Guides & Recipes

Simple Strategies and Tasty Food

How to Plan, Shop & Cook for Life.

Simple & Efficient Strategy  |  Customizable Grocery List  |  12 Starter Recipes  |  7 Bonus Recipes

  • A weekly meal planning strategy and a clear understanding of how to use it.

  • A customizable shopping list to print out weekly for efficient meal planning.

  • 12 easy-to-follow starter recipes to guide you through the learning process.

  • The essential list of basic kitchen tools, foods, and spices for most recipes.

  • An understanding of basic terminology for following any recipe.

  • Bonus: 6 sample recipes from my first three cookbooks.

  • Bonus: Sal's Granal Granola recipe - the best granola of all granolas!

Starter Recipes

  • Garden Salad w/Shrimp
  • Classic Spaghetti
  • Veggie Quesadillas
  • Sausage & Sauerkraut
  • Mac & Cheese
  • Pork Cauliflower & Peapod Stirfy
  • Greek Salad w/Grilled Chicken
  • Chicken Veggie Tacos
  • Pork Cabbage on Rice
  • Grilled Ratatouille
  • Veggie Tofu Peanut Bowls
  • Minestrone Soup

Bonus: Recipes from other Cookbooks

  • Spicy Mint Chicken
  • Mango Tofu Wraps
  • Chicken Tortilla Soup
  • Skillet Lasagna
  • Double Chocolate Cake
  • Pineapple Squares

Bonus: Granola Recipe

  • Sal’s Granal

20 Favorite Recipes

These 20 recipes are family favorites, all meeting the same criteria…

They are absolutely tasty, easy to make, relatively healthy, and call for simple and available ingredients that can be found at your local grocery store. Extra bonus is they will not break the bank!

  • Spicy Mint Chicken
  • Naan
  • Moroccan Chicken
  • Homemade Fresh Pasta
  • Roasted Ratatouille w/Spaghetti
  • Easy Cioppino
  • Chicken Veggie Masala
  • Mango Tofu Cabbage Wraps
  • Rootbeer Pulled Pork
  • Lemon Lentil Soup
  • Pork Korean Tacos
  • 13-Bean Chile
  • Chile Verde
  • Anything Tacos
  • Baked Veggie Ziti
  • Thai Peanut Noodles
  • Fried Rice
  • Chickpea Salad
  • Spinach Bacon Salad
  • Anything Salad

20 One-Pot Recipes

This cookbook is designed to meet the needs of people with smaller than usual kitchens.

All meals in this book can be made in a single pot – the same pot, in fact – which means you can get by with one pot in your kitchen. Meal prep, cooking, and cleanup space needed is a minimum.

  • Irish Beef Stew
  • Chicken Dumplings
  • Coconut Curry Soup
  • Chile w/Cornbread Topping
  • Chicken Tortilla Soup
  • Fajitas
  • Shrimp Linguine
  • Pork w/Apples & Hazelnuts
  • Skillet Lasagna
  • Minestrone
  • Jambalaya
  • Chile Verde
  • Pot Roast
  • Easy Cassoulet
  • Garden Hash w/Avocados & Eggs
  • Mac & Cheese
  • Spaghetti w/Marinara
  • Lentil Stew
  • Mushroom Risotto
  • Chorizo Beans & Rice

20 Sweet Recipes

These 20 desserts are authentic treats, made with real sugar, butter, and a lot of love.

My Mom and Gramma made many of these recipes as I grew up. Some I found later in my cooking journey. All are tied emotionally to specific memories of celebrating with family and friends.

  • Orange Oil Sundaes
  • Chocolate Pudding
  • Bread Pudding w/Whiskey Sauce
  • Apple Crisp
  • Black Bean Brownies
  • Nutrient-Dense Cookies
  • Gingerbread Cookies
  • Pineapple Squares
  • Sour Cream Coffee Cake
  • Molten Chocolate Cakes
  • Warm Chocolate Cake w/Raspberry
  • Chocolate Coconut Cupcakes
  • Double Chocolate Cake
  • Banana Cake w/Seven Minute Frosting
  • Pie Crust From Scratch
  • Coconut Cream Pie
  • Strawberry Pie
  • Gravenstein Apple Pie
  • Old Fashioned Peach Pie
  • Rhubarb Custard Pie

20 Special Occasion Recipes

Celebrate the people you love with a special dinner.

These recipes are all dishes we’ve served for special occasions. Written for novice cooks, using ingredients readily available at most grocery stores.

  • Filet Mignon w/Mushroom Brandy Sauce
  • Beef Wellington
  • Marinated Flank Steak
  • Chuck Roast w/Gravy
  • BBQ Baby Back Ribs
  • Blue Cheese Burgers w/Mushrooms & Onions
  • Vegetarian Lasagna
  • Shepherd’s Pie
  • Roasted Whole Chicken w/Cranberries
  • Moroccan Chicken
  • Salmon in Puff Pastry
  • Pan Fried Oysters
  • Seafood Chowder
  • Linguine Alfredo w/Shrimp
  • Baked Halibut w/White Wine & Capers
  • Lemon Hazelnut Pork Chops
  • Scalloped Potatoes w/Ham
  • Eggplant Lentil Bake
  • Eggplant Parmesan
  • Beer Cheese Fondue

20 Side Dish Recipes

Make the perfect side dish to complement your main course… or just have a side for lunch!

  • Quick Olive Bread
  • Irish Soda Bread
  • Cornbread
  • Twice-Baked Potatoes
  • Scalloped Potatoes
  • Roasted Potatoes
  • Carrot Salad
  • Cole Slaw
  • Greek Side Salad
  • Sautéed Green Beans w/Cashews
  • Sautéed Zucchini
  • Sautéed Asparagus
  • Kale Salad w/Apples & Almonds
  • Tabouli Salad
  • Zucchini Fritters
  • Roasted Beets w/Pecans & Honey Sauce
  • Beet Salad w/Goat Cheese
  • Roasted Broccoli & Cauliflower
  • Arugula Salad w/Herbed Goat Cheese
  • Refried Black Beans

6 Samples Recipes

Here are 6 FREE recipes from my first three cookbooks.

20 Favorite Recipes

  • Spicy Mint Chicken
  • Mango Tofu Wraps

20 One Pot Recipes

  • Chicken Tortilla Soup
  • Skillet Lasagna

20 Sweet Recipes

  • Double Chocolate Cake
  • Pineapple Squares

Sal's Granal Granola Recipe

I’ve spent the last decade perfecting this recipe.

Every morning, we wake up and say, “Oh boy! Granola!”. Every. Morning. It just never gets old. Most of the sweetness comes from the dried fruit. Almonds add the perfect “cronch”. We eat it with plain yogurt and fresh fruit when we have it.

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