Paprika Chicken

Paprika chicken – an easy, tasty dish that practically bakes itself, simply throw everything in the pan and forget about it until it’s done. The chicken comes out incredibly juicy and flavorful, and the onions and olives add flavor and depth to this simple, rustic dish. Click for the recipe

egg and sausage muffins

I love the convenience of these breakfast egg muffins! They are easy to make, easy to eat (on the go if you must) and taste great warm or at room temperature. But these breakfast egg muffins are not just a convenient, on-the-go breakfast or snack – they are delicious too.

You can make your own homemade sausage for this recipe, using any ground meat you prefer. Today I used beef, but pork will obviously work as well, and I can imagine that ground chicken, turkey or lamb would also be great in this recipe. You can absolutely make these breakfast egg muffins in advance, and briefly reheat in the microwave, covered, when ready to enjoy.

baked egg and sausage Click for the recipe

Ratatouille

My version of ratatouille includes tomato paste, paprika and cayenne. The result is a deeply flavorful, earthy vegetable dish that goes wonderfully with almost any meat or fish, especially grilled. If you’re vegetarian, try serving it as a main dish, with a poached egg on top.

Ratatouille is one of those dishes that taste better after a few hours, after all the flavors have had a chance to meld together. I often make it in the morning, refrigerate, and at dinnertime, divide among plates and microwave briefly, just to bring it to room temperature. Click for the recipe

spinach scrambled eggs

This spinach scramble may not look like much, but it’s delicious. I’ve been making it regularly for over a year now, but I was reluctant to include it here because while egg scrambles are tasty, they are not very photogenic! Today I just decided to go ahead and publish it. It’s so good, I don’t want you guys to miss out. Click for the recipe

cauliflower pancakes

The idea for cauliflowerr pancakes occurred to me the last time I made cauliflower pizza crust. I was watching the magic of the cauliflower crust coming together and suddenly thought that I could use the same recipe to make cauliflower pancakes that do not require pre-cooking the cauliflower.

I loved the result – golden, delicious, delicate cauliflower pancakes. Making them does require patience and a gentle hand, so if you lack patience, and don’t mind grains/gluten, you could try adding 1/4 cup flour to the mixture to make it sturdier. Click for the recipe

sausage kabobs

I can’t think of a more appropriate spring/summer meal than sausage kabobs. It’s easy, colorful, pretty and takes advantage of the outdoor grill (although you can certainly prepare sausage kabobs under the broiler too).

All you need alongside the kabobs is a big tossed salad, and you’re set – it’s an easy-to-put-together meal that grownups and kids will love. Click for the recipe

Eggplant Quiche

If you like eggplant, you’ll love this flavorful eggplant quiche. It’s so boldly flavored, it’s almost as if it contains meat (but it doesn’t). Great as a side dish to grilled meat, or serve it as the main dish in a vegetarian meal (in which case, you should probably double the recipe and bake in a 9 X 13-inch baking dish). Click for the recipe