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  • Recipes,  Sides

    Orange and Apple Spiced Cranberry Sauce

    Cranberry sauce has always been one of my favorite parts of Thanksgiving. When we were kids, my mom would always make it the night before and I would love to watch the cranberries burst and pop in the pan until they cooked down to a delicious thick sauce. We used to make just a simple cranberry sauce but somewhere over the years we started adding other flavors. Our family sauce is now infused with orange, apple and cinnamon. It is still quick and easy and even now, I think it’s fun to watch the cranberries pop! If you have never made homemade cranberry sauce, then this is a must try.…

  • Mains,  Recipes

    Chinese Five Spice Wings

    There is nothing better than a big tray of crispy, saucy wings to snack on while you watch your favorite football team. In my case, that would be Michigan State Football. I am more of a college football fan than professional. But Anyway, these wings have been a hit all fall long on game day! I have struggled over that last few years to perfect a wing recipe. One that is flavorful, crispy, saucy and oven baked. After much trial and error, I have finally come up with a recipe I dont want to change at all.  These wings hit all the criteria. And if I hadn’t told you, you…

  • Spaghetti Squash Bolognese
    Mains,  Recipes

    Spaghetti Squash Bolognese

    Growing up, spaghetti with ground beef was a pretty standard meal for us. I remember eating it almost weekly. It was easy, quick and affordable and we all liked it. In those days we used jars of Prego or Ragu, ground beef and whole-wheat noodles. In this recreation of a childhood favorite, there are no jars of pre-made sauce and no wheat. Spaghetti squash replaces the traditional wheat noodles and a homemade Bolognese replaces the quick pre-made jars of sauce. This Bolognese, a sweet and spicy twist on the classic, is made with wine soaked raisins and peppadews.  I know it may sound strange, but trust me. The raisins add…

  • Mint Pesto Pasta
    Mains,  Recipes

    Mint Pesto Pasta

    I first made this mint pesto pasta this summer. It was a weeknight, we were low on groceries and I didn’t have a plan for dinner. Whenever we are low on groceries, my go-to dinner is often something involving eggs or pasta. That night, I decided to go with pasta. I knew I had some fresh mint growing in the garden so I decided to make it into a pesto. In this mint pesto pasta, blistered grape tomatoes are tossed with Kalamata olives and canned cannellini beans for an easy weeknight dinner. Best part is, it comes together in 30 minutes or less. This is one of those recipes that…

  • Lamb Roast with Pumpkin Sage Polenta
    Mains,  Recipes

    Lamb Roast with Pumpkin Sage Polenta

    This recipe is all about fall flavors. It is the perfect recipe for a cold autumn day. The best part is, most of the work is done in the slow cooker. Yep, that’s right! So not only is it deliciously fall, but it is also incredibly easy. The first time I tested this recipe I had planned it on a day when we were going to have friends over for most of the day. It worked out great! I didn’t feel like I had to spend the entire time cooking instead of hanging out. I prepped the meat in the morning and got it in the Crockpot before everyone came…

  • Pumpkin Spice Granola
    Breakfast,  Recipes,  Snacks

    Pumpkin Spice Granola

    Now that I have had time to cope, I am finally over the fact that summer has come to an end and a new season is upon us. As much as I love summer, fall means football season (GO MSU!), apple picking, boots, flannel and pumpkin flavored EVERYTHING. How can I not be excited about that? With that being said, I obviously had to make a pumpkin spice version of my simple granola. Still true to its original form, this pumpkin spice granola is just as easy to make as its counterpart. The addition of pumpkin puree, pumpkin spice and a touch of pure maple syrup has this granola bursting…

  • Pumpkin Spice Latte overnight Oats
    Breakfast,  Recipes

    Pumpkin Spice Latte Overnight Oats

    It’s fall and that means it’s time to start putting pumpkin in pretty much everything possible. So we’re kicking off pumpkin season with these cute little pumpkin spice latte overnight oats. Packed nutrition and a touch of caffeine these little guys make the BEST grab and go breakfast to get your day started. These overnight oats are gluten-free, vegan and refined sugar-free to help keep you feeling your best without sacrificing flavor. The addition of the pumpkin puree gives these overnight oats an extra thick and creamy consistency. It’s like pumpkin pie and coffee for breakfast (but much healthier) all in one easy to go jar. AND It’s as easy…

  • Mains,  Recipes

    One-Pan Lemony Herbed Chicken and Quinoa

    One-pan dinners are the best. They make life so much easier. If you’re like me and hate doing the dishes after a long day at work then you should seriously think about adding this one-pan chicken to you weekly list of dinners. It is so easy and flavorful and from start to finish it takes just over 30 minutes (mostly cooking time for the quinoa). Cooking the quinoa in the same pan as the chicken adds a ton of flavor and with the addition of some bright lemon and fresh herbs and garlic this quinoa is anything but bland. Plus, the corn and tomatoes are a sweet and juicy combination…

  • Mains,  Recipes

    Baked Brown Rice Risotto with Basil, Crispy Mushrooms and Roasted Tomatoes

    I’ve always considered risotto to be kind of a “fancy” dish. Something that is difficult to make, takes a lot of time and uses special ingredients that I don’t typically have on hand. Not to mention it takes FOREVER. Well, that has all changed with this recipe my friends. What seems like decadent, fancy meal sure to impress your guests is really, quite simple and doesn’t require you to stir a pot of rice for 45 minutes because, lets be honest…. Who has time for that? The fresh basil adds a bright and welcoming flavor while smoky, crisp mushrooms and roasted tomatoes top off this risotto for a rustic feel.…

  • Peach and Burrata Pizza
    Mains,  Recipes

    Peach and Burrata Pizza with Caramelized Onion, Arugula, Prosciutto, and Spiced Balsamic Drizzle

    With the end of the summer nearing I am trying to get my fill of fresh peaches before the season is over. Meaning, I have been buying peaches like crazy and now I need to use them up before they go bad….Not a bad problem to have though. Peaches are a surprisingly versatile fruit and go well in both sweet and savory dishes. This peach and burrata pizza was the prefect way to use up some of those peaches. Sweet, savory and creamy goodness all on a delicious gluten-free pizza crust, how can you go wrong? Now the pizza itself is super easy to assemble. The pizza crust, while not…