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Eggplant Pizza

Eggplant Pizza

Eggplant pizza is the easiest way to satisfy your pizza cravings when you're trying to cut down on carbs! Using fresh eggplant as a "pizza crust" is a quick and tasty substitute; not to mention how cute they are!! Pizza is such a fun, hands-on meal to make with kids, and what better way to get some extra veggies into your families' diets than to use eggplant slices instead of dough :) 

Pesto Caprese Grilled Cheese

Pesto Caprese Grilled Cheese

The yummiest twist on the classic grilled cheese - Pesto Caprese Grilled Cheese! Caprese-anything is already delicious and really hard for me to resist, so I put that combo in between two slices of crisp, rustic bread? Perfect for Spring. I have a great toaster oven in my apartment and grilled cheese sandwiches have never been easier :) Hot, crisp edges and gooey cheese in minutes. Add a smear of pesto for an added kick - or make it your own and add sundried tomatoes, some spice, a drizzle of balsamic, or even an egg :) This is an easy one, let's get cookin!

20 Minute Buttery Tomato and Shallot Pasta

20 Minute Buttery Tomato and Shallot Pasta

You can never have enough good pasta dishes in your recipe box :) When you don't have time to simmer a sauce for a couple of hours, it's nice to have a quick 20 minute dish to throw together. You can use any pasta you like - this is wonderful with shells, pappardelle, even angel hair - whatever you've got in the pantry. Blistered cherry tomatoes, shallots, and fresh basil make for a lightly coated pasta that is perfectly filling. This is an easy, meatless weeknight meal! Find out how quickly you can be chowin down on this pasta next! Let's get cookin :) 

One Pan, No Bake 20 Minute Lasagna

One Pan, No Bake 20 Minute Lasagna

This is of my favorite recipes since it's so easy, delicious, and straightforward. The results are great every time. A nice cheesy crust, tender lasagna noodles, creamy ricotta, savory Italian sausage, and zesty tomato sauce simmer on the stove for a mere 20 minutes and magically become the world's easiest lasagna. Once you've got all the ingredients prepped, the actual cook time is a breeze. Throw everything in one pan and impress your loved ones. I generally have a bunch of these ingredients on hand in my pantry so it's a great dish to make for last minute dinners. Find out how next...let's get cookin! 

Classic Pesto Pasta Salad with Grilled Chicken

Classic Pesto Pasta Salad with Grilled Chicken

I love experimenting with fun, seasonal ingredients, but sometimes learning to make a classic is just as great. Pesto can be made with tons of different ingredients; it’s a game of mix and match. A great pesto only requires a few fresh ingredients. The most important part is using fresh basil (or your favorite herbs) and good quality extra virgin olive oil. 

This recipe is simple and delicious. Pesto is incredibly versatile - once you have a fresh batch, you can use it on way more than pasta! Make homemade pizza, eat it with eggs, spread it on bread or a sandwich, or use it as a salad dressing. This recipe is for a classic basil pesto. A quick pulse in a food processor and you have a fresh, garlicky sauce that is way better than a jar from the store. Let’s get cookin :)

Vietnamese Pork Chops with Cantaloupe Basil Salad

Vietnamese Pork Chops with Cantaloupe Basil Salad

Vietnamese food is definitely something I crave often. Tons of fresh herbs, pickled veggies, and multiple layers of flavor are some of my favorite things about Vietnamese food. I would love to learn authentic recipes from someone one day! Today I’m sharing a fun and simple recipe that’s made with ingredients you might already have in your kitchen. If you don’t happen to eat pork, try this delicious marinade on chicken! This marinade works best overnight, so a quick tip is to throw it together while you’re cooking dinner the previous night and throw it in the fridge. This grilled pork turns out so tender and savory, which is accompanied by a sweet cantaloupe salad. Let’s get cookin! 

Fresh Nectarine, Basil, & Fried Mozzarella Stacks with Balsamic Reduction

Fresh Nectarine, Basil, & Fried Mozzarella Stacks with Balsamic Reduction

As summer winds down, my kitchen is stock full of stone fruit. Nectarines, cherries, mangoes, apricots, peaches and plums all fall under the name “stone fruits” because of their large hard seeds. They are native to warm climates and are at their peak from June through September, so enjoy them while you can! :)  

I have a batch of beautifully ripe nectarines. I love them for their smooth outer skin, and incredibly sweet flesh. They are beautiful to cook or bake with because of their color, and I couldn’t wait to work on a recipe celebrating the nectarine. 

Mango Basil Crispy Personal Pizzas

Mango Basil Crispy Personal Pizzas

Pizza. One of the most delicious inventions in the world. It’s versatility is endless: deep dish, thin crust, cheese stuffed crust, sweet, savory, and topped with any ingredient under the sun. Making homemade pizza is, let’s be honest, kind of a drag. I am usually very hesitant when it comes to making my own dough, even though the outcome is significantly better than store-bought instant dough. 

One of my favorite pizza topping combinations is the classic Hawaiian. It’s simple. Salty, sweet, and on a light crispy dough with tons of cheese. I wanted to share a few recipes with you that take a classic dish, and update it with a new, slightly more upscale twist (while still being completely affordable). How could I elevate a Hawaiian pizza? Mango. 

Hot Caprese Dip

Hot Caprese Dip

Summer is approaching, and that means tons of entertaining - whether it be throwing a bbq, attending a party, or having last minute, drop-in guests over. This is a delicious three (YES, THREE) ingredient dip that is quick, easy, and oozing with flavor.
Serve it with a variety of dipping vessels. I like Stacy’s Pita Chips, especially the Simply Naked Pita Chips. They are baked to perfection, Non-GMO, and are also Kosher. I also suggest Diamond Almond Nut Thins. They’re light and crispy, and Gluten Free! They pair perfectly with the creaminess of the mozzarella, roasted tomatoes, and slight peppery flavor of the basil.