Meatless Monday: Broccoli & Shells


A well-stocked pantry can help you on days when time is not on your side – and eating out is not an option.  Keeping ingredients on hand to whip up a dish like Broccoli & Shells below can happen in under thirty minutes when you stock the right ingredients.  For example, I always keep an […]

Beef & Broccolini Stir Fry


One of my favorite dishes as a child was beef and broccoli stir-fry. I loved the way my parent’s thickened the sauce just perfectly so it wasn’t too thin, allowing me to sop up all the flavors when I mixed it in with the rice.   Perusing through Whole Foods the other day, I passed by […]

Spicy Bean & Vegetable Soup

Spicy Bean & Vegetable Soup

Today was chilly, and when it gets cold like this (for S. Carolina, under 55 degrees!) I crave warm, comforting soup!  I’ve been making this spicy bean and vegetable soup for a few years now.  It is inspired by my one of my fave Food Network chefs, Giada de Laurentiis.  I love her spicy bean soup […]

Lemon Pepper Pappardelle with Broccoli

Voila!  Tasty lemon pepper pappardelle pasta with broccoli, in less than 30 minutes.

At my most recent book club, we were chatting it up about the great meal options Trader Joe’s carries, and basically what an overall fun experience it is shopping in there.  My friend Patty suggested we try TJ’s Lemon Pepper Pappardelle pasta, for she makes a mean pasta dish in less than 30 that her […]