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Shrimp Salad

This comes together in a FLASH. When it’s hot outside and you want something easy but on the gourmet side, this hits the spot.

Porcini-Shiitake Mushroom Sauce

This is true gourmet cooking that’s simple. Porcini mushrooms pack so much punch they are almost as decadent as morels. This sauce is rich – for sure.

Oven Bacon

Maybe this is not news to you, but it took me six decades to learn about oven bacon. In our family, my husband has always been the bacon maker. He’s great at getting it perfectly crispy.

Exotic Egg Salad

This is great as a light lunch time meal and a great holiday recipe. The juxtaposition of the sweeter apricots with the curry has the exotic taste I was looking for.

Lockdown Chili (Z3.5 Version)

I thought – what better time to have a spicy chili than when I am in lockdown, practicing social distancing.

Cream of Mushroom Soup

A rich and easy cream of mushroom soup.

Collagen Fruit Smoothie

Collagen protein powder is not cheap but the health benefits are HUGE.

Sweet and Spicy Acorn Squash

I love my acorn squash roasted with just butter in the center and a sprinkle of sea salt and pepper. But I know tons of people want brown sugar in the middle and more. So this version can satisfy the sweet tooth and add an optional spice/heat factor.

Tomato Cream Sauce

This sauce is so versatile. Serve over cooked chicken breast (or tenderloins) or fish of any kind. Even use it as a pool of sauce with broiled scallops on top. This can be comfort food or fancy dinner party food depending on how you serve it or what you serve with it.

White Chocolate Crème Brulee (custard) with Strawberry Coulis (sauce)

Most crème brulee recipes call for caramelizing sugar on top of the custard. I love that, but the sugar is too much. So, in this case, I made up a simple strawberry sauce to go on the top instead.

Italian Sausage Soup

This simple Italian Soup is packed with flavor and convenience. It travels well and heats in the microwave too. Leftovers are a BIG YUM.

Italian Sausage, Mushroom and Cheese Brunch Casserole

As far as brunch casseroles go, this one is very easy to make and pleases the crowd. It can be made ahead and heated the day of the party.

Chocolate Dipped Pears

Pears and chocolate go great together. Who needs candy apples when you've got these?

Quick Coquilles St. Jacques (Scallops in a Creamy Mushroom-Parmesan Sauce)

I remember my first introduction to scallops like it was yesterday. As I took my first bite and swooned I knew these were to become a new favorite.

Lemon Bars

I found a recipe on-line for keto lemon bars. I made them for a party. Wow.

Fireside Shrimp Dip

I found a recipe very similar to this one about 15 years in an old Southern cookbook. I have made a few changes to “Zola-fy” it. This goes over BIG at any party, and it's so simple!

Thai Chicken with Peanut Sauce

This is a yummy dish with the creamy peanut butter sauce, the tamari and ginger.

Mexican Avocado Soup with Chicken or Turkey

I love this soup. You can make this with leftover turkey and have a colorful way to use your extras.

Coconut Milk Eggnog & Double Cream Eggnog

I tinkered with several eggnog recipes to come up with two that you can make for your holiday. The first one is a coconut milk version.

Pinecone Cheese Ball

The pinecone idea is unique, festive and delicious. I am going to lay out a simple version and then give you suggestions for variations.

“Chex Mix” Nuts

These nuts taste eerily like the ones in the famous Chex Mix only I left off the Chex and the pretzels. They were a huge hit!

Chocolate French Silk Dessert

Chill in your refrigerator until ready to eat. If you are going to serve it the next day cover it with plastic wrap.

Dauphinoise Potatoes (aka Potato Gratin)

Don’t let the name intimidate you.  This is a wonderful potato casserole from the southeast part of France.  Wonderful for holidays and dinner parties. 

Green Bean Casserole

Just like the one your mom made, only healthier. Everyone loves the green bean casserole. Here I'll show you one one that doesn't take much longer to make and it’s real food, not processed!

Sea Salt Crusted Snap Peas

A variation of my sea salt crusted snow peas recipe - but with snap peas!

Caramel Sauce

An easy-to-make, low-carb caramel sauce. Wowza!

Baked Spinach and Artichoke Dip

Talk about comfort food. This is the pure definition. Thankfully fat doesn’t make you fat so you can eat this at parties and not feel the guilt.

Grilled Eggplant Parmesan

A nice, summery meal that can also be eaten in cooler months. You can make this in a grill pan or on an outdoor grill.  This is much lighter and lower carb than the breaded and fried version.

Blue Cheese Dressing

The first time I made this, I put it on top of a wedge salad...and felt like I was eating dinner in a steakhouse. It's that good.

Tipsy Plums with Sweet Cream

A simple, tasty seasonal desert.

Fruit Bowl with Luscious Lemon Cream Z3 Version

This stuff is addictive and so refreshing. RARELY do I take seconds on a dessert. With this one I did.

Luscious Lemon Cream

So light and decadent - YUM! Serve with fruit, or any other dessert for extra special deliciousness.

Barbecue Burgers – Zola Style

There’s no way to use a commercial sauce for barbecued meats. They ALL have copious amounts of sugar in them. I know. I checked every bottle in the store, so I set about to come up with a rub and a sugarless barbecue sauce for Plan Z.

Italian Lemon Chicken

This tastes almost like chicken scallopini. You’ll notice the breading is missing. The capers are missing. But the taste is still there.

Green Apple Protein Smoothie

I am a HUGE fan of Collagen Protein so that’s what’s in here that will keep you full and focused until your next meal. 

Strawberry Milkshake

I think this makes a beautiful, refreshing dessert. If you can’t get fresh strawberries go ahead and use frozen. Slices are best so they don’t get caught in the blender. For a special occasion top it with whipped cream! 

3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

These cookies are SOOOO good. And no flour! Just be careful what peanut butter you buy and be sure to order the sweetener ahead so you are prepared to bake and eat.

Creamy Dreamy Lemon Bars

My husband’s favorite dessert flavor is lemon. These hit his tart meter for sure! They taste divine and have no sugar and no gluten.

Cauliflower Mac and Cheese

You know how you can eat mac and cheese and not even use your teeth? This had the same result. BIG YUM!

My Best-Ever Stuffed Mushrooms

Just in time for football season or any other partying event. These won’t last long on your platter.

Thai Basil Chicken

This dish will be ready in about 20 minutes. All you have to do is a little chopping.

Alfredo Sauce

You can serve this over baked chicken, or make “fettuccini” alfredo with zucchini noodles.

Pecan Pie

This pie comes together easily, and your family will never know they aren’t eating the usual pecan pie pile of sugar.

Sugar Cookie Wedges

At a dinner party you can cut this into wedges and serve them on little dessert plates. My guests commented on how GREAT it was to be given a small dessert instead of the traditional, large one.

Bittersweet Chocolate Torte

The cake I’m offering up today will be on the menu come Christmas Day, as we have dinner with my family. I think I pretty well perfected it for a dinner last night.

Italian Shrimp Cocktail

This is what I call cheating when I’m in a hurry. I use my favorite bottled Italian dressing as the marinade and everyone thinks I put so much effort into this really pretty dish.

Monster Mouths

A ghoulish (and healthy) Halloween snack idea.

Chocolate Ganache

Sinfully delicious...with only three ingredients.

Fruit Smoothie

This smoothie recipe is a great breakfast drink for those on the go. It is also a great mid-afternoon snack for those who want to get more calories in ZReboot. It even makes a great dessert!