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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

Shrimp Bisque

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 definitely…

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! Thai food…

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. Shrimp…

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 ~ is your Thanksgiving table a sea of drab neutrals?  What a turnoff!  Wake up everybody’s taste buds with these 15 vibrant recipes.…

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. This sublime warming soup is made with lots of fresh broccoli (no frozen mushy stuff, please), yukon gold potatoes,…

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. This meat lovers chili is a…

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! I have…

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

Brussels Sprout Carbonara

Brussels Sprout Carbonara is a huge deal for me, this is so good that it 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…

Chicken in Lemon Sauce with Olives | theviewfromgreatisland.com

Chicken in Lemon Sauce with Olives

Chicken in Lemon Sauce with Olives is an easy meal bursting with the vibrant flavors of the Mediterranean. Imagine perfectly roasted chicken, thighs and breasts, nestled in a silky lemon sauce, dotted with blue-black olives and a shower of…

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…

Lemon Buttermilk Chicken Skewers

Lemon Buttermilk Chicken Skewers

An overnight marinade makes these lemon buttermilk chicken skewers impossibly tender, and they get a extra flavor boost from the rosemary tzatziki sauce. I’m determined to give everything a ‘skewer moment’ here on the blog, and today it’s chicken’s…

Healthy and low calorie Tofu Skewers are a delicious 30-minute meal

Grilled Tofu Skewers

Easy, healthy, and delicious, Grilled Tofu Skewers is probably my family’s favorite vegan meal, and it can be on the table in less than 30 minutes! I’ve been crazy obsessed with skewers this year.  I get so enthusiastic about…

Ziti with Sausage, Lemon and Sage

Ziti with Sausage Lemon and Sage

Ziti with Sausage Lemon and Sage explodes with earthy, vibrant flavor, and is equally wonderful with or without the sausage. Writing the title for a recipe can be a little bit like making a speech at the Oscars….you want…

Healthy and low fat filet of fish with blood oranges and thyme in parchment

Fish with Blood Orange and Thyme in Parchment

There isn’t a healthy epithet you can hurl at this Fish with Blood Orange and Thyme in Parchment that doesn’t fit — low calorie, low carb, gluten free, Paleo, low fat, Whole30… and while you’re at it you can…

Kale, Lentil and Salmon Salad Bowl

Salmon Bowl with Kale and Lentils

There’s something so tactile and satisfying about dinner in a bowl.. a meal like this Salmon Bowl with Kale and Lentils that you can cradle in your hands and eat cross-legged on the couch.  It’s also incredibly healthy and…

Macaroni and Cheese taken up a notch with jalapeno peppers

4 Alarm Macaroni and Cheese

Don’t be alarmed (hehe) you are in complete control of the heat level in this 4 Alarm Macaroni and Cheese — are you more of a one-alarm type? No problem, I’ve got you covered. Think you’re hot stuff and…

Shepherd's Pie with fall vegetables and cheesy potato crust

Farmhouse Shepherd’s Pie with Fall Vegetables

Farmhouse Shepherd’s Pie with Fall Vegetables is an easy, rustic skillet meal that celebrates the best of the season. I’m popping in quickly today with a recipe that I hadn’t intended to blog about — it was our dinner…

1770 House Meatloaf

I saw Ina Garten make this 1770 House Meatloaf on tv and I made a mental note to try it.  She says it’s the best meatloaf she’s ever had, and that convinced me to give it a go.  I’m…

Wisconsin style Slow Cooked cider Brats with a wonderful apple onion relish

Slow Cooked Cider Brats with Apple Onion Relish

Slow Cooked Cider Brats with Apple Onion Relish are the real deal ~ Midwestern style brats with a crisp apple onion relish ~ we can’t get enough of them! I’ve got it on good authority that these Slow Cooked…

Pasta with Sun Dried Tomato and Almond Pesto

I have a soft spot in my heart for meals like this Pasta with Sun Dried Tomato and Almond Pesto that come together without a trip to the store.  Jars of oil packed sun dried tomatoes are a staple…

Meatballs smothered in cheese

Cheesy Skillet Meatballs with Garlic Toast

Everyone has their own definition of comfort food, it’s such a personal thing.  For me it’s food that helps erase the stresses of the day, temporarily stops all conversation, and envelopes me in a cozy embrace.  It’s often cheesy,…

