Unbreaded eggplant parmesan

Eggplant Parmesan is the ultimate Italian comfort food – hot, saucy, cheesy, and full of flavor… but also full of calories.

This is my lightened-up version of the classic favorite. I use low-fat mozzarella in addition to not breading and frying my eggplant (I know, blasphemy, right?) Instead, I roast my eggplant in the oven before layering it with sauce and cheese.

The result is just as delicious, but you won’t have to feel any of the guilt!

Continue reading Unbreaded eggplant parmesan

Roasted cornish game hen

So I guess today is the Superbowl.

Sorry to all the die-hard football fans – but I’m just not that into it. I don’t like football. They blow the whistle and freeze the game like every 2 minutes, and I honestly have no patience for that. I feel like one game lasts a million hours.

With that being said, I’m still watching the game with friends. I enjoy the company, commercials, performances, and obviously the snacks. I’m probably not going to pay attention to much else, but that’s OK. I won’t be the only one not really watching the game.

In addition to the snacks, I also want to eat some real dinner. Something hearty to hit the spot, so I don’t fill up on too much junk food afterward.

Continue reading Roasted cornish game hen

Italian slow cooker porkchops

I love pork chops. I typically prepare them in the oven, breaded and baked with some applesauce – but I’ve been craving a change. My mother always made them in a skillet with brown onion gravy and some stuffing (which I’ve always loved), but after a long day of teaching (and then hitting up the gym) this takes too much effort. I’m exhausted by the time I get home. I needed a no-fuss solution to my pork chop problem. I’ve been looking for a good way to prepare them in the crockpot to save me some time – and I think I’ve finally figured it out.

Continue reading Italian slow cooker porkchops

Loaded taco chili

My husband makes the best guacamole I’ve ever tasted. It has the perfect blend of acidity, spice, and creaminess. Whenever we have ripe avocados in the house, he goes straight for the mortar and pestle.

Unfortunately, he thinks its hilarious that his concoction is so good. As a result, he never, EVER, tells me how he makes it. It remains his “secret recipe,” and he often uses it as ammunition to try to prove that he is a better cook than I am (yeah right!)

Whatever, I’ll take this loss. I’ll remain in the dark when it comes to making a fabulous guacamole. I don’t care, as long as I still get to eat it. It’s addictive when paired with some tortilla chips, but it’s absolutely amazing on tacos, burritos, or my favorite – chili.

Continue reading Loaded taco chili

Turkey pot pie casserole

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

If you hosted the holiday like we did, you definitely have leftovers. Don’t get me wrong – Thanksgiving leftovers are definitely a joy – but sometimes leftover turkey can get dry and boring. This version of turkey pot pie keeps the meat juicy, and the addition of roasted veggies packs some flavor and heartiness.

Continue reading Turkey pot pie casserole

Scallion & cheddar mashed potatoes – a crockpot recipe

Brrrrrrrrr…

I don’t know about where you live, but it’s friggin’ cold here in New York.

Cold weather means hot drinks, roomy sweatshirts, the holidays, and most importantly… comfort food. And what’s more comforting than a big bowl of mashed potatoes?!

Oh… REALLY EASY & CHEESY mashed potatoes. That’s right… I make these right in the crockpot, and they require VERY little work. These are perfect as a Thanksgiving side because we all know you’ll be too busy cooking the bird & other fixings to worry about some mashed taters…

Continue reading Scallion & cheddar mashed potatoes – a crockpot recipe

Apple cinnamon pork chops

Everyone knows that pork chops and applesauce are a winning combination, and an epic comfort food duo.

I don’t have applesauce right now, but I do have a bunch of fresh apples ready for eating. Apples are a perfect autumn ingredient, and for once I’m not using them to make a dessert – they are also wonderful in savory dishes. Baking apples with sugar and spices will soften the fruit and create a wonderful caramelized syrup that would go perfectly with seasoned pork.

After trying this out, I realized I was 100% right. This is DELICIOUS. We ate our pork with french fries, but this would be even better with roasted (or mashed) sweet potatoes, a green salad, and some warm crusty bread. YUM!

Continue reading Apple cinnamon pork chops

A-1 chicken meatloaf

One of my ultimate comfort foods is meatloaf – especially once fall weather has kicked in.

The best meatloaf recipe will always be the one on the back of the A-1 steak sauce bottle. I have tried countless meatloaf recipes, and I keep going back to the A-1 version. I could basically drink a bottle of A-1 and be happy… that stuff is delicious. Easily one of my favorite condiments.

Anyway… This is my lightened-up version of A-1 meatloaf. I used ground chicken, and omitted the tomato sauce for extra A-1. I added a couple more ingredients in as well, like fresh garlic and dried parsley. If you aren’t a fan of ground chicken, this works well with ground turkey, beef, or beef-pork-veal meatloaf mix.

Continue reading A-1 chicken meatloaf

Cheeseburger pie

Like many kids who grew up in the 80’s/90’s and liked spending time in the kitchen, my first cookbook was the Alpha Bakery Children’s Cookbook. I remember my grandma ordering it for me from the back of a bag of Gold Medal flour. I remember how happy she was to give it to me when it came in the mail –  and how excited I was to look through a cookbook with recipes made for children, complete with colorful cartoon illustrations and large font. I still have this book on display with the rest of my cookbook collection, and I proudly whip it out when I feel like cooking a blast from the past.

the alpha-bakery, the OG of cookbooks.

My favorite alpha bakery recipe was called “Quick Cheeseburger Pie”. I absolutely loved it, and I still do. But as I got older, my taste changed a bit. I’ve made quite a few modifications to an already great recipe, adding in some extra flavors and making the dish more bold.

Continue reading Cheeseburger pie