Lemon Honey Mustard Salmon

Salmon is one of my go-to meals – my husband and I both love it and it can be cooked in 10 minutes. It also holds up well during the week, so it’s a great fish to cook on Sunday and use all week! You probably have a “go-to” way that you prepare your salmon…

Greek Yogurt-Pesto Barley Salad

Pesto is one of those flavors that adds so much to anything it’s added to – a sandwich, salad dressing, pasta salad, pasta – anything! With that said, you don’t need a ton of it to get the flavor across and that’s where the idea came along to bulk it up with greek yogurt! I…

Mini Marinara Turkey Meatloaves

Meatloaf sometimes gets a bad reputation, but I’m here to change that (or try to anyways)! My mom always made it for us growing up and then we’d bring it for lunch as cold sandwiches, so good – although I remember getting some looks at the school lunch table ha! I made this recipe in…

Sweet Potato Kale Egg Bake

Egg bakes just scream BRUNCH, don’t they?? I love them for so many reasons! You can make them in advance, you can’t mess them up, they feed a crowd, work for vegetarians (assuming no meat goes in) and are SO inexpensive with eggs being the main protein source. Have I convinced you yet?? White potatoes…

Wasabi Soy Ginger Tuna Steaks

This recipe was one of those that I have been thinking about making for awhile, but put it off for some reason! One of my favorite restaurants in Chicago was this place called Roy’s – it’s a chain (first location in Hawaii, I believe) – it has some of the best seafood I had while…

Caprese-Stuffed Portabella Mushrooms

I was always nervous to cook with portabellas, they just seemed intimidating! I loved them at restaurants but never cooked with them myself – what was I thinking? They are so simple once you know the basic technique for “preparing” them and are so versatile! When you buy them, they normally come with the stems…

Balsamic Yogurt Chicken

I know what you are thinking, yogurt – gross! Give me a chance to explain! I’ve always heard that yogurt is a great marinade, especially for lean cuts of meat (like chicken breasts), because it keeps the meat super moist. I’ve seen it used in Indian cooking before but honestly never thought to try it…

Lemon Orange Chicken

I absolutely love citrus flavors (you are probably already noticing that or will soon!) – they add such nice flavor and brightness and are so easy and cheap to find! I normally just do honey mustard chicken but was getting a bit sick of that combination and decided to do a lemon/orange version – mainly…

Asian Edamame Avocado Salad

I absolutely love making quinoa salads – they are so versatile, hold up well as leftovers and are such a great and hearty side dish. This week, to go with my Asian sesame salmon, I made this edamame avocado salad and I think you’ll love it! Feel free to adjust the veggies – you can…

Sesame Asian Salmon

If you’ve never cooked with sesame oil, today is the day to change that. I normally use olive oil in my cooking and while it’s wonderful, today I was looking for something a bit nuttier and more aligned to the Asian menu I had in mind. This recipe tastes like the salmon teriyaki you get…

Cowboy Caviar

I remember the first time I ever had this – I was in Saratoga Springs for a reunion with my college roommates. We were staying at one of the girl’s parents’ house who also happens to be a fantastic chef and an even better hostess – we were never without food or drink. My kind…

Packing the perfect (adult) lunchbox

When I first graduated college and entered Cubicle World, I always bought my lunch. I had a rotation of places in the surrounding 3-4 blocks – in addition to the company cafeteria during those Chicago winters – that were on constant rotation. While I had my fair share of great salads and sandwiches, it sure…