Braised Chicken Thighs

Braised Chicken Thighs

A hearty and comforting dinner recipe, braised chicken thighs are browned then slowly cooked until tender with tomatoes, olives, garlic, and red wine. I love relaxing with a glass of wine at the end of a busy day, especially a red that is full of antioxidants so I can feel

Serving a spoonful of Italian Sausage and Butternut Squash Farro Bake

Italian Sausage and Butternut Squash Farro Bake

This Italian Sausage and Butternut Squash Farro Bake is hearty and comforting, made with nutty farro, spicy sausage, creamy butternut squash, and two types of mozzarella cheese. Winter is right around the corner, but if I’m being honest, it has felt like winter for several weeks here in Michigan. Am

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Turkey And Black Bean Chili

This protein-packed turkey black bean chili recipe is filled with sweet, smoky flavors and is sure to impress. This crowd-pleaser is ideal for your next game day party or meal prep! A high-quality protein diet is important, whether you’re looking to curb hunger, repair muscle tissue, or prevent muscle loss

Arabic Lentil Soup Blended

Arabic Lentil Soup

Arabic Lentil Soup is made with hearty vegetables and brown lentils simmered with warm spices like cinnamon and cumin then blended until smooth. My Lebanese family has made many variations of this Arabic Lentil Soup over the years. It’s one of my favorite comfort foods because it’s warm, nutrient-dense, and

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Lebanese Hushwee Rice

An easy one-pan meal, Lebanese Hushwee Rice is a beef and rice mixture and is a Lebanese staple made with cinnamon, toasted pine nuts, and rice pilaf cooked in clarified butter. Naturally gluten-free, this is the ultimate comfort food!  One of my go-to’s on a busy weeknight, this Lebanese Hushwee

Roasted Butternut Squash Sausage and Kale Pasta top view

Butternut Squash and Sausage Pasta

Butternut squash and sausage pasta is cooked with garlic and olive oil, while being tossed with wilted kale and nutty parmesan cheese. Pasta night is always a hit at our house, especially with my Italian husband who is all about that delicious carb life. So, whenever I want to make

Green chili stew

Green Chile Stew

This New Mexican style green chile stew is made with roasted green chiles, tender pork, and creamy Yukon potatoes. Living in Michigan, we can get some pretty cold days. But even in sunny SoCal it can get chilly, and nothing soothes the soul better on a cold day than a

Bison and Mushroom Stuffed Peppers up close

Bison and Mushroom Stuffed Peppers

These bison and mushroom stuffed peppers contain lean ground bison, meaty mushrooms, and chewy rice to create a hearty, satisfying twist on a comfort food classic. We didn’t grow up eating stuffed peppers, but my Middle Eastern relatives have been stuffing vegetables for years. My all time favorite is Lebanese

Sesame chicken and napa cabbage stir fry

Sesame Chicken & Napa Cabbage Stir-Fry

This quick and easy Sesame Chicken & Napa Cabbage Stir-Fry is the perfect solution for the busy week-night cook. Quick and easy stir-fry recipes are the perfect dinner for the busy week-night cook. I love the fact that you can squeeze in several servings of vegetables without offending even the

stuffed cabbage rolls

Lebanese Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

These Lebanese Stuffed Cabbage Rolls are a Middle Eastern specialty bursting with flavor. This recipe is made with beef, rice, lemon and garlic and is an ideal entree or main dish! All around the world people prepare stuffed cabbage rolls using many different ingredients and cooking methods. Today, I’m sharing

Lebanese Lentil Soup

Lebanese Lentil Soup with Greens

A traditional Lebanese lentil soup, lentils and vegetables are cooked with healthy greens in a lemony broth scented with warm cinnamon and cumin.  While every season is soup season in our house, it definitely hits the spot when the temperature turns colder. A recipe from my childhood, my mom made

Lemon Shrimp Pasta with Arugula

Lemon Shrimp Pasta with Arugula

Made with whole wheat linguine, plump shrimp, and fresh lemon juice, this lemon shrimp pasta recipe is bursting with brightness and flavor. This fast and easy Lemon Shrimp Pasta has everything going for it. Not only does the entire meal take less than 15 minutes to cook, it is made of mostly

Ground beef and cabbage stir fry

Ground Beef and Cabbage Stir-Fry

This quick and easy ground beef and cabbage stir-fry recipe is made with ground sirloin and Napa cabbage sautéed with ginger, garlic, sesame oil, and soy sauce. It’s delicious served over rice or wrapped in lettuce cups. It should come as no surprise to those who have followed me a

Easy Chicken Soup with Greens

Easy Chicken Soup with Greens

Loaded with fresh veggies and plenty of lean protein, this is the perfect meal-in-a-bowl chicken soup that will warm the belly and soul. Have you ever tasted a dish that feels like a hug? My easy chicken soup with greens is literally a warm bowl of comfort. Whether you’re coming

Sausage and Kale Pasta with White Beans

Sausage and Kale Pasta with White Beans

The ultimate 20-minute weeknight dinner, this hearty sausage and kale pasta with white beans is made with whole grain pasta, sweet Italian sausage, kale, and creamy white beans. Kids can be picky eaters – one day they love a food, the next day they hate it. But can you guess

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Chicken Tortilla Soup with Hominy

This nourishing bowl of chicken tortilla soup with hominy is brimming with Mexican flavors and packed with vitamins and minerals. It’s always soup season in my house, but I will admit I get especially excited about soup when the temps start to dip here in Michigan. As the weather has

