Three Bean Vegetarian Chili

Three Bean Vegetarian Chili

One of my favorite things about cold weather is all of the chili. Topped with heaps of sour cream, tortilla strips and cilantro– or, just plain– is glorious! It warms my bones to the core.  This vegetarian chili is made with three types of beans (red, white and black), crushed tomatoes and lots of carrots, [Read More…]

Tomato Basil Soup

Tomato Basil Soup

When was the last time you had a bowl of tomato soup and crispy, oohy-gooey grilled cheese? Can’t remember? Consider this the the sign you’ve been waiting for… make it! Grilled cheese is super easy to make, but homemade tomato soup? Maybe a little more complicated and requiring more ingredients than butter, bread and cheese.  This was my first [Read More…]

BBQ Shredded Beef

BBQ Shredded Beef

I’m kind of obsessed with pulled anything. Chicken, pork or beef… shred it up, toss it with some BBQ sauce, slap it on a roll, topped with some homemade slaw and I’ll have the biggest cheshire smile you’ve ever seen. Slightly sweet, a bit tangy, this BBQ shredded beef is so easy to make. Plus, you get to [Read More…]

Turkey Bolognese

Turkey Bolognese

These cold nights in New Jersey have been screaming for a big bowl of pasta. And like the thoughtful cook I am, I obliged. Like any bolognese, this recipe will take a few hours to make. But the results will be amazing and completely worth the effort.  Perfectly savory with that je ne sais quoi, [Read More…]

Balsamic Green Beans with Almonds & Cranberries

Balsamic Green Beans

I don’t know about you, but when I’m asked to bring a side dish to a dinner party my mind instantly goes blank. Can I bring an appetizer, beverage or dessert? Sure. No problem.  Now this side dish business is a whole different story. Of course it’s easy to carb it up and make some [Read More…]

Bites of Life: Part 6

BitesofLifePart6 - Baby

Autumn came and went, and what a whirlwind the past couple of months have been! More on that later.  As always, I tried to squeeze in as many fall favorites as possible, beginning with… Partaking in our family’s annual apple picking outing in Chester, NJ. Apples, cider donuts, oh my! Calories don’t count on this [Read More…]

Greek Yogurt Vegetable Dip

Greek Yogurt Vegetable Dip

Making healthy decisions doesn’t have to be boring. The next time a party (oh, hey Super Bowl!) calls for a dip, consider this skinny Greek Yogurt Veggie Dip. It has the perfect balance of savoriness and crunch. Crowds will rave, stomachs will be happy and your waistline will thank you. Until you turn to Loaded [Read More…]

Take Out, Fake Out: General Tso’s Chicken

Take Out Fake Out General Tsos

I just love ordering take out, it’s like a mini vacation from cooking. One of my all-time favorites is General Tso’s Chicken. Spicy, with an amazing brown sauce. With some inspiration from Creme de la Crumb blog, I decided to hit the kitchen to make this with ordinary items in my cabinet. The results? Delicious. [Read More…]

Easy Chocolate Fudge

Easy Chocolate Fudge

Chocolate fudge, made with only four ingredients. What’s more to love? Fudge is the easiest and most versatile dessert, if you ask me. You can decorate it with sprinkles for any holiday, drizzle it with any type of chocolate and mix in whatever filling you like. Fudge is pretty much the quiche of the dessert world. Ready [Read More…]

Chia Seed Pudding

Chia Seed Pudding

A new year, a new… diet? Promises to go to the gym more often? How about simply weaving healthy choices into every day life? Now that’s more realistic, at least for Hubs and I.  This chia seed pudding is a breakfast and snack, all rolled up as one. Topped with fresh berries or a handful of [Read More…]

Chipotle Pulled Chicken Soup

Chipotle Pulled Chicken Soup

Sometimes the only remedy for a cold, blustery night is a bowl of hot, savory soup. One that warms your bones and encourages a post-dinner nap under heaps of blankets. One that is just as good (if not better) served up as leftovers the next day. One that is incredibly easy to whip up. Oh, how [Read More…]

Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms

Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms

Looking for an easy appetizer/side dish that serves the masses? Then this sausage stuffed mushroom dish is just for you! Plus, you’re almost guaranteed to have leftover stuffing to make amazinggggg mushroom pinwheels! Bonus recipe included.   Put on some music and get going in the kitchen – a little sauteing, chopping, mixing and stuffing. These mushrooms will [Read More…]

Christmas French Toast

Christmas French Toast

‘Tis the season for everything merry! I was feeling particularly festive this weekend morning when I whipped out my cookie cutters to make this Christmas French Toast.   I followed my Chai Spiced French Toast recipe, which is so easy to throw together. Crispy outside, soft inside. Just perrrrrfect. Use whatever Christmas cookie cutters you [Read More…]

DIY Stamped Christmas Cards

DIY Stamped Christmas Cards

On any given year, you can usually find me running straight to Papyrus for its super cute Christmas cards. However, this year I was inspired by a friend to get crafty and make my own cards (gasp!) from scratch.  So, I went to Michael’s with an open mind knowing two things: that I love sparkle [Read More…]

DIY Poinsettia Wreath

DIY Poinsettia Wreath

I love making homemade wreaths! Can’t you tell? I’ve had this one grapevine wreath from Michael’s for about 2 years, switching out the flowers and garland to fit each season. I stumbled on these gorgeous poinsettia flowers, and couldn’t resist another! Making a homemade wreath is super easy. No gluing necessary, just 15 minutes and [Read More…]

Soy Glazed Salmon

Soy Glazed Salmon

Looking for a simple salmon recipe, without all the marinating? That’s what this recipe is about – an easy and healthy dinner without any fuss.  Slightly sweet, this soy glazed wild-caught salmon is lovely over a green salad with an Asian dressing. It’s perfectly flakey and surprisingly filling! To get started, mix all the marinade ingredients [Read More…]

Blackberry Cheesecake Squares

Blackberry Cheesecake Squares

Deep in my Sinful Desserts board on Pinterest, there lay an amazing recipe by the Brunette Baker for these blackberry cheesecake squares. Best idea ever to make these!  Creamy, with hints of sweetness from the graham cracker crust and fresh blackberry compote, these cheesecake squares are gorgeous as they are delicious.  To tackle this recipe, you [Read More…]

Breakfast Pizzas

Breakfast Pizzas

Pizza for breakfast? You don’t have to ask me twice. I’m THERE.  I made this breakfast pizza for Hubs and I on a Saturday morning, and I have to be honest: while I didn’t finish my whole pizza, I was so full I wanted to crawl back into my cozy bed, wake up, eat pizza, and [Read More…]