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Por chops in the Instant Pot for Instant Pot pork chops with creamy mushroom sauce

5 Easy Weeknight Instant Pot Dinners

Having an Instant Pot means never having to settle for boring weeknight meals again ~ here are 5 Easy Weeknight Instant Pot Dinners that prove it!…

Easy and healthy Chimichurri Shrimp appetizer or light meal ~ serve it over greens for a low carb paleo dish, or with bread or pasta for some serious comfort food. ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

5 Easy Shrimp Recipes

5 Easy Shrimp Recipes ~ shrimp is the original fast food, it can be on your table in a flash.  I’ve gathered together 5 delicious dishes that showcase my favorite crustacean, and you can use fresh or frozen shrimp…

Colorful Firecracker Chicken in a wok with tongs

Firecracker Chicken

I love everything about this Firecracker Chicken ~ the vivid peppers, the tender chunks of chicken, and the fiery sweet and spicy sauce ~ it’s so much better than takeout!…

Instant Pot Cheddar Risotto with Fresh Sage in a bowl with fork and sage leaves

Instant Pot Cheddar Risotto with Fresh Sage

Instant Pot Cheddar Risotto with Fresh Sage ~ I’m hyperventilating just thinking about sharing this recipe with you  You must try it, the flavor and texture is so luxurious, and all from a handful of common ingredients.  (Did you…

Spiced Lamb and Couscous Stuffed Red Peppers

Spiced Lamb and Couscous Stuffed Peppers

Spiced Lamb and Couscous Stuffed Peppers ~ this classic comfort food gets an exotic makeover with ground lamb, lightly spiced with cinnamon, allspice, cardamom, and nutmeg, along with fluffy couscous to replace the traditional rice.  The aroma is swoon-worthy!…

apple butter brandy meatballs in a small copper skillet

Apple Butter Brandy Meatballs

Apple Butter Brandy Meatballs, the name tells you all you need to know.  These luscious meatballs are smothered in a sweet and tangy apple butter brandy sauce that will bring you to your knees.  Technically for the cocktail hour,…

Pasta peperonata with tuna in a bowl with fork

Spaghetti Peperonata with Tuna and Olives

Spaghetti Peperonata with Tuna and Olives is a rustic Italian style pasta that’s easy to throw together on a weeknight.  It’s an inexpensive, healthy 30 minute meal with that casual Mediterranean ‘let’s set up dinner in the vineyard tonight’ vibe.  Not…

The Ultimate Guide to Nachos!

The Ultimate Guide to: Nachos!

The Ultimate Guide to: Nachos! ~ possibly the world’s most perfect food.  This beloved game day appetizer can double as an easy 30 minute dinner any day of the week.…

Sheet pan peppers and brats with grainy mustard

Sheet Pan Peppers and Brats

Sheet Pan Peppers and Brats are the easy way to serve a hungry family or a game day crowd. The sausages get beautifully caramelized, and the peppers get glossy and lightly charred… provide buns or go low carb, but…

A pan of Moussaka with large spoon

A Classic Moussaka Recipe

Gorgeous eggplants at the farmers market this weekend inspired me to make one of our favorite one dish meals, moussaka.  This rich and comforting Greek casserole is made with layers of ground lamb or beef and eggplant, all topped…

Pasta twirled on a fork

5 Easy Weeknight Pasta Dinners

5 Easy Weeknight Pasta Dinners ~ I’ve put together 5 of my favorite pasta recipes that are perfect for fall weeknight cooking.  They’re simple, seasonal, quick 30 minute meals, and every one of them is a testament to the comforting power…

Instant Pot Short Ribs over polenta

Instant Pot Short Ribs with Rosemary and Polenta

Instant Pot Short Ribs with Rosemary and Polenta is a decadently rich and creamy meal that normally takes all day to make, but the Instant Pot brings it all together in about an hour.…

Instant Pot Pork Chops in a Creamy Mustard Sauce

Instant Pot Pork Chops in Creamy Mushroom Sauce

Instant Pot Pork Chops in Creamy Mushroom Sauce ~ these fork tender pork chops cook up in no time in the Instant Pot pressure cooker ~  let’s just call it instant comfort food gratification!…

Pizza Supreme Chicken in a skillet

Supreme Pizza Chicken Skillet Dinner

My Supreme Pizza Chicken Skillet Dinner is a cheesy skillet chicken loaded with all the toppings from your favorite pizza.  Had a hard day?  Treat yourself to this comforting one skillet meal, it’s ready in 30 minutes.  (PS the…

a bowl of Steak Pad Thai Salad with chopsticks

Steak Pad Thai Salad

Steak Pad Thai Salad  ~ a classic rice noodle bowl made into a salad with lots of crunchy veggies and greens topped off with thinly sliced grilled steak.  The noodles are naturally gluten free, and the flavors really pop…

