Heirloom Bruschetta

Heirloom tomatoes are a not only beautiful to look at, but full of flavor that can elevate any dish. I love to add them to any vegetarian-style dish for not only the added flavor, but they also keep me full without the excess calories. This recipe is perfect for any lunch spread or small get together….

Steamed Asparagus & Leeks

I’d never cooked with leeks before this recipe, but I was always intrigued when I’d see this ingredient prepared for an amazing dish on a show like Top Chef. I had to do some research on what exactly a leek was and how to prep and cut this leafy wonder. Turns out, a leek is…

Lemon-Rosemary Mashed Potatoes

This fresh take on a traditional mashed potato recipe is sure to be the highlight of any weekday dinner with family or friends. What’s not to love about all this creamy, buttery goodness? Be sure to check out these other traditional-style recipes. 4-6 servings INGREDIENTS: 3 lbs. white potatoes, scrubbed and peeled 1/2 yellow onion,…

Street Corn with Mexican Crema

When I was little, my mom would take me to the local flea markets and I’d always insist on getting a roasted corn on the cob. It was so flavorful and crunchy each time. This recipe is a re-creation of those memories, with a little extra kick. It’s also very quick, easy to make, and…

Bacon-Wrapped Peaches with Honey Yogurt Dip

If you’re looking for something new, fresh, easy AND mouth-watering? Well this recipe can interchange as a savory dessert or fun side dish. It’s served with a refreshing Honey Yogurt Dip that can be quickly put together. This recipe is best when served with Easy Lemon-Pepper Chicken Legs and Chorizo-Stuffed Hatch Chilies. INGREDIENTS: Yogurt Dip-…

Chorizo-Stuffed Hatch Chilies

Everyone loves a cream cheese-stuffed jalapeño. But that traditional recipe is just a stepping-stool for never-ending stuffed chili creations. Crisp, sweet hatch chilies are in season and are so versatile that they highlight any dish or can stand all their own. But with this recipe, we keep it simple and flavorful. For those not too…

Toasted Coconut Rice

Are you in need of side dish the whole family can agree on? Well you’re in luck! Grilled chicken, seasoned steaks, or Glazed Salmon would be lucky to have this dish by its side. Crème de coconut can be found at your local grocer, in the aisle with Latin and/or Asian food. You substitute sweetened…

Green Apple and Broccoli Slaw

Brighten up that traditional coleslaw with tart Granny Smith apples. However, this recipe calls for julienned apples, which can be tricky for some. If you don’t have a fancy slicer at home, check out this link showing an easy how-to. If I’m short on time, I will purchase pre-shredded broccoli and carrots at the grocer. But normally, I just wash, peel…

Easy Spaghetti Squash

Most people are not aware that squash is actually a fruit, not a vegetable. This fun fact makes this recipe a perfect candidate for the Summer Fruit Menu. This type of squash is usually available year-round, and is most ripe when the skin is a gorgeous yellow color. This dish is easy to prepare and is…

Spring Feta Salad with Sweet Onion Dressing

This salad and fresh dressing is super quick to prep and serve. It’s perfect for any time of the year and sure to satisfy. I use xanthan gum (found in the baking aisle) to thicken the dressing, but that ingredient is optional. It depends on your preference for dressing consistency but either way, the recipe…

Veggie Spring Rolls

Spring rolls are one of my favorite appetizers when eating at a Thai or Vietnamese-style restaurant, especially when they are freshly prepared to order. Luckily, these rolls are extremely easy to prepare and all ingredients can be found at your local grocer. You can even mix in your favorite ingredients or add in cooked proteins if…

Cilantro-Lime Jasmine Rice

Usually, Mexican rice dishes use a standard long-grain rice. But I prefer to use Jasmine rice instead. Jasmine rice has a beautiful, flowery aroma and fluffy texture which are perfect elements for a Summer side dish. I love to serve this with both Asian and Latin-inspired dishes, especially my Simple Fish Tacos. Makes 4 servings…