Mom’s Perfectly Crispy Chicken Cutlets

Growing up chicken cutlets were a delicious treat for dinner in our house as mom didn’t fry many things. This year for her birthday, Mom had a craving so we made her perfect chicken cutlets and served them in the perfect chicken cutlet sandwich. You can use this chicken to make chicken parmesan, you can…

Lasagna Soup

If you love lasagna, then you will love this recipe. My friend at work, Marie, showed me a new recipe from Bobby Deen (Paula Deen’s son who is trying to put a healthier twist on Paula’s meals). “Lasagna soup” sounds very strange and I was really hesitant at first. But this lightened up lasagna really…

Red Enchilada Sauce

Mmmm to spicy red enchilada sauce. It’s good over a massive burrito, on top of scrambled eggs, or of course, with enchiladas. I had leftover sauce and used it for days as a hot sauce. You can put it on almost anything. It can be made spicy or not and with whatever ingredients you have…

Steak Enchiladas

  Usually when I make enchiladas I automatically think chicken. But why not try it with some tender, well-seasoned, thinly sliced steak? I took my ugly steak n cheese tacos  and turned them into enchiladas baked and smothered in a spicy hatch green chile salsa. This recipe really is as healthy as enchiladas can possibly get….

Steak Tostadas

We’re trying to eat healthy at this particular moment in time–it comes and goes. My sister’s shower, bachelorette and wedding are fast approaching so indulging with some greasy Mexican just because it’s National Margarita Day wasn’t in the cards. When I told my sister I badly wanted a Steak Tostada, she said a healthy version…

Twisted Italian Wedding Soup

So the thought of meatballs in soup 🍲 never sat well with me and as you know from my “don’t knock em til you try em” recipe, turkey meatballs weren’t something I ever wanted to eat. But if cooking has taught me anything it’s that once you start using ingredients you previously thought were gross,…

Avocado Crema

This is my “I put this sh*t on everything sauce”… I honestly don’t remember when I came up with this crema because I’ve been making it for years but it definitely had to do with a taco and wanting to use something healthier than sour cream. I just came up with it one day and…

Mu Shu Chicken with Scallion Pancakes

I’ve been on a Chinese kick lately… We all know Jews love Chinese.  And this recipe got over the top amazing reviews from the hubby and my guests . It’s a bit labor intensive for prep work but it’s a much healthier alternative to Chinese take out. And honestly, it was worth all the chopping…

Chicken Dumplings & Wontons

So who doesn’t love Chinese food? Dumplings, won tons, fried rice, general tsos chicken… all of it. Recently I’ve tried making some of my favorite take out items and these dumplings/won tons were a winner! I used the same recipe to make each and then pan fried some and boiled the rest for soup. It’s…

Italian Zucchini Bowl

My mom had a brief stint as a vegetarian (before she met my father) and this recipe was something she often made for herself. She introduced it to us growing up mostly as a side dish but now as an adult I make it for the main event! If you’re craving a bowl of pasta…

Broccoli and Spinach Pesto

  Pasta with broccoli is one of my favorite dinners. My mom always made it growing up with bowtie pasta as a side to flank steak or some other protein. It’s garlicky, cheesy, uses fresh veggies and is one the most comforting dinners any time of year. One night I had the idea to make…

Chicken Gyros

  I’ve noticed a lot of people are creeped out by gyro meat. They don’t get how it’s made and all they see is questionable looking lamb and beef on a spinning stick and won’t give it a chance. My mom is one of those people. But gyros are so delicious. The combination of juicy…

Peanut Sesame Noodles

You know what sucks? When you make the decision to calorie splurge because you’re craving (fill in the blank) and you open up that delivery to-go container, take your first bite, and then get immediately disappointed. This happens to me a lot. When I’m craving something that’s not too good for me, I want it…

Eggs & Avo “Everything” Sandwich

Avo toast is all the rage lately. Quite frankly it’s delicious if done properly. That means 1) finding ripe avocados and then 2) adding some flavor to make it stand out–whether with salt & cayenne pepper or my new favorite “everything but bagel” seasoning from Trader Joes. I love making breakfast and have come up…