A bowl of pasta alla checca

Easy Pasta Alla Checca

Easy pasta alla checca is a healthy raw tomato sauce from Italy that’s a refreshing way to do pasta when the temperatures rise.  Heat waves, record highs, sweltering nights…bring it!   This delicious 30 minute meal can handle it…

Roasted Salmon with Spicy Kiwi Salsa

Roasted (or grilled!) Salmon with Kiwi Salsa

Salmon with Kiwi Salsa is an easy 30 minute meal whether you roast it in the oven or pop it on the grill…the buttery fish and the tart tropical kiwi are made for each other ~ why haven’t we…

overhead photo of steak fajita bowl with chimichurri sauce

Steak Fajita Bowls with Chimichurri Sauce

Steak Fajita Bowls with Chimichurri Sauce is an easy gluten free 30 minute meal that gives you that just off the grill flavor right on your stove top.  It’s on the table before you can say “where’s the charcoal?”…

Mediterranean roasted sheet pan salmon with tomatoes, olives, onion, and lemon

Mediterranean Sheet Pan Salmon

Mediterranean Sheet Pan Salmon is impressive but really effortless when you start with a large filet and a sheet pan.  The healthy Mediterranean toppings are simple but paint a beautiful edible picture.  This is a 30 minute meal you’ll…

a bowl of gluten free pasta salad

How to Make Gluten Free Pasta Salad That Tastes Fabulous

How to Make Gluten Free Pasta Salad That Tastes Fabulous ~ gluten free pasta is a great invention, but it doesn’t perform very well cold, which is  big problem for summertime salads.   I’ve got some tips and tricks…

Overhead photo of a bowl of Jamie Oliver's Easy Sausage Carbonara with fork and napkin

Jamie Oliver’s Easy Sausage Carbonara

Jamie Oliver’s Easy Sausage Carbonara is my latest 5-ingredient, 30 minute meal obsession and gives spaghetti and meatballs a whole new meaning.  Yes it’s simple enough to memorize, but don’t worry, make this quick and comforting pasta dinner once…

Pasta with wild mushrooms and hazelnuts in a skillet with large spoon

Wild Mushroom Pasta with Hazelnuts

My Wild Mushroom Pasta with Hazelnuts is a creamy skillet pasta packed with wild mushrooms, toasted hazelnuts, Gruyere cheese, and lots of fresh thyme and sage.   It’s a feast for the senses whether you’ve been foraging in the…

Overhead photo of creamy Tuscan Chicken Thighs in blue pan

Creamy Tuscan Chicken Thighs

This creamy Tuscan chicken thighs is the kind of meal that draws people like a magnet…they wander into the kitchen from all directions, noses high in the air, begging to know what smells so delicious.  What cook doesn’t live…

The Best Instant Pot Beef Bourguignon

The Best Instant Pot Beef Bourguignon ~ this epic beef stew cooks in just 30 minutes in the amazing Instant Pot.  The meat is melt in your mouth tender and the famous French flavors shine through ~ don’t miss…

Poached Halibut Salad with Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette

Poached Halibut Salad with Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette ~ the simple idea of poached fish with fresh salad greens is the perfect way to get a spring-ish vibe going in your kitchen ~ it’s healthy, gluten free, dairy free, low…

6 Minute Instant Pot Lobster Risotto

6 Minute Instant Pot Lobster Risotto ~ a luxuriously creamy risotto enriched with brandy, mascarpone cheese, and browned butter, all made in just a few minutes, right in the Instant Pot (you have one, right?)…

Middle Eastern ‘Nachos’

These Middle Eastern ‘Nachos’ are my take on one of our favorite appetizers, perfect for Game Day snacks or a romantic dinner for two ~ you decide!…

Chopped Steak with Bacon and Mushroom Gravy

Chopped Steak with Bacon and Mushroom Gravy ~ a cozy and comforting supper with a Scandinavian vibe perfect for hunkering down on a chilly night.  These easy hamburger steaks are simmered in a rich mushroom gravy that lures everybody…

Easy Pasta Bolognese Recipe

Easy Pasta Bolognese Recipe ~ this classic Italian meat sauce is comforting and SO satisfying!  It gets even better as it sits in the fridge, so plan to make a big batch over the weekend and enjoy it all…

