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Weekly Meal Plan!

Weekly Meal Plan!

It’s time to get serious, people. We are totally tapped out here in the Saba household, so I’ve started meal planning and instacarting (more on that below). Last week it worked like a charm! Here’s my plan for this week: Weekly Menu  Sunday: Grilled chicken, caesar salad, broccoli, shells and cheese, fruit Monday: Oven-baked salmon, […]

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Homemade Chicken Broth

Homemade Chicken Broth

There are a few things to know about homemade chicken broth. Actually, there are a lot of things to know, if you’re interested . . . just google “chicken bone broth” and you’ll find tons of books and websites with reams of information about cooking techniques and health benefits of broth. But, if you’re not […]

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Fall Menu Inspiration: Easy Crock-Pot Recipes and More!

Fall Menu Inspiration: Easy Crock-Pot Recipes and More!

Happy September! I love fall and football and slow-cooked meals. It’s all so cozy I just want to curl up on the couch with Cookie and Muffin. Not “a” cookie and muffin, although those would be nice, too; I’m talking about Cookie and Muffin. This is Muffin: This is Cookie: They are both very soft and […]

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Pistachio-Crusted Salmon

Pistachio-Crusted Salmon

“Pistachio-crusted salmon.” Sounds fancy, doesn’t it? It’s not. But it is dee-licious. Very easy to make, too. All you need is fresh fish, melted butter and chopped nuts. You can use pistachios as I have below, or whatever you have on hand (mixed nuts, pecans, almonds). Whichever you choose, get the shelled, salted and roasted variety for […]

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EVEN EASIER Easy Meat Sauce for Spaghetti or Lasagna

EVEN EASIER Easy Meat Sauce for Spaghetti or Lasagna

I love to find a difficult recipe and make it easier. Like mole. I took a challenging recipe that nobody in their right mind would ever make, and made it shorter, faster and easier. And now, with this paired-down recipe, you can make authentic homemade mole in just five simple steps! (Okay maybe you’ll never make it but […]

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Easy Summer Gazpacho

Easy Summer Gazpacho

Ahhh, summer. Three months of feeling like I need a shower. When we were kids, the heat never seemed as bad. We loved the summers, and especially the beach. In June or July or sometimes both, our family would pile into the Oldsmobile (emphasis on “old”), and head down to the Texas coast. Then for three […]

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My Favorite Summer Soup!

My Favorite Summer Soup!

When Jack was a toddler and he would try to say the word “using,” it always sounded like “losing.” So, for example, when someone would ask where the phone was, instead of saying “Mama’s using it,” Jack would shout: “MAMA’S LOSING IT.  MAMA’S LOSING IT.” And because the truth is so funny, I would always burst into laughter. […]

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5 Things I'm Loving at Trader Joe's

5 Things I’m Loving at Trader Joe’s

The countdown to summer has officially begun! We are already thinking about all the things we want to do: go to the beach, get snow cones, swim at night, go fishing, picnic at the pool, make cherry limeade (pictured above) and lots more fun stuff! And with summer so close we can almost taste it, […]

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Easy Gluten-Free Egg Casserole

Easy Gluten-Free Egg Casserole

I love easy recipes. And I’m talkin’ “don’t even need to get out a knife” easy. That is this recipe. For a basic gluten-free egg casserole, all you need are: eggs, milk, shredded potatoes, cheese and a little S&P. Buy the cheese and potatoes already shredded. Do you know about pre-shredded potatoes? Like these by Cascadian Farms: Or these […]

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Lebanese Baked Eggplant (Sheik 'al Mishee)

Lebanese Baked Eggplant (Sheik ‘al Mishee)

Have you ever tried Lebanese baked eggplant? Also known as “Sheik ‘al Mishee” (or “Sheik ‘al Mehshe”), which translates to “Dish Fit for a King.” And it really is that good. You start with eggplant, which is broiled until brown and then baked until soft. The eggplant is layered with ground beef and a rich tomato […]

