This breaded baked eggplant with marinara, Greek yogurt/sour cream, fresh basil and Parmesan (or whatever veggies and cheese you have on hand) makes a great weeknight meal.  It requires minimal effort; just slice up one large eggplant into ~3/4″ slices, dip the slices in egg then bread crumbs, bake for 10 minutes, flip and bake for another 10 minutes, add the toppings and bake for 10 minutes more.   Dinner served!


Easy Tomato Bisque Soup


I love tomato bisque soup.  The creaminess, the tangy tomato, the hint of fresh basil all work together to create a deeply satisfying dish.  It can be a main meal with a little bread and salad on the side, or it can serve as a complement to a grilled cheese sandwich.  This easy tomato bisque recipe comes together in minimal time and with minimal effort since it uses canned crushed tomatoes that don’t need to stew as long.

Chicken soup using homemade, simple, no-waste chicken broth


There’s nothing quite like a bowl of brothy chicken soup to warm you up when it’s cold, soothe you when you’re sick, and generally make you feel strong and nourished any time. If you’ve been making homemade soup but it has never tasted quite as amazing as you’d like (like me), here is the solution.  This recipe tastes so good with basically no spices — just a little salt and pepper and a couple of bay leaves for the broth.  It’s proof that simple, good ingredients really don’t need dressing up; they can stand on their own.




Saltado is a Peruvian dish that involves a tasty stir-fry of meat, veggies and none other than French fries!  And white rice on the side.  This is a simple at-home version that is so delicious and a little less greasy than what you get in a restaurant.

Slow Cooker Chili


Football season has begun.  And with football comes great chili!  So break out the slow cooker and get ready to enjoy this flavorful, easy recipe.  Loaded with beef and beans, this slow cooker chili makes for a hearty dinner.  It’s an awesome meal to serve on a game night or anytime you just need something packed with flavor!

Split Pea Soup (Vegan)


Have you ever been to Andersen’s Pea Soup?  It’s this German-style restaurant in Buellton, California that makes the best split pea soup.  You may have come across the canned version in grocery stores but it doesn’t come close to the in-person version in flavor or texture.  However, you can come pretty close by making it from scratch!  Inspired by my love for Andersen’s pea soup, I’ve been making this version at home for years.