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Greek Salad

Greek Salad

© Sunshine UrbaniakGreek salads are so easy and quick to make, plus it's full of healthy ingredients. The red wine vinegar in the dressing really compliments the salty feta cheese and kalamata olives. The trick to a really tasty greek salad is...

Honey Banana Bread

Honey Banana Bread

© Sunshine UrbaniakI love banana bread but don't enjoy all the sugar that's usually in recipes. So I tried using honey instead and not only does it still taste sweet (but not overly sweet—like cake), the honey helps keep the bread soft and moist. To...

Beet Hummus

Beet Hummus

© Sunshine UrbaniakThere's nothing quite like freshly made hummus. It's very easy and quick to make, plus there are endless ingredients you can add to make it to your liking. I'm always looking for ways to eat more beets, so throwing one into the...

Citrus Grilled Shrimp

Citrus Grilled Shrimp

© Sunshine UrbaniakCitrus grilled shrimp is the perfect summer grillin' recipe. Eat 'em by themselves or add them on a salad or antipasti dish. The marinade takes only 30 minutes and about five minutes to cook up. It's a quick option when entertaining...

Thai Sweet Potato Soup

Thai Sweet Potato Soup

© Sunshine UrbaniakThai sweet potato soup has such a unique flavor, full of classic Thai ingredients like coconut milk, yellow curry powder, ginger, and lemongrass. The vegetarian soup gets a little kick from jalapeño pepper and fresh ginger, but...

Cream of Mushroom Soup

Cream of Mushroom Soup

© Sunshine UrbaniakThis cream of mushroom soup isn't your typical heavy, cream-based soup. The broth, despite having a cup of half-and-half and a cup of milk, is light and silky with a rich mushroom base complimented with leeks, shallot, garlic, and...

General Tso’s Tofu Stir-Fry

General Tso’s Tofu Stir-Fry

© Sunshine UrbaniakThis recipe was inspired by my daughter's love for General Tso's Chicken before she became a pescatarian. I was worried she might turn her nose up to it but it turned out she LOVED IT! And I have to say, I love it too. The crispy...

Blueberry Hand Pies

Blueberry Hand Pies

© Sunshine UrbaniakHand pies have a flaky crust and a sweet, juicy filling, usually fruit. They're super easy to make, come in handy when you need to do something with all those berries you bought, and kids love them. I enjoy one alongside my morning...

Huevos Rancheros

Huevos Rancheros

© Sunshine UrbaniakHuevos Rancheros is in my top five ways to eat eggs for sure, and it's so quick and easy to make. You can prepare the bean mixture and the pico de gallo a day ahead to shorten prep time even more. Just remember you'll need to warm...

Steel-Cut Oatmeal with Apples and Cinnamon

Steel-Cut Oatmeal with Apples and Cinnamon

© Sunshine UrbaniakThis is my family's go-to recipe for steel-cut oatmeal. It tastes like apple pie in a bowl, but a bit less sweet, and it's a hearty way to start your day. The richness of the toasted oats paired with apples, cinnamon, and brown...

Grilled Steak Tacos

Grilled Steak Tacos

© Sunshine UrbaniakMy grilled steak tacos have such amazing flavor, and it's due to the yummy marinade. In only three hours, the marinade transforms flank steak into a delicious, tender piece of meat, ready to be thinly sliced and enjoyed, paired with...

Spice-Rubbed Salmon

Spice-Rubbed Salmon

© Sunshine UrbaniakIf you're looking for a quick yet flavorful meal, this spice rub for salmon fillets will do the trick. In under 15 minutes, you'll have dinner on the table. The rub isn't overly spicy and my kids love it. The brown sugar helps to...

Shrimp Tacos with Cilantro Lime Slaw

Shrimp Tacos with Cilantro Lime Slaw

© Sunshine UrbaniakThese shrimp tacos with cilantro lime slaw are so quick to cook up you might find yourself making them often as a last-minute dinner fix. Shrimp take no time to marinate and cook so they're the perfect main ingredient for a fast...

Pico de Gallo

Pico de Gallo

© Sunshine UrbaniakPico de gallo has so many uses even though most people just think of it as a chunky dip with chips or best with bruschetta bread. It's delicious on fish, chicken, and a toasted bagel with cream cheese. One tip when dicing and...

