Baked Caprese Tortellini

Baked Caprese Tortellini - you're only 6 ingredients and 30 minutes away from your new favorite pasta recipe.

Ok folks, I just might have a new favorite pasta recipe. This Baked Caprese Tortellini is super cheesy, delicious, and simple. Caprese and tortellini are two of my favorite things, so it just makes sense to bring them together into one cheesy skillet of deliciousness.  It only requires 6 ingredients and can be made start to finish in about 30 minutes.

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Berry Spinach Salad with Feta and Spiced Pecans

This salad with berries, spinach, feta and spiced pecans is a favorite for spring or any time of year.

For whatever reason, I often get asked to bring a salad to a party or social gathering. Maybe it’s because salads are so easy to share. This berry salad with spinach, feta and spiced pecans is a crowd-pleasing favorite, and it usually disappears fast from a buffet at a party. Of course, you can also make a smaller version just for yourself or your family. The combination of sweet, crunchy, salty, tangy, creamy and earthy flavors in this salad make it a winner.

To make this salad, start with a bed of your favorite greens. I like to use spinach, butter lettuce and arugula. Layer on sliced strawberries and blueberries, crumbled feta cheese, and spiced pecans. For dressing, I use balsamic glaze, olive oil, salt and pepper.

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Sugar & Spice Pecans

Gorgeous sugar & spice pecans look impressive but take only five minutes to make.

I don’t know how many times I’ve walked by one of those food carts that sell cinnamon almonds and just had to stop and enjoy the amazing aroma – I love to smell roasted cinnamon almonds almost more than I love eating them. This recipe for sugar & spice pecans will fill your kitchen with the scent of toasted nuts, brown sugar, vanilla and spices, but with a savory touch of salt and a little kick of pepper. 

Sweet, salty and spicy is an addictive combination. When I make these pecans, I usually find my family hovering around them as they cool on a sheet of waxed paper, waiting until they’re ready to eat. I make these pecans as a topping for salads, especially my Berry Spinach Salad with Feta, but they’re also excellent by themselves as a snack. 

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Easy Homemade Salsa Verde

This salsa verde is so easy, and way better than store-bought salsa. You're only a few ingredients and about 15 minutes away from your most delicious salsa verde ever!

I love salsa: salsa roja, corn salsa, pico de gallo, mango salsa, I’d be happy to eat salsa every single day. But I think salsa verde might just be my favorite. I bought salsa verde for years without thinking about making it myself, for some reason I always thought it was going to be difficult or require complicated ingredients. Last year my family planted a large garden for the first time and we made salsa verde from our own homegrown tomatillos.  It was hands down the best salsa verde I’ve ever had, and I couldn’t believe how easy it was. After that summer I’ve never gone back to store-bought salsa verde.

This salsa verde is so easy, and way better than store-bought salsa. You're only a few ingredients and about 15 minutes away from your most delicious salsa verde ever!

While traditional red salsa is tomato based, salsa verde is tomatillo based. If you’ve never cooked with or purchased tomatillos, they’re those small green tomatoes with husks on them. They’re not actually tomatoes, just a member of the tomato family and they have a bright, fruity flavor that I think comes out especially well when they’re roasted. 

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Tomato Tart with Pesto and Mozzarella

Tomato tart with pesto and mozzarella gets a flavor boost from balsamic glaze.

Italian, Vegetarian | March 25, 2016 | By

Tomatoes, pesto and mozzarella cheese are a magic trio of ingredients you can use to flavor pasta dishes, stuff paninis, or top grilled chicken or steak. They’re also a perfect topping combo for this quick tomato tart made with two of my other favorite ingredients – frozen puff pastry dough and balsamic glaze. This tart can be pulled together in under an hour, not counting the time it takes for the dough to thaw. You can serve this tart as an easy weeknight dinner, or for lunch or brunch. 

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Crispy Black Bean Tacos with Avocado-Lime Sauce

Crispy Black Bean Tacos with Avocado-Lime Sauce: a quick and easy vegetarian meal, loaded with flavor.

