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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...