Home Cooking, for the sake of your health!


Grilled Sausages, Peppers and Potatoes

​ The most amazing grilled sausage platter for your next potluck or BBQ! This is easy to prepare and so impressive! Hosting potlucks and BBQs at home can be super stressful. I get super type-A about it, making sure every little detail is just perfect. Then the stress just takes over, and I either reschedule […]

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Chicken Meatball Zoodle Soup

​ Everyone’s favorite chicken noodle soup, but made even healthier with zucchini noodles and the most tender chicken meatballs! It’s September. Which means I can say: Happy almost-Fall! The season where the leaves start to change colors, and when we have every excuse in the book to order a pumpkin spice latte. Except. Well. We […]

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10 Best Mushroom Recipes for Mushroom Lovers

From the most amazing white mushroom pizza to the creamiest IP mushroom risotto, these recipes are THE BEST EVER! 1. Sheet Pan Garlic Butter Mushrooms – Simply roast your mushrooms in the most heavenly garlic butter sauce on ONE SINGLE PAN. [GET THE RECIPE.] 2. White Mushroom Pizza – Loaded with two types of cheeses […]

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How to Make Yogurt in an Instant Pot

​ Yes, you can make yogurt at home! It’s cheaper and 100x creamier! You’ll never want to buy store-bought yogurt again! What? Yogurt in an Instant Pot?! Um, yes, 10000 times yes! The process sounds like it’ll take for-ever, but really, this recipe is so stinking easy with like 4 minutes of hands-on time (legit, […]

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Shrimp Scampi Gnocchi

​ Ready in less than 30 min with perfectly golden-brown gnocchi and sauteed shrimp! So buttery, so garlicky, and just so quick + easy! Sometimes I just daydream about how I can incorporate shrimp scampi into my every day life. I mean, we have the actual shrimp scampi. The dip shrimp scampi. The spaghetti squash […]

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Best Ever Classic Macaroni Salad

The best + easiest old-fashioned macaroni salad to bring to all the BBQs/potlucks! Everyone will be dying for the recipe! We all need a good classic macaroni salad in our back pocket. One that we can always bring to backyard BBQs and potlucks. And one you can also make up to 2 days in advance. […]

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Black Pepper Cheddar Bacon Biscuits

​ So flaky, fluffy and buttery! With crisp bacon bits, sharp cheddar, black pepper + garlic. These are simply THE BEST! I know I should really be focused on this wedding diet and all. You know, the whole shredding-for-the-wedding business. But really, all I care about are these biscuits – the biscuits loaded with all […]

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Flan Cake

Flan Cake is an irresistible dessert that combines the smooth silky flan with a moist vanilla sponge cake and caramel topping.

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Potato Fresh Plum Dumplings

Potato Plum Dumplings are a delicious comforting dish known in many European countries. Potato dough is wrapped around fresh prune plums, formed into balls and then boiled until plum is tender. The dumplings are then immediately coated with sweetened cinnamony toasted buttery breadcrumbs. It is really really delicious and a perfect dish for plum season and not only. You can always make these plum dumpling with dried plums or even with Powidl (no sugar thick plum jam) Potato Plum Dumplings can be served as dessert or simply as a sweet main dish as they are very rich and consistent.

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BBQ Roasted Chicken

​ So easy to prepare using just pantry spices making the best smoky BBQ rub ever! And the chicken comes out with perfectly crispy skin! There’s something about roasting a bird that makes me feel so accomplished. I always think it’s the hardest thing ever. That I’ve basically saved the entire world and created world […]

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Korean Chicken Kabobs

​ An amazing combination of sweet and spicy! And the chicken comes out perfectly tender and juicy with a finger-licking sticky glaze! Have you tried Korean fried chicken yet? There’s this place in Koreatown a few miles from home that I always go to – probably once a month. They serve it mild, medium or […]

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Bacon and Egg Toast Cups

​ The classic American breakfast all into one muffin! Just layer the bread, bacon and eggs. They are sure to be a crowd-pleaser! Okay, real talk, guys. How stinking cute are these breakfast cups? I mean, it’s pretty darn cute. And it has everything we need for a classic American breakfast — whole wheat bread […]

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Pork Potstickers

​ Better-than-takeout potstickers you can make right at home! With a tender, flavorful pork filling with garlic, ginger and green onions! We have a lot of travel coming up in September. We are going to San Francisco twice in a month! Once with Butters to make the trip to Yosemite, and another trip to follow […]

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12 Quick and Easy Summer Recipes

From everyone’s favorite BBQ pineapple chicken kabobs to a hearty summer minestrone, these are the best summer recipes! 1. Maple Rosemary Grilled Chicken – Truly the best grilled chicken ever. It’s wonderfully sweet and savory with just so much flavor with the simplest marinade. [GET THE RECIPE.] 2. Honey BBQ Chicken Kabobs – Juicy, tender, super saucy BBQ chicken […]

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Asian Chicken Salad

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Walmart. As always, I only partner with brands that I love and truly believe in, allowing me to create more quick and easy recipes to get us through the week without breaking the bank. All opinions expressed are my own. With perfectly juicy, tender teriyaki chicken and the most […]

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Summer Skillet Pasta

​ Cheesy baked pasta with sauteed garlicky summer vegetables and andouille sausage! Even your picky eaters will gobble this right up! So Ben looks at this picture this morning and asks, “What’s that?” Me: It’s a summer pasta skillet. Him: So is that rice on top? Me: No, it’s cheese. Does it really look like […]

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Neapolitan Cheesecake

Neapolitan Cheesecake is a heavenly dessert that everybody will be craving for. A perfect balance between chocolate strawberry and vanilla with creamy smooth silky cream cheese layers on top of a a decadent brownie.

