creamy tomato alfredo chicken penne

I have always been a lover of pasta. It’s the Italian in me. On the contrary, I have always been a hater of store-bought pasta sauce. It’s the Italian in me. When I go to a restaurant, the first thing I look for on the menu is the pasta section (most restaurants don’t actually have a pasta section, so it’s an automatic five stars for … Continue reading creamy tomato alfredo chicken penne

cheesy cheddar chili dogs

When I was younger, the best part about going to a baseball game was the scent of greasy burgers and hot dogs that wafted my way with every breeze. There’s just something about a stadium dog—it’s like every bite is a taste of summer. Since I’m not a serious burger eater, every family barbecue calls for some tasty grilled dogs. My favorite part about this … Continue reading cheesy cheddar chili dogs

Oven-Baked Ribs With Cherry Cola Barbecue Sauce

Now that it’s almost summer, it seemed only necessary to kick it off with some juicy, succulent ribs. I am an amateur when it comes to ribs; I definitely had to do some digging to figure out the perfect way to cook them. But since ribs are one of my favorite foods (do I say that about everything?), it was well worth the research. For … Continue reading Oven-Baked Ribs With Cherry Cola Barbecue Sauce

stuffed mushrooms

I have always had something against mushrooms. Something about their flavor, or maybe their texture, never sat right with me. When I was young, I would avoid mushrooms at all costs. To this day, it’s one of the last toppings I would ever consider putting on my pizza (they are still ahead of anchovies). But stuffed mushrooms are an exception. The mushroom becomes a complementary … Continue reading stuffed mushrooms

creamy Greek yogurt macaroni and cheese

No matter how health conscious I become, I will never be able to give up cheese. And since I’m not willing to compromise on my undeniable cheese obsession, I constantly need to find other ways to keep my mac and cheese healthy (I use that term loosely). I’ve heard through the grapevine that Greek yogurt makes mac and cheese extremely thick and creamy. This isn’t surprising, … Continue reading creamy Greek yogurt macaroni and cheese

spinach and artichoke pizza

I’ll start with this: I love pizza. When I have a pizza craving, I satisfy it. Last night’s menu was fresh spinach and artichoke pizza on whole wheat dough (I’ve been on a health kick lately). I can’t stress enough that the flavor of whole wheat dough is astoundingly similar to regular dough, making it a great alternative to the starchy, carb-filled white dough we … Continue reading spinach and artichoke pizza

swap chicken fingers with fries for stuffed grilled chicken with sweet potato fries

Juicy, succulent chicken tenders with crispy fries – what could be better? Although these finger foods can be deep-fried deliciousness, they also come with a hefty amount of fat and sodium (for example, an order of Burger King’s 10-piece chicken nuggets boasts 29 grams of fat and 890 milligrams of sodium. And that’s not including the medium fry). Nutrition facts like that might have some … Continue reading swap chicken fingers with fries for stuffed grilled chicken with sweet potato fries