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This is a delicious way to prepare cauliflower. It's similar to the taste of a potato pancake and makes a fabulous side dish – your kids will love them!

Cauliflower Fritters

Sunday mornings are a little better when I make these deliciously moist peanut butter muffins. These muffins make a regular appearance in my home whenever I have ripe bananas I need to use up. Everyone loves them around here – if you try them you'll know why!

Peanut Butter Banana Muffins

Sauteed shrimp with garlic, dried chilies and lemon juice – it's spicy, garlicky, acidic and sooooo good! You can serve this as an appetizer or for dinner

Spicy Shrimp with Chilies and Garlic

Quick and easy crab and avocado phyllo bites! These bite sized appetizers filled with fresh lump crab meat are the perfect finger food treat to any party.

Crab and Avocado Phyllo Bites

Three Cheese Tortellini and Mushroom Soup is warm and satisfying, with tortellini in every bite. Top this with some fresh shaved Parmigiano Reggiano and you'll experience a wonderful unami taste sensation.

Three Cheese Tortellini and Mushroom Soup

This broiled wild salmon recipe is made with Harry & David's Apple Cherry Chutney and it's SUPER easy and delicious – Perfect for weeknights or dinner parties!

Broiled Wild Salmon with Cherry Apple Chutney

Blackened wild salmon fillets seasoned with blackened seasoning such as cayenne, paprika and herbs are seared in a skillet then topped with a fresh mango salsa – if you can take the heat, then you'll love this dish!

Blackened Salmon with Mango Salsa

Cheesy meatless enchiladas filled with zucchini and cheese, topped with my homemade enchilada sauce –so delicious whether you are vegetarian or not.

Cheesy Vegetarian Zucchini Enchiladas

Garden tomatoes, summer zucchini, and Asiago cheese make a scrumptious frittata that highlights the end of summer's bounty.

Tomato and Zucchini Frittata

This recipe is an oldie, but goodie! I had a big zucchini that needed using up and I was sooo in the mood for these yummy (and guiltless) zucchini pizza bites!

Zucchini Pizza Bites

Something about Spring and the warmer weather that puts me in such a GREAT mood. It also makes me crave more salads, and this simple salad is a favorite of mine, I make this all the time for myself.

Orange and Arugula Salad with Red Onion and Gorgonzola

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

Strawberry salad made with mixed greens, kale and spinach, sliced almonds, crumbled gorgonzola cheese and topped with poppy seed dressing – perfect for summer!

Strawberry and Gorgonzola Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing

Grilled shrimp, slices of avocado, shaved fennel and oranges are served over baby kale and mixed greens then topped with a citrus vinaigrette.

Grilled Shrimp Avocado Fennel and Orange Salad

Scallops are great for a quick meal any night of the week and are a real treat. They can be quickly sautéed, then added to salads like this Scallop and Baby Green Citrus Mojo Salad, and this delicious Scallop and Grapefruit Salad, but once in a while when I want something more substantial, I love it with pasta. Here I tossed it with some pasta and peas, for a dinner that took less than 15 minutes to make.

Linguini with Sautéed Scallops and Peas

Salmon fillets seasoned with a garlic, Dijon herb sauce and served with a squeeze of fresh lemon... delicious!!

Grilled Garlic Dijon Herb Salmon

Honey-Teriyaki Salmon with an Asian honey glaze is such and easy, flavorful dish you can make any night of the week. Simply fill a resealable bag with the marinade ingredients, add the salmon and marinate until you're ready to cook. Then when you're ready to start dinner, make your sides and your fish will be done in less than 15 minutes.

Honey-Teriyaki Salmon

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

These easy, healthy Buffalo Cauliflower Bites are made in the oven, perfect for football!

Spicy Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

Hot and cheesy imitation crab and artichoke dip is to die for! Serve this glorious dip with baked chips and you will have the perfect appetizer for any party.

Hot and Cheesy Crab and Artichoke Dip

Creamy tuscan white bean soup, with roasted garlic and a touch of sage. So simple and inexpensive to make, and so so good. Leftovers can be frozen.

CrockPot Tuscan White Bean and Garlic Soup

This savory quinoa stuffing is a delicious, protein-packed, gluten-free alternative to traditional stuffing.

Mushroom Fennel Quinoa Stuffing

Guilt-free crispy grilled potato "fries" made right outside on the grill!

Grilled Potatoes

This super easy and delicious shrimp pad thai is made with rice noodles, bean sprouts, chives, tofu, fried egg and topped with a lime wedge – YUM! 

Shrimp Pad Thai on the Lighter Side

One bite of this spicy black bean burger with spicy chipotle mayo and creamy avocado and you won't miss the meat! Yes, these were good enough to please even the adult carnivore's in my home (a bit too spicy for my kids).

Spicy Black Bean Burgers with Chipotle Mayonnaise

Whenever I make salmon for dinner, I usually cook an extra piece for lunch just to make this arugula salmon salad with capers and shaved Parmesan – loaded with good fats and omegas!

Arugula Salmon Salad with Capers and Shaved Parmesan

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

This avocado egg salad uses half the yolks and lots of healthy fats from the avocado. You can serve this as a wrap, on whole-grain toast or in a lettuce cup.

Avocado Egg Salad

Make a healthier version of your favorite take-out with this Asian edamame fried rice! I'm a sucker for Chinese fried rice, but who knows how much oil is added when you order it out. Making it yourself is healthier and easy to do.

Asian Edamame Fried Rice

Pasta with Asparagus; a simple dish but a wonderful way to enjoy asparagus which is in season right now.

Pasta with Asparagus