This pasta dish is a great way to turn leftover salmon into a new meal. Plus, since the salmon is in small flakes and tossed with a lot of other ingredients, it is a sneaky way to get your family to stock up on heart-healthy omega-3's.
This version of Chicken with Forty Cloves of Garlic is easy because you put all of the ingredients in a casserole dish, bake it in the oven and forget about it. The end result is a rich, comforting meal. If the thought of forty cloves of garlic frightens you, there is no need to worry. The garlic flavor mellows as the cloves cook and when they are done, they are rich and buttery, perfect for slathering on your favorite bread or even the chicken itself.
This ranch dressing is better than store-bought versions and doesn't contain MSG (which I recently discovered is in many commercially-produced varieties). I also love the fact that it is made using light sour cream instead of mayo.
This is a great sausage for pizzas and pasta. By finely chopping the spinach and cooking it in the sausage, my son (along with the rest of us) consumes healthy leafy greens without even noticing!
Lentils are high in protein, fiber and folate and are one of the best vegetable sources of iron. In a nutshell, the more lentils you consume, the better. This soup freezes well so you can make a large batch and save some for later.
I prefer using homemade chicken broth but sometimes I simply don't have enough time to let a whole chicken simmer for four hours. Using chicken breasts instead of a whole chicken is a shortcut that will get you homemade chicken broth in only about an hour.
Once I tried making chicken stock and realized that it actually wasn't that hard to make, I decided to try making chicken broth. It, too, turns out to be a simple process at its basic level.
The inspiration for this recipe came from my brother-in-law. He used to own a successful Italian restaurant and made my family a to-die-for shrimp Alfredo a few years back. Of course, it was the real deal, full of heavy cream and butter. We wanted to duplicate this hearty comfort food but make it lighter. Our version still has the creamy, rich flavors and textures but we don't feel so guilty after each bite!
Make a large batch of this pasta sauce and freeze smaller portions for future dinners. Blend the sauce until it is smooth and your kids won't even realize they are eating loads of nutrient-packed tomatoes and other veggies!