Chili Stuffed Acorn Squash

Chili Stuffed Acorn Squash ~ fall is finally in the air and I’m celebrating with the perfect meal for a chilly (pun intended) night.  I’m using acorn squash as healthy little edible bowls for my meaty chili recipe!…

Chicken Thighs with White Beans and Wilted Greens

Chicken Thighs with White Beans and Wilted Greens ~ greens and beans are a superfood duo that’s been around for generations ~ this recipe is easy enough for a weeknight dinner, and perfect for when you want your company…

Slow Cooked Apple Bourbon Smothered Pork Chops

Slow Cooked Apple Bourbon Smothered Pork Chops ~ that’s a delicious mouthful!  The pork cooks low and slow in the oven, or crock pot, and becomes fork tender in a rich gravy made with cider and bourbon.…

Creamy Lemon Dill Salmon

Creamy Lemon Dill Salmon ~ an easy dinner that never fails to please.  The salmon is succulent because it’s bathed in a creamy wine sauce perked up with lots of lemon juice and fresh dill.  It almost doesn’t matter…

Drizzling cider poppy seed dressing on a kale and fall fruit salad

Kale and Fall Fruit Salad with Cider Poppy Seed Dressing

Kale and Fall Fruit Salad with Cider Poppy Seed Dressing ~ this is the queen of fall salads, with pear, cranberries, figs, pomegranate, and grapes, all tossed in a creamy cider vinaigrette.  It’s healthy, hearty, and festive enough for…

Pepper Jack Mac

Pepper Jack Mac is a spicy pepper jack macaroni and cheese recipe studded with plenty of fresh jalapeños ~ think you can handle it?  If I were you I’d skip straight to the recipe and make this outrageous meal…

New England Style Shrimp Roll with chips

New England Style Shrimp Rolls

New England Style Shrimp Rolls ~ this is the stuff foodie memories are made of…jumbo chunks of wild caught shrimp simply tossed with mayo and lemon and then stuffed into a butter toasted bun ~ life (and lunch!) doesn’t…

Rosemary Chicken Skewers

Rosemary Chicken Skewers ~ tender chunks of tzatziki marinated chicken and a rainbow of veggies threaded onto fragrant sprigs of fresh rosemary ~ can you say delish?…

Grilled Chicken with Peach Jalapeno Salsa ~ this lightning quick meal is low calorie, low fat, low carb, gluten free, Whole 30 and Paleo compliant, and Weight Watchers friendly. Or, to put it another way, it’s healthy and insanely delicious.

Grilled Chicken with Peach Jalapeño Salsa

Grilled Chicken with Peach Jalapeño Salsa ~ this lightning quick meal is low calorie, low fat, low carb, gluten free, Whole 30 and Paleo compliant, not to mention Weight Watchers friendly.  But more importantly, it’s healthy and insanely delicious.…

Firecracker Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Firecracker Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Low carb eating just got a whole lot more interesting with my Firecracker Chicken Lettuce Wraps!  Who needs rice when you’ve got fresh crunchy lettuce leaves?  Everybody’s going to come back for seconds and thirds, and that’s ok because…

Cacio e Pepe Macaroni and Cheese marries the uber simple but powerfully flavored classic Italian pasta with everybody's favorite comfort food ~ delish!

Cacio e Pepe Macaroni and Cheese

Cacio e Pepe Macaroni and Cheese marries the uber simple but powerfully flavored classic Italian pasta with everybody’s favorite comfort food ~ delish! I promise you won’t regret making this easy mac & cheese recipe!  Cacio e pepe (cheese…

Shrimp in Lemon Sauce with Olives is a quick and healthy 30-minute meal ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

Shrimp in Lemon Sauce with Olives

Shrimp in Lemon Sauce with Olives ~ this 30 minute meal will transport you to the Greek Isles with its silky lemon sauce and rich, briny olives.  The health news on the Mediterranean Diet just keeps getting better and…

Classic and elegant Shrimp Bisque ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

Creamy Shrimp Bisque

Creamy Shrimp Bisque ~ it’s a little bit romantic, a little bit ladies who lunch, and it definitely has a 20th century vibe ~ but I think this richly flavored soup is ready for a comeback! Seafood bisques are…

Shrimp Pad Thai ~ a better version of take-out! ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

Shrimp Pad Thai

Shrimp Pad Thai is a healthy stir fry noodle bowl made with gluten free rice noodles, shrimp, and all the classic Thai flavors like ginger, garlic, lime, and cilantro ~ this meal beats take-out by a mile!…

Shrimp Scampi Fra Diavolo is a spicy sexy 30 minute meal that is guaranteed to get sparks flying! ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

