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Agave Julep

Banana Bread Green Monster

Banana Sip Sop (With Rum)

Cafe au Lait Green Monster

Carrot Cake Green Monster

Classic “Green Monster” Smoothie

Classic Lime Margarita

Cookie Dough Green Monster

Gingerbread Green Monster

Gingery Green Monster

Mango Green Monster

Mint and Lemon Iced Green Tea

Mocha Green Monster

Peanut Butter Green Monster

Peppermint Patty Green Monster

Pumpkin Pie Green Monster

Tropical Green Monster

Whiskey Sours (Without a Mix)

White Summery Sangria


Amarula Latte

Mulled Apple Cider

Rooibos Chai

Rum Spiced Apple Cider

Pumpkin Spice Latte

Vanilla Chai Latte



Barley Banana Bread

Basic Cornbread

Basic Double Crust Pie Dough

Cinnamon Streusel Zucchini Bread

Classic Banana Nut Bread (Whole-Wheat)

Coconut Date Banana Bread

Double Chocolate Whole-Wheat Banana Bread


Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Banana Bread


Old Order Amish Bread

Orange Spice Banana Bread

Sweet Potato Cinnamon Rolls

Whole-Wheat Banana Bread


African Safari Beer Bread

Bacon Batter Bread

Bagels (Jo Goldberg)

Basic Pizza Crust

Best Sandwich Buns

Buttermilk Rye Whole-Wheat Bread

Buttermilk and Asiago Bread

Dill and Cottage Cheese Bread

First Loaf (Yeasted White Bread)

Garlic and Sage Bread

Gluten-Free Buttermilk Biscuits

Multigrain Bread


Queso Fresco Biscuits

Quick Norwegian Flatbread

Sage Focaccia

Sea Salt and Rosemary Soft Pretzels

Whole-Wheat English Mini-Muffins

Whole-Wheat Pizza Dough




Banana Buckwheat Breakfast Bake 

Cranberry Flaxseed Scones


Royal Honey(moon) Wheat Scones

Strawberry Buttermilk Scones

Sweet Potato Cinnamon Rolls

Whole-Wheat English Mini-Muffins


Avocado and Eggs on Toast

Croque Monsieur

Leftover Stuffing Frittata Bites

Rainbow Veggie Omelets

Sausage and Egg Muffins

Spinach and Pasta Frittata

Stuffed Breakfast Tomatoes with Egg, Spinach, and Cheese


Chicken Breakfast Sausage


Basic Steel-Cut Oats

Chocolate Overnight Oats

Cool Greek Yogurt Overnight Oats 

Sweetheart Steel-Cut Oats for Two 


Apple Pumpkin Pancakes

Crepes (Egg, Cheese, Turkey, Avocado)

Pumpkin Whole-Wheat Pancakes

Strawberry Whole-Wheat Pancakes


Basic Honey and Nut Granola

Breakfast Pizza

Buckwheat Breakfast Bowl

Croque Monsieur

Good Mornin’ Granola

Greek Yogurt Bowl with Spelt Berries

Molasses Spice Granola


Crock Pot

Beef & Barley (and everything else) Soup

Beer-Braisted Pork and Bean Soup

Chicken Adobo Soup

Classic Beef Stew

Indian Lamb with Apricots

Lentil Vegetable Barley Soup

Moroccan Lentil Stew

Sausage and Cabbage

Sausage, Kale, and Bean Soup

Shrimp, Kale, and White Bean Soup

Spanish Rice and Sausage

Split Pea Soup

Thai Chicken Soup


Desserts/Baked Goods


Banana Nut Brownies

Black Bean Brownies

Caramel Fudge Brownies (With Banana)

Ginger Bars

Fig and Walnut Bars

Peanut M&M Cookie Bars

Pumpkin Butter Oat Bars

White Chocolate Chip Zucchini Brownies


All-Purpose Chocolate Cake

Dark Chocolate Cupcakes

Harry Potter Cauldron Cupcakes

Three-Layer Strawberry-Filled Chocolate Cake

Very Scary Cake Pops

Whole-Wheat Banana Marble Cake


 Almond Chocolate Fudge

Melt-in-Your-Mouth Mocha Truffles

Peppermint Marshmallows

Vanilla and Chocolate Marshmallows

Walnut and Almond Rocha


Almond Oat Cookies

Banana Nut Oatmeal Cookies

Browned Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chinese Almond Cookies

Double Trouble Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ginger and Molasses Oatmeal Cookies

Gingerbread House Cookie Dough

Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Quinoa Cookies

Grandma’s Cooky Press Ginger Snaps

Hot Chocolate Cookies

Lemon Poppy Seed Oatmeal Cookies

Oatmeal Cookies

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies (Whole Wheat)

Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies (Whole-Wheat)

PB&B(anana) Chocolate Chip Cookies

Red Wine and Chocolate Chip Cookies

Rooibos Tea Cookies

Walnut Cocoa Shortbread Cookies

Whole-Wheat Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cookies


Basil Melon Sorbet

Creamy Coffee Ice Cream

Frozen Banana Yogurt

Honeydew Melon Granita

Mom’s “Special” (Amaretto) Ice Cream

Strawberry-Banana Sorbet

Vanilla Frozen Yogurt


Gingerbread House Icing Cement

Homemade Fondant

Salted Caramel Buttercream Frosting

Whipped Chocolate Ganache


Banana Almond Muffins 

Banana Brown Rice Muffins

Double Chocolate Whole-Wheat Muffins

Gluten-Free Pomegranate Corn Muffins

Granola Muffins with Raspberry Preserves

Lemon Blueberry Muffins

Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins 

Orange Sesame Muffins

Peanut Butter Banana Muffins 

Pumpkin Spice Muffins

Sunrise Orange Muffins

Tropical Mini Muffins (Whole-Wheat)


 Apple Pie

Lemon Meringue Pie

Strawberry Galette


Apple Crisp

British Flapjacks

Salted Caramel Sauce

Coconut Caramel Sauce

Coconut (Lighter) Creme Br√Ľl√©e¬†

Cranberry Flaxseed Scones

Easy Chocolate Pudding (eggless)

Grilled Bananas

Irish Apple Barley Pudding Parfaits

Quinoa Fruit Salad

Royal Honey(moon) Wheat Scones

Scottish Shortbread

Sea Salt and Rosemary Soft Pretzels

The Snookie Monster




Baked Meatballs

Gingery Beef Stir Fry (with Chinese Forbidden Rice)

Hungarian Stuffed Cabbage

Philly Cheesesteak Pizza

Slow Roasted Beef

Sweet Beef and Veggie Stir Fry

Tomatillo and Sweet Corn Chili

Whiskey-Glazed Corned Beef


Baked Chicken Fingers

Chicken a la Nueces de la India (Chicken with a Ground Cashew Sauce)

Chicken, Quinoa, and Summer Squash Casserole

Chicken Paprikash with Nokedli

Chili in a Pumpkin Bowl

Chicken Stuffed with Goat Cheese (with Roasted Tomatoes)

Green Apple Chicken Salad Sandwiches

Grilled Tandoori Chicken Skewers

Honey Glazed Roasted Chicken

Honey Sesame Chicken

Hungarian Stuffed Cabbage

Mexican Quinoa Skillet

Roasted Chicken with Mango Chutney

Spinach and Pasta Frittata

Sunday Roasted Chicken

Sunday Roasted Chicken–CIA version

Taco Turkey Burgers

Tequila-Lime Wings

Thai Noodles with Bok Choi and Chicken

Thanksgiving Turkey and Stuffing

Turkey Open-Faced Tacos


Baked Ham (with an Orange-Maple Glaze)

Basic Shredded (Pulled) Pork Recipe

Coffee Cajun Pork Chops

Collard Greens with Ham and Potatoes 

Maple Glazed Pork Roast

Pork Mango Curry with Coconut Rice

Sausage (pork, chicken, or beef)

Chard and Chorizo Bowl (with Bulgur Wheat)

Chorizo and Kale Pasta Bowl

Grilled Sausage in Foil 

Pasta with Sausage and Broccoli Rabe

Sausage and Cabbage

Spanish Rice and Sausage

Squash ‘N’ Sausage (grilled)


Broiled Lemon Salmon

Grilled Trout with Lemon, Tarragon, and Garlic Mayonnaise

Seafood Paella (Shrimp, Scallops, and Mussels)

Sourdough Tuna Melts

Sweet Potato Orzo with Shrimp

Tuna Penne Salad

Vietnamese Sweet and Spicy Fish


Baked Eggplant Parmesan

Butternut Squash and Goat Cheese Ravioli

Butternut Squash Lasagna

Eggplant Curry

Homemade Whole-Wheat Pasta

Indian Samosa Casserole

Italian Spaghetti Squash

Lentil Loaf

Masoor Dahl (Lentils)

Mexican Quinoa Casserole

Miso Pizza Roll-Up

Mjdara (Lentils with Rice)

