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Shirazi Salad

Fresh chopped parsley, mint and cilantro and a light citrus dressing gives this Shirazi Salad fantastic flavor! Tired of the same old salad? Then you’ve got to try this delicious, fresh Shirazi Salad! Shirazi Salad is also known as a Persian Cucumber and Tomato Salad or Salad Shirazi. It’s a traditional Iranian salad originating in […]

Ponzu Grilled Pork Chops

Tender and juicy Ponzu Grilled Pork Chops are a must-make recipe for summer grilling! Grilling season is finally here and we’re taking full advantage of cooking outdoors with delicious meals like these Ponzu Grilled Pork Chops! We started with that homemade Ponzu Sauce recipe from earlier this week and mixed it with fresh garlic and […]

Oven Baked Beet Chips

Oven Baked Beet Chips are a delicious, salty, and naturally-sweet snack! A couple of months ago, my husband Jack was cooking dinner for us while I drove our daughter home from one of her after-school activities. He wanted to make a quick side dish, and spotted some fresh beets in our refrigerator drawer. Jack sliced […]

Kale Apple Walnut Salad

This Kale Apple Walnut Salad is healthy, easy and delicious! Lots of people ask us where we get our inspiration for the recipes we share here on A Family Feast. In the case of this Kale Apple Walnut Salad – inspiration came from behind the deli counter at a Safeway supermarket in Lake Tahoe, California. […]

Southwest Tuna Salad Lettuce Boats

Tired of the same ol’ tuna salad? Then look no further than our Southwest Tuna Salad Lettuce Boats! Adapted from a recipe we found in this Whole30 cookbook, these Southwest Tuna Salad Lettuce Boats are a healthy and delicious update to a classic tuna salad lunch that everyone will love! This mayonnaise-free salad is still […]

Saffron Cauliflower Rice

Saffron Cauliflower Rice is a low-carb, grain-free substitute for rice, and it’s also delicious and easy to prepare. This colorful side dish gets its glorious golden color from coconut milk infused with saffron – and both ingredients also give this Saffron Cauliflower Rice a wonderful flavor too. Saffron is a little pricey but a little […]

Grilled Beef Patties with Mediterranean Salsa (Whole30)

Even if you aren’t following the Whole30 or other low-carb eating program, you’ll love this Grilled Beef Patties with Mediterranean Salsa! Watch our video and see how easy it is to make:   In fact, this Mediterranean Salsa is a delicious, easy side dish to have on hand in your refrigerator.  Then spoon it on […]

Mashed Cauliflower and Spinach

This Mashed Cauliflower and Spinach is an easy and delicious way to eat your veggies! We’ve been on a big cauliflower kick lately. It’s a lower carb and lower calorie alternative to potatoes – plus cauliflower cooks up quickly and tastes delicious! I’m always looking for delicious ways to eat more veggies. A few weeks […]

Sautéed Beet Greens

Ever since we tried the Whole30 program earlier this year, my husband Jack eats a healthy breakfast every day that consists of eggs, roasted root vegetables, and sautéed greens (usually kale). He does a lot of the prep ahead of time – roasting up the veggies and sautéing the greens – so only a quick […]

Quinoa Chicken and Vegetable Salad

This Quinoa Chicken and Vegetable Salad recipe is sponsored by Shaw’s and Albertsons. All opinions are 100% mine. #OrganicForAll If you follow me over on Instagram, then you likely saw that I spent a few days in Chicago last month with Shaw’s learning all about their O Organics product line. Starting my morning off right […]

Citrus Grilled Chicken

This easy Citrus Grilled Chicken has been one of our go-to recipes all summer long. It’s so simple to make – with just a few ingredients – that it can hardly be called a recipe. But it’s also so delicious – we had to share! We make a simple marinade by stirring together fresh lemon […]

Massaged Kale

When I first suggested to my husband Jack that we try Massaged Kale – he looked at me as if I had two heads! 🙂 But stay with me – because massaging kale is a very delicious and easy way to prepare this healthy green vegetable. We eat a lot of kale at our house […]

Hearty Vegetable Soup

This Hearty Vegetable Soup fits into any healthy eating plan and is just plain delicious! My husband Jack and I are still following the Whole30 program – most of the time these days. We find that we best stay on track with some meal planning ahead of time. For us, that means always having some […]

Carrots with Herbes de Provence

These Carrots with Herbes de Provence are another favorite recipe of ours when preparing cooked carrots, and an easy way to add a touch of elegance to any dinner! Herbes de Provence is a mix of dried herbs common to the Provence region of France – and it is a truly wonderful with fish, meats […]

