Meatless Monday Main Dish: Ziti with Roasted Summer Vegetables

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School is a few weeks underway already in Alabama, and I am amazed at how hard my kids’ homework is. Last week, my two oldest children were up to almost 10 every night doing math problems, reading their quota of 150 minutes a week and so on. My son even had to do a “glog” which is actually the same thing as a “blog”. Pretty cool, huh. After a long day at school (and after-school sports), I love to serve the kids something really healthy, colorful and fresh. This dish was a hit the other night, especially topped with freshly grated Parmesan cheese. It’s great when I can feel good about what they are eating, especially when they are working so hard and need good nutrition.

Light, Simple and Budget Friendly: Chicken with Olives and Tomatoes

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I¬†love cooking in a skillet, especially a grill pan such as this. It’s so easy and quick, and dinner comes together in under 25 minutes. Using chicken cutlets works great in this recipe because they cook so quickly. If you can’t find chicken cutlets at your local store, just slice a boneless chicken breast so it is half the size in thickness. I love this fresh combination of the chicken with grape tomatoes, olives and fresh basil and parsley. It’s perfect this time of year, and my kids love it too. See me preparing this recipe on “Talk of Town” on News Channel 5 in Nashville, this Thursday at 11:30 a.m.

Springy and Easy: Tomato-Basil and Four-Cheese Pizza

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Okay, when I say this pizza is good, I mean it! Words can’t describe how delicious, easy and springy it is. It’s also so simple to prepare and can be prepared in under 30 minutes. I used Mama Marys¬†for the pizza crust, but feel free to use your favorite crusts. The combination of fresh plum tomatoes, parsley and basil along with fresh mozzarella, fontina, Parmesan and feta create awesome flavors and textures. All I can say is delish!

St. Patrick’s Day Appetizer: Fresh Herb Dip

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Since Saint Patrick’s Day is one week away, here’s a quick and easy dip that is sure to be a party pleaser. This low-fat, low-calorie delight is perfect for spring. It’s filled with fresh dill and fresh basil. Guests won’t believe that this dip is low-fat, and don’t tell them it took only 10 minutes to prepare.