Fire Roasted Hatch Pepper Chili, made in the crock pot

Slow Cooked Hatch Pepper Chili

Slow Cooked Hatch Pepper Chili ~ this lush chili is perfect for the summer months when fresh Hatch chiles from New Mexico are available ~ but use canned or frozen chiles the rest of the year so you don’t…

Honey Buttermilk Chicken with Roasemary

Honey Buttermilk Roast Chicken

Honey Buttermilk Roast Chicken ~ roasted chicken plays on our primal instincts…and unless you’re vegetarian, juicy charred meat is hard to resist. Perhaps not so primal is the wonderful honey buttermilk brine that infuses every bite. For a fairly…

grilled cherry tomato bruschetta

Grilled Cherry Tomato Bruschetta

It’s high summer, tomatoes are at their peak, and the grill can be fired up at a moment’s notice. Grilled Cherry Tomato Bruschetta is a delicious way to take advantage of all that. I saw the idea on Todd…

Irish Fish Cakes with a homemade Tartar Sauce

Irish Fish Cakes with 30 Second Tartar Sauce

These are traditional, old fashioned fish cakes and they’re a great example of classic Irish country cooking.  Packed with tender flakes of just barely poached cod, lots of fork-mashed russet potatoes and a smattering of lemon, ketchup and parsley,…

strawberry jalapeno steak salad

Strawberry Jalapeno Marinated Flank Steak Salad

This Strawberry Jalapeno Marinated Flank Steak Salad is a deliciously gorgeous way to welcome spring, and really packs a punch when it comes to flavor. We had this Strawberry Jalapeno Marinated Flank Steak Salad for dinner two nights in…

ahi tuna skewers

Ahi Tuna and Cremini Mushroom Skewers

Ahi Tuna and Cremini Mushroom Skewers ~ if you want a quick healthy meal, look no further than these beautiful skewers  ~ they cook in a flash! I’m obsessed with skewers, it’s as simple as that.  I think they’re…

sweet basil pizza, close up

Homemade Pizza in less than an hour!

Homemade Pizza in less than an hour ~ and that’s completely from scratch ~ from flour and water to hot pillowy cheesy pizza in under 60 minutes! Meet my Sweet Basil Pizza.  I made her in less than an…

Jamaican Jerk Chicken with Pineapple & Rum

Quick — what do you think of when someone says Jamaican food?   If you’ve never been to Jamaica that can be a tough one.  I think rum, jerk chicken, definitely allspice, pineapple, lime… did I say rum?   This…

bucatini pasta with burst tomatoes and basil

Bucatini with Burst Tomatoes

Bucatini with Burst Tomatoes is a gloriously healthy pasta recipe made with juicy, colorful cherry tomatoes and fresh basil ~ no matter what the calendar says, this recipe screams summer! Bucatini with Burst Tomatoes is as simple as it…

chicken thighs in marsala sauce, a restaurant worthy 30 minute meal

Chicken Thighs Marsala for Two

Chicken Thighs Marsala for Two is a quick and easy one skillet meal for a romantic date night, or a casual weeknight dinner. save the recipe! Most nights I’m just cooking for Grant and me, so I’m ahead of…

quick grilled pork chops with mustard sauce

Minimal Monday: Mustard Pork Chops

Mustard Pork Chops ~ this is a quick and easy 30-minute meal that comes from Nigella Lawson, so you know it’s also comforting and luxurious! I’m more and more convinced that quick and easy meals are the way to…

Farfalle with Salmon, Lemon, and Peas

This Farfalle with Salmon, Lemon, and Peas is a delicious pasta recipe with chunks of tender salmon, and garden peas in a to-die-for creamy lemon sauce! This quick weeknight dinner is an old family favorite, I’m not sure why…

instant microwave macaroni and cheese

Instant Microwave Macaroni and Cheese in a Mug

Instant Microwave Macaroni and Cheese in a Mug is a total game changer ~ this recipe makes a single serving ultra creamy mug of cheesy macaroni in just minutes! Of course I take a personal interest in all my…