Kale and Quinoa Salad with Apples and Goat Cheese

Kale and Quinoa Salad with Apples and Goat Cheese

© Sunshine UrbaniakAre you on the kale kick? I admit I take breaks. But this salad is always met with open arms. It's the perfect blend of hearty kale and sweet ingredients so you don't feel like you're munching on your lawn. A trick to softening the...

Tuna Salad

Tuna Salad

© Sunshine UrbaniakThis tuna salad recipe is so flavorful due to all the ingredients like red onion, green onion, carrot, parsley, and lots of lemon juice. There's the usual ingredients as well like celery, mayonnaise, and relish. My kids eat this off...

Blueberry Chia Muffins

Blueberry Chia Muffins

© Sunshine UrbaniakBoth my kids love blueberry chia muffins. Whether for breakfast or an afterschool snack. Sometimes they even choose these blueberry chia muffins over ice cream for dessert! I personally like pairing one with a cup of tea. My recipe...

Orange and Fennel Salad

Orange and Fennel Salad

© Sunshine UrbaniakI just love this orange and fennel salad, especially in the winter. Its fresh flavor is a nice palette pick-me-up when it's cold outside. I add in five romaine leaves for some added crunch, feel free to leave them out or add in...

Herbed Chicken Salad

Herbed Chicken Salad

© Sunshine UrbaniakWhenever I have leftover chicken breast I tend to make it into chicken salad. It's my go-to, easy and delicious option. In this recipe, the herbs really shine along with the lemony dressing. I like the freshness that the lemon...

Deviled Eggs with Horseradish

Deviled Eggs with Horseradish

© Sunshine UrbaniakI love putting a spin on classic deviled egg recipes. For this recipe, I simply added horseradish but boy does it make a big impact. It adds just enough heat for a "Whoa, I wasn't expecting that!" reaction from guests. Adjust the...

Creamy Chicken Mushroom Pasta with Red Pepper

Creamy Chicken Mushroom Pasta with Red Pepper

© Sunshine UrbaniakI once worked in a restaurant in Oakland, California that served this creamy pasta with chicken, andouille sausage, mushrooms, and red bell pepper that I loved ordering. As usual, eventually, I ended up trying to recreate it at...

Prosciutto Mascarpone Pizza

Prosciutto Mascarpone Pizza

© Sunshine UrbaniakI once had the pleasure of eating the Sonja pizza at Diavola Pizzeria in Geyserville, California. It was heavenly and left me craving more. A week later I tried recreating it at home. Aside from the fact I didn't have a wood-burning...

Eggplant Parmesan

Eggplant Parmesan

© Sunshine UrbaniakEggplant parmesan is one of my favorite ways to eat eggplant. I also like it in a tomato and mozzarella salad. Eggplant can be tricky because if you don't take the time to salt it, many times it can be soggy and limp. I really...

Mushroom and Spinach Quiche

Mushroom and Spinach Quiche

© Sunshine UrbaniakQuiches are a great baked dish good for any time of the day—breakfast, brunch, even dinner. Pair it with a yummy side and it's quite a filling meal. I love serving quiche alongside a spring mix salad with a balsamic vinaigrette. The...

Thai Curried Carrot Soup

Thai Curried Carrot Soup

© Sunshine UrbaniakMy vegetarian Thai curried carrot soup recipe is so simple and quick, yet it yields an amazingly flavorful soup that is perfect for both a fancy dinner party or a rainy day. The silky smooth texture is full of curried spice, fresh...

Veggie Lasagna

Veggie Lasagna

© Sunshine UrbaniakThis veggie lasagna recipe is inspired by lasagne I had from Whole Foods back in 1997. I frequently lunched there while working at a design firm in Palo Alto, CA. At least once a week I'd get the veggie lasagna. It was the complete...

Peel-and-Eat Shrimp

Peel-and-Eat Shrimp

© Sunshine UrbaniakGrowing up I loved peel-and-eat shrimp, and I could never get enough it. Whenever I'd order a shrimp cocktail at a restaurant it felt like a tease. Five shrimp, that's it! I could've ordered three more, easily. Fast forward to today...