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Instant Pot Ragu

​ The most tender beef ragu you can make in just a fraction of the time! The beef simply melts in your mouth and the sauce is so hearty! Every time I hear the word ragu, I think of that blue jar with the yellow cap. Like the massive-Costco sized ones that would last for a […]

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Mexican Street Corn Nachos

Everyone’s favorite Mexican elote is made into the BEST nachos! Loaded with roasted corn, lime, chili powder and Mexican crema! These nachos have given me life this summer. It’s so hot outside that Butters and I have been waking up at 5am every single morning to go for a hike before it’s too hot for […]

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Italian Wedding Soup

​ Made with the most perfectly tender, juicy, chicken meatballs! So hearty and flavorful. Not to mention, it’s simple, quick and easy! I know. I really need to stop eating soup when it’s 100+ degrees outside. But I can’t help it. I can’t. I love soup 365 degrees out of the year, but I particularly […]

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Baked Garlic Herb Potato Wedges

​ The crispiest potato wedges ever! And it is completely BAKED!!! Served with the most amazing, garlicky-herb mixture! How wrong is it that this was my dinner for a few nights? And when I say few, I mean 4 nights. In a row. What? Carbs on carbs make for an excellent dinner. Especially when it […]

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Vegetable Potstickers

​ Meatless potstickers that taste even better than the meat-filled ones! PROMISE! And these taste 10000x better than the freezer-kind! When I first made these, we recipe tested three kinds of potstickers. A veggie one. A pork one. And a shrimp one. And I have to say. I actually liked the veggie one the best. […]

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Easy Instant Pot BBQ Ribs

​ The easiest and quickest BBQ ribs made right in your pressure cooker! So saucy, sticky, and tender, it just falls off-the-bone! I’ll be completely honest with you. We had to recipe test these ribs a minimum of 3 times to completely perfect them. So I came home with 2 racks of baby back ribs […]

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Mushroom Egg Galette

Mushroom Egg Galette is a comforting dish full of flavor and color perfect for any time of the day. Mushrooms are first sauteed with onion, garlic and thyme for extra flavor. The buttery crust is filled with gruyere cheese and topped with mushroom mixture, shaped into rustic galettes and baked until golden.

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Chocolate Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Pineapple Upside Down Cake is a delicious recipe that makes a perfect dessert for any occasion. This is not the classic recipe of pineapple upside down cake as I’ve wanted to pair pineapple with coconut and chocolate.The combination is absolutely irresistible.

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Mango Raspberry Mousse Cake

Mango Raspberry Mousse Cake is a light, elegant, flavorful dessert bursting of summer flavor. Raspberries and mango are making a heavenly match while the pistachio cake and crunch are bringing a great texture and color. The raspberry jelly on top is simply irresistible red and rich in flavor which makes it an elegant topping to any cake.

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Grilled Garlic Herb Zucchini

​ An easy peasy summertime staple! The zucchini comes out perfectly garlicky, fresh, and crisp-tender – so simple yet so good! I’ve had so many grilled goodies this season. Like this gorgeous flank steak platter, my favorite maple rosemary chicken, and the stickiest bbq pineapple chicken kabobs. But this grilled zucchini really takes the cake. I know. […]

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Summer Spaghetti with Tomatoes and Burrata

​ The quickest 25 min meal ever! This is so simple yet so amazingly good with fresh tomatoes, basil and burrata! I have never really liked the Summer season. It’s always too hot. You’re blinded if you ever forget your sunglasses. The AC breaks down and the repairman isn’t available. You forget sunscreen on your […]

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Shrimp Potstickers

​ Completely homemade, easy peasy freezer-friendly shrimp potstickers! Tastes just like your favorite take-out place, but even better! My mother was obsessed with all kinds of dumplings/potstickers. They could be pan-fried, boiled, steamed – it didn’t matter. She loved them all. So maybe that’s why I love them too. I mean, I’m basically having a […]

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8 Healthier Ground Chicken or Turkey Recipes

These recipes are a great alternative to ground beef recipes with less calories and fat! It’s cheaper, too! Whether you’re trying to change things up or consume less calories and fat, these ground chicken/turkey recipes are such a great alternative to ground beef recipes! From chicken meatball noodle soup to garlic ginger chicken potstickers, you […]

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    Pasta in a decadent creamy, homemade, butternut squash pasta sauce, with no cream! The spicy chicken sausage and sage is the perfect compliment, this pasta dish is filling and comforting on a chilly night. We also love this meatless Spaghetti with Creamy Butternut Leek Sauce, which inspired this recipe. And with the addition of shaved […]
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