Seasonal Sundays (Week 22) Memorial Day

We're turning a corner here, recipe-wise, switching to ideas that express summer in both ingredient and spirit. Like summer salads that might yet be useful for the long weekend (in the US) and summer meals throughout the week. Summer has indeed arrived ...

Peanut Butter & Jelly (PB&J) Smoothies

Childhood's favorite PB&J sandwich in a glass.

Budget-Friendly. Fresh & Seasonal. Cold & Frosty. Weekday Easy, Weekend Special. Naturally Gluten Free. High Protein. Vegetarian. Great for Meal Prep.

Homemade Egg McMuffin

Surprise: The Egg Is Cooked in the Microwave!
Thank my sister for this fast and healthy breakfast idea — her Homemade Egg McMuffin recipe creates an unexpected "wow" factor. Start with sheer deliciousness. Then add healthy, cheap and substantial. And the eggs themselves? They’re cooked in the microwave! It’s no wonder that my sister’s family makes special requests for her "Egg McMoms". They’re fabulous, simply fabulous.

Real Food, Fast. Budget-Friendly. Weekday Easy, Weekend Special. Weight Watchers Friendly. High Protein. Kid Friendly.

Seasonal Sundays (Week 21)

Happy Sunday, All ... hats are fun but we all need to eat and spring, oh spring is such a fun time for creativity in the kitchen.

Mini Porcupine Meatballs

Who else remembers Porcupine Meatballs, the meatballs with "quills" of rice sticking out? I mixed up a quick batch recently for the first time in years, decades probably, and was surprised how delicious they tasted with a just a few contemporary updates. Let's make it a retro revival ...

Real Food, Fresh & Fast. Budget Friendly. Weeknight Easy, Weekend Special. Weight Watchers Friendly. Low Carb. Naturally Gluten Free. High Protein.

Seasonal Sundays (Week 20) Happy Mother's Day

A special Mother's Day issue, no recipes, no food and no dishes (cuz someone else has organized the cookin' today, right?) but a photo essay I'm calling "Wear the Hat, Dammit". I'll be back next week with the usual spring recipe ideas so if that's what you're after, Happy Mother's Day and just go on back to what you were doin', okay? But for anyone who's curious ...

Healthy Smoothies: Recipes & Tips

How to Sip a Rainbow
Aren't smoothies just so pretty?! And delicious too?! All the luscious colors, all that sweet fruit, all that creaminess!

But let's take a closer look at the (many) pros and a (few but important) cons of smoothies, then how to concoct a healthy (or healthier) smoothie. And yes, whether you're looking for how to make Green Smoothies with fresh leafy greens such as spinach or chard or wondering whether there's really such a thing as Make-Ahead Smoothies, I've got you covered with all my favorite smoothie recipes, now all collected here in a single source of smoothie inspiration.

Real Food, Fresh & Summery. Quick 'n' Easy Family Favorites. How to Eat More Fruits & Vegetables.

Best Quick Tomato Salsa

Red Salsa For Chips, Tacos, Burritos, Eggs & More
Nothing starts a party better than chips and salsa! We love this quick homemade salsa that starts off with a can or two of fire-roasted tomatoes, adds a little garlic, onion, jalapeƱo or poblano, fresh cilantro and a squeeze of lime juice – yeah, that's it, so simple, yes?! Give it all a buzz in the food processor and onto the table it goes. Party on!

Real Food, Fresh & Fast. Budget Friendly. Weeknight Easy, Weekend Special. Weight Watchers Friendly. Low Carb. Naturally Gluten Free. Not just vegan, Vegan Done Real. Great for Meal Prep.

Seasonal Sundays (Week 19)

Ideas in and out of the kitchen for standing strong during this sobering time when right or wrong, the country (and the rest of the world) begins to open up ...

Moroccan Chicken
with Eggplant, Tomato & a Pile of Spices!

What a hit, this easy chicken dinner, a favorite whenever a plump and pretty eggplant jumps into the grocery cart. The meat itself is moist and flavorful, the eggplant and tomato sauce perfumed with Moroccan-style spices. And yes, I do wish it were prettier but the flavors are so rich, the whole experience so comforting ...

Real Food, Fresh & Flexible. Spiced Not "Spicy". Weeknight Easy, Weekend Special. Spare the Dishwasher: Just One Skillet. Weight Watchers Friendly. Naturally Gluten Free. High Protein. Great for Meal Prep.