Panzanella Spring Mix Salad

Panzanella Spring Mix Salad

© Sunshine UrbaniakThe idea for this salad came about one day when I had vine ripe tomatoes and basil from my garden, leftover sourdough bread and a huge craving for a yummy salad. I love Caprese salads so I thought, why not make a Caprese salad...

Creamy Mac and Cheese

Creamy Mac and Cheese

© Sunshine UrbaniakFor the longest time I used two pots for making mac and cheese; one for boiling the pasta and one for making the cheese sauce. Well not anymore! After making it one pot I can't find a reason to ever go back to using two. Boiling the...

Leftover Turkey Pot Pie

Leftover Turkey Pot Pie

© Sunshine UrbaniakMost people have leftover turkey after Thanksgiving, Christmas, or whenever they cook a turkey. It usually doesn't get consumed in one sit down. One way to use up those leftovers is by making them into pot pies. It's really the...

Apple Filled Pancakes

Apple Filled Pancakes

© Sunshine UrbaniakEbelskivers are Danish pancakes that are spherical in shape with apple filling, like bits of apples or applesauce. Traditionally they're eaten at Christmas time and often served with mulled wine. They're dusted with powdered sugar...

Chicken Noodle Soup

Chicken Noodle Soup

© Sunshine UrbaniakWho doesn't love chicken noodle soup! It's a classic—healing almost. Chicken noodle soup is everyone's go-to soup when feeling under the weather. That classic broth flavor is burned into everyone's mind. So why mess with it? Well,...

Banana Pancakes

Banana Pancakes

© Sunshine UrbaniakPut a spin on plain pancakes next time you're cooking up breakfast. Bananas are a popular pancake topping, so why not infuse them into the pancake batter. When I first made these pancakes my daughter said they tasted a little like...

Shrimp Pesto Pasta

Shrimp Pesto Pasta

© Sunshine UrbaniakThis shrimp pesto pasta could not be simpler to make yet it packs a powerful punch of flavor. There are many variations of pesto sauce out there and I've tried many of them. This recipe is the result of many tests done over the...

Beets in Mustard Sauce with Shallots

Beets in Mustard Sauce with Shallots

© Sunshine UrbaniakThis classic beets with mustard sauce recipe gets a semi-homemade makeover with pre-cooked, packaged beets. Not only does it speed up the marinating time, it drastically reduces cook time to no-cook time! I use the packaged beets...

Fish Tacos with Lime Crema

Fish Tacos with Lime Crema

© Sunshine UrbaniakWe eat a lot of tacos and burritos in our house and fish tacos is a nice break from the norm of rice, corn, and beans. The cool lime crema and cabbage slaw really brightens up the dish. I use a light, white fish like flounder for my...

Chinese Chicken Salad

Chinese Chicken Salad

© Sunshine UrbaniakMy Chinese chicken salad has the perfect balance of crunch, sweetness, and tanginess. Crunch comes from the romaine lettuce, red cabbage, carrots, sliced almonds, and chow mein noodles. Sweetness comes from the mandarin oranges, and...

Stuffed Shells with Italian Sausage

Stuffed Shells with Italian Sausage

© Sunshine UrbaniakStuffed shells is a classic Italian dish and comfort food. We wanted to take it up a notch by adding Italian sausage. Adding the meat makes it more filling and adds texture to the cheese filling. The fresh parsely and basil...

Veggie Burrito with Lime Crema

Veggie Burrito with Lime Crema

© Sunshine UrbaniakYou won't miss the meat in this veggie burrito! By adding layer upon layer of richly flavored ingredients, this burrito is truly delicious and very filling. It begins with the two toppings: pico de gallo and lime crema. By making...

Chicken Tortilla Soup

Chicken Tortilla Soup

© Sunshine UrbaniakI first fell in love with chicken tortilla soup when I moved to California back in 2000. In our town of Alameda, there was a local Mexican restaurant we used to order chicken tortilla soup from often. After many years, in my usual...

Breakfast Burrito with Chorizo

Breakfast Burrito with Chorizo

© Sunshine UrbaniakI make a lot of burritos at my house. My kids love them and they're the perfect quick meal during soccer season—ok, well any season! My breakfast burrito may not be super quick but it's well worth the 30 minutes or so...

