Baked Zucchini Parmesan Medallions

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Hands up if you have a toddler who has overextended their “I hate vegetables” phase! My son, (whom I claim is a also mini foodie) will eat almost anything…except for vegetables. And this phase seems to never end. For a … Continue reading

Mare e Monte

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In Italy,”mare e monte” usually refers to a recipe composed of an ingredient that derives from the “ocean” and another that derives from the “mountains.” In this case, (in terms of this Blog post), “mare e monte” refers to how we … Continue reading

Easy-Peasy Caprese Pasta

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How many times have you thrown out leftover pasta…because it’s just too dry or unappealing to eat?! As is, I’m not a huge fan of pasta so I don’t usually have issues with tossing it (except for the fact that … Continue reading

Baba Ganoush (Roasted Eggplant Dip)

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If your kids (or YOU for that matter!) are fans of hummus then they’re going to love this variation! Baba Ganoush is a middle eastern dish, primarily made from roasted or grilled eggplant. As with any recipe, there is always room … Continue reading

Back to the (Vacation) Grind!

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It never ceases to amaze me how we can pack up our belongings, travel for over 24 hours overseas, adjust to the time change, and leave our life behind for two whole months, and then just get back into the … Continue reading

Shrimp & Sweet Pea Pesto Risotto

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Contrary to popular belief, my children do not eat everything! Like most kids, they’re not big fans of green veggies, such as green beans, and of course, peas! I can also tell you that when I prepare this risotto all … Continue reading

Chocolate Banana Bread (Gluten/Dairy/Egg-Free)

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Having dietary issues can be unnerving at times-and I’ll admit that I often feel frustrated when I’m “forced” to deprive myself of certain foods because of my gluten and dairy intolerances…and mine are only minor compared to most of the … Continue reading

Mediterranean Farro Salad

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Farro is beloved in Italy. It’s a staple in Italian cooking and the foundation of many recipes, such as risotto, cold salads, and soup. This ancient grain has delicious nutty undertones and a distinctive chewy texture. While I’ve eaten it in … Continue reading

Cheeseburger Burrito Wraps

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If anyone asked me which I prefer, fast food or homemade, my answer would always be (hands down) homemade! Consequently, one can only assume that I would prefer the same for my kids too. This recipe was not a fluke, nor … Continue reading

Raw Hummus & Carrot Pinwheels

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We’re taking off to Italy soon for our annual summer vacation and consequently, I’ve been raiding the pantry and freezer (in an attempt to empty them out as much as possible before we leave.) Last Saturday, I was running late … Continue reading

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