Meet my new obsession: Crispy Black Bean Tacos with Avocado-Lime Sauce. Born out of my favorite Best Ever Mexican Black Beans, this meal is easy, quick, and seriously delicious.

avocado sauce

I love black beans in almost any form, but to me the real star of this recipe is the Avocado-Lime Sauce. Think of it as a cross between cilantro-lime dressing and guacamole. It’s absolutely perfect for dipping these tacos, or as a topping for burritos or salads.


black bean tacos

I always seem to have the ingredients for this recipe in my kitchen, so this one is perfect for weeknights when I’m short on time. I love that the tacos are rich and crunchy, and the sauce is packed with fresh flavors.

If you want to try a sour cream-based sauce, or maybe serve two different sauces, these black bean tacos also taste great with Chipotle Lime Crema.

This recipe makes 12 tacos – enough for 6 servings, plus a little extra sauce. If 12 tacos is too many, this recipe is really easy to cut in half. But is there really such a thing as too many tacos?

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Chickpea and Spinach Curry

This quick and delicious weeknight skillet dinner is packed with protein and veggies. It's also vegan and gluten free.

This Chickpea and Spinach Curry is one of my all-time favorite vegan recipes. It’s packed with veggies, protein, and fiber, and it can be cooked from start to finish in 20 minutes.

This quick and delicious weeknight skillet dinner is packed with protein and veggies. It's also vegan and gluten free.

Sometimes I make this curry as a quick weeknight dinner, but most often I actually make a batch and divide it into lunches for the week. It’s a perfect lunch because it holds up well in the fridge and it can be eaten by itself or with a grain or bread. One serving is one heaping cup (which feels like a lot) and it has 208 calories, 10g of protein, 9g of fiber, and a healthy serving of spinach.

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Flavored Homemade Microwave Popcorn

Six flavors of homemade microwave popcorn, a healthy, satisfying snack that has only 120 calories.

Microwave popcorn is a popular snack with our family. The smell of corn popping brings people running from all corners of the house, hoping for a “sample,” or maybe a little bit more. People in our family have been known to hide their stash of microwave popcorn in dresser drawers and closets, just to keep it out of other family members’ greedy hands. 

Reading the ingredient list on a package of commercial microwave popcorn might send people running in the other direction, though. Most microwave popcorn contains the chemical preservative TBHQ, and the strong “buttery” taste and aroma of some microwave popcorn comes from chemical flavorings, such as Pentanedione

A better alternative is to make your own microwave popcorn, so you control the ingredients. The cost is a lot lower than commercial microwave popcorn, and you can experiment with creative seasonings and flavor combinations. Another great thing about this recipe is that it’s lower in calories than most microwave popcorn – 30 calories per cup, compared to 64 calories per cup for “movie theater butter” microwave popcorn. 

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Balsamic Roasted Carrots

Balsamic roasted carrots is an easy side dish that takes only five minutes to prepare.

Boring vegetable sides are easy to understand – it’s hard enough to come up with a main dish for dinner at the end of a long day, so by the time you get to the side dishes, opening up a can or drizzling bottled dressing on a bagged salad seems like all you can handle. That’s why a recipe like this one is such a lifesaver. Tangy, sweet and salty, with a deep roasted flavor and a hint of garlic, these balsamic roasted carrots require only five minutes of prep time followed by about 30 minutes in the oven. They’re so simple and versatile, you’ll find yourself making them again and again.

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One Pot Tortellini and Tomato Soup

One Pot Tortellini and Tomato Soup - comforting and hearty, but still quick and easy; a perfect weeknight dinner for cold winter nights.

I absolutely love when I can take a tried-and-true recipe and transform it into something new, so my favorite tomato soup recipe has now become One Pot Tortellini and Tomato Soup. It’s an adaptation of my Crock-Pot Tomato Soup recipe with just a few changes that make a big difference. 

One Pot Tomato and Tortellini Soup - comforting and hearty, but still quick and easy; a perfect weeknight dinner for cold winter nights.

The biggest change: tortellini, of course. There is something about adding pasta to tomato soup that makes it so comforting and extra delicious. My mom likes to add orzo to her tomato soup (yum), and in my house we are big tortellini fans. It’s so cheesy and hearty, and I always like to have a package in my freezer ready for cold winter nights when I’m short on time.

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