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Simple Butternut Soup

Roast a halved butternut squash, lightly seasoned with salt, pepper, and olive oil, and then blend it in a food processor with a bit of chicken broth, miso paste, and a small amount of butter. It’s warm and satisfying, perfect for a cozy lunch at home.

Yield: 4 servings Total time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Leesa’s Mediterranean Buddha Bowls

This fresh and easy bowl of couscous, chopped cabbage, cucumbers, tomatoes, carrots, chicken, olives, and hummus, is an easy weeknight dinner that appeals to adults and kids alike.

Yield: 3 servings Total time: 25 minutes

Leesa’s Sheet Pan Salmon, Sweet Potatoes, & Broccoli

I love the current “sheet pan supper” trend, which combines desire to roast everything with the need to get a healthy weeknight dinner on the table quickly. Cooking everything on the same sheet pan allows the veggies to roast in the meat’s juices, which amplifies the flavor.

Yield: 4 to 6 servings Total time: 45 minutes

Gin & Tonic

This light, refreshing, bubbly cocktail is a welcome addition to girls night, book club, or any hot summer evening. We always start with chilled ingredients for a frosty drink.

Yield: 1 cocktail Total time: 10 minutes
Cold Desserts

Leesa’s Hawaiian Rainbow Jello

During my junior high years, we lived in Hawaii, and I spent most of my time at my BFF Kim’s house. Her mom often made this layered rainbow Jello, and I though it was pure magic.

Now that I have a child, I want to add a little magic to his and his friends’ lives, so I’m excited to have found the recipe.

Yield: 20 servings Total time: 3 hours 30 minutes

Leesa’s Favorite Side Salad

Delicious salads must be made with the freshest ingredients that are chopped into bite-sized pieces (especially the greens!). This is my favorite side salad to serve at a dinner party, and contains green and red romaine, sugar snap peas, apples, avocado, slivered almonds, and a high-quality prepared dressing.

Total time: 15 minutes

Leesa’s Green Chile Cheese Grits

These cheesy, satisfying grits are the perfect side dish for grilled steaks or baby back ribs.

Yield: 8 servings Total time: 1 hour

Leesa’s Salmon Salad

This summer I found myself living in a house without air conditioning (in Texas!) and learning to cook for one. Cool salads fit the bill, and this one is filled with salad ingredients I love. Big chunks of baked salmon make this a satisfying dinner.

Yield: 1 serving Total time: 25 minutes

Leesa’s Chili

I had never really been a chili fan, but this winter I decided to come up with a chili recipe of my own. Like a true Texan, I excluded beans, and I was really happy with the results.

Yield: 4 servings Total time: 2 hours 30 minutes

Leesa’s Green Beans with Tomato & Feta

I love preparing green beans this way – the colors and flavors are so fresh.

Yield: 4 servings Total time: 45 minutes