Lemongrass Coconut Noodles with Shrimp

This Thai-inspired noodle stir-fry is tossed with fresh veggies, tender shrimp, and a zesty lemongrass coconut sauce. Easy to make and full the best bright and citrusy flavors! Say hello to the lemongrass coconut noodle stir-fry that we have been loving here lately. ♡ It’s loosely inspired by Thai tom kha (coconut soup), which happens […]

This Thai-inspired noodle stir-fry is tossed with fresh veggies, tender shrimp, and a zesty lemongrass coconut sauce. Easy to make and full the best bright and citrusy flavors!

Lemongrass Coconut Noodles with Shrimp

Say hello to the lemongrass coconut noodle stir-fry that we have been loving here lately. ♡

It’s loosely inspired by Thai tom kha (coconut soup), which happens to be my husband’s all-time favorite soup and one that we’ve both been craving lately now that it’s finally cooling off and feeling like autumn here in Barcelona. Instead of simmering those classic creamy, citrusy, earthy, sweet and slightly-spicy flavors into a big pot of soup broth, though, they are condensed into a rich coconut stir-fry sauce and tossed with a simple stir-fry and rice noodles for this recipe. And the end result is bursting bright, fresh flavors and absolutely delicious.

Fresh lemongrass — with its uniquely citrusy, minty, earthy flavor — is the starring ingredient in this coconut sauce and one that you definitely won’t want to skip. So the next time you’re at the market, be sure to pick up a few stalks of fresh lemongrass or a tube of lemongrass paste to brighten up that creamy coconut milk sauce. Along with it, we will simmer a generous amount of fresh ginger, the juice of one fresh lime, your desired amount of brown sugar and a splash of fish sauce for extra umami flavor. To be sure, this list of ingredients is notably different than those used in the broth of authentic Thai tom kha gai (which traditionally uses galangal in place of ginger, kaffir limes in place of fresh lime juice, palm sugar in place of brown sugar, etc — any of which I would completely encourage you to sub into this lemongrass coconut sauce recipe if you’d like). I initially just improvised this recipe one evening with the ingredients that I already happened to have stocked in my kitchen, so the recipe is written accordingly below.

Since my husband is pescatarian, we’ve typically been turning to shrimp as the main protein for our stir-fry. But the lemongrass coconut sauce recipe included here is actually completely vegan (also gluten-free), so feel free to swap in crispy tofu to make this recipe completely plant-based, or you can of course substitute any other meat in place of the shrimp, such as chicken, steak or pork. Feel free to also toss in whatever veggies you love best that happen to be hanging out in your crisper drawer. And if you can, I highly recommend tracking some some fresh Thai basil to fold into the stir-fry too — it’s optional but so, so good.

Alright, grab that lemongrass and let’s get to stir-frying!

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Creamy Buffalo Chicken and Rice Soup

This creamy buffalo chicken and rice soup recipe is simmered with tender chicken, veggies, rice and a zesty blend of buffalo seasonings. Stovetop, Instant Pot and Crock-Pot options included. For all of my fellow buffalo chicken dip fans out there, allow me to introduce you to a fun new spin on the classic… …buffalo chicken […]

This creamy buffalo chicken and rice soup recipe is simmered with tender chicken, veggies, rice and a zesty blend of buffalo seasonings. Stovetop, Instant Pot and Crock-Pot options included.

Creamy Buffalo Chicken and Rice Soup

For all of my fellow buffalo chicken dip fans out there, allow me to introduce you to a fun new spin on the classic…

…buffalo chicken and rice soup! 

It features all of those bold, zesty, creamy, spicy and tangy flavors we love in the classic dip…just simmered this time around into a steaming pot of chicken and rice soup. It’s total comfort food that tastes just as cozy and delicious as you would hope. And on a chilly winter’s day, it is guaranteed to warm you right up!

This soup is quick and easy enough to whip up for dinner after work on a weeknight, or it would also be a fantastic one to serve to  a hungry crowd on game day this weekend. Feel free to adjust the amount of hot sauce to make your version as spicy or as mild as you prefer. And if you happen to have any other leftover veggies hanging out in the crisper drawer, this recipe is incredibly flexible so I say toss them in there too.

Alright, grab some hot sauce and let’s make this buffalo chicken soup!

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Pozole Rojo

This traditional Mexican pozole recipe is made with tender pork and hominy and simmered in the most delicious chile broth, then piled high with all of your favorite fresh toppings. Stovetop, Crock-Pot and Instant Pot instructions included! There are a million reasons to love a good bowl of pozole. But in my opinion, the magic […]

This traditional Mexican pozole recipe is made with tender pork and hominy and simmered in the most delicious chile broth, then piled high with all of your favorite fresh toppings. Stovetop, Crock-Pot and Instant Pot instructions included!

