Home Cooking, for the sake of your health!


Kimchi Fried Rice

Homestyle fried rice made in just 30 min! Loaded with kimchi, mushrooms, carrots, kale and a fried egg! Sure to be a weeknight favorite! I cannot even begin to tell you how much I love kimchi fried rice. It’s a taste of home, yet you can totally make it your own by throwing in everything […]

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Crispy Roasted Herb Potatoes

Extra-crispy roasted potatoes! It’s the perfect side dish to any meal with only 15 min prep and the shortest ingredient list! No matter what you’re making, we all need that perfect side dish to our meal, whether it be a grain, a veggie, or a salad. But for me, it’s these roasted potatoes all the […]

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Ham and Cheese Drop Biscuits

The easiest, simplest homemade drop biscuits made with less than 20min prep! And they’re so buttery, so flaky and so perfect! You guys know I love a good, flaky mile-high biscuit. Or a biscuit smothered in bacon/black pepper or maple bacon cheddar. But I think I found my new love. Or my new love for […]

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Almond Butter Granola

There is nothing better than homemade granola! It’s quick/easy to make, it’s cheaper and it’s so much tastier! You can’t beat that! So I’ve been kind of hoarding all of the Trader Joe’s almond butter granola lately. I’ll buy 5 bags at a time, and then eat a bag a day. It’s not cute. Now […]

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Slow Cooker Lasagna Soup

  All the best flavors of lasagna made right into a soup! Made so effortlessly right in your crockpot. Simply set and forget! EASY! Guys. It was 40 degrees F in Chicago today! That’s basically t-shirts and shorts weather in Chiberia, no? Except I kind of got ahead of myself and went outside without a […]

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Freezer Sausage, Egg, and Cheese Breakfast Sandwiches

Best ever freezer-friendly breakfast sandwiches for those busy mornings! Never skip breakfast again! I haven’t been on the best behavior with breakfast lately. Instead of having a wholesome meal, I’ve been rotating between Stan’s Donuts, Doughnut Vault and Firecakes. See, I told you. I’ve been bad. But now, I have absolutely no excuse. With just […]

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Instant Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage

A fast track corned beef dinner made in your pressure cooker! No brine, no fuss. The IP will do all the work for you! I had no idea that St. Patrick’s Day was such a big deal here in Chicago. I mean, did you know that the Chicago River has been dyed green on St. […]

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Gâteau Moelleux au chocolat - French Chocolate Cake

Moelleux au Chocolat Gateau is a rich moist chocolate cake, a true delight for all chocolate lovers out there. The steps and ingredients are similar to molten lava cakes, the only difference is that this is made in a large pan instead of using small individual ones and baked for a bit more time. The interior is not runny anymore .. but completely moist and melting in your mouth

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Filo Mini Quiches

This filo mini quiches can make a great appetizer or snack that looks quite amazing. Made with filo sheets for a crispy shell with a flavorful egg and pancetta filling they will definitely won’t pass unnoticed.

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Sheet Pan Beef and Broccoli

Say hello to the easiest beef and broccoli of your life! No fuss, less dishes, yet it’s 10000x better than take-out. Win-win! Guys. This beef and broccoli doesn’t get any easier. It just doesn’t. It cooks on a sheet pan, which means less fuss and less dishes. It’s a win-win for all. The steak is […]

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Chicken Pot Pie Soup

Everyone’s favorite pot pie in soup form! Simple to make and so so cozy and comforting! Serve with warm biscuits for a complete meal! Guys, it’s really happening. We move to Chicago in just 3 days! I’ve packed 17 boxes dedicated just for kitchen needs, which means I should be ready to make these pot […]

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Vanilla Soufflé

These vanilla souffles are simply out of this world. So fluffy with a mousse like texture, almost melting in your mouth, light and airy and full of vanilla flavor. Such an amazing way of finishing your lunch or dinner. Enjoy!

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Double Chocolate Waffles

Decadent chocolate waffles, crispy on the outside, tender inside loaded with chocolate, lots of chocolate ...Double Chocolate Waffles, who could ever resist?

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Orange Cauliflower Bowls

Everyone’s favorite orange chicken made with cauliflower instead! But you won’t miss the chicken at all with this heavenly sauce! Guys. I just experienced -18 windchill here in Chicago. And it is cold. No, wait. That’s an understatement. I did walk a mile to a workout class in this weather, which probably wasn’t the smartest […]

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Green Chicken Enchiladas

Salsa verde, green chiles, leftover rotisserie chicken and Monterey Jack cheese make for the best weeknight enchiladas ever! When I think of bomb Mexican food, I think of my favorite Mexican joint in LA. Tacos Por Favor, also known as TPF. It’s located in a very tiny strip mall on the corner of Olympic Blvd […]

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Baked Mac and Cheese

Everyone’s favorite classic mac and cheese! Super simple, super easy and super quick. You’ll never want the boxed stuff ever again! Greetings from Chicago! We did it. We finally moved to the Midwest after 20 years of living in California. It almost feels a bit surreal as we cope with the 22 degree weather. I […]

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Mini Hasselback Potatoes

Crisp-tender, garlicky, herb hasselback potatoes make for the perfect side dish! And they’re mini so it makes for easy serving! Is it wrong that I’ve been eating these potatoes as a main? I know, they’re officially classified as the best ever side dish to complement any meal but I prefer it much more as a […]

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Sweet Potato Beef Stew

The coziest beef stew with the most tender chunks of beef and sweet potato that just melt in your mouth! And it’s FREEZER-FRIENDLY! Is there anything else more cozy than a beef stew during the dead of winter? And just to be clear, when I say dead of winter, I mean anything below 50 degrees […]

