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A bowl of Tempeh Chili in a bowl over roasted sweet potato wedges with toppings

Very Veggie Tempeh Chili with Homemade Chili Powder

Vegan Chili with Homemade Chili Powder Packs Flavor and Mild Heat. I love eating in a crock ~ but today serving the chili over Roasted Sweet Potatoes with plenty of toppings!  Tempeh is a wonderful; meat substitute with great texture… Read More
Spicy roasted wild mushrooms basted with chili oil. Served over pasta and a pine nut pesto cream sauce - VEGAN!

Roasted Wild Mushrooms with Chili Oil & Vegan Pesto Cream Sauce

Wonderful Meaty Roasted Mushrooms Team with a Vegan Pine Nut-Pesto Creamy Sauce Layered over Pasta A well- rounded Vegan dish ~ choose your favorite pasta! I’m using a Greek tubular pasta; you can use a whole wheat variety – or… Read More
A great little flavored oil condiment to have in the refrigerator! Takes minutes to make and adds a blast of heat and complexity to many dishes.

Quick-n-Easy Chili Oil

A great little flavored oil condiment to have in the refrigerator! Takes minutes to make and adds a blast of heat and complexity to many dishes. Uses for Chili Oil: Add part chili oil to the oil in your stir-fries.… Read More
Swiss fondue done right with the addition of garlic and chives. Serve with my amazing Mini Dinner Rolls with Flaky Salt!

Karen’s Cheesy Swiss Fondue with Garlic & Chives

While fondue might be the ultimate party food- I’m in the mood for it’s silky, stingy texture and assertive flavor, and have decided to have a fondue night at home. Indulgent, okay just a little, but it only sounds fancy… Read More
Karen's Perfect Peanut Butter Cookies

Perfect Peanut Butter Cookies

Look no further for the perfect recipe – for eating & gift giving! These are gluten free! Or ~ use regular flour too. Simple, not fussy and EASY Bakery quality cookies you’ll love See recipe: how to make a crosshatch… Read More
Veggie Mexican-Style Hard Shell Tacos

Roast Turkey & Veggie Mexican-Style Hard Shell Tacos

Cubes of your Thanksgiving turkey are totally transformed into a fabulous filling for tacos. Assertive seasonings are needed to create just the right smokey and a little spicy infused flavor. I love Mulato Dried Chiles (dried poblano) typically used in… Read More
easily the best sweet potato oven fries with garlic!

Incredible Oven Baked Sweet Potato Fries with Garlic

These are a weekly staple in my house. Serve them too for Thanksgiving – everyone loves these! Seasoned, Roasted and Tossed in Garlic, Butter and Parsley. An easy side dish – takes just minutes to prepare!… Read More
Delicious Sheet Pan Chicken & Vegetables with Apple Cider Glaze

Delicious Sheet Pan Chicken & Vegetables with Apple Cider Glaze

Sometimes I’m craving One Pan Cooking!Chicken, Delicata Squash Rings and Shallots roast in the oven and produces a delicious simple dinner. Make the Apple Cider Glaze on the stovetop as the sheet pan cooks.In the style of French Chicken Normandy…… Read More
Karen's Pasta Puttanesca with Fresh Tomatoes

Karen’s Pasta Puttanesca with Fresh Tomatoes

A vibrant sauce takes makes only minutes to prepare – this is one of my favorite dishes ~ Buon appetito! The sauce is cooked in a big skillet – pasta is folded in, then served Puttanesca Sauce is big on… Read More
Thai Basil Pesto – and what to do with it!

Thai Basil Pesto – and what to do with it!

The flavor has a pronounced licorice essence and a little spicy kick. So many uses – see my list. Find this wonderful variety at farmers’ markets. Makes a delicious and unique pesto! Thai Basil Pesto adorns Pasta Squares, Roasted Zucchini… Read More
Weeknight Lightened-Up Shrimp Scampi

Weeknight Lightened-Up Shrimp Scampi

All the buttery, garlicky and lemony flavor with a sprinkling of fresh herbs in a lighter sauce you can make in minutes! What’s different about this recipe? The sauce has been “lightened-up” ~ which means ALL OF THE FLAVOR with… Read More
Chicken and Veggie Tacos with Mulato Chile Sauce

Chicken and Veggie Tacos with Mulato Chile Sauce

Delicious with Authentic Flavors!Warm and Zesty Grilled Chicken & Vegetables are bathed in a Flavorful Chile Sauce. Filling ingredients: Marinated chicken tenderloins, portobello mushrooms, red onions, fresh corn and cotija cheese. Experiment with ingredients you have on hand or love!… Read More
Karen's Weeknight Lemon Chicken

