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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...

Photography Composition

Photography Composition

© Sunshine UrbaniakWhether you want to take better photos of your children, on your vacation, or just for fun, learning how to master photo composition will give your photos that professional look. Below are five tips and tricks to take your...

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...

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