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Spaghetti Squash Primavera is made with fresh vegetables simmered with a quick marinara sauce and topped with fresh mozzarella – easy, cheap, gluten-free and perfect for Meatless Mondays!

Spaghetti Squash Primavera

This easy salad has all my favorite things in one – arugula, Proscuitto, shaved Parmesan and a runny egg! When you pop that egg yolk, the salad is bathed in that warm eggy goodness, salad nirvana in every bite! If you are not a fan of runny eggs, hard boiled eggs would taste just fine too!

Arugula Salad with Crispy Proscuitto, Parmesan and Fried Eggs

This Giant Turkey Meatball isn't your regular meatball, is HUGE, baked in the oven similar to how you would make a meatloaf, then topped with marinara and melted cheese – I'm OBSESSED!

Giant Turkey Meatball Parmesan

I gave one of my favorite veggies – roasted broccoli – the parmesan treatment (topped with with marinara and melted mozzarella)! If it works for eggplant, why not broccoli!

Roasted Broccoli Parmesan

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

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)

Broccoli rabe and spicy sausage are one of my favorite pasta dishes; this spiralized parsnip version replaces pasta for a hefty serving of veggies that won't disappoint!

Broccoli Rabe and Sausage Parsnip Spiralized Pasta

I've been taking advantage of the tomatoes and basil overflowing from my garden with these simple French bread pizzas. Only 5 ingredients, less than 10 minutes to make! Have them for lunch or dinner paired with a side salad.

French Bread Pizza Caprese

All the deliciousness of stuffed mushrooms without all the work! An easy side dish you can serve any night of the week!

Dina’s Tossed Mushrooms

These low-carb Veggie Lasagna Zucchini Boats are basically hollowed out zucchinis stuffed with a veggie lasagna filling and baked in the oven with marinara sauce and melted cheese – SO GOOD!

Veggie Lasagna Zucchini Boats

Balsamic Chicken with Roasted Vegetables seasoned with sage, rosemary and balsamic vinegar, then baked in the oven. A delicious healthy meal-in-one!

Balsamic Chicken with Roasted Vegetables

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!

Baked Mozzarella Sticks

Beef, Tomato and Acini di Pepe Soup

Beef, Tomato and Acini di Pepe Soup (Instant Pot, SC + Stove)

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)

When you poach eggs in a flavorful tomato sauce and top them with fresh grated Parmigiano-Reggiano and Pecorino Romano cheese, you'll think you're having the best tasting raviolis ever! Get a crusty whole grain baguette and you have yourself a meal, perfect for brunch, lunch or dinner!

Eggs Pizzaiola

Veggie Lasagna Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms, stuffed with spinach, bell peppers, cheese and marinara sauce – a delicious meatless meal that's low-carb and pretty genius!

Veggie Lasagna Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

Brussels Sprouts Carbonara – This dish combines a few of my favorite things, caramelized shredded brussels sprouts, pasta and pancetta in a delicious, creamy sauce that takes about 15 minutes to make.

Brussels Sprouts Carbonara

These meatless meatballs were a HUGE hit in my house, I even let my neighbors and friends try and everyone loved them! Made with grated zucchini, garlic, Pecorino Romano, basil, bread crumbs and egg, then baked in the oven and finished in a pomodoro sauce.

Zucchini “Meatballs”

Hearty eggplant is one of the best vegetable substitutes to make these luscious, meatless “meatballs”. Whether you serve them as a meatless main course piled on top of zoodles or pasta, or served as an appetizer, these eggplant meatballs are delish!

Eggplant “Meatballs”

These easy Grilled Pesto Shrimp Skewers are made with homemade basil pesto, you'll want to make them all summer long!

Grilled Pesto Shrimp Skewers

Baked Shrimp Parmesan over Zucchini Noodles – an easy, light and delicious shrimp dish made in under 30 minutes!

Shrimp Zoodles Parmesan for Two

Super easy two tomato bruschetta made with roma and sun dried tomatoes, basil and feta cheese over toasted whole wheat bread.

Two Tomato Bruschetta

Mussels in a spicy red marinara sauce – simple and elegant, best served with lots of whole wheat crusty bread for dipping into the delicious sauce.

Quick Mussels Fra Diavolo

These EASY lasagna rolls are stuffed with zucchini, ricotta and Parmesan, then topped with marinara and mozzarella cheese – delicious, kid friendly and perfect if you want to feed a crowd.

Zucchini Lasagna Roll Ups

Italian tuna and brown rice salad is wonderful, easy lunch using basic pantry items such as tuna, brown rice, capers and good quality chopped olives plus some frozen mixed vegetables and fresh lemon juice.

Italian Tuna and Brown Rice Salad (Riso e Tonno)

These vegan eggplant meatballs are amazing meatless meatballs, made with eggplant, white beans and breadcrumbs to hold them together. If I was a vegan, I would have no problem eating this for dinner every night!

Vegan Eggplant Meatballs

A lighter take on Chicken Scarpariello that's not just delicious, it also happens to be gluten-free, low-carb, whole30 compliant and paleo-friendly.

Chicken Scarpariello

This super easy macaroni casserole is a baked pasta dish with ground turkey, veggies, marinara sauce and cheese. Kid-friendly and no need to pre-cook the pasta!

Easy Macaroni Casserole

Butternut Squash Lasagna Roll Ups with Spinach are made with a creamy butternut-parmesan sauce baked in the oven until melted and hot – trust me, you want these in your life!

Butternut Squash Lasagna Roll Ups with Spinach

Zucchini noodles and meatballs – when it comes to zucchini noodles, it doesn't get more classic than that! I've been making zucchini noodles long before I got my spiralizer, but now they are so popular you can even buy them pre-cut in the supermarket!

Zoodles and Meatballs (With Slow Cooker Turkey Meatballs)