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Here you will find simple and delicious recipes from our kitchen with the goal to inspire you in yours! The ingredients I use are simple and easily accessible; no hoity-toity here! Everything from the super healthy to the super indulgent, family friendly everyday 30-minute dinners, to weekend pastas that are worth the extra time! Count on finding plenty of entertaining and holiday meals, appetizers, make ahead breakfast options, desserts, one pan meals and so much more! Welcome to Cooking With Cassandra!

Easy Cranberry Rosemary Chicken

Cranberry Rosemary Chicken |

Especially at Christmas time, there’s nothing like decorating the house with stockings and wrapping gifts for the Christmas tree. The cherry on the top has got to be the food on the table, though. Here’s one dish I’m making for Christmas this year: cranberry rosemary chicken with a maple glaze.  It is no secret that cranberry and rosemary go hand in hand as one of the most unique and sophisticated holiday flavors. From rosemary-infused cranberry vodka to cranberry rosemary bread pudding, this is a combination that will always guarantee satisfaction. I love how the tart cranberries...

Oven-Baked Dijon Mustard Salmon

Dijon Salmon Dish |

Whenever I am in a pinch, I know I can rely on seafood recipes.  Fish, prawns, and mussels cook very quickly and all they need are some basic ingredients and add-ins to taste amazing. Seafood is so versatile: it can be deep-fried, baked, grilled, steamed, smoked, or fashioned into a creamy chowder. There’s more to seafood than just traditional fish and chips.  You could even eat it raw. I can’t say no to a fresh plate of sushi!  Whichever method you go for, seafood always makes for a sophisticated choice for any meal. I’ve got a new salmon recipe I’ve been putting on...

Curry Roasted Cauliflower and Sweet Potatoes

Curry roasted fall salad |

Last Thursday was just like any other busy work day. I was running from a Zoom call at home to another meeting, and then to a recipe photoshoot session for the blog (which turned out to be really fun!).  I had packed this salad in my bag for lunch and as I was microwaving this in the studio, my teammates looked at me and exclaimed, “Cassandra, what is that?! It smells amazing!” That was a good sign for this new salad I was testing out. It’s always so daunting to try new, daring recipes, but if people around me respond positively, then it’s a go!  All I did was toss together...

Broccoli Quinoa Salad with Sweet Potato

veggie packed pasta salad |

Are you team broccoli or team cauliflower? I’m guilty of being both! Cauliflower is my go-to among those two, and you’ll know this is true if you crawl around my blog a bit… I’ve got a lot of cauliflower recipes 🙂  But, I digress: our star of the show today is fresh broccoli and sweet potatoes! For this salad, we will be roasting sweet potato and broccoli. Together with our fluffy quinoa, we will toss briny feta cheese and a divine maple lemon dressing. It’s all made of fresh, whole-food ingredients and has all the flavors: sweet, citrusy, and savory.  My secret to...

Easy Baked Turmeric Chicken

Turmeric Chicken |

Indian food never fails to amaze me. To be specific, I’m a huge fan of chicken tikka masala, palak paneer, and turmeric fish curry. Every bite just brings me closer and closer to culinary heaven.  It’s a blend of spices, coconut milk, garlic, onions, and so many more ingredients. I’m still trying to learn how to make chicken tikka masala at home and every time I go to make it, I just end up getting distracted by the array of spices. If you are a pro at Indian cooking, hats off to you! Turmeric is one of the essential spices in Indian cooking. In its natural form, turmeric looks...

How to Make Oatmeal

Oatmeal's ingredients  |

This is your sign to pick up that bag of oats you’ve stashed away in the cupboard, never to see the light of day. If you think oatmeal is a bore to eat, I feel you. Your feelings are completely valid!  The reason why doctors and nutritionists recommend oats is because it has plenty of health benefits. It helps lower your blood sugar levels and does wonders for our digestion. Healthy foods need not be boring, though! Recently I’ve discovered more interesting ways to enjoy oatmeal, like making these guilt-free sweet treats, like these healthy chocolate chip cookies and peanut butter...

Crispy Roasted Cauliflower Recipe with Parmesan

Golden Brown Roasted Cauliflower |

Roasted vegetables are one of my favorite side dishes to make as they come together so easily, are healthy, and taste good. (My recent obsession is this bacon-roasted Brussels sprout recipe.) Today’s recipe features roasted cauliflower. Each bite of parmesan roasted cauliflower is laced with garlic, coated in breadcrumbs, and covered in parmesan cheese.  If you are looking for a fun way to introduce vegetables into your diet or into your kids’ diet, this roasted cauliflower recipe is just what you need. Aside from being beautifully flavored, it has a fun texture – the baked...

Buttery Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes

Mashed Potatoes Buttery Cauliflower  |

If you are looking for a healthier way to enjoy mashed potatoes without carbs and bloatedness, this is the answer: cauliflower mashed potatoes.  Before you turn and run in the other direction, let me just tell you that mashed cauliflower doesn’t taste as yucky as it sounds. In fact, they’re just as creamy and fluffy with hints of butter and garlic folded in.  It’s much lighter than mashed potatoes and won’t leave you feeling bloated like you’ve eaten a lot of calories. You may not believe me now, so I suggest you try it for yourself.  Begin by chopping up a large...

Oven Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Parmesan & Garlic Butter

Oven Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Parmesan & Garlic Butter |

I’m going back to basics with this roasted sweet potato recipe, you guys. The protagonist of today’s recipe is sweet potatoes. The orange kind – not to be confused with yam, my friends. Incorporating sweet potatoes into our diet does wonders for our bodies too. These root veggies can boost our immunity, promote digestive health, and protect our eyes among other benefits. Something delicious and healthy? Double win!  There are so many amazing ways to cook sweet potatoes: mashed, julienned into sweet potato fries, atop a hearty shepherd’s pie, and stuffed with black beans. Today, we’ll...

Easy Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie with Ground Turkey

Easy Sweet Potato Shepherd's Pie with Ground Turkey Recipe |

Traditional shepherd’s pie is one of the recipes I learned to cook at the start of my culinary journey. I always enjoyed eating it because the lamb filling was so intensely flavored and every bite was so satisfying.  Unlike most pies, this dish doesn’t call for a crust and that was a big thing for a beginner home cook like me. I also tried my hand at cottage pie – which is the same, except it uses ground beef. With more tinkering, I finally arrived at this recipe: turkey shepherd’s pie.  Beneath a dense and creamy sweet potato mash is a generous helping of ground turkey seasoned...

Best Spaghetti Squash Lasagna Recipe

Spaghetti Squash Lasagna low carb lasagna |

Do you like lasagna? I’ve had all types of lasagna, from those inexpensive Italian restaurants to the frozen type that they sell in supermarkets and convenience stores. Each one of those experiences has given me the joy of eating comfort food which is just so flavorful and rich. However, later on, I end up feeling bloated – like I ate way too much. Is that just me or have any of you felt the same way?  Anyway, that had been my fate with lasagna, until I came across the idea of using spaghetti squash to make lasagna. “What is spaghetti squash?” you ask.  Great question! I love...

Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars

No Bake Bars |

Do you know how some days you just crave a Snickers bar for no absolute reason? And I don’t know about you guys, but it makes my stomach feel quite bloated at the end of it. It does keep me full for a few hours, but they’re way too sugary to keep having them every time.  But, you guys. I’ve been CRAZY obsessed with these no-bake chocolate peanut butter oatmeal bars! As a healthier replacement for the high-calorie and sugar-loaded Snickers, these are so addictive and for good reason: It’s a slice of heaven in a small square!  The best part is that you can keep having them without...

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