Melissa

air fryer italian dunkers

We like to make Italian Dunkers for quick lunches, appetizers, and as a side dish to a pasta meal. For years I’ve made them the traditional way (in the oven), with a hearty meat sauce (now I use Beyond Meat or a can of well-drained lentils.) But there’s an even faster and easier way if…

reuben burger

Are you ready for Saint Patrick’s Day? Do you do anything special to celebrate? For years I made Reubens and Rachels, and then I went vegan and made tempeh Reubens, last year I made Rachels using Tofurkey, which was actually really good, but this year I wanted to try something a little different and decided…

my big fat greek potato salad

This potato salad is hearty and satisfying and could definitely stand alone as lunch or dinner. Isn’t it pretty? It has all of the amazing flavors of traditional Greek salad, but I added oven roasted baby potatoes and tofu “feta” for protein. You could use macaroni in place of the potatoes if you wish. It’s…

empty tomb easter rolls

Empty tomb rolls, also called resurrection rolls, are a fun way to teach children the story of Jesus’ burial and resurrection at Easter time. Throughout the baking process the marshmallow that is placed in the center of the roll disappears, leaving the roll like an empty tomb. Pretty neat, huh? Simplify the Easter story for…

easy italian air fryer calzone

An air fryer is a nearly perfect little appliance to have in your kitchen when you’re in a hurry. I made up this big, saucy, zesty Italian calzone for my lunch today using leftover pizza sauce, various pizza toppings, cheese, garlic butter, and Pillsbury Grands crescent roll dough. You can make a big calzone for…

eggplant lasagna

By now we’ve all seen the spiralized veggies that are meant to impersonate noodles, right? The first time I tried the zucchini “spaghetti” it was soggy and swimming in zucchini juice. Hmmmm. Not exactly the substitute I was looking for. After some experimenting I found that air frying the noodles removed the excess juice and…

Weight Watchers Vegetable Soup

Thinking it might be time to slim down for summer? Too much baking (and over eating) this past winter? You’re not alone. I keep seeing news stories about how this past year has caused a lot of people to become lethargic, complacent, and, let’s face it, a little bit over weight. No judgment here. I’ve…

Irish Colcannon

With so many Irish colcannon recipes out there to choose from, I thought you’d enjoy this one because it’s slightly different. Everyone seems to love the addition of leeks and garlic because they add so much flavor and depth to the dish. Cashew cream (or vegan cream cheese) adds additional richness to this colcannon. So…

air-fried peanut butter cups

I’m obsessed with my air fryer. It’s so much fun coming up with new, easy recipes to share with all of you. My latest creation was inspired by a Minnesota State Fair favorite. Fried candy bars. Fried peanut butter cups to be exact. You could use any fun-size candy bar you like. Snickers, Milky Way,…

chinese broccoli salad

There’s something about the contrast of a super crunchy salad with a sandwich at lunch time. I used to eat a pile of chips with my sandwich, and still do on occasion, but lately I’ve been making super crunchy salads that either feature broccoli or cauliflower. A much healthier choice to be sure. This salad…