Mixed Greens with Prosciutto and Cantaloupe

One of my favorite appetizers has always been prosciutto simply wrapped around a slice of melon. I love a good salty-sweet flavor pairing in just about any kind of dish! So the other day, I was at the supermarket and walked by a bin of giant cantaloupes, and I started thinking…why not use those same […]

Pan Roasted Tomatoes with Quinoa

We first made this delicious recipe for Pan Roasted Tomatoes with Quinoa last summer when we had tons of ripe tomatoes growing in our garden. But with the availability of grape and cherry tomatoes all year round at the supermarket, this Pan Roasted Tomatoes with Quinoa is a quick and easy side dish that we […]

Cauliflower Purée

Our Cauliflower Purée is a very delicious alternative to traditional mashed potatoes – and a great way to add some more vegetables into any meal! I’ve always been a fan of cauliflower – but it was only recently that I tried making cauliflower purée myself after seeing lots of different versions online. So with a […]

Easy Chicken & Rice

We’re sharing this Easy Chicken & Rice recipe as part of a sponsored post for Reynolds™ heat & eat containers. All opinions are 100% mine. Back in the days when I was still a single gal, I often made quick and easy meals like this Easy Chicken & Rice on Sundays for dinner – then […]

Butternut Squash Purée (Prepared 3 Ways)

Today we’re sharing a little cooking experiment with all of you! We’ve made Butternut Squash Purée but each of the three recipes has been prepared in a different way! Our cooking experiment started with the exact same variety of butternut squash that we grew in our garden this summer and typically found at most supermarkets.  […]

Vegetable Shepherd’s Pie

Hey everyone! Jack and I would love your feedback! Here at A Family Feast, we’re probably best known for our family-friendly recipes that fall solidly into the “comfort food” category! We certainly love our meat and potatoes, pasta and cheeses, and decadent desserts! But every so often, we get an email or a comment from […]

Blue Hubbard Squash and White Bean Soup

My mother-in-law Jean absolutely loves Blue Hubbard squash and for the last few summers, she and my father-in-law have been trying to grow this mammoth variety of squash in their garden! This summer – the weather and growing conditions finally cooperated – and Jack’s parents finally grew a whopping 15-pound Blue Hubbard Squash which they […]

Vietnamese Chicken and Cabbage Salad

This past Labor Day weekend, our friend Simone brought a delicious Vietnamese Chicken and Cabbage Salad to a barbecue we attended in our neighborhood. The party was actually an annual rib cook-off where my husband Jack served as one of the judges. And while the ribs were very good – this Vietnamese Chicken and Cabbage […]

Tomato Eggplant Gratin

I always know that we have a winning recipe on our hands when our friends and family take a bite of a dish that we’ve cooked and immediately ask, “When will THIS be on your blog?” That question is usually a very good sign that they like the recipe so much – they want to […]

Mediterranean Israeli Couscous Salad

I think I know what you are thinking. There is a lot going on with this recipe title – Mediterranean Israeli Couscous Salad – and that’s true! However it exactly describes this light and flavorful salad! My husband Jack was getting creative in the kitchen – attempting to create a dish that would excite your […]

Garden Vegetable Ragout

Today’s delicious Garden Vegetable Ragout was fully inspired by (as you can guess from the recipe name) a garden full of fresh vegetables! A “ragout” (pronounced ra-gu) is French for a main dish stew and it comes from the word ragoûter, which means “to revive the taste.” Our recipe today is a mix of sweet […]

Baked Zucchini Fries

I still remember the first time I ate Zucchini Fries! I was attending graduate school in Boston back in the 1990’s, and my friends and I often ate at a restaurant called Division 16 which was located right around the corner from our school in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood. It was a popular student hangout […]

Chick Pea and Green Bean Salad

Our garden green beans are still coming on strong – and what better way to enjoy them than this Chick Pea and Green Bean Salad! Our Chick Pea and Green Bean Salad is perfect served alongside any favorite grilled meats or fish, and I also like adding this dish to a tossed garden salad. The […]

Mediterranean Grilled Chicken

As I’m sitting here writing today’s post, I’m already looking forward to the next time my husband Jack makes this Mediterranean Grilled Chicken! Super juicy chicken thighs that were first marinated in an unusual (but incredibly delicious) zesty, paste-like brine made from feta cheese, lemon juice, shallots, garlic, capers and fresh oregano. The chicken is […]

