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Plain Chicken Jambalaya

Plain Chicken Jambalaya

NEW: 🙂 This is not spicy at all because I make my own homemade creole spice mix. My recipe is plain with just chicken but I also have a version with shrimp. (45 MINUTES)

Vegetable Bean Chili

Vegetable Bean Chili

This healthy meatless chili has 2 kinds of beans and SIX vegetables! Carrots, celery, zucchini, tomatoes, peppers, and spinach. 🍅🥕 Make it in (30 MINUTES).

Chicken Pot Pie Recipe

Chicken Pot Pie

This easy, healthy chicken pot pie from scratch only takes one hour start-to-finish. Rich & creamy filling, flaky crust, and no cream or butter anywhere!

Best Meatloaf Ever!

Best Meatloaf Ever!

This may be the best meatloaf you’ve ever had and the healthiest, made with extra-lean beef and added vegetables – and baking on foil means no cleanup.

Homemade Beef Stew Recipe

Beef Stew

Imagine tender meat you can cut with a spoon and potatoes full of flavor… it’s one of the ultimate comfort foods. This beef stew takes time but it’s easy to make.

Quick & Easy Spaghetti & Meatballs

Quick & Easy Spaghetti & Meatballs

For the leanest, softest meatballs I use ground sirloin and cook them right in the sauce. Make this family favorite Italian dinner, all from scratch, in (32 MINUTES).

Easy Salmon Patties

Salmon Patties

Canned salmon makes a quick and healthy dinner. I make patties with red pepper, parsley, onion, and fresh whole wheat bread crumbs. (15 MINUTES)

Polish Cabbage Rolls

Cabbage Rolls

I’m sharing my Polish heritage with a simple recipe for cabbage rolls stuffed with ground beef and rice – it’s one of my most treasured recipes. 🇵🇱 They freeze well.

Fast Pizza Dough

20-Minute Pizza Dough

Want delicious homemade pizza? 🍕 Want it fast? ⏰ This quick and easy pizza dough, made from scratch, is ready to use in less than (20 MINUTES).

Easy Baked Ziti

This easy casserole is my “lazy lasagne” made lean and healthy with ground sirloin and part skim cheeses. I promise you that everyone will ask for seconds.

Mexican Black Bean Casserole

Mexican Black Bean Casserole

Fresh tomatoes and fresh peppers add lots of nutrition to this easy casserole made with plenty of fiber from black beans & corn tortillas.

Greek Lemon Chicken, Potatoes & Green Beans

Lemon Chicken, Potatoes & Beans

This simple Greek marinade with fresh lemon juice and garlic is soaked up by lean chunks of chicken breast and red potatoes, with healthy green beans. Easy!

Spaghetti With Cherry Tomatoes

Spaghetti With Cherry Tomatoes

It takes less than 20 minutes to make this simple vegetarian dinner with fresh tomatoes 🍅 & broccoli 🥦 and it all (including the spaghetti) cooks in one pan. (18 MINUTES)

Pan Fried Turkey Meatballs

Pan Fried Turkey Meatballs

Lean white ground turkey with just a few simple ingredients make these soft and tasty meatballs – ready in less than 30 min. for your favorite sauce or to freeze.

Oven Chicken Veggie Kabobs

Oven Chicken Veggie Kabobs

Lean chicken breast and lots of veggies with a quick & simple marinade make a fun and healthy meal you can bake in the oven. Start to finish: 45 minutes.

Sheet Pan Chicken & Roasted Vegetables

Sheet Pan Chicken & Vegetables

So healthy and so easy, this one pan dinner is full of health-building veggies with marinated chicken breast, all ready in less than an hour.

Quick & Easy Taco Casserole

Quick & Easy Taco Casserole

GF – With soft corn tortillas, lean beef, pinto beans, and cheese, this easy casserole will quickly become a family favorite. And it’s gluten-free. (4O MINUTES)

One Pot Spag, Meat Sauce, Spinach

Here’s another “everything cooks in one pot” easy meal. The spaghetti cooks right in the sauce with spinach tossed in at the end for a fast meal in (30 MINUTES).

