• cranberry & pecan quinoa salad
    Dairy Free,  Gluten Free,  Side Dishes,  Vegan

    Cranberry & Pecan Quinoa Salad

    You guys already know that I love my quinoa. Something that you may have not known is I love the taste of sweet and savory together. So, this quinoa salad definitely hits the spot! You get the tanginess and sweetness from the cranberries yet the savory from the pecans and olive oil. It’s such an easy side dish to make especially for Thanksgiving day since you can make this days ahead of time and just keep it in the fridge sealed well. Serving: 4 Total Time: 20 min Ingredients 1 cup quinoa 2 cups vegetable stock 1/3 cup dried cranberries 1/3 cup chopped pecans 1 fresh lemon’s juice 1 tbsp…

  • cheese garlic bread
    Appetizers,  Side Dishes

    Cheesy Garlic Bread

    Okay, I don’t know about you but I have always had a love affair with garlic. It is so good on literally everything! When you add cheese to it then it’s even more special. Before finding out I was dairy and gluten intolerant, I would devour these cheese garlic bread any chance I got. Now not so much, but if you use gluten-free bread and dairy free butter and cheese you are set. I am going to try that next time. These are quick and easy to whip up for guests or for pasta night dinner. Give them a try and let me know! Ingredients A French baguette or Italian loaf 3…

  • green goddess dressing
    Appetizers,  Dairy Free,  Gluten Free,  Keto,  Side Dishes,  Snacks,  Vegan

    Vegan Green Goddess Dressing

    Okay, so for months now I have been obsessing over green goddess dressing. I first tried it at trader joes and I really liked using it on almost everything! Instead of purchasing it, I decided to make my own today and use it as a sauce for my pasta side dish for labor day. Yessss, this dressing is even good with pasta! I am telling you, its an item that you will always want in your fridge. You can slather it on bread, dress your salad, use it as a dip or even as a pasta just like in this case. It is super easy too and literally incorporates so…

  • roasted eggplant saute
    Appetizers,  Dairy Free,  Dinner,  Gluten Free,  Keto,  Side Dishes

    Roasted Eggplant Sauté

    Anyone else a huge fan of eggplant?? I absolutely love it. It started with my love for baba ghanoush and manifested into using eggplant in so many other dishes. Here is the perfect example of a deliciously easy side dish where eggplant is the star. I make this for weeknight dinners as a side and my hubby loves it. Several of you have been asking for more meatless recipes and this is an amazing one which happens to be vegan as well. Servings: 2-4 Total Time: approx. 35 minutes Ingredients 2 medium eggplants sliced into batons 1 red onion finely sliced 1 yellow onion finely sliced 3 garlic cloves minced 1/2…

  • potato salad
    Appetizers,  Dairy Free,  Gluten Free,  Side Dishes

    Herb & Olive Oil Potato Salad

    Hey friends! I have been on a salad frenzy if you haven’t noticed. First, chicken salad and now potato! This rustic refreshing potato salad is to die for and couldn’t be simpler to put together. I love the lemon with the olive oil and fresh herbs. I actually picked the basil and parsley out of my tiny garden; can’t get fresher than that! The flavors really shine. Make it and you will see what I am talking about! It’s guilt-free, dairy and gluten free and oh so so good! Total Time: 30 minutes Servings: 4 people Ingredients Approx. 25 red potatoes or yellow small ones 1/4 cup chopped fresh dill 1/2…

  • tomato and beef skillet
    Appetizers,  Brunch,  Dairy Free,  Gluten Free,  Keto,  Side Dishes

    Tomato & Beef Skillet

    Hi friends! My parents have been gone for about a week now and I miss them so much. I hope you all enjoyed my mom’s food and recipes but let’s not forget my dads tomato and beef skillet. It was so delicious and made with lots of love. He used to make this dish all the time in his college days because it was easy and flavorful. Today, I will be sharing with you this recipe as my addition to the tomato summer collaboration. Check out the hashtag #wesaytomatoes on Instagram to see more tomato-inspired dishes from awesome bloggers and chefs. Servings: 2-4 people Total Time: approx. 1 hour Ingredients 3…

  • beef empanadas
    Appetizers,  Side Dishes,  Snacks

    Beef Empanadas with Chimichurri dipping sauce

    Hey friends! I’m back from my Miami trip which inspired these empanadas. There is such a huge presence of Hispanic culture in the area, especially in the cuisine. Empanadas have always been a favorite of mine. My mom would actually make fried empanadas stuffed with chicken curry and veggies. This recipe, however, involves baking and puff pastry which is less traditional but definitely more flaky and simple to do. I guarantee once you try this; you will be making it over and over. It’s just that good! It is the perfect potluck dish or party food; a great accompaniment to a meal and both kids and adults enjoy them. The chimichurri sauce…

  • quinoa veggie soup
    Dairy Free,  Dinner,  Gluten Free,  Side Dishes,  Vegan

    Quinoa Veggie Soup

    Hey friends! Today, I bring you a super simple and delicious hearty quinoa veggie soup. Its super healthy, full of nutrients and both dairy and gluten free. I’ll be honest, I never liked soup growing up. To me, it was extremely boring and seemed to only be eaten when sick. I also was under the misconception that soups were really hard to make which is totally false. Now, I often make soups and I enjoy them at all times of the day and in all seasons. Just because its summer, doesn’t mean you cant enjoy the comfort of a warm bowl of soup! Total Time: approx. 40 minutes Servings: 4…

  • greek salad
    Brunch,  Dairy Free,  Gluten Free,  Side Dishes

    Greek Style Quinoa Salad

    A few years ago, I visited a local Greek restaurant and ordered a delicious orzo salad. I decided to make a dish that showcases the same flavors but using quinoa instead since its healthier than orzo which is a pasta by the way. This recipe is super simple and proves that just several fresh ingredients make such a difference in a meal. This is the perfect meal prep for lunch or side dish to a dinner. The salad pairs beautifully with plump grilled shrimp or chicken. I hope you enjoy this yummy salad with Mediterranean flair. Ingredients 1/4 cup chopped red onion 1/2 cup finely chopped parsley 1/4 cup finely…

  • quinoa tabouleh
    Appetizers,  Gluten Free,  Ramadan,  Side Dishes

    Quinoa Tabbouleh

    Hi friends! Hope you are having a wonderful start to this holy month of Ramadan. Today, I am sharing with you guys a dish that I love to find on the dinner table. It is tabbouleh! How many of us love tabbouleh? It is so refreshingly good. This salad along with Fattoush are hands down my favorite Middle Eastern salads. The key is to have a balanced dressing and finely chopped veggies. Those finely chopped veggies are what make the tabbouleh a tabbouleh along with the cracked wheat which I substituted with quinoa to make this dish a tad healthier and gluten free! I also like the taste of some sweetness with acidity;…