesaver when dinner time comes a knocking. Can you guess what it might be? Lasagna, of course! But not just any lasagna- Polenta Lasagna! Because who doesn’t like those soft golden circles baked and bubbled up with some Italian chicken sausage and cheese? This recipe speaks…

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Broiled Lamb Kabobs

Happy August! Today we have simple Greek yogurt marinated lamb kabobs- made right from the comfort of your broiler. Lamb is one of my favorite proteins and I could eat it for days. I love the flavor and how it pairs so well with fragrant spices like cumin and cayenne. For these kabobs you can use…

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Black Bean Soup

Who says that it needs to be dark and chilly to enjoy a hearty bowl of black bean soup? This zippy soup is packed with veggies and is naturally vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free. It actually comes together pretty quickly thanks to canned black beans- don’t even have to drain them! But the soup tastes…

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Greek Meatballs with Tomato Sauce

Sometimes I need a Friday night to look like this. Tender, lamb meatballs filled with feta, pine nuts, mint, and cinnamon, bubbling in a bath of tomato sauce. Meatballs are a family favorite for a reason, and this Greek-style variation adds just a little twist to keep things interesting. The oregano and cinnamon gives them a summery,…

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