One Pot Chicken Veggie Pasta

One Pot Chicken Veggie Pasta

There are more vegetables than pasta in this creamy, comfort food chicken dish and it all cooks in one pot… start-to-finish including your prep: (30 MINUTES)

Fall Off The Bone Beef Ribs

Fall Off The Bone Beef Ribs

Just like my pork ribs, these beef ribs fall off the bone too. Make them entirely in the oven or finish them on the grill.

Haluski Cabbage & Noodles

Haluski Cabbage & Noodles

This is simple Polish comfort food you can make in 20 minutes. Cabbage and onions are fried and mixed with egg noodles. Try my sauerkraut version. (20 MINUTES)

Spaghetti Frittata with Spinach

Spaghetti Frittata with Spinach

Quick and easy vegetarian meal using angel hair pasta, eggs, baby spinach, and Parmesan cheese. Cooks on the stove top – ready in (30 MINUTES).

Spaghetti With Chicken

Spaghetti With Chicken

Lean chicken breast cooked in spaghetti sauce becomes super soft and tender in this easy, low-cal recipe.

Fall Off The Bone Ribs

Fall-Off-The-Bone Ribs

It’s my never-fail recipe for easy baby back pork ribs. The tender, sweet meat falls right off the bone and they are just as good finished on the grill or in the oven.

Dry Rub for BBQ Ribs

Making your own homemade dry rub is easy and takes five minutes. It’s what I use on my baby back ribs that everyone is making… and loving!

Homemade Barbeque Sauce

Homemade Barbeque Sauce

Recipes don’t get much easier than this. This is my own creation for a sweet and sticky barbeque sauce. I’ve never found a bottled sauce this good!

Plain & Simple Roast Chicken

Plain & Simple Roast Chicken

They call it Blasted Chicken because you roast it at very high heat for a short time and the result is foolproof – tender and moist chicken every time.

Greek Lemon Chicken & Potatoes

Greek Lemon Chicken & Potatoes

It’s an easy one-pan meal using lean chicken breast and potatoes all roasted in a simple marinade, a perfect example of the healthy Mediterranean diet.

Mexican Casserole

Spicy Mexican Casserole

Lots of fresh tomatoes, whole wheat tortillas, pinto beans, spicy jalapeño peppers, and shredded cheese make a delicious vegetarian meal.

Easy Fried Rice

Vegetable Fried Rice

There are lots of healthy veggies (broccoli, spinach, peppers, peas) in this quick vegetarian meal. Add some leftover chicken for a great chicken fried rice. (20 MINUTES)

Angel Hair Casserole

Angel Hair Casserole

So simple. You’ll need only seven ingredients to make this easy casserole with lean ground beef, mushrooms, and cheddar cheese. It’s the perfect family dinner.

Chicken Veggie Rice

Chicken Veggie Rice

This quick and easy, light, healthy dinner has a bunch of vegetables (your choice), lean chicken, and it all cooks in one pan. Start-to-finish: (35 MINUTES).

Chicken Meatballs Recipe

Chicken Meatballs

Ground chicken breast makes delicious meatballs with just a few simple ingredients. For the softest meatballs, cook them right in the sauce.

Easy Chicken & Mushrooms

Easy Chicken & Mushrooms

Lean chicken in creamy mushroom sauce cooks in 15 minutes and will disappear even faster. No butter – and probably no leftovers. Serve over rice or noodles. (25 MINUTES)

5-Minute Fettuccini Alfredo

5-Minute Fettuccini Alfredo

There is no heavy cream or butter in my smooth and rich-tasting Alfredo sauce. Start your pasta first because this easy recipe takes only (5 MINUTES).

Best Pan Pizza Recipe

Easy Pan Pizza

Foolproof, easy no-knead pan pizza with a golden crispy crust bakes in a cast iron skillet. It’s the best deep-dish pizza you will ever have!