‘Ugly’ Steak n Cheese Tacos

Tacos!!!! I LOVEEEEE TACOS.  I’ve been making this recipe for a few years now and I’m always encouraging friends to try it. But I’ve never posted the recipe because the photo of the steak… eh not so pretty. I finally decided to suck it up and just post it because I make this meal on…

Turkey Stuffed Poblano Peppers in Spicy Enchilada Sauce

This recipe that can be made a thousand different ways. Put an Italian or Greek twist on it instead of Mexican, use ground beef instead of ground turkey, go vegetarian with beans and tofu, add rice if you don’t want it carb free… I could go on and on. But the husband and I are…

Shrimp Scampi

Shrimp Scampi is one of those simple dinners that doesn’t take long but requires fresh and high quality ingredients to make it truly delicious. Ingredients  3/4 – 1lb peeled and deveined shrimp 3/4 lb pasta (linguine, spaghetti or capellini) 4TBSP quality olive oil 4TBSP butter 3 large cloves garlic, chopped 2 shallots, chopped Red pepper…

Blistered Shishito Peppers

It’s always good to have easy appetizers in your back pocket. This recipe can be thrown together in 10 minutes and will please any crowd. Pair it with a creamy dip:  it’s healthy and not too spicy–just full of flavor.  Ingredients  Shishito peppers Kosher or Sea Salt Garlic powder Onion powder Paprika Olive oil  Mayo…

Caesar Salad

There are a lot of ways to make caesar dressing and this just happens to be my way. It doesn’t include egg yolks or whole anchovies and it’s not thick and white. My lightened up version is pretty healthy compared to other options (definitely better than store bought) and when you’re just having salad with…

Jewtalian’s Comfort Food

On a cold snowy day it’s natural to think warm comfort food: soups, creamy mac n cheese, spaghetti and meatballs, fried eggplant, chicken or veal, and maybe even lasagna soup! See below many of my comfort food recipes over the years. Click on the recipe name for the link. Enjoy! Veal Milanese  Nanny’s Manicotti  Braised…

Chicken Tikka Masala

Indian food gets a bad rap. A lot of people including my friends and family say eww curry is gross”, or it “smells bad”, etc. I (regrettably) used to be one of those people but that changed when I actually tried naan, chicken tikka masala and some other delicious vegetarian dishes with chickpeas and cauliflower….

Fish Tacos

There are so many versions of fish tacos out there and believe me I’ve tried more than my fair share. There’s nothing better than a deep fried crispy fish taco with a tangy coleslaw on top. Especially if it’s paired with a margarita and lots of sunshine. But, reality check, it’s February and it’s the time of…

Hot Toddy

When you have a cold and/or a sore throat, a hot toddy is the best cure! And if you’re not sick but it’s a cold winter night it’s also the way to go. All you need is bourbon, a big squeeze of honey, 1/2 of a lemon. Then mix and add hot water. As you…

Homemade Salsa

Homemade salsa is one of the easiest appetizers to make. You can do it in advance and pull it out in seconds. I recommend making it the day before you want to eat it for best results. It also will stay in your fridge for a while in an air tight jar. So many people…

Pork Carnitas

Initially I was weirded out by the technique of cooking pork carnitas…so much so that I almost scratched the idea. But I didn’t have 8-12 hours to slow cook the pork all day so I was really forced into the decision. And I’m so glad. This pork was so delicious and so tender and unlike anything…

Pasta e Fagioli

Soup season is well underway! It’s easy to make, it warms you up, it’s great for leftovers/lunch at work and can be a very healthy meal. Plus you can usually make a great soup with items left in your fridge and a can of beans or lentils. Pasta e fagioli is one of my favorites,…

Don’t knock ’em til you try ’em “Turkey Meatballs”

I’m not going to lie, the thought of turkey meatballs wasn’t appetizing to me. As an Italian especially, I made some assumptions that they couldn’t possibly be good. I was wrong… And I made these on a weeknight in under a half hour and not only was it a healthy option but it was truly…