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Baked Eggs with Herbs

Serve with mixed greens, Asiago and strawberry salad with raspberry balsamic vinaigrette, toasted French bread-

My teen and I like to occasionally take in The Barefoot Contessa, as Ina Garten inspires us to be joyful cooks. This simple French egg dish modified from one of her TV episodes was prepared by my daughter one rainy spring evening. This outstanding, yet simple, meal inspired us to elevate a weekday meal by adding some ambient music, tapered candles, and a beautiful table setting. J’oie la Vie!

All, All Seasons, Dairy Free, Fall, Gluten free, Grains, Grains, Main, Middle Eastern, Sides, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer, Vegan, Vegetarian, Winter

Quinoa Tabbouleh with Chickpeas

Tabbouleh is such a quick, easy Lebanese dish that incorporates so many good things; heart healthy olive oil, crisp vegetables and healing herbs. I have always incorporated some chickpeas into the dish for additional protein. Once I discovered quinoa, the ancient seed was an easy substitute for me, as quinoa is wheat-free and does not result in any insulin spikes for me. I like to add a green leafy vegetable to the salad (in this case arugula) so it becomes one dish eating.

All, All Seasons, Dairy Free, Fall, Gluten free, Italian, Main, Paleo / Primal, Pork, Slow Cooker, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer, Winter

Slow Cooker Italian Sausage and Peppers

This is one of the most satisfying and easy slow cooker recipes with a ton of versatility. A few simple ingredients yield a lot of flavor; pair this classic Italian recipe with your favorite pasta or ladle it into a hoagie roll. A simple salad is all you need to complete this meal.

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Argentine Chimichurri

My mother’s good friend, Ester, is an amazing cook and entertainer who also happen to be Argentine. I have personally benefited from her culinary heritage and finally had her share with me some classic Argentine recipes. Chimichurri is probably the most well known, as it is always served with grilled meats, but each Argentine has his/her own way of making it. This is Ester’s version, fresh parsley only (many add dried oregano). This sauce is addictive; you’ll find yourself keeping a stash in the fridge to slather on everything!

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Pancit (Filipino Fried Rice Noodles)

My youngest daughter says it so well as to why you will love one of the Philippine’s most popular and delicious dishes: “I love Pancit! I usually get to eat this traditional Filipino noodle dish at my Lola’s (Filipino word for grandmother) house when she has company over. It is usually served as an additional entrée to other delicious Filipino foods such as adobo (a garlic chicken dish) and mechado (a Filipino pot roast). My mama and Lola say that you will always find all three of these dishes at most Filipino get togethers; Filipinos like to eat! There is always lots of food, loud laughing, and any one can come! Filipinos are VERY social and friendly!”

All, American, Chicken, Gluten free, Low Sodium, Main, Paleo / Primal, Salads, Sugar Free, Summer

Summers Cobb Salad

Serve with creamy cilantro and parsley dressing-

I developed this version of the Cobb Salad to include some of the season’s more popular offerings found in farmer’s markets and our backyards. My family voted for a creamy dressing so I pulled what was growing rampant in my herb garden to accent a homemade ranch dressing. The result was 5 stars, as witnessed by both my daughters going back for seconds!

I have arranged the ingredients on a large platter for each person to assemble individually their salad, plus it showcases the rainbow of colors of fresh ingredients found this time of year. It’s a beautiful presentation!

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Slow Cooker Parmesan Spelt and Tomato Risotto

A Food and Wine recipe for a cheesy farro and tomato risotto was the inspiration for this slow cooker version made with spelt. While the quicker cooking farro is a better choice for a creamy risotto I did not have any on hand when I first tested this so thought I would take my chance with the spelt, normally a shoo-in for grain-based salads. Loved it!

All, American, Appetizer, Bbq/Grilling, Chicken, Main, Pizzas, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer

Grilled Barbequed Chicken and Pineapple Pizza

Serve with Romaine Salad with Quick and Easy Vinaigrette-

With the warm weather here to stay and not a mosquito in sight, I love to grill pizza on the outside grill. Grilling the crust adds a nice smokiness, and tastes as decadent as fast food but it’s really good whole foods eating!

We love this version- a bit more gourmet for the adults, but kid-friendly enough that they’ll ask for another slice, or two.

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Finger Lickin’ Fried Chicken

Serve with sliced tomatoes and potato salad-

This is gluten- and guilt-free comfort food eating at its best served any time of year, but I find myself craving and making this healthy version of fried chicken in the summer. Hot out of the oven or served cold picnic style, this classic taste of Americana will sure to satisfy.