Spinach Feta Quiche

Quiche doesn’t have to be heavy, soggy, or greasy. It’s possible to have a light tasting quiche that is also creamy and full of flavorful ingredients! This quiche is quite simple to make and excellent for any meal of the day. With fresh dill and feta, it really lightens up the flavor and is lower in fat than other types of quiche. Serve with a side salad and some bread for an elegant but simple meal.

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Sourdough Veggie Panini

In case you’re not familiar with the wonder that is the panino, it’s a toasted sandwich made from a thick type of bread (take your pick, sourdough, ciabatta, etc.). This particular sandwich has an amazing combination of sourdough bread, pesto, fresh spinach, fresh mushrooms, mozzarella cheese, and sun dried tomatoes. It’s comfort food that also has some vitamins, and there is freshness in every cheesy crunch. Note: You need a sandwich/panini press to make this.

The best part of this type of recipe is that once you get the hang of it, you can really make it your own. Feel free to get creative! Like things spicy? Add some jalapenos! Don’t like it spicy? Add some olives or marinated eggplant. (The only real tip here is to not make the sandwich too cheesy, or too thick or it’ll take forever to cook through.) Read on for my vegetarian version of this iconic sandwich.

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Baked Pasta Alla Norma (Eggplant Pasta)

Pasta Alla Norma is one of Sicily’s most iconic dishes – a fresh tasting combination of pasta, crushed tomato, garlic, eggplant, basil and cheese. Pasta Alla Norma translates wonderfully to being a baked dish and tastes even better the next day. If you like eggplant parmesan, you’ll love this (and it’s lighter, too)! I’ve also included steps for the one true way to keep eggplant from getting bitter, and also a recipe for my own simple Italian pasta sauce. The key to a fresh tasting pasta recipe is to keep it simple and make things from scratch. It’s worth it!

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Coffee Banana Oat Muffins

Coffee and banana seem like an unlikely combination, but the flavors complement each other incredibly well. Simply leave out the coffee if you’re not a fan, but it adds a nice additional flavor that isn’t too strong. These muffins are simultaneously fluffy and also hearty due to the oats and make a great portable breakfast. With 265 calories for a big muffin (or 198 for a smaller one), they’re not incredibly unhealthy either. Everyone wins!

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15 Minute Spinach Dip

This dip is truly addictive. I made it for New Years Eve last night and the only detractors were the people who were upset that they couldn’t stop eating it. It is remarkably simple to make, and with a few healthier shortcuts, isn’t quite as unhealthy as some of the other dips out there! A fresh taste, fast preparation, and ingredients that won’t break the bank – you can’t ask for much more than that! It can be served with sliced cucumbers, wheat crackers, or even in a bread bowl or with sliced sourdough.

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Geordie’s Banana Bread

I had been scouring the internet for an easy recipe to make banana bread, and my friend Geordie came to the rescue. I’ve had this recipe for a while but finally got around to photographing it, so here is a no fail, easy and delicious recipe for banana bread. It’s not too heavy, not too sweet, and great toasted with a slathering of butter. I use this recipe to make muffins (makes 8 cupcake sized muffins) and they’re great for a quick breakfast on the run.

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5 Minute Peanut Noodle Soup

This light, fast, cheap, and healthy soup is fantastic for a quick lunch. It’s low fat, low calorie, low carb, and great for those on a budget. Many other peanut soups have coconut milk which adds calories, fat, and bulk. This is more reminiscent of miso type soup that will leave you feeling full but not bogged down. It makes a great base so you can add in whatever additional veggies or meat you want. The delicate flavor is enhanced by ginger, garlic, and just a hint of green onion. Add some Sriracha for a kick, or leave it alone and enjoy the soothing broth at the end. Give it a try and make it your own!

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Paneer Fried Rice

Paneer fried rice is one of those “hmm what do I have in the fridge” concoctions that turned out spectacularly. With Indian flavors and a Chinese preparation, it’s a mix that works out surprisingly well. Paneer is an Indian cheese, similar to halloumi or a solid ricotta cheese that can be cut into squares. This dish makes a great side for grilled vegetables or meats. If you want to make it vegan, use very firm tofu and a bit of additional salt.

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Stuffed Mushrooms

These mushrooms stuffed with garlic, onion, breadcrumb and Parmesan cheese smell amazing as they’re cooking, and taste amazing once they’re done. My mom has made this recipe along with Sunday roast dinners for as long as I can remember. She passed the recipe down to me, and now I make it whenever I get the chance. This recipe is vegetarian and could also be made vegan if you leave out the cheese and replace with your favorite cheese substitute. They’re easy to make and everyone will want to know the recipe.

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