Homemade Italian Style Ricotta Cheese

I love ricotta cheese, and making it fresh is so easy.  What if I told you in about an hour with just four ingredients you could have fresh creamy Homemade Italian Style Ricotta Cheese.  You can make this and use it for pasta dishes, cannolis, in salads, or atop crostini drizzled with honey, it is so stinking…

Crazy Sexy Chicken Crust Pizza

Since my weight loss surgery,  I’ve had to change my whole way of approaching food.  Before my surgery I had always known carbs just were not in love with me the way I am with them!  My body works so much better on veggies, and protein.  I adore a good pizza, and mine is no…

Bacon Wrapped Chorizo and Cheese Stuffed Chicken

This next dish is a meat lovers dream.  Vegans not so much!  This is the perfect meal if you are low carb and lovin’ it, because this is so protein dense, not to mention sinfully delish!  This Bacon Wrapped Chorizo and Cheese Stuffed Chicken, came to me when I was looking for a way to…

Mama’s Italian Pignoli Nut Cookies

Ever since I could eat solid food I have been memorized and delighted by Italian pastries and cookies.  Every now and then my fireman and I get in the car and head to Jersey City, and we make two stops from my childhood.  2nd Street Bakery for the most amazing Pepperoni Bread, and a pepper…

Spinach Pesto Crusted Chicken

I love this dish.  It truly breathes new life into chicken and makes a fancy, flavorful presentation for a simple dinner party or just a weeknight family meal.  The pesto cooks and encases the chicken to keep it moist and flavorful.  You can use store-bought pesto if you’d like, just be sure to add in…

Cinnamon Applesauce

I have been making applesauce since my kidlets were babies.  I loved making their baby food as I could easily use the freshest ingredients, without additives.  Now that they are grown babies, they still love Mommy’s applesauce.  Tonight I am making pork chops and it would be a shame not to have applesauce for them…

Oven Roasted Eggplant Parm

I love eggplant.  I love everything about it, taste, texture, versatility! Love, love, love it!  I use to adore fried eggplant, I don’t however, adore the calories and fat.  So I make it in the oven now and have learned to love it even more!  Plus I am getting healthy eating what I love. Sometimes…

Italian Calamari Salad

I love squid or calamari if you will!  Now growing up I had this salad quite a bit or my Dad would make squid in a spicy red sauce and we would have it served over linguine. Both equally delish!  It wasn’t until I was in my 20’s that I began eating fried calamari.  Now…

Chicken Meatball Stuffed Zucchini

This dish arrived out of my love of Italian food and my need to get creative on my diet.  So on my quest to make healthier meatballs I perfected chicken meatballs that foot the bill. Instead of spiralizing the zucchini I decided to just scoop out and seed the zuccini making nice zuccini boats if…

Mustard Glazed Lemon Chicken with Roasted Broccolini

  This is a healthy meal made on a sheet pan.  You have your protein and veg right there, less mess, easy cleanup, and dinner is ready in 45 minutes, depending on the size of your chicken pieces.  This is a low fat dish and can be reduced even further if you use low fat mayonnaise.  …