About Tanya

Tanya is a full time wife and mom, a part time chef/baker, and a wanna be photographer! Tanya believes every once in a while, dessert should be eaten first! Hope you like what you see!

Meatless Meals: Veggie Oven Melt Sandwich

A meatless meal heaven: veggie melt sandwich! www.lemonsforlulu.com

Meatless Meals couldn't be simpler with this oven baked veggie melt sandwich! I try to serve the family a meatless meal once a week.  I'll be frank, it's not all for dietary reasons, sometimes I'm just plain cheap.  I'll be picking nice plump chicken breasts at the grocery store when I decide I don't really feel like spending an extra $10 on more carnivorous food.  So I head back to the produce in search of vegetarian options. This is how … Continue reading →

Avocado BLT

The new BLT with crisp bacon, creamy avocados, garlic mayo, arugula and sundried tomatoes! www.lemonsforlulu.com

A fresh take on a classic sandwich!  This avocado BLT is sure to be a hit!  I have had some of the best BLT sandwiches while on vacation.  Incidentally, both have been in the south and both have held fried green tomatoes.  I make a pretty tasty  fried green tomato myself, but it’s a lot of work, causes a lot of grease to splatter.  It has to be a pretty special occassion for me to make them.  What do I do when I’m short on time but craving a … Continue reading →

Meal Plans Made Simple #32

We’ve been sweating a lot around here.  It appears summer has arrived just in time for school!  90 degrees and packed classrooms make for some grumpy kids.  Thankfully the kids get a long weekend-just as I was starting to get used to them being gone!  We have a fabulous week of food for you!   MONDAY   Whiskey Burgers via Will Cook for Smiles - These burgers basically stopped me in my tracks. They are … Continue reading →

Dilly Orzo Pasta Salad

A simple and easy pasta salad for any occasion! www.lemonsforlulu.com

This orzo pasta salad has only a handful of ingredients.  It’s quick, easy and absolutely refreshing! I have a fridge full of condiments.  I bet we all do.  If you were to open my fridge right now you’d find at least 2 half full bottles of bbq sauce, several salad dressings, lemon juice, lime juice, plum sauce, 4 different types of mustard, sun dried tomatoes, tahini, pesto, mayo and an assortment of pickled items.  I have too many condiments. … Continue reading →

Caesar Salad Recipe with Shrimp & Quinoa

This shrimp Caesar salad recipe begins like any other Caesar salad with Romaine lettuce and Parmesan . Shrimp, quinoa take it to a whole new level. www.lemonsforlulu.com

A Caesar salad recipe that's kicked up with shrimp and quinoa! The only thing I find more disgusting than a cooked, eaten chicken carcass is a lobster carcass.  Not that I've eaten a whole lobster or anything. My husband and I got engaged in Sanibel Island, Florida.  We went out to celebrate at a local restaurant known for its lobster.  I had every intention of consuming my own until I caught a glimpse of the tables around me. … Continue reading →

Crispy Chicken Salad with Waffles

A simple chicken salad with sweet Belgian waffles, cherry tomatoes and arugula. A maple mustard dressing tops it off!

 A simple chicken salad with sweet Belgian waffles, cherry tomatoes and arugula.  A maple mustard dressing tops it off!   I've mentioned in various posts that I am Greek.  It goes to say that I love the Mediterranean diet.  My next favorite cuisine would have to be good old southern cooking.     Spicy gumbo's and jambalaya's, buttery cornbread, smooth sweet potato pie, perfectly fried green … Continue reading →

Cherry Almond Quick Bread

This quick bread is made with fresh pitted cherries and has a hint of almond throughout. A simple vanilla almond glaze is drizzled on top! www.lemonsforlulu.com

A quick bread made from fresh cherries with a hint of almond.  A simple almond glaze covers it all! I don't eat breakfast very often.  My family eats buckets of cereal on a daily basis.  They eat it for breakfast and right before bed.  I never was a big fan of cereal.  As a kid, I only ate it until I found the toy hidden inside then, like most kids, I'd leave the opened box in the panty to dry out and go stale.  Nothing grosses me out more … Continue reading →

Meal Plans Made Simple #31


Back to school is in full swing.  Funny, as soon as the kids step onto the bus, chaos ensues.  Suddenly we find ourselves busy with after and before school activities.  Let’s see, how many days until summer break???  Meal plans are especially important now!  Lets get right to it!   MONDAY Slow Cooker Beef Barbacoa - Unsophisticook-Hoping for leftovers for Tuesday’s lunch! TUESDAY Slow Cooker Balsamic … Continue reading →

Maple Granola Rice Krispie Treats

Rice Krispie Treat meets granola bar right here in this perfectly sweet treat! Olive Oil is swapped for butter here, but you would never know! www.lemonsforlulu.com #pledgeforEVOO

Granola Rice Krispie Treats are everything you love in a granola bar and everything you crave in rice krispie treats! My kids’ last week of summer break was spent about 5 hours away with their grandma and grandpa.  When this trip was in the planning stages, I have to admit, I was excited by the thought of having the whole house to myself.  No tv, no music, no doorbell, no fighting, no kids running in and out.  Just me, my … Continue reading →