Baked Cheeseburger Casserole #realfood

Baked Cheeseburger Sandwich

When I was growing up, my mom used to make us something called Baked Cheeseburger Sandwich – a casserole dish inspired by the classic American cheeseburger. I even typed up the recipe and put it into a cookbook I assembled of many of my favorite recipes made by my mom before moving out on my…

curried cashew chicken salad

Curried Cashew Chicken Salad

I really love chicken salads (especially this . I find myself drawn to them on menus at sandwich shops and I love eating them on crusty bread or in a wrap, or perhaps on a bed of lettuce. Chicken salads are great for summer and perfect for quick weeknight dinners, with leftovers for lunch of…

whole wheat tortillas #realfood

Whole Wheat Tortillas

I’ve put off attempting my own tortillas at home for a long time. I’m not sure why, as we use them at least weekly, and as they seem to be one of the few items at the store that I can’t seem to purchase – even organically – with fewer than 20 ingredients. So it…

baked penne and sausage #realfood

Baked Penne with Spicy Sausage

Everyone has a favorite comfort food they love to eat when they’re sick. For many people, it’s a bowl of hot soup. Me? I’ve never been a big fan of soup (unless it contains the words “cream” or “bisque”), and it’s definitely not the first thing I think about when I’m under the weather. When I’m…

chocolate chia seed pudding

Chocolate Banana Chia Seed Pudding

I’ve seen a number of recipes lately for chia seed puddings and was dying to create my own. The problem with Jell-O pudding, aside from all of the chemicals and the laundry list of ingredients, is that it can’t be made with anything but cow’s milk. Soy milk, almond milk, coconut milk – none of these…

garlic parmesan mashed cauliflower

Parmesan Garlic Mashed Cauliflower

It has been a very, very long time since I last made mashed cauliflower. Back in 2003 and 2004, I was a huge fan of the Atkins diet and recall making mashed cauliflower a few times. Don’t ask me why, but I haven’t even thought about making it in over a decade. And then I…

mom's meatloaf #realfood

Mom’s Meatloaf

In honor of Mother’s Day – a recipe from my mom, who cooked all the time when we were growing up and insisted on meals together at the table every night. My mom is a great cook, as was my grandma, and I’m lucky to have pieced together a cookbook with recipes from them both…