Skinless Chicken Thighs and Fries

Skinless Chicken Thighs & Fries

I love this moist chicken with seasoned potato wedges because it all cooks on one pan with no fuss. The chicken cooks on a broiler pan so the fat just rolls away.

orange sesasme chicken

Orange Sesame Chicken

This quick & easy stir fry cooks in less than 10 minutes. With fresh orange juice and fragrant sesame oil, it smells and tastes amazing. I love this dish! (20 MINUTES)

potato and cheese Polish pierogi

Polish Pierogi

My family recipe for Polish pierogi uses a delicious potato-cheese filling. Serve freshly boiled or lightly pan fried. (with sour cream and bacon bits – yes I said it!) 🇵🇱

Quick Mac & Cheese

Quick Mac & Cheese

Twenty minutes! Four ingredients! That’s all it takes to make this creamy, delicious, low-fat mac & cheese made with 1% milk and reduced fat cheddar. Yummm! (20 MINUTES)

Easy Meat Sauce

Simple Meat Sauce

You’ll barely have time to cook some spaghetti and make a salad with this quick and easy meat sauce using lean ground beef and canned tomatoes. (30 MINUTES)

Fast Rice & Beans

Fast Rice & Beans

All you need is two cans and a box of rice, some onions and garlic, and you have a quick and healthy dinner with rice, beans and fire-roasted chiles. (25 MINUTES)

Manicotti with Crepes


Tender melt-in-your-mouth manicotti are made with soft whole wheat crepes filled with three cheeses and topped with my quick & easy spaghetti sauce.

Lemon Chicken Cutlets

Lemon Chicken Cutlets

Start your side dish first because these cutlets take just a few minutes. Lean chicken breast with parsley & fresh lemon zest is cooked in a bit of olive oil. (20 MINUTES)

simple broiled salmon

Simple Broiled Salmon

All you need is a lemon, some oil, and salt & pepper to make this delicious salmon – and there’s no cleanup! It’s the easiest, healthiest dinner you can make. (15 MINUTES)

Lemon Herb Chicken Breast

Lemon Herb Chicken Breast

This is the easiest and tastiest way I know to cook boneless, skinless chicken breasts. I baste them with a sauce of fresh lemon juice, olive oil, garlic & herbs. (35 MINUTES)

Veggie Mac & Cheese

Grown Up Mac & Cheese

My low fat mac & cheese has vegetables built in but it doesn’t have to be for grownups. Call it rainbow mac & cheese for kids. Make it in (30 MINUTES).

Oven-Baked Chicken Parmesan

Oven-Baked Chicken Parmesan

You don’t have to fry to get crispy and tender chicken parmesan. Oven baking keeps it light and low fat and my recipe means almost no cleanup.

Creamy Chicken Asparagus Bowties

Creamy Chicken Asparagus Bow Ties

Rich and creamy but light and low fat, this is my version of alfredo sauce over lean chicken and healthy asparagus. It also works with broccoli. (25 MINUTES)

Easy Tortilla Pie

Whole wheat tortillas become soft as butter in this easy casserole loaded with 2 kinds of beans and multi-colored peppers. Customize it either spicy or mild.

Chicken & Peppers

Chicken & Peppers

This easy family dinner all cooks in one pan for easy cleanup. Lean chunks of chicken breast with antioxidant-rich multi-colored peppers – cooks in 30 minutes.

15 Minute Veggie Pasta

15 Minute Veggie Pasta

Make your pasta count! By adding superfoods like broccoli and spinach, your pasta is now full of anti-aging health benefits. Make it all in one pan. (15 MINUTES)

Vegetable Lo Mein

Eat your veggies in this easy lo mein recipe and you may never order takeout again. Add leftover chicken, shrimp, or pork and it’s all you need for dinner. (25 MINUTES)

Sardine Cakes

You’ll hardly notice the sardines in this potato patty flavored with green onions and parsley. Sardines are full of minerals and healthy fats. (30 MINUTES)

Barbeque Chicken Pizza

Start-to-finish: 45 minutes! Sweet & spicy bbq sauce on a crispy pizza with shredded chicken & onions – Yum! Make on a pizza stone or in a pan.

