Arugula and Mushroom Sauté

By Alysha Melnyk ~Author Notes~ After enjoying many glorious days of leftover mashed potatoes, stuffing, and gravy, I am definitely craving something lighter on the menu. This arugula and mushroom sauté with a hint of red chili flakes is just the ticket. Warm, nourishing, and simple, it’s the perfect quick and easy side dish for…

Green Lentil Salad with Maple Mustard Dressing

By Alysha Melnyk As fall approaches and the school year kicks in, it’s always nice to have a few easy recipes on hand. Although we are reaching the end of summer vegetables, this recipe is easy and flexible depending on what vegetables you have on hand. Lentils are highly versatile, and I’ve enjoyed them in…

Baked White Truffle Japanese Sweet Potato Fries

The perfect healthy snack for when you’re craving a big plate of French fries ~ crispy, slightly sweet and savory! This is a dish I could eat EVERY SINGLE DAY and not tire of! I have always been a lover of fries and I especially love baked versions. Japanese sweet potatoes are one of my…

My Version of the “Science Salad”: Apple Slices, Baby Spinach, Walnuts, Capers, Fresh Basil, Longhorn Cheese Crumbles, and Bleu Cheese & Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressings, Sprinkled with Black Pepper

Spicing up one of my all-time favorite salads ~ The “Science Salad”! Granted, you probably don’t know of this salad unless you ordered it at The Periodic Table (Ele’s Café) while studying at Susquehanna University. The original salad is pretty simple – mixed greens, red onion, walnuts, bleu cheese crumbles, apple hunks and a creamy balsamic dressing with…

Fun and Flavorful Vegetarian Banh Mi Sandwich: Crispy on the Outside & Soft on the Inside Roll, Topped with Chipotle Mayo, Quick Pickled Veggies, and Pan Fried Soy Ginger Tofu, Sprinkled with Parsley, Drizzled with Sriracha and Seasoned with Black Pepper Flakes

Do you ever just keep seeing something over and over and over again to a point where you’re like: “Ok, I need to actually try that.” That is my relationship with the Banh Mi sandwich (a popular Vietnamese sandwich) – I have seen it on SO many restaurant and food truck menus over the past few…

Quick and Simple Baked Brown Rice, Quinoa and Panko Balls, Stuffed with Mozzarella Cheese and Dipped in Spicy Harissa, Garnished with Cilantro and Black Pepper

My inspiration for this recipe came from my *hope* of “spicing up” the typical rice meal! It also reminded me of a healthier, makeshift and faster version of  Arancini balls (deep-fried risotto balls stuffed with cheese, sometimes meat and other things) served in restaurants. This version is actually relatively healthy for you, especially since the balls are baked and…

Delicate and Sweet Strawberry Vanilla Bundtlettes: Mini Vanilla Bundt Cakes Stuffed with Fresh Strawberries and Topped with a Vanilla Bean Glaze, Powdered Sugar and Strawberry Pieces

I’m having a lot of fun creating mini cakes lately! They’re ideal for individual serving sizes for parties and special events. So for Easter this past weekend, I decided I should bake a new recipe creation and bring it along. I really wanted something fresh and spring feeling, so when I saw strawberries were on sale I…