Tag Archives: Pastas and Rice

Healthy Hamburger Helper

Toss that packaged Hamburger Helper full of processed, unhealthy ingredients and prepare this easy-to-make healthy hamburger helper – a hearty, rich meal that you can actually feel good about feeding the family. Long gone are the days when Hamburger Helper was a preferred meal of the family. My mother was an excellent cook – still …

Antipasto Pasta Salad

This is the perfect party pasta salad. It combines all the flavours of an authentic Mediterranean antipasto platter-feta cheese, artichokes, roasted red peppers, basil, olives, capers, and cherry tomatoes, and more. Pasta salads make great take-along meals to barbecues or potlucks since they can be prepared in advance, and maintain their texture and flavour for …

Caprese Avocado Rice Salad with Balsamic Reduction

Caprese salads spell S-U-M-M-E-R. Not literally, of course. Fresh hand-picked basil and tomatoes from the garden, and morsels of mozzarella cheese make this Italian-inspired dish a light and refreshing, yet satisfying summer meal. My love for mozzarella di bufala all started in Molise years ago, when my husband’s relatives introduced me to REAL mozzarella, not the shredded, …

Insalata di Riso

Insalata di riso is an inexpensive summer comfort food that is a quintessential meal in every Italian household. It’s light and flavourful, yet filling and so simple to make. With its bold flavours and simple preparation, it typifies classic, rustic Italian fare in every single bite. It can be served as a hearty main dish for a …

Sweet Potato Gnocchi

Supple, earthy, bite-size morsels of sweet potato gnocchi that can be made at home? Believe it or not but these delicious gnocchi are relatively easy to prepare. Traditional gnocchi pale in comparison to these flavourful gnocchi, which can be paired with a simple sauce of butter, extra virgin olive oil, a few basil leaves, and a …

Tomato-Coconut Shrimp Curry

This tomato-coconut shrimp curry is a quick and healthy rendition of traditional Indian curry. Simple enough to make for a weekday dinner yet sophisticated enough to serve to dinner guests. The combination of light and creamy coconut milk combined with sweet tomatoes, earthy garlic, aromatic curry powder, and a hint of lime makes this light and fresh curry …

Warm Shrimp Quinoa Bowl

This delicious warm shrimp quinoa bowl is a light-tasting meal that’s quick and easy to prepare. It’s full of vibrant flavours and made with simple ingredients, like fresh lime juice, avocado, and sweet cherry tomatoes. The nutty, protein-rich quinoa, is a nutritious substitution for simple white rice and soaks up all the flavours of the fresh …

Easy Marinara Risotto

This light and fresh-tasting easy marinara risotto is a simplified take on the traditional version, made with only a few simple ingredients; leftover rice, marinara sauce, Parmesan cheese and spices. This recipe has quickly become a family favourite-the kids love it because of the combination of fresh flavours, and I love it because it literally …

Chili Pasta Casserole

Two comfort food favorites—pasta and chili con carne—come together in this delicious chili pasta casserole, which combines the traditional elements of chili-ground beef, earthy spices, and chunky tomatoes and perfectly cooked al dente pasta, all smothered with creamy cheddar cheese. Casseroles are life-savers when it comes to providing the family with homemade meals, especially on busy …