Pozole Rojo

There are a million reasons to love a good bowl of pozole. But in my opinion, the magic of this traditional Mexican soup is found in its rich, vibrant, and incredibly flavorful red chile broth. ♡

By contrast to its pozole blanco (white) or pozole verde (green) cousins, pozole rojo is made with a blend of red chiles that gives this broth the most irresistible balance of savory, smoky, earthy, slightly sweet, and spicy flavors. And when slow simmered together with tender pork and hearty hominy, this later piled high with a generous handful of fresh toppings, this classic Mexican soup is my absolute idea of cozy comfort food to the max. Soooo much flavor!

To be honest, I love this recipe’s pozole broth so much that I’ve been known to make small batches of it just to sip from a mug on chilly winter nights. But when you’re craving a good and hearty bowl of soup, the traditional pork and hominy combo here will never let you down. You can either simmer all of the ingredients together for a few hours on the stovetop or toss everything in the Instant Pot or Crock-Pot. And while I’m going to insist that you use dried Mexican chiles to make this broth (no chili powder shortcuts here), I promise that they are incredibly easy to work with and dried chiles are absolutely essential when making pozole. I have also included notes for how to adjust the spice level here to make your batch exactly as mild or spicy as you prefer. And keep in mind that this recipe freezes wonderfully, so feel free to make a double batch while you’re at it!

Thousands of you have made and loved our pozole rojo recipe over the years. So in honor of the arrival of fall this week — hello, soup season! — I thought I would bump it back to the top of the site for anyone who has yet to give it a try. Let’s make some pozole!

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Chicken Cacciatore

This chicken cacciatore recipe is easy to make with your choice of veggies and simmered in a flavorful garlic-herb tomato sauce. Easy to make in either the Instant Pot, Crock-Pot or on the stovetop and delicious served over pasta or polenta. On busy weeknights when you’re craving a flavorful, simple and comforting chicken dinner… …chicken […]

This chicken cacciatore recipe is easy to make with your choice of veggies and simmered in a flavorful garlic-herb tomato sauce. Easy to make in either the Instant Pot, Crock-Pot or on the stovetop and delicious served over pasta or polenta.

Chicken Cacciatore

On busy weeknights when you’re craving a flavorful, simple and comforting chicken dinner…

…chicken cacciatore is here for you. ♡

This classic Italian “hunter-style” braised chicken dish, said to date all the way back to the Renaissance period, is one of those brilliantly flexible clean-out-the-crisper-drawer meals that somehow always turns out amazing. It can be made with whatever cut of chicken and selection of veggies that you happen to have on hand, all of which are braised together in a cozy tomato sauce seasoned with lots of red wine, garlic, and herbs. And I also recently tried adding some bacon to my cacciatore after seeing it recommended by the NYTimes and am now officially sold on the smoky depth of flavor that it adds to this dish. Highly recommend!

The good news for all of us is that chicken cacciatore is easy to toss in the Instant Pot, simmer all day in the Crock-Pot, or quickly simmer on the stovetop. And it can be served with pasta, polenta, rice, quinoa, grains, or with a big hunk of crusty bread to mop up that irresistible sauce — up to you! I’m also partial to adding in a jar of olives or capers for an extra briny touch. And I highly recommend topping each serving with a generous sprinkle of fresh basil and Parmesan too.

To be sure, I wouldn’t claim that this recipe is authentic Italian pollo alla cacciatora — it’s more inspired by the Italian-American version I grew up with in the Midwest. But from what I’ve read, cacciatore has historically always been a dish that celebrates making the most of ingredients you happen to have on hand. So roundup whatever veggies happen to be hanging out in your fridge today, and let’s make a big batch of chicken cacciatore together for the week ahead!

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Roasted Tomato Soup

My favorite roasted tomato soup recipe is easy to make with simple ingredients and tastes so fresh and delicious. Feel free to add cream if you’d like! End-of-season tomatoes are overflowing in gardens and farmers markets everywhere, which always means one thing here in our home… …time to make my favorite roasted tomato soup! ♡ […]

My favorite roasted tomato soup recipe is easy to make with simple ingredients and tastes so fresh and delicious. Feel free to add cream if you’d like!

Roasted Tomato Soup

End-of-season tomatoes are overflowing in gardens and farmers markets everywhere, which always means one thing here in our home…

…time to make my favorite roasted tomato soup! ♡

I’m convinced that a fresh and cozy bowl of homemade tomato soup is the perfect recipe to bridge the gap this time of year between summer and autumn. And this roasted tomato soup recipe in particular is one of my all-time faves.

