Ramen and I go way back…I’m serious. In grad school a project I worked on was to create a healthy ramen. I wanted to start a ramen truck in Berkeley, before food trucks were a thing. I even went to Japan to take a tour of all the best ramen restaurants. Today, noodles still have my heart. I make noodle soup weekly because the kids love it, the broth and veggies are nourishing, and to be honest, it’s the easiest family recipe I know! I usually make fresh broth over the weekend and can freeze it if I have a big batch. Getting dinner on the table is so quick and easy. I particularly love ramen because it’s so tasty, and you can get creative with the toppings. With all the possibilities, it’s never a boring bowl! Get the Recipe
Raspberry sage ginger soda is a great way to introduce your kids to new flavors. When my son first had this drink I wasn’t sure if he’d enjoy it — ginger and sage, after all, have such strong, robust flavors that many time adults don’t even appreciate them. However, my son ended up, literally, guzzling it down! The ginger and sage are added in a very subtle way so as not to overpower any of even the tinniest taste buds. It’s also super fresh with all natural agave sugar , making this recipe a delicious departure from your everyday soda! Pour a cup for you and your little one and toast to new tastes, cheers!
Lemon gelato is one of my favorite deserts for reasons more than just its taste. When my sister and I were traveling in Italy, we found the most amazing lemon gelato and ended up eating it every day! Lots of fond memories come to mind when I think of that time but none perhaps as sweet as that gelato. Tart but sweet, creamy and always refreshing — it was bliss.
Fresh pasta dough is perfect for those days when you just need a big bowl of comfort. In fact, for me, not a lot can beat pasta any day. Unless, of course, I’m eating it in Italy. The good news though is that making your own fresh pasta dough is a lot easier than flying to Roma anyways. All it takes are three ingredients and the willingness to get your hands a little dirty! It’s also a great recipe because the dough will store well, making opening your freezer the only thing standing in the way of you and Italy. Bellissima!
Lasagna with fresh tomatoes and basil is a perfect dish to start off the new year. It’s healthy but still substantial enough to feed the family. Using homemade lasagna noodles will make each bite taste fresh, silky, and smooth. It’s perfect for even my littlest one! But never fear, dried lasagna noodles will work perfectly well too! I also love using fresh tomatoes for this recipe — it makes everything feel and taste really light! And if you’re looking to make it even lighter, swap out the cheese for light ricotta and part skim mozzarella. This lasagna is a tasty treat that will bring a little bit of Italy to your kitchen every time you pop it into the oven!