Avocado Egg Salad

Avocado Egg Salad

© Sunshine UrbaniakWe kicked up egg salad a notch by adding creamy avocado. We still kept the mayonnaise because, well, it's delicious. We also added minced shallot, sweet relish, cilantro, dijon mustard, and spices paprika and cumin. It's the perfect...

Barbecue Ribs

Barbecue Ribs

© Sunshine UrbaniakIf you want succulent, tender, fall off the bone barbecue ribs, then you came to the right recipe. It starts with a dry rub, tin foil and two hours in the oven. Make it ahead, let it fully cool, then pop it in the fridge. You can...

Mushroom Orecchiette with Bell Pepper & Goat Cheese

Mushroom Orecchiette with Bell Pepper & Goat Cheese

© Sunshine UrbaniakThis orecchiette pasta salad with mushrooms, bell pepper and goat cheese is so creamy and delicious it might become your go-to for potlucks. Quick and simple to make yet yields such rich flavor from the mushrooms cooked in marsala...

Coconut & Curry Chicken Bisque

Coconut & Curry Chicken Bisque

© Sunshine UrbaniakI first had this soup from Safeway in California, in one of those take-home containers you find in the prepared food section. I fell in love with the rich flavors—red curry, coconut milk, ginger, and lemongrass. The broth alone was...

Guacamole

Guacamole

© Sunshine UrbaniakI can't tell you how many compliments I get on my guacamole. It's really not an secret, or a secret ingredient. It's really all about the adjustments made after you let it rest. Depending on the ripeness of your avocado or the...

Leek, Goat Cheese and Chicken Apple Sausage Quiche

Leek, Goat Cheese and Chicken Apple Sausage Quiche

© Sunshine UrbaniakThis is my go-to quiche recipe. My husband and son love it and if I omit the chicken apple sausage, my vegetarian daughter eats it up too. It's so quick and simple yet tastes so rich and creamy—thanks to the yummy goat...

Macaroni Salad

Macaroni Salad

© Sunshine UrbaniakSay goodbye to the macaroni salad you had when you were a child and say hello to this updated recipe. Dare I say it's elevated? This macaroni salad has red cabbage, hard boiled eggs, carrots, green onions, red onion and parsely,...

Cabbage and Apple Salad

Cabbage and Apple Salad

© Sunshine UrbaniakThis cabbage and apple salad is my go-to salad because it's easy to make and can last for a few days in the fridge. I can make it on Monday and eat it throughout the week. It perfectly pairs with sandwiches, chicken dishes, or on...

Tomatillo Salsa

Tomatillo Salsa

© Sunshine UrbaniakThis recipe won a local salsa contest and I have to say, it's that good! But be warned—to get it right you almost ALWAYS have to make adjustments due to the ripeness of the tomatillos or the heat of the jalapeño. Sometimes you need...

Marinara Sauce

Marinara Sauce

© Sunshine UrbaniakWhile this marinara sauce couldn’t be simpler, it tastes like it’s been simmering for hours. The trick is to use an immersion blender, which helps incorporate all of the flavors from the onion, shallot, garlic and spices into the...

Creamy Potato Soup

Creamy Potato Soup

© Sunshine UrbaniakMy potato soup recipe is fit for a rainy fall or snowy winter day. In about an hour, you'll have the most delicious, creamiest, potato soup ever. It has similar heartiness as chowder but not as heavy, it won't weigh you down. Be...

Avocado Toast

Avocado Toast

© Sunshine UrbaniakAvocado toast is just a fancy way of eating guac with bread instead of with chips. Mashing up avocados with only salt and lime juice doesn’t cut it for me. If I’m going to go through that trouble, then why not just make a batch of...

Veggie Enchiladas

Veggie Enchiladas

© Sunshine UrbaniakI was never a real fan of chicken or cheese enchiladas whenever I ordered them at a Mexican restaurant. They just felt flat to me, mostly cheese and way too much sauce. I don't mean to knock any Mexican tradition, believe me, I love...

Tomato Basil Bagel

Tomato Basil Bagel

© Sunshine UrbaniakThis isn't so much a recipe as a delicious suggestion to start your day with something savoury versus sweet. Many people choose to top their bagel with jelly or jam—and there's nothing wrong with that. But for those...