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Creamy Cucumber and Pea Salad

by Michele Pesula Kuegler August 28th, 2017| Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Salads, Vegetarian

Nice and creamy, but also nice and healthy.


Yes, I know. I have a fixation with healthy foods. I frequently am thinking of ways to convert recipes from high fat, high calorie dishes into slimmer, trimmer dishes while keeping lots of flavor. I can admit that sometimes you just

Edamame Avocado Salad

by Michele Pesula Kuegler July 24th, 2017| Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Salads, Vegetarian

Hearty enough to be an entrée; simple enough to be a side.




I've mentioned that I happily partake in vegetarian eating, although it's not a lifestyle to which I'm committed. I do love a tender filet mignon, good barbecue, and, of course, chicken on my caesar salad. However, I

Sweet Potato Melts

by Michele Pesula Kuegler June 7th, 2017| Healthy Cooking, Main Dishes, Recipes, Vegetarian

Basically it's an open-faced grilled cheese made healthy.


 I'm totally obsessed with gooey, melted cheese in almost any form. However, eating that daily would not be good for my health nor my wardrobe. So, I keep my consuming of grilled cheese and pizza to the weekend. To

Healthy Green Bean Bake

by Michele Pesula Kuegler June 1st, 2017| Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Side Dishes, Tapas Monday, Vegetarian

All of the flavor of the original but not one bit of canned goods involved!


My kids have always been fans of the classic green bean bake. I have to admit that I also like it, but it always feels a lot less like eating a veggie

Individual Sweet Potato Casseroles

by Michele Pesula Kuegler May 31st, 2017| Recipes, Side Dishes, Tapas Monday, Vegetarian

What's not to like about a dish that's topped with marshmallows?


Growing up sweet potatoes or yams topped with marshmallows never graced our table. We had the ever popular green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and homemade cranberry sauce among other sides but no veggies with marshmallows,

Zucchini Ricotta “Meat”balls

by Michele Pesula Kuegler April 14th, 2017| Appetizers, Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Tapas Monday, Vegetarian
So, if I made sausage meatballs as a treat for my husband, it should seem obvious that I made something veggie based as a treat for myself. Don't get me wrong, I found the Cheesy Sausage Balls to be quite tasty. But after eating 4 or 5 of

Pretend Paté

by Michele Pesula Kuegler April 7th, 2017| Appetizers, Recipes, Tapas Monday, Vegetarian
Although I love cooking for others, I also enjoy cooking for myself. For example earlier this year my husband was away for a few days, leaving me a solo empty nester for a couple days. As part of the trip fell on a weekend day, not only would I be

Whipped Goat Cheese with Pistachios & Honey

by Michele Pesula Kuegler March 17th, 2017| Appetizers, Recipes, Tapas Monday, Vegetarian
Cheese- it's something that I incorporate into many a Tapas Monday menu. I know that it's an ingredient that will please both of us. Quite often I work with a cheese that has a melty, gooey component to it. However, that doesn't mean that I don't adore cheeses that lack

Basic Pasta Sauce

by Michele Pesula Kuegler March 10th, 2017| Recipes, Simple Solutions, Spreads & Sauces, Vegetarian
I will start by admitting that I am not above buying store-bought pasta sauce. If it's going to be a busy day, and we're having zoodles or spaghetti squash for dinner, I might just buy a jar and heat it on the stove. I know, I could make a big
falafel burgers

Baked Falafel Burgers

by Michele Pesula Kuegler February 15th, 2017| Recipes, Sandwiches, Vegetarian
My husband is a huge fan of falafel. Whenever we are able to find a food truck with street meat, he's sure to ask for extra falafel. Personally, I don't get all that excited about falafel there because it's fried. I think it loses a lot of its yummy garbanzo
twice baked butternut squash

Twice Baked Butternut Squash

by Michele Pesula Kuegler January 25th, 2017| Healthy Cooking, Main Dishes, Recipes, Vegetarian
I have written about winter squash numerous times, and I hope that the possibilities are limitless. I do adore the squash for its flavor and adaptability. Plus, it's still full of flavor in the middle of winter, unlike many other pieces of produce.

On its own butternut squash doesn't always feel
sundried tomato spread

Sun-Dried Tomato Spread

by Michele Pesula Kuegler January 20th, 2017| Appetizers, Recipes, Spreads & Sauces, Tapas Monday, Vegetarian
Many a winter I go to the grocery store, buy a tomato, and add it to a wrap or salad. Many a winter I am utterly disappointed when I take a bite of that tomato. Its lack of flavor is disconcerting, as its pale color. *sigh*

Thankfully this winter I have
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