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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!

Creamy Zucchini Pasta With Avocado Spinach Sauce

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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...

Oven-Baked Dijon Mustard Salmon

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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...

How to Make Oatmeal

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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...

Best Baked Caesar Chicken

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What do you get if you cross a Caesar salad with your favorite summer roast? Baked Caesar chicken! Because of its low fat content, chicken breast is known for having a tough, dry texture when cooked. Generally, people tend to associate chicken breasts with clean eating which means boring. But today, let’s forget about bland and dry baked chicken.   This delicious anytime dish is cooked with love, and it shows. Smothered in a luscious homemade Caesar dressing, topped with parmesan, and baked to perfection, this chicken will melt in your mouth. It’s guaranteed to get people...

Flourless Peanut Butter, Oatmeal and Chocolate Chip Cookies

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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...

Summer Berry Salad With Candied Almonds & Goat Cheese

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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...

Baked Garlic Parmesan Salmon

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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...

Healthy Strawberry Summer Salad

Strawberry Summer Salad | cookingwithcassandra.com

Every summer, my husband and I host barbecue parties for our family and friends. Because I like having variation, that means needing to think of different sides and fixings for each party.  One of my must-haves is a salad – it’s healthy, refreshing and helps to balance the “heaviness” of all the grilled meats. But you’ll never see a boring salad at my party! I love serving steak salads (like this delicious steak salad with yogurt dressing), but when I need to fix something quick and easy, this strawberry summer salad is a great option. You really can’t go wrong with this salad. It’s...

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