Karen’s Weeknight Lemon Chicken

In the style of French “Francaise” ~ this is an updated version, a recipe every cook should master! Easy to make gluten free and for Passover using matzo cake meal. The chicken is very tender, coated with a zesty lemon… Read More
Mediterranean Chickpea Stew with Pantry Ingredients

Mediterranean Chickpea Stew with Pantry Ingredients

An Aromatic Stew made with pantry ingredients: chickpeas, extra virgin olive oil, diced tomatoes in juice, sun-dried tomatoes and tomato paste, Add fresh ingredients you have – potatoes carrots, onions, spinach and cupboard Mediterranean spices.… Read More
This is how you make the BEST Turkey Meatballs!

RECIPE: This is how you make the BEST Turkey Meatballs!

Want to make the best tasting meatballs? I’ve got you covered. Just-ground turkey with loads of veggies  – and a technique that adds ton of flavor, and yields a tender meatball! The Technique: brown meatballs in a skillet, then cover… Read More
Salmon in Parchment with Multi-Citrus Salsa

Salmon in Parchment with Multi-Citrus Salsa

It’s Citrus Season! Slow cooked Salmon with a Tart & Zesty Multi-Citrus Salsa is an easy meal cooked in a Parchment Package. Produces tender salmon with a sauce baked in. A seriously easy recipe ~ I’ve laid out all the… Read More
Amazing Veggie Chili Without Beans

Amazing Veggie Chili Without Beans

A Healthy and Hearty Chili Chock Full of Veggies with Chick Peas, Lentils, Butternut Squash and Cremini Mushrooms in a Tomato Based sauce with Homemade Chili Seasoning – dig in and be creative with your toppings!… Read More
Ground Turkey “Meat Sauce” with Fresh Tomato Sauce

Ground Turkey “Meat Sauce” with Fresh Tomato Sauce

Doesn’t get more delicious than this! Laced with Onions, Shallots, Garlic and my Fresh Tomato Sauce – it’s my go to sauce for a comforting weeknight meal.… Read More
Dirty Rice Cajun Style

Dirty Rice Cajun Style

A healthier version of Southern Dirty Rice ~ lightened-up! Brown rice teams with Caramelized Onions, Garlic, Pattypan Squash, Bacon (I’ve used turkey) and Karen’s Best Cajun Seasonings.… Read More
Thai Coconut Ginger Chicken in an Instant Pot

Thai Coconut Ginger Chicken in an Instant Pot

Stewed Chicken is so tender and delicious in an Instant Pot! This is a favorite recipe of mine I thought I would share. What’s for dinner?? Make this fabulous Thai flavored recipe and eat it for days (reheats wonderfully!) The… Read More
Weeknight Filet of Sole with Mustard Sauce

Weeknight Filet of Sole with Mustard Sauce

A quick & tasty meal finished in minutes ~ stir together a Mustard, Herb, Garlic & Mayo Sauce, coat the fish and simply broil… genius!! A little taste of France ~ and updated: Filets de flet à la moutarde for… Read More
Quick and Healthy Chicken Soup with Ginger and Vegetables

Quick and Healthy Chicken Soup with Ginger and Vegetables

A bevy of vegetables enrich this soup; ginger adds a boost of flavor with powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Pure soul-comfort food. Gluten Free with rice noodles. This quick and healthy soup has definite Asian-notes with Rice Noodles (gluten free),… Read More
Incredible Instant Pot Split Pea Soup

Incredible Instant Pot Split Pea Soup – With Too Many Vegetables

The comfort soup of the season! Your Instant Pot will cook this soup beautifully… healthy & hearty. Want to make on the stovetop? ~ See instructions below. … Read More
Greek Lemon Turkey Soup (an after Thanksgiving special recipe)

Greek Lemon Turkey Soup (an after Thanksgiving special recipe)

A Hearty, Healthy & Zesty Soup using 2 cups of diced freshly roasted turkey from your Thanksgiving feast. Make again using leftover chicken!  Instead of classic orzo rice, I have use a medium grain white rice… Calrose rice. It has… Read More
Karen’s Mac n Cheese with Butternut Squash and Apples

Karen’s Mac n Cheese with Butternut Squash and Apples

What’s better than homemade macaroni and cheese? Here’s a recipe that is creamy, rich and has a crunchy topping that is irresistible! (Awesome Gluten-Free option too.) Adding cubes of Butternut Squash and Apples makes for an interesting, updated Fall Macaroni… Read More
Glazed Hoisin Salmon with Pine Nuts

