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A perfect summer lunch panini made with eggplant, tomatoes, mozzarella and skinny pesto on crispy French bread. Make this for one, or for the whole family.

Eggplant Panini with Pesto

Light and biscuit-like savory scones made with a blend of whole wheat and white flour, shredded zucchini, sun dried tomato, Asiago cheese and fresh rosemary.

Savory Zucchini Asiago Tomato Scones

Grilled Pesto Chicken and Tomato Kebabs just SCREAM summer, made with chunks of boneless chicken breasts, skinny basil pesto and grape tomatoes. Serve this as an appetizer at your next backyard bash, or have them for dinner any night of the week with a great big salad or over pasta.

Grilled Pesto Chicken and Tomato Kebabs

I love making this mayo-less summer pasta salad with arugula, spinach, sun dried tomatoes, capers, fresh shaved Parmesan cheese and a splash of balsamic and oil.

Summer Pasta Salad with Baby Greens

Harissa eggs in purgatory is a simple Italian egg dish, simmered in a fiery tomato sauce. Tastes like heaven if you need a quick inexpensive meal with a kick!

Harissa Eggs in Purgatory

Chicken Francese is an Italian-American dish made with sautéed chicken cutlets with a lemon-butter and white wine sauce. It's my husband's favorite dish, so it's always on rotation in my house!

Chicken Francese – Lightened Up

Chopped romaine hearts, shredded mozzarella, olives, prosciutto, turkey pepperoni, roasted red peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes, pepperoncini and Giardiniera (colorful vegetables in vinegar) – this quick Italian antipasto salad requires no cooking, which makes it perfect to whip up or pack for lunch.

Antipasto Salad

Sauteed bay scallops with tomatoes and a touch of white wine and lemon juice served over angel hair pasta.

Angel Hair Pasta with Scallops and Tomatoes

Turkey sausage, peppers and onions slow cooked in the crock pot with crushed tomatoes and spices for an easy weeknight meal. Serve this on a roll with baby spinach and melted cheese if desired for a sloppy yet delicious sandwich.

Crock Pot Italian Sloppy Joe

Roasted spaghetti squashed topped with marinara sauce, grilled chicken, melted mozzarella and some fresh basil. I had a hard time naming this one, but I think you get the point.

Cheesy Baked Spaghetti Squash Boats with Grilled Chicken

Penne pasta tossed with sauteed brussels sprouts and a quick meat ragu using lean ground turkey and just enough hot Italian pork sausage to enhance the flavor of the sauce. A hearty pasta dish for a crisp Autumn day.

Penne Pasta with Brussels Sprouts In a Ragu

By replacing the lasagna noodles with thin sliced zucchini you can create a delicious, lower carb (gluten-free) lasagna that's loaded with vegetables, and you won't miss the pasta!

Zucchini Lasagna Recipe

Cheesy baked pasta made with Italian chicken sausage, mozzarella, ricotta, Pecorino Romano and spinach (but don't worry, no one will care about the green stuff). Perfect to feed a hungry family!

Baked Pasta with Sausage and Spinach

Escarole Soup with Turkey Meatballs (Italian Wedding Soup) is a delicious, easy, one-pot meal!

Escarole Soup with Turkey Meatballs (Italian Wedding Soup)

Broccoli and Orzo is an easy, kid-friendly side dish which combines orzo – a rice shaped pasta with fresh broccoli, garlic and oil.

Broccoli and Orzo

There is nothing better than the sweet aroma of bell peppers and tomatoes simmering slowly all day in this Chicken Cacciatore dish. Serve this over your favorite pasta, spaghetti squash, rice or polenta and enjoy!

Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore

Linguini and Shrimp Fra Diavolo – A quick Italian-American pasta dish with shrimp, tomatoes, crushed red pepper flakes, garlic, basil and capers.

Linguini and Shrimp Fra Diavolo

Lightly pan fried breaded filet of flounder served in a lemon, wine, butter sauce with capers and parsley. A wonderful way to enjoy flounder, tilapia or any white fish.

Flounder Piccata

Delicious Italian turkey meatballs, all made in the slow cooker. No baking or frying required!

Crock Pot Italian Turkey Meatballs

Brown rice stuffing made with Italian chicken sausage, celery, mushrooms, and onions. Serve this as a Thanksgiving side dish or you can even enjoy this as a meal. It's so good and naturally gluten free!

Chicken Sausage Brown Rice Stuffing with Celery and Mushrooms

Strands of roasted spaghetti squash are layered with marinara sauce, mozzarella and ricotta cheese, then baked in the oven until the cheese is melted and all the flavors bake together. Naturally gluten-free and vegetarian.

Spaghetti Squash Lasagna

If you like thin crust pizza, you'll love these super easy Lavash flatbread pizzas! Kids love them and they take only minutes to prepare.

Lavash Flatbread Pizzas

Jumbo pasta shells stuffed with ricotta cheese, mozzarella and spinach topped with a turkey meat sauce. Here's a great way to sneak spinach on your kids' plate!

Spinach Ricotta Stuffed Shells with Meat Sauce

This quick marinara is my favorite go-to recipe when I need to whip up a quick sauce.

Quick Marinara Sauce

Shrimp Parmigiana Hero

Chicken breast stuffed with shredded zucchini, garlic and mozzarella cheese, rolled then dipped in oil and fresh lemon juice, breaded and baked to perfection!

Chicken Rollatini Stuffed with Zucchini and Mozzarella

Breaded Shrimp

Rustic whole wheat Italian bread, fresh mozzarella, summer tomatoes, basil and balsamic vinegar. My favorite meatless sandwich!

Tomato, Fresh Mozzarella, Roasted Pepper on Whole Wheat Bread

Tomato Mozzarella and Arugula Tower

Broiled Fish with Summer Grape Tomato Sauce