Baked Scallops

I love my recipe for seared scallops and make it often, but tonight I felt like trying something new. This recipe for baked scallops was a big hit – the buttery-cheesy topping is just wonderful. This dish comes out of the oven quite saucy and the sauce is wonderful – so serve it atop steamed rice or with crusty bread. Click for the recipe

Roasted Fennel

Even if you don’t like the taste of licorice, give this roasted fennel recipe a try. Roasting caramelizes the fennel bulbs, downplays the licorice flavor and brings out a nutty, delicious creaminess. The addition of Parmesan makes this dish extra delicious, though it’s also excellent with no cheese, if you’re so inclined. Click for the recipe

Smoked Paprika Roasted Salmon

Salmon and smoked paprika – two bold flavors that complement each other really well. Like all baked salmon recipes, this is an easy one – simply brush with the sauce and bake. Click for the recipe

Pork Rind Crusted Pork Chops

Crushed pork rinds make a tasty, low-carb coating for pork chops. Serve these pork chops immediately and don’t plan on keeping leftovers – as they rest, accumulated juices can make the crust soggy (though I can say from experience that even when this happens, the pork chops are still delicious!). Click for the recipe

Carrot Chips

Roasting thinly sliced carrots in olive oil elevates them from a fairly boring veggie into a tasty snack. I’m lazy, so I use pre-sliced, store-bought carrot chips. Obviously you could simply slice them yourself. Serve as a side dish, or as a super healthy snack. Click for the recipe

Roasted Bell Peppers

Deliciously roasted bell peppers are seasoned with olive oil, oregano and crushed red peppers. Click for the recipe

Spaghetti Squash Sesame Noodles

Very close to the real thing, spaghetti squash sesame noodles are a tasty compromise for those of us trying to limit carbs or avoid gluten. Serve as a side dish to any Asian-inspired meal – I often serve it with nori-wrapped salmon. Click for the recipe