Healthy baked cod with lemon and olives

Minimal Monday: Cod with Lemon and Olives

Cod with Lemon and Olives is a healthy, low fat and delicious 30 minute meal, and one of my favorites.  For a simple recipe it’s packed with flavor! It’s no surprise that I love seasonal cooking, and January is…

grilled shrimp with pomegranate salsa is so healthy, and practically zero calories :)

Grilled Shrimp with Pomegranate Salsa

Grilled Shrimp with Pomegranate Salsa is a super healthy, gluten free, low carb, low calorie, Paleo meal that also happens to be beautiful and fabulous! I’ve said it so many times before, but some of you are new here,…

Chicken with Allspice and Citrus

Roasted Chicken with Allspice and Citrus

Roasted Chicken with Allspice and Citrus ~ this gorgeous sheet pan chicken meal is a fabulous way to celebrate fresh citrus! We all know that an extra hot oven does wonderful things to chicken, but did you also know…

Bourbon Glazed Meatloaf

Bourbon Glazed Meatloaf

Bourbon Glazed Meatloaf ~ a tender meatloaf drenched in a sweet ‘n spicy bourbon whisky glaze ~ definitely not your mother’s meatloaf! I know everyone is all about the turkey these days, but we’ve got to eat between now…

Portobello Shepherd's Pies

Portobello Shepherd’s Pies

Portobello Shepherd’s Pies take one of my all time favorite comfort meals and lightens it up in a fun and creative way ~ and who doesn’t love a big juicy portobello mushroom? Shepherd’s Pie is right up there with…

slow cooker beef bourguignon

Slow Cooker/Crock Pot Beef Bourguignon

Slow Cooker/Crock Pot Beef Bourguignon is a fix it and forget it meal at its finest ~ this pared down version of the fancy French dish will get rave reviews! Slow cooker meals are a lot of things, but…

Meyer Lemon Roast Chicken

Sexy Chicken: 12 Recipes to Spice Up Dinnertime!

You know what I’m talking about…say the word chicken at about 4 o’clock in the afternoon and a pall falls over the family.  B -O -R -I -N -G !  But really, it doesn’t have to be that way. …

Chicken in Almond Milk with green lemons, cinnamon, and sage

Chicken in Almond Milk

Chicken in Almond Milk ~ this unique roasted chicken recipe is the brain child of Jamie Oliver ~ you need to taste it for yourself to believe how moist and tender it is! This incredible chicken was an experiment…

white mushroom lasagna

White Mushroom Lasagna

This White Mushroom Lasagna is a rich, comforting, cheesy lasagna infused with fall flavors like mushroom, shallot, thyme, Gruyere and Marsala.  It’s all woodsy meets creamy white, and it’s very luscious. We went CRAZY for this white mushroom lasagna,…

spicy sausage and pumpkin mac & cheese 4

Spicy Sausage and Pumpkin Mac & Cheese

Spicy Sausage and Pumpkin Mac & Cheese ~ the key here is to remind yourself that, first and foremost, pumpkin a winter squash, not a pie filling.  After you’ve got that down it’s easy to imagine it marrying with…

Cider Braised Pork with Apples and Onions 2

Hard Cider Braised Pork with Apples and Onions

This is one of those meals that you know is going to be great right from the get go.  The ingredients tell the story: a plump loin of pork, neatly tied with butcher’s string so it won’t fall apart…

One Pot Farmer's Market Pasta 3

One Pot Farmer’s Market Pasta

One Pot Farmer’s Market Pasta is an almost magical recipe made for busy days and hungry families.  Pile everything in one pot, bring it to a boil, and let it cook for a few minutes ~ that’s it! These…

Lamb Ragu with Papardelle | The View From Great Island 1

Lamb Ragu with Papardelle

Lamb Ragu with Papardelle is a lush, comforting pasta recipe fit for a special occasion, but easy enough for an everyday meal. Pasta with a hearty, robust meat sauce is one of my very favorite things.  It’s luxurious comfort…

Parslied Bread Sauce with Poached Chicken

Parslied Bread Sauce with Poached Chicken is classic comfort food with a British flair! *This post is sponsored by Schwartz ~ thank you for supporting my brand partners, I only bring you companies I know and trust, and they…