Quinoa and pine nuts contribute crunch to this salad, while corn adds just a pinch of something sweet. A simple dish for summer lunches, Quick Balsamic Quinoa Salad can also be served with grilled chicken for a light dinner. The dressing is low in calories but still delicious—in my world, there’s nothing better than a little olive oil and balsamic vinegar with a dash of salt and pepper.
Recipe instructions Quick Balsamic Quinoa Salad
Heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil in a pan over medium heat, then reduce the heat to low and add the cooked quinoa, corn and pine nuts. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the quinoa is slightly crisp, corn is lightly browned and pine nuts are toasted, 5–10 minutes.
Let the mixture cool to room temperature or a bit warmer, then sprinkle with the lettuce.
Combine the remaining 1 tablespoon oil and the vinegar and beat together to combine. Add salt and black pepper to taste and add to the salad. Stir to mix; taste, and add more oil, vinegar or salt as desired. To serve, garnish with the avocado and the tomato.
Shakshuka might be my favorite recipe in this book. It's a North African dish that's full of flavor and nutrients, and it's so easy to make that it feels illegal. Shakshuka is a complete meal in a single pot, with all the ingredients cooked together in a large pan and usually served hot straight from it. The tomatoes are a great source of vitamins, folic acid, and potassium, which have all been linked to a reduced risk of cancer.
There's a good reason why beef stroganoff recipes full of creamy beef and mushrooms are handed down from generation to generation. Do yourself a favor and prepare this classic comfort food recipe tonight!
Quesadilla is a Mexican dish made of either corn or wheat tortillas filled with various ingredients. While traditionally quesadillas are made with cheese only, this hearty variant includes ground beef, black beans, and cheese, which is a must-have ingredient.
This orange pound cake is very moist and has a delightful orange taste.
This strawberry jam tart is sure to please your taste buds! It features a layer of delicious, gooey strawberry jam atop a crunchy pie crust, finished with a layer of crumbled pie crust. The tart is simple yet impressive.
Fried cheese is a triple threat: crunchy, comforting, and super flavorful. It's the perfect addition to a hearty bowl of soup.
This recipe for banana pancakes is simple and quick, using basic ingredients that you likely already have. You can have them ready in under 20 minutes. It's a great way to use up those overripe bananas on your countertop!
Potatoes are cut into small pieces and covered in tasty seasonings and a good amount of olive oil. Then they're baked in the oven at a high temperature for crispy perfection!
Irish Potato Candy is a delicious no-bake treat made by combining cream cheese, butter, and coconut. The recipe is simple and easy to follow. The mixture is rolled in cinnamon or cocoa powder to resemble a potato.
Tuscan Soup is a rich, creamy, and tasty soup made with Italian sausage, potatoes, and kale. As one of my favorite soups, I am happy to share its recipe. I used to go to a restaurant to taste this scrumptious soup, but then I learned to make it myself. Soon, my homemade soup was even more delectable than the restaurant's version.
It doesn't matter if you call it Pasta e Fagioli or Pasta Fagioli. This easy soup recipe is delicious and hearty, packed with authentic Italian flavors and ready in just 30 minutes.
No breakfast recipe is easier than oatmeal. The smooth, heavenly feeling of flawlessly cooked oats is incomparable. However, you might think oatmeal lacks innovation, but that's not true! Our Overnight Cherry-Almond Oatmeal rises above the traditional recipe by adding dried cherries and almond milk. This recipe uses a slow cooker, and like every other recipe in the book, it's also healthy. Oatmeal has a low glycemic index and is full of carbs that can lower cholesterol and blood pressure, preventing heart disease. Studies prove that eating oatmeal regularly reduces the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. So, there's no excuse not to enjoy this dish frequently!
Yogurt in a cup? Sounds like a grocery store item, but this is homemade with fresh fruit for food you control. Almond extract and honey add flavor without sacrificing nutrition. Plain low-fat yogurt has 415 milligrams of calcium per cup. Healthy calcium consumption can lower the chance of getting osteoporosis, a degenerative bone illness commonly seen in older people. Calcium also helps the nerves transmit signals, contracts and relaxes muscles, maintains a stable heart rate, and has a role in decreasing blood clotting.
This whole-grain Garlic Basil Sausage Farrotto is one of my favorite dishes. Farrotto is similar to risotto, but swaps out the traditional rice for farro. The addition of sausage makes this a meal that’s filling enough to serve for both lunch and dinner. Each bite is creamy but also has that slight bite of crunch, with the bright flavors of fresh garlic, basil and lemon juice complementing the nutty farro. If you’ve never used farro, there’s no better time to start—this nutritious grain is way healthier than white rice and, in my opinion, it tastes a lot better, too.
Fresh raspberries sandwiched between chocolaty brownies make for an amazing treat any time of year! You'll be surprised how easy these come together! These use a boxed mix to make it fast, but any brownie recipe would be amazing in these!
This recipe is sure to knock the socks off your guests! This Raspberry Peach Puff Pancake is simple, healthy and out-of-this-world tasty. And with very little added sugar, you won’t have to feel guilty for indulging. Serve this fluffy pancake in true Mediterranean fashion with fresh fruit and yogurt, and feel free to drizzle honey on top. This 9-inch pancake serves four people, and will be a guaranteed hit.
Smoked Salmon Appetizer and Cucumber Bites are a delicious blend of smoked salmon, crunchy cucumber and a tangy lemon dill cream cheese. They're low-carb, gluten-free, and perfect for parties and brunch!
Juicy and flavorful beef slow-cooked to perfection on the stove in a thick and flavorful broth. It's an ideal meal for a warm and cozy evening any day of the week.
Roasting shrimp in the oven while the bulgur cooks, makes for a quick preparation and retains all the flavor of the shrimp (unlike boiling, where some of the taste is lost to the water). I always keep a bag of shrimp in my freezer to have on hand for this recipe—just thaw before roasting. Although I like this salad warm, the cold leftovers make an excellent lunch for work the next day.