Oven baked grilled cheese sandwiches

Sheet Pan Oven Baked Grilled Cheese

Perfect for feeding a crowd in a hurry, this no-mess Sheet Pan Oven Baked Grilled Cheese recipe is perfect for a weeknight lunch, after school snack, or quick dinner in between sports and other activities. Pairs perfectly with a warm bowl of soup! That fall chill is finally arriving in

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Beef Satay Skewers with Peanut Dipping Sauce

These mouth-watering Thai beef satay skewers with peanut dipping sauce are tangy, tender, and perfectly balanced with a cool and creamy dipping sauce. We are big meat eaters here in our house so you will always see various cuts of Certified Angus Beef in our refrigerator including ribeye, porterhouse, sirloin

Sasuage and eggplant baked pasta

Sausage and Eggplant Baked Pasta

Sausage and eggplant come together with creamy ricotta and tangy parmesan cheese to create an Italian American comfort dish classic. My husband’s family is Italian, so you can only imagine how sacred pasta is in our home. Italian food is eaten in our home as often as Lebanese food, as

Chicken and green bean stir fry

Chicken and Green Bean Stir-Fry

A fast, easy, and healthy dinner recipe, this flavorful Chicken and Green Bean Stir-Fry comes together in just 20 minutes! Hands down, one of our weekly go-to recipes is always some variation of an Asian inspired stir-fry. Fast, easy, and full of protein and other nutrients, you really can’t go

Slow Cooker White Bean Chicken Chili

Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili

This hearty, slow cooker white chicken chili combines chicken, white beans, green chilis and all of your favorite Mexican spices into a delicious, protein-packed dinner – perfect for busy weeknights. I love to have at least one slow cooker recipe on my meal plan for the week. Whether I have

Slow cooker italian pot roast

Best Slow Cooker Italian Pot Roast

Slow Cooker Italian Pot Roast comes together in minutes and will permeate your house with the aromas of rosemary, garlic and red wine while it cooks. Whenever I leave town, I like to stock the fridge with plenty of ready-to-eat meals that my husband or babysitter can quickly reheat. One of

Oven baked chicken tenders

Oven-Fried Chicken Tenders with Panko

These light and airy oven-fried chicken tenders provide a crunchy texture that isn’t fried and pairs perfectly with spicy mustard and sweet BBQ sauce for dipping. When my husband and I lived in Boston, we loved getting together with friends and family for dinner at Not Your Average Joe’s, a

Italian pasta salad

Italian Pasta Salad

This Italian pasta salad is the perfect portable meal for after school sports, lunchboxes, picnics or potlucks. It also makes an easy weeknight side dish recipe! Made with cubes of salami, mozzarella, artichoke hearts and veggies, the whole salad is tossed in a bright and flavorful red wine vinaigrette. With

Coffee rubbed ribeye

Coffee Rubbed Ribeye

Perfect for grilling season, these coffee rubbed ribeye are easy enough for a weeknight dinner, but fancy enough for company. Recently I created a simple spice rub made with pantry staples including coffee grinds, cumin, smoked paprika and a little brown sugar. It creates this mouth-watering, sweet, and smoky crust that

Garnishing lemon butter baked white fish

Lemon Butter Baked White Fish

This 15-minute lemon butter baked white fish recipe is easy to make and always a crowd-pleaser. Ideal for any mild white fish! My family loves seafood so when my husband recently requested white fish for dinner, I was happy to oblige. Making seafood at home can be intimidating to some,

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New England Baked Scallops with Panko

A classic New England favorite, these baked scallops are tossed in butter and coated in a lemon and garlic panko topping then baked until golden and bubbly.  When my husband and I lived in Boston we would go out for seafood at least once a week, sometimes more. He was

Chicken broccoli pasta with lemon butter sauce

Chicken Broccoli Pasta with Lemon Butter Sauce

Chicken broccoli pasta gets kicked up a notch with a simple white wine butter sauce bursting with fresh lemon flavor. Whenever I travel out of town, I like to stock the fridge with plenty of food and ready-to-eat meals that my husband can easily reheat for the boys. When hosting

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Lebanese Baked Eggplant With Beef

A healthier version of the popular Lebanese baked eggplant dish that is full of flavor thanks to toasted pine nuts, cinnamon, and tender eggplant. Eggplant is one of my favorite vegetables. I eat it almost every week, especially in the Summer when it is so readily available. Sautéed with soy and

Vegetable tagine with chickpeas

Vegetable Tagine with Chickpeas

This hearty Moroccan-inspired tagine is filled with hearty veggies and chickpeas simmered in a warm and flavorful cinnamon-scented tomato sauce. Delicious served over couscous, this vegetarian main dish is freezer-friendly and great to prepping ahead. For those who have followed me for a while, you’ll know that I love to

chicken breast with soy marinade

Lemon Soy Marinated Chicken Breasts

Easy to prepare for yourself or a crowd, these lean lemon soy marinated chicken breasts can be grilled or broiled until tender and juicy. One can never have too many chicken recipes, am I right? We eat chicken at least 2-3 nights a week because it’s versatile, affordable, and packed

Pouring sauce on grilled salmon with lemon garlic sauce

Grilled Salmon with Lemon Garlic Sauce

Loaded with omega 3’s and ready in under 30 minutes, this grilled salmon with lemon garlic sauce is sure to please any palate. My husband and I first discovered wild sockeye salmon during a trip we took to Seattle years back when we were dating. Our vacation just so happened