Glazed Hoisin Salmon with Pine Nuts

A quick and easy meal with amazing flavor! Make my homemade Hoisin Sauce… a game changer for any cook! Shaved Carrot Slaw is colorful, crunchy and delicious. A wonderful weeknight meal, and special enough for company.… Read More

Gluten-Free Cacio e Pepe (pasta with pepper and grated cheese)

Cacio e Pepe is a quick and tasty Roman Pasta Dish with a creamy, stirred peppery sauce ~ which is getting a little makeover. I’ve added roasted zucchini and chopped garlic to the traditional recipe ~ delicious! This gluten-free spaghetti… Read More
Hummus and Grilled Veggie Tacos with Corn Salsa

Hummus and Grilled Veggie Tacos with Corn Salsa

My favorite hard shell Tacos filled with Za’atar seasoned Hummus and brimming with colorful Vegetables just off the grill. Corn Salsa adds a layer of natural sweetness, heat and crunch. A wonderful meal for a weeknight or special enough for… Read More
A Mexican style rich stew with chicken, lots of vegetables, spices, tomatoes, chiles, sesame seeds, cocoa powder and bittersweet chocolate.

Incredible Mole Chicken & Vegetables on the Stovetop

A Mexican style rich stew with chicken, lots of vegetables, spices, tomatoes, chiles, sesame seeds, cocoa powder and bittersweet chocolate. Slow and even stovetop heat produces succulent ingredients. A one-pot meal… it’s all in there ~ chicken, vegetables, garbanzo beans… Read More
A Mexican style rich stew with chicken, lots of vegetables, spices, tomatoes, chiles, sesame seeds, cocoa powder and bittersweet chocolate.

Incredible Instant Pot Mole Chicken & Vegetables

A Mexican style rich stew with chicken, lots of vegetables, spices, tomatoes, chiles, sesame seeds, cocoa powder and bittersweet chocolate. An Instant Pot (easy pressure cooker) produces succulent ingredients. A one-pot meal… it’s all in there ~ chicken, vegetables, garbanzo… Read More
Portobello Pizzas with Slow Baked Cherry Tomatoes and topped with Basil Leaves and Crispy Baked Kale Ribbons

Portobello Mushroom Pizzas with Crispy Kale Ribbons

Magnificent Meatless Monday Recipe! Roast the mushroom caps (on a rack – they don’t get soggy!) add Marinara Sauce, Mozzarella Cheese, Slow Baked Cherry Tomatoes and top with Basil Leaves and Crispy Baked Kale Ribbons Mushrooms have a heavenly “meaty”… Read More
An Instant Pot transforms this Tandoori Chicken into a fall-off-the-bone delicious delight!

Fabulous Tandoori Chicken in an Instant Pot

New Year’s Cooking Resolution: Try Something New. An Instant Pot transforms this Tandoori Chicken into a fall-off-the-bone delicious delight! Recipe given for oven method too.… Read More
A hearty bowl of Chili with extra vegetables, plenty of chipotles and homemade Chili Powder for the ultimate flavor.

Turkey Chili with Homemade Chili Powder

A hearty bowl of Chili with extra vegetables, plenty of chipotles and homemade Chili Powder for the ultimate flavor. Gluten-Free. This is a big batch of Chili! Low in fat and chock full of all the good things in life:… Read More
A wonderful, hearty and healthy Vegetable Soup with Mediterranean ingredients.

Mediterranean Vegetable Soup

Here is how I make a wonderful, hearty and healthy Vegetable Soup with Mediterranean ingredients. This is a guide… use the ingredients you have or prefer to your taste. Easily made gluten-free.… Read More
Zesty Caribbean Flavors in the meatballs and this creamy, addictive sauce! Gluten- Free and Dairy Free.

Spiced Caribbean Chicken Meatballs in Coconut Milk Gravy

Zesty Caribbean Flavors in the meatballs and this creamy, addictive sauce! Gluten- Free and Dairy Free. A wonderful main course or the ultimate appetizer.… Read More
This Garlic Toast takes garlic bread to a new level! Sourdough Bread gains flavor from the outdoor grill - kissed twice with garlic... Garlic Confit Oil and Softened Garlic Confit Cloves

Garlic Cheesy Toast with Garlic Confit

This Garlic Toast takes garlic bread to a new level! Sourdough Bread gains flavor from the outdoor grill – kissed twice with garlic… Garlic Confit Oil and Softened Garlic Confit Cloves A little soft on the inside, crispy around the… Read More
White Chicken Chili makes a delicious meal full of mildly-spicy Chili Flavor, Red Lentils, Butternut Squash and Chicken.

