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Category: Dinners

Summer Quinoa Bowl with Ground Sausage, Tomatoes, and Zucchini

Summer Quinoa Bowl with Ground Sausage, Tomatoes, and Zucchini

It’s summer. You don’t want to waste a lot of time cooking, but you still want to prepare meals that are healthy and nutritious. There’s a quinoa bowl for that! This Summer Quinoa Bowl with Ground Sausage, Tomatoes, and Zucchini contains fiber-packed whole grains and veggies and the protein kick of ground sausage that will keep you and your family feeling full – and avoiding that dreaded post-meal crash.

Pesto Pizza

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Subbing pesto sauce for tomato sauce on a pizza is a definite must-try! There are few things better in life, in my opinion, than homemade pesto. It makes for such a rich and flavorful pizza sauce that complex toppings are not necessary. The lovely little grape tomato more than suffices. 

Black Bean Ricotta Gnocchi with Pancetta and Garlic Butter Sauce

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I’ve been doing some experimentation with using alternatives to standard wheat flour lately. It’s been real!

Parmesan and Pine Nut-Studded Beef Meatballs

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These meatballs are so, so, so addictively delicious, if I do say so myself! Try not to stand there and eat several right out of the pan when you first take them out of the oven like I did!

Spicy Black Bean Soup

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This soup is spicy! And I love it. This spiciness is in part because of the curry powder I substituted for cumin, which I had originally planned to use but then discovered I was out of. And the whole jalapeño and cayenne pepper added to it don’t hurt, either!

Lentil and Bulgur Bowl with Lemon Tomato Sauce

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This lentil and bulgur bowl makes it so deliciously easy to eat whole and healthy. I love the brightness the lemon adds! And it’s vegan.

Barley Risotto with Zucchini, Peas, and Parsley

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I love risotto! But I am trying to have the grains I consume be as whole as possible, so when I got the inspiration to create this recipe, I looked online to see what others were using as an arborio rice alternative.

Avocado and Bell Pepper Quinoa Salad

20150531_185146Avocados – most definitely one of my food obsessions. I have missed them so! I really didn’t eat much of them this winter.

Sausage and Red Bell Pepper Polenta Cassesrole

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Polenta always reminds me of my Croatian grandfather because he ate it all the time – topped with rabbit stew or something else of old-country ilk. I wonder if he would’ve liked this sausage and red bell pepper casserole?

Spicy Spinach and Mozzarella Pasta Bake

 

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My mom was the inspiration behind this pasta bake (hi, Mom!). She was telling me the other day about this quick lasagna she made using premade spinach ravioli, and I thought, hmmm, I can do a whole-eating upgrade on that!