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Quick 30-Minute Meals

Short on time? 30 Minute Meals are essential for busy families and one of my main goals is to make cooking EASY. These recipes are simple, healthy and delicious! From One Pan Crispy Parmesan Chicken, Zucchini & Potatoes, Easy Baked Salmon with Lemon Butter, Easy Quinoa Salad Bowl With Avocado Cilantro Dressing and so much more- all of which can be made in 30 minutes or less!

Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars

No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal 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...

Creamy Zucchini Pasta With Avocado Spinach Sauce

Toss out that packet of spaghetti and swap it for zoodles.  These zucchini noodles are ten times healthier than store-bought spaghetti: they are low-carb, nutrient-packed, and are better for the gut, too. If you’re someone who doesn’t hesitate before digging into regular pasta, I’m sure your body will thank you for changing things up a bit.  With a bit of spiralizing and sauce-making, you’ll have a hearty bowl of soft zucchini pasta with the creamiest avocado spinach sauce that’s just as healthy. We get the cream entirely from the avocado, and the blended spinach turns into a...

Flourless Peanut Butter, Oatmeal and Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate chip cookies lined on a parchment paper

Um, I think I may have found my new favorite cookies… right here within my own kitchen. Hear me out: flourless peanut butter oatmeal cookies with chocolate chips enveloped in a soft and chewy cookie dough that’s sweet and a little salty.  I vaguely remember how I stumbled upon the inspiration for these little balls of delight: I figured that if I could make a peanut butter oatmeal bar, it shouldn’t be that difficult to make a spin-off… and so, here we are!  I present to you: the most satisfying gluten-free peanut butter oatmeal cookies.  I used to only fully enjoy cookies...

Healthy Turkey Burgers With Spinach, Feta & Tzatziki

Spinach feta turkey burger patty

These spinach feta turkey burgers will transport you straight to Greece! They’re a classic family favorite at our birthday dinners, with juicy patties and buttery burger buns. Slather the burgers generously with a refreshing, creamy tzatziki sauce made of yogurt, lemon and herbs and voila!  This recipe is a tribute to Greek cuisine which is rich with cheeses, meat, olive oil, herbs, yogurt and citrus flavors. Still, Greek recipes are quite balanced, providing the nutrients our bodies need!  These burgers are far from those at any fast food joints. I try to avoid highly processed...

Summer Berry Salad With Candied Almonds & Goat Cheese

Close up view of a berry salad on a platter

Call me obsessed, but anytime I get to add berries to a dish, I’ll do it. I mean, what’s not to love? They’re juicy, bite-sized and rich in antioxidants! Plus, they bring back all of those happy childhood memories of snacking on blackberries by the pool with my family. This summer berry salad is loaded with blueberries, blackberries, arugula, cucumbers, avocados, goat cheese and sugared almonds. Sweet, refreshing and just a hint of balsamic vinegar to top it off! It is the perfect side dish to go with a seafood or red meat dish.  Recipe Ingredients Let me preface this by saying that...

Easy Mediterranean Pasta Salad

Pasta salad with cherry tomatoes

Growing up, I was surrounded by loads of Mediterranean food influences. I had a family full of amazing cooks and I was always served the best dishes from scratch, and now that I’m older, I realize that I was incredibly lucky to have had someone cook for me.  In Mediterranean cooking, we use a lot of flavorful plant-based foods like legumes, grains, and herbs. But, we also love our sauces and dressings.  People tend to think of Mediterranean food like Italian, but it actually is a melting pot of European, Middle Eastern, Asian, and African cuisines. This Mediterranean pasta salad...

Simple Shirazi Salad

I’m so excited to share another Persian recipe with you guys because whenever there’s food involved, it’s always a good idea to go back to your heritage, am I right?  With that said, I love trying new things and tasting food from different cuisines. What is your favorite dish from your culture or heritage? Let me know by commenting on this blog post – I’d love to know!  Shirazi salad or Salad-e Shirazi is a vibrant, colorful salad that is commonly served in any Iranian household, including my own. It is known for this really uniform look since everything is cut to about the same...

One Pan Parmesan Crusted Chicken With Potatoes And Zucchini

Parmesan chicken with potatoes in a pan

Here is a one-pan meal that I can never get sick of, and for good reason: parmesan crusted chicken.  It features oven-baked chicken tenders that are crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside. Together with the baby potatoes and zucchini, the garlicky parmesan crust is so delicious, people will be grinning from ear to ear. Say cheese!  Why I love this recipe:  It’s a one-pan recipe, which means less time spent cleaning and more time spent relaxing. I count it as a blessing when I’m having an extremely busy day and still want to put something yummy on the table that’s...

Easy Chocolate Avocado Mousse

I don’t compile a lot of sweet dessert recipes, but if I do make a dessert recipe, you best believe it’s got to be special to make it into the blog.  This avocado chocolate mousse never fails to catch anybody – and I mean ANYBODY – by surprise. Like… a dessert made of avocado? Are you for real?  Think of it as your favorite, most decadent chocolate mousse, minus the complication of egg yolks, whipped egg whites, and getting proportions right. Adding avocados is the lifehack you didn’t know you needed. Say hello to a smooth and creamy healthy dessert. I’m obsessed with this...

Refreshing Strawberry Margaritas

I am a huge margarita fan! Aside from wine, tequila is my go-to for my cocktail of choice. Recently, I shared my margarita pitcher recipe which is great for serving big crowds. While a classic margarita makes for a delicious cocktail, sometimes I like to switch it up, especially if I’m feeling particularly creative.  Today, I’m sharing a variation of the traditional recipe: a frozen strawberry margarita.  This homemade strawberry margarita recipe uses frozen strawberries, tequila, orange liqueur, lime juice, and honey. When blended together, the mixture turns a very pretty pink...

Pasta With White Wine Lemon Sauce

Lemon Pasta topped with cherry tomatoes and fresh basil

When life gives you lemons, what do you do? If you’re Cassandra Morris, you concoct a divine lemon sauce with white wine to go with fettuccine pasta.  This lemon white wine pasta sauce recipe is the ultimate game changer. While I do love myself a rich carbonara and a light aglio olio, this white wine sauce is the perfect in-between.  If you’re someone who loves to experiment with new flavors, you are going to love this one. This pasta is coated with a lemon-infused garlic cream sauce, and the white wine does wonders that you can only experience when you’re cooking this...

Baked Garlic Parmesan Salmon

Need to throw together a quick seafood dish with the simplest ingredients? This parmesan crusted salmon recipe will satisfy your criteria and your appetite. This baked salmon filet is coated in a garlicky, cheesy herb crust. It is one of my favorite fish recipes, along with this lemon butter salmon. And since you only need to bake a large salmon filet once (instead of individually cooking a filet for everyone at the table), you can use the spare time to complete the meal with side dishes, like:  A side of roast potatoes and cauliflower (a source of healthy carbohydrates)Asparagus...

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Welcome Friends, to Cooking With Cassandra! Thank you for stopping by. Here you will find simple, delicious recipes that are tested and perfected, kitchen tips every home cook needs to know + lifestyle advice on changing your mindset on health from restriction and overwhelm to balance and enjoyment! My goal is to provide you with inspiration, whether it’s in your kitchen or in your life. Let’s get cooking!

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