Vegetable Chili

Today we’re sharing a perfect, delicious recipe to feed a crowd – and another great way to cook with in-season, summer vegetables! I’ve made this fantastic Vegetable Chili so many times over the years that the binder of my well-worn copy of this cookbook is cracked and automatically falls open to the page where the […]


We have an AMAZING home garden growing this summer – which is not usually the case here in New England! Our growing season is very short here in Massachusetts and living near the coast, our soil is mostly sand which is not at all conducive to growing vegetables. So the success of our garden has […]

Mario Batali’s Green Beans (Fagiolini in Padella)

Last week, we found ourselves with quite a large crop of green beans from our garden! So of course, we decided to make and share a favorite recipe here on A Family Feast. Today’s recipe is Mario Batali’s Green Beans – or as the celebrity chef calls this recipe: Fagiolini in Padella. Fagiolini in Padella […]


Don’t be fooled by the simple ingredients in this Mujadarra. This classic dish is absolutely delicious! PIN THIS RECIPE NOW! I’m always thrilled to discover easy recipes made with ingredients that we always have on hand in our kitchen – and once combined – it tastes absolutely delicious! Such is the case with today’s recipe […]

Simple Cucumber Salad

A few weekends ago, our daughter attended a birthday party at a friend’s house, and there were lots of delicious food served for both kids and adults. The neighbor of the family hosting the party brought a delicious, Simple Cucumber Salad that everyone raved about! As it usually happens – my husband Jack asked for […]

Thai Corn Salad

This Thai Corn Salad is simply fantastic, and it is my new summer salad favorite! Fresh corn kernels are mixed with a edamame, slices of red bell pepper, jalapeño, scallions, red onion, bean sprouts and lightly tossed with a dressing made from coconut milk, lime juice, red curry paste, and fresh garlic, ginger and jalapeño, […]

Moo Shu Beef Lettuce Cups

We first made these Moo Shu Beef Lettuce Cups back a number of years ago when I was attending Weight Watchers. We love this recipe so much that to this day, it’s still on our regular menu plan! This is an extremely easy recipe to make. Simply sauté ground beef, onions, garlic and minced fresh […]

Greek Spinach with White Beans and Feta

Today’s recipe – this delicious Greek Spinach with White Beans and Feta – is the perfect way to add delicious, healthy flavor to any meal! In particular – I think this dish is a perfect accompaniment to any grilled chicken or beef dish! This Greek Spinach with White Beans and Feta is made from ingredients […]

Grilled Romaine Hearts and Pears with Bleu Cheese

I’m going to start off by saying right away that this recipe – Grilled Romaine Hearts and Pears with Bleu Cheese – might sound a little strange to some of you – but PLEASE bear with me! 🙂 This salad is absolutely delicious – and yes, the steps to make this salad include grilling the […]

Korean-Style Marinated Cucumbers

We made these Korean-Style Marinated Cucumbers as part of a sponsored post for #OXOGreenSaver and Melissa’s Produce. All opinions are 100% ours. Back when my husband Jack and I first started dating, one of our first dates was dinner out with his friends at a small, out-of-the-way Korean restaurant up near the border of Massachusetts […]

Grilled Marinated Chicken with Tropical Salsa

We made this Grilled Marinated Chicken with Tropical Salsa from Target Grocery Essentials as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars. #TargetCrowd Every year at the beginning of June, we host “Emma’s Big Play Date” – a fun backyard picnic for our 8-year-old daughter Emma and all of her friends! This big play date started […]

Cacio e Pepe Spaghetti Squash

Sometimes the simplest of recipes is the best! And today’s recipe for Cacio e Pepe Spaghetti Squash couldn’t be any more simple – or more delicious! Cacio e Pepe (which means “cheese and pepper” in Italian) is a simple, classic Roman pasta dish typically made with spaghetti, Pecorino Romano cheese and freshly ground black pepper. […]

White Chili with Chicken

This post is sponsored by Albertsons Supermarkets. All opinions are 100% mine. Today’s recipe for White Chili with Chicken is a delicious, original recipe that we developed for Albertsons Supermarket as part of their Cans Get You Cooking program. When you have a well-stocked pantry with a variety of canned ingredients on hand like beans, chicken […]

Butternut Squash with Rainbow Quinoa

Our Butternut Squash with Rainbow Quinoa is a healthy and delicious recipe that is great served as a side dish (perhaps with our Crumb-Crusted Pork Chops) – or as a meatless main dish salad! This beautiful recipe came about all from ingredients we had on hand – as well as the desire for something a […]

