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Italian Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Italian Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Grilled cheese sandwiches are my weakness. I can say no to most pasta, most cakes, most cookies, but put a grilled cheese sandwich in front of me, and it's game over!

These sandwiches are a seriously delicious and easy dinner idea that everyone in the family will enjoy. Perfect for those busy nights when you're juggling soccer practice and play rehearsals, or when you just feel like taking it easy!

Serve with homemade tomato basil soup and a green salad for a total meal, or serve on their own for a super simple yummy option.

I love that when things have Italian in the name, they seem so much fancier. These are a bit fancier than the average grilled cheese, but I promise they're just as easy! Just a few extra ingredients make all the difference, believe me!

This sandwich is made super delicious with the addition of basil, caramelized onions, fresh tomatoes and gooey provolone and parmesan cheeses. You can add some crispy pancetta or ham for some extra protein too!

Makes 4 sandwiches


8 pieces rustic bread
8 slices provolone cheese
4 slices parmesan cheese
12 leaves fresh basil
1 tomato, thinly sliced
1 sweet onion, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon olive oil


Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown. Remove onions to a plate.

For the sandwiches: layer the provolone, parmesan, basil, tomato and onion inside the two pieces of bread. Butter the outside of each sandwich. Cook the sandwiches in the same skillet as the onions over medium-low heat until the outsides are toasty brown, and cheese is melted. Serve with tomato basil soup!

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Kirsten Bell
White Wine and Parmesan Risotto

White Wine and Parmesan Risotto

Risotto is one of my favorite foods on the planet. It's a major comfort food recipe, and is a perfect side dish for pretty much anything! This white wine and parmesan risotto recipe is a creamy and cheesy, with just a hint of white wine. I love this as a side dish for my Garlic Salmon, but have also been known to eat a bowl of it on its own as a main course!

This is an easy parmesan risotto recipe that's great all year-round, and will quickly become a family favorite. Scroll to the bottom of this post for more recipes to complete your meal!

Want more risotto recipes? Also check out my Easy, Creamy Lemon Risotto Recipe!

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Risotto is a creamy Italian rice dish made using arborio rice, because it's incredibly starchy. That's what makes this dish so creamy and delicious. The starch is released by adding liquid slowly. While the liquid absorbs, you need to stir the rice continuously. Just pour yourself a nice glass of wine (you have to open a white for this recipe anyway - waste not!) and enjoy the process. I think that's half the fun!


1 shallot, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
3 tablespoons butter
1 1/2 cups arborio rice
1 cup dry white wine (I used Chardonnay)
4 cups chicken broth
1 cup parmesan cheese, shredded
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon paprika


Bring the 4 cups of chicken broth to a boil, then reduce heat and let simmer. Heat butter in a large saucepan over medium heat, then add shallot and garlic and let cook until translucent. I finally invested in this saucepan, and it makes such a huge difference!

Add the rice to the shallot mixture, tossing to coat. Toast the rice for about 3-5 minutes, then add wine. Simmer over medium-low heat until the wine is almost evaporated.

Add the broth one cup at a time, continuing to stir until all the liquid is almost absorbed before adding more. Once all the broth has been added and cooked into the rice, remove pan from heat and stir in parmesan, salt, pepper and paprika. Serve hot.

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Kirsten Bell
Healthy Lemon and Garlic Baked Salmon

Healthy Lemon and Garlic Baked Salmon

Looking for a new favorite weeknight meal? This garlic baked salmon is bursting with flavor, and is so delicious, you'll feel like you're cheating on those New Years resolutions. But you're not! And the best part? It comes together in about 45 minutes, making this our go-to healthy weeknight meal.

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This recipe has been used by my family for over two decades. Which makes me feel super old haha! My parents got it from a family friend, and it's one of those recipes that is crazy good probably because it's crazy simple. The flavors are bright and fresh, and I love all the superfood ingredients like olive oil, garlic and (duh) salmon! In the summer we cook this on the grill, and when it's super cold out like it is now, we bake it in the oven. It's delicious either way, and I've included directions for both below! I love to dress up this salmon by serving it with my Parmesan Risotto. or if I'm going for a simple meal I serve it with a my Kale Caesar Salad.


1 (2 lb) wild caught piece of salmon*
1/2 cup olive oil
6 garlic cloves, crushed
1/2 cup lemon juice
Zest of 1 lemon
1 cup chopped parsley
2 teaspoons lemon pepper

Sauce Directions:

In a small saucepan, heat garlic in olive oil until golden. Add lemon juice to the garlic. Simmer over medium-low heat until it thickens a bit, about 5 minutes. Add parsley and stir. Sprinkle lemon pepper  over the flesh side of the salmon.

Oven Directions:

Lay the salmon flesh side up on a foil lined baking sheet. Broil 3-5 minutes, or until the salmon just begins to brown. Pull the foil up around the salmon, and then pour the garlic sauce over the salmon. Lightly close the foil to create a tent over the fish. Bake at 400 degrees for about 30-40 minutes, or until the fish is cooked to your satisfaction. (Salmon can technically be eaten raw, and just like beef everyone has different ideas of what "done" looks like. For us, if the salmon easily flakes with a fork, we call it done!)

Grill Directions: 

Grill salmon until golden. Flip fish skin side down in casserole or foil. Pour garlic sauce over, making sure the foil holds all the oil, and finish cooking to your satisfaction.

* We also use frozen salmon from Costco, which is way more cost-effective since we don't live near a coast! Just thaw the salmon you want to use, and then follow directions as usual.

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Kirsten Bell