Veggie Quesadilla

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Looking for a quick and easy weeknight dish? Try a quesadilla. Chicken quesadilla is perhaps the most common version and for good reason filled with grilled chicken and roasted peppers stuffed between two tortilla shells. There are, however, many varieties as diverse as your taste buds! Today I am sharing my favorite vegetarian version filled with diced zucchini and black beans it’s packed with fiber, protein, iron, and calcium. You can be sure this veggie meal is pulling its nutritional weight. Regardless what fillings you place in between your tortillas don’t forget the Queso, a.k.a. cheese! It’s not a quesadilla without it!

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Vegetable Frittata

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Cleaning out the frig today and that means taking a look at all those stray vegetables, chunks of cheese, and last pieces of meat and putting them to good use. A frittata is a perfect dish for using up those stragglers and when done correctly can be a thing of beauty. An Italian dish, similar to an omelette or quiche, it can be served any time of the day. I like to serve it for Sunday brunch. This recipe is going to use up some of the leftover mushrooms, spinach, and tomatoes I have accumulated during this meatless month.

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Holiday Brunch Bake

IMG_1703I cannot believe that Christmas is almost here. I haven’t even gotten my tree yet and let’s not talk about gift shopping. I have friends who are already done and here I am without even a list. Time to kick it into gear. From now until Christmas I thought I would share my Christmas morning, through recipes, with you and your family.

As the kids started getting a little older, I realize that with all the hoopla before Christmas day; the decorating, cookie baking, pageants, and parties, that the actual day itself was over before it even began. We open presents and the kids run off to play with their new toys and the day is rather anticlimactic.

That is when I decided to prolong the day. Today we get up and make a beautiful breakfast buffet, or “Meat Fest” as it has been affectionately termed. My husband and I work side-by-side in the kitchen getting everything ready. The kids set the table and lay out the food on the buffet table. Then we all sit down in the dining room and enjoy a leisurely mid-morning meal filled with laughter, stories, and yes, anticipation.

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Morning Croque Madame

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Croque Monsieur is a wonderfully toasted ham and creamy cheese sauce sandwich. If you put an egg on top you have a Croque Madame. You often see Monsieur and Madame Croque at the lunch table as a sandwich. My version is a simplified breakfast cup that I love to pop in the oven while I round up backpacks and loose homework on busy weekday mornings.

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Sweet Potato Rounds

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Is it an appetizer or an Hors-d’oeuvre? That depends are how you are serving them. Appetizers represent the first course eaten when seated at the table. Hors-d’oeuvres literally translates to “outside of the work” and are bite-sized finger foods offered at parties and receptions served with cocktails. Either way, these delicious sweet potato rounds are just about perfect for Thanksgiving. Do all the prep ahead of time and place them under the broiler for 3 minutes right before serving. Easy!

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Baked Feta

IMG_1391I might be reaching a bit when I say that Baked Feta, a classic Greek dish, makes the perfect Thanksgiving appetizer. Stay with me for a minute. Growing up on every holiday table my mother always had a charcuterie board that included cherry tomatoes, olives, cheeses, and crudities. Now look at baked feta it offers cherry tomatoes, olives, cheese, and other crudités. Hence, a perfect Thanksgiving appetizer!

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