Quick & Easy Spaghetti Sauce

Only 5 ingredients make a fast & delicious sauce for your spaghetti & meatballs or chicken parm. Super easy with canned tomatoes and fresh basil. (20 MINUTES)

Red Beans & Brown Rice

A simple, heart-healthy meal full of cholesterol-lowering fiber and antioxidant-rich peppers. Using canned beans make this an easy one-pan supper.

Turkey Chili

Easy Turkey Chili

Need a super healthy, super fast dinner? My turkey chili is low fat, high fiber, and full of antioxidants. Everything in the pot. Cook. Eat. (30 MINUTES)

Polish Hunter's Stew - Bigos

Polish Hunter’s Stew (Bigos)

This is Polish peasant food at its best. Sauerkraut, cabbage, mushrooms, beef, and pork are slow cooked for 2 hours for a hearty pot of comfort food.

Easy Pot Roast

Classic pot roast will bring everyone to the table for a family Sunday supper. This easy recipe produces richly browned meat that’s fork-tender and perfect vegetables.

Black Bean Quesadilla

This healthy quesadilla takes just minutes to make, uses reduced fat cheese, calcium-rich black beans, and healthier, whole wheat tortillas. (15 MINUTES)

Sweet & Sour Chicken

Sweet & Sour Chicken

Fresh pineapple makes a huge difference in this quick & easy, healthy stir fry. Different colored peppers mean a bigger variety of anti-aging benefits. (25 MINUTES)

Potato Gnocchi

Potato Gnocchi – Polish Kopytka (Kluski)

There’s no place you can buy gnocchi as good as homemade. It only takes three ingredients to make the most tender dumplings, great with any sauce.

One Pan Broccoli Bean Pasta

One Pan Broccoli Bean Pasta

Make this creamy pasta dinner all in ONE PAN!. It’s made with cancer-fighting broccoli 🥦 and cannellini beans for fiber and protein. (20 MINUTES)

Pepperoni Pizza

If you like your pizza thin and crispy, this is the one to try. My healthier, low fat pizza has a crispy crust, and I’ll show you a trick for de-greasing the pepperoni.

Pork Tenderloin Recipe

Pork Tenderloin Dinner

Lean & inexpensive pork loin is marinated in lemon, garlic, mustard, and honey, browned and oven-roasted along with a huge pile of healthy colorful vegetables.

Best Skinless Chicken Drumsticks

Skinless Chicken Drumsticks

You’ll forget these are skinless after marinating them in olive oil, citrus juices, garlic & spices. They’re oven roasted and make good weekend snacks, even cold.

Nachos for Dinner

Nachos from Scratch

Nachos can be healthy… if you make them with the right ingredients. My recipe uses lots of fresh veggies, homemade refried beans, and seasoned ground sirloin.


Most of mine are comfort foods

I should have just called this section “Comfort Foods” because almost everything seems to fit. Recipes like my homemade beef stew and meat loaf and pepperoni pizza are like a warm blanket on a cold night. There’s no question I like to cook but I still like to make things the simplest way possible and with the least amount of work. I figure if I can simplify something like my marinated pork loin recipe or my Bolognese sauce, then I’ll have more time to make dessert!

Many people seem to be short on time these days so I am always looking for simple recipes that will let you make 30-minute meals for your family. Try my orange-sesame chicken. It’s basically a stir-fry and everyone who tries it loves it. Healthy meals like my thighs & fries are really easy too and the best part is it all cooks on foil so there’s no cleanup!

So try my easy healthy dinners and make sure you eat your vegetables. And no, carrot cake does not count as a vegetable! (but my carrot cake is really good!) – Jenny Jones