Roasted Tomato & Creamy White Bean Pita Sandwiches — Radiate Food Vibes

It’s Day 3 of my “debloat and recharge detox” and I’m feeling good and staying motivated. My detoxes are easy in that I’m not seriously reducing calories or only eating cabbage soup. It’s more about portion controlling, loading up on veggies and fruits (even more than usual) and reducing excess fat, sugar and carbs. Because […]…

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Ellie’s Summertime Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto Penne Pasta

Ellie’s pasta recipe is simple, quick and extremely scrumptious! When we tested it we were so surprised it took less than 20 minutes to prepare! The salty sweetness of the sun-dried tomatoes, pungent fresh garlic and licorice-like, crisp basil provided a combo of flavors that even the kids loved! What an easy, delicious summertime pasta…

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Sicilian Sausage Alfredo & Italian Cheese Braided Pizza Bread

Another Saturday (or any) Night Special at home! I’ve converted my Mama Carmela’s ham bread recipe into a “busy chef” version using Alfredo sauce as the base and also for dipping. If you want to simplify the process, pop on over to your nearest pizza shoppe. Most pizzerias will sell pounds of their dough to…

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Quattro Formaggi Pizza Margherita

It’s Pizza Week here at Once Upon a Spice and I wanted to begin by sharing the simple, but amazingly impressive Pizza Margherita. PLEASE NOTE: This pie is no slouch! The intense flavors of this remarkable, straightforward, herb-filled, cheesy, molten, pie of love can stand up to any meat-packed version. The marriage of the essence of these…

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Tuscana Quattro Formaggi Red Pepper & Olive Pasta with Basil Cream One Pot!

Tuscan food, by tradition, is light, appetizing and extremely colorful. Feel free to experiment with any foods that fit into the latter category. Not a fan of olives? Use roasted eggplant! Want more veggies? Add roasted asparagus, chopped cherry tomatoes, zucchini–the list is endless! Create, Create! Here’s my version of a lighter, but very satisfying…

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Pasta Alla Puttanesca Una Pentola-One Pot!

 Una Pentola One Pot!  The featured photo with Brio displayed on the plate of the cascading Puttanesca is not my own, but it is my namesake so I simply had to share 🙂 The history of pasta Puttanesca carries many colorful Italian folk tales. This slightly salty, piquant pasta sauce is full of flavors that…

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Tortelloni Italia Italian Pasta Salad

  Today, during pasta week, we continue in the theme of Italia. This time using delectable aged cheese filled puffs of pasta. Mmm! For those not aware, Tortelloni are stuffed pasta, the same shape as tortellini, but a bit larger. They are usually stuffed with various types of aged cheeses and or ricotta and leafy…

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Crunchy Thai Cashew Salad

The undeniable simplicity of this salad is astounding! The crunchy astringent taste of cucumbers, the sweet crisp edge of carrots, cashews and red peppers, the pungent, licorice notes of  cilantro and basil and the spicy, salty, sweet and sourness of lime, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar and chili produces a memorable flavor explosion that you…

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