Zaatar roasted carrots and green beans

Za’atar Roasted Carrots and Green Beans

This easy, delicious side dish of carrots and green beans roasted in olive oil and za’atar is perfect for holiday entertaining or a simple weeknight dinner. It’s that time of year again, with the holidays just around the corner! Za’atar Roasted Carrots and Green Beans is one of my favorite

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

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

White Bean and Roasted Eggplant Dip

White Bean and Roasted Eggplant Dip

This delicious and healthy white bean and roasted eggplant dip is a flavorful snack or app thanks to roasted eggplant, creamy white beans, garlic, tahini and lemon. My White Bean and Roasted Eggplant Dip is a delicious cross between hummus and baba ghanoush. We buy eggplant almost weekly because it

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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

smoothie freezer bags

Make-Ahead Smoothie Freezer Bags

These make-ahead smoothie freezer bags are the perfect solution for a healthy breakfast you can sip and enjoy on-the-go. Simply add water or milk before blending! As a busy working mom with a demanding schedule, I am always looking for ways to be more efficient. Whether that’s meal planning, scheduling

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

Lebanese eggplant salad

Lebanese Eggplant Salad

This chilled Lebanese eggplant salad is made with tender, smoky baked eggplant, green onions, garlic, and lemon juice. It’s delicious on its own or served with warm pita bread. I bet you never thought there were so many ways to enjoy eggplant, did you? It’s one of my favorite foods

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,

Cilantro margaritas

Cilantro Margarita

A modern twist on the classic margarita, fresh cilantro adds a fun twist and a bit of freshness to this light and refreshing Cilantro Margarita cocktail recipe. When it comes to cocktails, I always love a good margarita for its light and refreshing nature. However, it should come as no

Asian cabbage slaw with ginger vinaigrette

Asian Cabbage Slaw with Ginger Vinaigrette

This bright and flavorful Asian Cabbage Slaw with Ginger Vinaigrette is the perfect side dish for stir-fries or Summer grilling. Inspired by classic Asian flavors, it’s healthy, delicious and filling. When mixing up my weekly salad routine, I like to pull inspiration from all over the world. Since my pantry

Blueberry kale power smoothie

High Protein Blueberry Kale Smoothie

This high protein powerhouse blueberry kale smoothie is full of antioxidants and plenty of protein to keep you full and satisfied until your next meal. I’m preparing for busy mornings with my boys as school gets back in session, and keeping us all well-fueled and full through the morning is

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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

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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

Cherry vanilla smoothies

Cherry Vanilla Smoothie

This cherry vanilla smoothie blends together the sweet flavors of summer cherries and vanilla with the benefits of flaxseed meal and Greek yogurt. Summer in Michigan means cherries. Lots and lots of cherries. Did you know Michigan is the largest producer of tart cherries in the US? I have many

Greek Spinach Rice Side Dish Recipe

Greek Spinach Rice

Greek Spinach Rice is a 15-minute side dish recipe made with just a few simple ingredients you probably already have on hand. Perfect for serving with roast chicken, grilled lamb, or broiled fish. In need of a new, quick side dish? My Greek Spinach Rice recipe is a great way

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

Blueberry vanilla protein smoothies

Blueberry Vanilla Protein Smoothie

This smooth and creamy blueberry vanilla protein smoothie is ideal for using up any fresh or frozen berries you have on hand! The ultimate breakfast or healthy snack recipe for sipping on-the-go. With school starting back up here soon, I’m preparing for more busy mornings of getting my boys and

Holding a ranch water cocktail

Ranch Water Cocktail

A low calorie, refreshing tequila cocktail, ranch water is the perfect healthy alternative to a sugary margarita. Made with just three simple ingredients, ranch water is perfect for entertaining, backyard cocktails, or girl’s night in. On hot summer days, I’m especially a fan of simple, refreshing drinks. I’m not sure

Almond flour berry muffins

Almond Flour Berry Muffins

Light, nutty, and moist – these gluten-free almond flour berry muffins taste amazing and are high in protein and low carb. Perfect for breakfast or a snack! Personally, I don’t follow a strict gluten-free diet. However, I have always believed in eating things in moderation as well as making foods

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

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Lebanese Stuffed Kousa Squash

Kousa is stuffed with a savory meat and rice mixture and simmered in a flavorful tomato broth until tender in this flavorful Lebanese Stuffed Kousa Squash. Late summer is one of my favorite times of the year for one very simple reason: the farmers market is finally overflowing with juicy,

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Zucchini and Green Bean Sauté

A 10 minute side dish for busy weeknights, this zucchini and green bean sauté is healthily made with olive oil and finished with lemon juice. We don’t have a vegetable garden, but I have a standing date with my farmers market every Saturday morning that makes up for it. Zucchini

Blueberry greek yogurt waffles

Blueberry Greek Yogurt Waffles

Fluffy on the inside, crispy on the outside, these Blueberry Greek Yogurt Waffles are delicious while being packed with protein and whole grains. Summer berry season is upon us and my boys and I could not be more excited. While I love picking all of Michigan’s gorgeous produce, blueberries are

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Japanese Quick Pickled Cucumbers

These crunchy Japanese quick pickled cucumbers are easy to make and the perfect salty, sweet, and sour low-calorie snack to serve before or with a meal. Pickles are one of my favorite low calorie snacks, and these Japanese Quick Pickled Cucumbers do not disappoint. With cucumbers being in season mid

Dill Ranch Dressing

Dill Ranch Dressing

This flavorful and tangy Dill Ranch Dressing is made with just a few simple ingredients including plain yogurt, fresh dill, and lemon juice. Ready in just 10 minutes, it’s the perfect complement to any salad or dip for veggies.  I am proud to say that I only use homemade salad

Jamaican Fish Escovitch Snapper

Jamaican Fish Escovitch

This Jamaican fish escovitch recipe is savory, tangy, and has a little kick. Traditionally made with red snapper, firm white fish is sautéed with peppers, carrots, and onions. With a Jamaican business partner, it probably doesn’t surprise you that I’ve been learning a lot about Caribbean cooking during my career.

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Cherry Vanilla Vodka Soda

This light and refreshing cherry vanilla vodka soda cocktail recipe is made with vanilla vodka and scented with bright cherry flavor. When it comes to cocktails, I love them light, refreshing and not too sweet. Whether it’s for happy hour with my girlfriends, a moment to myself on my back

Grilled shrimp shawarma skewers with lemon

Grilled Shrimp Shawarma Skewers

These quick and easy grilled shrimp shawarma skewers get a Lebanese spin with classic shawarma marinade made of tangy, plain yogurt, warm cinnamon, and fresh garlic. It’s a flavor-packed shrimp recipe perfect for wrapping in warm pita or serving over rice pilaf. No surprise here, I’ve got another delicious grilling

Grilled garlic bread bruschetta

Grilled Garlic Bread Bruschetta

Looking for a flavorful twist on classic bruschetta? This Grilled Garlic Bread Bruschetta recipe will satisfy your cravings. With perfectly toasted bread, topped with a zesty tomato mixture and a hint of garlic, this easy-to-make dish is a crowd-pleaser for any gathering. If you ask me what a perfect side