Tuna Melt on a Rice Cake

tuna melt

Back in the day, when I lived in So Cal, this was my go to lunch.  At the time there was a wonderful market called Mrs. Gooch’s (similar to today’s Whole Foods) that carried really good, line caught canned tuna and had the best avocadoes.  We had avocado trees in our neighborhood, too, and I… 

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Raid the Cantry! Canned Food Recipe Roundup #spon


Disclosure: I am being compensated by Cans Get You Cooking for my participation in this campaign as part of the Mom It Forward Blogger Network. Please note, this post contains affiliate links.  As always, all opinions are my own!  Growing up, we always had a well stocked pantry, full of canned goods – both store bought AND home canned. It… 

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Chicken Cacciatore with Spaghetti Squash or Cauliflower Mash

chicken cacciatore

My favorite ethnic cuisine is Italian.  When I see a delicious Italian recipe that includes pasta or bread, the wheels in my head start turning to try to come up with a lower carb version.  Don’t get me wrong, I love bread and pasta, but at my age I can no longer afford to have… 

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Cheesy Spaghetti Squash Casserole

spaghetti squash casserole

I really love spaghetti squash but have always prepared it one way…like noodles. Basically I make spaghetti sauce and serve it to my family with regular pasta, while I happily nosh away at my spaghetti squash. But I wanted more. Other ways to enjoy this beloved gourd. So I improvised. Same general flavor profile as… 

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Garlicky Pork Chops

garlicky pork chops

Imagine a beautifully marinated boneless pork chop being grilled on the BBQ and then smothered in grilled onions and peppers for dinner tonight.  Packed with garlic, good olive oil and flavorful herbs, this recipe will light up your dinner table and quickly become a favorite go to recipe for pork chops. This marinade is sort… 

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Slow Cooker Apple Balsamic Chicken Thighs

apple balsamic chicken thighs

How many of you avoid chicken thighs because you fear that they’re unhealthy? Me? Guilty. For years, I bowed at the altar of white meat. Chicken breasts only. But over time, I started to figure out a few things. Like moderation. And that in a slow cooker, dark meat is SO MUCH BETTER. Why? It… 

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Chicken Penne Provencal


A delicious chicken pasta dish in under twenty minutes? Yes! This dish is so elegant and tasty, you’ll be able to pass it off as something really complicated. But it’s not. It’s almost shamefully easy. The briny capers add such amazing flavor without a bunch of calories and fat. (I just love capers. ) You… 

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Not My Mom’s Acorn Squash

acorn squash

We had a huge garden in our backyard when I was growing up.  My parents had six kids to feed, so they grew as much of their own food as possible.  We had amazing fresh produce for a large part of the year in our house.  Mom was good at saving vegetables in cold storage… 

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Black Bean & Quinoa Sliders

black bean & quinoa sliders

Do you ever walk through a Farmer’s Market and check out the food booths?  It’s one of my favorite things to do besides shopping for fresh produce!  It has been five years ago or more since I tried a black bean burger at one of these food booths. (Of course, I can’t remember which market!)… 

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