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Easy Citrus Marinade for Chicken

Easy Citrus Marinade for Chicken

With summer here, doesn’t anything citrusy sound superb? Like homemade cherry limeade, Lemon-tarragon sauce, Cilantro-lime sauce, And this citrus-marinated chicken. The citrus marinade keeps the chicken light and juicy, and adds a hint of sweetness. It’s so easy, too. Just whisk the ingredients together, and then marinate the chicken in the refrigerator for a few hours (I use a […]

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Gluten-Free Chocolate Tart

Gluten-Free Chocolate Tart

This chocolate tart is one of my all-time top five desserts. It’s easy to make, rich and satisfying, and absolutely stunning to serve. The other wonderful thing about this chocolate tart is its simplicity. The filling requires just a handful of real-food ingredients: butter, cream, vanilla, chocolate, and a pinch of cinnamon. The crust, however, is not […]

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Stacked Pear Spinach Salad

Stacked Pear Spinach Salad

Have you ever seen a salad so beautiful? Oh I just love everything about it. The pear goes so well with the maple-syrup vinaigrette, blue cheese and candied pecans. And the presentation, oh the presentation! You can serve this salad vertically or horizontally. And while serving it vertically makes for a truly stunning presentation, be careful […]

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Authentic Red Mole in 5 Simple Steps

Authentic Red Mole in 5 Simple Steps

Mole can be intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be. Really, you can make authentic red mole in less than one hour by following these five simple steps: ROAST FRY SOAK BLEND STRAIN If you can get these steps down, you just might be making mole from memory before you know it!! (Unless you are pregnant […]

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Even Easier Mashed Cauliflower

Even Easier Mashed Cauliflower

I posted a recipe for Cheesy Puréed Cauliflower about a year ago. Since then I’ve improved the recipe — with a better explanation of key details and a simpler recipe, so I wanted to share the updates with you. Here’s the deal with this dish: You need to cook the cauliflower until it is very, very […]

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Seven Secrets for Killer Kale Chips

Seven Secrets for Killer Kale Chips

So I’m slightly obsessed with kale. No, not THIS obsessed. But I am definitely on the kale bandwagon of late. Almost overnight, I went from a maybe-Kale eater to a daily-Kale eater after watching this truly fascinating TED Talk about the health benefits of kale and other fibrous, sulfurous vegetables. (Go on … I’ll be quiet here for 17 […]

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How to Make Chimichurri

How to Make Chimichurri

Chimichurri. It is my favorite condiment of late for so many reasons: It’s easy to make. It’s light and fresh. It goes with anything. It adds a vibrant green color to your plate. It’s gluten, grain and dairy free, as well as paleo, vegan, sugar free, and raw! What’s more, the main ingredient — parsley — […]

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How to Roast Acorn Squash in the Oven

How to Roast Acorn Squash in the Oven

Let’s talk fall for a minute. Acorn squash. On the outside, it may be dark green, orange, or beige. The ones with dark green skin seem to be more common at our local grocery stores, although Trader Joe’s had some pretty orange ones last fall. I find acorn squash easier to work with than the other amber-fleshed […]

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Easy Homemade Graham Crackers!

Easy Homemade Graham Crackers!

Now that I’m all into preschool lunches, it seemed like a good time to try out homemade graham crackers. What are graham crackers, anyway? Sure, they come in a blue box with yellow writing … but what makes a graham a graham? According to Wikipedia, graham crackers were invented by Rev. Sylvester Graham, an early pioneer of health food. […]

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School Lunch Ideas!

School Lunch Ideas!

I ran into a chef friend of mine the other day at Las Palomas. He was having dinner with his wife and I was chasing my daughter back to the table. He asked if I was still cooking. I said with a completely straight face: “Well, I’m really into preschool lunches.” Really into preschool lunches. […]

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