Cardamom-Pomegranate Poached Pears with Yogurt

This recipe celebrates some of my favorite winter fruits. Pear, pomegranate and lemon shine in this breakfast that eats like a dessert. I like bosc pears for poaching, but any variety will work nicely.

  • 3 Servings
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 20 mins
  • Calories: 292

Super Easy Gazpacho

Gazpacho is a cold soup of raw, pureed vegetables. Although it’s not just a tomato soup, tomatoes are the shining star of gazpacho. All you need is a cutting board, blender and ingredients to make it…no cooking required! Make gazpacho in the summer when tomatoes are in-season or anytime you have extra tomatoes on hand.

  • 4-6 Servings
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Calories: 131

Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas

These are not your typical restaurant chicken fajitas cooked with too much oil. This version is seasoned with a flavorful bend of spices and baked in the oven for a light and easy one pan meal. Serve them up with your favorite flour tortillas and salsa.

  • 4 Servings
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 25 mins
  • Calories: 465

Green Pineapple Smoothie

This simple, four ingredient (plus ice!) smoothie is a delicious and easy-to-remember recipe for an anytime of day pick-me-up. I love smoothies that pack in veggies, but still taste fruity and sweet. Fresh ginger gives this emerald drink a spicy kick that you’ve been missing in your other go-to smoothies.

  • 2 Servings
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Calories: 144

Blackened Salmon Lettuce Cups

This is a quick and delicious salmon recipe with bold flavors and just the right amount of heat. Who doesn’t love a 15 minute meal that allows you to eat with your hands? That’s right, these Blacked Salmon Lettuce Cups are best enjoyed without a fork and knife.

  • 4 Servings
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 8 mins
  • Calories: 366

Antipasto Tuna Salad

Liven up your basic tuna salad with the flavors, textures and colors of pickled and fresh veggies. I like to use Mezzetta Italian Mix Giardiniera in this tuna salad, which you can find at most supermarkets in the pickle and olive section. If you don’t already use plain Greek yogurt instead of mayo to make … Continued

  • 2 Servings
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Calories: 208

Carrot Zucchini Chocolate Chip Muffins

When I first became interested in food writing I immersed myself in it. I would delve through the Los Angeles Times (not online, the actual paper!) for the Food section every Wednesday. I read food magazines cover to cover, scrolled through food blogs like Chocolate & Zucchini and read restaurant reviews by AA Gill and … Continued

  • 12 Servings
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 25 mins
  • Calories: 203

Honey Pepper Chicken with Stir-Fry Vegetables

A few years ago my father started beekeeping. I don’t know if there’s any other hobby with such a great learning curve and high propensity to fail as beekeeping. As pollinators, bees play a vital role in our ecosystem and food supply and at the same time they are sadly on the brink of extinction. … Continued

  • 4 Servings
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 15 mins
  • Calories: 313

Tuna Salad Niҫoise

Niҫoise salad originates from the French city of Nice and is known to have black (Niҫoise) olives, anchovies, hard-boiled eggs, tomatoes and capers. My Tuna Salad Niҫoise doesn’t stray much from this classic pescetarian favorite. Here I use caperberries instead of capers, which are easier to eat around for those who do not like the … Continued

  • 4 Servings
  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 25 mins
  • Calories: 423

Sheet Pan Chicken Caesar Salad

This Sheet Pan Chicken Caesar Salad is a fun, deconstructed version of a classic Caesar salad. My kids love munching on whole romaine leaves because of the crunch.  The shape of romaine leaves makes them the ultimate veggie chip to scoop up hummus or guacamole. In this recipe the lettuce is treated simply, but the … Continued

  • 4 Servings
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 25 mins
  • Calories: 432
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