Salmon Burgers (egg & breadcrumb free)

Hey there! My summer-bod, healthy-eating hasn’t even started yet and I’m already fed up of making salmon filets in the usual way. In fact while sitting at work yesterday I was pouting, like a child at the prospect of having  it for supper again and then EUREKA! I got an email from Pure Wow recipes…

Bibimbap Salad

Hello there! My husband is participating in a weight loss competition at the office so I am trying to support him by making low-fat, low-gluten meals that contain as many nutrients as possible. We have been eating better for a while now but we were a week away from his final weigh in so it was…

Weeknight Gourmet: Gnocchi with peas and crispy prosciutto

Hello friends! It’s “throw-back-thursday” and I wanted to share a recipe I had published several years ago, when I first got married. I spend so much time finding new recipes that I sometimes forget the great ones I’ve already made 🙂 Here is the original post: I am so excited to share this recipe with you….

Warm Chickpea Salad with Fresh Mint & Yogurt

  I just got the second cookbook from the Bakopoulos sisters called “Back to the Beginning” and I could not be more psyched to dive in! Their first cookbook, Around the Greek Table is my #1 , all time favourite cookbook! The recipes are fantastic , easy to follow and the results will be as…

Cauliflower Fried “Rice”

This recipe is so easy, quick to prepare and really delicious! You don’t need to boil the cauliflower beforehand; just grate and sauté with all the usual great stuff that goes into traditional fried rice! Except for the rice of course. You won’t miss it, I promise. Yes, I know,  this is yet another recipe…

Easy Chicken Fried Rice

  Hello all! If you’ve followed my blog a little, you already know that my husband is rarely nostalgic about food he had as a child. Its not that he doesn’t like the food he ate growing up, its just that he doesn’t attach emotion to food like I do. Having said that though, he…

Stephanie’s Pasta e Fagioli

Hey there! You will love my very easy recipe for Pasta e Fagioli. It’s so delicious most notably because of the garlic, creaminess of the white kidney beans and parmesan cheese. Its rustic looking, made with unevenly broken spaghetti, and when you eat it, it feels like a warm hug. There’s just nothing like it for me. It seems…

The Best Cauliflower Pizza Crust

Hey there! Why would I, a carb-worshiper, make a cauliflower pizza crust? Because its delicious but also because my husband is doing a sort of Paleo diet so he can’t have bread. (omg) Needless to say, coming up with totally carb-free dinners and lunches can be a challenge but luckily, I’m up to it. We both love…

Dad’s Chickpeas and Pasta

Hello all, All my life, my dad made chickpeas in one form or another – either on their own, boiled in seasoned water or with pasta. I wouldn’t even touch it; it just didn’t appeal to me but now I realize what I’ve been missing all these years! He gave me a small bowl for…

Fall-Off-the-Bone Pork Back Ribs (Make ahead)

Hello there! If you’ve ever made ribs or are simply a rib lover, you know that the best are slowly cooked. I bought ribs at Costco this weekend, thinking that I would somehow make them during the week but I work full-time therefore slow cooking anything can be a challenge. My solution was to make them in two…

Pull-Apart Cheesy Garlic Bread

Hello all! I wanted to call this “Party Bread” because it is sooo awesome – its best served at a party but it’s also like a party in your mouth. When you take a bite you wanna dance around in place a bit 🙂 People do that sometimes when they eat something really good. Well, the people…

Nonna Rosina’s Ciambotta; Potato and Zucchini Stew with Poached Egg

Nonna Rosina’s Ciambotta or Potato & Zucchini Stew with Poached egg Ciambotta is a classic peasant dish from the province of Potenza in southern Italy. Growing up I loved to tear the thick crusty bread apart and dip it into the stew, breaking open the poached egg and letting the yolk run into the dish….

General Tso’s Chicken – Quick + Oven baked

Hello there, You know when you eat something for supper that is so good that you happily pack up the leftovers in anticipation for the next day? Then the next morning you are sitting there, drumming your fingers on your desk at work, counting the hours and minutes until lunch time. OMG! How can it still be 11:55!?  That was me…

April’s Swiss Chard with Olive Oil

Hey there! Following my last post about the too-amazing-for-words Tunnel of Fudge cake, I felt I needed to go lighter in this one….a lot lighter. So, I made April Bloomfield’s super simple Swiss Chard with Olive oil. She is my new favourite chef. The leaves were tender and glistening. The fresh garlic and fruity olive oil flavours…

Bay House Mashed Green Plantains

Hey there! Being of Italian descent, this post sure feels like it comes out of left field for me. Previous thoughts : Plantains…we don’t eat them. We just know that they look like bananas but cannot be eaten as such. We also know that many people from different backgrounds buy them but …”What do they do with them?”, I’d wonder….

Quick and Healthy – Baked Fish Tacos with Avocado topping

Yesterday I left work late, had nothing planned for supper and did not want to “cop-out” and get take-out. So I vowed to cook, no matter how late it would be when I was done. Well, within reason of course. I remembered having seen this recipe for fish tacos that sounded interesting so I stopped into the…

Mini Post – Sweet Potato “Buns”

Hey all! Once again Pinterest has inspired me to make something I would never have otherwise made. Actually, that is only true in part. It was my niece Claudia who asked, “what else can I do with sweet potatoes? I’m fed up…” She is a fitness enthusiast and watches what she eats. She is even…

Meatloaf with ‘Awesome Sauce’

  I feel like I’ve been talking about and craving meatloaf for years…. Actually, I have. The reason is that I can seldom enjoy one. My husband hates most minced meat meals. So, Paté Chinois, meat pie, hamburger steak, sloppy-Joe and meatloaf are all on the ‘no-cook list’. I, on the other hand love them all. Oh!…

Eggplant and White Bean “Meatballs”

Hey there! Let me start off by saying this is not a betrayal of classic meatballs.  These beauties are truly and undeniably delicious, plus they’re easy to make. You won’t miss the meat, I promise. These eggplant and white bean ‘meatballs’ are baked full of deliciousness –  with grated Pecorino Romano cheese, fragrant pressed garlic and loads…

Kale Pesto – The King of Pestos

I always struggle to find ways to incorporate Kale into my diet. There’s only so much Kale salad and kale chips and smoothies you could have and I’ve never really been blown away to be honest. I’ve always ingested it as a sort of ‘vitamin dose’, like you would with a pill. The leaves are so robust, you…