Pasta in a Creamy Mushroom Sauce

Pasta Puttanesca

Ricotta Gnocchi with Brown Butter Sage Sauce

Roasted Garlic and Tomato Pasta

Sage and Butternut Squash Pizza

Sesame Soba Noodle Salad

Vegetarian “Tuna” (Chickpea) Salad

Very Veggie Burgers

Very Veggie Pizza

Winter Squash Pasta Bake

Zucchini and Tomato Tart



Beet and Pickled Green Bean Salad

Chicken & Radicchio Pasta Salad

Cold Beet and Wheat Salad

Cold Soba Noodle Salad with Orange-Ginger Miso Dressing

Greens, Egg, and Ham Salad

Grilled Radicchio and Pear Salad

Grilled Zucchini Ribbon Salad

Kale and Lentil Salad with a Tahini-Lemon Dressing

Mango Salsa Quinoa Salad

Quinoa Fruit Salad

Sesame Soba Noodle Salad

Strawberry Spinach Salad (with Grilled Chicken)

Summer Picnic Pasta Salad

Tuna Penne Salad



Cinnamon Sugar Almond Butter

Chocolate Almond Butter

Coconut Caramel Sauce

Fruit Dip/Fruit Salad Dressing

Lemon Curd

Mango Chutney

Pumpkin Butter

Rhubarb and Red Wine Compote

Salted Caramel Sauce

Spiced Apple Butter


Basic Pesto

Basil Lime Pesto

Chive Blossom Vinegar

Classic (Slightly) Salted Nut Butter

Cool Cilantro Yogurt Sauce

Healthy Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce

Lemon, Tarragon, and Garlic Mayonnaise

Light and Bright Kale Pesto

Lime Cream Sauce (with Angel Hair Pasta)

Miso Salad Dressing

Roasted Garlic and Pepper Tomato Sauce (and Canning Tutorial)

Romesco Sauce

Thai Coconut-Lime Peanut Sauce


Side Dishes


Asparagus and Goat Cheese Risotto

Brown Rice and Lentil Pilaf (Mediterranean)

Cilantro Lime Brown Rice

Curried Quinoa

Farro with Mushrooms and Artichokes

Saffron Rice

Summertime Farrotto

Turkish Millet with Turnip Greens


Baked Acorn Squash

Brussel Sprouts

Crispy Roasted Broccoflower (or Broccoli/Cauliflower)

Fennel Gratin

Gingery Baby Bok Choy

Grilled Tomatoes

Herb Roasted Carrots

Refrigerator Pickled Green Beans

Roasted Beets

Savory Collard Greens

Sauteed Zucchini

Spicy Pickled Beets

Sweet ‘N’ Sour Cabbage

Zucchini Fritters


Avocado Mashed Potatoes

Hot and Tasty Oven Fries

Oven-Roasted Sweet Potato Fries

Potato & Celeriac Mash

Sweet Potato Curry

Syracuse Salt Potatoes 




Banana Whole-Wheat Rusks

Candied Walnuts

Chocolate Chip Whole Wheat Biscotti

Cranberry and Sweet Potato Rusks

Double Chocolate Cranberry Biscotti

Ginger Chocolate Chip Biscotti

Mexican Hot Chocolate Spiced Almonds

Peach and Goat Cheese Bruschetta

Peanut Butter Fudge Popcorn

Whole-Wheat Pumpkin Walnut Biscotti


Apricot Baked Brie

Cheese Straws (Parmesan and Cheddar)

Crispy Beet Chips

Crispy Chard Chips

Fennel Chips with Sea Salt

Hot and Spicy Nachos with a Cool Cilantro Sauce

Italian Breadstick Popcorn

Onion Crackers

Oven Dried Tomatoes

Pickled Green Tomatoes

Sweet and Spicy Pickled Banana Peppers (Canning)

Tequila-Lime Wings

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Sassy and Spicy Hummus

Seeded Whole-Wheat Crackers

Spinach and Artichoke Hummus

Trail Mix

Vietnamese Spring Rolls



17-Bean Soup

Beef & Barley (and everything else) Soup

Beer-Braised Pork and Bean Soup

Broccoli and Cheddar Soup (Lightened Up!)