Oven Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Mustard and Shallots

Brussels Sprouts…people either love them or hate them. We happen to love them! But this past holiday season, after sharing this popular Brussels sprouts recipe over on our Facebook page, a reader with a great sense of humor posted a link to this photo in the comments: (Photo courtesy of NickMom) I get it…I really […]

Healthy Golden Flax Breakfast Cookies

Our oldest daughter Courtney is a big proponent of ‘clean’ eating – the idea of eating whole and minimally processed foods. She is always introducing us to new ingredients and ideas when it comes to healthy eating! So a few months ago, while shopping at our local club store, we saw a bag of ground […]

Wheat Berry Salad with Dried Figs

This Wheat Berry Salad with Dried Figs was developed as part of a sponsored post for Whole Foods Market‘s new store opening in Boston’s South End neighborhood. As a food blogger, I sometimes have the chance to participate in some very cool opportunities. Most recently, I was invited to join a group of other Boston-area […]

Quinoa Pilaf

Our rice pilaf recipe (you can see that here) is one of our long-time favorite side dishes at home – and it is very popular with our readers here on A Family Feast as well!  (Seriously – once you try it, you’ll never want to buy the boxed mixes again!) So with that delicious recipe […]

Kale Puttanesca

Last month over the holidays, we hosted Christmas dinner at our house for my husband Jack’s side of the family, and this delicious Kale Puttanesca was one of the side dishes that we served. As soon as I took a bite, I turned to Jack and said, “Yummy! We need to share this on the […]

Grilled Chicken with Roasted Vegetables and Whole Wheat Couscous

We’re sharing a quick, easy and super healthy recipe today over on the ALDI Simply Smarter Living blog – our Grilled Chicken with Roasted Vegetables and Whole Wheat Couscous!  This recipe is the perfect family dinner when you want something healthy without spending a lot of time cooking in the kitchen. A medley of fresh […]

Green Beans Almondine

Our recipe for Green Beans Almondine would be the perfect addition to any special holiday meal! This simple and flavorful recipe is one that my husband Jack served during his food service management days. At the time, Jack was asked to provide an elegant dinner for a visiting dignitary. The specific instructions he was given […]

Perfect Roast Turkey

How to make Perfect Roast Turkey!  Includes a great brine recipe plus a method of roasting that prevents your turkey from drying out in the oven. PIN THIS RECIPE NOW! With Thanksgiving just a few weeks away, we’ve been asked quite a few times recently to share our recipe for making Perfect Roast Turkey! We […]

No-Cook Puttanesca Sauce Over Pasta

I grew up avoiding any dish or recipe that included anchovies. My dad loved them – but I just couldn’t get past the look of those little fishes packed in their small flat cans! So when I learned that my husband Jack grew up on (and completely raved about) some classic Italian pasta dishes like […]

Slow Cooker Tuscan White Bean Soup

My friend Jessica is a fellow foodie and whenever we see each other, she often tells me about great recipes that she has made for her family! A while ago (last winter actually) she told me about this delicious white bean soup that her family loved – and it was the inspiration behind today’s Slow […]


On those days when you’re looking to eat a little lighter – but you still want to enjoy some bold and fantastic flavors – then Caponata is the perfect option! Caponata is a traditional Sicilian dish made from cooked eggplant, celery, green olives, onions and capers – and more modern-day recipes also include diced tomatoes […]

Homemade Tomato Juice

With a garden still full of ripe tomatoes, we’ve been experimenting with an old family recipe for Homemade Tomato Juice that comes from my husband Jack’s side of the family! The original recipe was from Jack’s grandmother, and it was hand written in a mix of English and Italian! (Unfortunately – it was also faded […]

Asian Noodle Salad with Chicken

This simple Asian Noodle Salad with Chicken is a delicious option for lunch or dinner – and it’s another great recipe that uses that Everyday Asian Dressing recipe we shared earlier this week! Start with some cooked, shredded chicken that has been flavored with cilantro, scallions, peppercorns and star anise (we show you how to […]

Asian Salad with Roasted Delicata Squash

Today’s recipe for this delicious Asian Salad with Roasted Delicata Squash has been a ‘work in progress’ over the last two days here on A Family Feast! Earlier this week, we showed you how to make some delicious Roasted Delicata Squash. And yesterday we shared our Everyday Asian Dressing recipe – a very simple and […]

Everyday Asian Dressing

Today – yet another homemade dressing for your recipe collection! This time – it’s an Everyday Asian Dressing and it is really great for a few reasons. First – it’s super delicious. (Well – of course – we wouldn’t share it here if it wasn’t delicious!) Second – it’s made from ingredients you can easily […]