Chicken-Lentil Chili with Butternut Squash

White Chicken Chili makes a delicious meal full of mildly-spicy Chili Flavor, Red Lentils, Butternut Squash and Chicken. This light & tasty chili gets and extra flavor-pop with my Raw Tomatillo Salsa… Read More
A wonderful hearty soup; creamy and chunky and full of flavor!

Vegan Creamy Corn Chowder

A wonderful hearty soup; creamy and chunky and full of flavor! Take advantage of late summer corn – it’s been a wonderful season.… Read More
A Quick Healthy Summer Meal Served Hot Off the Grill. Make the Zesty Gingery-Miso Dressing ahead for a speedy recipe.

Grilled Shrimp & Pineapple with Gingery-Miso Dressing

A Quick Healthy Summer Meal Served Hot Off the Grill. Make the Zesty Gingery-Miso Dressing ahead for a speedy recipe. Pineapple is wonderful grilled and adds natural sweetness to the dish.  … Read More
Grilled Eggplant Rolled with an Herbal Ricotta and Creamy Burrata Cheese Filling and Baked with a Zesty Marinara.

Grilled Eggplant Rollatini with Garlicky Parmesan Breadcrumb Topping

A Summer Pleasure: Grilled Eggplant Rolled with a Herbal Ricotta and Creamy Burrata Cheese Filling and Baked with a Zesty Marinara. Add some crunch and interest with a Garlicky-Parmesan Breadcrumb Topping. Lightened-Up Vegetarian Comfort Food! A lighter touch~ Eggplant is… Read More
The Ultimate Grilled Burger Wrapped in Lettuces with Onion and Heirloom Tomatoes ~ Homemade Ranch Dressing.

Lettuce Wrapped Chicken Burger with Zesty Ranch

The Ultimate Grilled Burger Wrapped in Lettuces with Onion and Heirloom Tomatoes ~ Homemade Ranch Dressing. Pulse chicken in a food processor, then add vegetables and seasonings for these amazing burgers… Read More
Cedar Planked Salmon with an easy-to prepare Planked Salmon with Pistachio-Tarragon & Lavender Gremolata Pistachio Planked Salmon with Pistachio-Tarragon & Lavender Gremolata smothered on top

Cedar Planked Salmon with Pistachio-Tarragon & Lavender Gremolata

Cedar Planked King Salmon is an Easy Summer-Time Dish with a lush, smokey essence ~ the Flavorful Gremolata takes only minutes to prepare… Read More
Easy to prepare Gremolata ~ adds a blast of flavor with citrusy notes. Perfect for fish, vegetables, chicken and grains

Pistachio-Tarragon & Lavender Gremolata

Easy to prepare ~ adds a blast of flavor with citrusy notes. Perfect for fish, vegetables, chicken and grains. … Read More
Try this wonderful Cherry Salsa that’s tart, spicy with a hint of sweetness. Add to layers of tortilla chips and cheeses for the ultimate, updated NACHOS ~ YUM!

Layered Cheese Nachos with Fresh Cherry Salsa

These nachos is very satisfying and craveable. Fresh Cherry Salsa adds tart-sweet and spicy notes – addicting!!… Read More
A twist on the Spanish “Tortita” ~ these vegetable griddle cakes are delicious.. you can’t eat just one!

Corn and Zucchini Tortitas

A twist on the Spanish “Tortita” ~ these vegetable griddle cakes are delicious.. you can’t eat just one! With good-for you ingredients, chock full of zucchini, corn, scallions, jalapeño, feta, grated parmesan and a generous mound of fresh dill. Eat… Read More
Asian-Style Satay Sauce made with Sunflower Seed Butter for a nutty-sweet flavor, yet NUT FREE.

Sunflower Satay Sauce ~ for Noodles and Grilled Chicken Skewers (Peanut-Free)

Asian-Style Satay Sauce made with Sunflower Seed Butter for a nutty-sweet flavor, yet NUT FREE. Easy blended sauce for Noodles and Grilled Chicken Skewers. Top with Sunflower Seeds and Sunflower Sprouts!… Read More
My version of they healthy Middle Eastern Salad spiked with a melange of Vegetables is tossed in a Zesty Lemony- Scallion Dressing.