Shrimp Scampi Fra Diavolo

Shrimp Scampi Fra Diavolo ~ this fiery romantic dish can be whipped up in 30 minutes with a bag of frozen shrimp and pantry staples.  This is the best shrimp scampi recipe I’ve tried, and also the easiest.…

Spinach Artichoke Quiche ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

Spinach and Artichoke Quiche

This Spinach and Artichoke Quiche marries my favorite busy day dinner with my favorite cheesy hot dip.  It’s an easy meatless meal that proves that comfort food isn’t all about meat and potatoes. Is there anybody who doesn’t love…

15 Easy and Colorful Thanksgiving Sides

15 Easy and Colorful Thanksgiving Sides

15 Easy and Colorful Thanksgiving Side Dishes ~ from cranberries and green beans to bright orange squash, these side dishes bring your holiday meals to life!…

Cheesy Poppy Seed Chicken Casserole ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

Poppy Seed Chicken Casserole

I don’t think dinner can get any more comforting than this Poppy Seed Chicken Casserole.  It’s an impossibly delicious concoction of egg noodles, tender chicken, and a creamy poppy seed sauce, all topped with a buttery Ritz cracker crust,…

Broccoli and Cheddar Cheese Chowder

Creamy Broccoli and Cheddar Cheese Chowder is comfort food at its finest…made from scratch quickly and easily in 30 minutes.…

Lemony Chicken Biryani is a lush comforting one pot meal ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

Lemon Chicken Biryani

This Lemon Chicken Biryani recipe is a delicious gift that comes to us from Persia, via India ~ the fragrant basmati rice is flavored with a blend of spices and the juices from the chicken that cook along with…

Meat Lovers Chili ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

Easy Meat Lovers Chili

Meat Lovers Chili is loaded up with three kinds of meat, making this recipe a hearty favorite when the weather cools down and appetites ramp up.  Everybody loves this easygoing one pot meal.…

Yotam Ottolenghi's Cod Cakes in Tomato Sauce ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

Ottolenghi’s Cod Cakes in Tomato Sauce

Ottolenghi’s Cod Cakes in Tomato Sauce is an earthy meal of tender fish cakes tucked into an aromatic sauce.   Serve it with couscous and sauteed spinach…this is comfort food with a Middle Eastern flair. When I’m at a loss…

Easy Sausage and Peppers Recipe is the ultmate Italian comfort food ~ the whole family loves it! | theviewfromgreatisland.com

Easy Sausage and Peppers Recipe

Nobody does comfort food like the Italians, and this easy sausage and peppers recipe is a prime example of how a few simple ingredients can come together to make a sublimely satisfying meal in about an hour. Growing up…

Garbanzo Veggie Burger ~ possibly the best veggie burger in the world! ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

Chickpea Veggie Burgers

I swear, a simple, satisfying meatless burger has the power to change the world, and these delicious Chickpea Veggie Burgers are contenders, for sure — they’re just as tasty as beef, but so much better for you!…

Brussels Sprout Carbonara - the classic italian comfort dish made even better with sprouts! ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

Brussels Sprout Carbonara

This creamy Brussels Sprout Carbonara instantly earned a place in my family’s regular dinner rotation.  You’re going to love this classic Italian comfort food made even more irresistible with one of my favorite veggies.…

Wild Caught Tuna Crostini --- these little toasts are fun to make and so healthy --- theviewfromgreatisland.com

Wild Caught Tuna Crostini

Wild Caught Tuna Crostini are a super healthy and colorful appetizer or light meal — just add wine and friends and you’ve got the makings for the perfect summer gathering. This post is is sponsored by Genova Seafood®, and…

Ham and Swiss Pasta Roll Up Gratin --- pure comfort food served in a skillet | theviewfromgreatisland.com

Ham and Swiss Pasta Roll Up Gratin

Ham and Swiss Pasta Roll Up Gratin — the name doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue but man this goes down easy — paper thin slices of Black Forest ham and Swiss rolled up in fresh pasta sheets and…

Broccoli Cheese Casserole

Broccoli Cheese Casserole

Broccoli Cheese Casserole is a classic side dish that gets a bad rap because generations of moms have resorted to canned soup, frozen broccoli, and mayo.  This version is closer to a French gratin, with everything (easily!) made from…

Greek Meatballs in a luxurious tangy lemon sauce

Greek Meatballs in Lemon Sauce

Greek Meatballs in Lemon Sauce is the ideal spring supper — the herbed meatballs are satisfying but light in texture, and the pale yellow sauce is tangy, silky, and utterly luxurious without any cream or butter whatsoever. I didn’t…