One-bowl chocolate snack cake.

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Today is National Chocolate Cake Day. (Who knew?) So you’ll need a chocolate cake recipe that’s quick, simple, and uses ingredients you may already have on hand. No frosting, no fuss, just your basic snacking cake that satisfies the chocolate urge. THIS, friends, is that easy chocolate cake recipe! Continue reading

Hearty barley and vegetable salad.

barley vegetable pilaf

I love recipes that do double-duty, like this hearty barley and vegetable salad, which makes a great side dish for roasted chicken tonight and a happy and satisfying lunchtime salad tomorrow. This whole-grain recipe makes a ton, so you can feast on it all week. Get the recipe! Continue reading

Hearty vegetable bolognese.

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This vegetable-laden take on the traditional Italian Bolognese pasta sauce is extraordinarily satisfying. Don’t be put off by the list of ingredients: ALL the chopping happens in the food processor, and within an hour you’ll have an incredible meal. Leftover sauce freezes well, so make a big batch! Get the recipe! Continue reading

Warm spiced lentil soup with squash.

red lentil soup with butternut squash and warm spices recipe | writes4food.com

If, like me, you’re ready for a cleaner diet that’s low on fat and calories and high on vegetables and lean protein, then you’re ready for THIS gorgeous lentil soup with butternut squash and warm spices. It’s quick to prepare and makes a comforting dinner or satisfying lunch. Get the recipe! Continue reading

Best recipes of 2015.

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What was your favorite dish to make this year? I’ve compiled my favorite recipes from 2015, from strawberry shrub to overnight oatmeal to the best damn potato salad ever. Get the recipe roundup! And happy wishes for a fantastic new year! Continue reading

Easy nibbles for pre-Thanksgiving dinner.

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If your family is like mine, there’s this whole pre-dinner thing that happens before we even sit down at the Thanksgiving table. Here’s an array of great holiday appetizer recipes to keep your guests happily snacking while the turkey roasts (and roasts … and roasts). Get the recipes! Continue reading

Best Thanksgiving side dishes.

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Whether you’re planning a full Thanksgiving menu or you’ve been asked to bring something to the table, here are some tasty Thanksgiving side dish recipes that will shake things up this year. I’m thinking fresh flavors, fall vegetables and healthier options that taste great and impress your family! Get my best Thanksgiving side dish recipes! Continue reading

Clean-out-the-larder minestrone.

easy vegetable minestrone soup recipe

I call this ‘clean-out-the-larder’ minestrone, because you can make it with whatever leftover or not-enough-for-a-meal vegetables, fresh or frozen, that you have on hand. Dump everything in a pot, simmer, and voila! Soup! Get the recipe (plus 2 secrets for excellent soup). Continue reading