This versatile dish blends in nicely with Mediterranean side dishes, classic Americana or rich Western European sides. I particularly enjoy this with a tangy Israeli salad. It’s an easy and affordable chicken dish to make but makes a great presentation at the table. Feel free to substitute mozzarella or bleu cheese in lieu of the feta if you want a richer flavor.
4 boneless chicken breasts
1/2 cup feta cheese
This recipe is really accommodating for whatever you have on hand-- chiles, peppers, tomatoes, cabbage, even pineapple. I love making it when I have weird amounts of leftover vegetables and a little bit of chicken in the freezer.
3 tablespoons honey
1/4 cup soy sauce
This pan-asian flavored matzoball version is the best I’ve found so far. The most exciting part of this recipe is pan-frying the matzoballs to make them crispy on the outside. Now the matzo balls: I’ve made them from scratch a few times and they‘re never as good as the $2 packets from the store. The ball brand is really a Coke/Pepsi thing. I think Manischewitz balls taste like perfection and Lipton reminds me of eating paste but I’ve also heard the opposite. You won't be using the soup mix, so it's okay to just buy the ball mix.
- 1 Whole Chicken, Thawed
- 1 bulb sliced garlic
Enjoy this cheesy, decadent side dish on a cold winter evening on its own or as a rich side dish. It’s quick, easy, affordable and makes a great reheat lunch for a chilly afternoon. This is a vegetarian recipe but feel free to drop in any leftover meats and cheeses you have on hand.
1 cup quinoa
1/2 mushrooms, sliced
Need an extra kick to get your morning going? Whether you’ve been burning the candle at both ends, planning a killer workout or getting ready for a big day, this is a super breakfast to wake you up, fill you up and cure what ails ya.
2 mini kosher dill pickles
Kipper snacks, a canned fish, usually herring, adds a welcome saltiness to cheese bread. This easy and affordable side dish is perfect to prepare ahead or bring to a party. Ten minutes in an oven and it springs to life.
2 pieces flatbread
1 cup shredded mozzarella
4 cloves garlic, minced
The raspberry preserves balance the peppery arugula and the walnuts provide a welcome crunch. Grape seed oil is the key to this dressing, it infuses the salad with a subtle yet complex flavor and provides a nice change of pace from traditional olive oil based dressings.
2 cups (about 6 ounces) arugula (washed and trimmed)
These Polish dumplings are ubiquitous in Eastern Europe, usually filled with potatoes and savory vegetables. By breaking down the pierogis step by step, it's a manageable DIY endevour.
1 cup shredded cheese (type is up to you, but cheddar is recommended)
1 stick butter
This super easy, colorful side-dish is a perfect take on a caprese salad that's easy to grab and snack on at a party. It's gluten-free, carb-free, paleo, and delicious. I made this with cilantro since I had it on hand, but I'd recommend using fresh basil or arugula.
12 oz fresh mozzarella cheese (I love Bel Gioioso or
This recipe is one of those super stealth dishes that comes off rich and complicated but is actually super easy, fast, cheap and actually really low-fat and healthy. I have enjoyed this as a main course (served alongside some steamed kale in the photo) and as a side dish to a hearty meat entree.
8 oz orzo
4 cloves garlic, diced thinly