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Sesame Slaw with Peanut Dressing

26 Jun

You know that summer smell when you’re walking around the neighborhood? Charcoal burning… and grilled goodies cooking up to their tender best. BBQ gatherings and long summer nights are in full effect which makes the main event a simple decision  – something that can go on the grill!  Like a juicy kickin’ spatchcocked chicken. Sides […]


Cauliflower with Lemon and Dill

7 Apr

Oh, what to make for dinner tonight – – OK, I have a few chicken breasts, I’ll grill those.  But what will we have with it? Something that’s not boring and bland… Sound familiar? This is the perfect time to remember those 7 tips on how to spruce up your dinner! Whip out your harissa powder […]


Butternut Squash and Zucchini Quinoa

21 Jan

Quinoa.  Quin Oh Wa?  Ohhh.  Keeeeenwaaaa. I have to admit, I was skeptical when this little grain burst onto the scene.  I didn’t really understand what it was or how to use it. I tried eating it plain and using it several ways in recipes – even a breakfast porridge… buuut not successfully.  I didn’t fall in […]


Thai Vegetable and Glass Noodle Spring Rolls

2 Aug

Its the weekend!  And, its a long weekend if you’re in Ireland.  WOOHOO. So what does the weekend mean for you? As for me, I can be found scheduling in some cooking and prep time for future meals.  This weekend I was thinking a vegetable soup since there are fresh veggies just about everywhere, so I just made […]


Warm Quinoa, Black Bean and Corn Salad

6 Jul

Summer summer summertime! Sun filled days with balmy air, long active nights that seem to go on forever, that BBQ smell wafting through the neighborhood…  There is barely time for work let alone cooking dinner 😉 But, not to worry because nothing beats a summer salad and for a quick weeknight meal its all you really need, isn’t […]


Lemon Caesar Salad Dressing

27 May

A really good Caesar salad is hard to find.  Am I right? Most of the time, when you order a Caesar salad its way overdressed with a thick and goopy dressing suffocating now wilted and soggy non-descript leaves.  Yuck.  Either that or its underdressed and totally tasteless.  Right? Or, this is the best – you get […]


Green Couscous

26 Apr

Side dishes can make the meal, ya know.  Green couscous is healthy, bright and flavourful and best of all — extra simple to make. There’s no cooking necessary and its ready in just about 5 minutes.  Plus Green Couscous does double duty as a veggie and a carb side.  I love these types of dishes that just make eating […]


Bacon Barley Stuffing

25 Mar

I love stuffing and so I want to eat it all year round, not just at Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Eating traditional stuffing very often is not practical because its very heavy and high in calories. Enter a lighter and healthier stuffing that’s just as tasty……… Bacon and Barley Stuffing… hellooooooo! Not only is this lightened up […]


Grilled Salmon and Sweet Potato with Creamy Gremolata

18 Mar

Sometimes all you need is nothing but a sauce to turn an average dinner… or even a bland uninspiring dinner — into a glorious plate of food that you want to eat obsessively and compulsively for the next 20 days. That’s what this Creamy Gremolata will do for you. Are you familiar with gremolata and all its miraculous-ness?  A typical […]


Bean Sprout, Asparagus and Fennel Stir Fry

28 Feb

There is just something about a simple stir fry that is just…. so uncomplicated. And, so tasty. But, not nearly thought about or used enough. Of course, I’m a huge fan of preparing food in advance to make week night dinners effortless but that quick and easy dinner repertoire is JUST as important. Versatility people.  Well, yes, that. […]