Baked Eggplant Parmesan with Crispy Panko Topping

 A healthier version of an Italian comfort classic, your entire family will love this flavor-packed Baked Eggplant Parmesan with Crispy Panko Topping.

Baked Eggplant Parmesan with Crispy Panko Topping - The Lemon BowlWith a last name like Della Croce, you’ve probably figured out by now that I’m married to an Italian man. Lucky for me, I also married into a giant Italian family full of incredible cooks including my Aunt Dolly who we visit every time we visit Boston.

Boston Family Inevitably, she and her son Rich (pictured above with all the cousins) spend hours in the kitchen cooking a 4-course spread for us. It starts with bruschetta made with tomatoes from her garden and ends with pastries from the local Italian bakery. Just when you think you can’t take another bite, you find room for just one more.

Assembling the Eggplant Parm - The Lemon BowlWhen my friends at BelGioioso asked me to create a recipe showcasing their Sliced Mild Provolone, I decided to create a dish that would remind my husband of home. Between Aunt Dolly’s house and the inevitable visit to Boston’s North End, it is hard to compete in the Italian food department but I was up for the challenge. {Read the full article}

Slow Cooker White Bean Chicken Chili

Slow Cooker White Bean Chicken Chili by The Lemon Bowl

This easy slow cooker chili combines chicken, white beans, fire roasted tomatoes and all of your favorite Mexican spices into a delicious, protein-packed dinner - perfect for busy weeknights. Whether you're busy with little ones at home or simply pressed for time in between work meetings, after school obligations and everything else life throws at us, one thing is clear: we love our slow … {Read the full article}

Rainbow Chopped Salad with Apples and Avocados

Rainbow Chop Salad with Avocados and Apples - The Lemon Bowl

A bright and colorful salad full of chopped vegetables and fresh herbs tossed in a lemon-avocado vinaigrette. September is a magical time of year here in Michigan because apples are in season but the farmers markets are still bursting with produce like peppers, zucchini and fresh herbs. This rainbow chopped salad is perfect for using up whatever fresh fruits and vegetables you have on … {Read the full article}

Whole Wheat Pumpkin Waffles

Whole Wheat Pumpkin Waffles by The Lemon Bowl

These hearty whole wheat pumpkin waffles are protein-packed and full of warm spices including cinnamon, nutmeg and ground cloves. Fall is officially in the air and I couldn't be more excited if I tried. It has always been my most favorite season of the year and I don't see that ever changing. Pumpkins are starting to pop up at the farmers market, leaves are starting to change colors and … {Read the full article}

Pickles in a Blanket

Pickles in a Blanket - The Lemon Bowl

A quick and easy snack or appetizer, these salty, savory, creamy bites of salami, herbed goat cheese and dill pickle are a big crowd pleaser. I am a huge fan of party snacks. When given the choice of a dessert table or an appetizer spread, I will always choose savory over sweet. Speaking of sweet... today I am so thrilled to be participating in a SURPRISE virtual baby shower for my beautiful … {Read the full article}

Lebanese Garlic Sauce

Lebanese Garlic Sauce from The Lemon Bowl

Naturally vegan, gluten free and paleo, this Lebanese Garlic Sauce is light, fluffy and packed with flavor. Serve with grilled meat, shish kebobs or warm pita.  I am so lucky. As much as I would love to say that I am a self-taught, self-made home chef, I really can't take credit. It's in my blood. It's in my DNA. It's in my genes. My family is full of incredible cooks on both sides but today's … {Read the full article}

Sloppy Joe Lettuce Cups

Sloppy Joe Lettuce Cups - The Lemon Bowl

A modern twist on the childhood classic, these sweet and smoky turkey sloppy joes are served in a crisp lettuce cup for a naturally gluten free spin on America's favorite sandwich. I know people always say this but losing weight has been so much harder and slow going after baby number 2 than it was after my first. I am constantly having to take a step back to reevaluate my nutrition and fitness … {Read the full article}

Cherry Vanilla Swirl Steel Cut Oatmeal

Cherry Vanilla Steel Cut Oatmeal - The Lemon Bowl

Creamy vanilla bean yogurt and cherry preserves are swirled into steel cut oatmeal to create this warm and satisfying power breakfast. I'm a little embarrassed to admit how much yogurt my family consumes on a weekly basis. Our youngest has only been eating solids for a couple months now and I swear he is already out-consuming his older brother! From smoothies to Middle Eastern food and … {Read the full article}