Easy Shrimp Scampi Fettuccine

Shrimp Scampi Fettuccini

Garlic seasoned shrimp and pasta in thirty minutes is a perfect weeknight meal. Not only is this Shrimp Scampi Fettuccine easy to make and very tasty if you like garlic and shrimp, it really isn’t that high in calories and fat. It certainly is healthier than the Red Lobster version! This Easy Shrimp Scampi Fettuccine has little preservatives, if any. With only 3 tablespoons of olive oil being shared in 4 servings, that is less than 1 tablespoon of oil per serving and comes out to approximately 380 calories per serving! That’s not bad at all, especially for how yummy […]

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Roasted Tilapia and Broccoli Sheet Pan Dinner

Sheet Pan Roasted Tilapia and Broccoli with Tomatoes

You’re working late, you’re tired and hungry and you know when you walk through the door, you’ll have a hungry family to feed but, at the same time are thinking about a big pile of dishes you’ll have to wash after cooking for nearly an hour. That’s not even an option to you tonight. No way! You were so busy this morning rushing to get out of the house that you didn’t even think of what you’d make for dinner until you overheard your coworker complaining about the same problem. Ugh! Aren’t we always looking for easy, healthy week night […]

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Lemon Ginger Cranberry Relish

Lemon Ginger Cranberry Relish Recipe

Cranberry relish tastes so good with roasted turkey.  I believe it is because of the tangy tart from the cranberries mixed with the sweetness of the sugar and citrus flavor along with other choice seasonings, such as lemon zest and fresh ginger. Juicy turkey breast adorned with fresh, flavorful cranberry relish gives the turkey a little extra goodness! The deep, rich red color  is so festive for the holidays too. Add a little herb stuffing (or as they say in the wonderful south-dressing) on your plate with sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, a little pumpkin pie and you’ll have yourself […]

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Pumpkin Alfredo with Egg Noodles

Pumpkin Alfredo with Egg Noodles

A creamy, pumpkin flavored Alfredo sauce mixed in with wide egg noodles is the perfect rainy day, autumn comfort food! Pumpkin recipes are so popular this time of year and this is a good way to use the pumpkins you’ve displayed as fall decorations as you start replacing them with Christmas or Hanukkah decorations. A Slightly Lighter Alfredo Sauce Other Pumpkin Alfredo recipes use a lot of heavy cream and butter. Although that may taste really great and rich, it packs quite a lot of calories considering just one tablespoon of heavy whipping cream has 50 calories and 5 grams […]

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Antipasto Tortellini Pasta Salad

Antipasto Tortellini Side Dish or Pasta Salad

This is a great party side dish! It is tummy filling and easy to prepare ahead. I served it at my husband’s birthday party using the  Easy Roasted Red Peppers pictured below, made for the antipasto appetizer, which are very easy to make and taste much better than the jarred store bought kind. My husband and I love antipasto and so do most of our family and friends. Italians do not consider pasta a side dish as Americans may. In America, pasta may be considered a main dish or a side dish depending on the menu or recipe ingredients. This Antipasto […]

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Easy Roasted Red Peppers

Roasted Red Peppers Italian appetizer

Have you ever wondered how to make roasted peppers? It is quite simple and not very time consuming. They taste so much better than most of the jarred peppers. Once you make roasted red peppers from scratch, you may find the jarred peppers disappointing. Roasted red peppers are often put in Antipasto Salads and antipasto appetizers at Italian Pizzerias and restaurants and if they are freshly prepared, they can really be a delicacy. My mom used to make roasted peppers nearly every week for our Sunday dinner. I remember watching her broil the red bell peppers and then remove the […]

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Easy Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with Rosemary and Ginger

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with Rosemary and Ginger

*Disclaimer: There are affiliate links in this post and I will receive a commission on purchases. Ah…Autumn has arrived. This tasty, smooth, butternut squash soup embodies the natural buttery taste of fresh butternut squash while being enhanced with fresh rosemary, ginger and garlic. Here in the suburbs of Philly, the leaves have started to turn colors and have begun falling as well as the temps. Mums, pumpkins and cornstalks are adorning porches, driveways and flower gardens. It is time for scarecrow making  and savory SOUP! It is so hard to eat canned soup once you’ve learned to make soup from […]

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Asparagus and Mushroom Risotto

Asparagus and Mushroom Risotto

Risotto is one of my favorite dishes because I like the consistency of the Arborio rice. It is a filling Northern Italian comfort food and a great alternative to pasta. The first time I made it, I was skeptical it would stick to the pan and burn, which it will do if you don’t stir it often. I highly suggest using a non-stick pan to cook the rice to alleviate sticking and to minimize clean up. Risotto is a little “needy”; It needs attention while cooking. The key to making this dish successfully is to stir the broth a cup […]

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Easy Fresh Garden Vegetable Bow Tie Pasta

Easy Garden Vegetable Bow Tie Pasta

Every summer we look forward to the fresh tomato and zucchini harvest from our garden. Last year, we planted 12 tomato plants, two zucchini plants, one eggplant, one green pepper and a cucumber plant. This was our first big garden. The only thing that grew well was the tomatoes and zucchini but, we are still learning. Living in the northeast, I am so excited to get the fresh red ripe tomatoes that taste so much better than any other time of year! As a matter of fact, I use more canned tomatoes in the winter because I’m usually disappointed at […]

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