Karen’s Quinoa Tabbouleh – Vegetable Salad (Naturally Gluten-Free)

My version of they healthy Middle Eastern Salad spiked with a melange of Vegetables is tossed in a Zesty Lemony- Scallion Dressing. One of the healthiest salads you can eat. Refreshing and Addictive!… Read More
A delicious and versatile sauce topped with a yogurt marinated grilled chicken kebob. Spice up your palate! The sauce is Vegan.

Marinated Chicken Kebabs – Indian Style

Marinate the chicken overnight for the best flavor.. don’t forget to soak your bamboo skewers!… Read More
Yes, even the cherished recipe for guacamole can be modified, respectfully, for a deeper flavor and other favorable nuances.

New Guacamole with Roasted Zucchini and Lime Zest

A luscious and velvety Guacamole! Lower in fat but high in flavor – add some roasted zucchini for the perfect blend! Yes, even the cherished recipe for guacamole can be modified, respectfully, for a deeper flavor and other favorable nuances.… Read More
A delicious and versatile sauce topped with a yogurt marinated grilled chicken kebob. Spice up your palate! The sauce is Vegan.

Coconut-Cashew Curry Sauce with Indian Flavors ~ Spiced Chicken Kebab

A delicious and versatile sauce topped with a yogurt marinated grilled chicken kebob. Spice up your palate! The sauce is Vegan.… Read More
Delicious chicken and vegetables with sliced clementines in a crimped envelope of parchment ~ all the natural juices sealed in.

Chicken En Papillote ~ Asian Style

Delicious chicken and vegetables with sliced clementines in a crimped envelope of parchment ~ all the natural juices sealed in. … Read More
One of my all-time favorite recipes: Sizzling Flounder. Simple Asian flavors surround this healthy, light and delicious dish – a must try for my readers.

Sizzling Flounder with Soy, Lemon and Sesame

To commemorate Chinese New Year, I am sharing one of my all-time favorite recipes: Sizzling Flounder. Simple Asian flavors surround this healthy, light and delicious dish – a must try for my readers.… Read More
This packet-steaming method produces incredibly tender chicken with minimal effort. An attractive presentation – perfect for a weeknight meal… elegant enough for company

Asian Chicken in Parchment – Homemade Hoisin Sauce

This packet-steaming method produces incredibly tender chicken with minimal effort. An attractive presentation – perfect for a weeknight meal… elegant enough for company… Read More
THE soup to fuel you through winter! Bake potatoes, use the flesh for the soup, skins for “croutons.” Healthy and lightened up with broth, milk and loaded with vegetables.

Baked Potato Soup with Potato Skin Croutons

THE soup to fuel you through winter! Bake potatoes, use the flesh for the soup, skins for “croutons.”  Healthy and lightened up with broth, milk and loaded with vegetables.… Read More
Your Go-To Recipe After Thanksgiving! Leftover Turkey and Vegetables are tossed together and baked into a hearty main course casserole. Lightened-up and delicious!

Gluten-Free Turkey Tetrazzini

Your Go-To Recipe After Thanksgiving! Leftover Turkey and Vegetables are tossed together and baked into a hearty main course casserole. Lightened-up and delicious!… Read More
Rustic Tomato Soup with extra garlic and grilled cheese croutons

Tomato Garlic Soup with Grilled Cheese Croutons

A childhood favorite combination – now with a little sophistication. The perfect kind of comfort food together in one bowl of soup. Redesigned with a lingering mellow garlic essence.… Read More

Grilled Chicken and Corn Lettuce Wraps / Satay Sauce / Cucumber Salsa

Summertime is all about light, fresh meals, and these chicken and corn lettuce wraps fit the bill exactly. Loaded with lush flavors and textures – the perfect recipe to master… and enjoy!… Read More

Burrata and Summer Tomato Parfaits

Rich, buttery, creamy Burrata Cheese is sliced and layered with summer Cherry Tomatoes, Pesto Vinaigrette and Basil Leaves. Simply layer in a stylish glass – and lavish the bright flavors… Read More

Weeknight Teriyaki Chicken

I’ve created this easy recipe for those who love big flavors – and is finished in minutes. Garlicky, Gingery and loaded with Sesame Seeds… your new family favorite! … Read More
Here’s how to turn the trendiest carb into a healthy, steaming bowl of deliciousness at home. Make a simple Dashi Broth and add flavor-packed elements.

Vegan Ramen Bowl with Unami Broth, Vegetables and Tofu

Here’s how to turn the trendiest carb into a healthy, steaming bowl of deliciousness at home. Make a simple Dashi Broth and add flavor-packed elements.… Read More
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