Quick & Easy Recipes

This collection of Quick and Easy Recipes are designed for everyone.

People who are trying to eat healthy.  

People looking for a sweet snack or decadent dessert.

People who need to entertain like a sophisticated adult.
People who want to binge watch TV and eat something other than take-out pizza.
In short, people whose lives are a little too complex to have only one sort of recipe on hand

at any given moment.

Apple Spice Cake

This is made with slightly more apples than regular. The apple sauce and yogurt actually replace some of the oil (or butter) traditionally in this type of recipe. Ingredients: 2/3 cup sugar 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce 1 egg 3 tablespoons molasses 1 cup all-purpose...

Potato Jalapeño Soup

This is a recipe shared by a good friend of mine who just so happens to make her own Jalapeño relish. Ingredients 3 large leeks (1 to 1 1/2 pounds), white parts only, cleaned and sliced 1/2 inch thick 1 1/2 quarts water 2 garlic cloves, minced 3 large carrots diced...

Loaded Mac & Cheese

There are two schools of thought about macaroni and cheese: some like it crusty and extra-cheesy, while others prefer it smooth and creamy. But most people are delighted by any homemade macaroni and cheese. This creamy version has one powerful advantage: added...

Total Eclipse Moon Pies

    These tasty treats combine the rich flavors of chocolate with a thick layer of marshmallow creme.         Ingredients: 1 cup all-purpose flour 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/3 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup sugar 1/4 cup butter, softened 1 large...

Couscous Salad

Healthy food doesn't need to be boring. In fact it can be outright delicious!    Ingredients: 1/2 cup orange juice 1 1/2 cups water 2 cups plain couscous 1 cup dried cranberries 1 cup cubed peeled cucumber 1/4 cup chopped parsley 1/2 cup chopped green onion (scallion)...

Heart-Healthy Valentine’s Day Treat

This slightly more sophisticated version of a no-bake cookie is a perfect way to celebrate a heart-healthy Valentine's Day. Ingredients: 12 pitted dates 1/3 cup old-fashioned oats 1 tablespoon reduced-fat peanut butter Materials: Measuring cup Measuring spoon Food...

Asparagus Soup

Sloane Taylor joins me in the virtual kitchen today with a bowl of soup ready to warm your heart. Asparagus is purported to have aphrodisiacal properties. In fact, in nineteenth-century France the bridegroom’s prenuptial dinner was supposed to contain three courses of...

Coffee Infused Dark Chocolate Pudding

This rich, creamy confection crosses a classic, American-style chocolate pudding mix with an infusion of coffee. The inclusion of sliced nuts, marshmallows, and dark chocolate chips adds rich texture and levels of flavor to this quick and easy dessert. Ingredients:...

Heart-Healthy Vegetable Bean Barley Soup

    It's still bone-chilling cold in the Midwest and this Heart-Healthy Vegetable Bean Barley Soup is a wonderful way to warm up--at least for a few minutes during your meal!   Ingredients: 1 medium onion, chopped 1 garlic clove, minced 1/2 teaspoon dried basil 1/2...

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