caprese pasta salad

Caprese Pasta Salad

I was looking for a quick and easy pasta salad (at Jeff’s request) and saw a post for a Caprese pasta salad and realized I could make a very simple chilled pasta salad using another real food recipe – kale and walnut pesto! Inspired by the classic Italian dish made with basil, tomatoes, fresh mozzarella…

toad in the hole #realfood

English Toad-in-the-Hole

Over Mother’s Day weekend, I was browsing through old cookbooks, looking for some inspiration or ways to put new real-food takes on old favorites. I came across a simple recipe for English Toad-in-the-Hole, which I had copied down on paper some years ago from my mother-in-law, Wendy. Wendy was actually born in Bristol, England, and lived…

Mediterranean pasta salad #realfood

Mediterranean Pasta Salad

Pasta salads are perfect warm-weather dishes. You don’t have to turn the oven on, and they make great leftovers for lunches and weeknight dinners. This pasta salad has both Greek and Italian influences, and you could easily change up the ingredients to your liking – using mozzarella or goat cheese in lieu of the feta,…

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…