It features a short and simple ingredient list, including a few of my favorite seasonings plus whatever variety of small- to medium-sized tomatoes happen to look best that day. It’s easy to make in just a little over a half hour with minimal prep time. It’s naturally gluten-free and vegan, although you are welcome to add in some cream or cheese if you’d like. And if you happen to have some leftover bread on hand, I would also highly recommend making some croutons or grilled cheese (or grilled cheese croutons, see below) to go with the soup — always a nostalgic and delicious combo!

Seriously, in my book, it doesn’t get any better than homemade tomato soup that’s made with fresh, ripe, in-season tomatoes that have been roasted down until they are irresistibly rich and sweet. So let’s make the most of tomato season while it still lasts!

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Roasted Tomato Soup

My favorite roasted tomato soup recipe is easy to make with simple ingredients and tastes so fresh and delicious. Feel free to add cream if you’d like! End-of-season tomatoes are overflowing in gardens and farmers markets everywhere right now, which always means one thing here in our home… …time to make my favorite roasted tomato […]

My favorite roasted tomato soup recipe is easy to make with simple ingredients and tastes so fresh and delicious. Feel free to add cream if you’d like!

Roasted Tomato Soup

End-of-season tomatoes are overflowing in gardens and farmers markets everywhere right now, which always means one thing here in our home…

…time to make my favorite roasted tomato soup! ♡

I’m convinced that a fresh and cozy bowl of homemade tomato soup is the perfect recipe to bridge that liminal space this time of year between summer and autumn. And this roasted tomato soup recipe in particular happens to be one of my all-time faves.

It features a short and simple ingredient list, including a few of my favorite seasonings plus whatever variety of small- to medium-sized tomatoes happen to look best that day. It’s easy to make in just a little over a half hour with minimal prep time. It’s naturally gluten-free and vegan, although you are welcome to add in some cream or cheese if you’d like. And if you happen to have some leftover bread on hand, I would also highly recommend making some homemade croutons or grilled cheese (or grilled cheese croutons, see below) to go with your tomato soup — always such a nostalgic and delicious combo!

Seriously, in my book, it doesn’t get any better than homemade tomato soup that’s made with fresh, ripe, in-season tomatoes that have been roasted down until they are irresistibly concentrated and sweet. So let’s make the most of tomato season while it still lasts!

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Creamy Tuna Mushroom Pasta

This creamy tuna mushroom pasta recipe is super-easy to make in just 30 minutes and tossed with the coziest lemon garlic cream sauce.  Raise your hand if you grew up loving classic baked tuna casserole! ♡ Well for those of you who share my affection for a good retro-style creamy tuna pasta bake, today I […]

This creamy tuna mushroom pasta recipe is super-easy to make in just 30 minutes and tossed with the coziest lemon garlic cream sauce. 

Creamy Tuna Mushroom Pasta

Raise your hand if you grew up loving classic baked tuna casserole! ♡

Well for those of you who share my affection for a good retro-style creamy tuna pasta bake, today I thought I would introduce you to my modernized spin on this classic that we absolutely love here in our house. As you can see, there’s no baking, box mixes, or casserole dishes involved here. Instead, perfectly al dente pasta is tossed with a simple blend of sautéed mushrooms, fresh spinach, tender flakes of tuna, and a deliciously silky, garlicky, lemony, rosemary creamy sauce, then served a generous sprinkle of Parm and freshly-cracked black pepper on top.

It’s an easy breezy weeknight-friendly pasta recipe that comes together in just 30 minutes or less (basically, the amount of time it takes to prep and cook the pasta). And together, all of the ingredients combine to make each bite taste super fresh and flavorful and deliciously nostalgic. Especially that tuna, which I’m convinced is highly underrated as a pasta protein!

My husband has requested we make this recipe no less than three times this month, and asked me to be sure and mention that it makes for fantastic leftovers as well. So grab some cans of tuna from your pantry and let’s make some pasta for dinner tonight!

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Lemon Basil Gnocchi with Zucchini

This lemon basil gnocchi with zucchini recipe is made with a cozy garlic butter sauce and comes together in just 20 minutes. Feel free to add in some chicken or shrimp too, if you’d like. Meet the super-simple summertime meal we’ve been loving lately. ♡ Fresh zucchini is sautéed in a garlicky butter sauce, then […]

This lemon basil gnocchi with zucchini recipe is made with a cozy garlic butter sauce and comes together in just 20 minutes. Feel free to add in some chicken or shrimp too, if you’d like.

Lemon Basil Gnocchi with Zucchini

Meet the super-simple summertime meal we’ve been loving lately. ♡

Fresh zucchini is sautéed in a garlicky butter sauce, then tossed with pillowy soft gnocchi and lots of fresh basil, and finished with a generous sprinkle of Parmesan and freshly-cracked black pepper. It’s nothing fancy and takes all of 20 minutes to whip up. But it’s light and fresh and seasonal and SO delicious. We’ve made it a half dozen times these past few weeks while zucchini has been in peak season here in Barcelona and we can’t get enough of it!