Caldo Verde (Portuguese Potato Kale Soup)

Carrot-Ginger Soup

Chicken Adobo Soup

Chicken and Brown Rice Soup

Chicken Tortilla Soup

Cinnamon Lamb Stew

Classic Beef Stew

Cream(less) of Mushroom Soup

Coconut Curry Butternut Squash Soup

Corn Chowder

Hearty Vegetable Barley Soup

Indian Lamb with Apricots

Lentil Vegetable Barley Soup

Moroccan Lentil Stew

Protein-Packed Italian Soup

Roasted Tomato Bisque

Simple Vegetable Soup

Split Pea Soup

Sweet Potato Soup

Thai Chicken Soup

Zuppa Toscana


Spice Mixes

Cocoa Cumin Dry Rub

Coffee Cajun Dry Rub

Garam Masala

Latin Spice Dry Rub

Lavender Salt and Sugar

Lavender, Thyme, and Rosemary Dry Rub

Three-Pepper Dry Rub

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  1. CounterfeitDrug

    Loved your website! I’m going to try your Mexican hot chocolate spiced almonds… I recently made Burnt Almonds, but these sound soooo much tastier! Thank you!!! =]

    1. Lauren Zietsman

      thanks, and you are welcome! i hope you try some other fun recipes, too!

  2. katshealthcorner

    These all sound OUT OF THIS WORLD amazing! :D


  3. Sarah Clark

    Lauren – First, you rock. Second, I lack motivation for cooking even though I enjoy it, so I read your recipes and say, “I’m totally gonna try that later!” and never do…but they all sound fantastic! Mom, of course, keeps telling me to make your stuff. Anyway – I was browsing P.W’s blog recently (because again, I love reading about cooking, just never get around to doing it) and she’s got recipe cards at the end of her cooking posts. What a good idea right? Have you thought about doing something like that on your blog? So people like me can hoard un-used recipes as well?? I’m totally going to have the best “family recipe stash” ever to pass on to my children :) Keep up the delicious work, I love reading!

    1. Lauren Zietsman

      haha thanks! some people have suggested I start doing that…I just need to figure out how to do it quickly, because blogging already takes so much time! i know most people would probably appreciate it though. may have to read up on some tutorials :)

  4. Barb

    Great Recipes! I really like the protein packed Italian soup. Thanks.

  5. takethecake!

    I love the attitude you have adapted toward your body, your spirit and your well-being. It is hard. My perfectly proportioned, healthy, gorgeous 13 year old grand daughter is already feeling the pressure. She and her peers are being set up with some very harmful messages. The food companies scream out their commercials about their tasty, luscious, grand portioned, unhealthy food, glamorize overeating and overindulging, They show heaping bowls overflowing with ice cream or whatever they have to sell, and quietly print on the package that each portion is only a fraction of what is being seen on television. The fashion world glamorizes everything they have to sell too, and skinny is one of them. It is a can’t win situation we’ve been set up with. Mixed messages are confusing for growing minds. tweens and teens see huge portions , and rail thin people hawking them. That tells them that they too can eat a LOT of junk and still be sticks. Its unfair. Kids do not stand a chance. Parents can do a lot and blogs like yours offer lots of fresh ideas and I have renewed hope. Thank you. I surely will be trying many of your wonderful ideas myself. I can’t wait to get started!

  6. Maureen Smullen

    I wanted to thank you for your wonderful and healthy recipes. I moved to the central mountains of Mexico almost a year ago. Though health, fresh, and organic veggies are plentiful, they are not always convenient. This is the land of sugar and carbs. Your simple and lovely recipes use ingredients I can actually find here, and can make quickly. I am so happy to have found your blog and hope it helps me to make it easier to make yummy healthy food. Gracias!

  7. Stefanie

    This all looks amazing! I always head to my cookbooks when I’m looking for new recipes to try, but I definitely plan to come back here next time I’m at a loss for what to make.

    1. Lauren Zietsman

      thanks! i hope you find something that suits your fancy every time ;)

  8. Ali

    You have some amazing recipes and pictures on here!! You are a impressive lady- going to PT school and creating all this.

    1. Lauren Zietsman

      thanks so much :)

  9. Karina S

    Best food blog ever. Ever.

  10. maria arenas

    OMG I just discovered your website and I just loved everything… it has become my favorite recipe book ever!!! congratulations! :)

    1. Lauren Zietsman

      thanks :)

  11. Kristina @Run and Assimilate

    I just stumbled upon your blog today, and I can’t wait to try out some of these recipes! I also saw that you’re a physical therapist…I’m going to school right now at Ohio State for physical therapy, but I don’t graduate for another 2 years :

    1. Lauren Zietsman

      good luck with school–it goes so fast!

  12. Amber

    Your baked chicken fingers and honey mustard sauce are on an almost weekly rotation. I can’t remember how I stumbled on your blog but I’m so glad I did! Keep posting recipes! I love your food.

  13. Savannah

    It’s all thanks to you that I’m now happily [addicted] married to Green Monsters! Thank-you for sharing all those recipes! I drink at least one a day to help get my greens!

    A side note: your writing is really good. I’m jealous. :)

    1. Lauren Zietsman

      Thanks I really appreciate it!

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