Banana Walnut Bread Breakfast Quinoa

As much as I would love to have homemade baked goods every morning for breakfast, it is not going to happen. But this flavor-packed, hearty breakfast will fix my cravings! The nutty flavor of the quinoa is enhanced as it soaks up the sweetness of the maple syrup & cinnamon. And it’s hard to argue…

Purpled Goat Mashed Potatoes

Looking for a way to spruce up your traditional spuds recipe? Why not make them purple?! They’re unexpected and packed with a wonderful, creamy flavor with the goat cheese. Plus, they’re just fun! Ingredients  3 Pounds Peeled Purple Baking Potatoes 3/4 Cup Goat Cheese, crumbled 1 Cup Reduced Fat Milk 3 Sprigs Thyme 1 1/4…

Wisconsin Wedding Soup

With my wedding fast approaching, I thought it only fitting to have something delicious and comforting already made in the refrigerator after a day of busy wedding planning. What’s better than Italian Wedding soup?! Not much, unless you give it twist to fit you’re wedding, of course! Since I’m marrying a Wisconsinite, I decided to…

Halloween Buffalo Chicken Dip

Ingredients 1 Rotisserie Chicken, shredded (2 cups) 2 Pillsbury Classic Refrigerated Pizza Dough 4 ounce block of Cheddar Cheese, cubed 1 Egg White 8 ounces Cream Cheese 1/2 Cup Buffalo Chicken Sauce 1/2 Cup Ranch Dressing 2/3 Cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Unroll the pizza dough, and cut out three…

Chicken Apple Sausage Stuffed Acorn Squash

This dinner is fall squished into a squash. Need I say more? YUM. I made this as an experiment, and then made it again two nights later. I can’t get enough of it! And in addition to it tasting absolutely delicious, it’s a pretty presentation. The portions below are for four servings. Portions can be adjusted…

Overnight Apple Almond Pie Oatmeal

I eat instant oatmeal almost every morning at my office desk. It’s convenient, and  it’s good. But my weekday breakfast could be better. Much better.  So I turned to Pinterest for inspiration on quick, easy & delicious breakfast ideas. I’m not sure why I had been intimidated in the past by overnight oats, but this…

BBQ Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potato with Goat Cheese

Best compact meal ever. I created this dish by accident. What started as bbq chicken, a plain baked sweet potato, and a side salad, quickly turned into an over-stuffed, mouthwatering flavor explosion. The contrast of the sweetness in the potato, the spice of the bbq, the bite of the vinegar dressing and the creaminess of…

Salmon Avocado Bird’s Nest

Salmon, Avocado, & Eggs…. does breakfast get any better? You’re never going to find a more impressive but easy breakfast dish. Ingredients 2 Whole, Ripe Avocados 2-4 oz Smoked Salmon 4 Eggs Fresh Dill Salt & Pepper, to taste Pinch Red Pepper Flakes Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Half the avocados & remove the pits….

One Dish Mexican Quinoa Delish

This recipe is dedicated to the recently married couple, Shannon & David. Shannon is one of my dearest friends. We met when we were four years old in Junior Kindergarten… and have remained best of friends since. Last weekend, she married her best friend and I could not be happier for them! At the wedding…

Garlic Smashed Parmesan Potatoes

Mashed potatoes are an ultimate comfort food. They’re warm, fluffy, full of flavor, and remind us of home. November is the perfect month to start whipping up mashed potatoes again. The cold weather has settled in, and you just crave them. In order to keep them on the weekly menu during the cold months though, a…

Harvest Walnut Ginger Spread

As I have mentioned in a past post, my family and I took an incredible trip to Italy last year. One of our stops was in Tuscany, and we stayed at an absolutely beautiful Relais & Chateaux hotel, Il Falconiere. Among the many incredible features at this hotel, including a Michelin Star Restaurant, it has a…

Roasted Butternut Squash & Goat Cheese Quinoa

If I haven’t shared this before, I am telling you now that Autumn is my favorite season. Obviously the rich colors of the changing trees are beyond spectacular. The cooler air rustles the leaves and changes your wardrobe… you can hear, smell, see and feel fall’s arrival. And of course you can taste autumn! The…