Feel free, of course, to customize your sauté with any other ingredients you happen to have on hand that might sound good too. For example, sautéed chicken, sausage, or shrimp? Delicious, if you’d like to add some extra protein. A handful of extra greens or veggies? For sure, clean out that crisper drawer! A sprinkle of toasted pine nuts or almonds on top? Always lovely for a bit of crunch. A dollop of ricotta or some melty burrata? Hello, yum.

This is one of those basic flexible recipes that you can take in just about any direction you’d like. But however you make it, I’m certain you’re going to enjoy this one!

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Chili Lime Salmon with Esquites

This Chili Lime Salmon recipe is topped with creamy esquites (Mexican creamy corn salsa) and can be ready to go in less than 30 minutes! Two of my favorite recipes combine to make this quick and easy 30-minute meal! ♡ First up — chili lime salmon. We make some version of this salmon at least […]

This Chili Lime Salmon recipe is topped with creamy esquites (Mexican creamy corn salsa) and can be ready to go in less than 30 minutes!

Chili Lime Salmon with Esquites

Two of my favorite recipes combine to make this quick and easy 30-minute meal! ♡

First up — chili lime salmon. We make some version of this salmon at least once a month here in our house to serve up in either tacos, fajitas, burrito bowls, taco salad, or on its own with a fun topping or salsa such as this. It’s super easy to cook either on the stovetop or in the oven, seasoned with a simple blend of spices and a squeeze of fresh lime, and always SO delish!

Then to this savory salmon, we add one of the world’s best corn salsas — esquites. Also known as elote en vaso or chascas, this creamy Mexican corn salsa is one of my favorites to make this time of year with fresh corn (or you can just as easily use canned or frozen corn too). The corn is caramelized and lightly charred in a bit of butter and then tossed with a flavorful blend of fresh lime juice, cilantro, cheese, red onion, jalapeño, mayo and a touch of chili powder. And while we most often make this as a dip in our house to serve with tortilla chips, we recently whipped up a quick batch to serve over salmon and rice and it was absolutely fantastic. My husband immediately insisted that we make it again stat, so I have a hunch this recipe is quickly going to become a regular in our house.

Feel free to swap in a different protein (such as chicken, pork, steak, shrimp or another kind of fish) in place of the salmon, if you’d like. And of course, feel free to adjust the ingredient amounts in the esquites to make the corn salsa more or less spicy or creamy to taste.

This recipe is so flavorful and simple — I think you’re going to love it!
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Zucchini Enchilada Casserole

This Zucchini Enchilada Casserole recipe is stacked (instead of rolled) up with layers of sliced zucchini and your favorite enchilada ingredients. Feel free to add meat or make this casserole vegetarian. It’s that time of year when zucchini is about to be overflowing gardens, farmers markets and CSAs everywhere. So I say… …let’s put it […]

This Zucchini Enchilada Casserole recipe is stacked (instead of rolled) up with layers of sliced zucchini and your favorite enchilada ingredients. Feel free to add meat or make this casserole vegetarian.

Zucchini Enchilada Casserole

It’s that time of year when zucchini is about to be overflowing gardens, farmers markets and CSAs everywhere. So I say…

…let’s put it to use in this zucchini enchilada casserole! ♡

This recipe is a riff on my favorite Tex-Mex-inspired chicken enchilada casserole recipe that I’ve made millions of times. But instead of using tortillas to stack those delicious layers upon layers of enchilada fillings, we’ll use long zucchini slices instead, which are quick and easy to make with a basic vegetable peeler or a knife. (Or if you happen to own a mandoline, this would be the perfect recipe to use it too!)

As with any of my enchilada recipes, the filling ingredients in this casserole are completely up to you. You can choose to add chicken, beef, pork, chorizo, or keep the casserole completely vegetarian. If you happen to have some cooked rice, quinoa, farro on hand, I love adding in a few cups to this casserole to make it a bit more hearty and also soak up any of the excess water that is released by the zucchini during cooking. And of course, feel free to chop up whatever leftover veggies happen to be hanging out in your crisper drawer to add those into the filling too! I just highly recommend making one of my homemade enchilada sauces (either red or green) to season this casserole. They are both incredibly delicious and only require a few extra minutes to prep.

The other great thing about this casserole is that it makes a big batch, making this one perfect to serve to a crowd or to create some excellent leftovers for the week ahead. So round up your favorite enchilada ingredients and slice some zucchini, and let’s make this casserole!

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