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Garlic Butter Steak Bites and Fries

Perfectly garlicky and oh-so-buttery! These steak bites just melt in your mouth, paired with crisp-baked fries! Happiest of Valentine’s Day! We are all in Jackson Hole, Wyoming right now, where it is snowing up a storm and Butters is flinging off his little snow boots! I just wish he knew I was doing it to […]

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Skillet Buttermilk Biscuits

The most flaky, mile-high, buttery biscuits ever! Requires only 6 ingredients and baked in a skillet in under 45 minutes! Guys, I am headed to Jackson Hole with Butters and it’s 21 degrees F and snowing! Butters just turned 5 in January and he has never ever ever seen snow. So I’ve packed 4 snow […]

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Easy Chicken Tikka Masala

​ 10000x better (and faster) than take-out! And the chicken is perfectly tender with the creamiest, most flavor-packed sauce ever! When Ben was out of town last week, two very important things happened. One. Butters was sulking hardcore, waiting for his dad. Even though I’m the one that has been feeding him, walking him, clothing […]

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Creamy Mushroom Stroganoff

Butter, mushrooms, shallots, garlic and thyme make for the perfect creamy, rich mushroom stroganoff! Made in just 30 min. EASY! Would you judge me if I told you I had this for 2 straight weeks? It was not out of choice. See, I had to recipe test this a dozen times. Which means I had […]

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Brownie Strawberry Chocolate Cheesecake

This Strawberry Chocolate Cheesecake is one of the easiest desserts you can prepare for your loved ones… brownie at the bottom topped with fresh strawberries covered in a smooth silky chocolate cream cheese filling and decorated with chocolate brush strokes and fresh strawberries.

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Weeknight Chicken Enchiladas

Classic chicken and black bean enchiladas for those busy weeknights! Easy to assemble with a quick homemade enchilada sauce! Ben texted one night, asking what we had for dinner when he got home from work. I joked and replied, “Butters’ famous chicken enchiladas”. He quickly got home from work and sat down at the kitchen […]

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Garlic Butter Steak and Scallops

SURF AND TURF made in less than 30 min! The steak + scallops are so perfectly cooked with the best garlic butter sauce! Is anyone else super excited about Valentine’s Day? I mean, hello? We have steaks, scallops, garlic and so much butter! Things that are much better than flowers, chocolate and jewelry. Am I […]

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Thai Basil Chicken Bowls

A 30-minute meal with less than 400 calories per serving? YES AND YES!!! It’s so quick to whip up, budget-friendly, and SO GOOD! Guys, I get to share yet another cookbook recipe today! Now this is just 1 of 115 recipes included in my meal prep cookbook, available February 5th! And yes, nutritional information is available […]

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Cannoli Siciliani

Crispy pastry tubes filled with a flavorful ricotta filling and dipped in chopped crunchy pistachios... beautiful flavor and texture combination and hardly you can stop from eating just one.

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Classic Focaccia

As many of you know I have always loved making bread from scratch, and this focaccia was indeed a rewarding bread. Focaccia is a delicious Italian flat bread flavored with a extra-virgin olive oil, rosemary and flaky sea salt for the classic version. Focaccia can be made though with various toppings from various herbs to dried tomatoes, olives, caramelized onion, different spices or whatever you prefer best.

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Garlic Butter Shrimp Scampi

Made in just 20 min from start to finish! The garlic butter sauce is TO DIE FOR – so buttery, so garlicky/lemony + so perfect! Is it just me or do you all want to go swimming in this pool of butter sauce? Don’t be shy, guys. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to face plant […]

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Freezer Green Smoothie Packs

Make-ahead freezer-packs! Now you have ready-made smoothies for the entire week. Simply add your milk and blend! That’s it! I’m finally doing the 2019 New Year, New You resolutions here. I’m just about one month late! But hey, better late than never, right? Plus, I need to be doing something to balance out this and this. […]

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  • Skinnytaste Meal Plan (March 25-March 31)
    A free 7-day flexible weight loss meal plan including breakfast, lunch and dinner and a shopping list. All recipes include calories and Weight Watchers Freestyle™ SmartPoints®. I am so exited for Spring and all the seasonal vegetables that will start being available to us! Every week, I will be adding more seasonal recipes to the […]
  • Shrimp, Peas and Rice
    I love this quick and easy Shrimp, Peas and Rice dish, which can be made with white or brown rice. Last week I shared this Shrimp, Broccoli and Orzo dish. For those of you observing Lent, I thought I would share another quick 30-minute meal using shrimp! You can see more Lenten friendly recipes here. […]
  • Green Bean Salad
    One of my favorite ways to enjoy green beans–in a chilled green bean salad recipe! The delicious flavors of these balsamic green beans made with black olives, scallions and eggs complement any meal or holiday potluck. This easy green bean salad is so good, and tastes even better the next day which would make this […]
  • Yogurt Waffles
    Whip up these protein-packed Yogurt Waffles for breakfast and freeze the rest for easy meal prep! These delicious blender waffles made with yogurt in the batter are so easy to make and come out perfect with wheat or gluten-free flour. Make a double-batch for meal prep freezer meals for homemade waffles in minutes. I’ve been […]
  • Skinnytaste Meal Plan (March 18-March 24)
    A free 7-day flexible weight loss meal plan including breakfast, lunch and dinner and a shopping list. All recipes include calories and Weight Watchers Freestyle™ SmartPoints®. I’m in Nashville, Tennessee this weekend with my girlfriends, hope you all enjoy the weekend! If you’re new to my meal plans, I’ve been sharing these free, 7-day flexible […]