Vodka Penne

This is probably one of my all-time favorite dishes but then again, most pasta dishes fall into that category. This is not a low-calorie, low-fat, highly-nutritious recipe by any means but it IS super delicious. One of the things that makes this sauce taste so good is the butter. The butter adds its own flavor…

Banana Oat Cake (Egg-Free)

This cake is similar to banana bread but with added oats and no egg. Simple to make and easy to throw together, I like to use this one as a snack for my boys. I don’t like to regularly eat eggs so I personally enjoy this recipe but it is also useful since my son…

Basil Pesto (nut-free)

Pesto sauce is so delcious but it can be a challenge to find a safe, nut-free version for our family. Thankfully, pesto is just as easy to make as it is delicious! In place of pine nuts, I used roasted and salted sunflower seeds. They add just the right flavor and texture to the sauce….

Coconut Curry Chicken

This aromatic chicken dish involves minimal work and maximum flavor with its creamy coconut-based sauce. I used chicken leg quarters but you can easily use smaller cuts of chicken to speed up the cooking process for a quick and easy weeknight meal. To me, it makes a huge difference if you can salt your meat…

Cavatappi with Cheddar Cheese Sauce

Cheddar cheese sauce is such a delicious and versatile thing. You can pour it over cauliflower, add it to a casserole, or mix it with rice and broccoli for cheddar broccoli rice. In this case, I went with the classic pasta and cheese sauce combo. Creamy, hearty… one of the best comfort foods. This milk-based…

Sweet and Tangy BBQ Sauce

This sauce is full of flavor and easy to make! I like that it is not very thick so that you still have a nice texture on whatever it is that you are cooking. The sauce added just the right touch for our first grilling of the season! All you do is combine the ingredients…

Shrimp and Vegetable Stir Fry

I love cooking stir fry because it is quick, easy, and simple to change up. This stir fry has a mix of vegetables with shrimp in a light brown sauce. The mix of sweet and savory is mild enough that the vegetables and shrimp flavors still shine through. I like to cut all my vegetables…

Whole Wheat Raisin Seed Bread

Whole wheat bread with sweet, sticky raisins combined with salty, roasted sunflower seeds and the comforting aromas of cinnamon and maple

Black Bean Empanadas

These delicious little pastries are so worth the time and effort to prepare them! The flaky, tender crust and the flavorful black bean filling take a little while to prepare, but the techniques are simple to execute. This has two components: a pie-crust-like dough, and cooked beans. You could sub your own pie crust dough…

Whole Grain Oatmeal Cookies

I made these soft, chewy, oatmeal cookies by request of my husband. The first batch was gone before the second one came out of the oven! Here is how to make them. Cookies start with creaming softened butter and sugar, adding eggs, and then alternating dry and wet ingredients. This is the same way as…