Appetizers & Side Dishes

Maple & Mustard Roasted Root Vegetables

Root vegetables don’t have to taste earthy and bitter!  This sweet, savory and spicy blend of maple syrup, grainy mustard and seasonings roasted to caramelized perfection will turn regular root vegetables into something magical.

Maple Miso Roasted Brussels Sprouts

A savory blend of maple syrup, white miso and grainy dijon mustard is tossed with brussels sprouts and then roasted to crispy perfection.

Dairy Free Creamy Cauliflower & White Bean Puree

Made with plant based ingredients for a vegan side that’s perfect with sauteed veggies or even used to top a shepherds pie.

Crunchy Honey & Mint Quinoa Salad (GF)

This cold salad is perfect for the hot summer months, with crunchy apples, carrots, peppers and celery, sweet cranberries and creamy chickpeas with a delicious honey and mint dressing.

Pomegranate Lentil Salad (GF)

A cold salad that can be made ahead of time for an easy and quick meal or side dish.  There’s absolutely no cooking at all, which makes this the perfect hot-weather recipe!

California Quinoa Salad (GF)

The California Quinoa Salad is so refreshing, with sweet mango and red bell pepper, cilantro, golden raisins, crunchy hemp seeds and a light lime dressing.  It’s a great make-ahead meal prep dish too!

Super Easy Homemade BBQ Baked Beans (V)

These delicious homemade BBQ baked beans are the perfect summer side dish, and they take almost no time or effort at all!  With just a few simple ingredients you probably already have, you can make BBQ baked beans that are way better than the store-bought canned kind.

Baked Broccoli & Artichokes

This baked broccoli and artichoke dish is a quick and easy meal or side. Tossed in a buttery caper sauce and topped with crispy panko, fresh dill and lemon.

Ramen Noodle Cabbage Salad

If you’ve never experienced ramen noodle cabbage salad…it’s about time you do.  Guaranteed this will become a new regular at summer BBQ’s and potlucks!  It’s a great make-ahead meal prep salad that only gets better with time.  

Dairy Free Herby Baby Potato Salad

This dairy free baby potato salad is made with a light dijon dressing, loaded with herbs, crunchy celery and red onion, to make the perfect vegan BBQ side dish alternative.

Dairy Free Broccoli Salad (V, GF)

A creamy, sweet, tangy and crunchy broccoli salad that’s dairy free, so you can enjoy as much as you want of this delicious and healthy salad without any of the guilt!  The Creamy Maple Dressing is what makes this salad really pop, and you’ll never guess it’s dairy free!

Vegan Chipotle Queso & Jackfruit Nachos (GF, V)

This is what vegan nacho dreams are made of!  This super easy and creamy vegan chipotle queso takes just a few minutes to make and only uses 5 ingredients.  Drizzle it over these insanely delicious jackfruit nachos or serve it straight up as a nacho sauce with chips.

Simple Green Bean Salad

This is a great meal prep idea!  Fresh blanched green beans are tossed with sliced red onion, herbs and a simple vinaigrette.  Learn what blanching is and how to do it, as well as what to look for when purchasing green beans and preparing them.

Fresh & Easy Pico de Gallo

In the heat of summer or whenever I am traveling and we have our own kitchen, pico de gallo is always in the fridge.  Freshly prepared and easy to store in the fridge for a few days, this pico de gallo can be used in so many different ways.

Halibut Ceviche

Ceviche is a quintessential island dish that is great for hot days when you couldn’t even fathom eating something hot!  I’ve tried a lot of ceviche in my short 32 years on this planet, and not one has ever disappointed me.  Whether it’s squid, shrimp, scallop, fish or conch ceviche, I’ve tried them all and

Ahi Tuna Nachos with Firecracker Slaw

When your husband is a fisherman, the summer season is all about fishing.  Every. Single. Day.  The good news though is that sometimes he brings home bags and bags of freshly caught sushi grade tuna steaks, and then life is really good.  I like to think I’m pretty lucky. The firecracker slaw is super easy

Simple 3 Bean Salad

Sometimes you need a quick side dish to go with your BBQ’d chicken, or fried fish, or for a potluck, or for just about anything.  This quick and simple 3 bean salad is so easy, using only a few ingredients, without a complicated dressing recipe, and the flavors are fresh and yummy.  

Cider Roasted Root Vegetabes with Toasted Pine Nuts

Crispy, sweet, savory roasted root vegetables that are absolutely perfect for a weeknight meal, holiday side dish or for meal prep to have healthy, delicious lunches all week long.

How To: Make a Pot of Beans

Beans don’t get much credit these days, but they are full of protein and fiber, low in saturated fat and sodium, and perfect to add to almost any meal.   In our house, we love to add beans, primarily black beans, to our breakfast burritos, added on top of a salad at lunch, or in enchiladas

Torn Sourdough Croutons

We need to talk about croutons. They are so incredibly easy to make and store well in a plastic bag for up to three days after making.  I feel as if this needs to be a public service announcement.   It wasn’t until today that after enjoying some Papa Pomodoro Soup with Ryan did I realize

Herb Marinated Goat Cheese

A festive cheese dish that’s perfect for a holiday party!  Marinated in herbs and spices, this is a delicious, easy to throw together dish.

Broccoli Crunch Salad

Every summer we are all faced with the same question – you are heading to a friend or families house for a BBQ and ask if you should bring something.  They almost always say no, just bring yourself!  But you know better, and I am here to help.

Quick & Healthy Bruschetta

Fresh crushed tomatoes, garden-picked basil, a few garlic cloves and a little bit of love is all it takes to make this super easy, delicious dish.  It could be served as an appetizer, snack or side dish and no one will complain, trust me.

How To: Homemade Tortilla Chips

There is nothing better than freshly made tortilla chips!  Learn how to make them in under 20 minutes.

Bacon, Corn & Asparagus Saute

A delicious medley of thick-cut bacon, sweet corn, fresh asparagus and silky shallots.  Because really, who doesn’t love bacon?!