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Making pumpkin puree from scratch is easy to do! Here are two methods, the quick method in the pressure cooker or the oven roasted method which is just as easy, but takes a little more time.

How To Make Pumpkin Puree (Instant Pot or Oven Method)

Gratin's are usually loaded with butter and cream, this lightened Butternut Squash Gratin is healthier and flavorful, you won't miss all the cream! A perfect side dish for Turkey or Roasted Chicken.

Butternut Squash Gratin

This fall lasagna swaps pasta for butternut squash layered with a chicken sausage meat sauce, ricotta, and mozzarella. Simply wonderful, you won't miss the pasta!

Noodle-less Butternut-Sausage Lasagna

This quick and easy Turkey Chili Taco Soup, filled with beans, tomatoes and corn is one of my favorite soups for lunch! It takes just 20 minutes to cook but it tastes like it was simmering for hours!

Turkey Chili Taco Soup

Make meat sauce AND Spaghetti Squash at the same time with this delicious one-pot meal ready in under thirty minutes (if using a pressure cooker)!

One-Pot Spaghetti Squash and Meat Sauce (Pressure Cooker and Slow Cooker)

Taco night happens once a week in my house, this is my favorite, taco recipe made from scratch! We make it with beef or turkey, it's delicious both ways.

Madison’s Favorite Beef Tacos (Slow Cooker or Instant Pot)

Late Summer Vegetable Enchilada Pie – A saucy, lasagna-like Mexican-American casserole layered with vegetables, tortillas, sauce and cheese.

Late Summer Vegetable Enchilada Pie

Chilled Italian Shrimp Tortellini Pasta Salad is loaded with shrimp, perfect for dining al fresco!

Chilled Italian Shrimp Tortellini Pasta Salad

Take advantage of the end of summer with sweet corn and delicious ripe tomatoes with this easy side dish, perfect to go along anything you 're grilling! The dressing is creamy yet light, the perfect compliment.

Summer Corn, Tomato and Avocado Salad with Creamy Buttermilk-Dijon Dressing

This creamy potato salad made with rainbow potatoes, celery, pickles, mustard and dill is lightened up using half mayonnaise, half yogurt. Perfect for picnics and backyard parties all summer long.

Rainbow Potato Salad

If you like cumin and spicy food, then you'll love Barbacoa Beef. Spicy shredded beef braised in a blend of chipotle adobo, cumin, cloves, garlic and oregano.

Instant Pot Barbacoa Beef (Pressure Cooker)

The Easiest Pasta and Broccoli Recipe that my whole family loves, including my kids. Only 5 ingredients and one pot, ready in under 15 minutes!

Easiest Pasta and Broccoli Recipe

Sweet and spicy Korean-inspired Gochujang-Honey Glazed Shrimp Skewers are perfect for weeknight cooking because they take less than 10 minutes to cook.

Gochujang-Honey Glazed Shrimp Skewers

Delicious and creamy chocolate cheesecake made lighter than traditional cheesecake with just FIVE ingredients, so easy! These are SO good you won't be able to have just one... but since they are mini, two are totally acceptable!

Five-Ingredient Chocolate Cheesecake Cups

These easy loaded chicken "nacho" tostadas – topped with cheese, tomatoes, guacamole, olives and jalapenos are a great way to take nachos and turn them into a main dish.

Loaded “Nacho” Chicken Tostada

Easy Braised Chicken Drumsticks in Tomatillo Sauce – An easy Mexican-inspired chicken dish made with just a few ingredients!

Easy Braised Chicken Drumsticks in Tomatillo Sauce (Instant Pot, Slow Cooker or Stove Top)

A quick Mexican-inspired chicken dish, made in the skillet with a smoky-spicy tomato-chipotle sauce topped with an avocado-sour cream sauce.

Skillet Chicken in Tomato-Chipotle Sauce with Avocado Crema

Colcannon is an Irish mashed potato dish mixed with greens and sometimes cabbage. This low-carb mash uses cauliflower in place of potatoes and added kale, which I have to say is really darn good!

Creamy Cauliflower Mash with Kale (Low-Carb Colcannon)

One of the quickest and easiest ways to prepare shrimp is to roast them in the oven and simply drizzle with some olive oil, garlic and fresh lemon juice.

Easy Roasted Lemon-Garlic Shrimp

These easy, mini baked omelets are perfect to make ahead for the week. These muffins are inspired by my recent vacation to Beaches in Ochos Rios Jamaica. Every morning I would get an omelet with fresh fruit. The chef at the omelet station had all his ingredients prepped and quickly whipped up hundreds of omelets each morning to order. I used some of my favorite omelet ingredients but you can switch it up and add whatever you like or have on hand.

Loaded Baked Omelet Muffins

These cheesy baked sweet potato skins are loaded with fat free black refried beans, salsa and cheddar cheese. Just a few ingredients but they taste SO good!

Baked Sweet Potato Skins

Hot baked mozzarella sticks – I can't think of a more popular finger food for both kids and adults alike. My oldest daughter Karina LOVES them and these never disappoint! Made lighter with part-skim mozzarella then coated with crispy seasoned breadcrumbs and baked (not fried!) until hot and golden. Serve them with my quick marinara sauce and you have yourself an appetizer everyone will love!

Skinny Baked Mozzarella Sticks

Love the colors in these FRESH homemade Vietnamese style shrimp summer rolls! Accompanied with a peanut hoisin dipping sauce. They are simple to make at home and can be filled with any type of protein and veggies you like.

Shrimp Summer Rolls with Peanut Hoisin Dipping Sauce

If you like hot, melty Chicken Philly Cheesesteak Sandwiches, you'll love this dip! This is one dip you'll want to have at any party, perfect for the super bowl coming up.

Hot Chicken Philly Cheesesteak Dip

This easy, cheesy, Hot Spinach Artichoke Dip will be a hit at your next party, no one will know it's light!

Hot Spinach Artichoke Dip

This spiralized turnip, carrot and potato au gratin casserole is baked with turkey in a light cream sauce finished with grated Gruyere cheese – a dish worthy for your Holiday table.

Spiralized Turnip and Potato Au Gratin Casserole with Turkey

Eggs, spinach, artichokes and Feta cheese – a healthy breakfast casserole, perfect to feed a crowd or to make ahead for meal prep to heat up for the week.

Spinach, Feta, and Artichoke Breakfast Bake

This Sicilian Rice Ball Casserole takes one of my favorite appetizers (arancini) and turns it into a weeknight meal. Freezes well for make ahead meals and it's also great for potlucks.

Sicilian Rice Ball Casserole (Arancini)

DIY Gingerbread Tree Ornaments

Leftover turkey, sweet potatoes, spinach and Gruyere cheese – trust me, you'll want to save some Thanksgiving turkey because this breakfast frittata is SO good!

Leftover Turkey and Sweet Potato Frittata